Episode 183 of Indie City Madness, hosted by Elly and Rick, featured the following tracks and artists.
Brooklyn-based folk/dreampop project Wilsen will be performing live at the Minotaure in the Hull sector of Gatineau this Wednesday, April 26. The trio, who’ll be releasing its debut full-length album I Go Missing In My Sleep on Secret City Records later this week, will be sharing the stage with Gatineau folk pop darlings Chérie.
After a short hiatus, the Viree Blues series is back at the Petit Chicago, and they are now sponsored by Moosehead. The fourth show of the new series is happening this Wednesday, April 26 and it’ll feature a live performance by Karen Lovely Band.
Mississauga indie-rock/post-punks Bike Thiefs are back in Ottawa this Thursday, April 27 to play The Record Centre. This time around, the band will be performing alongside Ottawa alt rockers Swim Team and Coveter.
Over at Flapjack’s this Thursday night, there’s an all-ages show featuring Calgary noise-makers Bad Animal, Calgary art-rock five-piece group 36?, and Ottawa power pop rockers Holy Christopher.
If you want to catch a garage rock show this Thursday, head to House of Targ to check out Calgary garage rock duo Miesha and the Spanks, Toronto garage-pop-psych trio HotKid and Ottawa garage punks Average Times.
Transistor, the festival that celebrates digital radio, is having its inaugural edition April 27-30 in the Vieux-Hull sector of Gatineau. Presented by Radio-Canada, the four-day event will feature roundtables on podcasts, live recordings in front of an audience, an improv show, a performance by Sèxe Illégal, and lots more.
The Strange People monthly dedicated to happiness, good times and curiosity is back this Friday night inside Mercury Lounge. Party people are invited to come as they are and enjoy the sounds of house, disco, techno and more. For the latest edition, resident DJs Mat Thibault and Teknobrat will be on the mix, taking you on an eclectic musical journey that’s bound to stimulate your imagination.
This Friday at the Minotaure, Cycle Outaouais invites you to join them as they celebrate the start of the biking season. There will be a free BBQ, skill-testing challenges, a bike show, BMX films, a prize draw and more.
If you’re in the mood for some reggae vibes this Friday night, check out Nile Groove at Kinki Lounge. The Ottawa-based band will be giving a funky reggae/r&b show with special guest Doressa.
Fresh off their Coachella appearance, Calgary post-punks Preoccupations will be live at Zaphods this Friday night. For the occasion, they’ll be sharing the stage with Halifax indie rockers Walrus and Ottawa ouija rockers The Yips. The show is almost sold out so act quick if you want to go.
This Friday night, you can catch Ottawa funky soulsters Slack Bridges at Bar Robo for an intimate night of live music. For the first time, the guys will be performing 2 sets of original soul. Get there early if you plan on going, cause the place fills up quickly.
Montreal psychobilly band Gutter Demons are rocking House of Targ this Friday night alongside Ottawa psychobilly/punks A Staggering Pace and Ottawa rock n’roll duo Riishi Von Rex.
The April edition of Hip Hop Karaoke is going down this Friday night at the Elmdale with hosts DJ So Nice and Atherton. If you want to perform and impersonate your favourite hip hop artist by rapping that track you spent hours memorizing in front of the mirror, now’s your chance to show Ottawa what you got.
This Saturday, 613 Supply is bringing you one big pop-up market at the Bronson Centre. If you’re looking for an amazing shopping experience offering unique products from local vendors, be sure to hit this up!
Palooza, the world’s biggest beer pong “festival” is having its 5th annual edition in Ottawa this Saturday. The tournament, being held at Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Pavilion, is organized to raise funds for CHEO. It will feature DJs, a celebrity MC, celebrity judges, 2500 attendees, 1250 beer pong teams and 100+ beer pong tables.
If you’re up for a tasty nocturnal brunch this Saturday night, make your way over to Bridgehead on Anderson St for Night Brunch. The special event will feature an all-star line up of Ottawa’s best chefs pulling out all the stops for one magical night of breakfast delights paired with boundary-pushing beers. Proceeds will benefit the Ottawa School Breakfast Program.
Ottawa metal band Fumigation is celebrating the release of its Invasion split album this Saturday night at Mavericks/Cafe Dekcuf (probably the latter). For the occasion, they’ll be joined on stage by Ottawa tech metal band Deformatory, Cambridge progressive death metal group AEpoch and Ottawa death metal project Maou Mindu.
