Another blog post, another week filled with music shows, art exhibitions, and events of all kinds taking place in and around Ottawa-Gatineau. Again, there’s no shortage of fun things happening in our capital city so wether you’re into visual arts, live music, dance parties, or craft shows, there’s sure to be something to quench your event-going thirst. Take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below to to help plan the days ahead. White Cowbell Oklahoma will be making a stop in Ottawa this Thursday, December 4 as part of their 15th Anniversary Steamroll Tour. The legendary Canadian rockers, who give incredible live shows, will be returning to the National Capital to perform live at Mavericks alongside The Paceshifters and Sal Piamonte. This Thursday, December 4, Zaphods will be hosting an evening of great local modern folk pop and the forecast is calling for solid tunes, great people and an awesome time. For the occasion, Ottawa musician Adam Marshall will be performing live and sharing the stage with Emilie Scott and Connor & Aidan. The fourth instalment of CapCity Showdown is happening this Thursday, December 4 at City Nightclub. This performance competition will bring a slew of local hip-hop artists on the same stage to compete head to head for cash and prizes. This edition will feature competitors Rita Carter, Soru, Swift Crew, and Cugini among others as well as a headlining performance by Chrissy Spratt. Montreal indie/folk/pop trio Motel Raphaël will be returning to the capital city this Thursday night. The ladies will be sharing the stage with Ottawa indie-pop band Thrifty Kids and Ottawa indie-pop musician Sarah Bradley of the band Fevers. La Coka Nostra’s own Slaine will be giving a show at Ritual this Thursday night as part of The King Of Everything Else Tour. The Boston-based rapper will be joined by special guests Charron, Aspects, Rob GF, and M.I.M.E. If you’re a fan of dubstep, then chances are you’re familiar with Compa. The UK-based DJ and Producer affiliated to Deep Medi/Boka/Kokeshi/WX/WL will be giving a live set at Cafe Nostalgica this December 4 alongside local support from Disco-Nekt and Mr. TheCat. Jigga what, jigga who? If you know a little about hip-hop, you’re probably familiar with these lyrics from Jay-Z, one of the biggest and most respected rappers in the game. The man was born on December 4, so for the occasion, Babylon will be hosting “Can’t Knock The Hustle”, a tribute to Shawn Carter, this Thursday night at the club. DJ Acro will be on the 1s and 2s taking care of the beats and playing an all-Jay-Z set. When Art Attacks is a collaborative art show featuring a variety of different everyday items that have been “attacked” by art. The event, happening at Wicked Wanda’s this Friday night, will feature art works by Dems & Doll, Alexandre Aimée, Brittany Anne Mandel as well as live body art, a sexy/crazy photo booth, complimentary bites and funky beats. The 7th annual Bizarre Love Triangle holiday art show is being held this Friday night at Cyclelogik. There will be lovely unique art for sale, of course, as well as a fun photo booth, treats courtesy of Essence Catering and beats provided by selector Greg Reain. DJs Zattar, Memetic and Eric Roberts have reason to celebrate. This Friday, December 5, their popular monthly dance party Timekode turns 9 years old! That’s quite an accomplishment for a local monthly. 9 years strong of soul moving soles. To add to the festivities, they’ll be joined by long-time friends and collaborators DJs Magnificent and Trevor Walker. This special edition will be held at a fresh new spot called Maker Space North, conceived by John Criswick, owner of the Mercury Lounge. Montreal punk/rock/grunge duo Solids will be performing live at House of Targ this Friday night. The guys will be sharing the stage with Montreal hardcore/punk band Hashed Out and ex-Shotmaker/Okara, Ottawa math-rock/post-punk project The Dark Plains. Having seen Solids perform live at the Petit Chicago this past October, I can attest to the fact that these guys rock hard and give a solid set no less. Frenzy, one of the most popular dance parties in the city, is going down at Babylon this Friday night. The latest instalments of the monthly dance party have been off the hook and featuring some of the best upcoming and established music producers out there. This time around will be no different as Straight Goods welcomes the debut of Brooklyn-based producer Sweater Beats. This Saturday, December 6, Bruised Tongue, Ottawa Explosion, & Gabba Hey! present the first-ever Gabba Hey! Holiday! Sale! Happening at 250 City Center, the craft sale will feature over 30 local vendors showcasing the best to eat, read, wear, admire and love forever. This Saturday at Pressed Cafe, there will be a night of musical mastery and conversive discussion featuring The Way, Cat Hibou Blais, the true man show, Allan André and more. Activities will include live music, live art, dancing, theatre, eating, drinking and being merry. If you’re looking for an intimate night of folk and rock’n’roll music this Saturday, be sure to head over to Raw Sugar Cafe to catch the show given by alternative folk singer-songwriter Justice R.F., rock n’ roll band Run Coyote and folk/rock trio Tall Trees. Fryquency, the pay-what-you-can series that exhibits emerging and experimental Canadian music, is turning 1 year old. To celebrate, there will be a live show this Saturday, December 6 at Mugshots featuring sets by bands Fet.Nat, WTCHS, and Grime Kings. What’s more, the series is now all-ages. If you enjoy thrash metal, do yourself a favour and make your way over to House of Targ this Saturday, December 6. Hamilton old school thrashers Varga will be headlining the show and playing alongside Ottawa melodic death metal band Signs Of Chaos, Ottawa thrash metal group A Darker Day and Ottawa death thrash project Outrage AD. Over at the Bronson Centre this Saturday night, Hamilton rock n’ roll band Monster Truck will be giving a live show. For the occasion, the Dine Alone Records signees will be sharing the stage with Montreal rockers Eagle Tears who’ll be warming up the crowd with their opening set.Fever, the only disco dance party of its kind in Ottawa, is happening at Babylon this Saturday, December 6. The now-monthly night promises all the glits and glam of the 70s & 80s and tons of disco hits provided by DJ Illo. The night will open with a fancy disco drag show performed by a couple of Ottawa’s queens, DeeDee Delite & Vaselina Champagneless. An awesome way to dance the night away! The holiday edition of the Urban Craft Market is happening this Saturday, December 6 at the Glebe Community Centre. Urban Craft provides a great opportunity to browse through over 50 local vendors who’ll be selling their crafts at affordable prices. This is the ideal place to go to find special hand-crafted gifts and goodies for those on your Christmas list.
