Animalia @ Pressed w/ Garbageface, Antiks, 8 p.m., $5

Animalia music band songwriter

Animalia is playing at Pressed on Thursday night. (CBC Music)

There's a lot happening around town as we head into the weekend, but to take in a diverse, energetic lineup, it might be worth checking out Pressed on Thursday night. That's where you can see Animalia, the pseudonym of Toronto-based electro-pop musician Jill Krasnicki. After spending most of her life in a small Australian mountain city in the state of Tasmania, Krasnicki became disillusioned with the Melbourne-centric music scene and left Australia for a fresh start.

Since then, recording as Animalia has provided her a new source of inspiration and enthusiasm for music-making, and that's clear in the vivacity at her live shows. It'll be a perfect but very different complement to Peterborough's Garbageface (intense, bass-heavy "doom rap"). Also on the bill: Ottawa's Antiks.

Dragon Boat Festival @ Mooney's Bay w/ Harlan Pepper and more, 6:30 p.m., free

Harlan Pepper band music

Harlan Pepper are playing at Mooney's Bay on Friday night during the Dragon Boat Festival. (CBC Music)

The Dragon Boat Festival kicks off at Mooney's Bay on Thursday night, and they've really brought out the big guns this year in terms of their musical performances (which are free).

Over the course of the festival you can see acts like Stars, Arkells and The Zolas. On Friday night, Hamilton's Harlan Pepper are opening for Cuff the Duke and The Sheepdogs. The band's members only just turned 21, but you wouldn't get a sense of their youth by listening to their album, Take Out a Twenty & Live Life to the Fullest.

Partly, that's because they've been touring together since their mid-teens, and it's also thanks to the seasoned musical expertise of the album's producer, Colin Linden of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, who has worked with the likes of Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and Bruce Cockburn. Harlan Pepper plays at the festival's main stage (at the Royal Oak Beer Garden and Hillside Amphitheatre) at 6:30 p.m.

Seeing as it's the continent's biggest dragon boat festival, though, there's a lot to take in besides the music. Races start on Saturday and there's a full schedule of children's entertainment if you're there with the family.

Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival @ Vincent Massey Park w/ Kalan Wi, Shawnee, Amanda Rheaume and more, 10:30 a.m.-8:45 p.m., free

Not moshing in Montebello at Amnesia Rockfest this weekend?

Well, there are a couple of lower-key festivals happening a little closer to home that promise to be parties in their own right. The Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival starts Friday and runs throughout the weekend at Vincent Massey Park, with free admission. I spent some time at the festival last year and couldn't get over the positivity of the atmosphere. There were stalls set up with aboriginal crafts, and pop wow dancers young and old, wearing stunning costumes.

The musical performances range from traditional Inuit throat singers to singer-songwriters like Amanda Rheaume. If you're an aboriginal musician looking for advice on succeeding in the business, she'll be involved in workshops happening Saturday and Sunday throughout the day that you'll want to be present for. 

Bank Street Glowfair (between Slater & Gilmour) w/ Kandle and The Krooks and more, 3 p.m., free

Kandle and The Krooks music band

Kandle and The Krooks are playing the Bank Street Glowfair on Saturday. (CBC Music)

Then, there's a brand new festival taking over Bank Street Friday night. Glowfair will see the stretch of road between Slater and Gilmour entirely lit up with intricate projections and stimulating light installations. As if that isn't a cool enough setting for a downtown street party, there's also a varied lineup of musical performances throughout the festival's two days, from international dance music acts, to hip hop, to children's entertainment.

One Saturday show to look out for is Kandle and the Krooks: country-tinged pop with a touch of the ominous. That day, the music starts at 3 p.m. and carries into the night. The best part? This is another freebie fest!

Colin Stetson @ NAC Fourth Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 7 p.m., $25

Colin Stetson music artists

Colin Stetson is playing at the NAC Fourth Stage on Sunday night during the Ottawa Jazz Festival. (CBC Music)

Meanwhile this weekend, a bigger festival kicks off with a bang at a number of venues. It's hard to forget to mention the Ottawa Jazz Festival when you take a look at the lineup. Obviously, there are the blockbuster headliners to make note of between now and July 1st, when the festival wraps up, including Aretha Franklin, Ben Harper and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

But right from the get-go, Jazzfest is full of impressive performers. On Sunday, for example, Colin Stetson is a musician not to be missed. His show is visceral and hypnotic, driven entirely by his circular breathing and raw, rhythmic bass saxophone playing, with a contact mic on his throat to vocalize at the same time. He's one of the most stimulating performers I've ever seen. Colin Stetson is playing at 7 p.m. at the NAC Fourth Stage.

Amen Dunes, Alex Calder @ House of Targ, 9 p.m., $5

Amen Dunes music band

Amen Dunes is playing at House of Targ on Sunday night. (Facebook)

Sunday is an all-around good night for shows in Ottawa. That night, I'll be at House of Targ to see Amen Dunes, the solo project of a guy named Damon McMahon, from New York. He writes lush, transcendent songs that walk a line between timeless pop music and mantra. He opened for Mac Demarco at the Black Sheep Inn not too long ago and suspended time and space for a little while with his ethereal voice and echoing guitars. This time around, Amen Dunes is on a bill with Alex Calder, who used to play with Mac Demarco in the (great) band Makeout Videotape.