More metal madness happening on Saturday night at the Petit Chicago in the Hull sector of Gatineau. For this show, the bill features Morin-Heights band Requiormend, Ottawa melodic death metal group Whispers In The Maze, Terrebonne hardcore death metal formation Hexolyth and Ottawa-Gatineau metal project Peronicus.
At Happy Goat Coffee this Saturday night, Frequency Collective presents a Night of Music & Arts featuring live music, DJs, visual arts, live painting, jewelry and more. Sounds fun!
If you want to check out some live post-punk this weekend, Bar Robo is the place you’ll want to be on Saturday night. There, you can enjoy the sounds of Ottawa post punk/new wave band Potential Red, Ottawa experimental project Trees and Kingston indie rockers Paper Ladies.
Ottawa indie art rock band Pony Girl and Halifax pop artist Gianna Lauren are on the road together as part of their current East Coast tour and they’ll be giving a live show at the Blacksheep Inn in beautiful Wakefield this Saturday night.
Are you a fan of ska, reggae and rocksteady? If so, be sure to make your way over to House of Targ this Saturday night for the Voice Of The People Ska Night. This fun party will feature music selections courtesy of DJs Snappy and Judge Upstroke as well as a live performances by Streetlight, Suits & Toques, Manifesto, Operation Ivy, Brain Damage and a final appearance by The Taco Bandits.
If you enjoy the sounds of salsa, cumbia, disco and sambafunk, head over to the Petit Chicago on Saturday to check out a new collective called Tropikombo. The Ottawa-based 5-piece conjunto led by Phil Motion has given a few live performances around town since its inception, and although I haven’t caught their set yet, I’ve heard nothing but good things about this new project.
A monthly party dedicated to the 6 God? Drake fans, you read correct. The Drake Night dance party, at which you can expect to hear nothing but Drizzy jams and tracks from OVO affiliates courtesy of DJs Max Zims and Laocapone, is now a monthly and it’s going down this Saturday night inside Babylon.
Play Dead Vintage Collective and the Black Cat Bistro are hosting a pop-up this Sunday afternoon. From clothes, jewelry and visual arts to home decor, food, drinks and tarot card readings, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
If you’re up for a lazy Sunday afternoon sipping cheap caesars, head to Bar Robo this April 30 for Sunday Spins, a Sunday Afternoon DJ Series. This week will feature a live set by Ottawa artist Bucko.
Connecticut hip hop artist Celph Titled and Tampa rapper Apathy are hitting up the Bourbon Room this Sunday, April 30 as part of their Escape to Canada Tour. Joining them on stage will be Frank Blak, IKHVN, and Troubled Logic among others.
Tasseomancy is back in the National Capital Region and this time, the Toronto experimental synth project will be playing live at Pressed with Brooklyn experimental artist Mega Bog and Ottawa electronic duo RAAS.
With the 4-day weekend ahead and great weather in the forecast, the world is yours, Ottawa-Gatineau. There’s so much happening this week you won’t know where to start, so here are some pointers to help you plan.
Interested in the music community? Check out the April edition of Music Monday at Bar Robo. This Monday’s discussion will look at how high tech can enhance and/or benefit the music industry. The event will feature a musical performance by Bucko and JUNO-inspired DJ set.
Contrast is a new event presented by NICA, a new creative space, to encourage creative conversation. Each event will feature two films, essays, or works of art for discussion. The first edition, called Abstract, will focus on the way we work.
If you’re into new hip hop, you may want to hit up the Bourbon Room this Tuesday night to catch Pouya and Fat Nick live. The Miami, Florida rappers will be performing live as part of the Drop Out Of School Tour and they’ll be joined on stage by Ghostmane, Flexatelli, Dillan Ponders and more.
This Wednesday, April 12 at Arts Court, check out ¡Fiesta Latina!, a launch party and fundraiser for the Latin American Film festival. The evening of music, dance, food and drinks will feature a live performance by musician Rommel Ribeiro, as well as a DJ set by Rodrigo.
The second Wednesday of every month at Bar Robo, DJ Trevor Walker aka Lifeboogie brings you Prestige, a new night that explores various grooves with jazz as the common thread. Expect jazz, funk, latin, afro, electronica and more, all on vinyl.
After a short hiatus, the Viree Blues series is back at the Petit Chicago, and they are now sponsored by Moosehead. The third show of the new series is happening this Wednesday, April 12 and it’ll feature a live performance by Guy Bélanger.