Another week, another slew of events happening in Ottawa-Gatineau in the days to come. Check out Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below for a glimpse into the number of events taking place in and around the National Capital Region in the next few days.
This Monday, May 12, Bruised Tongue and Manx Music present Calgary-based artist Astral Swans live at the Manx Pub. The solo project, initiated by singer/songwriter Matthew Swann, will bring forward 60s folk, no wave, and 90s sludge inspired music that’s at once haunting, sincere, psychedelic, and strange. Oh, and it’s a free show!
Toronto djent/metal group Intervals will be performing live at Mavericks this Wednesday, May 14. The four-piece will be joined on stage by Ottawa progressive metal band The Kindred, Guelph progressive metal project Mandroid Echostar, and Ottawa progressive punk/metal group Sidelines.
Printmaking is taking on the contemporary art world in capital cities around the globe. In Ottawa, it’s only recently that artists have started to explore this art form. A group from the Ottawa School of Art decided to push printmaking and their comfort zone by embracing a medium that is not as common to the artistic community in this city. This group will be showing a variety of printmaking works for the first time at Gallery Studio Sixty Six starting this Thursday, May 15.
If you enjoy spoken word, there’s a special fundraising event being held this Friday, May 16 at Pressed Cafe. Dubbed Poets for Humanity, it’ll bring together local artists Mia Morgan, Graeme O’Farrell, Jenna Tenn-Yuk, John Andrew Akpata, Mehdi Hamdad and Komi Olafimihan for an inspiring night of poetry.
Over in Wakefield this Friday night, Motel Raphael will be performing live at the Blacksheep Inn. For the occasion, the female-lead indie folk pop band from Montreal will be joined on stage by special guests Erik Lind and The Orchard.
If you’re a fan of heavy thrash and metal, you should head over to House of Targ this Friday night for a live double-bill show featuring Ottawa bands World War 4 and Thick Piss. Grab all the details on this show by clicking on the event poster below.
If you know a thing or two about Montreal’s Music is My Sanctuary, then you know that you can expect the unexpected from founder DJ Lexis when it comes to dancefloor selections. The versatile Canadian DJ will be live inside Mercury Lounge this Friday night bringing you a set full of forgotten treasures, house, soul, disco and future classics.
The monthly edition of the Timekode dance party is happening this Friday night at the newly renovated Cafe Nostalgica. The night of soul moving soles will feature visuals by VJ Daisy and musical selections courtesy of host DJs Zattar, Memetic and Eric Roberts.
Aaayyy Happy Birthday! 90s or Bust is turning 1 this Friday! Join the celebrations at Babylon and dance the night away to the best 90s hip hop & RnB provided by resident DJs Pat Johnson and Palm D’Or. This is a neon edition so wear your best Fresh Prince and Saved By The Bell get-up for your chance to win some prizes.
This Saturday, May 17, Seed to Sausage is celebrating the Day of the Pig with a slew of activities including a BBQ Sauce-Off, Cooking Demos, a Home-Brew Off, live bands, yummy food, tasty beverages, and more! This fun-filled event is being held at the artisan cured meats and specialty house just outside of Ottawa.
Chinatown Remixed kicks off this Saturday, May 17 along Somerset West. This annual month-long art festival launches with a day-long vernissage at various locations between Bay and Preston Streets including visual and performance art, music, child-friendly workshops, live food demos and more.
This Saturday, May 17, Privé presents Tac-O-The-Town, Ottawa’s very first taco festival. The city’s best taco makers will unite under one roof at the Ottawa Convention Centre to showcase their culinary take on this foodie favorite. All food is priced between 2 and 5 dollars and goes to support local businesses.
