Heads up hip hop heads: start your week with a moderated panel discussion on the evolution of hip-hop at the Algonquin Commons Theatre this Monday evening. The event will feature host and emcee Jonathan Ramos as well as panelists Shad (JUNO Award-winning rapper & songwriter), Darby Wheeler (Netflix/HBO’s “Hip Hop Evolution” director & producer), Rodrigo Bascunan (Netflix/HBO’s “Hip Hop Evolution” writer & producer), Paul ‘Mastermind’ Parhar (Toronto’s 93.5 Radio Host & Assistant Music Director) and Jemeni (Radio Host, Music Director, Television Host, and Actor).
Glasgow U.K. pop/punks Single By Sunday will be playing live at House of Targ this Monday, February 26 and they’ll be giving an all-ages show alongside Burlington, Ontario pop-alternative rockers Was It The Walrus and more.
This Thursday, March 1, the Canadian Museum of History invites you to attend the opening of Death in the Ice – The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition. Through historical artifacts and Inuit oral history, this groundbreaking exhibition provides the most comprehensive account to date of Sir John Franklin’s tragic voyage. The opening event will be held in the Grand Hall, where you can expect speeches, hands-on activities and a cash bar.
Metal icon Udo Dirkschneider will be live at Mavericks this Thursday night and for the occasion, he’ll be playing a classic set of songs from “Accept” for the last time. Joining him on stage will be Australia metal band Elm Street, Ottawa thrash metal group Infrared, Ottawa power thrash metal outfit Lycanthro and Ottawa thrash metal project Domination.
Halifax indie blues/dream pop/hip hop duo Paragon Cause are playing at Bar Robo this Thursday, March 1 and they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa indie synth rockers The Pale Light.
There’s a cool, groovy funk show going down at House of Targ on Thursday night and it’ll feature live sets by Toronto funk/rock/soulsters After Funk and Ottawa jazz/funk/soul/pop seven-piece project Eru-Era. Should be fun!
Ottawa’s Jack Pine and the Fire are performing live at the NAC this Thursday in an effort to promote their first full-length album Left To Our Own Devices. The local alternative folk band is becoming known for throwing party folk shows that make you want to get up and dance, so this promises to be a good time.
This Friday night, Outside I’m a Giant is back at the legendary Blacksheep Inn in the beautiful village of Wakefield. For the occasion, the Gatineau-based alternative folk band will be joined on stage by Ottawa singer-songwriter Kimberly Sunstrum.
This Friday at the NAC, there will be a live performance by Halifax folk pop musician Rose Cousins as part of the NAC Presents series. The artist will be presenting her latest album “Natural Conclusion” with Montreal singer-songwriter and self-taught musician Beyries, who’s indie folk music can be characterized as both comforting and moving. A show not to be missed!
Montreal synthpop darlings Milk & Bone have a new album out and they’re taking it to the road, with a stop scheduled for Ottawa this Friday, March 2. For the occasion, the duo made up of Camille Poliquin and Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, will be sharing new material off of “Deception Bay” and they’ll be sharing the stage with Oshawa dream-pop project Dizzy. Good luck getting tickets if you don’t already have them.
Ottawa funk fusion, neo-soul pop group Harea Band is at Babylon this Friday to celebrate the release of their latest single “Must Be a Dream”. The show will feature a live performance by the dynamic six piece, as well as a by Ottawa soulsters Slack Bridges and Ottawa duo Aspects & Jeff de Valk. Bonus: Detroit Soul Food will be in the building serving up delicious eats.
This Friday night, the NAC has a festive, joyful show for you and the perfect balm for these last days of winter. One of the Central African Republic’s greatest exports, Laetitia Zonzambé effortlessly weaves together the rhythms and textures of traditional Central African popular music with contemporary soul and Caribbean influences. Zonzambé’s live shows have been described as legendary and you can catch her in Ottawa this March 2 in support of her latest album “Sanza Soul”.
Wanna party like it’s the 80s on Friday night? Then be sure to head over to House of Targ for a live show and dance party featuring an eclectic selection of songs with host and MC DJ Remi Royale as well as The Underground, who’ll be giving two live sets of new wave.
Ottawa singer-songwriter and pianist Megan Jerome will be sharing new tunes off of her latest album “Ooh Aah!” with the Together Ensemble this Friday night at Irene’s Pub. Join the charming musician and her band as they transport you through a night of music drawing from traditional gospel, stoner jazz and meditative classical sounds.
Black Tiger Sex Machine are bringing their Ceremony Tour to Ottawa this Friday night and for the occasion the Monteal-based electronic trio will be giving a live set at Barrymores alongside special guest DJs Apashe and Lektrique. You can expect new helmets, new visuals and an updated stage production.
If you’re a fan of house music you’re not gonna want to miss DJ Heather this Friday, March 2. The Chicago house DJ will be spinning live inside Mercury Lounge, and every time she’s been in town, she’s sold out her gigs. This time around she’ll be playing with guest DJs Aga, JD and Balu.
Saskatoon rock n’ rollers The Sheepdogs will be making a stop in Ottawa this Friday night as part of their Chaing Colours Tour. The popular Canadian band will be giving a live show at the Alongquin Commons Theatre with Toronto rock n’ roll band Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs.
There’s a crazy cool punk and zine night going down at the Diefenbunker Museum this Saturday night and it’ll feature live music by local garage punks Nightshades, hardcore punks DOXX and surfy punks Bonnie Doon. What’s more, there will be button and zine making, an indoor graffiti wall, live video projections, $1 pizza (!) and more!
If you’re into lively indie folk and are looking for a foot-stomping good time this Saturday night, be sure to head over to the 27 Club to check out a live performance by B.C. stoke folk group Shred Kelly. The Fernie natives, who I had the pleasure of discovering at the 2013 Ottawa Folk Festival, will be joined by Toronto country blues musician Jeremie Albino.
Over at the NAC this Friday, you can catch Ottawa-based group Fevers who’ll be performing live as part of the NAC Presents series. The indie electronic/synth pop outfit will be sharing new material from its latest album “Apologia”.
Toronto experimental indie band Weaves will be playing live at House of Targ this Saturday, March 3 in an effort to promote their latest album “Wide Open”. The Buzz Records signees, who were shortlisted for the 2017 Polaris Prize for their “Weaves (LP)”, will be sharing the stage with Peterborough art punks Lonely Parade and Toronto-based surf indie band Tallies (previously known as Thrifty Kids).
The JamJam crew is kicking off a new series this Saturday, March 3 at the Petit Chicago, and for the occasion, the group that brings you outdoor summer parties in Hull, will feature live performances by Mr The Cat, Axis and Rojam.
The Salon du Livre de l’Outaouais is being held from March 1-4 this year and as part of the 2018 edition, there’s a special event happening this Saturday night at Maison Fairview called Bordel littéraire (in other words literary orgy). For the occasion, you’ll get to wander from room to room, from the kitchen to the basement, to discover poetic performances by artists from the region, namely José Claer, Éric Charlebois, Alexandre Deschênes, Loïse Lavallée, Lisa L’Heureux, JFNo, Marjolaine Beauchamp and more.
There’s a bass music event going down at the Minotaure this Sunday, March 4 dubbed Moon Sound, and it’ll feature live sets by Dragos, NOWAYOUT and DJ Mackell. If you’re into dubstep, bass house and heavy electronic sounds, this should be right up your alley.