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L to R: Zeek Gross, Richard Page. Image courtesy of London Gentleman Records (YouTube).

Gig Pick: Bangers & Mash Soul Music Festival—04.14.18

By Greggory Clark on April 10, 2018

One night only at Black Squirrel Books and House of TARG:

Two DJs and eight soul, funk and jazz bands are going to share the stages at House of TARG and Black Squirrel Books this weekend. The one-night-only Bangers & Mash: Ottawa Soul Music Festival begins at 9pm this Saturday with JFUN on the decks and goes out with a performance by the 11-piece London Gentleman Records Band.

Packed between the two are sets from several Apt613 favourites: Sarah Bradley, Harea Band, Slack Bridges, and The Bank Street Bonbons, as well as a handful of new faces and artists we look forward to hearing in this impressive lineup. Bangers & Mash curator Garrett Barr hit nothing but net with this year’s selection. There’s immense talent in this lineup, through and through.

In an interview with Sous-Sol 819, Barr said the inspiration for an Ottawa soul music festival came during a trip to New Orleans, where he witnessed the practise of audiences bouncing around several venues to binge-watch live sets. Locally, that made Black Squirrel Books and House of TARG the ideal venues for a festival of this concept. The two are next door neighbours at the intersection of Bank and Sunnyside, and are two of the Old Ottawa South neighbourhood’s top music venues.

Heads up: Organizers say tickets are moving fast and last year’s inaugural Bangers & Mash sold out in advance.


The 2nd Annual Bangers & Mash Soul Music Festival is taking place on Saturday April 14 between House of TARG (1077 Bank St) and Black Squirrel Books (1073 Bank St). Passes are available for $26 online and at the door. The main entrance to House of TARG is not fully accessible (down a flight of about 10 stairs) however you can call the venue at 613-680-8274 to make wheelchair accommodations.


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