After a few quiet weeks following the highly successful Skrillex appearance at Bluesfest things have finally picked up in Ottawa as all three major promotion companies in Ottawa (DNA Presents, Bydek Group, and The KNWLDG) have all announced events in the last few days. This is good news for all EDM fans as I'm sure you were wondering as well as I when the next batch of events will be rolled out.
Here's a rundown of the latest announcements:
Marcus Schossow will be coming back to Ottawa on Wednesday, August 29th at Barrymore's. This is DNA Presents first scheduled event after the Escapade theft so it's great to see them back on their feet again.
According to a recent Ottawa Citizen article, DNA Presents will be planning a big CE Center event around Christmas time. Who will they book? The last time DNA Presents staged a CE Centre event they booked Steve Angello/Nicky Romero so my guess is that they will stick with booking Prog house heavyweights like Ingrosso/Alesso, or maybe an Axwell/Dirty south combo.
Boys Noize will be in Montreal/Toronto in December and if all of the rumours are true then Skrillex and Boys Noize will be forming a super collab group called Dog Blood. Could maybe a Dillon Francis opener and Skrillex/Boys Noize collab fill up something like the CE Centre? I think so.
The Mansion Nightclub is starting to warm up to hosting EDM events in a big way after playing host to Madeon's first appearance in Ottawa (with the help of Bydek Group), and more recently the 'I Wub Dubstep' event last weekend that featured Bass Machines, Rainman, JC BOOM, and Dubspec.
The Bydek Group and Mansion Nightclub have made a strong commitment to EDM this season as they introduced their new Friday weekly event called LOUD. The first LOUD event will feature Toronto producer/DJ Adam K who is by now quite familiar with the Ottawa scene after playing in Barrymore's earlier this year and more recently during Bluesfest when he opened for Arty. Ottawa has turned into an important gig for Adam K so expect him to pull out all of the stops to ensure everyone in that club has a good time on August 31st. Ryan Labelle and DJ Charles will be the opening DJs.
The KNWLDG have been hard at work at delivering new events since aiding to organize the impromptu Skrillex after party at Ritual Nightclub on July 14th. This Friday will feature a free Dubsmack event with Rainman, JC Boom, and Dubspec at Ritual. On Sept 13th they are bringing Dub FX (Australia), Flower Fairy (Australia), Snareophobe (UK), and Starfighterz (UK) to Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts. The very next day on Sept 14th the monthly Dubsmack event will feature dubstep/DnB artist Dieselboy. Well done.
Finally, I'd like to give a special shout out to Lowpass and Zaphod's so I can congratulate both at making 'Electronic Monday's' a weekly event. You can grab Lowpass' latest August mix here and just in case you missed my first interview at EDM Ottawa featuring both Lowpass and Eugene Haslam you can read it by clicking here.