Kanata is not exactly known for its nightlife. Once a haven for technological development, Kanata has become a place that many Ottawans simply don’t think about that often, unless it is in the context of our hockey team. But if the plan hatched by Big Rig and Ottawa Showbox is successful, that is about to change.
The new partnership is about to bring a touch of downtown to the centre of Kanata as Matías Muñoz of Showbox and Travis Persaud of Big Rig move to shape Kanata into a destination in its own right for beer, music, and liveliness. They’re launching an event series called the Tap Room Sessions. The idea is simple: bring awesome musicians out to the Big Rig Brewery on Schneider Road and have them play an intimate set in the Tap Room of the brewery, a room named for the abundance of taps that line its walls.
The first band to grace the tap room this Saturday will be the legendary Amos the Transparent. After releasing This Cold Escape in 2014, the band has been touring and receiving lots of attention from Canadian radio. Their next major show in Ottawa will be at the Black Sheep Inn in March, so if you’re looking for a quick Amos fix, the Tap Room sessions will be the place to get it.
Showbox founder Muñoz is excited about opening the series with Amos the Transparent. He’s been a fan for some time, and has worked with them on an acoustic back when Showbox was helping to run the 4 in 1 Sessions. So when Persaud contacted him to set up what would become the Tap Room sessions, his mind immediately went to to band.
“Every show I’ve ever been to of theirs has just been so good,” said Muñoz. “We put it to the band and they were stoked. It’s kind of a new thing for them too.”
What was new was the idea of playing in a Kanata brewery. What’s difficult about pitching the idea about a show in Kanata comes down to two things: distance and familiarity. Muñoz has the distance aspect covered—there will be plenty of info on the event page about bussing options as the event draws closer. The familiarity aspect seemed a larger problem; people simply are not used to seeing shows in Kanata.
“There’s not a whole lot of things that happen out there, but there’s no reason why they can’t,” said Muñoz. “Hopefully after a few of these shows people will realize that stuff does happen outside of downtown.”
He’s banking on the draw that beloved bands will provide, combined with the allure of tasty craft beer. Big Rig will be using the Sessions as an opportunity to show people around. They’ll be hosting three brewery tours in advance of the Amos set: one at 4:30, one at 5:00 and one at 5:30. This is sure to attract that large part of the venn diagram of music lovers who also enjoy beer.
Speaking of beer, each ticket to the event comes with one drink ticket, which you’ll be able to use on any of the Big Rig brews on offer. According to Muñoz, in addition to Big Rig’s usual fare will be the Black Lager Seasonal, their one-off IPA, and their Bock.
Tickets for the event are sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go. Muñoz has provided us with 2 tickets to give away! For a chance at winning, all you need to do is comment below (or Tweet us with the hashtag #taproomsessions) the name of your favourite Big Rig brew. Best of luck to you all. A draw will be held at noon on Friday, Jan 29, 2016.