If there’s one thing we can agree on about the holiday season, it’s that togetherness really brings the cheer. That’s the idea behind one of Ottawa’s hottest December parties happening this weekend at Babylon, as Music.Art.Ppl present Holiday Boogie. The all-night party mashes together some great music, food, and visual art Ottawa has going, and offers an immersive experience for concert-goers.
Music.Art.Ppl is a growing collective the encourages artists to put their heads together and collaborate in order to curate events that electrify the senses. The growing organization has gone from small room parties to big club bangers over the last few years, and the upcoming Holiday Boogie event is no exception. The night will include a DJ, live painters, visual projections, fun decorations, and, of course, delicious food.
The live music programming for the evening focuses on a few bands straight out of Ottawa’s ever-expanding soul, funk, and R&B scene. Earlier this year, Harea Band joined forces with local powerhouse Slack Bridges in the first event of this kind at Babylon. This time, the band returns with another of the city’s soul staples—The Commotions—as well the charismatic soul-rock band The Lionyls. One thing’s for sure—this lineup will get your feet shuffling and hips swaying.
“I just really wanted to throw the best holiday party I could,” explains Alex Harea. “It’s not just about the live music, but the experience. I wanted to bring together who I feel to be some of the best bands in the city, tie it in with DJs , visuals, and food. I guess the approach came from me thinking about what I would want at a holiday party. In the end, I throw parties that I would want to attend, and I hope the rest of the city wants to attend too!”
To make things even more interesting, artists Coblou and Emilie Darlington will be live painting throughout the night, and local photographer and illustrator Nick Revine will be showcasing his stunning works. To close the night out, DJs Pithra, Birks & Socks, and SmoothK will keep the party alive spinning the best soul, funk and disco you want to hear.
Chef LeRoy, whom you may know from the famed Detroit Soul Food, will be serving up mouth-watering hot snacks all night. On the menu are chicken and waffles on a stick, as well as deep fried holiday cookies.
Non perishable food donations will be taken at the door for the Ottawa Food Bank.