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 I’d sometimes venture outdoors and see compatriots, we’d mutter to each other, “Hey, girl/guy, just keep your mind focused on OXW. All will be fine in life.” And it totally is…now.
For those who are unaware, (but you really gotta be living under a rock to be unaware) Ottawa Explosion (OXW) is one of the best music festivals happening in this city. Take the idea of SXSW and spin it into Ottawa: underground, unassuming musical groups getting together and playing the city’s best venues, all organized by people who love this city and its music and BAM: you’ve got yourself an Ottawa Explosion music festival going on! Over 60 bands from Ottawa, around Canada and the States are participating in this year’s festival, which runs until Sunday, June 16th. To find out more about the festival and which musical groups are playing, check out Ottawa Explosion’s website here [www.ottawaexplosion.com].
If you haven’t yet purchased your festival pass for the weekend (uhhhhh) there will be limited tickets available at the venues before each show. But keep in mind: these tickets are mega limited. Best to show up early to guarantee yourself a spot.
The festival started last night at Club Saw, but it’s continuing tonight at both Babylon Nightclub and Club Saw. Tonight’s Club Saw show starts earlier at 7pm, and the Babylon show starts at 9:30pm. Both shows without a festival pass are $10. Here’s tonight’s respective lineups:
THURSDAY JUNE 14TH?? Club Saw (7:00 pm – 12 am) ($10)
8:00 – 8:20 Gary Voicemail (Local)? 8:35 – 8:55 The Nymphets (Montreal, QC)? 9:15 – 9:40 Le Kid et Les Marinellis (Montreal, QC)? 9:55 – 10:20 Big Dick (Local)? 10:35 – 11:00 Mother’s Children (Local)
Babylon (9:30 pm – 2 am) ($10)
10:30 – 10:55 Robots Everywhere! (Local)? 11:15 – 11:40 Dead Weights (Local)? 12:00 – 12:25 Crusades (Local)? 12:45 – 1:10 Low Culture (Las Cruces, NM)
1:25 – 1:55 Iron Chic (Long Island, NY)
Apt613 will be doing a few interviews with some bands (see interview with Dog Day here) and I’ll be trying my best to bring you updates and all that. But I really hope you COME. Stop reading and COME!