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Ottawa Beat magazine is celebrating 1st anniversary with a music fest this weekend

By Hilary Lawson on May 31, 2017



Happy Birthday, Ottawa Beat!

Ottawa Beat, your favourite local music mag, is turning one year old this weekend. To celebrate, they’re hosting a weekend-long bash featuring some of Ottawa’s best musicians. We’ve put together a list of acts you should definitely, absolutely be sure not to miss.


King Kimbit is a rapper and spoken word artist whose work explores themes of racism, heartbreak, and growing up in an immigrant household. Her mixtape Songs for a Boy (but none in particular) layers intricate melodies with spoken word and rap and invites us to examine her experience as a Vietnamese-Canadian artist navigating adulthood, trauma and relationships.


If you haven’t yet been to a party graced by DJ Seiiizmikk, I’m not sure where you’ve been. Seiiizmikk is all over the place these days, laying down dancehall tracks at Bar Robo and Ward 14 and freestyling at Babylon Nightclub.

*Friday is also Babely Shades’ TWO-year anniversary, so they’ve collaborated with Ottawa Beat to put together Friday’s lineup. You can catch both of the above acts on Friday as part of the Babely Shades anniversary celebration.


Looking for that perfect guitar tone for your new wave band? You might want to ask one of the members of How Far To Mexico how they achieve that perfect jingle-jangle. How Far To Mexico’s debut EP, Drought, makes you want to dance, ride a bike and drink a beer, three things that I plan on doing this weekend.


Lake Urmia writes dreamy pop for sad people that is at times sparkling and sinister.


When asked by his coworkers what his band sounded like, my friend Cory described Mushy Gushy as “that song Boys of Summer, but with more noise”.


[tw: sexual violence]

Okay, I’m about to shamelessly self-promote since I’m a part of this, but hear me out. Chip n Dip is an all-gal DJ collective that was recently formed with the goal of creating safer party spaces after a number of members of the Ottawa party community were found to be perpetrators of sexual violence. All of the proceeds from the parties we throw go directly to supporting survivors of sexual violence in our community. Also, we play dope music. We’ll be holding it down Saturday night after the bands at SAW, and you can catch our next party on June 16th at Shanghai Restaurant on Somerset West.

Ottawa Beat 1 Year Anniversary Weekend is happening from June 2–4, 2017 at Club SAW and outdoors at the SAW Courtyard (67 Nicholas St). See this Facebook event for the full line-up and schedule. Tickets cost $12 and a Weekend Pass costs $22.50 before tax.