Don’t you just love this city, its beautiful people, vibes and energy? Weather you live here or are temporarily visiting for school or work, there’s bound to be something fun for you to do. Not convinced? Need proof? Read on…
This Wednesday, June 5, The Mohawk Lodge will be performing live at the cute and cozy Pressed Cafe in an effort to promote their album Damaged Goods. The indie soul/rock group from Toronto will be playing in Ottawa alongside local folk artist André M. Bluteau (whom I’ve recently discovered and find amazing by the way).
This Thursday, June 6 is Jutes’ Space Highway album release party at Babylon. The Ottawa/Toronto hip-hop artist Jutes will be celebrating the launch of his new album alongside several local musicians including Alex Silas, Izzy Liberace, and Suits ‘n’ Toques. Support local artists! In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Westfest, the annual community festival brings you not three but four free (yes, free!) days of concerts and activities in Ottawa’s Westboro neighborhood. This year’s festivities, which run from Thursday, June 6 to Sunday, June 9 will bring you artists such as Jane Siberry, Holly McNarland (!), Skydiggers, Amos The Transparent, and Fiftymen among others. To check out the full programming, simply click below.
This Friday, June 7, the Mercury Lounge invites you to an evening of progressive, instrumental music with three groups of local musicians. Progressive chamber folk trio Musk Ox, instrumental innocence band Flying Hórses, and instrumental fingerstyle musician Michael Mucci will be performing live for those who would like to experience a night of music out of the ordinary.
Also on Friday, June 7 at the Mercury Lounge, the monthly edition of Tropikalo is happening with DJs Zattar, Lance Baptiste and Trevor Walker playing the best in afro/latin/caribbean/ music. If you want to dance the night away this Friday, this is the place to go!
This Saturday, June 8, Flavor Factory presents the return of the Jack of All Styles breakdancing battle at St. Patrick’s High School. The competition will include two different dance battles: a 2 vs. 2 Breakin’ Battle and a 2 vs. 2 Freestyle Dance Battle. If you’re into street dancing, you should definitely check this out! There will be an after-party at Ritual later that night.
Also this Saturday, June 8, if you enjoy pop/folk music, be sure to head over to the Mercury Lounge to catch Heidi Happy, an adorable singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Switzerland who’s currently on a mini Canadian tour to promote her latest album On The Hills. Heidi Happy will be performing live alongside opening act Little Sun, a Montreal-based band.
Another event taking place this Saturday, June 8 is Ondaflor. For this edition, DJ D-Mass will release his first EP, The Sound EP, on the Spins & Needles record label. JayBizz LeFresh will be joining D-Mass as per usual for a night of hip-hop, dancehall, juke and dance at The Daily Grind.
Gab Roy, an up and coming comedian from Montreal, will be stopping by Gatineau this Saturday, June 8 as part of his tour of Quebec called Sur la route. If you enjoy live comedy shows, go to Le Troquet in the Old Hull sector of Gatineau to watch Roy’s performance.
The Urban Craft Market is back for its Summer Edition this Sunday, June 9 at the Glebe Community Centre. This is the perfect place to find vintage items and gourmet goods from over 40 of Ottawa’s hottest hand-crafters. What’s more, the market offers free admission!
As we approach Ottawa Explosion, a full weekend of live performances by local and regional bands, the organizers bring you a pre-Explosion show featuring Chains Of Love, Ketamines and Zebrassieres. If you’re into the latest indie sounds coming out of Vancouver and Toronto check out the show at Pressed Cafe this Sunday, June 9.
So there you have it, these are my suggestions of events happening in and around Ottawa-Gatineau in the next few days. Hopefully this guide will help you pick out what to attend in the week ahead. Enjoy our eventful capital and stay posted for many more exciting events coming up later in June!