The Ottawa music scene is undergoing a slow revolution to more clearly and firmly establish itself as a place where misfits of all kinds—not just the white, cisgender, straight ones—can feel safe and welcome.
Photos from Day 2 at Ottawa Explosion Weekend.
Photos from the first night of concerts at Ottawa Explosion Weekend.
Concert photographer Ming Wu (@photogmusic) shares his picks for Ottawa Explosion Weekend. With venues around Ottawa and Gatineau, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Check the schedule for more of what’s taking place.
Unless your knowledge of punk, garage, and associated genres is truly encyclopedic, Ottawa Explosion Weekend can be a pretty overwhelming prospect. The annual music festival has been growing steadily since its inception, and this year, the “weekend” runs from this Tuesday to the following Monday, and features over eighty bands from Ottawa and around the […]
As the days get warmer the festival scene in Ottawa starts to heat up. This weekend will have launches of the Fringe, the Ottawa Jazz Festival and the Ottawa Explosion Weekend, and our new favourite upstart Arboretum is adding themselves to a busy a weekend line-up. The team at Arboretum has a reputation for doing […]
With all due respect to Bluesfest, it does tend to dominate the summertime conversation around music in Ottawa. Fortunately, the Bluesfest juggernaut is not the be-all and end-all of Ottawa music festivals, with more and more scrappy young upstarts springing up in recent years. One of these upstarts has gotten substantially larger and more mature this […]
The weekend is but hours away, and I really, truly, hope you are excited for this as I am. Actually, for many in Ottawa the weekend started last night. The reason? Ottawa Explosion. I’ve gotta admit I’ve been looking forward to this period in June for months. During the dreary lull of mid-winter days, when […]
Ottawa Explosion, the city’s underground music festival, officially kicked off last night for a second year with a rapturous performance by Pregnancy Scares, Metz and The Men. Organizers Luke Nuclear and Emmanuel Sayer have expanded the festival for its second year to include even more sweet garage and punk bands from Ottawa, Canada and the […]
And we’re (almost) back to the weekend! It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for Westfest, but indeed, this free music festival has crept up on us once again. Sure, we’ve known the lineup for a while, but that’s only built up the excitement. Plus, getting a head start on music festival enthusiasm can […]