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Ottawa's folk-punk Ukrainia is this weekend's top pick for live music in Ottawa area

Live performances by Ukrainia and catl are the best options for shows to see in the Ottawa area this weekend.
Ukrainia play the Capital Ukrainian Festival on Friday and Saturday. (Capital Ukrainian Festival website)

Ukraina @ Capital Ukrainian Festival, Friday and Saturday

The duo catl play the Black Sheep Inn on Friday night. (CBC Music)
It's a big weekend for Ottawa's Ukrainian community. The first ever Capital Ukrainian Festival kicks off on Thursday night with a movie screening at the Mayfair Theatre, and will go on to feature food, activities and music for a variety of audiences until Sunday evening.

When you're not sampling fresh pampushky or decorating pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs) you'll want to check out some of the stellar music that's planned, including the Balkan-Klezmer party antics of Toronto's Lemon Bucket Orkestra, and Ottawa's own inimitable folk-punk favourites, Ukrainia. 

For $20, you can see both bands at the Ukrainian Banquet Hall on Friday night (19+ only), and they'll be returning to the festival the next day for Saturday's free festivities at the Ukrainian Catholic Shrine site on Green Valley Crescent. Ukrainia kicks off Saturday's musical performances with a set at 5 p.m.

catl @ Black Sheep Inn (Wakefield, Que.), Friday, 8:30 p.m.

On Friday a drive out to Wakefield offers the chance to catch catl, a Toronto duo whose sound is rooted in juke joints and campy horror movies. Sarah Kirkpatrick and Jamie Fleming hadn't necessarily intended on playing as a twosome, but after losing a couple of drummers in the span of a few years, they decided to go it alone.

Kirkpatrick took to hammering a stand-up drum-kit while fulfilling her vocal duties, with Fleming still singing and playing guitar, and the streamlined set-up only serves to further the intensity of the band's gritty, steamy sound. It's been a couple of years since catl last brought its bluesy garage jams to these parts, so the pair is sure to get a warm welcome at the Black Sheep Inn on Friday. 

For $10, you can see them alongside cloudy Montreal pop trio Pang Attack.

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Jessa Runciman

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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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