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Friday April 7th, 2023 with Trevor Walker

Happy Good Friday Drivers! Not much of an Easter special but lots of great music to share and hopefully providing some vibes for your long weekend. I've pulled a nice selection of eclectic grooves starting off with some downtempo dubby vibes, Nujazz Funk and old and new soul while speeding up the tempo throughout with some more dance floor foot tapping head nodders in the second hour. Happy listening! Enjoy.
Snake Pit
Jungle Fire - Tropicoso Album - Nacional Records
Tangerine Shot
Sabrosa - Sure Pow / Tangerine Shot Single - Rocafort Records
Free Spirit
Walt Barr - Single RE - Muse Records
Ayizan - Dilijans Album RE - Comet Records New
The Running Gazelle
Leones - Voyage Album - Star Creature Universal Vibrations New
Soul Media - Funky Stuff Album RE - Columbia Records
Flat Palm Avenue
Lewis Express - Clap Your Hands Album - ATA Records
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Arlo Parks - Cola / George Single - Lewis Recordings
Super Sad Generation
Arlo Parks - Super Sad Generation - Lewis Recordings
The Wanderer
Malcolm Strachan - Point Of No Return Album - Haggis Records New
Stand With Each Other
Nubya Garcia feat. Ms MAURICE, Cassie Kinoshi, Richie Seivewright - Source Album - Concord Jazz
Love In Outer Space
Ezra Collective feat. NAO - Where I'm Meant To Be Album - Partisan Records
These Times
New Sector Movements - These Times EP - First Word New
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Cosmic Suite Chapter 1
Yasushi Ide - Cosmic Suite - Grand Gallery
Nightfall (T-Groove Edit)
Stratavarious - Single RE - Solid Records New
Solar Strut
Root Soul - Source Of Life (DJ Koco Edit) / Solar Strut Single - At Home Sound New
The Madd Rackett - UFO / B-Boy Strut Single - Kay-Dee Records
Out From The Rock
The Lewis Express - Clap Your Hands - ATA Records
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El Que La Rompe La Paga
El Combo Batanga - Single - Lovemonk Discos Buenos
Captain Planet, Suzuka Poderosa, Raphael Futura - Single - Bastard Jazz Recordings
Toshio Matsuura Group - Single - HMV Japan
Love Has No Time Or Place
Louie Vega feat. Elements Of Life - Expansions In The NYC Album - Nervous Records
Dancin' To The Beat
Henderson & Whitfield - Single RE - Park Place / Backatcha Records
What A Funky Night
Harry Stojka Express - What A Funky Night Single RE - Milf Records
Liquid Liquid - Optimo EP - 99 Records
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Extra Curriculars:

FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2023 AT 10 PM – 2:30 AM
Skratch Bastid at BERLIN
56 Byward Market sq.
Tickets · $20via Eventbrite

Dreammind & Kapacity Entertainment is ecstatic to host Skratch Bastid back in the nations capital for his first time since 2017!
Dreammind Group & Kapacity Entertainment present
at BERLIN inside 56 ByWard
on Friday April 7th, 2023 @ 10pm
For the past two decades, Skratch Bastid has been rocking parties and wowing crowds all over the globe, becoming one of the world`s best-known and most-loved DJs. Known for his electric stage presence, technical prowess and versatile selections that span the complete musical spectrum—from hip hop to house, disco to dancehall, reggae to funk and back again—Bastid is a true crowd favourite with an unrivaled ability to create unforgettable moments with music. From humble beginnings in Bedford, Nova Scotia, Bastid cut his teeth in the battle scene of the late 90s and early 2000s, competing in the DMcs, ITF and Scribble Jam. The latter produced one of his most iconic moments, the "Imperial March" routine that became his first brush with viral fame, and has over 7 million views on YouTube alone (and countless others from before social media even officially existed). And while he`s clearly always had a knack for creating shareable videos, Bastid proved early on that he offered much more than just impressive tricks. His demanding touring schedule has brought him all over the world, sometimes playing up to 200 shows a year in over 50 countries. When he`s not keeping dance floors moving behind the decks, he`s also an accomplished producer with multiple Juno nominations, known for his collaborations with artists like Shad and DJ Jazzy Jeff. In addition to his genius as a DJ, Bastid has been expanding his empire into many other successful creative ventures, including his Skratch School DJ School, his eponymous line of hot sauces and of course, the infamous Bastid`s BBQ. This beloved traveling party has drawn sold-out crowds in a handful of global cities, and has played host to a who`s who of hip hop and DJ culture, with appearances by DJ Premier, Maseo, Brother Ali, A-Trak, Pete Rock, Lord Finesse and many, many more. With touring temporarily on hold, Bastid recently added Twitch streaming to his repertoire. Thanks to his high-energy sets, charismatic personality and unbound musical knowledge, he has quickly become one of the most watched and followed DJs on the platform. Even after two decades in the game, Skratch Bastid is showing no signs of slowing, and only continues to evolve and further cement his legend status.

SMELLOSHIP - Funk + Soul @ Montgomery Scotch Lounge
750 Gladstone Ave

Live instrumental funk and soul music at Montgomery Scotch Lounge.
Garett Barr - Bass
Chris Elms - Guitar
Kim Jackson - Keyboards
Andre Ferraton - Drums
Brady Leafloor - Tenor sax
Chris Burling - Percussion
Reserve your seats here:

BANGARANG: Soul, Reggae, Ska, Rocksteady vinyl dj party
House of TARG
1077 Bank St.
$5 door 19+

DJ LONGSHOT + DJ BJORN LATE & PICKLES are back at House of TARG keeping the beloved BANGARANG Dance Party going! Rocksteady! Sou!l SKA! REGGAE!
REGGAE, ROCKSTEADY AND SKA from Jamaica's exciting 1966-1975 recorded period backed up by classic 60s SOUL music and all played live on 45s. BANAGARANG is a killer dance party that is sure to make you move. If you love the classic sounds of JAMAICA from STUDIO ONE, TROJAN or PAMA this is the night for you.

