Episode 181 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Rick and Julie, features an hour of great Ottawa-Gatineau music, with lots of new music and plenty of events.
Episode 180 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Rick and Elly, features an hour of great Ottawa-Gatineau music, with lots of new music and plenty of events.
With the 4-day weekend ahead and great weather in the forecast, the world is yours, Ottawa-Gatineau. There’s so much happening this week you won’t know where to start, so here are some pointers to help you plan.
Interested in the music community? Check out the April edition of Music Monday at Bar Robo. This Monday’s discussion will look at how high tech can enhance and/or benefit the music industry. The event will feature a musical performance by Bucko and JUNO-inspired DJ set.
Contrast is a new event presented by NICA, a new creative space, to encourage creative conversation. Each event will feature two films, essays, or works of art for discussion. The first edition, called Abstract, will focus on the way we work.
If you’re into new hip hop, you may want to hit up the Bourbon Room this Tuesday night to catch Pouya and Fat Nick live. The Miami, Florida rappers will be performing live as part of the Drop Out Of School Tour and they’ll be joined on stage by Ghostmane, Flexatelli, Dillan Ponders and more.
This Wednesday, April 12 at Arts Court, check out ¡Fiesta Latina!, a launch party and fundraiser for the Latin American Film festival. The evening of music, dance, food and drinks will feature a live performance by musician Rommel Ribeiro, as well as a DJ set by Rodrigo.
The second Wednesday of every month at Bar Robo, DJ Trevor Walker aka Lifeboogie brings you Prestige, a new night that explores various grooves with jazz as the common thread. Expect jazz, funk, latin, afro, electronica and more, all on vinyl.
After a short hiatus, the Viree Blues series is back at the Petit Chicago, and they are now sponsored by Moosehead. The third show of the new series is happening this Wednesday, April 12 and it’ll feature a live performance by Guy Bélanger.
Ottawa emo/rock newcomers Castlefield are having their EP release show at House of Targ this Thursday night. For the occasion, they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa rockers Nighttime in Kansas, Ottawa hardcore band RATS, playing Sum 41, Ottawa post-hardcore project Halfsleeper and Ottawa solo emo musician Silent Lovers.
Radiohead’s legendary album Ok Computer turns 20 years old this year so to mark the occasion, come hang at Bar Robo this Thursday night to experience the record in its entirety on vinyl and stick around for DJ Sweet Cheeks’ set after.
Music.Art.Ppl is back from a short hiatus and ready to celebrate the spring with co-founders Peter Albert and Nick Hebb as well as Montreal special guest Zepha for her first ever Ottawa appearance. Dubbed Jungle Jam, the part is going down this Thursday inside City and it’ll feature the visuals and live art of Paradiss and Coblou.
The best spot to find quality house music to dance to this Thursday night has got to be the Mercury Lounge hands down. Special guest DJ/Producer Fred Everything will be back in town to give an extended set filled with deep, soulful, electric & tech house.
If you’re feeling the bluegrass/folk/country vibes, make your way over to Bar Robo this Thursday night to check out Pleasant Goat, Big Big Wolf and special guest singer-songwriter Chloé Laberge.
If a psyche night sounds more like something you’d be down for, House of Targ is where you’ll want to be this Friday, April 14 to see USA Out of Vietnam, The Band Whose Name is a Symbol and Butterscotch Palace.
This Saturday, catch local collective JK3 live at the Atomic Rooster as part of their current residency. The rhythm section formed in Ottawa by members of Pony Girl will be giving three sets a night, the third one beginning around midnight and you can expect to hear instrumentals, improv, fusion and hip hop.
This Friday night, The Deep End is back at Bar Robo. Once again, the crew is bringing you a mixed bag of techno beats all through the night while also bringing a unique experience; intersecting music, lighting and video projections. This is an excellent party to check out if you’re into techno, house, and electronic music.
When it comes to blues, Ottawa-based musician Lyle Odjick is certainly one to watch for. You can catch him live at the Atomic Rooster this Saturday as of 4 p.m. with The Northern Steam.
Ottawa/Montreal’s Future States are embarking on a Spring Mini Tour and they’ll be making a stop at The Record Centre this Saturday evening. This time around, they’ll be playing live with Montreal indie pop singer-songwriter Ada Lea (who’s really worth checking out) and Toronto alt folk artist Merival.
