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Iskwē is playing the NAC on February 1st. Photo: Landon Entwistle/Apt613.

February Gig Picks: Live music calendar

By Apartment613 on February 1, 2020

See the shows Apt613 contributors look forward to most in Ottawa-Gatineau!

After combing through the local listings, Apt613 has come up with a list of interesting concerts in February.

EDITORS’ PICKS

  • Ottawa Winter Jazzfest @ Arts Court, Feb. 1
  • WolfGANG Session 15 @ Mercury Lounge, Feb. 1
  • Ariane Moffatt @ Shenkman Arts Centre, Feb. 6
  • The Sadies @ The 27 Club, Feb. 7
  • Jasmine Trails @ Club SAW, Feb. 8
  • The Jerry Cans @ The 27 Club, Feb. 10
  • Marie-Pierre Arthur @ Minotaure, Feb. 14
  • Remi Royale’s Love Boat @ House of TARG, Feb. 14
  • Blackalicious @ Babylon, Feb. 15
  • Craig Cardiff @ Black Sheep Inn, Feb. 16
  • Hua Li @ Pressed, Feb. 20
  • Bedouin Soundclash @ Bronson Centre, Feb. 21
  • The Commotions @ Les Lye Studio, Feb. 22
  • Theory of a Deadman @ Bronson Centre, Feb. 24
  • New Orleans Jazz Orchestra @ Shenkman Arts Centre, Feb. 25
  • Dévah Quartet @ House of TARG, Feb. 27
  • Michael C. Duguay @ Cinqhole, Feb. 28

Find more listings for art, music, theatre, film, dance and festivals in the Apt613 facebook calendar.


Saturday, February 1

Day 3 – Ottawa Winter Jazzfest

On the third and final night of Winter Jazzfest: Colin Stetson (6:30pm), Dan Tepfer’s Natural Machines (duo show with an AI musician at 7:45pm), Quartetski playing John Cage’s Four6 (9pm), Becca Stevens Band (9pm), and the Allison Au Quartet (10:30pm).

📍 Arts Court
🕓 Schedule
🎟️ Buy Tickets

The Blue Stones w/sg Mute Choir

Canadian rock duo touring North America this winter.

📍 The 27 Club
🕓 7:30pm (Doors at 7pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets

iskwē w/sg Vi

Juno-nominated and Polaris long-listed iskwē is a creator of music and of movement, of poetry and of prose. She takes the stage at the Azrieli Studio on Saturday, February 1st. Vi will be opening up the night with her unique alt-pop sound.

📍 Azrieli Studio (National Arts Centre)
🕓 8pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

The Strumbellas w/sg Neon Dreams

The Canadian indie rock and folk band’s new album Rattlesnake came out in 2019.

📍 Southam Hall (National Arts Centre)
🕓 8pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

The Arrogant Worms

The 90s folk/comedy trio is going strong with 14 albums un their belts. They started out as a comedy troupe performing songs and sketches on campus radio in Kingston, Ontario.

📍 Neat Café
🕓 8pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Jon Bryant w/sg Joshua Hyslop

Halifax via Vancouver songwriter Jon Bryant plays up at The Blacksheep with Praire folk artist Joshua Hyslop.

📍 The Blacksheep Inn
🕓 8:30pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Standish Hall w/sg Yarns

Gatineau duo Standish Hall (with special guests) will be playing its cinematic electro-rock. Ottawa-based Belgian artist Yarns will be performing his original songs and prose.

📍 Pressed
🕓 8:30pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ $10 at the door

Jeff & The Falcons w/sg Rita Carter, Aspects & Illiyah Rose

Ottawa singer, guitarist and songwriter for The Hornettes, a.k.a. DJ Breakthru, steps out with his soul music project Jeff & The Falcons.

📍 Queen St. Fare
🕓 9pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets

WolfGANG Session 15

WolfGANG Sessions are back for another season. The popular Mercury Lounge series features off-duty NAC Orchestra musicians performing their favourite new and contemporary works accompanied by video projections.

📍 Mercury Lounge
🕓 9pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Jack Pine and The Fire

The Ottawa band with Juno Award and Canadian Folk Music Award nominations is celebrating an 8-year anniversary.

📍 Irene’s Pub
🕓 9pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets

The Lionyls w/sg Beachfires

Local rock and soul band The Lionyls is one of the tightest bands in town.

