This Tuesday evening at the Ottawa Art Gallery, there’s going to be a special On the Grid edition of Beats & Boards in conjunction with the exhibition Jerry Grey on the Grid: 1968-1978. Between 6 and 10 p.m., drop in to play grid-based board games while enjoying music by DJ Hobo.
Hamilton-based singer-songwriter and musician Will Gillespie will be performing live in Ottawa this Tuesday as part of his Kings of the Summer Solo Tour. The folk rock artist will be playing at Avant-Garde in an effort to promote his latest album Kings of the Summer.
Over at Zaphods this Wednesday night, you can catch a night of live music featuring strictly local bands. Ottawa progressive experimental rockers Forest, Ottawa alternative rock/post hardcore band T-Rex Marathon, Ottawa experimental rock group In Fiasco and Ottawa garage punks Empty Nesters will all be playing live and sharing the stage.
For the fifth year, Ottawa will be home to the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival celebrating Indigenous arts on Algonquin Territory. Following four successful editions, the annual festival is back with a 2016 installment taking place from August 10 to 14 that promises to offer a rich and engaging programming emphasizing art works that examine Indigenous issues and topics. The festival will take place over four days and will feature film screenings and gallery exhibitions, some of which are being held outdoors. Click on the below poster for festival details and check out Eventful Capital’s special feature on Asinabka to find out more.
Toronto/Ottawa alternative hip hop artist Aron the Alien is celebrating his birthday this week and Rocksteady Bookings is throwing a party to mark the occasion. Happening at Flapjack’s this Thursday night, the event will feature live music by Trtlnckfx, Pippa (previously known as Pipahauntas), Kofee and Bear Trap Gang.
Ottawa pop/rock/folk/punk band Sweet Alps is having an album release show this Thursday night at House of Targ and for the occasion, they’ll be sharing the stage with Toronto indie rock group Towers and Ottawa progressive rock/funk project Grand Theft Ottawa.
Ever heard of the Hopped & Confused fest? Me neither. It’s a new addition to the ever-growing festival list in the Nation’s capital and it’s going down at the Mill St. Brewery this weekend. It’s basically a 2-day outdoor beer, music and food festival in collaboration with Dine Alone Records. It’ll feature performances by the Sheepdogs and Monster Truck as well as over 15 Mill Street beers on tap, unique casks, an exclusive Hopped and Confused White IPA and a glorious summer picnic inspired by San Antonio’s mexicana and barbecue culinary scene. Must be legal drinking age to enter.
Wakefield’s own Rebelle (previously known as The Strain) will be playing live at the Blacksheep Inn this Friday night and they’re bound to feature new material as part of their set. Also on the bill that night will be The Kents and Toronto garage rock band Bad Girls.
Toronto’s Red Handed Denial is coming to Ottawa for the first time this Friday, August 12 in an effort to promote their latest EP “Wanderer”. For the occasion, the progressive rock/metal band will be performing live at Cafe Deckuf with local voodoo-metal group ooluu, Montreal industrial metal formation Projekt F and Ottawa experimental synth noise/industrial/techno project Final Fall.
Last time I checked, Switched On Synths was a monthly, but it looks like they’re having two editions this month. The electronic music series dedicated to all things synth is having a second August installment this Friday night and this time it’s the Mutant Disco Edition. Happening at House of Targ, the event will feature a set by Brooklyn house/techno artist Steve Summers, Ottawa/Montreal dark synth pop group Violence, Montreal new romantic italo disco artist Automelodi and Denmark post punk queer synth wave project Prison.
This Saturday, August 13, check out OH Canada Music Festival, a fundraiser event focussed on promoting Canadian artists, which also supports charities that help improve our communities. The festival will feature Canadians artists from all ranges within the music and arts industry, including DJs, dancers, poets, musicians, urban artists, painters, comedians and more. The event goes down at Mooney’s Bay and all proceeds raised will be donated to CHEO.
This Saturday afternoon and evening, the Ottawa Rock Camp For Girls Summer Block Party is going down along Arlington Avenue. Come hang and enjoy the outdoors while you take in the BBQ, get some temporary tattoos, check out some sidewalk chalk, a girls skate competition and cover bands. Proceeds from the event will go to support this year’s Ottawa Rock Camp for Girls.
Ottawa natives and now Toronto-based band Thrifty Kids will be making a return to familiar territory to perform live at Flapjack’s this Saturday night. The indie pop/surf rock 4-piece will be joined by Montreal group Small Rooms as well as Ottawa bands Lees Avenue and Elementals.
Over at the Minotaure in the Hull sector of Gatineau this Saturday night, you can check out Gatineau rock band Eldorado, who’ll be giving their first show of 2016. For the occasion, the group will be joined by Montreal punk rock band Society’s IIIs and Gatineau acoustic folk project Chupacabra.
This Saturday at the Mercury Lounge, DJs Sergio Pari, Chiino and Tone A bring you Deep Therapy, a dance party that showcases the sounds of deep and cutting edge house music in a unique and inviting atmosphere that defies the ordinary. It’s your remedy from the mainstream, so let loose and dance.