This upcoming week in the National Capital is so rich in events that it’ll certainly be hard to choose what to attend and what to miss out on. It’s not only rich in numbers, but also in variety!
To kick things off in music, the Up & Up Concert Series presents StillNative live at the Mercury Lounge. The Ottawa rock duo, made up of members Patrick Steele and Max Savage, will be performing some new material along with tunes found on their self-titled debut album. For detais on this show, click on the poster below.
Starting this Thursday, April 25 and taking place until May 4 is Northern Scene, a festival celebrating Canada’s northern culture, presented by the National Arts Centre. The 10-day celebration will feature 50 events with 250 artists spanning from the theatre, danse, film, music, food, fashion and visual arts fields. For the full programming and festival details, just click on the below poster.
This Friday night, April 26, art enthusiasts will want to check out Swarm, a gallery crawl across the National Capital which presents 145 artists and 15 exhibitions. Organized by the National Arts Centre, the free event includes a fashion show and music performances at the NAC and will conclude with an after-party at Club SAW. You can grab more info, by clicking on the event poster below.
On Friday, April 26, World Famous Music presents John Carroll & The Epic Proportions live at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield. The singer-songwriter and his band, whose musical style mixes influences of blues, folk, roots and rock, will be joined on stage by special guest Ken Voita. For details and ticket information, simply click on the event poster below.
Also this Friday, April 26, Stones Throw Records founder Peanut Butter Wolf of LA will be doing a rare live VJ set at Ritual alongside special guest Homeboy Sandman. To grab everything you need to know on this event, just click on the below poster.
Les vendredis complètement malades present Retour vers le futur this Friday, April 26 at the Petit Chicago in the Old Hull sector of Gatineau. DJs Manalogue, Grumpy B, Julien Racine and VJ Bourgatron invite you to help raise funds for Parkinson research during a futuristic retro night of music. If you’d like to know more on this event, just click on the poster.
This Friday, April 26, DJ Magnificient invites you to a special April edition of Double Barrel with invited guest The Gaff. The Saskatoon-based DJ, currently on a North American tour, will be making his Ottawa debut with an all-45s set featuring the best in Funk, Soul, Motown, and Vintage Reggae. For details, simply click the event poster below.
On Saturday, April 27, bboys and bgirls across the National Capital Region will surely gather at McNabb Recreation Centre for the Keep Rockin’ Vol. 2 breakdance battles. The event, presented by Icanbboy, will feature 3 on 3 battles and 1 on 1 toprock battles with crews from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal and beats by DJ Zattar. Following the battles, there will be an after party at Fall Down Gallery. If this is an event for you, click on the poster below to grab more info.
Also on Saturday, April 27, Madamme SweetPea presents Striphop, an Evening of Burlesque Hip Hop Fusion at Babylon Nightclub. The event, taking place before the monthly edition of Grind, will feature Jesse Dangerously, electropop sweethearts Billz & Woo, Rockalily Burlesque and more.
If you’re into calypso and roots reggae, I encourage you to head over to Ritual this Saturday, April 27 for the Kobo Town Album Release Show. Toronto-based group Kobo Town, who’ll be launching their new album Jumbie in the Jukebox, will be performing live in Ottawa to promote their latest studio effort. For ticket information and details, just click on the event poster below.
Other noteworthy events happening this week include Firebelly live at the Brasseurs du Temps this Monday, April 22. The up and coming modern blues group from the Outaouais region will be performing as of 7:30 pm.
With respect to the spoken word poetry scene, the Urban Legends Poetry Slam will take place this Friday, April 26 at 7:15 pm at the Architecture Building at Carleton University. This edition of the poetry slam will feature Ottawa spoken word artist John Akpata and will be hosted by ArRay-Of-Words.
Another big event for the spoken word scene is Capital Slam featuring OpenSecret this Saturday, April 27. The slam, which will take place at the Mercury Lounge, will present a special feature with Ikenna Onyegbula aka OpenSecret, the Champion of this year’s Canadian Individual Slam Competition and a personal favorite of mine and many.
Venezuelan-born international visual artist Juan Carlos Noria, also known as Dixon will present an exhibiton of paintings entitled Damaged Goods at Fall Down Gallery as part of the venue’s two-year anniversary party. The event will feature some of Dixon’s latest work along with beats by DJ Acro.
So this wraps up my suggestions of exciting events for the days ahead. Here’s to hoping you find something fun to do this week and that you enjoy the end of April in Canada’s National Capital.