With only a few days left before summer is officially over, the National Capital is gearing up for several big events set to take place in the days ahead. Wether you’re looking for music shows, festivals, artistic events or craft shows, Eventful Capital has got you covered. Check out the carefully-selected event suggestions below for ideas on what’s happening this week in Ottawa-Gatineau.
The 2013 Ottawa International Film Festival is being held from Wednesday, September 18 to Sunday, September 22 at various locations in the downtown core. This annual festival, which is the largest of its kind in North America, will feature a great lineup of screenings, workshops, presentations and panels for film buffs, art lovers and cartoon fans alike.
On Wednesday, September 18, Her Harbour, Michael Feuerstack and Paper Beat Scissors will be performing live at Le Temporaire located in the Old Hull sector of Gatineau. If you’re into indie folk then you might just want to check out this intimate show.
If you prefer indie rock perhaps you should head over to Luneta Cafe this Thursday, September 19 to check out Billie Dre & The Poor Boys perform live. The Halifax rock n’ roll trio will be joined on stage by Ottawa’s own StillNative and Yuma County for an all-ages show presented by Spectrasonic.
Also on Thursday, September 19, Indie City Madness and CKCU FM present a live performance by Toronto bands The Scarlet Fever and Cadillacs and Cadavers along with a debut set by UBV76. This show, taking place at Avant-Garde, is perfect for those of you who enjoy edgy rock n’ roll.
The Mercury Lounge presents Aestrid live in concert this Thursday, September 19. This indie/alternative/rock/pop trio from the Netherlands will be performing live in Ottawa as part of 12-day tour of Eastern Canada. For the occasion, the group will be joined by opening performer Julian Brown.
Do you often wish you were still in the 90s because you just can’t get enough of Jurassic Park, Lip Smackers, Beverly Hills 90210 re-runs and reading Goosebumps? Do you often reminisce about the good old days of 90s music by listening to TLC, Puff Daddy and Aqua? Then you definitely want to hit up 90s or Bust this Friday, September 20 at Babylon. Nuff said.
The inaugural edition of the E.L.E. Music Festival is being held this Friday, September 20 in front of Tabaret Hall at the University of Ottawa. Presented by The University of Ottawa Community Life Services, this one day-festival is meant to showcase young local musicians while also serving as a fundraiser for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs. The lineup features The Lionyls, Monday I Retire, StillNative, Go Long (!), and Neegus among others.
Uncorked, the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s wine-tasting series is back this Friday, September 20. This time around, the evening will focus on wines of the old continent including some from Spain, Italy, Germany and Portugal. Space is limited for this event so if you’d like to attend, be sure to purchase tickets as soon as possible.
Pecha Kucha is an event for creatives of all kinds to meet, show work and share ideas spontaneously and casually. On Friday, September 20, over 100 Pecha Kuchas worldwide will be elaborating on the theme of “Hidden Heroes.” Pecha Kucha Ottawa will be participating by featuring Aaron Cayer, Owner of Antique Skate Shop, Melody McKiver, Co-Founder of Niigaan: In Conversation, Liam Mooney, Creative Director of Jackpine and Daniel Spence, Co-Founder of Couch Assassin among others. The event is taking place at the Mercury Lounge from 7 to 10pm.
If you’re into Electronic Dance Music, you probably want to be at the Ernst & Young Centre this Friday, September for Life in Color. The EDM event will feature live DJ sets by Sandro Silva, Oliver Twizt, and Ariyan.
The September edition of Hip Hop Karaoke Ottawa is happening this Friday at the Mugshots Courtyard. Hosts DJ So Nice and Atherton invite you to sign-up to perform or to encourage the performers as a spectator. If you want more info, click on the banner below and check out Eventful Capital’s Special Feature on the monthly hip hop karaoke night.
Fans of indie experimental and post-punk will want to head to Ritual this Friday, September 20 to catch Braids and Mark Webber live in concert. Grab all the details on this show by clicking on the event poster below.
Ottawa favorites Jokers of the Scene, also known as JOTS, will be back at the Mercury Lounge this Friday, September 20 for a live DJ set. The Montreal-based duo, who often plays in Ottawa, will be accompanied by resident DJ Lance Baptiste.
From Friday, September 20 to Sunday, September 22, head over to Gatineau for the city’s Festival of World Cultures previously known as Festival Molokai. This 3-day festival, now in its 6th year, presents a variety of shows and exhibitions for all. Highlights this year include performances by Brazilian group Bombolessé, singer-songwriter Sylvie Desgroseillers, and musician Mamzelle Ruiz.
The National Capital Region’s second annual Nuit Blanche is taking place this Saturday, September 21 at various central locations. This year’s cultural event, which has for theme Supernova, will include downtown Gatineau in its programming along with expanding to Sparks and Rideau Street. With a bigger and better lineup than last year, the sky is the limit for Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau!
The Red Bull Thre3 Style Regional Qualifiers are going down this Saturday, September 21 at Ritual. This year, DJs Acro, Bnutz, Brains4brkfst, Cam B, Dlux, Ken L Jones and Kid SL are competing head to head to determine Ottawa’s best party rocker which will represent the city at the National Finals in Calgary. This event is a guaranteed good time.
The Urban Craft Market is back this Sunday, September 22 at the Glebe Community Centre. Urban Craft provides a great opportunity to browse through over 40 local craft vendors who will be selling their crafts at affordable prices. This is the ideal place to go to find special hand-crafted gifts and goodies.