📍 LIVE! on Elgin
🕓 9pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets

King Buffalo w/sg The Deadseers

Rochester NY psych stoner rock with a heavy rock Ottawa opener.

📍 The Dominion Tavern
🕓 Doors at 9pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

SLO’ TOM and the Handsome Devils w/sg Society

Get set for some high octane, hardcore country mayhem. Ottawa legend SLO’ TOM is the songwriter who brought you “Down in a Government Town,” “Kissing in Prison,” “Liquor’s my Lover,” and other tunes about getting drunk or getting lucky.

📍 House of TARG
🕓 10pm (Doors at 9pm)
🎟️ $10 at the door


Sunday, February 2

SOS: The ABBA Experience

A true-to-the-recordings ABBA tribute show by tight local musicians.

📍 Queen St. Fare
🕓 7pm (Doors at 6pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets


Monday, February 3

Angelique Francis

Local soul, jazz, gospel and blues songwriter Angelique Francis plays a free show with 4-piece band on Algonquin College campus.

📍 Algonquin College Student Commons
🕓 12pm
🎟️ Free admission

Jeff Rogers

Every week is Pianoman Mondays with Jeff Rogers at Queen St. Fare. The soul singer-songwriter fronts one of our favourite local bands, The Commotions, and is an excellent solo performer too.

📍 Queen St. Fare
🕓 4pm–7pm
🎟️ Free Admission

Charles Richard-Hamelin w/ Apollon Musagete Quartett

Poland’s Apollon Musagete Quartett makes its Ottawa debut with works by Haydn and Penderecki, then joins forces with Charles Richard-Hamelin for Dvořák’s piano quintet in A major.

📍 Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
🕓 7:30pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets


Tuesday, February 4

Tuesday Night Jazz Jam

The Beeched Wailers host a weekly jam at Irene’s Pub on Tuesdays.

📍 Irene’s Pub
🕓 9:30pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ Free Admission


Wednesday, February 5

Winter Soirée: Kimberly Sunstrum, DJ Sandy Duperval, Adrianna Exposée, Kiki Coe, Elle Faekwa

Capital Pride’s Winterlude party feature roots, folk and soul singer Kimberly Sunstrum, plus drag performances by Adrianne Exposée, Elle Faekwa, and Kiki Koe. DJ Sandy Duperval holds it down.

📍 Queen St. Fare
🕓 Doors at 6pm
🎟️ PWYC

The Prime Rib Big Band

They’ve been the resident big band at Irene’s Pub on the first Wednesday of every month for a good couple of years now. Yes, there’s a prime rib dinner special on the menu. The lineup features Ed Lister, Mark Ferguson, Zakari Frantz, Petr Cancura, Brian Asselin, Richard Page, Clayton Connell and more Ottawa jazz all-stars.

📍 Irene’s Pub
🕓 9pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ $10 at the door


Thursday, February 6

WARKRUSHER w/sg Occult Burial, Maldita

Montreal punk-metal featuring members of Napalm Raid, Disterror, Zymotic, and Parasytes. The Ottawa ’80s black metal band Occult Burial joins for a rare performance. Female-fronted Maldita, a Latinx hardcore punk band out of Toronto, opens the show. DJ Ann-Log spins hot james between bands.

📍 House of TARG
🕓 Doors at 8pm
🎟️ $10 at the door

Ariane Moffatt w/sg Marie-Clo

Bilingual pop singer-songwriter Ariane Moffatt headlines a rare Ottawa show at the Shenkman Arts Centre with Ottawa-based pop singer Marie-Clo getting the call to open this show.

📍 Shenkman Arts Centre
🕓 8pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

All-Star Blues Showcase feat. John Steele

Renfrew musician John Steele is featured at Irene’s weekly blues showcase and jam.

📍 Irene’s Pub
🕓 8pm
🎟️ Free Admission

Stuck on Planet Earth w/sg Quiet Crimes, Nebraska

Canadian alt-rock trio, formerly known as Expo, that have been together since their teens circa 2001.

📍 The 27 Club
🕓 8:30pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets


Friday, February 7

Jeremie Albino w/sg Dave Monks

Jeremie Albino has been described as a young musician with an old soul. Part modern folk-rock, part old-style country, Albino’s strong stage-presence, authentic storytelling, and highly dance-able tunes make for a show not to be missed. The Prince Edward County local arrives in Ottawa after his first tour of Europe, following the recent release of his debut album Hard Times.

