Feature Friday: St. Paddy’s Day Shows

Feature Friday: St. Paddy’s Day Shows

We’ve rounded up all the St. Paddy’s Day themed live music pub shows we could find! At Bytown Sound, we like to call St. Paddy’s Day “National Cover Band Day”, so go to one of Ottawa’s many ambiguously Irish pubs and show your support for a local cover band, they work hard all year long to perform their colourful renditions of great songs past and present. Not to mention all the fantastic tradition Irish musicians that will be playing all across town today, many have multiple gigs and are playing all day long!

These bars are going to be packed, so don’t forget to try and get where you’re going early. The last time St. Pat’s was on a Friday was 2006, so we think it might get a wee bit cray cray out there. Be safe! Call taxis, stay with your friends, drink lots of water, but most importantly, see as much as this great local music as you can!

The Black Irish Pub
15 Selkirk St
Where better to go on St. Patrick’s than the Black Irish Pub? They have traditional Irish music starting at 12 pm (noon). Clan Daestyn takes the stage at 3 pm, a Celtic fusion band that blends traditional east coast with American and Caribbean styles, parlour bagpipes included. Then at 7 pm they’re hosting a kitchen party! Bring your instrument or just come to watch some serious musicians jam out some Celtic and east coast favourites. Clan Daestyn will continue the night until “the luck runs out”.The best part? It’s free! Oh, and there’s a contest for best outfit.

The House of Targ
1077 Bank St
HoT is showcasing Ottawa’s Celtic rock legends Jimmy George! If you like Great Big Sea, Spirit of the West, or The Pogues, then this is where you’ll want to be tonight. This is your chance to see this super fun, legendary band play for the holiday of their people. No weird green beer or funny hats here, just some good times. The evening gets started at 9 pm, $10.

Irene’s Pub
885 Bank St
Eru-Era a seven-piece hype funk band led by baritone sax, tenor sax, and trumpet with keys, drums, bass, and guitar. These guys are seriously talented musicians, playing music “from the nasty part of the heart”. Eru-Era have just come off a residency at Irene’s Pub and are back by popular demand to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, promising a mashup of Celtic/funk . Music starts at 9:30 pm!

The Rainbow Bistro
76 Murray St.
Ottawa blues rock band Crunchy Flower will be celebrating St. Paddy’s on the Rainbow stage tonight. They’re a driving, riffing, harmonizing classic blues quartet performing original and well-worn favourites. They’ll be sure to throw in a few Irish folk songs and Celtic favourites for good measure. Music starts at 9:30 pm!

Patty Bolands
101 Clarence St.
If you’re into the full compliment of green beer, Guinness swag, bar prizes, and a cover band extravaganza, Patty Bolands is definitely where you should be tonight. Here’s the line up:

Guitar on the bar:
The Trousers Irish Duo – 11:00AM-2:30PM
Samantha Jean – 3:00PM – 6:30PM
Eric St. Cyr – 7:00PM – 9:30PM

Performances in the Abbey:
Chris Gagnon – 4:00PM-7:00PM
Josh MacFarlane – 7:00PM-10:00PM
Fabien Melanson & Justin Trudeau – 10:00PM-2:00AM

Highway Sunrise – 9:30PM – 1:30AM
Live DJ – 9:30PM -2:00AM


AND here is a list of some other Irish Pub music line ups in no particular order:


Aulde Dubliner & Pour House
62 William St.
11:30-3:30 pm  – The Paddingtons
4-8 pm  – Neil Emberg & Co
9:30 pm to close – Trailer For Rent

Hunter’s Public House
4750 Bank St, Unit 1
All day, all night  – Live Celtic music w/ Spencer Scharf!

Mother McGinty’s
44 Sparks St
11:30-3:30 pm  – Neil Emberg & Co
4:30-8 pm  – Trailer For Rent
9:30 pm to close – Satori (Halifax)

James Street Pub
44 Sparks St
12-3 pm  – Jamie Douglas
4-8 pm  – Crystalena & Seven
9 pm to close – The Kardashians

Carleton Tavern
223 Armstrong St
12-4 pm  – The Fiddle Heads
4:30-9 pm  – The McCanns
9 pm to close – The Gruff Sisters

Peter Devine’s Pub
223 Armstrong St
12-4 pm  – The Fiddle Heads
4:30-9 pm  – The McCanns
9 pm to close – The Gruff Sisters

Clocktower Brew Pub Westboro
418 Richmond Rd
4-9 pm  – Paddy’s Hangover

The Darcy McGee’s
44 Sparks St
11-3 pm  – Trailer For Rent
4-8 pm  – Jiggs Boson
9:30 pm to close – Eric O’Eggleston & The Pickled Punters

260 Centrum Blvd (Orleans)
12 pm  – Celtic V-Twins
4 – Mason’s Apron
9 pm to close – The Beer Nuts


The Heart and Crowns

3161 Strandherd Dr. #300 (Barrhaven)
11:30-3:30 pm  – Anna Ludlow (she’s seriously amazing)
4-8 pm  – Syd and the Boys
9:30 pm to close – Danny Dunlop

3353B Preston St.
11:30-3:30 pm  – Eric St-Cyr
4:30-8:30 pm  – Southbound Boots
9:30 pm to close – Neil Emberg

67 Clarence St
11:30-3:30 pm  – The Danny Dunlop Band
4:30-8:30 pm  – The Paddingtons
9:30 pm to close – Brown Paper Bag


The Royal Oaks

221 Echo Drive
2 pm  – Stephen Fisher
9 pm  – The Fake McCoys

318 Bank
12 pm  – The Divas
5 pm  – JF Asselin

180 Kent
12 pm  – Ian Cameron Band
5 pm  – Dan Dunlop

329 March Rd (Kanata)
11 am  – Roger James
3:30 pm  – Trevor Walsh
8 pm  – Roger James

188 Bank
1 pm  – Innocent Fenians
6 pm  – Penny Ambition

800 Hunt Club
2 pm  – Steady Belt
7 pm  – The Durtz

2067 Meadowbrook
2 pm  – The Lobster Buoys
8 pm  – The Divas

161 Laurier
3 pm  – Dave Leroux & Kevin Roach
8 pm  – Tom MacDonald

1 Beechwood
5 pm  – Eastbound Of Bytown

1981 St. Joseph Blvd.
12 pm  – Occasional Pudding Band
4:30 pm  – Rick Tennant
9 pm  – Mike Meunier

4110 Strandherd Drive (Orleans)
11 am  – Mason’s Apron
3 pm  – The Standby Brothers
8 pm  – Dan Schaafsma

117 Centrepointe Drive
12 pm  – The Durtz
4:30 pm  – Eric Rouleau
9 pm  – The Standby Brothers


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