The upcoming week is packed with music shows, dance parties, and festivals of all genres taking place in Ottawa-Gatineau. Once again, there’s no shortage of interesting things happening this week so wether you’re into metal, hip-hop, folk, punk, rock, there’s sure to be something to satisfy your event-going needs. Take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below to to help plan the days ahead.
Kansas City hip-hop artist Tech N9ne will be back in Ottawa this Tuesday, September 23. The founder of the Strange Music record label will be performing live at Ritual as part of his Strangeulation Canadian Tour and for the occasion he’ll be joined on stage by special guest Krizz Kaliko, Whistler/NYC hip-hop group Animal Nation, Okanagan hip hop project, Ottawa artist Swisha T and Akwesasne group Story Tellers.
Metal heads will want to head over to Babylon on Wednesday night to see the live show featuring California Deathcore group Suffokate, Florida Metal band Adaliah, Texas Metal formation Years Since The Storm, Ottawa Metal/Hardcore project The Thirteenth Floor, Gatineau Trance/Metal group Great Knights and Ottawa Metalcore band Obyrne.
Samantha Savage Smith, a Calgary-based singer-songwriter and guitarist, will be performing live at Raw Sugar Cafe this Wednesday, September 24 in an effort to promote new material featured on her upcoming album “Fine Lines” slated to come out at the end of 2014. The folk/pop musician will be giving a set alongside Montreal-based experimental electro/rock/pop project Chairs.
If you’re into indie rock and looking for an intimate show this Wednesday night, your best best is probably to head out to Pressed Cafe to see Charlottetown indie-rock band Coyote, Charlottetown rock group The Meds and Ottawa alt rock 5-piece Finding Chuck.
If I told you that Vintage Trouble gives one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen, would that be enough to convince you to go see them at Mavericks this Wednesday night? Well it should! The two sets that the excellent 4-piece band gave at this year’s Ottawa Bluesfest were by far one of the highlights of the festival for Eventful Capital. This LA-based indie blues rock band sure knows how to throw a party and to involve the crowd in the process. Frontman Ty Taylor, who’s got more energy than the Energizer bunny, interacts with the public continually and makes sure that the audience participates and enjoys their time with Vintage Trouble. These guys will rock your world, and that’s a promise.
New Jersey thrash legends Over Kill will be in Ottawa for the very first time this Thursday, September 25 to give a live show at Mavericks. The 5-piece metal band will be performing alongside USA metal/hardcore /hardrock group Prong as well as Ottawa metal/hardcore/hardrock group A Darker Day.
On the University of Ottawa campus this week, there’s going to be quite a bit of live music and that’s pretty awesome. “Rock ta rentrée”, a show organized by Ottawa U’s Community Life Services presented next to Café Nostalgica this Thursday, will feature live performances by up and coming Franco-Ontarian bands Mastik, who just recently performed at the FOÉ, Pandaléon and Céleste Lévis, who we had the opportunity to see in concert at this year’s Franco-Ontarien Festival. Gotta love the event poster too.
The One World Film Festival, Ottawa’s longest-running annual documentary film fest, is celebrating 25 years with its 2014 edition. With an aim to raise awareness on social justice, human rights and environmental issues through thought-provoking documentaries, the festival will feature five films on global issues as well as engaging discussions, and a festival fair over three evenings from September 25 to 27. The opening night, happening on Thursday, September 25 at Library and Archives Canada, will include 25th anniversary celebrations complete with live music by DJ Jas Nasty, cake courtesy of Auntie Loo’s, as well as other tasty goodies and a kiosk fair.
The E.L.E. Festival, also known as Everybody Loves Everybody, is being held on the Ottawa U campus this Friday, September 26 from 3 to 11pm also in conjunction with the school’s Community Life Services. With a completely free lineup, students and music lovers alike will get to see live performances by local artists Zoo Legacy, The Lionyls, City Fidelia, BlakDenim, NDMA, Eagleson, The Superlative, Monday I Retire, and Sarah Bradley as well as B.C. hip-hop artist SonReal, who’ll be headlining the festival. Who doesn’t love free live music?
Over in the Hull sector of Gatineau this Friday night, metal heads won’t want to miss Quebec legends BARF live at the Petit Chicago. The Montreal-based metal/grind/hardcore 4-piece originally formed in 1986 will be giving an anticipated show alongside Gatineau Death/thrash favourites Insurrection, Gatineau Melodeath band My Shadow, and Ottawa death/metal group From The Deep.
The popular Nature Nocturne series is back! The first party of the season is happening this Friday, September 26 at the Museum of Nature. The theme of this edition being Chemistry, the night promises a rocking dance floor, stunning visuals and cutting-edge interactive music creation on the Reactable with Jesse Stewart in the salon.
Are you into punk music? If so, chances are you’ll want to make your way over to Pressed Cafe this Friday night to catch Virginia indie-punkers Turnover. The 4-piece band will be giving a live show alongside Toronto emo/punk group Safe To Say, Cleveland pop-punk formation Light Years and Buffalo hardcore project Malfunction.
If you want to go out and support local music this Friday night, you can check out rock group Subject Sinclair over at Avant-Garde Bar. For the occasion, the Ottawa trio will be performing live with Montreal indie rock/underground grunge group The Madcooks.
The annual punkottawa.com flea market is back this Saturday, September 27 at Mac Hall inside the Bronson Centre. This is the place to go if you’re looking to buy and sell records, clothing, crafts, jewelry, vegan treats, toys, video games, trinkets and more with proceeds going to the Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue and the Wild Bird Care Centre.
On Saturday night, the one and only Dub Fx returns to Ottawa to give a live performance at Barrymore’s as part of the Theory of Harmony North American Tour. The Australian street performer and recording artist will be joined on stage by Montreal-based DJs and Producers Vilify and Frase.
If you’re looking for a night of blues, funk, and rock n’roll this Saturday, September 27, be sure to hit up Cafe Dekcuf to see The Powergoats headline with a catchy blues rock set that has R&B, reggae, ska, and alt-rock influences. Folk/alt-rock project Arms Of The Girl will be joining them along with Toronto alt-rock band Paint and Ottawa newcomer Sarah Cogan.
Looking for a night of dancehall, roots, foundation, and lovers reggae? Look no further, DJs Magnificent and Select have just the party for you. The two Ottawa friends have joined forces to bring you a solid dancehall/reggae dance party at the Brig Pub every last Saturday of the month starting this Saturday, September 27.
Ohio Metal group Affiance is bringing its Blackout CD Release Tour to Ottawa this coming Sunday, September 28. For the occasion, the 5-piece band will be performing live alongside California metal group Phineas, Ottawa metal band Of Burning Empires, Ottawa metal formation Through Lucid Eyes, Ottawa melodic metal project Minds Of Men and Cornwall death metal group Observer Effect.