White Rabbit: Brink, Sergio Pari
City At Night
222 Slater
Tickets · $15 - $

Ottawa's best dance music DJs every Saturday from 9pm to 2am for White Rabbit inside City At Night!
Our spin on happy hour = #HoppyHour! Every Saturday from 9pm to 10pm we offer 1/2 price admission (excl. special events), 1/2 price beer & bar rail, featured cocktails, and featured DJs!

- A limited quantity of tickets are available online (before 12am)
- Table reservations/packages are recommended for groups and available online
- Walk-ins are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2023 AT 10 PM – 2 AM
DISCOTECA Volumen II Spring Thing!
Lounge 164
164 Laurier Ave.

Tickets $10 $15 adv $20 door (pwyc)

Come on down to Lounge 164 for Discoteca volume 2 Spring Fling!
Djs Jas Nasty, Glory Hull, Chris Int. & Trevor Walker back together to spin more eclectic dance floor flavours dug from some of Ottawa’s deepest vinyl only crates!
Expect anything from Disco Boogie, Bass, House, Dembow, Cumbia, Afro, Electro & so much more with rotating B2B2B2B sets all night.
Let’s spring into Spring with music for moves!
Spread the word & LET’S GO!

Sunday Sessions w/ GETTOBLASTER in City At Night
City At Night
222 Slater St.
Tickets · $20 - $

GETTOBLASTER (Dirtybird / Defected / Basement Leak / Rawthentic / Desert Hearts / Glitterbox)

More than just DJ’s, this set of tastemakers are leading a movement, raised by Chicago and Detroit’s underground scenes and determined to keep it alive. Gettoblaster has created their own sound by taking what they’ve been influenced by for years and twisting it with a modern-day edge and pushing the genre of warehouse tracks to the future.

These powerhouses stay well-rinsed and consistently charting with their distinct blend of addictive hooks, crisp percussion, and room-shaking basslines. Gettoblaster’s music has been in regular
rotation for Claude VonStroke, Claptone, Diplo, Shiba San, Dom Dolla, Danny Howard, Patrick Topping and many more. Even Mixmag champions their "tough, warehouse sound" with a full-page article introducing them to the world in the UK print edition of the Magazine.

2019 was a great year. They started off with an instant classic on Claude Vonstroke’s Dirtybird Records, “Gat Dat” featuring Chicago legend DJ Funk. Followed a month later by the massive single “Dat Booty” on French producer Tchami’s Confession label, receiving top 5 status in Beatport sales chart & also receiving an award breaking top 50 biggest bass house tracks of the year. They kept it going with the Gettoblaster & Friends EP on Shiba San’s Basement Leak Label. The breakthrough single was Gettoblaster & Chris Larsen’s (CA) collaboration “Bounce Yo Body”. With it gaining popularity throughout the year, Defected Records took notice and licensed it for the “Defected Most Rated 2020” compilation.

In 2020, Gettoblaster’s first release was a collaboration with Chicago house legend DJ Deeon “The 302” on Patrick Topping’s new label Trick (also includes Remixes from Patrick Topping, Paul Johnson & DJ Haus). After the track was mentioned in MixMag, it was featured on multiple BBC Radio 1 shows which includes Annie Mac, Danny Howard, Pete Tong & Annie Nightingale. Danny Howard also named it his track of the week on his Nothing Else Matters Radio episode 218. Followed by a single on Dirtybird Records for their 2020 Miami Compilation “Excited” ft. Fuzzy Cufflinxx. They were also given the honors to do the DJ mix that came with the Compilation. Shortly after the Dirtybird release, the world was shut down by Covid-19. This didn’t slow them down by any means, the duo has been on a releasing rampage with new releases on Basement Leak, DFTD (Defected Records), Moody Recordings, Rawthentic, Safe Music, Strangle Love Recordings, Desert Hearts Records and Defected’s Glitterbox Recordings. Ending the year with their hit single “Alright Alright” on Spacedisco Records & Being Named #13 Traxsource’s Best Of 2020 Tech House Artist.

2021 was a massive year for Gettoblaster, playing 80 shows in 8 months and clocking one of the largest house records of the year, along with many other songs hitting top tier sales and streams. Gettoblaster kept up with their busy release schedule releasing music on Harvard Bass’s Bump City Records & then topped the Beatport House Top 100 with “H O U S E” ft. Missy on Superfett Records, reaching number 1 for seven weeks as well as over 15 weeks in the Top 10 and over 350 days in the House Top 100 & currently with over 1.5 million streams and it is the 6th largest House Music record on Beatport over the last 12 months. Then releasing music on Junior Sanchez’s Brobot Records, Yousef’s Circus Recordings, Demuir’s Purveyor Underground label, Shadow Child’s Takeout label, Javi Bora’s Too Many Rules, Shiba San’s Basement Leak, Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records, Dj Haus’s Hot Haus Recs, Glasgow Underground, Chris Lake’s Blackbook Records. Beatport named Gettoblaster’s single “H O U S E” ft. Missy the #2 most selling House Music & #17 all genres track of 2021. To top things off named them the #10 Tech House Artist of the 2021 with 5 of the websites biggest selling tracks. Last year and currently they’re still holding a residency at DiscoPussy (Las Vegas) and have performed at Dirtybird CampINN (Orlando), Spring Awakening Festival (Chicago), Brooklyn Mirage (New York), Dirtybird BBQ (LA), Paxahau’s Micro Movement (Detroit).

