upcoming events

Nov 27, Thu, 2014
Open Mic with Tariq Anwar
Avant-Garde Bar will be holding it's first ever open stage on Thursday, November 27th 2014 at 7pm! Hosted by local singer/songwriter Tariq Anwar (https://www.facebook.com/tariqanwarmusic).
Avant-Garde has a small PA with vocal mics and DIs and there will be a house guitar to share. Feel free to bring any other instruments, amps, percussion, etc.
Nov 28, Fri, 2014
Not Really
Not Really is a lo-fi rock band in the spirit of Guided by Voices, Sebadoh and Eric's Trip.
Liam King
His music is: Minimalist. Mellow. Lo-Fi. Hedonistic. Anti-Folk. Acoustic. Electric. Country. Rock. Pop. Instrumental. Electronic. Lyrical.
The Brook
Ottawa's newest alternative folk-rock band is set to release their debut EP "Start Swimming"
Considering their wide range of influences it's difficult to pinpoint an exact genre for The Brook. Their music can best be characterized by it's acoustic based sound with catchy melodies, swirling violins, atmospheric guitar work and emotional lyrics. Given The Brook's composition and shared love for close vocal harmonies,acoustic instrumentation and dynamic contrasts, their affinity with bands like Hey Rosetta, Boy and Bear and Mumford and Sons is obvious. Combining the east coast Celtic roots of lead singer/songwriter Sarah Murphy, with blues-inspired Shawn Leadston's guitar-work/songwriting and Mark Rempel's strong melodic intuition as a classically trained violinist, the result is a consummation devoutly to be wished.
Nov 29, Sat, 2014
| 5PM - 8 PM |
Elephant Skeletons
Elephant Skeletons sounds like a crew of gypsy rockers threw a disco dance marathon. Often gritty, exploding with unexpected, kaleidoscopic bursts of sitar and circus horns, and occupying the sweet spot somewhere between Daft Punk and Beats Antique, Elephant Skeletons is the soundtrack to the party everyone wishes they knew about. Driving beats melded with kletzmer brass create a sound that's simultaneously cutting-edge-danceable and filled with serious soul.
With The Supreme Tower from Halifax!
Nov 29, Sat, 2014
| 9 PM |
This duo's shows are worth attending just to witness the bizarre and fascinating fashion choices made by members Beaver Sheppard and Dave Whitten. Also expect to be shellacked into another dimension by Country’s unforgettable and warm falsetto vocals over their cold, driving '80s synth.
Alpha Strategy
Heralded by Foxy Digitalis as the "drunker-and-angrier-than-usual Craig Finn or Nick Cave…" Rory Hinchey fronts the uniquely Toronto based noise-rock / post-punk four-piece. Following 2012's 30 country European tour with American outsider musician Zack "The Wild Man on Planet Earth" Kouns, Hinchey dumped the backing tracks, but stuck with the homemade synthesizers and threw his guitar into the live show. Alpha Strategy now also incorporates the talents of James McAdams (guitar) and Ben O'Brien (drums) from Toronto's LAN Party, and Aaron "The Baron" Parent (bass) of Dean Jones Armada.
ONFIILM & Violet
Guitar apatheist's and all around horrible people. Just come for Violet.
Dec 04, Thu, 2014
River City Junction
River City Junction is a band whose roots tap deep into the history from which modern music flows. They span the styles of Blues, Jazz, Motown, Funk & Classic Rock. They bring to music their own unique perspective & approach, making their original tunes blend seamlessly with one another, providing their audience with an inspiring listening experience. They can be seen playing regularly in & around the Ottawa area & along the St. Lawrence Seaway from Montreal to Kingston. River City Junction performed at the Ottawa Bluesfest on July 10, 2010.
Robert Farrell Band
Robert Farrell Band Canada's runner-up band in MUSIC AID's International Music Awards 2006
Robert Canadas runner-up Best Male Solo Artist and Best Songwriter in MUSIC AID Awards 2006
Robert Farrell Band competed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2007
Robert one of Ottawa Magazine's Top 50 People for 2007
Robert has performed at Canadian Music Week, NXNE, twice on Canada AM, CBC Live, in Memphis and Nashville as well as at Ottawa Bluesfest in 2010
Robert's music is on the roster with 5 publishing houses.
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