📍 Club SAW
🕓 Doors at 7pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

The Sadies w/sg Keturah

The Sadies are one of the most talented, prolific, and under-appreciated bands this country has ever produced. The Polaris-nominated, Juno Award-winning musicians have made music with the likes of Gord Downie, Blue Rodeo, and Neil Young, while producing consistently solid albums at a pace of roughly one a year since 1998, earning them a reputation as one of the worlds greatest live bands along the way. Catch these psychedelic alt-country legends at Club 27

📍 The 27 Club
🕓 7:30pm (Doors at 7pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets

River City Junction

Veterans of the Ottawa blues and retro-rock scene at their hometown digs, Irene’s Pub.

📍 Irene’s Pub
🕓 9:30pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ $10 at the door

Music.Art.Ppl PRSNTS Jesse Zotti

Ottawa art collective M.A.P. are bringing the Montreal DJ Jesse Zotti to Mercury Lounge for an immersive night of music with interactive visuals and live art.

📍 Mercury Lounge
🕓 Doors at 10pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets


Saturday, February 8

Reuben and the Dark w/sg FAUX PRIX

Alt-folk Canadian band Reuben and the Dark is joined by English singer Bradley Hanan Carter a.k.a FAUX PRIX who is performing in North America for the first time ever.

📍 Azrieli Studio (National Arts Centre)
🕓 8pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Fighting Fire with Fire: A Hip Hop Fundraiser

A fundraiser for Australia’s Endangered Wildlife featuring Capé, Mischa, Hevve, Dip Black and more.

📍 Overflow Brewery
🕓 Doors at 8pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

OKAN

Afro-Cuban jazz folk ensemble lead by composers and multi-instrumentalists Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne. Both are Juno Award nomineses for their work with Battle of Santiago and Grammy nominees for their contributions to Jane Bunnett and Maqueque.

📍 Fourth Stage (National Arts Centre)
🕓 8:30pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Jasmine Trails w/sg Isaac Vallentin, mal/aimé

Jasmine Trails is Allie O’Manique, a master of languid melancholia at just 19 years old. She grew up outside of Ottawa, on the Rideau River, and her music feels like a search back to those more peaceful, nature-bound times. Catch her at Club SAW with special guests Isaac Vallentin and mal/aimé aka Yolande Laroche.

📍 Club SAW
🕓 8:30pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Latin Breeze

An Ottawa-based Latin rock group which has been together for more than 15 years.

📍 Queen St. Fare
🕓 8:30pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ $10 at the door

Ghostly Kisses w/sg Valence, JORDANN

Dreamy pop singer-songwriter Ghostly Kisses a.k.a. Margaux Sauvé is touring Québec this winter ahead of a spring tour of the UK.

📍 Minotaure
🕓 9pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Deep Therapy: Fire & Ice Silent Disco

In a heated tent behind Gongfu Bao, two live DJs battle it out from 9pm to 1am while audience members listen in on wireless headphones. Headphones are free, however bring a piece of ID and a credit or debit card for the deposit required.

📍 372 Gilmour St.
🕓 9pm (Doors at 8:15pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets

HO RO JO

An Ottawa-based blues, funk and soul supergroup consisting of JW Jones (guitar), Jeff Rogers (keys), and Jamie Holmes (drums).

📍 D’arcy McGee’s
🕓 9pm
🎟️ Free Admission

Mackenzie Rhythm Section w/sg Double Magnum

The Ottawa soul band of over 10 years is playing Irene’s Pub, which they sold out last September. The 4-piece is now a 6-piece after adding a horn section to the mix.

📍 Irene’s Pub
🕓 9:30pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ $15 at the door

Planet Boogie: Hardcore Jollies w/sg DeeDee7even

A live Funkadelic tribute band assembled by guitarist Wayne Eagles. DeeDee7even (disco side project of The Peptides’ DeeDee Butters and Andrew Burns) opens the show.

📍 House of TARG
🕓 10pm (Doors at 9pm)
🎟️ $10 at the door


Sunday, February 9

Ottawa Guitar Trio

This classical guitar ensemble (Nathan Bredeson, Alex Bougie, François Lacelle) are fans of soundtracks, video game scores, timeless classics, as well as local and original music for the guitar.

