The Ottawa Art Battle is back this Monday night at Arts Court. If you enjoy visual arts, start your week at the Ottawa chapter of Art Battle and get inspired by this exciting artistic competition. The unique event organized across Canadian cities, brings local painters together for a live painting competition held in front of an audience.
Attention The Office fans: there’s a The Office trivia night (in French) happening at the Minotaure this Wednesday from 7-10 p.m. If you want to participate get there right at the start to form teams. Prizes for the teams that fare best!
If you’re into jazz, you’re not going to want to miss the show happening at House of Targ this Wednesday night that will feature funky originals and old school jazz/rock courtesy of musicians Wayne Eagles, Dave Schroeder and Mike Essoudry. There will also be an opening set by the Carleton University Fusion Ensemble.
Up for a tasty nocturnal brunch this Thursday night? Make your way over to Bridgehead on Anderson St for Night Brunch. The special event organized by Dominion City Brewing will feature an all-star line up of Ottawa’s best chefs pulling out all the stops for one magical night of breakfast delights paired with tasty beers. Proceeds from this annual event will once again benefit the Ottawa School Breakfast Program.
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 media. The next one is happening this Thursday, April 26 at Bar Robo and it will feature a panel discussion on the topic of Game Changers.
New York City ska band The Slackers are in town this week to play live at Mavericks. You can catch them this Thursday, April 26 alongside Ottawa ska group The Sentries, Ottawa ska project Taco Bandits and more.
If you’re into heavier music, you might want to head over to House of Targ on Thursday night to check out Pembroke metal/punks Flying Fortress and Fredericton metal band SpineSplitter between two games of pinball.
The Copper Altar, Ty Hall and Chris Landry and the Seasick Mommas are taking the stage at LIVE on Elgin this Thursday, April 26 for a night of live local music and good vibes.
Montreal/Ottawa Brazilian musician Rommel Ribeiro is back in Ottawa and he’ll be performing live at the Mercury Lounge this Thursday night. The composer/singer-songwriter will be presenting some of his newest material including songs from his upcoming album “Caminho De Vento” set to come out later this year.
The Ottawa Grassroots Festival is back for another edition and this year it’s being held from April 26-29 at Southminster United Church. The annual family-oriented celebration of folk music, dance, and spoken word will feature performances by Lynn Miles, JOLY, Leela Gilday, Campbell Woods and more.
This Friday at the Minotaure, Cycle Outaouais invites you to join them for the second Bike & Broue event as they celebrate the start of the biking season. There will be a free BBQ, a bike show, BMX films, a prize draw and more.
Newfoundland spanish-singing pop punks Lo Siento are currently on tour and they’re making in stop in Ottawa this Friday to play at The Record Centre with Ottawa low-fi pop project Empty Nesters.
For the metal heads this Friday, there’s a show going down at Mavericks that’ll feature live sets by Montreal progressive death metal band Augury, Montreal progressive instru-metal group Unbeing, Ottawa death metal outfit Maou Mindu, Gatineau melodic metal formation Chariots of the Gods and Ottawa progressive metal project Aphelion.
Roots/rock newcomer Braden Foulkes is releasing his debut 5-song EP “Beauty of Life” this Friday night at Live on Elgin and to celebrate his debut he’ll be playing on stage with a full band, as well as with musician Patrick Rock who’ll open the show.
Toronto producer and powerhouse performer Nyssa will be live at Pressed Cafe this Friday night and you can expect a performance that is both a sleazy spectacle of pageantry and pomp, and an exploration of modern-day feminine malaise, sexuality, and androgyny. For the occasion, she’ll be joined by Ottawa dark synthpop four-piece Valois and new Ottawa project Concrete Desire.
Canadian Blues, folk, Americana and contemporary singer-songwriter Rob Lutes will be performing live at the NAC’s Fourth Stage this Friday night. The fingerstyle guitarist and soulful vocalist will be sharing the stage with Montreal old time country duo Sin and Swoon.
If unusual sweaters, Dollar Store theatrics, and mildly catchy tunes sound like something you’d enjoy, be sure to head to House of Targ this Friday night to catch B.A. Johnston live. The Ontario-based musician will be returning to the national capital and this time around he’ll perform alongside Ottawa power punks Steve Adamyk Band, Ottawa/Peterborough noise punks Deathsticks and Ottawa power pop band The Offers
Palooza, the world’s biggest beer pong tournament is having its 6th annual edition in Ottawa this Saturday. The tournament, being held at Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Pavilion, is organized to raise funds for CHEO. It will feature DJs, a celebrity MC, 2500 attendees, 1250 beer pong teams and 100+ beer pong tables.
Vancouver indie folk rockers The Long War are making a stop at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield this Saturday night as part of their The Landscapes Tour and for this show they’ll be playing alongside Ottawa folk band Old Man Grant and Ottawa acoustic alternative folk artist Rory Taillon.
Now that its makeover is complete, the Ottawa Art Gallery is reopening its doors this Saturday, April 28 with a full day of free activities. There will be hourly tours, a morning jam with DJ JFun, a collaborative sculpture making project, and live performances by Ottawa/Montreal experimental jazzy hip hop artist Muzzy Legault, as well as futuristic dancefloor Inuit throat-singing trio Silla and Rise. You’ll get to explore the new gallery and encounter performance artwork by Cara Tierney as you sip on drinks and enjoy a night menu offered by Jackson.
Update: this event has been cancelled.
NYC dub/punk/reggae band Megative is playing live at Babylon this Saturday night as part of its North American Tour. The Last Gang Records signees will be sharing the stage with DJ Jonnygo Figure and more.
Ottawa alternative rockers Mosely have a new album out called “Echoes” and they’ll be sharing some of that material at Live on Elgin this Saturday alongside Toronto rock band Texas King and Ottawa garage rock band Weird With Cats.
Over at the 27 Club this Saturday night, you can check out Halifax rockers The Stanfields live. The East Coasters, who are signed to Groundswell/Warner Records, will be joined on stage by Ottawa rock band Josephine Leone and Ottawa alternative rock group The Tackies.
If you’re a fan of RapQueb like me, you won’t want to miss Rymz live at the Minotaure this Saturday. The Montreal hip hop artist signed to Joy Ride Records will be giving a show in the Vieux-Hull with Gatineau rapper Bozko.
Double Barrel, one of Ottawa’s most popular dance parties, is back from hiatus for one-night only this Saturday, April 28 at the 27 Club. For the occasion, resident DJ Magnificent will be gracing the 1s and 2s with special guest Bjorn Late and Detroit Roku will also be on location to provide tasty snacks. An all-vinyl funk, soul, Motown and vintage reggae dance party you don’t want to miss! Trust me on this.
Drake Night, a favourite monthly in Ottawa at which you can expect to hear nothing but Drizzy jams and tracks from OVO affiliates, is back at Babylon this Saturday, April 28. Get your Drake on!
If you’re up for an early show this Sunday evening, head over to the intimate Pressed Cafe to hear the soothing sounds of Montreal pop project Pallice, Ottawa experimental chamber drone band mal/aimé and Ottawa indie project Shadowhand.
You’d rather end your week with a jazz show? Then make your way over to the NAC this Sunday night to catch saxophonist Petr Cancura,violinist Jesse Zubot, guitarist Gordon Grdina and drummer and multi-instrumentalist Jean Martin. Prepare for virtuosity incarnate, and instrumental storytelling at its finest.