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Future of Ottawa: Music Venues with Paul ‘Yogi’ Granger

By Apartment613 on June 1, 2021

This week in the Future of Ottawa series, we’re taking a deep dive into the people that support and bring you the artists you love—what venues, labels, and promotion is like now and where it’s headed. Read on for a guest post from Paul ‘Yogi’ Granger on the future of venues, or read posts from Jordan David on indie labels and Rachel Weldon on concert promotion.

Paul ‘Yogi’ Granger is a father, brother, son, musician, engineer, producer, and the co-owner and booker at House of TARG. He’s lived in Ottawa forever.

TARG takeout from Yogi. Photo from TARG Instagram.

Apt613: What is the current landscape of music venues in Ottawa?

Yogi: It’s hard to comment on this. Over the course of this pandemic, we have seen established Ottawa venues such as Babylon Nightclub and Cinqhole close, and new ones open up. Hopefully, we can maintain those that survive and support new ones!

If you care to make a prediction… Where is 2021 going for music venues in Ottawa?

I’m no time lord… but I feel like 2021 will be a slow build. Getting back to packed, sweaty shows will take some time.

Where in your wildest dreams could House of TARG grow in your lifetime?

Well, we’ve always dreamed about a sweet TARG submarine 20,000 leagues under the sea.

PUP playing at House of Targ. Photo Ming Wu.

What is the best innovation to take place in live music since the pandemic started affecting Ottawa?

Broadcasting performances and shows on the internet have come a long way since the beginning of the pandemic. I hope this side of live music continues to develop.

*Who* is the future of music venues in Ottawa?

Those who live it and love it.

Tell us something you wish somebody told you when you started your career operating a music venue.

Never give up.

House of TARG with COVID-19 precautions. Photo from TARG Instagram.


Back in 2015, Apartment613 took a look at the future of Ottawa across several different sectors. In 2021, we’re bringing the series back, asking experts, artists, and community leaders to shed some light on their local field or industry, as it stands now and where they think—or dream—it will go over the next few years. Every week we’ll profile a different cultural sector in Ottawa, leaving no niche unexplored—from social justice to theatre, bars to sports, to the future of the municipality and its natural environs. Keep an eye out for a new batch of posts every Tuesday on Apt613.ca.