📍 St. Luke’s Anglican Church
🕓 7:30pm
🎟️ PWYC

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Monday, February 10

Jeff Rogers

Every week is Pianoman Mondays with Jeff Rogers at Queen St. Fare. The soul singer-songwriter fronts one of our favourite local bands, The Commotions, and is an excellent solo performer too.

📍 Queen St. Fare
🕓 4pm–7pm
🎟️ Free Admission

Roxanne Potvin’s Monday Night Music Club

Juno Award-nominated songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Roxanne Potvin is a local treasure.

📍 Irene’s Pub
🕓 8pm
🎟️ PWYC Admission

The Jerry Cans

The Jerry Cans hail from Iqualuit, and combine traditional Inuit throat singing with folk music and country rock. While their lyrics (sung in both English and Inuktituk) deal with observations about northern life and challenges, the vibe is decidedly warm and upbeat. They’ve toured all over the world, and arrive in our southern city (relatively speaking) to play the 27 Club.

📍 The 27 Club
🕓 8:30pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets


Tuesday, February 11

Tuesday Night Jazz Jam

The Beeched Wailers host a weekly jam at Irene’s Pub on Tuesdays.

📍 Irene’s Pub
🕓 9:30pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ Free Admission


Wednesday, February 12

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Thursday, February 13

The Gift of Jazz: From Africa to New Orleans to the True North Strong & Free

Special guests Stefan Keyes, poet Jamaal Jackson Rogers, jazz vocalist Michael Hanna, and former world tap dancing champion Darin Kyle feature in the Odyssey Showcase annual tribute to Black History Month.

📍 National Gallery of Canada
🕓 7:30pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

All-Star Blues Showcase feat. Ed Hart

Guitarist Ed Hard leads the weekly blues showcase and jam at Irene’s.

📍 Irene’s Pub
🕓 8pm
🎟️ Free Admission


Friday, February 14

Marie-Pierre Arthur w/sg Sara-Danielle

Marie-Pierre Arthur is a remarkable figure in contemporary Québecois music; touring her fourth album this winter. Arthur released her first album in 2009 and has earned multiple Prix Félix nominations since then, was listed for the Polaris Music Prize, and earned two nominations for Francophone album of the year at the Juno Awards in 2013 and 2015.

📍 Minotaure
🕓 8pm (Doors at 7pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Jeremie Albino w/sg Dave Monks

If you miss them on their way through town Feb. 7th at Club SAW, here’s your chance to see Dave Monks (Tokyo Police Club) and Jeremie Albino in the special small town setting of Burnstown’s Neat Cafe.

📍 Neat Cafe
🕓 8pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Rachel Beck

The PEI songwriter’s debut record earned two East Coast Music Award nominations, two Music PEI Awards, and a SOCAN #1 Award in 2018, in addition to topping the CBC Music Top 20 Chart. Beck is now touring in support of their follow-up EP, Strong Than You Know.

📍 Fourth Stage (National Arts Centre)
🕓 8:30pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Remi Royale’s Love Boat: A Valentine’s Voyage w/sg F8-Bit, AlgoRiddemz

Join crooner, clown and performance artist Remi Royale for a very special Love Boat themed Valentine’s Day featuring live music by F8-Bit and a live game show. You’ll want to be there for a special appearance by AlgoRiddemz: Cybernetic Entertainment Unit of the Future.

📍 House of TARG
🕓 8:30pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ $10 at the door


Saturday, February 15

6 Guitars

One actor (Chase Padgett) plays six guitarists in this astounding solo show which has been touring the Fringe circuit for years. Not only a talented actor, Padgett is a very adept musician too.

📍 Merdian Theatres at Centrepointe
🕓 8pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Blackalicious

West-coast hip-hop at its best. Good beats, complex rhymes, and a reputation for solid live shows, catch Blackalicious at Babylon on the 20th anniversary tour for their 1999 album NIA.

📍 Babylon Nightclub
🕓 9pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Joe McDonald Band w/sg Les Yeux Noirs

Ottawa writer and musician Joe McDonald headlines at Irene’s. Opening act Les Yeux Noirs  is a Django Reinhardt tribute duo.

📍 Irene’s Pub
🕓 9:30pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ $10 at the door


Sunday, February 16

Day 1 – Big Bang Festival

This Family Day weekend festival brings together all kinds of artists and activities, all focused around sound. There are interactive music rooms, listening activities with the NACO director Alexander Shelley, and a slew of free and paid performances around the National Arts Centre. It’s an incredible opportunity to introduce young ones to new kinds of music, up front and personal with extraordinary artists from Canada and around the world.

