If you enjoy visual arts, start your week at the Ottawa Art Battle this Tuesday night at Arts Court. The unique event organized across Canadian cities, brings 12 local painters together for a live painting competition held in front of an audience.
The Viree Blues series is back at the Petit Chicago, and they are now sponsored by Moosehead. The 6th show of the new series is happening this Wednesday, May 31 and it’ll feature a live performance by The Ramblers and Carl Tremblay.
The incomparable FET.NAT are having their “Gaoler” EP Release this Thursday night by throwing a block party at Le Temporaire in the Vieux-Hull sector of Gatineau. For the occasion, the Gatineau experimental art punk four-piece will be playing alongside DJs Memetic of TIMEKODE fame, Jas Nasty and Glory Hull.
If you’re into metal and hard rock, you should check out House of Targ this Thursday night to catch Hull heavy rockers Muffler Crunch, Ottawa instrumental prog metal band The Dead Centuries, Ottawa classic metal group Lycanthro, Montreal heavy metal project Mad Parish and Ottawa progressive metal outfit Elevenstar.
Toronto’s Bad Channels will be making a stop in Ottawa this Thursday night at Avant-Garde Bar as part of their Spring 17 Mini-Tour. The future punk shredders will be playing live with Toronto sub-bass surfing band ZONES, Ottawa experimental psych project Trails and New Brunswick’s Monteith.
This Thursday night marks the return of Open Air Social Club at Parliament Pub on Wellington Street. The weekly summer outdoor dance party will feature musical selections from resident DJ Matt Tamblyn as well as DJs Foster, Illo, Laocapone, Gregular, and others.
Westfest, Westboro Village’s festival of music, art and life is celebrating its 14th edition this year from June 2-4. This family-friendly community festival brings you free concerts and activities in Ottawa’s Westboro neighbourhood and this year the events will once again be held in Laroche Park. The 2017 festivities will bring you live performances by a bunch of talented local artists and bands including DJ NDN of A Tribe Called Red, MonkeyJunk, Cody Coyote, Brad Sucks and Mauro Scatozza, among others.
This Friday, June 2, join Ottawa alternative/pop/rockers Cast in Cadence, Ottawa indie alternative rock band Bitter North and Toronto alternative rock group Iduna for a night of live music at the Rainbow Bistro.
Musician Matt Chaffey (The Split), Liam Smith (Little Suns) and Dylan Watts have a new project called Nigthsnack and they’ll be presenting in at Live on Elgin this Friday night. For the occasion, they’ll be joined on stage by Halifax rock n’roller Jessie Brown and Ottawa’s Mosely, who’ll be playing an unplugged set.
Ottawa’s Pozativ crew is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the Mercury Lounge this Friday, June 2 with an epic party featuring none other than Toronto-based house music DJ Sneak. For the occasion, resident DJs Balu and Jeff Dougler will be giving live sets along with Australian guest DJ Scott Morter.
Hamilton hardcore rockers Dead Tired are touching down at House of Targ this Friday night and they’ll be rocking out alongside Ottawa hardcore metal band Blow and Ottawa skate punks Sidelines.
Double Barrel, one of Ottawa’s most popular monthly dance parties, is going down inside Babylon this Friday night. Resident DJ Magnificent will be gracing the 1s and 2s alongside Trevor Walker and there will also be a live performance by Ottawa salsa dura/afro disco/latin five-piece Tropikombo. Detroit Soul Food will once again be there providing finger-licking good treats. A funk, soul, Motown and vintage reggae dance party you don’t want to miss!
Double Dutch, anyone? This Saturday at Lansdowne Park, there’s going to be epic double dutch skipping party and everyone’s invited. If you go, you’re encouraged to dress in colourful 80s or 90s gear. It’ll be a fun occasion for people in the community to try something different or remember something they used to do as children. It’s a nostalgic event that will bring back memories and create new ones.
If you want to experience a night of intense dark heavy scientific breakdowns, head over to the Petit Chicago this Saturday night to check out Gatineau electronic deathcore metal band Greta Knights (who have a new singer, Guillaume Villeneuve of Pear of Anguish), Ottawa progressive deathcore group The Thirteenth Floor, and hardcore metal project Ghostblade.
Ohio emo rockers Hawthorne Heights will be making a return to Ottawa this Saturday night to play live at Mavericks. The all-ages show will also feature live performances by Ottawa emo/post hardcore band Rydell, Ottawa metalcore group The Great Diversion, Ottawa indie rockers Nighttime in Kansas and Ottawa acoustic pop punks If It Blooms.
This Saturday night, there’s an all-ages show going down at Black Squirrel Books. Toronto garage rockers Wine Lips will be giving their Ottawa debut and having their album release show with local power pop project Holy Christopher and k-pop group Empty Nesters.
If you’re in the mood to play pinball and arcades while you check out some live punk bands, House of Targ is where you’ll want to be this Saturday night for the Voice of a Generation Punk Night Vol. 4 featuring Ottawa’s Asile, Fredericton’s Hard Charger, and Portland, Oregon’s Satanarchist.
Ottawa’s Chef Chico and Aunt Thelma’s are hosting the next Hip Hop Hangover Brunch this Sunday, June 4. Happening at Kinki, the popular event will feature a finger-licking good thematic brunch menu paired with beats provided by Professor Mele and friends. One of the most solid brunches that you’ll ever try, trust me and my tummy.
Ottawa garage surf punks Bonnie Doon are presenting their new album “Dooner Nooner” in its entirety this Sunday, June 4 at the Record Centre. Free show guys!
Finish the week with a bang at Cafe Deckuf this Sunday night by checking out Newmarket pop punks Two Year Plan, Toronto post hardcore band The Ocean Cure, Ottawa post-hardcore group T-Rex Marathon, Ottawa power pop project Fragile Figures and Ottawa punks The Fly Downs.