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Halloween weekend shows feature The Hidden Cameras, TUNS

Whether you're hitting the town in costume or not, there's plenty of live music to put the "treat" in your Hallo-weekend.

Musical treats this Hallo-weekend include an East Coast supergroup and spooky synth

The Hidden Cameras perform at The Black Sheep Inn on Friday. (Elsa Quarsell)

The Hidden Cameras @ The Black Sheep Inn on Friday, 8:30 p.m., $20

An old-timey "ode to Canada." That was Joel Gibb's vision for the latest Hidden Cameras record — and the band's central figure has created his rootsiest album to date. It was 10 years in the making; in the meantime, Gibb lived in Berlin and released three other records.

Marking his physical and figurative return to Canada, Home On Native Land includes appearances by Rufus Wainwright, Feist, Ron Sexsmith and Mary Margaret O'Hara — but don't expect it to be a patriotic walk in the park. The album's title is proof that The Hidden Cameras still aren't shying away from making music with social substance.

The band marks the release of the new record on Friday with a show that night at the Black Sheep Inn.

Coastal Pigs @ Bar Robo on Friday, 8 p.m., $7

Ottawa post-punks Coastal Pigs headline a CHUO fundraiser at Bar Robo on Friday. (Facebook)

Let's take a minute to think about how much we love community radio. Both CHUO and CKCU are in the midst of their annual funding drives — which means for the next couple of weeks, you can find both stations hosting events around town.

On Sunday at 4 p.m., CKCU broadcasts live from The Record Centre with a performance by Rakestar, Ottawa's stellar Sun Ra tribute outfit.

Meanwhile, Friday sees CHUO present a show at Bar Robo alongside one of its programs, Then & Now. Ottawa post-punk heavyweights Coastal Pigs are the headliners (fellow fans of Husker Du and Jawbreaker, take note). They'll be joined by Elementals and Sudbury's Hello Holiday.

TUNS @ Zaphod's on Saturday, 8 p.m., $13

Mike O'Neill, Matt Murphy and Chris Murphy team up as TUNS for a show at Zaphod's on Saturday. (Vanessa Heins)

Chris Murphy from Sloan. Mike O'Neill from The Inbreds. Matt Murphy from The Super Friendz. Three musical heavyweights, one dream-team for anybody who loves 90s East Coast indie-rock.

TUNS (pronounced "tunes") gets its name from the now-defunct Technical University of Nova Scotia, where Murphy, O'Neill and Murphy used to play basketball and take part in science fairs as kids. Musically, the band is an exercise in thirds, with each member contributing equally to the harmonies, instrumentals, and shared verses.

Young Rival opens the night at Zaphod's for TUNS's show there on Saturday.

Hard Science @ House of TARG on Monday, 8 p.m., $5

Hard Science provides a fully analog synth soundtrack to House of Targ's terrifying Halloween festivities on Monday night. (Levy Marquis)

This is the Hallo-weekend we're talking about — and there are plenty of options for the costumed venue-goer.

One highlight is a family affair: a spooky Sunday afternoon at Irene's, courtesy of Hey Buster!. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the band will deliver "boo"-worthy tunes that both kids and their parents can enjoy. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids.

Then there's Monday — Halloween night.

For a downright scary time, head to TARG for an event they're calling "Morgue." This morbid party includes freaky games and costume prizes (including vintage video game consoles). Best of all, it comes with a spine-chilling soundtrack by local analog synth wiz, Hard Science.

About the Author

Jessa Runciman

Associate Producer

Jessa Runciman is an associate producer with CBC Ottawa, and an avid music fan and show-goer. You can follow her on Twitter @jessarunciman.

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