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10 Live Shows You Can’t Miss This November in Ottawa’s Original Downtown 

November 2, 2023

It’s November, and even though the winter weather is in full swing, the falling snow and the chill in the air hasn’t dissuaded tons of talented Canadian artists, both local and from abroad, from making a stop in Ottawa’s Original Downtown! Make sure the weather doesn’t stop you from checking out some of the showcases that are put on by these incredibly talented performers.  

Whether you’re a fan of deftly-crafted soft melodies or hard-hitting loud music, you’re certain to find something that suits your tastes in this list of upcoming live acts! 

Hypersex Banshee, Under The Influence, Premeditated 

Starting off with something for lovers of all things loud, don’t miss a night of hardcore experimental music at Ottawa’s favourite Eastern European venue! Fronting the bill is local one-man band Hypersex Banshee, an hardcore punk-inspired project that specializes in “exorciz[ing] entities and dispossess[ing] demons” with a wicked blend of shrieking vocals and unique guitar tones. Joining them are Brockville metalcore outfit Under the Influence as well as Montréal hardcore punkers Premeditated. Soak in the harsh noise while sipping on any of cocktails on Avant-Garde’s extensive drink menu! 

📅 November 4 

⏰ 7:00 p.m. 

📍 Avant-Garde Bar 

🎟️ Tickets 

Hypersex Banshee takes a unique, experimental approach to the hardcore punk genre, incorporating elements that are atypical within the genre.
(Image: Hypersex Banshee) 

Hannah Georgas, Rachel Bobbitt 

Club SAW is fortunate enough to be hosting a wealth of talented acts this month, not the least of which includes Vancouver-based indie singer-songwriter Hannah Georgas! Georgas has received multiple Juno award nominations over the course of her career thus far and is currently hard at work touring to support her latest release, “I’d Be Lying If I Said I Didn’t Care.” She’ll be supported by Toronto’s Rachel Bobbitt, a fellow indie artist who just released her EP entitled “The Half We Still Have” and has developed a reputation for herself as a songwriter whose “character studies…slice through traditional notions of mythmaking and identity with unflinching honesty and emotion.”  

📅 November 8 

⏰ 8:00 p.m. 

📍 Club SAW 

🎟️ Tickets 

Originally performing alongside members of Arkells, Hannah Georgas has since gone on to have a successful career as a solo artist.
(Image: Hannah Georgas) 

Ariel Posen, Brittany Kennell 

Country music fans also have a reason to make their way down to Club SAW this month, as Ariel Posen and Brittany Kennell will be making an appearance on the 9th! Posen’s music represents a mixture of multiple genres that are native to the American South, including roots, heartland and Americana. His skills as a guitarist, singer and songwriter have earned him praise from the Western Canadian Music Awards and even Rolling Stone magazine! The name “Brittany Kennell” may also sound familiar if you’re a fan of “The Voice,” as she was the only Canadian to appear on the show at the time of her audition. Since then, she has also made an appearance in Rolling Stone as well as CMT, ET Canada and even the hallowed Grand Ole Opry! 

📅 November 9 

⏰ 8:00 p.m. 

📍 Club SAW 

🎟️ Tickets 

Ariel Posen’s guitar playing has won him the applause and admiration of audiences across Canada.
(Image: Nate Forest) 

Pony Girl, Luella 

SAW hasn’t overlooked indie fans when putting together their line up of performances this month; they’ll be hosting a showcase of one of Ottawa’s coolest indie bands, Pony Girl! This award-winning indie art rock outfit incorporates an eclectic variety of influences into their music as well as the talents of multi-instrumentalist and classically-trained clarinetist Yolande Laroche. They will be performing along Luella, a Kingston-based singer-songwriter whose hauntingly beautiful voice and intricate melodies are sure to entrance and enthrall any and all listeners. 

📅 November 10 

⏰ 8:00 p.m. 

📍 Club SAW 

🎟️ Tickets 

Pony Girl have established a name for themselves both locally and across Canada as a band that is unafraid to take artistic risks to obtain a truly original sound. (Image: Pony Girl) 

The Dreadnoughts, The Filthy Radicals, Bastards and the Buzzards 

With their signature blend of “clusterfolk” music, The Dreadnoughts have long been delivering on their promise of fun, high-energy music and live shows. The Vancouver natives combine European folk with modern punk-rock music in order to deliver an outrageously catchy and upbeat that captures the best elements of sea shanties and skater music alike. They’ll be accompanied on stage by Toronto ska-punk outfit The Filthy Radicals as well as local folk-punk duo Bastards and the Buzzards, who have been hard at work “stompin’ and sawin’ through Canada like a freight train with legs” with frontman Dan’s chest-pounding percussion and soulful vocals alongside his wife Asjia’s virtuosic violin playing. 

📅 November 11 

⏰ 8:00 p.m. 