The 4th annual Indigenius art, music and fashion show is being held this Saturday at the Canadian Museum of History. The event is an opportunity to acknowledge, learn, and celebrate the contributions and creativity of our Indigenous people living across this land we call Canada.
If you want to check out an indie rock show this Saturday night, you should head over to Mavericks to see IllScarlett, Darenots, The Superlative, and Project Mantra live.
The Back To The Loudness Tour is stopping in Gatineau this Saturday night. Happening at the Petit Chicago, the show will feature live sets by Reset, Punchline 13, Sidelines, and MindAtWar. Bring earplugs.
Montreal rockers March of the Worm and Montreal alt rock band The Fiers are on a Spring Tour and they’ll be playing live at Avant-Garde Bar this Saturday with Ottawa dream pop/post rock project No Mistakes In Space and Ottawa ambient post-rock duo Novusolis.
The National Capital Region’s favourite soul-steppers, the Mackenzie Rhythm Section, are returning to the Blacksheep in Wakefield this Saturday night, following their funky set at the Bangers & Mash Festival. It’s always a good time when the guys are in the building!
LA hardcore punks The Bronx will be playing live at Zaphods on Saturday, April 15 and they’ll be rocking out with Philly punk rockers Dave Hause and the Mermaid.
Ottawa’s favourite glam rock n’ rollers In Heat will be sharing the stage with Ottawa rockers Thunderkok this Saturday night at House of Targ. The show, dubbed The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, will also feature Remi Royale. It’s gonna get messy.
Afropolitan is a 5-month series of events presented at the Mercury Lounge as part of Canada 150 that features DJs, percussionists and dancers showcasing the strong African, Caribbean, and Latin influences that have shaped today’s house music. The third edition happening this Saturday will feature DJ Manoo of France alongside the Tribal Threat DJs and Trevor Walker.
What’s cool about the Deep Therapy monthly is that it keeps happening at different locations. This Saturday, the party returns to Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts with special guest Thomas Cardin from Toronto. For those unfamiliar with the concept, Deep Therapy showcases the sounds of deep and cutting edge house music in a unique and inviting atmosphere that defies the ordinary.
Three of Ottawa’s musicians are coming together this Sunday for A Night at the Gladstone, a special one-night-only music and theatre event. Join host Jumpin’ Joel Flash, Danielle Allard and The Ramblin Valley Band as they play on the still-being-used set of Little Shop of Horrors, running at the Gladstone Theatre until April 23.
RinseOut is back in the basement at Overkill and this Sunday it’s a jungle/DnB edition featuring Threesixty, Rob Saxon and Bellyfull Sound.
This Easter Sunday, Vanguard Pulse, SPOOR, Strange People and FAU Mardi have teamed up to bring you Соба AV, a night featuring an eclectic array of beats and a selection of stunning visuals. Gathering artists from different disciplines, the event will redefine Babylon into a multi-media environment and stage a unique experience.
Episode 179 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Rick and Julie, featured brand new tracks from Castlefield, Matt Vagrant, Jeepz, mal/aimé and more!
This April and May, Debaser presents Spring Thing, a series featuring six shows and nineteen bands. The fun starts this Monday night at Bar Robo with a live performance by Toronto band Century Egg and Ottawa projects Spell and Empty Nesters.
Toronto power funk/soul group After Funk are back in Ottawa this Tuesday night as part of their The Freak Tour. For the occasion, they’ll be giving a live show at the Rainbow Bistro with Ottawa’s own soulsters The Hornettes.
On Wednesday, April 5, catch Vancouver indie pop band Said The Whale live at the Bronson Centre. The Hidden Pony Recs signees will be performing live alongside Toronto indie rockers Fast Romantics.
The Ottawa Fringe Festival #Fringe20 Encore series continues this week with An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein, by Graham Price & James Richardson and The Root of All Squares, by Sterling Lynch & Sam Varteniuk. Check them out at Arts Courts April 6-8.
Over at Bar Robo this Thursday, check out local band Django Libre if you’re in the mood for some live jazz. The group will be playing gypsy jazz standards and originals.
