We’re already nearing the end of October, and it’s getting significantly colder, so thankfully there are a bunch of indoor events happening here and there to keep us warm and entertained. Check out what’s up this week in Ottawa-Gatineau and be sure to get out there to enjoy some of the fun shows and events being presented. Oh and don’t forget, tomorrow is Harper’s going away party, so whatever you do with your day, make sure that you go out and vote.
This Monday night, Winnipeg indie rock/noise/punk/post hardcore band KEN Mode will be performing live at House of Targ as part of the Huge Success Tour 2015. For the occasion they’ll be playing alongside Waterloo math punk trio Life In Vacuum and Ottawa 90s angst rock/sludge/doom project Hamn.
Vancouver indie-pop/rock band The Zolas are making their return to Ottawa this Tuesday, October 20. This time around, they’ll be performing live at House of Targ and sharing the stage with Denver synth-pop Rose Quartz.
If you’re into indie pop rock, don’t miss Toronto indie/garage pop band K-I-D live at House of Targ this Thursday night. They’ll be playing in the capital city as part of the TV Diner Tour with Toronto indie rockers The Beaches and Wakefield indie pop rock group The Strain, who are really worth seeing live.
This Thursday, October 22, check out the Hintonburg Happening Silent Auction & Live Music Fundraiser being held at the Carleton Tavern. Stop by and stock up on holiday gifts and help Hintonburg Happening raise the funds needed to make next year’s festival happen. For the occasion, Les Petites Fours will be giving a live performance starting at 7:30pm.
Open Air Social Club and SmallWorld are introducing Palm Bae, a new dance party going down at the Mercury Lounge on Thursday nights. The inaugural edition will feature DJs Illo, Matt Tamblyn and CNMN and together they’ll be spinning all the new stuff to bring the dance party vibes.
Los Angeles r&b-oriented singer Blackbear will be making his Ottawa debut this Friday, October 23 at Ritual after he was supposed to initially perform on September 11. The artist, who co-wrote Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” hit single, will be performing live alongside Jutes among others.
If you’re a fan of metal, chances are you’ll want to hit up Mavericks on Friday night to check out Montreal progressive death metal band Beyond Creation alongside Montreal theatrical death metal group Bookakee, Cornwall death metal formation The Observer Effect, Ottawa metal project Death Wish and Ottawa progressive metal band Isometric.
CKCU FM’s annual funding drive is starting this Friday, October 23 and this year it runs until November 8 with a total objective of $135,000. To launch the fundraising campaign, there’s going to be a kick off party happening over two nights at Zaphods. The first night will feature sets by Thunder Uncle, The Mere Humans and The Banditas and the second night will include live performances by Slo’ Tom and the Handsome Devils, Jonathan Becker and the North Fields and The Whiskey Fields. These are the first in a series of shows being organized in support of the CKCU station, so be sure to go out there and check out a show or two to help keep community radio alive.
Ottawa indie rock/soul band The Acorn will be performing live at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield this Friday night. For this show, they will be joined on stage by Ottawa future pop folk duo Bosveld and Toronto electro psych project Phedre.
Winchester, Ontario band The Tenenbaums are having an album release party at Avant-Garde this Friday night. For the occasion, the indie folk/punk/rock band will be performing live alongside Toronto punk rock group Serenity Now, Toronto acoustic folk/punk formation Revisionist, Ottawa punks Pistols At Dawn, and Ottawa acoustic folk/punk musician Cory Levesque.
The October edition of Hip Hop Karaoke is going down this Friday night at the Elmdale with usual suspects DJ So Nice and Atherton. If you want to perform and impersonate Ja Rule by doing that track you spent hours memorizing in front of the mirror, now’s your chance to show Ottawa what you’re made of.
The October instalment of 90s or Bust is going down this Friday night at Babylon. The popular monthly, that features the best in 1990s and early 2000 hip-hop and r&b jams is the perfect event to attend if you’re looking for a old school vibe dance party.
R.A.P.S.Ody is Ottawa’s only monthly event where urban artists compete in a classic “cypher” hip hop format. Happening at the Flava Factory this Saturday evening, the event will feature cyphers including spoken word artists, rappers, dancers, beatboxers, singers and a live performance by special guest rapper Frank Blak who’ll be doing a special set as part of the event.
This Saturday, October 24, Oh Susanna, Amanda Rheaume, Jeremy Fisher, and Sarah MacDougall are uniting to fight breast cancer at the annual Babes4Breasts benefit concert and CD release. With 4 solid Canadian groups and musicians, this is sure to be a great show for an even greater cause.
This Saturday night, over at the Petit Chicago in the Hull sector of Gatineau, there’s going to be a live show featuring Montreal soul-infused indie rock band Lakes of Canada, Gatineau indie rock trio The Pinsents, and Wakefield pop rock group The Strain, who are also performing earlier this week at House of Targ.
If you enjoy indie folk rock and are looking for an intimate show, make your way over to Live on Elgin this Saturday, October 24. There’s going to be some live music from Ottawa folk rock band Weird With Cats, Toronto indie rock group Paint and Ottawa bluesy twang-rock outfit Arms of the Girl.
There’s a new electronic music series in town dedicated to all things synth and it’s dubbed Switched On Synths. The third edition, happening at House of Targ this Saturday night, will feature Ottawa experimental synth pop band Violence, improv techno on modular synths artist Andrew Newton, and 80s influenced disco-tinged house project Canada High.
American hip hop artist Sage Francis will be performing live at Ritual this Sunday, October 25 as part of his Going Through Hell Tour. For his first time in Ottawa, the rapper will be sharing the stage with special guests Transit and Animal Nation among others.