The sun is shining, the snow is melting and everyone’s clearly rejoicing that Spring is here to stay. With that, there’s no lack of things happening this week in the National Capital so wether you’re looking for music shows, dance parties, a foodie night or a vintage fashion show, Eventful Capital’s got you covered. Check out this week’s picks below for a selection of noteworthy events happening around Ottawa-Gatineau in the days ahead.
If you’re looking for the perfect combination of eats, beats and brews this Monday night, head over to the Clocktower Brew Pub for Beer, Barley and Food. With partial proceeds going to the Ottawa Food Bank, the event will feature DJs Atherton and Davey and a silent auction. On the menu: $4 beers from some of the best local breweries along with all-you can eat goodness by chefs Mike Radford of Whalesbone, Jarrah Reynolds of the Manx Pub, Steve Mitton of Murray Street and others.
Toronto hardcore metal group Drag The Lake will be giving a live show at Cafe Dekcuf this Monday night as part of the Weekend Warriors Tour. The guys will be sharing the stage with London down-tempo/beatdown band Falsifier, djent metalcore formation Earthworks, Ottawa hardcore metal outfit Exiled and and Ottawa progressive metalcore project Trentia.
Over at the Daily Grind this Monday night, there will be an all-ages punk rock show featuring live sets by Adelaide, Australia post punk/death rock band Rule of Thirds and Ottawa blackened venom fantasy rock.
The metal heads out there may want to make their way over to Ritual this Tuesday night to catch Illinois hardcore metal band Sworn In perform live. For the occasion, they’ll be sharing the stage with Ohio metal group The Plot In You, Seattle deathcore formation I Declare War, Detroit nu-metal project Gift Giver and Gatineau metalcore band Standing On Oblivion.
Hawthorne Heights will be making a stop in Ottawa this Thusrday night as part of the Silence In Black & White 10 Year Anniversary Tour. For the occasion, the popular Ohio emo band will be performing The Silence In Black and White live in its entirety alongside Ottawa melodic hardcore group Wakefield, Ottawa pop punk outfit Remember The Fire, Ottawa acoustic musician Chris Benton and Ottawa punk rockers Below 6.
This Friday, April 17, the School of the Photographic Arts of Ottawa (SPAO) is hosting a vernissage to launch Exhibition No. 10 at the school itself located in the Byward Market. The exhibition will present a collection of works by SPAO students and artists in residence. This year’s exhibition pays tribute to classic and innovative photographic processes while examining the medium’s ephemerality, materiality and conceptual preoccupations.
Toronto pop folk duo GladStoneAve will be giving a live show at Cafe Dekcuf this Friday, April 17 as part of the April Showers Tour. For their first Ottawa performance, the band will be joined on stage by Montreal alternative folk musician Ben Cardilli and Ottawa funk/soul/r&b band Old Stereo.
Ottawa Showbox has been holding down the fort at Mugshots lately, consistently presenting a series of fun shows featuring local talent and out-of-town musicians. This week, they offer us a show with live sets by Peterborough fuzzy garage punk group Beef Boys, Ottawa psych rock band Moon Destroyer and Peterborough garage surf rockers Faux Cults. It’s always a good time with the Ottawa Showbox crew!
This Friday night at Raw Sugar Cafe there will be a Record Swap in honour of Record Store Day to give you the opportunity to trade your vinyl treasures for other gems in a barter exchange format. Following the swap, DJs will be spinning on rotation for your listening and dancing pleasure.
If you want to catch some live local music this Friday night, Zaphods is a good place to check out as there will be a show featuring Ottawa based folk/ska/reggae/rock fusion group Purple, Ottawa singer-songwriter Alanna Sterling and indie duo From Them.
This Friday night at St. Albans, Arboretum Festival and Forward Music Group present Michael Feuerstack’s The Forgettable Truth Album Release show. To highlight the occasion, the Montreal-based folk musician will be joined on stage by The Forward Music Revue including Paper Beat Scissors, Gianna Lauren and Find The Others of Halifax.
Celebrate House of Targ’s first birthday this Friday night by checking out the live show going down at the venue. To mark the festivities, Toronto fuzz rock band Public Animal, Ottawa glam rock/pop group Mother’s Children and lo-fi garage pop punk outfit First Base will be tearing up the place.
If you’re in search of a dance party this Friday night, the Mercury Lounge has got just what you need as Nu-Soul presents Hector Romero live. The NYC DJ will be giving a live house set alongside guests Juarez & Disko who’ll take care of warming up the dance floor.
Canadian scratch DJ and Producer Mat The Alien will be making a stop in Ottawa this Friday night to give a live set at Ritual. Mat, who’s known for his bass heavy beats and quality scratches, will be joined by special guest DJs JC Boom and Melt With Miami.
If you’d rather jam to some hip-hop and r&b this Friday night, 90s or Bust is the dance party for you. Happening at Babylon on Bank St, the popular monthly features all the best 1990s and early 2000 hits to get you dancing the night away.
Capital Pop Up! is having a Spring Handmade Charity Show this Saturday between 10 am and 3 pm at the Bronson Centre. From vegan, gluten-free goodies to beautiful handmade jewelry & independently designed clothing and baby apparel, there will be something for everyone and partial proceeds will go directly to CHEO.
Ottawa-based pop duo Keek will be performing live at Ritual this Saturday night in an effort to promote their new No Words EP. The release party will also feature live performances by special guests City Limits, Andrew Cassara, Mountaineyes and 3 of 7.
This Saturday night at the Montgomery Legion Hall, Down the Rabbit Hole promises to offer you a unique experience where you’ll step into a far away world where the lines of fantasy and reality blur and life is a tea party to which all are invited. Your senses will all be put to the test as you immerse in sounds, sights and movement during an unforgettable night in wonderland.
This Saturday, April 18, Indie City Madness proudly presents Katapalooza, a night of live local music at Avant-Garde Bar in support of Kat Paradis-Blais. The benefit show will feature live performances by experimental electro artist Cosmo Doris, electronic dream pop duo Willows, and alternative hip-hop band Alex Silas and the Subterraneans who’ll all be sharing the stage in an effort to help a friend of the local music community.
Oh My Jam is celebrate Queer Mafia’s 3 year anniversary this Saturday night with a dance party happening at Babylon and featuring DJs Matt Tamblyn, Debonair and D-Train & Mace. Happy birthday Queer Mafia!
Canada’s largest vintage clothing show is returning this Sunday, April 19 at the Shaw Centre. This bi-annual fashion sale gathers rare-one-of-a-kind pieces, jewelry, scarves, hats, purses, shoes and cocktail dresses under one roof. There’s bound to be something for everyone and every budget!