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10 Live Shows to Check Out This February in Downtown Ottawa

February 4, 2024

The month of February brings with it a plentiful amount of ample opportunities to catch some live shows with friends and loved ones! Maybe you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the music lover in your life, or some live entertainment to enjoy with your loved ones on Family Day.

No matter what the circumstances may be, there’s no doubt that Downtown Ottawa’s fully packed schedule of outstanding musical talent will scratch that itch and help you get your groove on!

Asuquomo, S.O.A.P.

Hip-hop fans throughout the nation’s capital will be paying their last visits to the 83 ‘Til Infinity exhibit at the Ottawa Art Gallery before it closes later this month. There are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy and celebrate hip-hop, however, including Asuquomo and S.O.A.P.’s appearance at the National Arts Centre! Asuquomo’s signature approach to the genre is influenced by his Nigerian roots, which has won him the 2020 Ottawa Arts Council & RBC Emerging Artist Award, a mention in Exclaim’s “Top 20 EP Releases in Canada” and many more accolades. He will be joined by rapper/producer duo Scribe and Onglish, otherwise known as S.O.A.P., who “create a culture of risk and trust” with their music.

📅 February 2

⏰ 8:30 p.m.

📍 National Arts Centre

🎟️ Tickets

Asuquomo will be releasing his debut album along with a short film sometime in the first half of 2024. (Image: Tani Olorunyomi)

Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival Presents: Live @ Rainbow Bistro

There’s no doubt that Winterlude is one of the most exciting and highly anticipated events during the winter in the nation’s capital, with skating, ice sculpture contests, dragon boat races and so much more! You might be surprised to learn, however, that there’s just as much reason to attend for the music as the winter activities. As part of Winterlude’s Ice Dragon Boat Festival, the Rainbow Bistro will be hosting an extraordinary roster of over 25 bands throughout the duration of the festival, including world-class acts such as Craig Cardiff, Joel Plaskett, Pony Girl and others! Click here to read our blog about Jasmine Trails, one of the performers that will be making an appearance at the festival!

📅 February 2-19

⏰ 7:00 p.m.

📍 Rainbow Bistro

🎟️ Tickets

Ottawa’s own Pony Girl will be among the many talented acts featured at The Rainbow Bistro during Winterlude’s Ice Dragon Boat Festival. (Image: Pony Girl)

William Prince, Kacy and Clayton

One of the country’s fastest rising stars in Canada’s folk and country scene, William Prince has captured the hearts of listeners around the world. His Indigenous roots are weaved with folk, country and gospel to create impactful melodies that “approach…the big questions with humility and curiosity.” Since his Juno Award win in 2017, he has shared stages with Buffy Saint-Marie, The Tragically Hip and other celebrated Canadian artists. Prince will be accompanied by Kacy and Clayton, a Saskatchewan-based folk duo whose music is evocative of the “people, hills, barns and remoteness of the area” from which they originated.

📅 February 9

⏰ 8:00 p.m.

📍 National Arts Centre

🎟️ Tickets

Prince’s songs have received critical acclaim across the nation, being described as “a masterclass in skillful simplicity.” (Image: William Prince)

Jon Spencer, Bloodshot Bill, Thee Retail Simps

Music fans of all kinds in Ottawa can’t afford to miss Jon Spencer’s appearance at Club SAW this month, where he’ll be bringing his gritty, eclectic blend of experimental sounds to the nation’s capital. Taking influences from blues, punk, industrial, hip-hop and just about every genre of music you can think of, Jon Spencer has captivated audiences on every continent (except Antarctica, he notes) and worked with artists such as Pussy Galore, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, R.L. Burnside and more. Montreal psychobilly artist Bloodshot Bill and punk rockers Thee Retail Simps will be joining Spencer for a one-of-a-kind, multi-varied musical performance!

📅 February 10

⏰ 8:00 p.m.

📍 Club SAW

🎟️ Tickets

Jon Spencer’s eclectic mix of varying genres has kept listeners on their toes for several decades now. (Image: Michael Lavine)

The Boo Radley Project

Armed with an image of the character from which they take their namesake taped to their drums, Guelph’s The Boo Radley Project are storming into everyone in Ottawa’s favourite Eastern European locale for a fantastic night of funk music! This 7-piece funk and jazz outfit readily incorporates an ever-expanding selection of eclectic instrumentation into their compositions including violins, saxophones, pianos and more! If you’ve spent any time at Avant-Garde Bar, you already know that this is the place to catch the coolest and most experimental underground acts that make their way to the nation’s capital, and this show is no different!