2022 packed a punch, Claptone reached out & asked them to remix his track with Mayer Hawthorne “Feel This Way” & Chris Lake put out their track “Booty Shake” ft. DJ Funk on his label Black Book Records. They have already secured dates for North Coast Music Festival (Chicago),
Sunset Music Festival (Tampa), Imagine Festival (Georgia) along with 20 plus dates for their upcoming tour. Gettoblaster is an act not to miss.

w/ support from Ottawa's own:
Rick Laplante

Tickets or Table packages are highly recommended via

Ottawa is certainly NOT the town that fun forgot! Many thanks to Ottawa's Underground Dance Community for your continued support.

A Bitter Tomorrow
Gongfu Bao
365 Bank St.

An eve of killer crafted cocktails by Albert Chan, tasty beats by DJ JFUN, special snacks from the Gongfu kitchen, & a shot of 90s HK nostalgia!
7pm-late. No resos, just come on through!

Jazz Nite: Ed Lister
Queen St. Fare
170 Queen St.

An excellent night of free jazz!
Ed Lister on trumpet, Ben DiMillo on guitar, Joel Oppong Boateng on drums. JP Lapensee on bass, and Deniz Sesan on keys!

FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2023 AT 9 PM
THE SOUL MOTIVATORS: Ottawa + DJ Trevor Walker
Rainbow Bistro
76 Murray St

The BEAT Network Presents
Live in Ottawa!
76 Murray St., Ottawa
Doors @ 9pm
$16.50 advance | $20 at the door
The Soul Motivators:
The Soul Motivators are here to restore your faith in funk. A fresh take on a classic sound, they blend 1970’s funk and soul, psychedelic jams and hip-hop breaks. They’ve shared stages with greats like Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Lee Fields, Bernie Worrell and electrified crowds at major events such as the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, The PanAm Games, Sunfest, and Festival d'Ete. Their debut album, Free to Believe, was released on Do Right! Music in 2015, to national and international acclaim. 2017 saw the release of the Dirt on The Floor EP through Detroit’s Funk Night Records. A string of sold-out tour dates brought their high-octane live show to the masses. Their 2020 album Do The Damn Thing was the first recording to feature the power-house vocal stylings of Shahi Teruko – whose relentless fire and electrifying performances have been shaking up audiences since she joined the band in 2015. Having celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2022, the band returns with a brand new album Do It Together (coming out March 24 on Do Right! Music) and cross-Canada tour dates.
DJ Trevor Walker:
For more than 30 years, Trevor Walker has been one of Canada’s best kept secrets. But talk to anyone who’s danced to his sets, booked him or shared the decks with him and the word legend is often use to praise his work. Collecting and playing music since 1988, he spent 21 years as a resident at Ottawa’s Mercury Lounge, one of the longest lasting and most respected venues in the country, playing alongside DJs such as Derrick Carter, Louie Vega, Joe Claussell, Gilles Peterson, Fred Everything, Quantic, King Britt, Dj Spinna, Osunlade, Roger Sanchez, Josh Wink, and the list goes on. He also shared the bill with bands such as Jamiroquai, The Roots, Gil Scott-Heron, Maceo Parker, Alice Russell, Souljazz Orchestra, The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Bembe Segue, Galliano, and many more.

FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2023 AT 9 PM
Music.Art.Ppl PRSNTS: A Night With Multi-Instrumentalist Sina Bathaie
Lounge 164
164 Laurier Ave W.
Tickets · $21.97 - $