📍 Club SAW 

🎟️ Tickets 

The Dreadnoughts’ eclectic and high-energy “clusterfolk” music makes for rough and rowdy live performances that whole-heartedly embrace the belief that “polka’s not dead.”
(Image: The Dreadnoughts) 

Baby Molly, Scott Kelly, Dawn Sev, Loon Choir 

There’s always no shortage of fun events and talented artists that pass through Café Dekcuf over the course of the year, and this month they’ll be hosting Vancouver’s Baby Molly alongside three fantastic local acts. Baby Molly is currently touring in promotion of his latest record “All The People You Could Become Are Dying Every Day;” combining themes of personal tragedy and loss with his signature blend of emo indie rock, it’s his most vulnerable and earnest material yet. With Ottawa’s own Scott Kelly and the Dynamics, Dawn Sev and Loon Choir splitting the bill as well, this is certain to be a celebration of the 90s alt-rock scene that you can’t afford to miss! 

📅 November 14 

⏰ 7:00 p.m. 

📍 Café Dekcuf 

🎟️ Tickets 

A self-described “sad person,” Baby Molly’s music is a throwback to the 90’s and the days when emo and alt-rock reigned supreme.
(Image: Baby Molly) 

Diamond Weapon, Gilgamesh, Poste 

There’s more in store at Avant-Garde Bar for heavy metal fans in Ottawa! Since this quaint little eatery is a hot spot for punk and metal bands both local and from abroad, it should come as no surprise that they’ll hosting not one, but two post-hardcore bills! Diamond Weapon will be making an appearance on the 17th in support of their latest record, “All Heart, No Sleeve,” which drops this month! They’re a band strives to bring “aggressive music, emotional lyrics, and high energy performances” to every audience they encounter. Local post-hardcore outfits Gilgamesh and Poste will be supporting, making this evening a headbanger’s delight! 

📅 November 17 

⏰ 8:00 p.m. 

📍 Avant-Garde Bar 

🎟️ Tickets 

Diamond Weapon’s sound is best described as “raw and eclectic;” their music contains a primal aggression mixed with unconventional influences and their signature brand of self-deprecating humour.
(Image: Diamond Weapon) 

Anachnid 

One of Ottawa’s most esteemed performance venues, the National Arts Centre is constantly hosting some of the finest musical talent this country has to offer. In keeping with this mission, Anachnid will be performing at the NAC’s Fourth Stage on the 18th! Based in Montréal, Anachnid’s multidisciplinary works are evocative of her Oji-Cree heritage. She is a longtime collaborator with Nikamowin, a streaming platform exclusively dedicated to featuring Indigenous artists. Over the course of her career, she has won and been nominated for several awards, including an appearance on the Polaris Music Prize’s Long List in 2020. Her music combines contemporary influences of hip-hop, pop, indie and soul with “delicate and complex sound textures evocative of her ancestral cultures,” making for a truly unique and unparalleled live listening experience. 

📅 November 18 

⏰ 8:30 p.m. 

📍 National Arts Centre 

🎟️ Tickets 

Anachnid’s name is inspired by her spirit animal – the spider – and her music is inspired by both the traditions of her Indigenous ancestors and contemporary trends in music.
(Image: Qure Agency) 

Charlotte Cornfield 

In addition, Charlotte Cornfield will also be making an appearance at the National Arts Centre to promote the release of “Could Have Done Anything,” an album she released earlier this year. The record is a representation of Cornfield embracing life as it comes to her as she touches upon such seminal events as driving down to New York in an old Subaru to record her latest release, encountering various sights and people along the way and, most importantly, the birth of her first child in April of this year. Cornfield’s music was praised by Exclaim! Magazine for “weav[ing] a rich tapestry of quotidian moments” and her live performances have received similar acclaim. Don’t miss it! 

📅 November 23 

⏰ 8:30 p.m. 

📍 National Arts Centre 

🎟️ Tickets 

Charlotte Cornfield’s latest album has a particular focus on the open-endedness of life and her enthusiastic embrace of that uncertainty.
(Image: Brit Carmichael) 

Wine Lips 

Lastly, Club SAW will be hosting Wine Lips, one of the most talked-about and revered rock acts in Canada within recent years. Every song from this Toronto-based outfit is an adrenaline-fueled blast of psychedelic garage punk that has won the hearts and ears of audiences the world over. They’ve performed on stages across the country and around the world, treating listeners to the “kind of rock ‘n’ roll that’ll make you want to buy a motorcycle, just to crash it,” according to Sled Island. This is the perfect show to help you shake off those pre-winter blues! 

📅 November 24 

⏰ 8:30 p.m. 

📍 Club SAW 

🎟️ Tickets 

Toronto’s Wine Lips are on a mission to dazzle audiences in all corners of the globe with eclectic blend of garage punk and psychedelia.
(Image: 1upcloud)  

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