Now that Bluesfest is behind us, things will temporarily slow down in the National Capital Region, however this doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of events scheduled to take place in the days ahead.
For starters, Independent Music News presents its third show highlighting the best of Ottawa’s growing music scene this Thursday, July 18. For the occasion, come out to Mercury Lounge and support favorite local bands The Apollohs, The Wicked Mercy and Jack Pine and the Fire.
This Thursday,July 18, Loh El and his band will be performing live at Mugshots presenting their electric blend of music and poetry. The group will be performing songs from Loh El’s newly released album. Afro-flamenco-hip hop group Jaguar Priest will be performing alongside Loh El. Following the show, DJ PrufRock Shadowrunner will be spinning the best in reggae and dancehall to make you dance.
The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival presents the Ottawa Premiere of Silvestre Pantaleón directed by Roberto Olivares Ruiz this Friday, July 20 at Mitla Café. The screening will be accompanied by an authentic Oaxacan dinner created by Chef Ana. To view the full menu and pre-festival event details visit the screening’s Facebook event page.
Friday, July 19, the Mercury Lounge presents Motel Raphael live in concert. The emerging Montreal-based indie pop/folk band will be performing alongside Ottawa’s own Three Little Birds and Hated Sons.
The July edition of Hip Hop Karaoke Ottawa is happening this Friday, July 19 at Mugshots Courtyard. As of now, the monthly event is being held outdoors for the summer season with your regular hosts DJ So Nice and Atherton. If you’d like to sign-up to perform or if you simply want more info, click on the banner below and check out Eventful Capital’s Special Feature on the monthly night. This month’s installment has a Tupac theme so be ready to hear Changes, California Love and perhaps Keep Ya Head Up among other Makaveli hits.
If you’re feeling nostalgic this Friday, July 19, you may want to check out the second edition of 90s or Bust happening at Babylon. Djs Palm D’Or and Pat Johnson will be playing your favourite 90s hip hop and r&b jams as 90s sitcoms will be projected all night for your reminiscing pleasure. Even cooler, Fancypants Vintage will have a table and will be selling some legit 90s gear.
Montreal-based DJ Sir Jemi will be giving a live set at the Mercury Lounge this Friday, July 29. The house DJ will be spinning everything from afro and tribal deep funk to soulful disco, r&b and old school. This is a guaranteed recipe for danicng the night away.
On Saturday, July 20 punkottawa.com and Spectrasonic present a nice roster of indie punk rock bands that are set to perform live at an undisclosed location currently dubbed Gabba Hey. The all-ages show will feature live performances by American groups Koji, Turnover, Ivy League and Have Mercy.
On the Quebec side this week, Ottawa’s own Sound of Lions will be giving a live performance at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield. The local electro trip-hop group, who’s set to release a new album in the Fall, will be on stage alongside Montreal opening act Bent By Elephants.
On Saturday, July 20, Grind Party invites you to its new home at Ritual Nightclub. Having graduated from Babylon, the party will now take place at this new venue as it will continue to showcase the best in dancehall and hip hop music.
On Sunday, July 21, Ottawa will welcome up and coming Montreal group Groenland who’s scheduled to perform live at Cafe Dekcuf. The emerging indie pop group who’s garnering lots of buzz with its debut album The Chase will be sharing the stage with Ottawa indie folk band Orienteers. A show that’s more than affordable and definitely worth checking out!