Going out in Ottawa best bets, June 13 to 19
L-R Marie-Julie Côté, Sara Campbell and Andrée-Anne Ouellet played around before a yoga class on Bank Street during Glowfair Festival Friday June 17, 2016. Ashley Fraser/Postmedia Ashley Fraser
While good ice cream is always a cause for celebration, Pascale’s Ice Cream on Gladstone Avenue is going to pull out the stops on Saturday afternoon with a bash that includes DJs, a performance by folk duo Moonfruits, various sweet and savoury foodstuffs from neighbouring businesses such as Adam Bakes, True Loaf, Ottawa Kabob and more, and even ales from Bicycle Craft Brewery. The festivities mark the 10th anniversary of the artisanal ice-cream maker, along with the recent opening of its takeout window. The fun will run from noon until 6 p.m. in the parking lot at 571 Gladstone Ave.
The Montreal-based wife-and-husband team of Kate Wyatt (piano) and Adrian Vedady (bass) join Ottawa guitarist Roddy Ellias on Friday at his steady gig at Grill 41 in the Lord Elgin Hotel. Vedady and Ellias enjoy a long playing history together and they were two-thirds of a trio, along with New York pianist Marc Copland, that several years ago released the luminous album Sticks and Stones. The music starts at 8 p.m. on Friday at Grill 41, which will become the home of the TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival’s late-night jam sessions from June 21 to 30, when Ellias will be in the house band.
Canadian indie-rock staples Stars and Coeur de Pirate perform free shows in Ottawa this weekend as part of Glowfair. The music festival and block party happens on 10 blocks of Bank Street between Gladstone and Laurier, with the Staples Canada main stage set up near Frank Street. The street is closed to traffic at noon Friday and all day Saturday to allow for family activities during the day. The mainstage runs from 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Turtle Island, Andrew Cassara and Land of Talk perform before Stars’ 10:15 p.m. set on Friday, while Saturday’s program features Plastic Farm, Rise & Silla and Milk & Bone leading up to Coeur de Pirate at 10:15 p.m. A Silent Disco takes place each night after the headliners.
The 44th annual Franco-Ontarien Festival starts Thursday and runs until Saturday at Major’s Hill Park. DJ Unipier, Laurence Nerbonne, Alaclair Ensemble and Mitsou are highlights of the program Thursday; Friday’s bill features Le Show Psyko Franco, Xavier Caffeine, Radio Radio, Les Rats d’Swompe and more; and Saturday’s performers include Diane Dufresne, Melissa Ouimet and Ottawa’s Mehdi Cayenne, to name a few. There’s also a family matinee on Saturday where you can meet Caillou and Arthur the Adventurer. Tickets and passes are available at ffo.ca. Children are admitted free.
A stripped-down, back-to-basics edition of Montebello Rockfest will bring 30 rock, punk and metal bands to a new site in the West Quebec village of Montebello. It’s a rebuilding year for founder Alex Martel, whose original festival was forced into bankruptcy last year. He also had to find a new site after the marina grounds were flooded this spring. The new fest takes place Friday and Saturday, featuring two stages near the festival campgrounds, with a barrage of heavy music by Black Flag, MXPX, Venom, 88 Fingers Louie, Unwritten Law and more. Weekend passports start at $85. Camping and parking are extra. Go to montebellorock.com for details.
Ottawa hiphop phenom Night Lovell (born Shemar Paul) plays a hometown show at Algonquin Commons Theatre on Tuesday, part of a Canadian tour to celebrate this year’s release of his third album, Goodnight Lovell. With tours of the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand already under his belt, and tens of millions of YouTube plays for his videos, the 22-year-old rapper has managed to carve out a career for himself, cultivating a cult following for his deep voice and the lo-fi production of his sinister-sounding songs. It all started about five years ago when he began posting his tracks to SoundCloud. Tuesday’s all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30-$35, available at ticketfly.com. For more information, go to algonquinsa.com.