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Cadence Weapon plays 27 Club this month. Photo: Mark Sommerfeld.

Highlights: Cadence Weapon, Ottawa Theatre Challenge, and carried away on the crest of a wave lead show picks for second half of March

By Greggory Clark on March 17, 2018

After combing through the calendar of events, Apt613 has come up with a list of exciting shows coming up in March.

Whether you want an indie, classic or contemporary show, there’s something for all (and odd) tastes in the highlights below. Don’t see something you like? Find more suggestions in Apt613’s calendar of upcoming events.


Born Ruffians

With their old drummer back, Born Ruffians are back to performing like an old school rock’n’roll band, bashing out tunes for a new album and touring North America. The band’s itinerary includes two nights at Ottawa’s 27 Club and five shows (!) at Lee’s Palace in Toronto before Born Ruffians head over to Europe this summer.

📍 The 27 Club (27 York St)
🗓 March 7–8, 2018
🎟 Tickets: $20 general admission

King Abid

King Abid’s world beat electro concert is going to put the NAC Fourth Stage into party mode on Saturday night. The multi-instrumentalist and former radio host’s debut album is an unusual blend of Tunisian sounds and words over contemporary reggae and dancehall music. King Abid rocks percussion parts, deejays and emcees a very lively show. It’s this novel approach which earned him Radio-Canada’s Révélation emerging artist award in Québec, his adopted home.

📍 Fourth Stage (National Arts Centre)
🗓 March 10, 2018
🎟 Tickets: $20 general admission
⭐ Live Rush: $15 same-day tickets for anyone 13–29 years old

Benjamin Deschamps

Radio-Canada also gave Révélation award to Montreal saxophonist Benjamin Deschamps in 2017, the year Deschamps appeared at the Montreal International Jazz Festival with his quintet. They’re now on tour to perform Demi-Nuit, his new original jazz album.

📍 Fourth Stage (National Arts Centre)
🗓 March 15, 2018
🎟 Tickets: $25 general admission
⭐ Live Rush: $15 same-day tickets for anyone 13–29 years old


No-wave Brooklyn punks Pill are on a bill with Ottawa’s Future States at Pressed this month. Fixtures in the Brooklyn DIY scene, Pill turn on a dime from post-punk to surf-rock to free-jazz. Their sound is a skillfully tight controlled chaos pushed by sax, spoken word and a heavy rhythm section.

📍 Pressed (750 Gladstone)
🗓 March 16, 2018
🎟 Tickets: $10–15 general admission

Angela Hewitt’s Bach Odyssey

The Ottawa-born international star of classical piano is currently touring and plays the NAC between stops in New York City and Florence, Italy. Angela Hewitt has performed all around the world both in recital and as a featured soloist. She is widely considered number one for her Bach recordings—covering all of the composer’s major keyboard works.

📍 Southam Hall (National Arts Centre)
🗓 March 20, 2018
🎟 Tickets: $25–114
⭐ Live Rush: $15 same-day tickets for anyone 13–29 years old

Cadence Weapon + Too Many Zooz

Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon returns to Ottawa for the first time since his memorable Arboretum Festival appearance last summer. He’s going to be opening for party brass trio Too Many Zooz, who met at school and defined their own “brass house” sound in NYC’s subway stations before one of their performances, recorded by a passer-by at Union Square Station, went viral on YouTube.

📍 The 27 Club (27 York St)
🗓 March 29, 2018
🎟 Tickets: $20 general admission


Yoann Bourgeois: He Who Falls

French acrobat, actor and choreographer Yoann Bourgeois presents this playful piece. In his contemporary circus piece He Who Falls, six performers are lifted, tilted and twirled by a hydraulic platform custom-built for the show. These unusual physics make an exciting and delightful spectacle which could only be danced with amazing skill and strength. At times the performers appear completely weightless and seem to defy gravity.

📍 Babs Asper Theatre (National Arts Centre)
🗓 March 9–10, 2018
🎟 Tickets: $42–58
⭐ Live Rush: $15 same-day tickets for anyone 13–29 years old

MOMIX: Opus Cactus

One of the most established names in American modern dance, MOMIX is a fantastically unique dance company who use optical illusions, lights and sets to create magical shows. MOMIX is often called upon to do film, television and commercials, which is not surprising as their work is so visually striking. It will be amazing to see their work at the scale of NAC’s Southam Hall. Ottawa audiences have long awaited their return since MOMIX last performed at the NAC in 2011.

📍 Southam Hall (National Arts Centre)
🗓 March 12–13, 2018
🎟 Tickets: $53–100
⭐ Live Rush: $15 same-day tickets for anyone 13–29 years old


How Black Mothers Say I Love You

Great Canadian Theatre Company is presenting an Ottawa premiere by Canadian playwright Trey Anthony—whose show ‘da Kink in My Hair was a hit fringe play before it went onto TV. How Black Mothers Say I Love You tells the story of Daphne and her adult daughters, who, as children, were separated for six years when Daphne emigrated to Canada to find work and a new opportunity for her family. This production features a cast of actors making GCTC debuts, including Bénédicte Bélizaire, Lucinda Davis, Samantha Walkes and Malube.

📍 Great Canadian Theatre Company (1233 Wellington St W)
🗓 March 6–25, 2018
🎟 Tickets: $38–54

carried away on the crest of a wave

Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and directed by Siminovitch Prize laureate Kim Collier, carried away on the crest of a wave is a serious of vignettes—”neither fact nor fiction” according to playwright David Yee—performed on a half-flooded stage, with actors splashing through puddles in most scenes. The play is set during (and in the aftermath) of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

📍 Babs Asper Theatre (National Arts Centre)
🗓 March 21 to April 1, 2018
🎟 Tickets: $43 general admission
⭐ Live Rush: $15 same-day tickets for anyone 13–29 years old

Winners of the Ottawa Theatre Challenge take home the Rubber Chicken Award… and every year frankenstein a new piece to the coveted trophy. Image courtesy of a Company of Fools.

Ottawa Theatre Challenge

Theatre artists from across the city are invited to compete in a 48-hour challenge in celebration of World Theatre Day. Those brave enough to participate will write and perform a new original short play based on a few items of inspiration provided by last year’s champions. A panel of judges will accept bribes—all in the interest of crowning Ottawa’s Best Theatre Company.

📍 Arts Court Studio (2 Daly Ave)
🗓 March 27, 2018
🎟 Tickets: PWYC admission

See the calendar for more show listings.

This article was co-created by the National Arts Centre and Apt613 creative staff apart from the Apt613 editorial team.