Queer and Present Danger, Canada’s Touring LGBTQ Comedy Showcase returns to Ottawa for another round of hilarious queer jokes. This Tuesday and Wednesday at Yuk Yuk’s Ottawa, catch local openers Laura McLean and Tommy Fitz, as well as headliners, Kyle Brownrigg, Tranna Wintour and Chantel Marostica.
Toronto glittery power-pop project PONY is back in Ottawa this Wednesday, January 10 to play House of Targ alongside Toronto garage noise/pop four-piece Lush Buffalo and Ottawa lo-fi/dream pop band Sparklesaurus.
This Thursday, January 11, join Gatineau-based visual artist Mélanie Myers for the opening of her latest art installation “Ce qui touche au sol II”. Presented at the Art-Image gallery inside the Maison de la culture of Gatineau, the show will run until March 11, so be sure to check it out at a later time if you can’t attend the vernissage.
Lindsay, Ontario indie pop rock band The Kents will be playing live at House of Targ this Thursday, January 11. They’re giving a show in Ottawa as part of their Within Waves Tour and they’ll be sharing the stage with Windsor, Ontario group Huttch and Ottawa folk rockers Old Man Grant.
Ottawa native Pat Maloney will be giving a homecoming show at the Blacksheep Inn this Friday, January 12. For the occasion, the folk musician will be share the stage with Jérémi Pierre of local alternative folk band Outside I’m A Giant and Merrickville artist Fog Eye.
Peterborough fuzz-folk duo Mahemingways return to Irene’s Pub this Friday, January 12 to perform live with Ottawa indie folk rockers Gentlemen of the Woods.
This Friday, City at Night presents Sahra, which in Arabic refers to an evening party where people gather, mingle and dance. The term is also a variant of the feminine name Sahara which is of Arabic origin and means ‘desert’. The event strives to explore the melancholic, melodic, exotic and emotional nuances of deep house music through selections by DJs Philip Chedid & Dübeluby, Nadeem Tabsh and Deepar.
If winter’s got you down and you need to lift your spirits, there’s no better band than The PepTides to get you back on your feet. The Ottawa pop/funk/soul nine-member group will be making a return to House of Targ this Saturday and they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa electropop musician Malak. The perfect show to get your dance on!
After being away for a few months, Ottawa singer-songwriter Kimberly Sunstrum is back in town and she’s giving and homecoming show at The Record Centre this Saturday afternoon. It’s free, and you can expect to hear a variety of tunes from the acoustic soul/folk artist.
There’s a Women’s Jam happening at the Triple7 space in the Vieux-Hull (the old Temporaire) this Saturday, January 13. It’s a safe creative space for women to come and jam alongside other women. All forms of musical instruments are welcome.
Ottawa singer-songwriter and pianist Megan Jerome will be sharing new tunes off of her latest album “Ooh Aah!” with the Together Ensemble this Saturday night as part of the Ascension Jazz & Chamber Series. Join the charming musician and her band as they transport you through a night a music drawing from traditional gospel, stoner jazz and meditative classical sounds.
Best way to warm up from the frigid temperatures this weekend is to check out the authentic night of salsa and cuban dancing happening at the Mercury Lounge on Saturday night. Dubbed Fiesta Cubana, the cuban party will feature a live performance followed by music to keep you moving courtesy of DJ Trevor Walker.
The hip hop heads will want to be at the 27 Club this Satuday, January 13 to catch legendary Sacramento hip hop duo Blackalicious. These vets of the American underground rap scene will perform live with Ottawa rappers Poetic Elements.
The annual Ukrainian New Year party held at House of Targ is going down this Saturday, January 13 and it’ll once again feature live performances by Ottawa polka rockers Ukrainia and Ottawa instrumental surf/psy-fi band The Reverb Syndicate. Sounds fun!
This Saturday, the White Rabbit party is turning one-year old and to celebrate, organizers are bringing back an Ottawa favourite from New York City: Renegade Masters, a live house duo made up of The Wig and Commodore. Head to City Night and get ready to party until 6 a.m.
If instead you prefer pop music, head over to Babylon on Saturday for the Divas Dance Party, a night with DJs Oh Jay and theclarebitchproject spinning your favourite throwbacks and the latest hits. A night for those who want to jam to the best female artists to do it.