As we head into the final stretch before Spring officially arrives in the National Capital, you may be running out of patience when it comes to Winter and its cold white partner-in-crime. That being said, rest assured that there is no shortage of events happening this week and that there are plenty of fun things to do to beat the winter blues.
First off, hip hop heads will be happy to know that Action Bronson will be stopping by Barrymore’s Music Hall this Wednesday, March 20. The Queens rapper often compared to Ghostface Killah, will be performing live alongside TFHouse, Young N Restless, City Fidelia, Slightly Famous, and Black Jesus, For tickets and information, simply click on the poster below.
On Thursday, March 21, the Up & Up Music Concert Series presents Florquestra live at the Mercury Lounge. Florquestra is a band composed of six Canadian musicians originating from Brazil, Chile and Romania, each building a rich musical background prior to joining the group. The band’s unique world sound mixes elements of samba, bossa nova, forró, Andean, Parisian, Afro-Brazilian and Balkanic rhythms among others. This is sure to be a colorful show to say the least. To get more information on this event, just click on the below poster.
This Thursday, March 21, Babylon Nightclub presents the monthly edition of Hip Hop Karaoke with DJ So Nice and Atherton. The two hosts promise a night of fun with this twist on traditional karaoke that steps away from the conventional “mom n’ pop video screen bouncy ball read-a-long half-assed last-minute-plan-with-your-girlfriends-in-korea-town karaoke jam”. If you think you got what it takes to rap along to your favorite hip hop song, sign up for HHK Ottawa. Check out all the details by clicking on the banner below.
This Friday, March 22, the Mercury Lounge invites you to attend The Soul Motivators’ EP Release Show for a night of deep funk and soul music. The Soul Motivators, a 9-piece, 3 horn deep funk ensemble, with a soulful flair are guaranteed to get you moving and grooving to their new retro sounds. For additional info, click on the event poster below.
On Saturday, March 23, Kapacity Entertainement presents Stakes Is High with Maseo of De La Soul. The member of the legendary rap trio, also known as Plug 3, will be throwing a live DJ set at Ritual as he celebrates his 43rd birthday in Canada’s capital city alongside local DJs Laocapone and Acro. For everything you need to know, just click on the event poster below.
Also on Saturday, March 23, for this week’s edition of Privé, DNA Presents brings you Myon and Shane 54 live at Era. The Electronic Dance Music DJ duo from Budapest will be stopping by Ottawa for a live set accompanied by guests Landry and DJ Charles. For details on this event, just click on the poster below.
Other noteworthy events happening this week include Francophone folk group La Cavale who’ll be giving an all-new show at the Brasseurs du Temps this Monday, March 18. La Cavale will be performing live alongside Charabia, a local swing rock duo from the Outaouais region.
The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa invites you to “New Music. New Spaces.” with Ben Caplan this Tuesday, March 19. The indie folk singer-songwriter from Halifax, who was recently in Ottawa to perform at Mavericks, will be giving a FREE show in the University Center so be sure to check him out if you missed him last time.
If you like to support local artists, check out the March edition of the Artistic Showcase at Pressed Cafe this Thursday, March 21. This event, hosted by spoken word artist Brandon Wint, will feature poet John Akpata, Nathanael Larochette aka Sir Realist, Rosie M formerly known as Elle-P, Rommel Ribeiro and special guest Suzy Pankhust.
Also this Thursday, March 21, head over to Ritual for a live show with Trust, Eraas, and Death Ledger. If you’re a fan of Austra and enjoy synthpop and atmospheric ambient electro sounds, this is definitely for you and you’ll want to check this show out.
Another event worth mentioning this week is Sweatshop Union live in concert at Ritual Nightclub on Saturday, March 23. The Vancouver-based hip hop heavyweights will be performing in Ottawa in an effort to promote their latest album entitled the Bill Murray EP.
So this is it Ottawa-Gatineau, these are my suggestions of events for the upcoming days. I hope you enjoy your week and that you have the opportunity to attend some of the exciting events happening in the days ahead in our eventful National Capital.