This Saturday is going to change your life. Actually, you might just end up doing some Christmas shopping alongside other quality humans, participating in a discussion about accessibility in our music scene, and seeing a few Canadian bands at the top of their game. Either way, you’ll be glad you went out.
The day kicks off with the first annual GABBA! HEY! HOLIDAY! SALE! from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gabba Hey!, a.k.a. the Capital Rehearsal Studio, has increasingly become more of a centre for nice, fascinating people to make great things together. Put on by local record label Bruised Tongue, the sale is looking to be another prime gathering. Artists, clothing designers, and creators from around the city will be there to connect and maybe make some extra change for the holidays. Admission is pay-what-you-can (PWYC) and some proceeds will go to the Ottawa Food Bank. There will be vegan snacks. Gabba Hey! is an otherworldly place where good people come together, and there are dance-offs on Valentine’s Day.
Then, at Raw Sugar from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Debaser and Weird Canada are hosting a free discussion entitled FRYQ: THE GATHERING. A panel, curated by moderator Emily McQuarrie, will lead a conversation focused on accessibility in Ottawa’s music scene. The event will hopefully be a step toward being more inclusive of individuals who consider themselves to be outsiders in our community. Exclusion due to age, race, disability, gender, and sobriety will be touched on. Let’s have a talk about what we can do to find a space where we all belong.
At 8 p.m., the all-ages FRYQUENCY’S ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY will take us into the night. To celebrate the twelfth edition of Weird Canada’s concert series, Mugshots will be hosting an evening of psych, noise and weirdo-rock provided by Grime Kings, WTCHS and Fet.Nat. PWYC entry will also get you a copy of the Fryquency zine, finally finished after months of work from a crack team of local lizards. Last time I caught Grime Kings, lead singer/songwriter Callum Runciman continued to solo for nearly two minutes after a song was done. This show is a must.
Those are a few things that are happening Saturday. Come in from the cold and into warm rooms with art, tea and grunge bands.