We are looking forward to experiencing this special evening with you all featuring the very talented multi-instrumentalist Sina Bathaie in the intimate venue Lounge 164 on 164 Laurier Ave from 9 pm to 2 am.
At this event Jeanne Beaudry will be our special guest live painter PineWave will be creating a visual projection journey out of this world
Also Azul will be joining Music.Art.Ppl residents Nikoli & Pithra on the decks with a special DJ set to close out the night!
Sina Bathaie:
With more than 1.3 million stream on Soundcloud, three albums and signed record deals on Hoomidaas, Tibetania and Camel VIP records, producer and multi instrumentalist Sina Bathaie keeps creating soul soothing and authentic music with oriental touch from his roots in IRAN with instruments such as Oud, Ukulele and Santur. Sina has been featured at festivals such as Luminato, Pacific Contact, Folk Music Ontario, CINARS, Mundial Montreal, Prismatic Festival, Aga Khan Museum, Fete de la Musique Mont Tremblant, as well as TV and radio appearances at CP24 and CBC Radio Metro Morning. His second album Ray of Hope was released on Windcatcher Records and was nominated for Best World Music Album of the Year in 16th annual Independent Music Award in NYC.
Born in Iran, Sina started learning Santur at the age seven from his father, Master Javad Bathaie and studied Persian classical repertoire (Radif) with the instrument Oud. Sina is currently touring his Electro-acoustic set where he plays Oud, Ukulele and Handpan and Turkish Baglama.
Jeanne Beaudry:
Spiritual artist and yoga teacher, Jeanne help women connect to their own power and creative energy. You can find different products in her mystical shop for your sacred space. She offers channeled painting on canvas and shamanic drums as well as Art&Yoga workshops.
Azul is a Latin DJ originating from the beautiful country of Ecuador. Growing up in the rich cultural environment of his homeland, Azul developed a deep appreciation for music and the arts from a very young age. He would spend countless hours listening to his favorite artists, experimenting with different sounds and rhythms, and learning about music.
Azul's passion for music is matched only by his vibrant energy and infectious enthusiasm. What sets Azul apart from other DJs is his commitment to staying true to his roots. His music is deeply rooted in the traditions and culture of his native Ecuador, and he takes great pride in incorporating these influences into his performances. Whether it's the rhythms of the Andes, the melodies of the Amazon, or the beats of the coast, Azul is always looking for ways to honor his heritage and showcase the beauty and diversity of Latin music fused with electronic beats.
In addition to his passion for music, Azul has a keen interest in promoting cultural awareness and unity through art. He believes that music has the power to transcend language and cultural barriers and bring people together from all walks of life. Through his music, Azul seeks to celebrate diversity and create a sense of community and belonging.
Pithra’s journey as a DJ/Producer started in 2010. From intimate house parties to clubs and festivals. Pithra's sound spans across a wide spectrum of House Music from Afro/Organic to Prog/Minimal & a bit of Melodic Techno sprinkled in. Based in Ottawa, Pithra is passionate about community and bringing people together. He is co-founder of the collective and label Music.Art.Ppl
Nikoli is about sound and motion, movement and frequency. Creating sets and soundscapes that match the mood and tone of the environment Nikoli plays many diverse styles and genres and is not limited to one sound. He's happiest when the dance floor is moving and mutating towards a higher awareness. He has appeared throughout Ontario and Quebec playing show stopping sets at events such as Eclipse Festival, Sonic Springs Music & Art Festival and Gaia Fest.
Nikoli is also a co-founder and co-creator with the Music.Art.Ppl collective. He and the MAP team have been working diligently the past few years orchestrating events in the Ottawa area which spotlight talented musicians and artists.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2023 AT 9 PM – 2 AM
White Rabbit w/ SYDNEY BLU in City At Night
City At Night
222 Slater St.
Tickets · $20 - $

Saturday April 15th we're proud to host for their White Rabbit debut, one of Canada's best dance music ambassadors, and an exceptional DJ & Producer:

SYDNEY BLU ( Desert Hearts | Katermukke)

Sydney Blu’s career can be considered a journey of evolvement. With a tremendous passion for live performance, music production, and all-around artistic creativity, Sydney’s constant determination shines brightly through her accomplished DJ career. With beginnings in Toronto Canada playing for The Guvernment Nightclub, Footwork Nightclub, and the LGBTQ+ community, then following 6 years in the United States touring the continent and the globe, all the way to her present life in Berlin Germany, Sydney’s dedication to living her life through music is unbridled. A proudly Canadian artist, Sydney’s success is largely attributed to her relentless touring schedule which she’s upheld for several years. In 2009, Sydney Blu founded her imprint, Blu Music, on the principle of authentic, dancefloor-rich house and techno, the following year she extended her brand to another branch introducing her legendary Blu Party series which curates some of the greatest names of the underground house.

On top of that, Sydney has released music on some of the most recognized labels in the industry including Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep in Sound, Steve Lawler’s VIVa Music, Desert Hearts Records, Deadmau5’s Mau5trap, Josh Butler’s Origins, Kevin Saunderson’s KMS Records, Roger Sanchez’s Undr the Rdr, Katerblau Berlin’s Katermukke Records, Carlo Lio & Nathan Barato’s Rawthentic Music and more. Her release "Give It Up For Me" on Mau5trap Recordings was one of Beatport’s highest selling songs, earning Sydney the rank of first female electronic music producer to have a top 10 hit on the platform. 2018 marked another milestone for the top-selling electronic artist, as she hit Top 10 on the Beatport Progressive House Chart for her single “Escape” on Underground Audio UK and earlier in the year she hit Top 20 on the Beatport Tech House chart with her single “Mind Games” on Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep in Sound. The song also was the top-selling track on the labels Amsterdam Dance Event sampler and was premiered by Billboard Magazine.

March 2021 was the release of Sydney’s sophomore album Conviction, a meticulously produced dance floor-driven collection of electronic music, with synth-laden 80’s inspired lead single Monologue featuring Azari & III singer Fritz Helder transitioning into various shades of deep, tech, and melodic house.

Perhaps, her most fully realized body of work to date, Conviction climbed to the top of Beatport Top 10 in Afrohouse, Deep house, Minimal House, Melodic, and Tech house. Her lead singles Conspiracy, Temple, and To the Ground and were playlisted on Electronic Rising, Organica, and Housework. The LP also received media praise from outlets Mixmag, 6am Group, Data Transmission, Electronic Groove, Musicis4lovers, Beyond Fashion Magazine, HOLR Fashion Mag, and garnered radio play from Danny Howard of BBC Radio 1, Sirius XM Radio, and CBC Radio 1’s George Stromboulopoulos.

Local support from long-time Ottawa favourites ZABELLA, and ALAMUSIC

- A limited quantity of tickets are available online (before 12am)
- Table reservations/packages are recommended for groups and available online
- Walk-ins are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


A Taste For Life Ottawa 2023

Since 1999 restaurants across the National Capital Region has opened their doors to diners for a special evening every April. Good food, good times, and a good cause!
All you need to do is grab a meal from a participating restaurant on Wednesday April 19 and you will be supporting this great event! Please consider making a donation if you are able.
You can bring hope, housing, and support to people living with, and impacted by, HIV.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2023 AT 8 PM
Tariq Amery's "Funk Yo Self'
Queen St. Fare
170 Queen St.
Tickets · $

The Funk Yo Self series feature supreme musicianship along with an electric stage presence. Expect a sweaty dance floor.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2023 AT 10 PM – 2:30 AM
The 27 Club
27 York St.

