This Monday, June 19, the Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle is celebrating its one-year anniversary at Irene’s Pub along Bank St. Hosted by local singer-songwriter and musician Julie Corrigan, the event will feature live performances by local artists Brea Lawrenson and Jillian Kerr. Happy birthday Girls to the Front!
Calgary blackened metal band Plaguebringer will be giving a live show at House of Targ this Monday, June 19 as part of the Three Kings Tour. The 5-piece will be playing alongside Ottawa deathcore gorup Martyrs and Ottawa hardcore/trash crossover project Life On Trial.
If you’re up for an intimate Tuesday night of rock n’ roll, head over to Pressed Cafe to check out Ottawa hazy pop band Sparklesaurus, Vancouver grunge punks Dead Soft, Vancouver post punk project Blessed and Ottawa garage rockers Mushy Gushy. It’s gonna be a good one!
Chicago indie/garage-rockers Twin Peaks are playing live at Babylon this Thursday night and for the occasion, the Grand Jury Recs signees will be sharing the stage with Ottawa mirage rockers Casa Lagarto and Ottawa rock n’rollers Vile Bodies.
Over at the Rainbow Bistro this Wednesday night, there’s going to be a night of live local music featuring Ottawa-based folk rock singer-songwriter Jeremy Audet, Ottawa indie four-piece Myriagon and Aylmer band Transit Lake.
If you’re into country/folk/punk sounds, make your way over to Pressed Cafe this Thursday night to check out Ottawa country/punk band The Railway Hotel, Ottawa country/folk group Chris Landry and the Seasick Mommas and Ottawa indie blues rock musician Paul Crupi.
The Targ Folk Music Series is bringing you a Hootenanny this Thursday, June 22. The show happening at House of Targ will feature live performances by Ottawa folk/bluegrass trio Old Man Grant, Montreal folk/Cajun jugband Old Time Honey and Ottawa Valley swing/jazz duo Jordan & Watts.
Over in Gatineau, Francophones will be celebrating the Saint-Jean Baptiste from June 22-25 with a series of activities, rides, fireworks and live shows at the Des Cèdres Park in Aylmer. This year’s lineup will feature headliners Safia Nolin, Radio Radio, Les Hay Babies, and Alex Nevsky among others.
The Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is celebrating it’s 24th edition at Moonie’s Bay Park from June 22 to 25. North America’s largest dragon boat festival will feature a children’s area filled with family-friendly entertainment, the classic dragon boat races and a another free concert series. This year, festival-goers will have the chance to see local fave Kalle Mattson along with headliners The Sheepdogs, Half Moon Run and Dear Rouge, among others. This is such a treat, make sure you take advantage of all these free and accessible events!
From June 22 to June 25, you can check out the 12th annual Rockfest in Montebello, Quebec, just 45 minutes away from downtown Ottawa. The festival promises performances by 130 bands (that’s less than the 150 presented last year) including headliners Rammstein, Queens of the Stone Age, Alexisonfire, Megadeth, Wu-Tang Clan and Bad Religion, among many others. This year’s there’s also a St-Jean celebration happening June 23-24 as part of Rockfest. Organizers offer an on-site camping option for those who wish to attend both days and stay overnight.
The popular Ottawa International Jazz Festival kicks off this Thursday, June 22 and continues until July 2. One of Ottawa’s longest running festivals and a recognized household name that’s been around since 1980, the Jazz Fest will present another eclectic lineup for festival-goers. This year’s bill includes headliners Kenny Rogers, Feist, Joss Stone, Mavis Staples, Tanika Charles, and Maceo Parker and the Ray Charles Orchestra, among others. Organizers have also included a handful of local acts to the programming namely The always energetic PepTides, the funky Hilotrons and indie art rockers Pony Girl. As per usual, all of the performances taking place on Canada Day are free to attend.
The annual Summer Solstice Indigenous Arts Festival is being held from June 23-25 at Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa. The 2017 edition, which is once again free to attend, will feature a variety of traditional powwow dance competitions along with live music shows, a drum contest, a family fun zone, workshops, artisans, crafts, a selection of traditional aboriginal foods and lots more.
Other than l’Outaouais en fête, there will also be Saint-Jean Baptiste celebrations on Friday, June 23 in the Vieux-Hull. As of 7 p.m. on Laval Street, there will be live music featuring Allegra et ses Chocolats, Billy Love Band as well as a headlining performance by Quebec folklore group La Bottine Souriante. The best part: it’s entirely free to attend.
At Avant-Garde Bar this Friday night you can catch a live show featuring Noi Ya, Lessons in Crime, Milk Jive, Unholy Era, and Guarding the Sky.
This Friday at Live on Elgin, join Onionface as they release their debut LP Roll Over, Dog…And Run! For the occasion, the rock n’rollers will be playing live alongside Ottawa indie rockers The Haig and Oshawa blues rock band Crown Lands.
Tropikalo’s back baby! This super fun dancefloor affair where good times abound is once again happening at Happy Goat Coffee this Friday night. Tropikalo is the perfect dance party if you’re looking for afrolatin caribbean vibes. Just put on your dancing shoe and let DJs Zattar and Trevor Walker take care of the rest.
The Escapade Music Festival, dedicated to highlighting electronic dance music in its many shapes and forms, is being held on June 24 and 25 beside at Lansdowne Park this year. Now in its 7th year, this 2-day festival attracts electronic music enthusiasts from the National Capital Region and beyond. Headlining acts this year include Zeds Dead, Tiesto, Snails, Steve Aoki Mat Zo and more.
A recurring party dedicated to the 6 God? Drake fans, you read correct. The Drake Night dance party, where you can expect to hear nothing but Drizzy jams and tracks from OVO affiliates, is now a monthly and it’s going down this Saturday night at Babylon.
This Saturday night marks the return of Deep Therapy at Mercury Lounge. This monthly dance party showcases the sounds of deep and cutting edge house music in a unique and inviting atmosphere that defies the ordinary. It’s your remedy from the mainstream, so let loose and dance.
Kitchen Party is going down this Saturday inside Bar Robo. The monthly dance party presented by DJs Hobo & Sweet Cheeks will feature nothing but the best in funk, soul, disco, hip hop, electro, techno, house and everything in between. A little bit of this and a little bit of that for your dancing pleasure.
Oyster lovers rejoice: the 10th annual Bytowne Oyster Festival is being held this Sunday, June 25 at the Whalesbone. The best oyster festival in town will once gain feature live music, competitions, tasty snacks, kid-friendly activities and of course, oysters galore. Feast up!
This Sunday starting from 3-7 p.m., House of Targ presents the latest Wizard Werks Craft Show featuring some of Ottawa’s craftiest vendors selling unique, handmade and repurposed items. Check it out and support local makers!