Ottawa emo/rock newcomers Castlefield are having their EP release show at House of Targ this Thursday night. For the occasion, they’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa rockers Nighttime in Kansas, Ottawa hardcore band RATS, playing Sum 41, Ottawa post-hardcore project Halfsleeper and Ottawa solo emo musician Silent Lovers.
Radiohead’s legendary album Ok Computer turns 20 years old this year so to mark the occasion, come hang at Bar Robo this Thursday night to experience the record in its entirety on vinyl and stick around for DJ Sweet Cheeks’ set after.
Music.Art.Ppl is back from a short hiatus and ready to celebrate the spring with co-founders Peter Albert and Nick Hebb as well as Montreal special guest Zepha for her first ever Ottawa appearance. Dubbed Jungle Jam, the part is going down this Thursday inside City and it’ll feature the visuals and live art of Paradiss and Coblou.
The best spot to find quality house music to dance to this Thursday night has got to be the Mercury Lounge hands down. Special guest DJ/Producer Fred Everything will be back in town to give an extended set filled with deep, soulful, electric & tech house.
If you’re feeling the bluegrass/folk/country vibes, make your way over to Bar Robo this Thursday night to check out Pleasant Goat, Big Big Wolf and special guest singer-songwriter Chloé Laberge.
If a psyche night sounds more like something you’d be down for, House of Targ is where you’ll want to be this Friday, April 14 to see USA Out of Vietnam, The Band Whose Name is a Symbol and Butterscotch Palace.
This Saturday, catch local collective JK3 live at the Atomic Rooster as part of their current residency. The rhythm section formed in Ottawa by members of Pony Girl will be giving three sets a night, the third one beginning around midnight and you can expect to hear instrumentals, improv, fusion and hip hop.
This Friday night, The Deep End is back at Bar Robo. Once again, the crew is bringing you a mixed bag of techno beats all through the night while also bringing a unique experience; intersecting music, lighting and video projections. This is an excellent party to check out if you’re into techno, house, and electronic music.
When it comes to blues, Ottawa-based musician Lyle Odjick is certainly one to watch for. You can catch him live at the Atomic Rooster this Saturday as of 4 p.m. with The Northern Steam.
Ottawa/Montreal’s Future States are embarking on a Spring Mini Tour and they’ll be making a stop at The Record Centre this Saturday evening. This time around, they’ll be playing live with Montreal indie pop singer-songwriter Ada Lea (who’s really worth checking out) and Toronto alt folk artist Merival.
The 4th annual Indigenius art, music and fashion show is being held this Saturday at the Canadian Museum of History. The event is an opportunity to acknowledge, learn, and celebrate the contributions and creativity of our Indigenous people living across this land we call Canada.
If you want to check out an indie rock show this Saturday night, you should head over to Mavericks to see IllScarlett, Darenots, The Superlative, and Project Mantra live.
The Back To The Loudness Tour is stopping in Gatineau this Saturday night. Happening at the Petit Chicago, the show will feature live sets by Reset, Punchline 13, Sidelines, and MindAtWar. Bring earplugs.
Montreal rockers March of the Worm and Montreal alt rock band The Fiers are on a Spring Tour and they’ll be playing live at Avant-Garde Bar this Saturday with Ottawa dream pop/post rock project No Mistakes In Space and Ottawa ambient post-rock duo Novusolis.
The National Capital Region’s favourite soul-steppers, the Mackenzie Rhythm Section, are returning to the Blacksheep in Wakefield this Saturday night, following their funky set at the Bangers & Mash Festival. It’s always a good time when the guys are in the building!
LA hardcore punks The Bronx will be playing live at Zaphods on Saturday, April 15 and they’ll be rocking out with Philly punk rockers Dave Hause and the Mermaid.
Ottawa’s favourite glam rock n’ rollers In Heat will be sharing the stage with Ottawa rockers Thunderkok this Saturday night at House of Targ. The show, dubbed The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, will also feature Remi Royale. It’s gonna get messy.
Afropolitan is a 5-month series of events presented at the Mercury Lounge as part of Canada 150 that features DJs, percussionists and dancers showcasing the strong African, Caribbean, and Latin influences that have shaped today’s house music. The third edition happening this Saturday will feature DJ Manoo of France alongside the Tribal Threat DJs and Trevor Walker.
