This Monday, September 18, the Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle is happening at Irene’s Pub along Bank St. Hosted by local singer-songwriter and musician Julie Corrigan, the event will feature live sets by Ottawa-Gatineau artists Lindsay Ferguson and Dawn Pritchard.
Washington indie folk project Mount Eerie will be playing live at St. Albans’s Church this Monday, September 18. The all ages show will also feature an opening set by Ottawa indie folk musician Amanda Lowe.
Debaser is presenting a series of shows this month, and the second one is being held this Tuesday, September 19 at Black Squirrel Books. The all-ages show will feature performances by experimental projects Zad Kokar, DJ SMoke Weed Guy and Fountain.
Drummondville, Quebec folk rock band Kaïn is celebrating the launch of its new album “Welcome Bonheur” with a series of free shows happening across the province. The guys will be performing live at the Minotaure this Wednesday, September 20 and there may still be a few tickets up for grabs.
The 2017 Ottawa International Film Festival is happening from September 20-24 at various locations in the downtown core. This annual event, which is the largest of its kind in North America, will feature a great lineup of screenings, a conference, workshops, presentations and panels for film buffs, art lovers and animation fans alike.
Montreal band Simple Plan will be making a stop in Ottawa this Wednesday, September 20 as part of their No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls 15th Anniversary Tour. For the occasion, the pop rockers will be sharing the stage with special guests Courage My Love and Selfish Things.
This Thursday, you can catch Ottawa’s Weird With Cats at Live on Elgin. The local indie alternative four-piece band will be playing alongside Toronto blues rockers The Rathburns, and Ottawa/Toronto duo All Day Breakfast.
This Thursday, there’s an early show at House of Targ that’s sure to be high energy and lots of fun. It’ll feature live sets by Ottawa garage rock trio Telecomo, Ottawa psych-pop band Organ Eyes and Ottawa off-kilter punks Warp Lines.
Tech N9ne is back in the capital city this Friday night as part of his Strange Reign Canadian Tour. This time around, the Kansas City rapper will be joined on stage by Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, Doug Crawford, Frank Blak and ProperT. The show is happening at the Bronson Centre and it’s all ages.
This Friday, September 22, there’s the launch of a new event called Hautes Vibrations happening at Cafe Nostalgica. The event, organized by Ottawa-based hip hop artist LeFloFranco, is a night of live music celebrating francophone music and it’ll feature live sets by Sabaya, DJ Uniper, LeFloFranco, Ivan and DJ Skorpyon. It’s free and all are welcome.
Montreal-based hip hop artist Koriass will be giving a live performance at the Nicolas Gatineau High School this Friday, September 22. The Quebec rapper, who took a step back from the scene for a few months to take a break and recuperate, is now making a return to the stage, more focused than ever, to the delight of his fans.
Local indie folk group Chérie is celebrating the release of their debut EP “We’re Not Here For Long” this Friday night by putting on a live show at Happy Goat Coffee during which they’ll be playing their new material. For the occasion, they’ll be joined by special guest Trails, who’ll open up the show.
Ottawa rock n’roll band In Heat has undergone some major changes lately, having lost their original lead singer Lexxi Splitlip. The band has found a replacement, and they’ll be giving their first show with the new lineup this Friday night at House of Targ alongside Ottawa rockers HELLbros and Ottawa alt rock group Coveter.
Are you familiar with Ivory Hours? The Toronto-based alternative pop rock trio is giving a show at Live on Elgin this Friday night. You can catch them in an intimate setting alongside Ottawa pop soul project Harea Band.
Ottawa’s newest venue, the 27 Club, located where Zaphods used to be, is hosting a Divas Dance Party this Friday night if you’re looking for a night out on the dancefloor. DJs Sarita and OhJay will be spinning tracks by all the top r&b/pop divas to make you dance the night away.
Normally, I’m happy to promote music festival happening in Ottawa-Gatineau, but unfortunately that’s not the case with the ELE Fest. When I found out that organizers of the ELE festival were asking local bands to compete for a slot on their lineup by selling tickets to their event, only to MAYBE be able to play the festival, I couldn’t believe it. It’s unethical, disrespectful to our local music scene, and it shows an incredible lack of judgement. I encourage everyone to show their discontent by boycotting ELE Festival 2017. I call out bullshit when I see it, and you should too.
This weekend, for three days only, check out the Etsy Made in Canada pop-up shop happening at the Bell Sensplex. It’ll feature a bunch of local Etsy sellers and creators. A great place to shop for unique items!
The JamJam outdoor summer party is wrapping up its 2017 series this Saturday at Des Cedres Park in the Aylmer sector of Gatineau. Similar to the Piknic Electronik concept but on a much smaller scale, the event offers free electronic music, this time featuring DJs JF Marquez, Rojam and Axis, mixing between 3-8 p.m.
Ever heard of the Lights Fest? It’s an experience where thousands of people gather to listen to live music, enjoy tasty food truck eats and light up lanterns, creating a surreal ambiance where time slows down while you enjoy the moment. The event is being held this Saturday, September 23 in Carleton Place, just outside of Ottawa.
Ottawa newcomers Quiet Crimes invite you to join them for their EP release party happening this Saturday night at Mavericks. For the occasion, the rock band will be playing live alongside Ottawa indie rockers The Great Diversion and Ottawa synth rock project The Pale Light.
Attention metal heads: Bay area thrash metal band Exodus will be performing live at the Bronson Centre this Saturday night as part of their Battle of the Bays Tour. Florida death metal group Obituary, Dallas crossover thrash project Power Trip and German thrash metal outfit Dust Bowl will also be playing that show.
Rap Queb super group Dead Obies will be giving a live show at the Minotaure in the Vieux-Hull this Saturday, September 23 in support of their latest EP “Air Max”. Following their performance at the Ottawa Bluesfest this past July, the guys are back in town. This time around, the hip hop artists, who always give rowdy and energetic shows, will be sharing the stage with Montreal Rap Queb project Brown, who released the excellent EP “POPLUV” EP this past summer.
Change of Heart will be rocking House of Targ this Saturday night in celebration of the 25th anniversary and reissue of their album “Smile”. These veterans of the Canadian punk rock scene will be joined by special guests The Heavy Medicine Band, Yellow Jacket Avenger and DJ Rushmore.
Hometown faves The Souljazz Orchestra are having an album release show and kicking off their “Under Burning Skies” tour with a live performance happening at Babylon this Saturday, September 23. The Ottawa-based six-piece, known for its contagious soul, jazz and afro-latin sounds, will be joined by DJ Zattar on the wheels of steel. If you haven’t been to a Souljazz show before, you’re in for a treat!