This Thursday evening, Kinki Lounge presents the Genesis Art Vernissage. Inspired from her research on the condition of women and tribes from around the world, Genesis paints warriors to support the cause of female empowerment and mental heath. 15% of all art sales go to local organizations that support mental health and women in crisis. The event will feature spoken word, women-made culinary art from Tunisia and music by DJ RayRay.
Ontario electronic/experimental project Pick A Piper (made up of members of Caribou) will be playing live at House of Targ this Tursday, April 6, and they’ll be sharing the stage with Montreal psych rockers Yoo Doo Right and Ottawa chamber/drone newcomers mal/aimé (featuring members of Pony Girl).
Cold Capital is having their official album release this Friday at the Rainbow Bistro and they invite you to join them to celebrate the occasion. To mark the launch of their record, they’ll be playing live with Ottawa-Gatineau rockers Still Winter Hills and Ottawa bluegrass/rock n’rollers The Ramblin’ Valley Band.
Ottawa alternative rockers High Waters don’t play very often, but when they do it’s worth checking out. They’ll be hitting the stage at Bar Robo this Friday night and this time around they’ll be joined on stage by Montreal electronic project Ghost Love.
The charismatic Ben Caplan & his band The Casual Smokers are giving a live performance at the Shenkman Arts Centre this Friday, April 7 as part of their current tour. Joining them on stage for the occasion will be Ottawa indie folk singer-songwriter Jack Pine.
French pop folk-rock project Trumpets of Consciousness will be giving a live performance at Pressed Café this Friday night. The band, which makes music somewhere between elegant psychedelism, quivering sixties-like melodies and high-end folk poetry, will be sharing the stage with Ottawa psych indie pop group How Far to Mexico and Ottawa indie folk rockers Lost to the River.
This Friday night at the Mercury Lounge, Framework Music is hosting its annual German Sparkle Party as part of their anniversary celebration. This year, they’re turning 6 years old and to mark the occasion they’ll be welcoming special guest Ciszak from Brazil. If you plan on going, expect over the top with sparkly, flashy, and glittery deco.
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 with his new selector partner Trevor Walker, and Detroit Soul Food will also be back to provide tasty eats. An all-vinyl funk, soul, Motown and vintage reggae dance party you don’t want to miss!
If you’re into metal, make your way over to House of Targ this Saturday to catch Philadelphia atmospheric post metal band Rosetta, Ottawa post metal/rock group Destroy Clocks, Ottawa instrumental post rock project Clavius Control and Ottawa metalheads Black Oak Decline.
Andy Chillman will be back in Ottawa after many years this Saturday, April 8. The London, Ontario folk musician will be playing live at Bar Robo with special guest Jad Hammoud.
Montreal lo-fi folk-country four-piece Avec pas d’casque will be playing live at the Minotaure this Saturday night in an effort to promote their latest album Effets spéciaux. This time around, the guys will be sharing the stage with Gatineau-based indie folk band Maggie’s March.
If you’re looking to boogie down to disco this weekend, head over to the Mercury Lounge this Saturday night for the Disco Lab party featuring mad scientists Trevor Walker and guest DJ Zattar who’ll be taking care of the beats. If you attend, you’re encouraged to dress in your best 80s look to get in for free.
Episode 178 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Rick Vaughan, featured the following tracks and artists:
|The Erie Canal
Moonfruits – Debut
|Drop And Dance
Alex Harea – All The Hits
Shadowhand – Album Demos
Pony Girl – Foreign Life
Kalle Mattson – Avalanche
|WTF Jumpin’ Bean
FET.NAT – Poule Mange Poule
|Tout feu tout flamme
Damien Robitaille – Univers Parallèles
Silver Creek – Princes and Kings
PINE – Pillow Talk
Horcrux – Single
|Can’t Call it Love
Old Man Grant – Old Man Grant
Flying Hórses – Tölt
|Love Burnin’ Out
Rebecca Noelle – Single
Kick off the week in music with a bilingual show happening at Live on Elgin this Monday night. The show will feature a performance by Portland-based French singer-songwriter Eric John Kaiser as well as a set from Ottawa-Gatineau folk duo Moonfruits.
