Kick off your week with Indiana progressive-metal band The Contortionist who will be live at the Brass Monkey this Monday, April 2 as part of their Clairvoyant North America Tour. Also featured on the bill that night are LA metal/rockers Silent Planet, India/US progressive metal group Skyharbor and California progressive/math rock project Strawberry Girls.
Vancouver indie folk musician PK Tessmann is currently on tour with her Toronto friend and folk singer-songwriter Karyn Ellis and they’ll be making a stop at the Rainbow Bistro this Sunday, April 1st. The show will be a songwriters showcase style, with Karyn and PK trading songs and stories throughout the night.
Ontario-born, BC-based singer-songwriter and musician Lights will be performing live at the Algonquin Commons Theatre this Wednesday, April 4 as part of her We Were Here Tour. Of note, the synthpop artist has partnered with Plus1 so that $1 from every ticket sold on her tour will go toward the grassroots climate movement through GRID Alternatives in the US and Équiterre in Canada.
Les cousins du micro are bringing back their Soirées dysfonctionnelles at the Petit Chicago starting this Wednesday, April 4. Part comedy sketches, part games, and part karaoke, you can expect a DIY-style night filled with ridicule, laughter and good times.
Winnipeg Americana/folk project Slow Leaves will be at Bar Robo this Wednesday, April 4 as part of a series of shows they’re giving across Ontario. For the occasion, they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa-based folk rock musician Graven.
This Thursday night at Pressed Café, you can catch Ottawa synthpop artist Townes live alongside Ottawa goth pop project Mark ii and Ottawa garage rockers Curl. I was able to catch the set Townes gave opening for Geoffroy at the end of March, and he puts on a really good show. Definitely worth checking out!
If you’re into stand-up comedy and you understand French, don’t miss Richardson Zéphir live at the University of Ottawa this Friday, April 6. The Montreal-based comedian who has already won several awards and recognitions for his art, will be presenting his show at the Salle Académique of the Theatre Department.
With influences of krautrock, wave, post-rock, psychfolk and electronic, Montréal’s Le Pélican Noir unite to create music that is rich in contrasts, textures and melodies. Catch them at Pressed Café this Friday night alongside Ottawa bands Forgotten in the Woods Again and Obsidian Will.
Montreal/Ottawa instrumental musician Flying Hórses is performing live at the NAC this Friday night. The project combines piano, Wurlitzer, chimes, bells and cello to create otherworldly, instrumental soundscapes. For the occasion, Ottawa experimental chamber drone project mal/aimé will be opening the show. It’s bound to be beautiful.
The latest edition of Hautes Vibrations is going down this Friday night, and this time it’s happening at Bar Robo. The event, organized by Ottawa-based hip hop artist LeFloFranco, is a night of live music celebrating francophone artists and it’ll feature live sets by Marie-Clo, DJ Uniper, LeFloFranco, Joly, King Kimbit and DJ Chevdot.
Ottawa folk punks Jon Creeden & The Flying Hellfish are celebrating their “Stall” LP release at House of Targ this Friday night. Joining them on stage for the festivities will be Ottawa punk rockers The Creeps, Ottawa pop punk power trio Finderskeepers and Albertan musician Jon Vickers.
This Friday night at the Mercury Lounge, Framework Music is hosting its 7th annual German Sparkle Party. This year, the event will be welcoming special guest DJ Miss Melera, who happens to be one of Amsterdam’s greatest musical exports. If you plan on going, expect over the top with sparkly, flashy, and glittery deco.
The Vanier Sugar Festival is back for a 34th edition from April 3-8 at the Vanier Museopark and you can expect a bunch of family-friendly activities including a sugar-shack themed breakfast, farm animals, sled dogs, inflatable structures, crafts and facepaint, buskers, taffy on snow and other surprises.
An entire night strictly filled with metal music selected by DJ Claude Rajotte? Rejoice, because it’s happening! This Saturday night at the Minotaure in the Vieux-Hull, you can get your fill of metal tunes and talk music with Claude Rajotte, a highly-respected music critic from Quebec.
Montréal folk/soul/pop musician Amylie’s fresh, lively and rhythmic music settles into a pattern in which her songs gradually lead the audience into a spellbinding and luminous world, encircling them in a lush and soothing forest. On stage with her backup musicians, Amylie will no doubt get you singing, dancing and clapping but also shedding a few tears. Don’t miss her Ottawa performance at the NAC this Saturday night!
Head over to House of Targ this Saturday, April 7 to check out American indie pop artist Layne who’ll be live in Ottawa with Mississauga rockers Selfish Things as part of her current tour.
Coming together this Sunday at the NAC, local musicians Pat Moore, Shawn Tavenier, Tyler Kealey and Megan Jerome promise to put on a dynamic and captivating show featuring songs in a performance woven together like a finely stitched quilt. A great way to wrap up the weekend in music!