CAKE MIX is a blog about music and culture based out of Ottawa, Canada. The focus will be to promote local talent and inform more people about various events around town. We are in no way professional critics… think of us more like that friend who always wants to bring you out to the bar down the street to see a band you’ve never heard. Maybe you’re that person too. We love those people.
If you’ve ever been to a really great show and spent the night wishing there was something more you could do to support the artist(s), you’ll understand. Maybe we can’t set up the next gig or cover the cost of producing the next record… but we can tell everyone we know to go see the next show or buy the new album when it comes out. So that’s what we’ll do.
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As if it’s already October! Lots to look forward to this month - Thanksgiving weekend is already here, and Halloween activities will be coming up soon. So let’s celebrate with some wonderful music!
First up, there’s a folky show at the Black Sheep Inn this evening. If you can make it out to Wakefield, check out Annabelle Chvostek at 8:30pm. We realize that we say “if you can make it” pretty much every time there’s a show at Black Sheep, as if it’s a great trek to get there. It’s really not that difficult, just takes a little planning.
On Friday you have a few options. The O-town Hoedown is on both Friday and Saturday night at the Rainbow Bistro. On Friday you’ll get to see Jack Pine and the Fire, Sarah and Jeff, Old Whiskey Road and the Mabaleka Brothers. As you may have guessed from the festival name, this is country/folk kind of festival.
Option two is to head to Irene’s on Bank Street for Brock Zeman. Last time we saw Brock he was playing to a soaking wet crowd at Folk Fest, so hopefully this one is a little drier. He’s a folky singer songwriter based in Ottawa, with nine albums to his name. Starts 9:30pm, $10.
If those shows aren’t your style, head to Raw Sugar to hear Olenka and the Autumn Lovers (how seasonally-appropriate is that?). The band mixes Eastern European sound (Olenka is Polish) with North American folk. Have a listen before the show here.
Saturday, you have even more options. We’ll just recommend a couple, so check the calendar for more.
First of all, Little Stella’s EP release show is at Ritual at 9:00pm. These guys played an impressive acoustic set at the 4in1 Fall Session on Sunday, so it’ll be interesting to hear what they sound like plugged-in.
Aand… there are lots of other choices, but we’ll recommend Happenstance and Eric Gilmore & the Mad Hatters at the Elmdale Tavern. Alt-rock and folky sounds, as well as a nice voice from Emily Lamarche in Happenstance . Show starts at 9:00pm, $8 for a ticket.
That’s our picks for now. If you’re planning further ahead, mark these ones on your calendar…