The upcoming week has plenty of music shows, art exhibitions, and events of all kinds taking place in and around Ottawa-Gatineau. Once again, there’s no shortage of interesting things happening this week so wether you’re into visual arts, live music, or documentary film there’s sure to be something to satisfy your event-going needs. Take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below to to help plan the days ahead.
The Fau Mardi collective has released its programming for the month of October. The weekly gathering, which happens every Tuesday at the Petit Chicago over in Hull, gives a platform to local audio-visual artists in an effort to support the Ottawa-Gatineau electronic scene. This week, the Fau Mardi crew will be featuring special guests Humphrey White and G³.
This Wednesday evening, October 8, the Studio Cafe presents the launch of in: Form, a group exhibition involving the human figure featuring the works of 9 local visual arts artists. The collective exhibition will be on display until October 19, 2014,
This Wednesday night, Artengine presents the Ottawa premier of I Dream Of Wires, an independent documentary film about the history, demise and resurgence of the modular synthesizer, featuring interviews with over 100 modular musicians, inventors and enthusiasts. The event, happening inside the Arts Court, will also feature live performances by Muff Wiggler and Paraphonique as well as visuals by Hard Science in the Studio Room.
The Viree Blues Boreale is celebrating 10 years with a 20th edition launching at the Petit Chicago this Wednesday, October 8. For the occasion, the team that has been sharing its passion for the blues in the National Capital Region, presents a live performance by Chicago blues band Mississippi Heat and Eastern Townships’ blues guitarist Mike Goudreau to kick off this new season. If you’re a blues lover, there’s no better place to go this week.
This Thursday, October 9, Studio Sixty Six presents the opening of Surfacing II, a University of Ottawa Group Exhibition curated by Michael Orsini. This exhibition, which runs until November 16, will feature works presented to challenge us to think with and beyond the surface: art as the practice of working with surfaces, and art as a process of meaning-making.
This Thursday, October 9, SAW Video presents The Heart of Things: An Appreciation of Rob Thompson, a gifted filmmaker, writer, musician, teacher and a treasured member of the SAW Video community who passed away in May 2013. The tribute evening, happening at Club SAW, will feature Thompson’s body of work.
Victoria roots rock group Current Swell will be performing live at Mavericks this Friday, October 10. As part of the show, the indie 4-piece will be sharing the stage with Ottawa rock and rollers Still Winter Hills and Ottawa alternative rock band The Brook.
This Friday night at Pressed Cafe, Ottawa Post-Rock presents a night of experimental music featuring Ottawa post-punk/psych group Destroy Clocks, Montreal progressive pos punk rock band Atsuko Chiba, Ottawa ambient duo Modern Dinosaurs and Montreal instrumental post rock project Appalaches.
Ottawa post-rock/indie band I Spell It Nature is launching its debut album with a release party this Friday October 10. Happening at Cafe Deckuf, the show will feature live performances by I Spell It Nature as well as Ottawa alt-rock group Monday I Retire and Ottawa ambient/pop rock project By The Lights.
The October edition of Hip Hop Karaoke Ottawa is happening this Friday at a new location, the Elmdale Tavern, with hosts DJ So Nice and Atherton. If you want to perform and impersonate your favourite rapper by doing that track you spent hours memorizing in front of the mirror, or if you just want to support a friend and be a member of the audience, click below for everything you need to know.
The Ottawa African Festival is being held this coming weekend at St. Anthony’s Hall. Offering free admission, the 2-day event will feature live performances by artists such as Rita Carter, drummers, and include a Namibian fashion show, african food and more.
If you’re into experimental sounds, your best bet is to hit up Pressed Cafe this Saturday night. There, you’ll have the chance to catch Montreal experimental rock/heavy folk group Maica Mia, Philadelphia avant-pop/experimental band Hermit Thrushes and Ottawa weirdo-pop/pseudo-industrial project Black HairGrease.
Montreal-based world punk rockers GrimSkunk are making their Gatineau return this Saturday night, October 11. For the occasion, the popular 5-piece band, associated with the rise of Quebec’s “alternative” music scene and founders of the independent label Indica Records, will be performing live at the Petit Chicago over in Hull. If you plan on attending, it’s probably wise to purchase tickets ahead of time as this show could very well sell out before Saturday night.
Ottawa-based hip-hop artist Charron is releasing his debut album “Lied To My Face” by throwing a party happening at Ritual on Saturday, October 11. For the occasion, the “dude every skinny white guy can relate to” will be joined on stage by OMH, Moun Fou, Happy Killmore and Diamond who’ll all be taking care of opening sets.
The October edition of Fryquency, the pay-what-you-can series that exhibits emerging and experimental Canadian music, will be held this Saturday night at Mugshots. For this instalment, there will be live sets by Toronto 4-piece band New Fries, Guelph punk duo Baby Labour, and Guelph pop rock group Badminton Racquet.
Attention reggae and dancehall fans, hailing all the way from Kingston, Jamaica, Macka Diamond will be giving a live performance at Ritual this Sunday, October 12. For her first Ottawa appearance, the dancehall singer will be giving a show alongside some of the best NYC dancehall queens out there.