What’s cool about the Deep Therapy monthly is that it keeps happening at different locations. This Saturday, the party returns to Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts with special guest Thomas Cardin from Toronto. For those unfamiliar with the concept, Deep Therapy showcases the sounds of deep and cutting edge house music in a unique and inviting atmosphere that defies the ordinary.
Three of Ottawa’s musicians are coming together this Sunday for A Night at the Gladstone, a special one-night-only music and theatre event. Join host Jumpin’ Joel Flash, Danielle Allard and The Ramblin Valley Band as they play on the still-being-used set of Little Shop of Horrors, running at the Gladstone Theatre until April 23.
RinseOut is back in the basement at Overkill and this Sunday it’s a jungle/DnB edition featuring Threesixty, Rob Saxon and Bellyfull Sound.
This Easter Sunday, Vanguard Pulse, SPOOR, Strange People and FAU Mardi have teamed up to bring you Соба AV, a night featuring an eclectic array of beats and a selection of stunning visuals. Gathering artists from different disciplines, the event will redefine Babylon into a multi-media environment and stage a unique experience.
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, so it’s time to start making plans to ring in 2017 if you haven’t done so already. If you’re attending a house party, you’re set (it’s usually the less-complicated option), but if you’re looking to go out to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, take a look at Eventful Capital’s Guide to NYE 2017 in Ottawa-Gatineau to help you pick the best event for you. Whatever you end up doing, Eventful Capital wishes you tons of fun surrounded by people you love. Enjoy the celebrations and be sure to make necessary arrangements to get home safely. Cheers!
Ring in the New Year with a dinner and beer pairing featuring local foods by Clover and brews from the Dominion City Brewing Co. Choose from a 3-course dinner, 5-course dinner or join in for the after party starting at 10:30.
Celebrating on a tight budget? On December 31st, Parliament Hill will be an action-packed must-attend venue to kick off festivities for Canada 150. The evening will start with a Peace Tower carillon concert, followed by a ceremony which will include the participation of Olympic and Paralympic athletes. At 8:17 p.m., fireworks will illuminate the sky and as of 9 p.m. Carly Rae Jepsen, Radio Radio and Brett Kissel will rock the stage until the countdown to midnight, followed by traditional fireworks to kick off 2017. So bundle up and join the outdoor party!
An all-you-can-eat poutine party anyone? That’s what the Minotaure has up its sleeve to ring in 2017. Start the night stuffing your face at the poutine buffet, then dance the carbs away with Funk-A-Tron 5000 and enjoy bubbly at midnight.
Join local bands Monday I Retire, Blast From The Sun & Harea Band for a New Year’s Eve extravaganza at the legendary Blacksheep Inn in picturesque Wakefield. Three of the hottest young bands in the capital region will bring their edgy, quirky and catchy tunes to the stage to rock your socks off as we transition from 2016 into 2017.
If you’re looking for a break from the cold weather, Island Fever, happening at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel, should satisfy your need for a summer-themed party. Back by popular demand, DJ RayRay will be in the building alongside DJ Mace to get the 1000+ party-goers dancing the night away and there will be a photo booth, party favours, Island-inspired hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a chance to win a Caribbean Cruise for 2. Dress code: lots of colour.
Ring in the New Year in style at Kinki with Jon Deck, Roc Steady and Selektah Shellz, three of Ottawa’s best DJs. If you just want to dance hassle-free to a variety of jams in an intimate setting, this is one of your best bets. Keep in mind it’s right in the heart of the market though, so plan your transportation accordingly.
If you’re into blues and want to celebrate the start of 2017 with one of Ottawa’s fave bluesman, the Rainbow Bistro is where you’ll want to be on December 31st. The Tony D Band will be throwing down a party like no other and it’s bound to sell-out so grab tickets in advance if you plan on going.
This New Year’s Eve, Babylon Nightclub is offering you to hop in the DeLorean and travel through time. DJs Atherton & Jervy Jerv will be at the wheel speeding through soundscapes a decade at a time – every hour on the hour. They’ll be playing the best each era has to offer, from the Beatles to Beyonce and everything in between. To add to the journey, there will be decade-specific drink specials each hour along with a champagne toast at midnight. So whether you’re rocking bell bottoms or belly tops and short shorts, embark on a memorable musical trip from 1970 to 2017.
Skank your way into 2017 at House of Targ with some live ska courtesy of The Sentries, the incredible Voice Of The People DJs spinning strictly 45s and unlimited arcade free-play action. If you plan on going, you’re encouraged to look snazzy and try to keep your outfit black & white.