Dems and Doll X Capital Jungle X Purple
Meadow Dispensary
This will be a wild one- A visual explosion
We are packing 10 years worth of deco from ALL our past parties into the The 27 Club for one special night -
Come celebrate this last call to our 420 parties
We also honour one of Ottawas finest -
DJ PETE SHREDZ - as this will be his last Ottawa show before he moves to BC!
Proudly sponsored by our friends at Purple Meadow Dispensary- expect lots of prizes and giveaways!
We will have a GIANT Colouring Book for guests to get creative

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023 AT 5 PM – 10:30 PM
Soft Serve Waacking Dance Battle
Galerie SAW Gallery
67 Nicholas St.

From the Artistic Director of Moov Ottawa Dance, Soft Serve’s founder Didi is bringing you Ottawa’s Waacking battle!
Soft Serve, founded by Didi, but supported by the community, is a hub for the new generation of Waackers in the city to share, dance, learn and create a space where they can build!
The battle (and let’s be honest, it’s a party) is going to be one hell of an event! We welcome you to witness and participate in this celebration of this dance & culture to see Waackers/Waackers/Punkers battle it out on stage for the Win! Expect some drama, vulnerability, posing, story telling, extravagant outfits & more!
Soft Serve 1 vs 1 Waacking Dance Battle
Saturday April 22nd, 2023
MC: Didi (Ottawa)
JUDGE: Drama (Toronto)
DJ: Haze (Montreal)
Prize: TBA
Dancer check-in between 445PM-545PM (don’t be late!)
Doors open @ 5PM for the public spectators
Battles begin @ 6PM sharp (don’t be late)
Location: SAW Gallery (67 Nicholas st, Ottawa, ON)
-Early bird tickets (Purchase by February 28th): 22$ (*UPDATED MARCH 3RD - Extended until March 31st for anyone under 24 years old - supported by YAN Ottawa
-Regular tickets (Purchase between March 1st to April 21st): 27$
-At the door (Not guaranteed): 35$ cash only
*Tickets are available for purchase via Eventbrite (link in description)
*Dancers & spectator prices are the same for the battle.
Dancer registration:
Dancers will register once they purchase their ticket via Eventbrite.
Dancers will also get a discount for Drama’s workshop on registration.
Important information:
This is a 18+ event but if someone who wishes to battle is underage, they must contact Didi first.
This a welcoming environment for the LGBTQ+ BIPOC community as the roots of Waacking are primarily through gay Black & Latino men. We welcome those from all backgrounds, but highly suggest those of the BIPOC LGBTQ+ community to celebrate this dance and event. Any acts that are unruly and go against MOOV Ottawa Dance’s Code of Conduct will not be tolerated.
Drinks will be available at the bar (cash & credit accepted). Please drink responsibly!
No refunds
We ENCOURAGE dressing FLY! Think funky, disco, flare, suave, hip, juicy, fresh, and everything else in between!
Extra opportunities to learn Waacking:
Drama will be running a workshop on Sunday April 23rd, 2023 (post-battle workshop)
Didi will be running a PWYC battle prep workshop in early April
Didi will also be running a 4-week program for Intro/Beginner and Advanced Beginner/Intermediate students in May 2023
Dancers Sign up (Register via Eventbrite):
1. Miss Triss (Ottawa)
2. Flo (Ottawa)
3. Robin (Ottawa)
4. Sunshine (Ottawa)
5. Lisa (Ottawa)
6. Missy (Toronto)
7. SCozz (Ottawa)
8. Q (Toronto)
9. Le Geek (Toronto - C'est Chic)
10. Krackle (Toronto
11. Joelle (Ottawa)
12. Ginko (Ottawa & Johannesburg)
13. Meatballs (Toronto)
14. Chawla (Toronto)
Questions? Hit up
UPDATE MARCH 3RD - With the support of YAN Ottawa, we've been able to extend the Early Bird Tickets for the youth (under 24 y/o) until March 31st! If this is a barrier to you, you'd like to attend out event and you are under 24, please reach out to us directly.

The Bow Street Runners @ Montgomery Scotch Lounge
montgomery scotch lounge
750 Gladstone Ave.

The Bow Street Runners are back for 1 show only!! Come and join us as we delve into the hard hitting post Bop / groove era!
Ed Lister - Trumpet
Sam Cousineau - Alto Sax
Garrett Warner - Guitar
Sage Reynolds - Bass
Val Nehovora - Drums
$10.00 Cover charge

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023 AT 9 PM – 2 AM
White Rabbit: Space Cadets, Chefnier
City At Night
222 Slater St.
Tickets · $15 - $

Ottawa's best dance music DJs every Saturday from 9pm to 2am for White Rabbit inside City At Night!
Our spin on happy hour = #HoppyHour! Every Saturday from 9pm to 10pm we offer 1/2 price admission (excl. special events), 1/2 price beer & bar rail, featured cocktails, and featured DJs!

- A limited quantity of tickets are available online (before 12am)
- Table reservations/packages are recommended for groups and available online
- Walk-ins are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thank you to everyone in this community for your ongoing support.