Bat Sabbath, a Black Sabbath tribute by Toronto rock/metal/hardcore band Cancer Bats, is back in Ottawa this Saturday. For the occasion, they’ll be performing a full Black Sabbath set at Zaphods and sharing the stage with, ironically, Bancer Cats, a tribute to Cancer Bats, and Pony, a tribute to Deftones.
If you enjoy visual arts, start your weekend 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.
After a short hiatus, the Viree Blues series is back at the Petit Chicago, and they are now sponsored by Moosehead. The second show of the new series is happening this Wednesday, March 29 and it’ll feature a live performance by the Quebec-based Ria Reece Band.
This Wednesday night at House of Targ, the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition and the Ottawa 2017 JUNO Host Committee presents Country In the Capital. The night of live country/folk/roots music will feature performances by The Rifle & The Writer, Amanda Jordan, and Rory Gardiner.
As part of the JUNOs, the Ottawa 2017 JUNO Host Committee presents the Ottawa Music Summit. Happening this Thursday, March 30 at the Canada Council for the Arts, this event is a great opportunity for local bands and musicians to network and connect with 12 music industry delegates from outside Canada.
Ask Women Anything is a series of unique, intimate evenings that give Ottawa’s most influential women a chance to share their thoughts and answer your questions without the filter of the media. The next one is happening this Thursday, March 30 at Bar Robo and will feature intersectional feminist and political commentator Jenn Jefferys.
Remember Prozzäk? The Canadian duo’s infectious dance/pop album Hot Show that found instant success in 1998 is making a bit of a comeback as they set off on their Forever 1999 Tour. The animated music group will be kicking of the tour in Ottawa by playing live this Thursday, March 30 at the Algonquin Commons Theatre.
The Not Normal experimental music series launched last spring is going down this Thursday night at Pressed Cafe. For this latest instalment, there will be a live modular synth set by Paraphonique of Low Noise Productions as well as sets by DJs Jason Skilz and Pierre Richardson of Bruised Tongue Recs.
This Thursday, March 30, there are no bands booked at House of Targ, which is pretty rare, so to make the most of the occasion, the venue is offering a free JUNO-inspired Arcade Nite featuring DJ KJMaxx spinning strictly Canadian content on vinyl.
The JUNO Awards are back in Ottawa this year, which means JUNOFest is also back. On March 31 and April 1, catch 100 bands at 15 different venues with one wristband that only costs 30 bones. It’s bound to be an amazing two days of live music.
This Friday evening, Gatineau-based experimental jazz/punk band FET.NAT will show some of the work they’ve done during their two-week laboratory residency at DAÏMÔN. There will also be a live radio broadcast on 91.1 FM broadcasting about a 3 km radius around the “La Filiature” building.
Tropikalo’s back baby! This super fun dance floor affair is making a return this Friday night at Happy Goat Coffee. Tropikalo is the perfect dance party if you’re looking for afrolatin caribbean vibes. Just put on your dancing shoes and let DJs Zattar and Trevor Walker take care of the rest.
There’s a new all-ages party at Shanghai restaurant, and it’s A Night Called Best. The inaugural edition was held last month, and it was a hot mess of beauty and dancing. DJs Pat Johnson & Palm D’or are back at it this Friday night to bring you nu shit, 90s to 2000s hip hop and r&b anthems.
Walshy Fire, one third of the world-famous Major Lazer, will be performing in Ottawa this Friday, March 31. The dancehall MC and selector will be bringing the heat in Canada’s capital city by giving a live show at Ppl.
If the slow arrival of spring has got you down and you need to lift your spirits, there’s no better band than The PepTides to get you back on your feet. The Ottawa pop/funk/soul nine-member group will be performing live at the legendary Blacksheep Inn this Saturday and they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa 60s Yé-Yé French pop band Les Petits Fours. The perfect show to get your dance on!
If you’re in the mood for some Western African music, be sure to make your way over to the Troquet this Saturday night to catch the talented Elage performing live with Seydina.
CHUO 89.1 FM, CKCU 93.1 FM & Birdman Sound present the 16th Ottawa Community Record Show this Sunday, April 2 at St. Anthony’s Hall. This is the place to go to find LPs & CDs and dig for rare music gems from every genre. Tons of killer some filler. A must for music collectors!