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Bank Street Bonbons horn section at the 2018 Bangers & Mash festival. Photo: Ming Wu/Apt613.

Bangers & Mash soul music festival announces 2020 lineup

By Greggory Clark on February 18, 2020

Rita Carter, Circabeatz, The Lionyls, and DJ Zattar among first names announced for 2020 soul music festival

Ottawa’s annual soul music festival is returning to Black Squirrel Books and House of TARG on April 18, 2020. After last year’s hiatus, the festival is back where it started in 2017 with side-by-side venues and one pass for 10+ shows.

Plenty of DJs, soul, funk and jazz bands are going to share the neighbouring stages at TARG and Black Squirrel. Packed between 9pm and 2am are sets from several Apt613 favourites: Rita Carter, The Lionyls, Subtle Curves, as well as a handful of new faces and emerging artists. More will be announced in the coming weeks.

The one-night-only festival hosts many of Ottawa’s top players in their most pop projects. A lot of the bands feature jazz virtuoso musicians who just wanna shake a tail feather.

New this year is a pre-festival bash at Queen St. Fare featuring Bangers & Mash alumni the Mackenzie Rhythm Section and Slack Bridges on Saturday, February 29. The end-of-month event is basically a “rent party” to fundraise for the festival.

Visit for the lineup and schedule. Bangers & Mash takes place at House of TARG (1077 Bank St) and Black Squirrel Books (1073 Bank St) from 9pm–2am on Saturday April 18, 2020. Early bird passes are $18 until February 28. Regular festival passes cost $26 online and at the door.

Access: 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. The entrance to Black Squirrel Books is accessible by ramp, however washrooms are downstairs.