📍 National Arts Centre
🕓 Schedule
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Craig Cardiff

Seeing Craig Cardiff at the Blacksheep Inn ought to be on a list of “things every local must do.” The Arnprior local is a familiar face in Wakefield, but brings a level of authenticity and openness to every performance, and makes every show feel unique. Despite his base in the Ottawa Valley, his unique voice and heartfelt acoustic-folk songs have been heard all over the world, garnering tens of million of plays on streaming platforms. He released a beautiful new EP last fall, and plays Wakefield while touring between Yellowknife and Pittsburgh in February alone.

📍 Black Sheep Inn
🕓 Two sets at 4pm and 8pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets


Monday, February 17

Day 2 – Big Bang Festival

This Family Day weekend festival brings together all kinds of artists and activities, all focused around sound. There are interactive music rooms, listening activities with the NACO director Alexander Shelley, and a slew of free and paid performances around the National Arts Centre. It’s an incredible opportunity to introduce young ones to new kinds of music, up front and personal with extraordinary artists from Canada and around the world.

📍 National Arts Centre
🕓 Schedule
🎟️ Buy Tickets


Tuesday, February 18

Thirteen Strings: Mozartmania!

Acclaimed Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska, will perform Mozart’s piano concerto no. 12 in A major accompanied by Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings chamber orchestra. In 2012, Fialkowska was recognized with the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Classical Music.

📍 Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
🕓 7:30pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Tuesday Night Jazz Jam

The Beeched Wailers host a weekly jam at Irene’s Pub on Tuesdays.

📍 Irene’s Pub
🕓 9:30pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ Free Admission


Wednesday, February 19

The Beaches w/sg Goodbye Honolulu, Valley, Hunny, Fade Awaays

Juno Award-winning rock band The Beaches bring their “Professional Tour” to Ottawa on Feb 19th, in support of their most recent EP, The Professional. Artists such as HUNNY, Valley, Fade Awaays and Goodbye Honolulu provide support on various stops along the tour.

📍 Bronson Centre Music Theatre
🕓 7:45pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets


Thursday, February 20

BOIDS w/sg The Hypnophonics, Dead Weights

Punk rock anthems for fans of The Ramones, Nomeansno, and Minor Threat. The Montreal band is touring their third full-length record, QUEL DRAG.

📍 House of TARG
🕓 Doors at 8pm
🎟️ $10 at the door

Hua Li w/sg Backxwash, LONELYBOYXXO

Experimental MTL hip hop and r&b artist Hua Li is a dynamite performer. They’ve been putting out mixtapes and EPs since 2015, but only recently dropped their first full-length record Dynasty in fall 2019. Pressed is probably too small of a venue for this great bill, so by tickets early to avoid disappointment!

📍 Pressed
🕓 8:30pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Heaps w/sg Basement Revolver, Dakota Mill

The four-piece indie rock band is Ontario-based and have a handful of tour dates in the province this month, and a new album on the way in 2020. Formerly known as The Kents.

📍 The Rainbow
🕓 Doors at 8:30pm
🎟️ $10 at the door

Ottawa Jazz Orchestra: The Baron and the High Priest

Bassist Charles Mingus, known as The Baron, and pianist, Thelonious Monk, known as the High Priest, were two of the most colourful and innovative figures in jazz. A seven-piece ensemble made up of Ottawa Jazz Orchestra members will feature these larger-than-life personalities and innovative composers in a special concert at the NAC.

📍 Fourth Stage (National Arts Centre)
🕓 8:30pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets


Friday, February 21

Bedouin Soundclash w/sg Odario

The Toronto duo of Jay Malinowski and Eon Sinclair just released Mass, their first album in close to a decade, and are touring the country in the month of February. Building on their ska/reggae style that made us all fans a decade ago, the new album brings an infusion of jazz, afro-pop and electronic into their sound. This will be a fun show.

📍 Bronson Centre Music Theatre
🕓 7:30pm (Doors at 7pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Lynne Hanson & The Good Intentions Album Release Show

Canadian Folk Music Award winning songwriter Lynne Hanson (of Ottawa!) is celebrating her new album, Just Words, produced by Jim Bryson in Stittsville.

