With all the events and parties that are taking place left and right, it’s safe to say December’s off to a great start in the National Capital Region. Wether you’re looking for music shows, dance parties, or local holiday craft markets, Eventful Capital’s got you covered. Check out the suggestions below for a list of noteworthy events happening around Ottawa-Gatineau in the days ahead.
This Tuesday, December 10, Illinois metal/hardcore group Sworn In will be performing live at Luneta Cafe. Sworn In will be joined on stage by Ottawa hardcore band Equalizer, Ottawa metalcore formation Through Lucid Eyes and Ottawa post-hardcore group Mayfield who’ll be giving their first live show.
On Wednesday, December 11, We Love to Hump celebrates 9 years at the Mercury Lounge with a 90s-themed party featuring hostess Eva Darling and DJ Grace Panda. The event will also feature a drag show with special guest Belle Darling.
If you haven’t attended a Holiday dance party yet and are itching to do so, Kapacity & The Flavor Factory present Wreck The Halls this Thursday, December 12. The event, happening at Ritual, will include a bboy cypher jam and battle and a special performance by none-other than Brooklyn MC AZ of The Firm (the 90s hip-hop heads will know)!
Alternative psych pop-punk formation Dog Day are back in the National Capital this Thursday and will be performing live at Pressed Cafe in an effort to promote their latest record Fade Out. For the occasion, tAlso he Halifax-based group will be joined on stage by Ottawa band Heavy Bedroom.
Also this Thursday, December 12, the Mercury Lounge invites you to the launch of Danniel Oickle’s sophomore album Blitzkrieg! with a rare live performance by this versatile Ottawa artist. Oickle will be presenting material from his latest project which blends pop, industrial, electronic, blues, and cabaret genres creating a unique style of music.
The Museum of Civilization’s 3rd annual Christmas Market continues this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With 50 local vendors exhibiting their products, this is the perfect place to find holiday gifts. Meet local exhibitors, discover delicious regional products and unique handmade objects, and experience the creativity and enthusiasm that drive artisans of the area. To access the list of participating vendors, simply click on the event poster below.
The School of Photographic Arts of Ottawa is putting on a night of live music and festive fundraising for SPAO this Friday, December 13. The event will feature performances by Absoluut of Dialoog, The Haig, Stoney Martins with Tobacco Jo, punk trio International Maniacs Institute, two-piece experimental sounds from Eraserheads among others.
Christmas in the City is being held this Friday, December 13 at the Rainbow Bistro. This holiday jam will keep you entertained with live performances by Ottawa-Gatineau’s Mackenzie Rhythm Section and The Responsables from Toronto.
The one and only Charles Bradley will be performing live at Ritual this Friday, December 13. The Brooklyn soul singer will be joined on stage by His Extraordiaires and soul ensemble The Jay Vons who’ll be warming up the crowd for the talented and renowned artist. Although advance tickets are sold out, there will be a limited amount at the door.
If you’re into indie punk rock, head over to Gabba Hey (address to be revealed on the day of the show) this Friday to check out Toronto indie/punk/rock group Pup perform live alongside Ottawa indie rock band Those Gulls and others.
Grillz & Glam presents the annual Top of the World Christmas Party this Friday night at Babylon. Usual suspects DJs Brains4brkfst, NDN and Philboy will keep you dancing all night while infamous special guest Santa Clause keeps you on your toes.
The holiday edition of theUrban Craft Market is happening Saturday, December 14 at the Glebe Community Centre. Urban Craft provides a great opportunity to browse through over 40 local craft vendors who’ll be selling their crafts at affordable prices. This is the ideal place to go to find special hand-crafted gifts and goodies for those on your Christmas list.
Monster Truck will be stopping in Ottawa this Saturday, Decembert 14 to promote their latest album Furiosity as part of the group’s Touriosity. The Hamilton rock group will be joined on stage by Toronto rock band Biblical. Although advance tickets are sold out, there will be a limited amount at the door.
On the Gatineau side, Poirier will be giving a live DJ set at the Petit Chicago this Saturday, December 14 following his tour of India. The Montreal-based DJ and Producer, who’s known for his contagious tropical beats and more recently for his Boundary project, will be back in the Hull sector to make you dance the night away.
Over in Wakefield, Loon Choir, Pony Girl and Erik Lind and the Orchard will be giving a live show this Saturday, December 14 at the BlackSheep Inn. For those who’d rather not drive from Ottawa, there will be a party bus leaving from the Museum of Nature at approximately 8:00 pm.
Ottawa’s own A Tribe Called Red will be shooting images for their first official video for Sisters this Saturday, December 14. The party and shoot is going down at Babylon and will feature live sets by Brad Greyeyes-Brant and A Tribe Called Red so be sure to dress to impress if you plan on attending.
If you want to take in some local music this weekend you may want to head over to the Rainbow Bistro on Sunday, December 15 to check out Toronto singer-songwriter Stacey with supporting acts Justice R.F. and Sharon Nutzati.
Hip-hop heads will want to head over to Mansion this Sunday to catch a live performance by Coke Boys affiliate Chinx. The Queens, NY rapper will be giving a live show alongside special guest Money Marlo including local support from DJs Mes, Alive & Laocapone.