LISTINGS

Thursday, June 19

  • Animalia @ Pressed w/ Garbageface, Antiks, 8 p.m., $5
  • Lisa Lipton & Catriona Sturton @ Club SAW, 8 p.m., PWYC
  • Eliza Gilkyson @ Black Sheep Inn, 8 p.m., $20
  • Dragon Boat Festival @ Mooney's Bay w/ Stars, The Zolas, Claude Munson & the Storm Outside, 6:30 p.m., free
  • Nature of @ The Rainbow, 8 p.m., $7
  • JP Cormier @ The Branch, 9 p.m., $25
  • All-Stars Blues Thursdays @ Irene's Pub w/ Scott Amey, 9:30 p.m., $20

Friday, June 20

  • Dragon Boat Festival @ Mooney's Bay w/ The Sheepdogs, Cuff the Duke, Harlan Pepper, 6:30 p.m., free
  • Bank Street Glowfair (between Slater & Gilmour) w/ Sir Jemi, Unbuttoned, BUGO, BlakDenim, Drum Addiction, Souljazz Orchestra, Chus & Ceballos, Sandy Duperval, 6 p.m., free
  • Jaffa Road @ Main Stage Confederation Park (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 6:30 p.m., $35
  • Richa Sharma @ Main Stage Confederation Park (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 8:30 p.m., $35
  • Autorickshaw @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 7:30 p.m., $35
  • DJ Rekha @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 10:30 p.m., $20
  • Joey DeFrancesco Trio @ NAC Studio (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 7 p.m., $35
  • Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys @ NAC Fourth Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 6 p.m., $25
  • Jon Ballantyne @ NAC Fourth Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 8 p.m., $25
  • Monica Freire Trio @ Mercury Lounge (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 10:30 p.m., $12
  • Jim Bryson @ Black Sheep Inn w/ Caitlin Harnett, 8:30 p.m., $20
  • Uncooperatives @ House of Targ, 9 p.m., $5
  • Fiddlehead Soup @ The Branch, 8 p.m., $5
  • Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival @ Vincent Massey Park w/ Andrea Menard, Caveman Techno, 7 p.m., free
  • The Jerry Cans @ Zaphod's, 8 p.m., $10
  • aMute, 1/4 tonne, Air Cushion Finish @ Avant Garde, 9 p.m., $5
  • The Tony D Band @ The Rainbow, 9:30 p.m., $12
  • Nature Of @ Pressed w/ Miss Polygamy, Dasblankout, 8 p.m., $7
  • Rock Stock & Barrell @ Irene's Pub w/ Three Times Lucky, 9:30 p.m., $10

Saturday, June 21

  • Bank Street Glowfair (between Slater & Gilmour) w/ Ryan Labelle & Joe Juarez, DJ Zattar, The Riot Police, 2React, Panadream Children's Theatre, Nic & Peter, Alden Penner, Trackstars, Noah, League of Rock, Martin Villeneuve & Etienne Ozbourne, Kandle and The Krooks, Hex Hector, Kapri Music, KOBO Town, Mark Anthony & Stephan Grondin, Judith Hill, DJ Balu, 3 p.m., free
  • The Musettes @ St. Luke's Anglican Church w/ Justice R.F., 7:30 p.m., $10 (EP release show)
  • Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival @ Vincent Massey Park w/ Kalan Wi, Shawnee, Amanda Rheaume & more, 10:30 a.m.-8:45 p.m., free
  • Dragon Boat Festival @ Mooney's Bay w/ Arkells, Hey Ocean!, Wildlife, Amos the Transparent, 5 p.m., free
  • Yes We Mystic @ Raw Sugar Cafe w/ Carolina Hum, 8 p.m., $10
  • Mike Plume Band @ Black Sheep Inn w/ Jenny Plume, 8:30 p.m., $15
  • Rod Williams Band @ Atomic Rooster, 4 p.m., free
  • No Kinds of Love @ Pressed (Velvet Underground covers), 8 p.m., $5
  • Gay Nineties, The Wet Secrets @ Zaphod's, 8 p.m., $10
  • The Red Rails @ The Rainbow w/ Carla Hartsfield, Goodbye Boy, 4 p.m., $10 (Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation fundraiser)
  • The Jesse Greene Band @ Irene's Pub, 9:30 p.m., $10
  • Nick Faye & Danny Olliver @ The Branch, 9 p.m., $7
  • Alex Goodman Trio @ Brookstreet Hotel (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 8 p.m., free
  • Les Mosquitos @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 4 p.m., free
  • Colin James @ Main Stage Confederation Park (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 8:30 p.m., $50
  • Ron Sexsmith @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 7:30 p.m., $50
  • Capital Grass and the No Men @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 2 p.m., free
  • Kelly Sloan @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 12 p.m., free
  • Cherry Cherie @ Le Petit Chicago (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 10 p.m., $5
  • Itamar Borochov & Jonathan Greenstein @ NAC Fourth Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 9 p.m., $25
  • Harris Eisenstadt Golden State @ NAC Fourth Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 7 p.m., $25
  • Sun Rooms @ NAC Fourth Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 5 p.m., $25
  • Lorraine Klaasen @ Main Stage Confederation Park (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 6:30 p.m., $50
  • Stravinsky's Rite of Spring arranged and performed by The Bad Plus @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 6:30 p.m., $35
  • Austra @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 10:30 p.m., $20

