Exciting news for you today regarding one of my favourite spots for live music in Canada, Ottawa! For years I have been in love with so much of the fantastic music coming out of Ottawa. Just a few great examples: Amos the Transparent, the Love Machine, Trevor James & the Perfect Gentlemen, Loon Choir, The Polymorphines, and Ornaments.
Now my fascination with that music scene is going to the next level, because TWM is about to launch a bi-weekly pilot residency at the Avant-Garde Bar starting on December 7th and continuing every two weeks thereafter, as long as it goes well!
How will it work? Simple! One touring band–be they be from Toronto or otherwise–teams up with a couple of Ottawa locals to throw one great show/party. In exchange, I will be bringing more and more acts from the Ottawa area up for shows in Toronto. Adding a Montreal space to do weekend mini tours is very much in the works and hopefully will happen, but for now there is ample time for artists to try and book their own add-on date–or hell, you can hire me through Two Way Touring!
I love the Avant-Garde; to me, it is the Ottawa equivalent of the Handlebar only with a more Russian theme. They have recently added a small but solid PA, which makes doing shows there all the much better of an option. So bands, are you interested in playing? The first four dates are Dec 7th and 21st and Jan 4 and 18th. If you are email (firstname.lastname@example.org) me!
Looking forward to having some fun with you Ottawa. Where’s next?