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Jessa's Music Picks

Guest music columnist Jessa Runciman's picks for live music around Ottawa this weekend.

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Montreal Guitare Trio @ Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts (Thursday, 10 p.m., $30)

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble @ Ritual (Friday, 10 p.m., $15)

Highs @ Zaphod's (Saturday, 8 p.m., $5)

Theaternia @ The Black Sheep Inn (Saturday, 8:30 p.m., $10)

Complete listings


  • MG3 (Montreal Guitare Trio) @ St. Brigid's Chamber Fringe opening night (part of Ottawa Chamberfest), 10pm, $30
  • Northlander @ The Rainbow, 4pm, Free
  • Reggae Night with Roots Movement @ The Rainbow, 10pm, $7
  • High Waters @ Mercury Lounge, 9pm, $8
  • All-Stars Blues Thursdays @ Irene's w/ guest host Murray Kinsley, 9:30pm, Free
  • Riff Raff a.k.a. Jody Highroller @ Ritual w/ Dirty South Joe, Aeroplane Boys, 9pm, $25
  • The Josef Mieto Show @ Roast 'n' Brew (Rideau), 9pm, Free
  • Amanda Bon @ Raw Sugar Cafe, 8:30pm, $8

Theaternia plays The Black Sheep Inn Saturday at 8:30 p.m.Theaternia plays The Black Sheep Inn Saturday at 8:30 p.m.


  • Hypnotic Brass Ensemble @ Ritual House of PainT launch party w/ BlakDenim and DJ Ruby Jane, 10pm, $15
  • Blind Horses @ Avant-Garde Bar w/ Organ Eyes, Grime Kings, 9pm, $5
  • Garaga @ Raw Sugar Café w/ Street Meat, 10pm, $5
  • Andrea Superstein @ Gigspace, 7:30pm, $15
  • Frank James Band @ The Rainbow, 4pm, Free
  • Pedro Quental @ Mercury Lounge, Followed by resident DJ Lance Baptiste, 8pm, $12
  • Zydeco Loco @ Irene's, 9:30pm, $10
  • Rotten Apples @ Zaphod's, w/ Dysfunctional Dream, Trusting Gravity, 8pm, $5
  • The Burning Sensations @ The Branch, 9pm, PWYC
  • Amanda Rheaume @ Black Sheep Inn, w/ Lynne Hanson, 8:30pm, $12


  • Highs @ Zaphod's w/ Lukas Grant & the Folk Bangers, For Christ Sake, 8pm, $5
  • Theaternia @ Black Sheep Inn w/ King's Quest, Organ Eyes, 8:30pm, $10
  • Fire BIrd @ The Rainbow, 4pm, Free
  • Sherri Harding & the Heat @ Irene's, 9:30pm, $7
  • Rankin Youth & the Dub Pilots @ Babylon, 10pm, $7
  • Luis Mario Ochoa Cuban Quintet @ St. Brigid's w/ Van Django, 9:30pm, $35
  • Lucky Ron @ The Lafayette, Every week, 4pm
  • Chariots of the Gods @ Gatineau Midsummer Fest w/ Epiphany from the Abyss, Pear of Anguish, Abraxas, We the Jury, Fight to Resist, My Shadow, Spaz Out, The Victims of Time, 6pm, $15
  • Buck Tingley & the Hard Looking Tickets @ The Rainbow, 10pm, $7
  • The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol @ Atomic Rooster w/ Glorious Moonrockets, 9pm, Free
  • The Peptides @ The Branch, 9pm, $10


  • Sunday Afternoon Open Blues Jam @ The Rainbow w/ host: River City Junction, 4pm, $3
  • The Classy Chassys @ The Rainbow w/ The Rents, 9pm, $5
  • The Treble @ Raw Sugar Café w/ Craig Mainprize (of Phantom Shores), 8pm, $9
  • Brad Morden @ The Lafayette, Every Sunday, 9pm
  • Murder State @ The Daily Grind w/ Weak Ends, The Young Offenders, 7:30pm, $8
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