Switched-On Synths: Clone Edition - Synth Covers Nite - Kraftwerk + Giorgio Moroder + Boards of Can.
House of TARG
1077 Bank St.
$12 Door

Presented by: Switched-On Synths, Ottawa Synths, House of TARG, Cicadas Sound
Doors: 9pm / 19+ (Physical ID Required)
Cover: $12
SWITCHED-ON SYNTHS: Clone Edition - Synth Cover Nite. Ottawa Synth Wizards pay tribute to their Electro Heroes!!!
KRAFTWERK - covers set
Performed by Canada High, Wilhaeven + Rigid Body Dynamics + Some Very Special Guests
GIORGIO MORODER - covers set
Performed by the very mysterious duo “Giovanni & Giorgio”
BOARDS OF CANADA - covers set
Performed by SIXYTEN (Hard Science + Ben Globerman)
Brad will be spinning lots of obscure electronic cover tunes all on wax.
Twiddle some knobs & make some bleeps & blurps of your own at the Cicada Interactive Synth Lab. Our pals from Cicada Sound will be bringing some fun devices of the modular variety to get your hands on.
CICADA SOUND is an independent music shop for sonic exploration located up the street at 1198 Bank St. They specialize in modular, synths, pedals, desktop, books and more. We also stock a curated collection of gently used

SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023 AT 10 PM – 2 AM
Lounge 164
164 Laurier Ave W.
Tickets · $6.66 - $

It's been way too long since our last event but the tropical dance party finally
returns just in time for Spring this April with selectors and hosts,
analog Afro Latin Caribbean and much more!
Tropical vibes all night long spun using 100% vinyl records all night!
Tell your friends and LET'S GO!!!

Jazz Nite: Tariq Amery and pals!
Queen St. Fare
170 Queen St

Pumped to welcome the legendary Tariq Amery and a 9-piece band to the amazing Wednesday nite Jazz event! No cover, as always!

April Jazz Series: Dave Renaud
Queen St. Fare
170 Queen St

Dave will bring the Thursday chill to the legendary Q Bar Happy Hour!

THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2023 AT 7 PM – 10 PM
Art Battle Ottawa - April 27, 2023
Overflow Brewing Company
2477 Kaladar Ave.
Tickets · $23.73 - $

Come watch as artists compete with open materials to create their masterpieces in 3 rounds of 20 minutes.
Watch the creative process unfold before your eyes and help vote for the Winner; it's a sizzling experience of creation and community!
Be a part of the fun as a spectator, or participate as one of the featured artists by applying online at
This is an All Ages event.
Follow us on Instagram @ArtBattleOttawa!
Thursday, April 27th
Doors @ 7:00pm / Painting @ 8:00pm
Overflow Brewing
2477 Kaladar Ave, Ottawa, ON


Art Battle® is live competitive painting. Painters create the best work they can in 20 minutes. As they work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process. At the end of the round, the audience votes democratically for their favourite painting and bids in silent auction to take the work home. Art Battle happens in more than 50 cities worldwide, check for local listings!

SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2023 AT 10 AM – 5 PM
Ottawa Record Fair 2023
Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
355 Cooper Street

20 + vendors with an emphasis on quality. Not a yard sale. New and previously owned records.

SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2023 AT 1 PM – 11 PM
Empowering Women in the Music Industry
NAC - National Arts Centre

Empowering Women in the Music Industry
Annual conference - Third edition
April 29 2023 NAC Public Spaces (PHP) & Fourth Stage
Axé WorldFest presents the third annual addition of their much anticipated conference. It brings together industry leaders to forge connections and spark new projects and ideas.
This launch space is designed with Axé WorldFest’s mission in mind: to be global cultural connectors and make our worlds a little smaller and a little better through music, art, and people. Through in-person and online panels, musical showcases, networking events, and after-parties, the Empowering Women in the Music Industry welcomes and lifts up all genders toward building inclusive spaces that are full of that Big Axé Energy!
What is Axé? It is our founding concept that comes from the Yoruba people; it signifies a positive life force and energy – bring yours to this spectacular conference. How to? Purchase a ticket, mark your calendar, come with friends or come alone and make new friends, have fun, and soak up the sounds.
April 29 2023
Location for panels - Peter A. Herrndorf Place (inside the NAC)
In person
1pm opening doors - Welcome table
1:45pm - panel 1
Sustainability in Festival Programming
Moderator - Rosalyn Dennett ED of Folk Music Ontario

*Juana Hermida - Producer, Artist Liaison - Lula Music and Arts / TO
*Rachel Weldon - Founder, ED - Debaser / Ottawa
*Kristyn Gelfand - Managing Director - Uma Nota Culture / Geary / Mixto Festival / Toronto
*Maude St-Amand - Pro Experience Coordinator - Mundial Montreal
*Mercedes Caxaj - Artistic Co-Director - TD Sunfest / London On

3pm - Panel 2
Women Leaders
*Robyn Stewart - ED of Women in Music Canada
*Nicole Auger - Mgr. Programming & Engagement, International Indigenous Music Summit
*Heather Gibson - Executive Producer, Popular Music & Variety, The National Arts Centre
*Erin Benjamin - President & CEO of the Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA)
*Tamar Ilana - Co-founder/ Executive and Artistic Director of FabCollab
Walk to designated venue for the networking session with industry professionals

April 29 2023
NAC FOURTH STAGE - Doors 6:30 pm shows 7pm
$20 online tickets for all shows
Link to be shared soon
MC Sarah Onyango
Qattuu & Jessy Lindsay (Ottawa)
Joyce N’sana (Montreal)
Tamar Ilana & Ventanas (Toronto)
JER (Toronto)
After party - everyone is welcome to head to the 27 club in the Byward Market to dance and enjoy the rest of the evening
*Please note, Online panels as part of this conference are added to a separate event

SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2023 AT 9 PM – 2 AM
School of Bass #64
Swizzles Bar and Grill
246 B Queen St.

