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 lots 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.
American experimental metal band Dog Fashion Disco will be performing live at Cafe Deckuf this Tuesday, May 19. As part of the show, the 5-piece will be joined by Ottawa instrumental, post/prog/folk/doom metal group The Night Watch, Ottawa experimental metal band Criticull, and Ottawa disco/funk/punk/rockers The Ven Dreddies.
Tasman Jude’s Soldiers of LOVE Recruitment Tour is making a stop in Ottawa this Tuesday night, May 19. For the occasion, the roots, rock and reggae band originally from Grande Prairie will be performing live at Mercury Lounge.
How fun is this: the Jimmy Tri-Tone band is embarking on a mini-canoe tour! The local folk/rock duo from the National Capital Region will be making stops along the Mississippi River to perform at a few venues and BBQs along the way. They invite whoever would like to come along to bring a canoe or kayak and join in or, if you prefer, meet them along the way on dry land.
Alabama hardcore/metal band Gideon will be performing live at Ritual this Thursday, May 21. The Facedown Records signees will be sharing the stage with Pennsylvania metal/hardcore group Texas in July, Texas metalcore formation Kublai Khan, LA metal/hardcore outfit Silent Planet and Ottawa hardcore metal project Abraxas.
Also on Thursday night, Finnish melodic folk metal band Ensiferum will be performing live in Ottawa alongside Finnish folk metal co-headliners Korpiklanni as part of their 2015 US/Canada Tour. The two groups will be sharing the stage with Norwegian metal project Trollfest who’ll open the show.
This Friday night, Electro Swing Ottawa presents the very first Zoot Suit Special. The Electro Swing Night will be taking place at the Mercury Lounge and attendees are invited to break out the zoot suits and flapper dresses and get into the swing of things. “Taste of Small Batch” cocktail hour starts at 9:30pm, there will be Charleston dance lessons with Alana, a dance contest later on in the evening as well as prizes for best dressed.
Over at House of Targ this Thursday night, there will be a benefit concert dubbed Tampons for TED to raise funds for the charitable program, which supports homeless women. People who attend are encouraged to bring feminine products in lieu of donation. The event will feature performances by local blues/indie/rock bands The Wicked Mercy, The Gallop and Bearshark.
The last Nature Nocturne of the season is happening this Friday night at the Museum of Nature. The theme of this final edition is Show Off, encouraging people to dress to impress with a splash of colour and interesting designs. The event will feature DJs Blake Sutherland, Critik and T.Dot, a dancehall and reggaeton performance and workshop, as well as access to the exhibition Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out music and more.
If you’re open to discovering new music and/or to encourage little known indie bands, head over to Pressed Cafe this Friday night to check out Montreal grunge/pop group Sigh Down One perform alongside Montreal sludge/shoegaze band Harsh Reality and Ottawa garage punk trio Sailor Jupiter.
If you’re more into experimental folk/rock sounds, make your way over to Mugshots on Friday night to catch Toronto space folk/psych rock band Delta Will give a live show with Ottawa future folk duo Bosveld and Ottawa experimental post-rock project Trees. You won’t be disappointed!
At House of Targ, you’re always assured a great night of live music, beer, pinball and perogies at one of Ottawa’s coolest music venues. This Friday night will be no different as Ottawa alternative folk rockers Amos The Transparent performs live with folk/blues/rock n’ roll band Po Lazarus from Montreal and alternative rock group Aukland from Toronto.
This Friday night, DJs Zattar, Memetic and Trevor Walker bring you a special edition of Timekode celebrating the release of Memetic’s Rideau 2 Richmond LP. The popular funk and soul dance party will once again be held at the new Maker Space North spot, and it’ll feature visuals by Hard Science and tasty eats by Detroit Soul Food.
90s or Bust is celebrating its 2nd birthday this Friday night. The popular monthly, that features the best in 1990s and early 2000 hip-hop and r&b so if you’re looking for a old school vibe dance party that’s probably you’r jam.
For the beer lovers out there, the Ottawa Brewery Market is back at Hintonburg Park this Saturday, May 23 and dubbed Escaping Hibernation. This family-friendly Spring celebration, will feature local craft beer from Big Rig Kitchen and Brewery, Broadhead Brewing Company Ltd., Cassel Brewery Company, The Covered Bridge Brewing Company Inc., HogsBack Brewing Company, Nickel Brook Brewery, and new kids in town, Nita Beer Company. Cheers!
R.A.P.S.Ody is Ottawa’s new 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 Just Jamaal who also happens to be the creator of the event.
Over at Le Temporaire in the Hull sector of Gatineau this Saturday, E-Tron Records’ Scattered Clouds is having their Album Release Party for The First Empire. The local experimental trio will be performing live alongside Toronto’s Absolutely Free and Hamilton’s WTCHS.
The metal heads will want to make their way over to Cafe Dekcuf this Saturday night to see Ottawa death metal band Accursed Creation perform live with Montreal thrash metal group Mutank, Ottawa thrash formation Volatile and Toronto metal project Sludgehammer.
Offbeat, the strictly dance party featuring electronic dance music is going down at Babylon this Saturday night with DJs Kitty Funk and Dan Valin. The Queer Mafia makes this an accessible and safe space for everyone and anyone who wants to dance and have fun free of barriers.
This Sunday, May 24, the Ravenswing Art & Music Fair is having its 9th edition in Minto Park. The annual DIY event which celebrates creativity in Centretown will feature live music by Pipahauntas, King Kimbit, Robots! Everywhere!!, Casa Lagarto and DJ Lamb Rabbit along with food trucks and a public art exhibit to end violence against women. On top of that, there will be free yoga, art animation and DIY sound system building workshops as well as over 70 vendors selling handmade jewelry, fashion, toys, soaps, art, bakes goods, cards and more.