Even if the Holidays are just around the corner, doesn’t mean things are slowing down in the National Capital Region- if anything, it’s getting busier. Here are some event ideas if you’re wondering what’s happening this week in and around Ottawa-Gatineau.
This Tuesday night, join OCTEVAW at Avant-Garde Bar for an enchanting evening of live music, drinks, and conversation in support of #ShineTheLight. Shine the Light is OCTEVAW’s campaign to bring community awareness to violence against women by turning the city purple during the month of November. Tuesday’s performances will feature Montreal-based witch-folk project Ghostly Hounds, Ottawa indie folk pop singer-songwriter Amanda Lowe and Ottawa folk pop sweethearts Moonfruits.
This Tuesday at Pressed you can catch three local pop/punk bands live. It happens to be Ottawa garage BB Cream’s album release party and last show (life’s bittersweet) and there will also be live sets by Ottawa garage pop/rock band Telecomo and Ottawa punks Cheap Whine.
Ottawa experimental indie rockers Species at Risk will be playing live at Avant-Garde Bar this Wednesday night and for the occasion they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa post-hardcore band Halfsleeper.
The Canadian Museum of History’s 7th annual Christmas Market kicks off this Thursday, December 1 and runs until Sunday, December 4. With over 90 local vendors exhibiting their products, this is the perfect place to find holiday gifts. Meet local exhibitors, discover delicious regional products and unique handmade objects, and experience the creativity and enthusiasm that drive artisans of the National Capital Region.
With the Holidays almost here, it’s only natural to start seeing more and more festive events around town, like the Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas concert by Jerry Granelli Trio taking place this Thursday, December 1. Held at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, this jazz Holiday tradition and crowd favourite is being presented by the Ottawa Jazz Festival.
The Hell In The Hallways Tour pt.2 will be making a stop at Zaphods this Thursday, December 1st and for the occasion, Boston metal/hardcore group Ice Nine Kills, New York metalcore Sirens and Sailors, and Providence rockers It Lives, It Breathes.
This Thursday night, over at Live on Elgin, you can catch Montreal soul-infused indie rock band Lakes of Canada, Ottawa-based alternative folk musician Mark Fossen and Ottawa-based indie/folk singing duo Amira’s Grace.
Also this Thursday, if you feel like eating perogies, playing arcade games and checking out up and coming groups, make your way over to House of Targ to catch Crossing Jane, Bitter North and Charlie The Kid.
After going into hiatus, Ottawa’s only old school, hip hop, and reggae video party is back at an all-new location inside Kinki Lounge. Starting this Thursday, December 1 and happening each following Thursday, DJ RayRay will hold it down on the 1s and 2s and video projections and promises nothing but good vibes.
This Friday and Saturday, the Embassy of Spain in Ottawa and the Mercury Lounge teamed up to present Pedro Navarro live in concert. This Spanish flamenco guitarist, critically acclaimed as having “magic fingers” will be performing live and direct from Spain on both nights, Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. Don’t miss this rare occasion to see such a talented musician live!
COLOUR is a one-night exhibition at the John Fluevog Shoes store in Ottawa happening this Friday and featuring works by graduates of the School of the Photographic Arts of Ottawa’s full-time diploma program. The exhibit, curated by Olivia Johnston, will feature artworks that demonstrate a range of critical practices that take form in various media, but that find their roots in the photographic image. All artworks will be for sale, which could make for great holiday gifts for the ones on your Christmas list.
Toronto hip hop artist Tory Lanez will be returning to Ottawa this Friday night as part of his I Told You Tour. He’ll be performing live at the Bronson Centre alongside Jacquees and Karium, and although the show is sold out, organizers will be releasing a few last-minute/door tickets so keep your eyes glued to the Facebook event page for details on how to get your hands on those.
The first annual Ottawa Music Maker Fair and Trade Show is going down this Saturday, December 3 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.) at Capital Rehearsal Studios, and you are invited to join in celebrating the ever-growing local music industry by promoting your products, services
and events at this special program, open to the public and music professionals alike.
Rap Queb super group Dead Obies will be giving a live show at the Minotaure in the Vieux-Hull this Saturday, December 3 in support of their latest album “Gesamkunstwerk”. After selling out their first Gatineau show of the year this past spring, the guys are back by popular demand, This time around, the hip hop artists, who always give rowdy shows, will be sharing the stage with French rapper Georgio.
There’s a CHUO fundraiser show on Saturday, December 3 at Pressed and it’ll feature live sets by Ottawa garage band Shoe Blog (not a blog), Newfoundland & Labrador powerpop/punk band BBQT (not a BBQ) and Ottawa project DJ Smoke Weed Guy (not a DJ).
The November edition of Switched On Synths is going down at House of Targ this Saturday, December 3. The electronic music series dedicated to all things synth will feature a set by Boston experimental modular project Squelcher, Boston modular synth project Prone, Ottawa live buckla Muff Wiggler, Ottawa synth noise artist Nuthre and more.
Feels is a feel-good dance party going down at Ward 14 this Saturday night. DJs Sarita and OhJay will be playing a mix of r&b, deep house, nu disco, and pop dance jams for your dancing pleasure.
Ottawa’s own Chef Chico is teaming up with Aunt Thelma’s to bring back the delicious and popular Hip Hop Hangover Brunch as a monthly event! Happening this Sunday, December 4 at Kinki, the event will feature a yummy thematic brunch menu paired with beats provided by Professor Mele and friends. One of the most solid brunch that you’ll ever try, trust me and my tummy.