📍 Les Lye Studio (Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe)
🕓 8pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets


Saturday, February 22

The Commotions

The local soul-pop supergroup is performing at the Les Lye Studio in Nepean’s Meridian Theatres complex. They’re a tight band, well worth seeing live—and easy to see again and again.

📍 Les Lye Studio (Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe)
🕓 8pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Mort Rose Album Release w/sg Caravanne

Psychedelic franco pop from Montréal.

📍 Minotaure
🕓 9pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets


Sunday, February 23

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Monday, February 24

Theory of a Deadman

TOAD is back! Catch the post-grunge, hard rock, Juno Award-winners, who have a new album out, and will rock the Bronson Centre while on a massive tour of more than fifty cities.

📍 Bronson Centre Music Theatre
🕓 Doors at 7pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets


Tuesday, February 25

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

From New Orleans to Orleans! Love jazz? Love New Orleans jazz? Then mark February 25th in your calendar as the NOJO swings in to town. Did we mention it’s also Mardi Gras? So, this is guaranteed to be a good time!

📍 Shenkman Arts Centre
🕓 8pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Tuesday Night Jazz Jam

The Beeched Wailers host a weekly jam at Irene’s Pub on Tuesdays.

📍 Irene’s Pub
🕓 9:30pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ Free Admission


Wednesday, February 26

Alanna Sterling

Ottawa singer-songwriter Alanna Sterling is a crowd favourite at QSF happy hour. Recommended if you like the sounds of Amy Winehouse, Bonnie Raitt, and Alicia Keys.

📍 Queen St. Fare
🕓 5pm
🎟️ Free Admission

While She Sleeps

This is the first time English metalcore band While She Sleeps has toured North America, with just three Canadian shows on the tour before they work their way to the southwestern US. Technical, melodic, and fast, this show will make you work those neck muscles.

📍 The Brass Monkey
🕓 Doors at 7pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

The Franklin Electric w/sg hey major

Montreal indie folk band, The Franklin Electric were nominated for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2018 Juno Awards. Hey Major is the multi-instrumentalist brothers, Mickaël and Raphaël Fortin.

📍 The 27 Club
🕓 8:30pm (Doors at 8pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets


Thursday, February 27

Kasador w/sg The Riot Police

Having released their first full album last October, Kingston’s Kasador have displayed a variety of sounds, from the funky pop of “Giving It Up” to the Silversun Pickups evoking single “High Rise.”

📍 Overflow Brewery
🕓 Doors at 8pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Dévah Quartet: Rush’s 2112

A drummer and electric string quartet covers the Rush prog rock masterpiece 2112.

📍 House of TARG
🕓 Doors at 8pm
🎟️ $10 at the door


Friday, February 28

Royal Tusk

Edmonton rock troubadours Royal Tusk are heading out on an extensive national headline tour with a show in Ottawa at The 27 Club. They are currently supporting their second album, TUSK II, and their latest single, “Die Knowing.” Their live show is not to be missed!

📍 The 27 Club
🕓 7:30pm (Doors at 7pm)
🎟️ Buy Tickets

Michael C. Duguay

Born in London, raised in Peterborough, and now based in Kingston, Michael C. Duguay has a long history with even the Ottawa music scene. As a multi-instrumentalist of some notoriety, seasoned local players and Canadian music stalwarts called frequently for Mike to play and sing in their touring bands. He’s touring new material from his first solo record in over 10 years.

📍 Cinqhole
🕓 Doors at 8pm
🎟️ Buy Tickets

The Sentries w/sg FoOLISH

TARG’s house ska, reggae and rocksteady band The Sentries are joined by a touring reggae act from Montreal.

📍 House of TARG
🕓 10pm (Doors at 9pm)
🎟️ $10 at the door


Saturday, February 29

Year of Glad w/sg Delta Will, Keturah

Epic prog-folk post-rock band Year of Glad is playing Black Squirrel this month. Vocalist A.P. Bergeron has an unbelievable voice and a range you won’t believe is possible, until you hear it.

📍 Black Squirrel Books
🕓 9pm (Doors at 8:30pm)
🎟️ $10 at the door

PALISSADE Album Release w/sg The New Calling, Non-Lieu, Dogma

Quebec post punk band touring a new record in a concert series presented by Ottawa’s Switched on Synths.

📍 House of TARG
🕓 10pm (Doors at 9pm)
🎟️ $10 at the door