The upcoming week is packed with a bunch of music shows, dance parties, and art exhibitions of all genres taking place in Ottawa-Gatineau. Once again, there’s no shortage of interesting things happening this week so wether you’re into metal, hip-hop, folk, punk, rock, there’s sure to be something to satisfy your event-going needs. Take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below to to help plan the days ahead.
Halifax-based ocean-inspired psych pop rock group Monomyth will be in Ottawa this Tuesday night in an effort to promote their latest release “Saturnalia Regalia”. The band will be performing live at the intimate Pressed Cafe alongside Montreal/Halifax dreamy psych folk group Nap Eyes and Ottawa garage psych pop rock project Organ Eyes.
Over in Hull at Le Troquet this Tuesday night, there will be a live show with local groups Fet. Nat and Hilotrons featuring “music to adjust your focus”. Fet.Nat, an indie art/pop/punk 4-piece band from Hull, will be warming up the crowd with a live set and they’ll be followed by the excellent experimental electro/pop/funk group Hilotrons. It promises to be a colourful evening of unconventional sounds.
Youtube hip-hop sensations Turquoise Jeep will be making a stop in Ottawa this Tuesday, September 16 as part of a tour that’s taking them across North America to promote their latest effort “Existing Musical Beings”. Featuring Humma, Flynt Flossy, and Whatchyamacallit, Turquoise Jeep will be joined on stage by local acts Meadow Gang and Billz & Woo. The power of the internet, nuff said.
The Urban Legends poetry collective presents the second edition of Poetic Royalty this Wednesday, September 17 at the Rainbow Bistro. The evening of music will feature live sets by local hip-hop wordsmiths Poetic Elements, Happy Killmore, Buck N’ Nice, Yu$$o, and Penni Layne, This show is also a fundraiser to help 5 local spoken word artists get to Victoria, BC for the Canadian Festival Of Spoken Word.
The 2014 Ottawa International Film Festival is being held from Wednesday, September 17 to Sunday, September 21 at various locations in the downtown core. This annual event, 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.
Metal heads will want to head over to Mavericks this Thursday night to catch American sludge metal group Crowbar perform live. The 4-piece will be giving a live set alongside American death/thrash metal band Revocation, American thrash metal group Havok and heavy metal project Armed For Apocalypse.
This Thursday night at Raw Sugar Cafe, there will be a CD Release Show for Shawna Caspi’s new album “Apartments For Lovers”. For the occasion, the Toronto-based folk singer-songwriter will be joined by special guest Andrea Simms-Karp who will give the opening set.
Over at House of Targ this September 18, Ottawa hip-hop artist Atherton will be giving a performance accompanied by a live band. The local musician, who’s currently working on a full length LP entitled “No Threat”, will be joined on stage by “Out For A Rip” viral video sensation B.Rich.
The third instalment of CapCity Showdown is happening this Thursday, September 18 at City Nightclub. This performance competition will bring a slew of local hip-hop artists head to head to compete for cash and prizes. This edition will feature competitors Ceerouse, Spitten Image, Story Tellers, Matt Bishop among others.
Hollow Squad hip-hop artist Xavier Wulf will be in Ottawa this Thursday night. The 21-year-old rapper from East Memphis who’s also known as The Black Blood Alpha, Wulf the 14th Squad Captain, The Frozen Fang, and Ethelwulf, will be performing live with Chris Travis, and they’ll be getting local support from The Adding Machine and Carpe DM.
All the way from the UK, metalcore group Architects will be in Ottawa this Friday night to give a live show at Ritual. The Epitaph Records signees will be performing alongside Long Island hardcore band Stray From the Path, California post-hardcore/rock group Being As An Ocean, Cali post-hardcore/rock formation My Ticket Home and Ottawa hardcore metal project Abraxas.
If you’re feeling nostalgic and want to dance to 90s hip-hop and R&B this Friday night, then be sure to make you way over to Babylon for the 90s or Bust Back 2 Skool Edition. Not only will you get to party to the best 90s hits, you might also get to check out old school video footage from the classic 90s TV shows 90210, Saved By The Bell, Degrassi and Breaker High.
Silk, the best R&B dance party in the capital city, is having its last instalment at Mugshots this Friday, September 19 before moving to a new spot. As per usual, resident DJs Matty McGovern, Matt Tamblyn and Eric Roberts will take care of playing your favourite R&B hits while you have fun dancing the night away.
Auntie Loo’s Treats, Ottawa’s favourite vegan bakery, is turning 5 years old this weekend. For the occasion, you’re invited to stop by for free samples, amazing limited edition treats, an all vegan taco bar benefiting the Westminster Pet Sanctuary, live skate demos from Antique Skate Shop, an appearance by Ottawa Drag Sensation Vaselina (Champagnelsss) and more. Happy birthday Auntie Loo’s!
The National Capital Region’s third annual Nuit Blanche is taking place this Saturday, September 20 at various central locations. This year’s cultural event, which has for theme “Bypass”, will once again include downtown Gatineau in its programming along with offerings on Sparks and Rideau Street. With a bigger and better lineup than the two previous editions, the sky is the limit for Nuit Blanche Ottawa-Gatineau. For the full programming and details, click on the poster below.
Ottawa 6-piece ska punk band Suits N’ Toques will be performing live at the Rainbow Bistro this Saturday, September 20. As part of the show, they’ll be joined on stage by Montreal-based ska/reggae/funk/rap band Francbâtards and Ottawa rock n’ roll musician Onionface.
After a successful summer season, The International convenes latin lovers one last time this year for the Latin Sparks Finale happening this Saturday, September 20. Taking place outdoors along Sparks Street, the block party promises to offer a night of dancing under the stars with complimentary dance workshops, latin music, latin cuisine and live percussionists and entertainment.Dress warm for this one!
If you’re a fan of the Beastie Boys, the next best thing to seeing them live will be at Ritual this Saturday night. Ninja Tunes Records’ DJ Food, DJ Cheeba and DJ Moneyshot will be in Ottawa to give a special live set tribute dubbed “Caught In The Middle Of A 3 Way Mix: A Tribute To Paul’s Boutique”, a project that these guys put 3 years of work into. This is a pretty unique occasion, and it doesn’t get much better than this.
East Coast pop-punk group Handguns will be live at Club SAW this Sunday, September 21. Joining them on stage for the show will be Ottawa pop-punk band Rydell, Ottawa emo group Safekeeping and Ottawa pop-punk project Bearings.
The 2nd annual Bill Murray Masterpieces, a group art show dedicated to the irrepressible funny man, will be presented at the Elmdale Tavern for one night only on Sunday, September 21 (fittingly on Murray’s birthday). The theme of this year’s show “The Unbilled”, will feature art work inspired by movies Murray wasn’t featured in re-imagined as if he was.