The good people at Zaphods are bringing back their No Hassle NYE Party once again. Celebrate the end of 2016 there and enjoy champagne, party favors and more plus awesome music by resident DJs Floodzi and Emmett.
One of the most affordable NYE parties is going down at Avant-Garde Bar on December 31st and will feature a nice lineup of live music. Dubbed Doomsday Clock Party cause 2016 was so shitty, the event will include performances by four local alt-rock bands namely XiL, Lost at Sea, The Ebb & Flow and Electric Tree.
Peace out 2016….Hello 2017! Makita Kitchen Bar invites you to join them to ring in the new year. Then & Now will feature music selections by Davey Thee who’ll get the party started playing old school tunes and ringing the new year with all our fave jams from today and yesterday. Champagne bottle service will be available and the bar will serve dim sum until 2 a.m. if you need a late-night snack and alcoholic beverages until 3 a.m. to keep the party going til the wee hours.
Kitchen Party NYE edition is going down at Bar Robo on December 31 and it’s dubbed: 2017 is going to be OK. Let’s hope so. DJs Hobo & Sweet Cheeks will be on hand to help you dance your way into the new year and as always, they’ll be playing the best of funk, soul, disco, hip hop, electro, house, techno, and everything in between! Advance tickets are sold out but there will be a limited amount at the door.
This year again, Mercury Lounge brings you a multi-level NYE celebration dubbed Paradise Garage Party. The event is an ode to the era where the club experience was a privilege shared by the most fierce and free where taboos and secrets were protected by the walls of the venue. On the top floor, house kings Lance Baptiste & Trevor Walker will be playing the best in disco, classic house, rare grooves and modern day electronic. They’ll be joined by visual master Matt Cameron. Down in the basement, you can party it up with DJs Dusty who’ll be throwing down sounds from the underground. Sounds like a party!
Toronto-based indie folk rock band The Wooden Sky is giving its 7th annual holiday revue at St. Albans Church this Monday night and part of the proceeds will benefit Carty House, a communal residence that provides transitional housing for female refugee claimants and convention refugees.
If you’re into visual arts, especially painting, check out the monthly Art Battle, a unique concept organized across Canadian cities which brings 12 local painters together for a live painting competition. The event is taking place this Tuesday evening at Arts Court and an annual National tournament will eventually take place in the summer to crown the top Canadian painter.
Ottawa instrumental project Flying Hórses will be giving a solo set at the Record Centre this Thursday, December 15 alongside local musician Nathanael Larochette. Flying Hórses, who has been working on their second full-length album, is sure to share some new material for the occasion.
Over at House of Targ this Thursday, you can catch Ottawa blues rock band The Wicked Mercy, Ottawa gypsy rock duo Riishi Von Rex and Ottawa rock n’rollers Wise, Young & King.
The 3rd annual We Wish You a Metal Christmas Fest is going down at Mavericks this Friday, December 16 and this year it’ll feature live performances by Ottawa punk/metal/hardcore bands Obey The Brave, We Were Sharks, Horcrux, Beyond Deviation, WKFLD. Southpaw and Ruin.
Detroit/Toledo indie punks Citizen will be playing live at Zaphods this Friday night and for the occasion they’ll be sharing the stage with Ontario indie punks Safe to Say, Ottawa noisy shoegaze band Kings Quest, and Ottawa emo grunge project Maritime Bleach.
Attention ska fans: The Planet Smashers will be in Gatineau this Friday, December 16 to give a benefit show for the Royal Ottawa Hospital Metal Health Centre. Two decades, seven albums, one million records sold, and countless tours later, the Montreal-based 5-piece known for their feel-good ska/punk party music will be at Minotaure to perform live alongside Montreal celtic punk rockers The Peelers and Ottawa punk rockers The Valveenus.
Local bands Benevenstanciano and Jon Creeden & The Flying Hellfish have a new split LP coming out and they’ll be celebrating its release at Bar Robo this Friday, December 16. For the occasion, they’ll be sharing the stage with Robots! Everywhere!! and Hot Particles.
Halifax indie rockers Wintersleep are returning to the capital city this Friday night and this time around they’re performing live at the Bronson Centre alongside Toronto noise pop project Fake Palms. It’s bound to be a great show!
For two nights this weekend, Seasons Beatings, Ottawa’s low-culture event of the year is back to help set the bar even lower. Friday night, dubbed Christmas Cacophony, will feature live sets by World War 4, Thunderkok, Canceric and more.
