If you’re in Ottawa-Gatineau this week and have time to check out some events, there’s no shortage of things to do. Take a look at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks below for a glimpse into the number of events happening in and around the National Capital Region in the coming days.
This Tuesday night at Pressed, there will be an intimate night of live jazz music courtesy of the Craig Pedersen Quartet, featuring Craig Pedersen on trumpet, Linsey Wellman on alto sax, Joel Kerr on double bass and Eric Thibodeau on drums. The 4-piece will be performing two sets, one presenting music from their upcoming album “Ghosts”, and the other featuring brand new music. A sure treat for the ears for those who appreciate modern jazz and improv.
Keswick indie-pop 4-piece outfit The Elwins will be performing live at Zaphods this Thursday, March 12. For the occasion, the band will be joined on stage by Ottawa alt-rock band Finding Chuck and Ottawa indie pop rock group Thrifty Kids.
This Thursday night, PBR and House of Targ present Pembroke-based band Flying Fortress live. The heavy metal/punk duo will be giving a show alongside Moncton’s experimental doom middle eastern psychedelic project ZAUM.
GTA x TJR’s North American Tour will be making a stop at Barrymores this Thursday night. For the occasion, the acid house and techno DJs will be giving a live set alongside special guests Wuki and London Future.
New York City based trumpet player/composer Jake Henry is bringing his Sweet Talk project to Ottawa this Friday, March 13. Henry, who’s currently on a mini-tour in an effort to promote his trio’s music, will be giving an intimate concert at Raw Sugar Cafe following a performance in Montreal at the Festival of New Trumpet Music Canada. Informed by their expansive musical experience, Sweet Talk create an ever-morphing musical language. Henry’s compositions blend off-kilter melodies with intricate fingerpicked guitar that the band deconstructs into everything from trashy noise rock to delicately developed soundscapes. For the occasion, the trio will be joined by saxophonist David Broscoe who’ll be giving the opening set.
Montreal-based group Erik Lind & The Orchard will be live at the Blacksheep Inn this Saturday night. The rock/folk/pop 5-piece who’s lead singer is originally from the region, will be sharing the popular Wakefield stage with Montreal-based soulful alternative rock band John Jaboc Magistery.
Ottawa swampy southern blues/rock band The Wicked Mercy will be giving a live show at Irene’s Pub this Friday night. The local 5-piece will be sharing the stage with country/ folk rock musician Brandon Allan and Toronto blues/rock n’ roll project Dear Blackwolf.
Herd Magazine celebrates the launch of their 8th issue this Friday, March 13. The party, which is being held at Gabba Hey, will feature live performances by local hip-hop heavyweights Flight Distance and folk pop musician Jon Hynes as well as tunes spun by DJ Greg Reain and visual projections courtesy of VJ Ina.
The March 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 Ice Cube by doing that track you spent hours memorizing in front of the mirror, now’s your chance to show the world (read Ottawa) what you’re made of.
The second annual Indegenius Arts, Music and Fashion Show is being held this Saturday, March 14 at Centrepointe Theatre. The event, which is raising funds to create a scholarship for the Urban Aboriginal High School graduates, will featuring a hooping dancing performance, a designer fashion show and other live acts.
Surfs up! Soda Shop is back at Mugshots to bring you King of the Beach. This time around DJs Gremmy & Ski Sheik will be providing Soda Shop classics along with the finest surf gems, girl group bubblegum and garage rock. For one night, an endless summer dance party in our minds.
Bailando Ottawa, the capital’s newest monthly latin dance social is kicking off this Saturday afternoon at Maxwell’s Bistro. Bailando is the occasion to dance into the early evening to the best of salsa, kizomba, bachata and cha-cha-cha with DJ La China.
Montreal metalcore band Fayne will be making a stop in Ottawa this Saturday night as part of the Make Your Way Back Home Tour. The live show, held at Pressed, will also feature live sets by Kemptville metal group Majora, Brockville/Ottawa metal project Ominous Eclipse and Kemptville alt metal band Cruelty in Colour.
Overkill is finally back, never thought I’d see the day. For those of you who’ve taken to hanging out in the basement of the Mercury Lounge, you know how exciting this is and that it’s been a long time coming. The re-opening happens this Friday night with DJ RayRay and continues into Saturday with DJ Dusty.
Toronto indie folk rock band Trevor James & the Perfect Gentlemen will be performing live at Mavericks this Saturday, March 14. As part of the show, the 4-piece ensemble will be joined on stage by Ottawa country-fried rock n’ soul group Silvercreek and Ottawa indie folk rock musician Alex R. Newman.