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What to do this New Year’s

By Jared Davidson on December 28, 2012

It seems like everyone’s talking about 2012 in the past tense these days. Thus far, 2012 has been great, but let’s not put it to rest just yet. A year like this deserves an appropriate send off, and our team of research gnomes has dug up a few events that might be up to the task of closing out this magnificent year on December 31st.

Sparks Street is hosting a free New Year ’s Eve bash, complete with live entertainment featuring the Arkells. In addition to the Hamilton alternative rock band, the Sparks Street stage will feature such acts as Autumn’s Cannon, Tara Holoway, Chantal Hackett, and more. The event is reported to feature some kind of midnight surprise, something akin to Time Square’s ball drop.

Over at City Hall, another free event promises to remind us of the Scottish origins of that famous New Year’s tune, Auld Lang Syne. The Scottish Society of Ottawa has put together a night of Highland dancing, Scotch-tasting and, of course, bagpipes.

If you’d prefer to stick to the clubs, we have some options for you. TIMEKODE will be tearing it up in their usual fashion at Eri Café, ringing in the New Year with their electronic wildness, featuring DJs Zattar, Calkuta and Memetic.

At Ritual, things will be taking a funky turn with the Mackenzie Rhythm Section and The Hornettes.  Tickets to this one are 20 bucks in advance, and are available at NRML, Top of the World, Vertigo or online. At the Mercury Lounge, the Tropicalia Masquerade will bring some swinging beats in the form of DJ JAXPRATT and Sambasoul3, who will be rocking out in sequin jumpsuits and three piece suits.

Silkken Laumann and teaming up with Jose and Pawel from Kitchen Party for Over+Out at Babylon Nightclub. The five fellas in Silkken Laumann & Kitchen Party will be dropping a myriad of jams to keep you loose all night, from nu classics, hip hop, “shameless” hits, house-punk, and a myriad of favs. Tickets $15/$20 available from Antique Skate Shop.

Mugshots will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Jail Hostel’s opening with a 70s themed New Year’s party. Disco, funk—DJs Total T and Senga-Soul have it all covered. Meanwhile, Patty’s Pub will be playing host to Label Records and the Ashton Brewing Co. Entertainment for that event will be provided by John Allaire and the Campistas and Terry McLeish.

Plenty of restaurants will be keeping their doors open late this New Years, including the Hintonburg Public House, Black Cat Bistro, Fraser Café, Wellington Gastro Pub, and Play Food and Wine.

There’s so much going on! If we’ve missed something special, let us know in the comments below. And from all of us at Apartment 613, happy new year!