This Friday night, DJs Zattar and Memetic bring you the last Timekode of 2016. The popular funk and soul dance party will be held at D’Afrique restaurant, its new home for the season. Get your dancing shoes ready!
Hardcore emo bands Homesick and In Too Deep are joining forces to present Emo Night Ottawa this Friday at Cafe Dekcuf.
The FAU Mardi crew is going back to basics this Saturday, December 17 and making a return to the Petit Chicago in the Vieux-Hull sector of Gatineau for their Christmas Classic. For this special edition, there will be a live performance by RÉSERVOIR as well as sets by FAU Mardi collective members Glory Hull, Mr. Nolin and Sylv3st3r.
Montreal duo Fire/Works will be making a return to Gatineau this Saturday night to perform live at the Minotaure. For the occasion, the indie folk duo will be sharing the stage with solo folk pop musician Peter Henry Phillips, also known as Pilou. Fire/Works are incredible live and this is sure to be a real treat.
It’s been a while since Ottawa rockers The Kindred gave a live show, but that’s about to change as they’re set to play this Saturday night with Ottawa pop punks Rydell and Ottawa post-hardcore band Halfsleeper. Want to know where the show is happening? Ask a punk.
This Saturday, December 17, Bar Robo is putting on an all-ages show featuring Kingston duo Ten Sleep, Ottawa experimental project Trees and Ottawa indie pop rock band How Far to Mexico.
It’s been a long and trying year so what better way to fight the power of hate with an army of love. Come through to The Origin Arts & Community Centre (formerly know as Origin Studio) this Saturday night and bring food, instruments and friends. Missing LinX and friends will be performing an unorthodox, undocumented and unapologetic set.
Ever heard of Hervana? The all-girl Nirvana cover band from Toronto will be back in Ottawa this Friday night for their third annual December Bash. This time around, the 4-piece will be giving two live sets and sharing the stage with Ottawa bands Sparklesaurus and Blue Cougars. Expect party favours and prizes.
The second night of Seasons Beatings, also happening at House of Targ this Saturday night, will include Remi Royale, Slo’ Tom, Expanda Fuzz and Gandalf.
This Saturday night is the return of Deep Therapy at Mercury Lounge. This dance party showcases the sounds of deep and cutting edge house music in a unique and inviting atmosphere that defies the ordinary. It’s your remedy from the mainstream, so let loose and dance.
For the haters who say nothing fun happens in Ottawa-Gatineau, I’m here to prove you wrong one blog post at a time. Here’s what’s up this week in and around town. You can thank me later.
Genevieve RB and Alain Barbeau, a duo musically and romantically, will be releasing their debut album On est les deux this Tuesday evening at the Cabaret La Basoche in the Aylmer sector of Gatineau. The two folk pop singer-songwriter and musicians will be presenting the 11 original songs that make up the project in front of a live audience for the first time.If you’re into visual arts, especially painting, check out the monthly Art Battle, a unique concept organized across Canadian cities which brings 12 local painters together for a live painting competition. The event is taking place this Wednesday evening at Arts Court and an annual National tournament will eventually take place in the summer to crown the top Canadian painter.
French metal band Mass Hysteria will be performing live at the Minotaure this Wednesday, September 28. The band, who’ll be playing in the region as part of their Matière noire tour, will be joined on stage by local punk/rock/metal groups Aarsen and Fractures & Outlines.
At House of Targ this Wednesday night, you can check out Oakville indie punks Dead Broke live. The band will be playing alongside Halifax indie rockers Beauts and Ottawa punk rock group The Valveenus. Plus, there’s a special on perogies that night so, yeah, solid deal.
The One World Film Festival, Ottawa’s longest-running annual documentary film fest, is back for a 27th year and happening from September 29 to October 2 at Library and Archives and Saw Gallery. With an aim to raise awareness on social justice, human rights and environmental issues through thought-provoking documentaries, the festival will feature films on global issues as well as engaging discussions, workshops, and a festival fair.
There’s a new collective in town lead by Phil Motion and it’s called Tropikombo. The 5-piece conjunto will be giving a live performance at the Mercury Lounge this Thursday, September 29 and for the occasion, Ottawa’s The Lionyls will be opening the show with a hot set of their own. To top it off, DJ Trevor Walker will be on hand to provide some sound selections.
