The National Capital Region is buzzing with events these days. If you’re in our lively city this week, be sure to check out some of the great shows and festivals taking place in and around Ottawa-Gatineau in the days ahead. Take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks for a glimpse into some of the noteworthy things that are happening.
If you enjoy world music and Brazilian sounds, be sure to head over to the Mercury Lounge this Tuesday, June 17 to check out a live performance by Florquestra, a 6-piece Canadian band which incorporates samba, bossa nova, forró with Afro-Brazilian, Andean, Parisian and Balkanic rhythms to its sound.
Also on June 17, Indie City Madness presents an all-rock lineup at Avant-Garde Bar. The show will feature live performances by Sarah Cogan and indie rock n’ roll bands Onionface, Baked Goods, and Crazy Bones. That the place to be if you wanna rock out on a Tuesday.
Those of you who are fans of metal may wanna hit up Cafe Dekcuf this Tuesday, June 17 to catch a live performance by Vancouver metal band Bison. The BC group will be in Ottawa as part of its Canadian Desolation Tour 2014 and for the occasion they’ll be joined on stage by Ottawa-based group BIIPIIGWAN and local noise/hardcore project Sombre.
As part of the Ottawa Fringe Festival, organizers are offering Free concert programming on Downtown Rideau Stage in Waller Park. The first performance will feature local artists StillNative and Hip-Hop Jazz /Improv/Experimental project 2react. To access the full list of concerts, just click on the event poster below.
Meat lovers rejoice! The sticky social that is the Ottawa Ribfest is back and happening along Sparks Street from June 18 to June 22. Ribbers from all over North America will be on site to sell their best BBQ ribs, chicken, pulled pork and more. The festival will feature a pulled pork eating contest along with live entertainment.
The Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is celebrating it’s 21th anniversary this year with tons of free family-friendly activities. North America’s largest dragon boat festival will feature a children’s area filled with family-friendly entertainment, extreme sports demos, the classic dragon boat races and a free concert series. This year, festival-goers will have the chance to see local acts Claude Munson & The Storm Outside, Amos The Transparent, Harlan Pepper and The Mohrs along with headliners Stars, The Sheepdogs, The Zolas, Arkells and Down With Webster. We’re spoiled aren’t we? It would be a shame not to take advantage of all these amazing and accessible events!
Ottawa’s largest theatre festival, the Fringe, is back for its 18th season from June 19 to June 29 at 16 different downtown venues. The 2014 edition will feature over 400 performances, many of which are local-based productions. The Fringe is one of the city’s most accessible festivals with tickets for performances priced under $11. What’s more, 100% of ticket sales go directly to the performers, and that right there is seriously amazing. Building on last year’s success, festival organizers will continue to offer a series of free outdoor concerts featuring performances by Silkken Laumann, StillNative, HIGHS, Django Libre, Crissi Cochrane and the Adam Saikaley Quintet.
The finals of this year’s Urban Legends Poetry Slam are taking place this Friday, June 20 at the GCTC. For this special edition closing off the season, there will be several special guest performances including Philoso-fire, singer Sanae, the 2014 Youth Slam Champion Roua Al and the 2014 World Poetry Slam Champ Ottawa’s own OpenSecret. This promises to be a truly inspiring night of poetry and music.
As part of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Monica Freire will be performing at the Mercury Lounge this Friday night. The Brazilian jazz and soul singer and composer will be back in the National Capital to give an intimate live set that will be followed by Juno nominee DJ Rise Ashen.
Over at Pressed Cafe this Friday night, Sherwood Park, Alberta alternative rock group Nature Of will be performing live. The 4-piece will be joined on stage by Ottawa-based americana/folk/indie rock band Miss Polygamy and Montreal rock trio Das Blankout.
The monthly edition of the Timekode dance party is happening this Friday night at the newly renovated Cafe Nostalgica. The night of soul moving soles will feature visuals by VJ Daisy and musical selections that are sure to make you groove courtesy of host DJs Zattar, Memetic and Eric Roberts.
If you’re into drum n’ bass and dubstep, check out Dieselboy live at Ritual this Friday night. The American DJ/Producer will be giving a live set in Ottawa as part of #FLEXCAPADE, the official series of Escapade Festival pre-parties.
There’s a new festival in town! Glow Fair is joining the festival family this year with free art performances, vibrant music shows and state-of-the-art light projections, which will make a stretch of Bank Street come to life on June 20 and 21. Experience the core of Centretown like you’ve never seen it before and find out what Glow Fair is all about! To access the full program, just click on the festival poster below.
The annual Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival & International Competition Powwow is being held from Friday, June 20 to Sunday, June 22 at Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa. The 2014 edition, which offers free admission, will feature a variety of traditional powwow dance competitions along with live music shows, a drum contest, a children’s village, workshops, artisans, crafts, a selection of traditional aboriginal foods and lots more.
The first Ottawa Street Cup Festival is happening this Saturday along Rideau Street. 16 of Ottawa’s best teams will compete on the streets for the “Street Cup Title”. It goes without saying that there will be live streaming of FIFA World Cup games and that the event will include food, drinks, dancing, live music and prizes to be won.
Ottawa acoustic folk pop group The Musettes invite you to join them for the launch of their debut EP album titled “Wanderlust”. Happening at St. Luke’s Anglican Church this Saturday night, the show will feature a live performance of new materials by the local trio and will include a set by special guest opener Justice R.F.
The 9th edition of the Rock Fest is happening from June 20 to June 21 in Montebello, Quebec, roughly 45 minutes from downtown Ottawa. The 2014 instalment, which promises a new and improved experience following last year’s horrific edition, will feature live performances by some big headliners including Blink 182, Weezer, Megadeth, NOFX, and Cypress Hill among others. Click below for the festival schedule.
Prints & Inks, brought to you by the people behind Spins & Needles is a new celebration of print and graphic arts in the national capital. This weekend-long show will showcase the work of exciting Canadian talent in print, illustration and design, alongside a pop-up shop, hands-on print activities, and a late-night art party. Work by Spins & Needles Silkscreening 101 workshop alumni will be on display. Original, affordable artwork, limited edition prints, clothing and zines will be available for purchase. This exciting new event is being held at IdeaSpace from June 20 to June 22.
Over in Gatineau, Francophones will be celebrating St-Jean Baptiste from June 20 to June 24 with a series of activities, rides, fireworks and live shows at the Des Cedres Park in Aylmer. This year’s lineup will feature headliners Eric Lapointe, Louis-Jean Cormier, Coeur de Pirate, Les Cowboys Fringants, Marjo, and La Compagnie Créole.
Carivibe, the festival celebrating Caribbean culture in the Nation’s Capital, is back at Petrie Island on June 21. This annual beach party, which offers a diverse array of tropical rhythms, cuisine, carnival and culture, will celebrate the 2014 World Cup with some beach soccer, and by projecting some of the live games on big screens. Find out all about Carivibe by checking out their website below.
Why not check out some new bands this Saturday night? If you feel like listening to some live music and are open to new sounds, catch Ottawa pop rock duo JBKD live at Lunenburg Pub & Bar on June 21. The local group will be performing alongside special guests The Pushers and Social Butterfly. With a $4 entrance cover, you can’t really go wrong.