Funky! Nu-Disco! House! Jackin' House! Electro! Breaks! Dubstep! Drum n Bass! And much more!
Dallas Dee (Toronto)
Sicario (Toronto)
Alongside local support:
Mimsey Demon
Baby Kat
I.D.E vs Mister Mystic vs Dubplate Professor
We are still accepting donations to the Ottawa Food Bank!
Saturday April 29th 2023
Swizzles Bar & Grill
246 Queen st (basement)
Pay what you can at the door.
+19 with valid photo I.D. required.
P.L.U.R. R.O.A.R.

SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2023 AT 9 PM – 2 AM
White Rabbit: Rick Laplante, Daveo Villa, Oli West
City At Night
222 Slater St
Tickets · $15 - $

Ottawa's best dance music DJs every Saturday from 9pm to 2am for White Rabbit inside City At Night!
Our spin on happy hour = #HoppyHour! Every Saturday from 9pm to 10pm we offer 1/2 price admission (excl. special events), 1/2 price beer & bar rail, featured cocktails, and featured DJs!

- A limited quantity of tickets are available online (before 12am)
- Table reservations/packages are recommended for groups and available online
- Walk-ins are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thank you to everyone in this community for your ongoing support.

SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2023 AT 3 PM
$5 Open Dance Practice: May 2023
Bronson Centre
211 Bronson Ave.

Spring is here & we’re bringing back our $5 open dance practices!
Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Avenue)
Sundays May 7, 14, 21 & 28
3-5PM (2 hours)
$5 e-transfer per week, $5 cash day-of or $20 for the full 4 weeks upfront
Having physical spaces to practice your craft, alone or amongst others, is limited for Street Dancers in our city, so we’re opening a weekend spot for you to get down!

Use this space to:
drill your foundations
practice your moves
cypher with your peers
stretch and condition
explore and get creative
share with others

And who is this for?
Street / Club dancers
All levels - beginners to seasoned
All ages (at parent’s discretion)

What to bring:
Indoor shoes mandatory
Pre-filled water bottle

What music is being played?
Break beats, Hip Hop
House, Funk
Disco, Afrobeats etc
You can BYOM and contribute

What is this space NOT for:
Teaching your own class
Using the whole space to create choreography

How to join?
Send us a DM
E-transfer $5 per week
.. or $20 for 4 weeks to secure your spot
.. or just show up early - space is limited & bring $5 cash
Anyone who paid the full $20 for our last 4-week practice gets in for free! Send us a DM if this pertains to you (you’ll also hear from us directly)
So come join @moovottawa and the scene for the Spring and get down
Do not attend if you are unwell
No refunds
Covid-19 policy in full effect
Code of Conduct in full effect
Injury policy in full effect

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023 AT 8 PM – 1:45 AM
School of Bass #65
Avant-Garde Bar
135 1/2 Besserer St
$15 door

Drum & bass all night! Featuring:
Bassdrive / UKF / Hospital
Ambra Recordings / Halifax, NS
With local support From:
Karl Haze b2b Fiver b2b Threesixty
Mister Mystic b2b Dubplate Professor b2b I.D.E Projekt
Avant-Garde Bar, 135 Besserer St
$15 at the door
19+ / photo ID required
P.L.U.R / R.O.A.R

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023 AT 9 PM
Gin Joint Djangos Live At Motel Chelsea
Motel Chelsea
1418 Route 105, Chelsea, QC
Tickets · $

Mash Musique presents Gin Joint Djangos
Gin Joint Djangos bring their tongue in cheek jazz stylings to Motel Chelsea on May 13, 2023 for a night of swinging music and swirling cocktails.
With a repertoire that spans from Louis Prima to Britney Spears and Metallica, this is a jazz band that brings the fun!
Expect two sets of high energy, danceable music from this unique 7 piece band led by Greg Paul Stone and Kelly Craig.
Dinner reservations also available. 819-827-3888

SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2023 AT 7:30 PM
Kellylee Evans - The Rebirth of “Nina” at the NAC / au CNA
NAC - National Arts Centre

The inimitable Ottawa-based jazz musician Kellylee Evans brings to life her 2010 album Nina, in a spectacular one-night-only event. The album, a tribute to jazz and civil rights icon Nina Simone, won the Juno for Vocal Jazz Album of the year in 2011, Evans’ first Juno award. Jazz Times wrote “… a master of fresh interpretation… so superbly rendered it could be considered definitive. “
L’inimitable musicienne de jazz Kellylee Evans revisite son album Nina à l’occasion d’un concert exceptionnel. Datant de 2010, cet album qui rend hommage à la grande Nina Simone, figure emblématique du jazz et militante des droits civiques, lui a permis de rafler en 2011 son premier prix JUNO dans la catégorie Album jazz vocal de l’année. Pour Jazz Times, l’Ottavienne livre avec cet album « […] une interprétation maîtrisée et inspirée […] le résultat est si majestueux qu’il en devient presque intemporel. »

THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2023 AT 8 PM – 9:30 PM
Victor Anastacio - "Moongate" Album Release" party
NAC - National Arts Centre
Tickets $20