If you’re a fan of metal you might want to make your way over to House of Targ this Thursday night to catch Ottawa metal band From The Deep as well as metal group Gone in April, and Montreal progressive metal outfit Unbeing.
Montreal indie rock musician Krief of The Dears fame will be making a stop in the capital city this Thursday evening. He’ll be playing an early show at Zaphods and he’ll be sharing the stage with Ottawa ambient post rock newcomers Novusolis, a project created by local singer-songwriter Amanda Lowe.
There’s a new monthly kicking off this Thursday at the Ministry of Coffee dubbed Live Sessions that aims at showcasing the best in local urban art. The inaugural event will feature a pop up gallery and live visuals from Thomas Tangle, a musical performance by percussionist Jonny Henry aka Circa Beats and more. The event will also be airing live in direct on CHUO 89.1 FM.
Over at Arts Court this Thursday night, Arcadia: the Bloodstorm Paradise edition is going down and promises to bring you a night of music, art and entertainment. The night will include performances by Kenja, Yashavelli, Luke Flywalker and a DJ set by Chanksdaddy.
Over at Bar Robo this Friday night, Ottawa’s Sleepy and the Noise will be having a release show for their debut EP. The indie pop rock trio will be playing live alongside Ottawa garage rock band Mushy Gushy and Ottawa garage surf group Bonnie Doon.
If you’re in the mood to check out some bluesy rock this Friday night, be sure to head over to House of Targ to see Ottawa rockers The Red Rails, Toronto rock band Bloody Diamonds and Ottawa blues/rock n’rollers The Wicked Mercy.
Kitchen Party has been hopping around venues and this month it’s going down at Bar Robo. The monthly dance party presented by DJs Hobo & Sweet Cheeks will feature nothing but the best in funk, soul, disco, hip hop, electro, techno, house and everything in between. A little bit of this and a little bit of that for your dancing pleasure.
Tropikalo has also been hopping around lately and it looks like this month’s vibes are moving to the new Pure Kitchen on Elgin. This super fun dancefloor affair is the perfect dance party if you’re looking for afro-latin caribbean vibes. Just put your dancing shoes on and let DJs Zattar and Trevor Walker take care of the rest.
If you’re up for a Saturday afternoon show, head to Bar Robo this weekend for a mix a blues, folk and jazz courtesy of some local musicians. Stefan Jurewicz, who’s known for his project Onionface and for producing music for several local bands and musicians, will be playing a live set with jazz/pop/funk/rock singer-songwriter Dynamite Motel and grunge/folk guitarist Tariq Anwar.
The last time Reuben and the Dark played Ottawa, it was as part of the Jazz Festival’s After Dark Series. The Calgary indie folk band will be back this Saturday, October 1, and this time they’re performing at the lovely St. Alban’s Church with Toronto indie folk artist Charlotte Cornfield.
The Soul Motivators’s will be returning to the Mercury Lounge this Saturday, October 2 for the first time since they welcomed a new lead singer to the group. For the occasion, the Toronto-based soulful funk 9-piece will be joined by DJ Trevor Walker. If you’re looking to combine live music and a night of dancing, this is a sure bet.
CHUO 89.1 FM, CKCU 93.1 FM & Birdman Sound present the 15th Ottawa Community Record Show this Sunday, October 2 at St. Anthony’s Hall. This is the place to go to find LPs & CDs and dig for rare music gems from every genre. A must for music collectors!
To finish off the week in metal, head out to Mavericks for Norwegian progressive metal band Leprous who’ll be in the national capital as par of their current North American Tour. The Century Media recs signees will be sharing the stage with American rockers Earthside, Chicago progressive metal group Binary Code, Ottawa black death metal project Dissentient and Ottawa vioce and cello duo The Visit.
This Monday, September 19, the Girls to the Front Songwriters Circle is being held at Irene’s Pub along Bank St. Hosted by local singer-songwriter and musician Julie Corrigan, the event will feature live sets by Ottawa area artists Jill Zmud and Sarah Beattie.
The 2016 Ottawa International Film Festival is happening from Wednesday, September 21 to Sunday, September 25 at various locations in the downtown core. This annual event, which is the largest of its kind in North America, will feature a great lineup of screenings, a conference, workshops, presentations and panels for film buffs, art lovers and animation fans alike.
Montreal orchestral indie pop band Groenland are returning to the National Capital Region this Wednesday in an effort to promote their brand new album A Wider Space that literally came out last week. The five-piece will be sharing the Zaphods stage with Ottawa indie folk group Sounds of Stories and Montreal orchestral indie project BEYRIES.
