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.
This Monday, April 17 the Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle is back at Irene’s Pub along Bank St. Hosted by local singer-songwriter and musician Julie Corrigan, the event will feature live sets by artists Kate Weekes and Mabel Beggs.
This Monday night at Bar Robo, fulfill your rock star fantasies by singing along to Ottawa’s Special K Band. With hundreds of songs in their playbook from Adele and The Cure to Daft Punk and Bob Marley, Special K will make you sound like a superstar on the mic.
Happy birthday House of Targ! This Monday night, the venue is celebrating 3 years of live music, pinball and perogies, and to mark the occasion they’re having a party featuring Peterborough metal band Mokomokai, Tokyo punk/rock group Zoobombs, Ottawa pogo punks Pok Gai and a DJ set by New Swears. There’s also going to be a limbo competition and loot bags, cause what’s a bday party without them.
New Jersey punk rockers Bigwig will be playing live at House of Targ this Tuesday, April 18 and this time around they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa punks GOAT and Sidelines.
Quebec actors Isabelle Blais and Pierre-Luc Brillant are also musicians and they’re bringing their Comme dans un film show to the Brasseurs du Temps this Tuesday, April 18. Their style, which mixes bossa, folk and country, is bound to charm spectators.
Over at Zaphods this Tuesday night, you can catch UK indie post punks The Wedding Present live with LA garage pop project Colleen Green Band.
Soon-to-be Carleton University music graduate Merideth Brown will be releasing her EP “Fifth Avenue” at Live On Elgin this Wednesday, April 19. Her brand of folk with a dash of Celtic makes the singer-songwriter unique among her peers. Dylan Phillips, also a student in the music program, will be kicking off the show with an acoustic set.
Montreal post punk trio Big Knife Little Knife will be playing at House of Targ this Wednesday night and this time around they’re rocking out with Ottawa post punks Dark Plains and Ottawa punk rockers Species at Risk.
If you’re up for a night of punk/pop/hardcore this Thursday, head over to the Brass Monkey to check out post hardcore band Silverstein live with Ottawa pop punks We Were Sharks, Ottawa emo/post-hardcore group Rydell and Ottawa post rockers The Great Diversion.
Blve Hills are having their “Come On In” EP release show at House of Targ this Thursday night and for the occasion the Ottawa-based psyche grunge band will be sharing the stage with Lindsay, Ontario power pop trio The Kents and Ottawa living room dreampop project Sparklesaurus.
This Friday night at Pressed, you can catch a night of live local music featuring Micarza Camaro, Coastal Pigs and Worn Robot.
At Bar Robo that same night, if you’re down to catch some post-punk, alternative and shoegaze, you can catch Denmark post punks The Foreign Resort, Montreal shoegaze four-piece The City Gates and Ottawa shoegaze/psyche project ONFIILM.
Ottawa-based artist Lucila Al Mar invites you to join her for the release of her debut album “Nada Es Para Siempre // Nothing Is Forever” happening this Friday night at Arts Courts. For this special launch show, she will be joined by a band of musicians as well as DJ Chico6Trece.
TIMEKODE, Ottawa’s longest-running monthly dance party is back at it this Friday night inside D’Afrique. The popular funk, soul and hip hop dance party that has been keeping Ottawa funky fresh for 12-years strong will be held down by resident DJs Zattar and Memetic, as well as special guest DJ Ruby Jane who’s coming dow from Montreal for this one. Get your dancing shoes ready and see you on the TK dance floor!
The Ca$tro vs. Fiji Tour is rolling through Ottawa this Saturday night. Presented by the CMDWN Collective, the all-ages show is happening at the Bourbon Room and will feature Toronto underground hip hop artists Ca$tro and Fiji.
Ottawa art-folk collective The Acorn is celebrating the 10th anniversary of their critically-acclaimed 2007 album Glory Hope Mountain this Saturday night at St. Alban’s. To mark the occasion, the album will be performed front-to-backwith special guest members from FET.NAT, Scattered Clouds, The Holy Gasp, and more, as well as live video projections. On top of all this goodness, Montreal art-soul wanderers Un Blonde will open the night.
There’s a killer lineup playing at Black Squirrel Books this Saturday night that you should definitely check out if you enjoy seeing live music in unconventional places. The show will feature Montreal experimental electro/saxophone duo Saxsyndrum, Toronto pop noir band Del Bel and Ottawa disco rodeo project Casa Lagarto
Live on Elgin always has great programming and this Saturday night is no different. On April 22, check out Toronto-based pop-rock quartet Jane’s Party alongside Ottawa-based alt indie rockers Bitter North and Ottawa pop soul project Harea Band.
At Bar Robo on Saturday, Ottawa ands Expanda Fuzz and Sleepy and The Noise are playing live for an intimate night of garage rock.
Celebrate the release of The Lionyls debut album this Saturday, April 22 at Barrymore’s Music Hall. It’s been a long time coming for the Ottawa-based rock and soul band and for the occasion they’ll be sharing the stage with local groups Tribe Royal, Lemon Cash, Wise, Young & King.
Montreal indie rockers We Are Monroe will be making a stop at the Petit Chicago in the Hull sector of Gatineau this Saturday, April 22 as part of their White Lights Album Release Tour. The four-piece will be playing alongside Ottawa dance punk trio Peaks and Ottawa indie alt rock band Mosely.
First off, this poster is super rad (gotta give credit to the poster artists, yo), which is obviously a strong indication that this show will also be rad. Going down at the Dom this Saturday, the lineup includes Australia garage/punks Dune Rats, Australia surf rockers Hockey Dad and Ottawa punk rockers Flaws.
This Friday night, escape to a world where creativity is king at Spirited Away, a three-floor celebration of art and music that’ll feature an art market, a photo booth, performance art and more.
This Saturday, April 22, Nordic Trax is celebrating 20 years of music with a special party happening at Mercury Lounge that’ll feature DJs Luke McKeehan, Trevor Walker and birthday boy Miguel Graca on the mix.
If you’re into garage, punk and rock n’roll, and you’re up for some dancing this Saturday night, check out the Kick Out The Jams party happening over at Bar Robo.
This Saturday night, the Oh My Jam dance party is having its Lettuce Turnip the Beet Spring edition at Babylon. This time around, the popular monthly will feature music selections by DJs D-Luxx Brown and Yes Yes Jill & Sammy Rawal.
Finish off the week in music at Bar Robo with an intimate show featuring Vancouver alt rockers Sleep Science, Ottawa alt rock/grunge band Crossing Jane and Ottawa project Pitch Black.
Rewind Sundays is celebrating 4 years of Sunday night parties at City this Sunday, April 23 and for the occasion the event will bring together some of Ottawa’s most influential DJs to play hip hop throwbacks and classic jams.
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