Around town

Show Review: Aestrid @ House of Targ – Nov. 29, 2018

In an evening of towering talent, Aestrid took the stage at House of Targ on November 29th, commanding the full attention of everyone fortunate enough to be in attendance as they permeated the room with their unique blend of post-punk and ambient electronic music. The show oscillated between dreamy, layer-blended tunes and a beat-focused, highly [...]

Dutch Post-Rock Trio Aestrid to Play Ottawa This Week

The Netherlands-based post-rock trio Aestrid is bringing their hypnotic blend of infectious energy and affecting tempos to Ottawa this week, their unique chemistry and sound set to leave you breathless and exhilarated. Ottawa, this is band you won’t want to miss out on. Lead singer, guitarist, and founder Bo Menning will be joined in Ottawa […]

Soulful & Intimate: Rufus John to Play Ottawa This Thursday

Great news for fans of R&B/soul music: Kitchener-based mega talent Rufus John is making a stop in Ottawa this week while on tour to promote his sophomore album “Gone But Not Forgotten”, as well as a docu-series of the same name about the making of the upcoming release. “I felt that this was a way […]

Canadian Hip-Hop Star Peter Jackson Stops In Ottawa Tonight

If you’ve followed the Canadian rap/hip-hop scene in recent years, Peter Jackson has definitely crossed your radar, and tonight (Nov. 9) is the chance to see him live, as he’ll be playing City At Night with special guest Chrissy Spratt. Jackson, who is often dubbed “the hardest working rapper in Canada”, has toured the country […]

Tara Shannon Shares Message of Empowerment in New Anthem and Music Video

We love sharing stories of Ottawa’s musicians lifting up their communities with their art, and hardly anyone else can match the efforts of Tara Shannon. Originally from Russell, Ontario, this songwriter and vocalist’s success is no stroke of luck, but rather the product cultivated talent, hard work, and a sincere and focused drive to help […]

Ottawa Gets Hopped and Confused This Weekend!

Summer may be inching toward a close, but the Ottawa festivals are still in full swing. This weekend’s second annual two-day Hopped and Confused festival at the Mill Street Brew Pub is a great way to launch yourself back into the Ottawa music and beer scene before autumn makes an appearance. Dine Alone Records and […]

Modasaurus at Options Jazz Lounge

Modasaurus is a dynamic jazz fusion quartet featuring James McGowan (piano), Alex Moxon (guitar), JP Lapensee (bass), and Jamie Holmes (drums). The members met and forged their musical relationship in the Carleton University Music program, Moxon, Lapensee, and Holmes are former students, while McGowan is a professor in the department. These versatile and talented musicians have come together to collaborate on and perform McGowan’s […]

Weekly Live Music Events in Ottawa

Weekend round up? How about a Weekday round up! There a lots of live music events happening in Ottawa every night of the week. You can run around town attending an open mic every night of the week, but you can also see great live bands and concerts. There are lots of great venues that offer […]

Ottawa’s Ultimate Guide to Open Mics in the City

Last Updated: December 5, 2018 **Be sure to hit up our monthly calendar by clicking on “Open Mic/Jam” in the “Music Genre” filter on the right to display all of the open mics happening each month – sometimes there are one-off Open Mics that aren’t posted here as they are only held occasionally.** Ottawa is busting […]