Russian folk metal band Arkona will be performing live at Mavericks this Thursday night. The Napalm Records signees will be sharing the stage with Montreal folk metal group Valfreya, Ottawa thrash metal formation Ominous Eclipse, Ottawa metal project Damnus and Ottawa progressive metal outfit Isometric.
Over at the Troquet in the Vieux-Hull this Thursday, there’s going to be a fundraising show featuring live performances by Montreal-based/Gatineau-born hip hop artist and slam poet D-Track and rapper and producer Sam Faye, also known by his stage name Kalibre. Montreal acoustic folk musician Noé Talbot will also be on the bill and taking care of the opening set.
Over at Bar Robo this Thursday, the good folks at Ottawa Showbox bring you an all-ages show featuring Edmonton folk/punk rockers Fire Next Time. The five-piece will be playing alongside Ottawa folk rock band Jonathan Becker & The North Fields and Ottawa guitar wizards Jordan & Watts.
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. is holding its annual Oktoberfest celebrations in Vankleek Hill this weekend. Not only can you sample a variety of craft brews at Beau’s signature fundraising event, you can also try the Bavarian inspired cuisine, enjoy family-friendly activities and see some live music from 54:40, K-Os, Born Ruffians, Fast Romantics, Gazoline and more.
The Ottawa Ska Fest is taking over House of Targ this weekend for two nights jam packed with a lineup of awesome bands. Friday night will feature ska punk with The Resignators, Los Kung Fun Monkeys, Suits N’ Toques and more and Saturday will be a full-on ska night with The Beatdown, Danny Rebel and The KGB, The Sentries and others.
This Friday night, DJs Zattar and Memetic bring you the return of Timekode in its monthly format! This first edition will celebrate the record release of Timekode X Vol. 2 which features remixes of Memetic’s Freak Motif & Dark Maat’r. The popular funk and soul dance party will be held at D’Afrique restaurant, its new home for the season. Get your dancing shoes ready!
This Saturday only at Zibi, check out the Etsy pop-up shop going on from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. that’ll feature a bunch of local Etsy sellers and creators.
The 2nd annual soup celebration (fête de la soupe) is being held this Saturday, September 24 at Moussette Park in the Hull sector of Gatineau and it’s free admission. Sample a variety of original soup creations while you enjoy family-friendly entertainment in a laid-back atmosphere.
Also happening at Zibi this Saturday is the 2nd Gatineau Bicycle Film Festival, which will present a selection of short films that celebrate cycling culture around the world. A great occasion to enjoy the pleasures of biking with other cycle enthusiasts.
Chinatown Remixed kicks off this Saturday, September 24 along Somerset West. This annual month-long art festival launches with a day-long vernissage at various locations between Bay and Preston including visual and performance art, music, child-friendly workshops, live food demos and more. A great way to discover or re-discover Ottawa’s Chinatown neighbourhood!
The final 1Night event of 2016 will be held this Saturday evening at Origin Studio. The live arts and entertainment show that aims to highlight the work of performance-based artists from across Canada through a masterclass, interview and live performance, will focus on the talented Lucila Al Mar.
Over at Stomping Ground this Saturday evening, there’s going to be the launch of a capsule collection in collaboration with Seattle-based Ebbets Field Flannels, celebrating the Ottawa Athletics who once called Lansdowne Park home. Beats for the event will be provided by DJs Illo and Laocapone.
Thunder BAy roots/rock n’roll ban The Honest Heart Collective will be playing live at Zaphods this Saturday night, and this time around, the six-piece will be performing alongside Ottawa indie folk group Weird With Cats.
This Saturday at the Mercury Lounge is the return of Deep Therapy, a dance party that showcases the sounds of deep and cutting edge house music in a unique and inviting atmosphere that defies the ordinary. It’s your remedy from the mainstream, so let loose and dance.
An entire night dedicated to the 6 God? Drake fans, you read correct. The popular dance party, at which you can expect to hear nothing but Drizzy jams and tracks from OVO affiliates courtesy of DJs Max Zims and Laocapone, is going down this Saturday night inside Babylon.
Peterborough fuzzy guitar pop band Lonely Parade will be having an album release show at Black Squirrel Books this Sunday night and for the occasion, they’ll be playing live with NYC sad pop project Diet Cig, Ottawa experimental group Heavy Bedroom and Philly pop project Free Cake for Every Creature.