Pipahuantas, The Almighty Rhombus top Saturday's music picks

CBC Ottawa music columnist Jessa Runciman is here with her picks for the best weekend music shows around the region.

Check out 4 shows to see this weekend in and around Ottawa

Sudbury's The Almighty Rhombus play Saturday night at Raw Sugar Cafe. (Facebook)

Julie Corrigan at the NAC Fourth Stage, Friday

To hear Julie Corrigan's expert voice and crunchy, confident guitar playing, you'd guess she's an old pro. You wouldn't be wrong, either; the local singer-songwriter has been writing music from the time she was a kid in Shawville, Que. — except that until recently, she didn't share those songs on stage. It was the demise of a band she'd been singing backup for that finally pushed her to step into the spotlight and start playing her own material in front of audiences.

From there, she took her music to Dave Draves' Little Bullhorn studio. The resulting full-length album, The Language, is organic and bold, driven by Corrigan's warm, bright vocals and solid roots songwriting. She celebrates the album's release with a performance at the NAC Fourth Stage on Friday. 7:30 p.m., $20.

The Almighty Rhombus at Raw Sugar Cafe, Saturday

Saturday night is set to be a busy one at Raw Sugar Cafe, where the hardworking guys behind local music website Ottawa Showbox are presenting one of their signature shows. Sudbury headliners The Almighty Rhombus will be arriving on the tail-end of an east coast tour spurred on by the popularity of their debut album, Lucid Living.

If their name isn't enough of an indicator, just watch the video for the band's song "Down South" — with members of their hometown music scene watching monsters in an athletics competition — and you'll get a sense of the cheeky spirit that makes The Almighty Rhombus so engaging. They'll share the bill with Yarmouth, N.S.'s Rain Over St. Ambrose and Ottawa's own Dead Weights. 8 p.m., $8.

Pipahuntasa, Saturday at the Black Sheep Inn

If you haven't heard of Pipahauntas, now's the time to pay closer attention to the Ottawa music scene. Just dialing the City of Ottawa's number can bring her steamy, spaced-out R&B to your receiver this month,as she's one of the featured #ottmusik acts being played for callers on hold.

Pipahuantas appears Saturday night at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, Que. (Ming Wu)

The soulful, dreamy-voiced singer behind the project is Sam Secord, a founding member of Ottawa bands Organ Eyes and Blue Angel — and she's worth making the drive to Wakefield this weekend. You can see her at the Black Sheep Inn on Saturday night, before Bonnie Doon and headliners Hilotrons take the stage. The show supports funding drives for both CHUO and CKCU, so besides taking in a cross-section of some of the city's best acts, you'll also be supporting local independent radio. Win-win. 8:30 p.m., $12. 

Alex Pangman and Her Alleycats, Saturday at the Baldachin Inn Ballroom

As if Merrickville isn't idyllic enough at this time of year, the town's shops, pubs and churches fill up with live music this weekend for its fifth annual Jazzfest. A wide variety of musicians from Ottawa-Gatineau and beyond will perform, including Steve Berndt, The Tritones, The Allison Au Quartet and the Fern Lindzon Jazz Trio.

Alex Pangman and Her Alleycats play Merricksville's Jazzfest Saturday night at the Baldachin Inn Ballroom. (alexpangman.com)

One big highlight, though, is Alex Pangman and Her Alleycats, who play the Baldachin Inn Ballroom on Saturday night. Pangman, who lives with cystic fibrosis, recorded her latest album after her second double-lung transplant. Fittingly called New, it's the Toronto-based singer's eighth album of plucky, nostalgic jazz. For ticket info, visit Merrickville's Jazzfest website.


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