📅 February 10

⏰ 9:00 p.m.

📍 Avant-Garde Bar

🎟️ Tickets

Though only five of them are pictured here, The Boo Radley Project’s seven-member lineup makes full use of all its members to deliver an enthralling mix of indie and funk to audiences. (Image: The Boo Radley Project)

Emo Night Ottawa

Have you ever found yourself looking to get back in touch with some of those great emo and punk bands you used to enjoy in your youth – or perhaps never stopped listening to? If so, grab a ticket as soon as you can to the next iteration of Emo Night Ottawa at The 27 Club! This highly anticipated event celebrates all things “emo, pop-punk, screamo, metalcore and rock” with live covers of all your favourite artists of the era including Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Sum 41 and more! Tickets consistently sell out quick every time Emo Night goes down, so grab yours soon!

📅 February 17

⏰ 9:00 p.m.

📍 The 27 Club

🎟️ Tickets

Emo Night Ottawa is one of the fastest-growing live music events in the nation’s capital, with tickets selling out almost as fast as they’re printed. (Image: Emo Night Ottawa)

Babak Amini Instrumental Project

His sensational guitar playing has amazed and inspired audiences in both Canada and his native Iran for over 30 years, and now Babak Amini will be bringing his world-class talent to Rideau Street! Babak Amini has been honing his craft as a classical guitarist, composer and performer for decades, performing on numerous renowned stages in Canada, the U.S. and throughout the world. He has also composed for artists such as Meysam Bakhtiyari, Googoosh and others. Catch his performance at Mavericks and witness Amini’s jaw-dropping talent for yourself!

📅 February 17

⏰ 8:00 p.m.

📍 Mavericks

🎟️ Tickets

Babak Amini’s skills as a guitarist are the result of over 30 years of diligence and discipline, allowing him to offer jaw-dropping displays of talent to audiences. (Image: Edris Davarian)

Hotel Mira, Fake Shark, The New Hires

This is a can’t-miss opportunity for fans of Canadian alternative rock! Vancouver’s Hotel Mira have been recording, touring and making a name for themselves in the Canadian music scene for almost 15 years now. In that time, they have released chart-topping singles such as “Smalls” and “Tiger,” collaborated and shared stages with their Canadian peers Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker and The Elwins and have cemented themselves as a veritable fixture of Canadian rock music. They are currently touring to support their latest release “I Am Not Myself” and are being accompanied in Ottawa by Fake Shark and local outfit The New Hires. Don’t miss this one!

📅 February 18

⏰ 7:30 p.m.

📍 Club SAW

🎟️ Tickets

Hotel Mira will be making the trek all the way from Canada’s West Coast to perform their chart-topping selection of songs for audiences at Club SAW. (Image: Hotel Mira)

The Bloodbash

It’s time to bang your head for a good cause! Café Dekcuf will be hosting a two-day festival of hard-hitting heavy metal music that features five rising local metal acts! The event is fronted by Resist the Throne, who have been turning heads within Ottawa’s metal scene over the past few years and just dropped their latest single “Weapon” last month. They’ll be accompanied by a swath of incredible local talent that includes the likes of Complicit, Wyntr, Ultimis and Scarecrows for a celebration of all things heavy. And the best part is that all of the proceeds will be going towards Canadian Blood Services!

📅 February 23-24

⏰ 7:00 p.m.

📍 Café Dekcuf

🎟️ Tickets

Ottawa’s own Resist The Throne will be among the local metal acts performing at The Bloodbash, a two-day metal fest with proceeds going towards Canadian Blood Services. (Image: @jyotika_2015)

Talisk

From the rocky shores of Scotland comes of the most innovative and talked-about musical acts in the world – and they’re coming to the National Arts Centre! Talisk’s approach to composition and live performance is unparalleled in its uniqueness and creativity. The trio consists of a guitarist, concertina and violinist whose live production capabilities have audiences questioning whether their performances are truly 100% live (spoiler: they are.) Talisk has topped charts and won awards in both their native Scotland and abroad, relentlessly delivering their music to the farthest corners of the globe for all to enjoy.

📅 February 24

⏰ 8:00 p.m.

📍 National Arts Centre

🎟️ Tickets

Talisk have all but conquered their native Scotland with their eclectic and innovative approach to live performance and are well on their way to captivating the rest of the world. (Image: Talisk)

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