4 shows to see in the Ottawa area this weekend
The Balconies, Timotheos, Ain't No Love and Black Violin playing shows
The Balconies in Burnstown Thursday, Feb. 6, and Ottawa Friday, Feb. 7
Timotheos @ Avante Garde Bar, Friday, Feb. 7, 9 p.m., $PWYC
For those that might, say, prefer the gentler side of The Balconies, one can go right next door instead. Timotheos is bringing his dreamy, evocative sonic paintings to Avante Garde Bar. He attempts to evoke images of both the past and the future in his audio landscapes, which is useful to keep in mind when you're listening. It's sparse and very methodical, and a trained ear might even catch a reference or two to numeric patterning in Coptic Manichaean literature. (Mine didn't.) Timotheos is actually Tim Pettipiece, a classics and religion teacher at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. He says he's obsessed with the religious aspects of the ancient world. The inspiration for Tim's music comes from reading ancient history and sci-fi, which is why you might think this would make a good soundtrack to Dune. I, in turn, became a bit obsessed with Timotheos' stuff on his CBC Music page when I was researching this column. It's incredible and I think the show at Avante Garde Bar will take you to another world. That is, if the vodka menu hasn't already. Timotheos plays with Paug Lake Road and Oliver Doyon at 9 p.m. and it's a pay-what-you-can cover charge.
Ain't No Love @ Confederation Park, Main Stage, Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 p.m., free
Winterlude began last weekend, with various musical offerings sprinkled near its three main sites and also far from them. Namely, the Shenkman Arts Centre. It's hosting two great bands this weekend, and they appear to be affiliated with Winterlude. Locals The Good luck Assembly and Laurent Bourque play Friday at the Orleans soft-seat theatre, and rootsy, French speaking band Kain on Saturday. Kain is terrific and I highly recommend that show.
Meanwhile, at Winterlude home base in Confederation Park, you can find a little renegade pop in the form of Ain't No Love. They're a Toronto trio made up of two MCs — 1990 and Beanz — and singer Saidah Conrad. The Montreal Mirror said it well when it described them as "lavish and full of pop hookery." Saidah's voice is powerful, as are her bandmates' rhymes. It's nice to see that Winterlude finally realized you can't fight the power of mother nature. DJs and vocalists, unlike electric guitars and fiddles, don't go out of tune in -20 C! Unless of course said vocalist is stupid enough to wear bare legs and a miniskirt, like someone did at Winterlude several years back.
Black Violin @ Centrepointe Theatre, Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m., $28.50
Friday, Feb. 7
- Sochi Olympic Opening Ceremonies @ Confederation Park, 10:30 a.m. with Lucy van Oldenbarneveld and Mathieau Nadon on stage, CBC broadcast at 11 a.m.
- The Balconies + Say Yes + Eagleson @ Ritual, 9 p.m., $12
- The Belle Game @ NAC Fourth stage, 7:30 p.m., $22+
- The Goodluck Assembly + Laurent Bourque @ The Richcraft Centre, Shenkman Arts Centre in Orléans, 8 p.m. doors, $14.50
- Timotheos + Paug Lake Road + Oliver Doyon @ Avant Garde Bar, 9 p.m., $PWYC
- Tim Hicks + Kira Isabella @ Algonquin Commons Theatre, 8 p.m., $20-30 range
- The Frank James Band at 4 p.m., free, followed by Suns of Stone + The Wicked Mercy + WOMB + Motherleads at 9 p.m. @ The Rainbow, $10
Saturday, Feb. 8
- Kain @ Shenkman Arts Centre in Orléans, 8 p.m. doors, $38.75
- A Tribe Called Red (Electric Pow Wow) @ Babylon, 10 p.m.
- Ain't No Love @ Winterlude Main stage in Confederation Park, free
- The B-Sides (The Brothers Chaffey + Steve Marriner of MonkeyJunk) @ The Rainbow, 9 p.m., $10
- Waterbomber @ The Rainbow, 4 p.m., free
- Bronson Novella + The Treble + Cody Allen @ Zaphod Beeblebrox, 8:30 p.m., $10
- Black Violin @ Centrepointe Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $25+
Sunday, Feb. 9
- Buckcherry + Bleeker Ridge + 3 Pill Morning @ Mavericks, 10 p.m., $38
Wednesday, Feb. 12
- Down With Webster + Son Real + D-Pryde @ Bronson Centre Theatre, 6 p.m., $32.50
- Megan Bonnell + Emilie Mover + Peas & Carrots @ Raw Sugar Cafe, 8 p.m., $10
- Carl Tremblay, Jim Zeller, Jimmy James launch 19th edition of Viree Blues Boreale @ Le Petit Chicago in Old Hull, 8 p.m.