Sunday, June 22

  • Amen Dunes, Alex Calder @ House of Targ, 9 p.m., $5
  • Swearin' @ Gabba Hey w/ Speedy Ortiz, Benevenstanciano, 9 p.m., $10
  • Sticks 'n' Stones @ The Rainbow, 8:30 p.m., $5
  • The Ridgemont Revelers @ Irene's Pub, 9:30 p.m., free
  • Rocket Rached & The Fat City @ Atomic Rooster, 6 p.m., free
  • Tariq's Acoustic Session @ Atomic Rooster, 10 p.m., free
  • Dragon Boat Festival @ Mooney's Bay w/ Julia Dales, The Mohrs, Down With Webster, 5 p.m., free
  • Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival @ Vincent Massey Park w/ Jaime and The Jiglets, Inuit Throat Singers, Russell Wallac & Kalan Wi and more, 10:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., free
  • Colin Stetson @ NAC Fourth Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 7 p.m., $25
  • Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers ft. Edie Brickell @ Main Stage Confederation Park (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 8:30 p.m., $60
  • Snarky Puppy @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 10:30 p.m., $20
  • Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 6:30 p.m., $35
  • Trio Jerome Beaulieu @ Main Stage Confederation Park (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 6:30 p.m., $60
  • Dida @ NAC Fourth Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 5 p.m., $25
  • Shai Maestro Trio @ NAC Fourth Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 9 p.m., $25
  • The Flaps @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 2 p.m., free
  • Kathleen Edwards @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 7:30 p.m., $60
  • Deyo Rafailovich Trio @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 12 p.m., free
  • The Split @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 4 p.m., free
  • Youth Series @ Jean Pigott Hall, Ottawa City Hall (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 10 a.m., free

Monday, June 23

  • Django Libre @ Fringe Festival (Downtown Rideau Stage), 8:30 p.m., free
  • Acousma @ The Daily Grind w/ Home Invasion, Love Canal, 8 p.m., $5
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band @ Main Stage Confederation Park (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 8:30 p.m., $40
  • Darcy James Argue's Secret Society @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 10:30 p.m., $20
  • Hiromi: The Trio Project @ NAC Studio (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 7 p.m., $35
  • Alex Pangman @ Main Stage Confederation Park (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 6:30 p.m., $40
  • Baptiste Trotignon with Mark Turner @ NAC Fourth Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 6 p.m., $25
  • Hamid Drake with Colin Stetson @ NAC Fourth Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 8 p.m., $25
  • Herbie's Hill @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 12 p.m., free
  • Canailles @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 7:30 p.m., $40

Tuesday, June 24

  • Fet.Nat @ Mugshots w/ Special Costello, Baby Cages, Craig Currie, 8 p.m., $8
  • Slo' Tom @ House of Targ w/ Sick Sick Sicks, 9 p.m., $5
  • Daniel Lanois @ Main Stage Confederation Park (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 8:30 p.m., $40
  • Holly Cole @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 6:30 p.m., $35
  • Bill Frisell @ NAC Studio (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 7 p.m., $35
  • Delbert and The Commotions @ Main Stage Confederation Park (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 6:30 p.m., $40
  • Hedvig Mollestad Trio @ NAC Fourth Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 6 p.m., $25
  • David's Angels @ NAC Fourth Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 8 p.m., $25
  • Socalled @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 10:30 p.m., $20
  • Nicole Ratte Jazz Quintet @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 12 p.m., free
  • Elliott Brood @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 7:30 p.m., $40

Wednesday, June 25

  • North America @ Pressed w/ Baberaham Lincoln, Technical Kidman, 8 p.m., $5
  • Burning Sensations @ The Branch, 8 p.m., $5
  • Diane Reeves @ Main Stage Confederation Park (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 8:30 p.m., $35
  • Go West: Frisell plays Keaton with Greg Leisz, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 10:30 p.m., $20
  • Naomi Shelton and The Gospel Queens @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 6:30 p.m., $35
  • Stacey Kent @ NAC Studio (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 7 p.m., $35
  • Kirk MacDonald Quartet @ Main Stage Confederation Park (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 6:30 p.m., $35
  • Daniel Zamir and Omri Mor @ NAC Fourth Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 6 p.m., $25
  • Julian Lage & Nels Cline @ NAC Fourth Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 8 p.m., $25
  • Django Libre @ Le Petit Chicago (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 9 p.m., $5
  • Steve Boudreau Quintet @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 12 p.m., free
  • Les Soeurs Boulay @ Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage (Ottawa Jazz Festival), 7:30 p.m., $35