Axé WorldFest presents:
Victor Anastacio - "Moongate" Album Release" party
Thursday, June 1st 2023
Doors at 8 pm
Show at 8:30 pm
"Victor Anastacio is a classical guitarist, composer and music teacher from Brazil living in Ottawa, Canada since 2020.
His debut album "Moongate", released in March 2023 is a multidisciplinary album, combining music and digital art. The project consists of a collection of compositions for classical guitar, flute and double bass written by Victor Anastacio, combined with a collection of landscape paintings by Max Suleimanov.
Anastacio's music combines classical music, jazz and Brazilian bossa nova influences, resulting in an impressionistic style that serves as a bridge between classical and popular music. The project is performed Live by Colleen Leslie on Flute, Philippe Charbonneau on Double Bass and Victor Anastacio on Guitar.
for more info:
Tickets will soon be available for this show

SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2023 AT 12:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Fiesta Cubana Fest 2023
1525 Princess Patricia Way
Tickets · $15via Eventbrite

A festival to highlight the best of Cuba in Ottawa. A beautiful day filled with Cuban music and arts.
Join us on June 4 for a beautiful day filled with activities that highlight the best of Cuban culture. An artistic myriad of Cuban shows, including amazing salsa bands, dance workshops, visual arts, literature, and lots of dancing. We will have food and cocktails for you to taste the best flavors of this Caribbean island. A special time for friends and family to enjoy the best of Cuba in the heart of Ottawa.
$15 Early bird tickets available until April 6, General admission $20 until June 1st, Door tickets available at $25.
Doors open at 12:30 pm, with free entrance to children up to 16 years old.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2023 AT 10:30 PM – 11:45 PM
Cimafunk | Ottawa Jazz Festival
 Marion Dewar Plaza - OLG Stage, 110 Laurier Ave W
Tickets · $23via Showpass

Cimafunk is an Afro-Cuban Rockstar. His namerefers to his heritage as a ‘cimarrón,’ Cubans of African descent who resisted and escaped slavery, as well as to the essence of his music that aims to subvert conventional sounds with rhythmic innovation.By bringing out the best in Cuban rhythms and traditions and infusing sounds and styles from Africa and the U.S.,Cimafunkhas created something unique and special, not only in terms of music but also with the values he stands for. He is redefining contemporary Cuban music as well as Afro-Latin identity and the fusion of black cultures. Cimafunk’s monumental second album El Alimentowas released in October 2021, receiving overwhelming praise.Rolling Stoneranked it #3 of theBest Spanish-Language and Bilingual Albums of 2021 and #23 of the 50 Best Albums of 2021. El Alimentowas also amongNPR’s Best Latin Music of 2021and #1 of Le Monde’s Latin Music favorites. Singles also made their way through2021 lists: Rómpelo ft. Lupe Fiascowas among NPR Alt.Latino’s best singles of 2021and Funk Aspirin ft. George Clintonin Remezcla’s 10 Best Indie Pop, Rock, & Chill Songs of 2021. Co-produced by Cimafunkand Grammy-award winning producer Jack Splash (CeeLo Green, Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys), the sonically dynamic collection masterfully blends Afro-Cuban sounds and rhythms with global funk, hip hop and soul—resulting in a progressive, head-bopping celebration of black music’s power to eclipse borders and cross-pollinate across cultures. Written and recorded over 2020, the album served as analimentofor the soul, a motivation to persevere through the pandemic, as Cimafunkspent countless hours studying decades of musical influences to help understand who he is musically and culturally, and thus, where he wanted this album to take him.

SUNDAY, JULY 2, 2023 AT 6 PM – 10 PM
Croisières Outaouais / Ottawa Boat Cruise
895 Jacques Cartier, Gatineau

Canada Day Long Weekend in the Nation’s Capital - Sunday July 2nd, 2023 aboard the Ottawa River Queen.
20 Year Anniversary Sunset Cruise

The most anticipated boat party on the Ottawa River is here to celebrate summer!

Jump onboard the SOCA BOAT and experience your Canada Day long weekend like never before. Feel the rhythm and sensation of the tropical music on a Sunday evening filled with sheer excitement while sailing into the sunset.

SOCA BOAT features a countless number of surprises and giveaways on board.


Ottawa River Queen
Quai Des Artistes (795 Rue Jacques Cartier, Gatineau, QC, J8T 2W1)

::: Boarding passes available APRIL 2023 | 21+ Event :::

Visit for all things SOCA BOAT!

Afterlight: weekly Tuesday-Thursday | 19h-late
129 Bank St
An underground lounge & listening bar curated by some of the Canadian Capital's most prominent DJs featuring different selectors weekly.
7pm until late
no cover

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*when possible
Tuesday | 20h Open Format
Thursday | 20h | Jazz - Funk - Disco - Soul - Afro - Latin - Reggae + stuff
Saturday | 20h | Disco - Nu Disco - Deep House - Nujazz - Future Funk - Broken Beat + Good Vibes

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Interactive CKCU
Trevor Walker (host)
TGIF Drive! Happy long weekend!

9:09 AM, April 7th, 2023
Elorious Cain
Great start!

5:06 PM, April 7th, 2023
Trevor Walker (host)
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5:27 PM, April 7th, 2023
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5:31 PM, April 7th, 2023
robert p in gatineau
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5:38 PM, April 7th, 2023
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5:45 PM, April 7th, 2023
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5:46 PM, April 7th, 2023
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6:35 PM, April 7th, 2023
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7:13 PM, April 7th, 2023