CBC Ottawa's top 4 shows for the weekend
Jessa Runciman's picks include a film festival, a punk show and Timekode's 10th birthday party
Zeus @ Zaphod's on Friday, 9 p.m., $15
Not long ago, when Canada was still in the throes of Blue Jays fever, Toronto band Zeus was rooting for their home team with the masses. They even released a rousing version of the age-old anthem OK Blue Jays after the Jays beat the Texas Rangers in the American League Division Series. So it's safe to say Zeus's members have been recovering from considerable disappointment since that magical run came to an end. The cure for those baseball blues? A province-wide tour the band has christened the "Ontario Classic."
When Zeus rolls into Zaphod's on Friday night, you can expect to hear songs from their latest album Classic Zeus, which has seen their brand of vintage rock 'n' roll get a shinier, poppier treatment. The opening act, TUNS, is a bonus: it's the combined force of Chris Murphy from Sloan, Mike Murphy of Flashing Lights and Super Friendz, and Mike O'Neill of the Inbreds.
Timekode 10th anniversary @ Lansdowne Horticulture Building on Friday, 10 p.m., $20
You can find musical mash-ups of a different sort at Lansdowne Park's Horticulture Building on Friday night. That's where Timekode will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of its monthly dance parties. To mark the occasion, DJs Memetic and Zattar are releasing a series of limited-edition, vinyl-only remixes of new music by like-minded Canadian musicians. The first instalment, TIMEKODE X Vol. 1, gives Ottawa's Souljazz Orchestra and Toronto-based ex-pats Bonjay the Timekode touch, adding a new flavour to two distinct, danceable tracks.
For Friday's party at Lansdowne, DJs Zattar, Memetic, and Trevor Walker will be behind the turntables, along with UK producer/musician Quantic, who'll deliver a special headlining guest-DJ set. While the whole thing will be broadcast live on CHUO, it'll be best enjoyed on the dance floor.
Scattered Clouds @ Mirror Mountain Film Festival (Arts Court Theatre) on Saturday, 11 p.m., $5
The inaugural Mirror Mountain Film Festival takes over Club SAW and the Arts Court Theatre this weekend, with a program featuring three days of local and international films, panel discussions, and even an awards ceremony. It also boasts a couple of performances by dynamic local musicians.
On Friday night, punk quartet Zex provides a raucous soundtrack to the opening festivities at Club SAW. Then, Saturday night's "Midnight Madness" show at the Arts Court Theatre pairs Hull's Scattered Clouds with local experimental filmmaker Roger D. Wilson for the performance of a 25-minute instrumental composition. Wilson will screen his 35mm film "Starry Night" using his own leg-power, on an invention he calls the Cinema-Trike. Each Mirror Mountain Film Festival event costs $5, but a full festival pass is $20.
Feral Trash @ Mavericks on Saturday, 9 p.m., $8
Earlier on Saturday night, a show at Mavericks brings together a lineup of pop-infused punk bands from Ontario and the East Coast — including one group that bridges that geographical gap. Feral Trash originated in Moncton and released two albums there, becoming long-distance pals of the Ottawa music scene through events like the annual Ottawa Explosion Weekend. Now that members of the band are based here, it's Ottawa's gain; the band's shadowy, hook-laden melodies and searing dual vocals are eerie and flawlessly catchy in equal measure.
Feral Trash joins Toronto's Brat Kings and locals Creep Wave on the bill for Saturday's show. Halifax's Outtacontroller takes the headlining slot, delivering torrential two-minute anthems from their fuzzed-out new album Television Zombie.