Beau’s 10th annual Oktoberfestin Vankleek Hill, Ontario, got off to a rocky start as a pair of tornadoes ripped through the Ottawa and Gatineau region, bringing torrential down pours with them. While many were turned away and many of us on a buses were sent home before ever getting off, those who were already on site or got there on their own were treated to some great tunes and delicious suds.
Music was cancelled on the main stage but the show did go on at the Black Forest Stage where the punks were a rocking once the whether cleared up. Our photographer Aidan Thatcher was there for Cancer Bats, The Flatliners, K-Man and the 45s, and it was all hosted by the lovable Remi Royale.
Big shoutout to Beau’s staff and volunteers for all their hard work Friday in such a chaotic situation.
May is always a nice time of year. The tulips start popping out, the trees start getting greener, and it becomes normal to slab some poutine onto your pizza slice. That’s right, May is POUZZA FEST month. In 2015 we took over Montreal and followed some Ottawa bands in a very, very DIY film called Ottawa Invades POUZZA FEST: A Documentary. If you were to watch that, you’d get just a glimpse of how POUZZA usually goes down.
This year, we couldn’t all make it to Montreal, but our photographer-extraordinaire Els Durnford did. Here’s a look at some of the incredible photos she took while diving into all the madness. Enjoy!
The Meatmen formed in 1981 in Lansing, MI, they have broken up and reunited a couple of times since then, but are now back and as angry as ever and touring their latest release Savage Sagas. Their primal decree, “We’re The Meatmen, AND YOU SUCK!” is synonymous with the era and the attitude of hardcore punk. Coming along for the ride is Against The Grain, a four-piece speed rock band. Fans of Motörhead, ZEKE, Fu Manchu, and MC5’s style of in-your-face rock will feel right at home during their set. Rounding out the night will be Ottawa’s World War 4. Led by one of Josh Grace’s (better known as Remi Royale) many alter ego’s Jaws Grace, World War 4 is one of a thousand bands with the same name but the only one from the nation’s capital. Regulars at House of TARG will recognize most of the band, but on this night they won’t be serving perogies, they will be dishing out a hot order of old school metal, punk and thrash.
HOW TO ENTER
There are a few ways to win. Only one entry per person per method please, but multiple methods per person encouraged!
Comment below the name of The Meatmen’s latest album.
Comment on the Facebook post about your favourite purchase from Vertigo Records.
Share the Ottawa Showbox Facebook post of the article
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet at us (@ottawashowbox) the answer to this question: Who do The Meatmen think are the second greatest band in the world?
WHAT YOU COULD WIN
Two (a pair, a brace, a deuce) of tickets to this ruckus-filled and surely very sweaty night. The winner will be contacted Friday morning, good luck and don’t suck!
Mikey Chuck Rivers serenading us at Robot!House!! in Ottawa.
Yes the news is true, Mikey Chuck Rivers is packing up and leaving Ottawa. What better way to send him off though than a house show on St. Patrick’s Day? The answer….none.
Mikey Chuck Rivers was all smiles and ready to go, kicking off his set with “Mikey Here,” which I love because he works in The Cure’s “Boy’s Don’t Cry” into it. It was a gathering of friends and good times were had. During “Much Music Video Dance,” JS, shirtless wearing an LCBO bag as a hat and holding a moose, could be heard drumming on his belly to the beat. The night had two great duets, first one with his lovely lass, Jill Regier, doing “I Don’t Believe in Anything” and then an impromptu Robots!Everywhere!! cover of “Call Me Some, Looking For Time” which saw Phil (Robots!Everywhere!!) rush to the front of the living room to sing and rock out! (video below) This was an excellent send off which saw us all enjoy in beauty tunes and some brews. Don’t be a stranger Mikey!