Another blog post, another week filled with events to keep our national capital’s cultural scene buzzing. If you’re in Ottawa-Gatineau this week and have time to check out some stuff, there’s plenty happening, so take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below for a glimpse into the number of events being held in the coming days.
This Monday night at House of Targ, Ottawa Explosion presents Radioactivity live. The Texas-based punk band will be performing alongside Ottawa garage punk outfit Cheap Whine (Members of Feral Trash, Steve Adamyk Band, The Creeps & Crusades) and Ottawa punk project Creep Wave (members of Gaycation, Tropical Dripps & Dead Weights).
Alternative rock band Amberwood are currently on an East Coast Tour and they’ll be stopping in Ottawa on July 29 to give a live show at the Rainbow Bistro. The Waterloo, ON 4-piece band will be sharing the stage with Ottawa alternative rock group The Stringers and Ottawa indie folk rock trio The Brook for the occasion.
Over at Pressed Cafe this Thursday night, there will be a live show featuring Ottawa dream pop band Pony Girl. The group, who’s gearing up to release a new album this Fall, will be giving an acoustic set and sharing the stage with Gelph pop rock band Gregory Pepper and His Problems and Montreal folk project Old Haunt.
For those of you who are part of the punk scene and enjoy the genre and its community, starting this Friday, July 31 at the Mayfair Theatre, there will be screenings of “Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)”, a documentary film directed by Scott Crawford, that examines the early DIY punk scene in the American capital.
The sixth instalment of CapCity Showdown, dubbed the redemption round, is happening this Friday, July 31 inside City Nightclub. This performance competition will bring 8 local hip-hop artists/groups head to head to compete for cash and prizes. This latest edition will feature a headlining performance by O.M.H. as well as competitors Hayden, Swift Crew, Story Tellers and Prehistoric among others.
If you’re into stoner rock and heavier sounds, be sure to head over to House of Targ on Friday night to check out Toronto stoner rock band Electric Magma. The group will be having a record release party for their new album Silver Ball and for the occasion they’ll be live on stage with Ottawa stoner rockers Monobrow and heavy rock trio Rex Heck.
This Friday, July 31, DJ Magnificent brings you the monthly edition of Double Barrel with returning special guest The Gaff. The Saskatoon-based DJ, who graced the Double Barrel decks in April last year, will be making his return to the popular Ottawa party with an all-45s set featuring the best in funk, soul, Motown, and vintage reggae. Needless to say this is sure to be another great Double Barrel dance party.
Sneaker head alert: Ritual is hosting Capital City Sole this Saturday, August 1 for those who want to buy, sell and trade sneakers. The event will include music selections by DJ Laocapone and there will be a prize going out to the person wearing the dopest sneakers so make sure you rock your best pair if you plan on attending.
Food trucks, beer, live music and outdoor lounging? Sounds pretty perfect right? This Saturday afternoon, you can do just that at Street Eats. Sit out looking onto the runway of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum while you listen to The Lionyls taking pictures in our Ottawa Flashpoint Photobooth and even take part in beer and food tasting competition. All proceeds are going to Algonquin College’s Food and Beverage department.
Toronto new folk musician Owen Davies will be releasing his debut album Mystic this Saturday night. Happening at the Blacksheep Inn, the show will also feature live performances by Ottawa future folk band Bosveld and Ottawa art rock 4-piece High Waters.
This Saturday night, Toronto’s folk/roots/rock band Trevor James & The Perfect Gentlemen will be taking over the House of Targ stage. For the occasion, the 4-piece ensemble will be performing live with Ottawa gypsy rock duo Riishi Von Rex who recently kicked ass at Ottawa Bluesfest.
At Live on Elgin this Sunday, local bands Monday I Retire and BlakDenim have joined forces to bring you a long weekend party like no other that guarantees to be filled with great live music that’s sure to get you moving.
Over in the Hull sector of Gatineau this weekend, there will be an outdoor electronic music festival featuring the music selections of a variety of DJs who’ll be playing all sorts of experimental and weird sounds to get you dancing under the stars.
There’s a new band in town called the Treasure Dub Quartet and they’ll be giving their first performance at the Record Centre this Sunday afternoon. For their debut, they’ll also be doing a live recording of the show and playing reggae producer Joe Gibbs’ landmark record African Dub All-Mighty Chapter 1. Should be really special!
Rochester melodic hardcore/punk SUCH GOLD will be performing live at Pressed Cafe this Sunday, August 2. This time around, the Razor & Tie Records signees will be joined on stage by Albany hardcore/punks After The Fall and New Jersey rock n’ roll band The Moms.
The new SPOOR series is bringing the party to the Mercury Lounge this Sunday, August 2. The objective behind SPOOR is to offer parties aimed at Ottawa’s audacious party-goers featuring some of the finest DJs & producers from the scenes of Techno, House, Acid and more with a program that explores the intersection of sound, light and video projection. This week’s lineup will feature guest Sian as well as residents Mat Thibault, Woerks and video projections by Sasha Vreca of the FauMardi Collective. Dress black. Dress for fun. Dress to kill.