25 local musicians. 5 new bands. 24 hours to create a 20-30 minute set of all original music and 1 unforgettable night: that’s what Ottawa Rock Lottery is all about! Described as one of the best community-building events of the Ottawa music scene by host of CBC Radio 1 Amanda Putz, this exciting night is being held this Saturday, May 17 at Babylon. Be a part of the local community and experience the Ottawa Rock Lottery!
The new House of Targ invites you to rock out with Zex this Saturday night. The Toronto formation will be performing live alongside Ottawa-based punk rock band Absolut, Washington D.C. group Walk the Plank and Pittsburgh project Black Bear Mute.
The May edition of Colour & Sound is being held this Saturday night at The Daily Grind. This monthly show, bringing together local hip-hop artists, will include live performances by Young Red Rum, Penni Layne, Eddie Quotez, and The Fine Young Gentlemen. Music will be provided by DJ D-Mass and admission is free.
This Saturday, June 1 marks the return of the Hostylez dance party at Mugshots with DJs Prufrock Shadowrunner and So Nice. The two Ottawa sound selectors will bring you strictly dancehall, reggae and hip-hop beats to keep you moving and grooving all night. Also, if the weather’s nice, the party will be held outdoors in the courtyard.
This Sunday night, House of Targ presents Toughen Up featuring a live show by Toronto proto-punk/post-punk band Teenanger. The group will be joined by special guests Nightshades, a brand new Ottawa band who’ll be giving its first show ever. What’s more, you can eat perogies and play arcades and pinball as you please.
Now that Bluesfest is behind us, things will temporarily slow down in the National Capital Region, however this doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of events scheduled to take place in the days ahead.
For starters, Independent Music News presents its third show highlighting the best of Ottawa’s growing music scene this Thursday, July 18. For the occasion, come out to Mercury Lounge and support favorite local bands The Apollohs, The Wicked Mercy and Jack Pine and the Fire.
This Thursday,July 18, Loh El and his band will be performing live at Mugshots presenting their electric blend of music and poetry. The group will be performing songs from Loh El’s newly released album. Afro-flamenco-hip hop group Jaguar Priest will be performing alongside Loh El. Following the show, DJ PrufRock Shadowrunner will be spinning the best in reggae and dancehall to make you dance.
The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival presents the Ottawa Premiere of Silvestre Pantaleón directed by Roberto Olivares Ruiz this Friday, July 20 at Mitla Café. The screening will be accompanied by an authentic Oaxacan dinner created by Chef Ana. To view the full menu and pre-festival event details visit the screening’s Facebook event page.
Friday, July 19, the Mercury Lounge presents Motel Raphael live in concert. The emerging Montreal-based indie pop/folk band will be performing alongside Ottawa’s own Three Little Birds and Hated Sons.
The July edition of Hip Hop Karaoke Ottawa is happening this Friday, July 19 at Mugshots Courtyard. As of now, the monthly event is being held outdoors for the summer season with your regular hosts DJ So Nice and Atherton. If you’d like to sign-up to perform or if you simply want more info, click on the banner below and check out Eventful Capital’s Special Feature on the monthly night. This month’s installment has a Tupac theme so be ready to hear Changes, California Love and perhaps Keep Ya Head Up among other Makaveli hits.
If you’re feeling nostalgic this Friday, July 19, you may want to check out the second edition of 90s or Bust happening at Babylon. Djs Palm D’Or and Pat Johnson will be playing your favourite 90s hip hop and r&b jams as 90s sitcoms will be projected all night for your reminiscing pleasure. Even cooler, Fancypants Vintage will have a table and will be selling some legit 90s gear.
Montreal-based DJ Sir Jemi will be giving a live set at the Mercury Lounge this Friday, July 29. The house DJ will be spinning everything from afro and tribal deep funk to soulful disco, r&b and old school. This is a guaranteed recipe for danicng the night away.
On Saturday, July 20 punkottawa.com and Spectrasonic present a nice roster of indie punk rock bands that are set to perform live at an undisclosed location currently dubbed Gabba Hey. The all-ages show will feature live performances by American groups Koji, Turnover, Ivy League and Have Mercy.
On the Quebec side this week, Ottawa’s own Sound of Lions will be giving a live performance at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield. The local electro trip-hop group, who’s set to release a new album in the Fall, will be on stage alongside Montreal opening act Bent By Elephants.
On Saturday, July 20, Grind Party invites you to its new home at Ritual Nightclub. Having graduated from Babylon, the party will now take place at this new venue as it will continue to showcase the best in dancehall and hip hop music.
On Sunday, July 21, Ottawa will welcome up and coming Montreal group Groenland who’s scheduled to perform live at Cafe Dekcuf. The emerging indie pop group who’s garnering lots of buzz with its debut album The Chase will be sharing the stage with Ottawa indie folk band Orienteers. A show that’s more than affordable and definitely worth checking out!