This weekend in Ottawa will feature football, music, karaoke, theatre and more music. So, whether you cheer for the Stampeders, the Argonauts, or neither, check out our list of goings-on in the city, and for heaven’s sake stay warm out there.
The Grey Cup is in town, and though the RedBlacks will not be attending, the contest between Toronto and Calgary should raise some emotions in football enthusiasts across the nation.
The Cup brought with it a retinue of events: there will be a silent disco, a free pancake breakfast and even something called Pigskin Pete’s Pub Crawl. Plus, for music fans, there will be concerts every night featuring the likes of April Wine and Sloan.
Meanwhile, across the Rideau, Overbrook the Musical will offer a musical theatre interpretation of a neighbourhood. Created by Overbrook locals, the play is a guided tour through Overbrook, its local lore and in-jokes.
For Friday night we offer you a choice of watching people sing or singing yourself. The ever-incredible Land of Talk are playing at the 27 Club. Fresh off a release of a critically acclaimed new album this spring, the band is surging back to the place it once held in Canadian indie rock. Toronto band Casper Skulls will open the show.
If you’d rather get up and sing, you have a choice of two major karaoke events. First is Movember Karaoke with China Doll at the Shanghai Restaurant. China Doll’s work speaks for itself. Her local following has only grown over the last few years, and she remains an integral piece of Chinatown culture, to be experienced. Donations for Movember Ottawa are suggested at the door.
On the other end of Somerset, a very different kind of karaoke event will be happening: the hip hop kind. Hip Hop Karaoke has been going on since 2012, when it was at Mugshots. Besides its hip hop focus, what makes it different from other karaoke is its requirement that all performers memorize their songs before they take the stage, making it extra cool when someone nails a song.
On Saturday, if you’re not Grey Cupping, the place to be is in Hintonburg, where the Record Centre will be hosting the Love Local Music Launch. Love Local Music is an initiative from the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition inviting Ottawans to show their pride for local music with some stylish apparel by Steve St. Pierre.
That night, the happening concert seems to be Duchess Says and YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN at St. Albans church. And while this may not be the loudest band to ever play the stately church venue, it’s certainly one of the loudest. It promises to be an interesting show at one of the best venues in the city.
More in the mood for comedy theatre? Lauren and Amanda Do It is on over at the Arts Court Theatre. This show is an encore presentation, one which doesn’t shy away from bawdy language. Leave the kids at home for this one.
Daniel Caesar is playing the Algonquin Commons Theatre Sunday night. The 22-year old rapper from Oshawa is still celebrating the release of his first album, which peaked at number 16 on the Canadian Album Sales Chart. With his command of catchy hooks and thick beats, it’s easy to see why.
Of course the thing many will be doing on Sunday night is football related. After a week of celebrations, the actual Grey Cup game takes place on Sunday night. One tip: parking will be a mess; bus or Uber.
And have a good weekend.
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