Indigenous Arts Fest, and Neo-folk at Bar Robo | Aug 8th to 14th


The eighth annual Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival, which showcases Indigenous films, video, media arts, music and performance. It kicks off Aug. 7 and runs through the weekend. Fifty Indigenous films will be screened at the Ottawa Art Gallery and many filmmakers will attend the festival to speak about their work. Among the festival’s other events will be what’s billed as the world’s first Two-Spirit Ball on Saturday night at Club Saw (67 Nicholas St.), featuring a lineup of 2STLBGQ+ performers. More info:


As part of the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival, a music showcase on Saturday at 7 p.m. will feature Nunavut-raised pop artist and rapper Kelly Fraser, and the Ottawa duo of Silla and Rise, which melds Inuit throat-singing with dance-floor beats. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, which includes admission into the festival’s Two-Spirit Ball and after-party that night, also at Club Saw (67 Nicholas St.).


Ottawa’s inaugural UPROAR multidisciplinary arts festival takes place Aug. 8 to 10 and showcases work by cis/trans women and non-binary artists. The event will feature 12 Ottawa-area artists working in spoken-word poetry, textile art, paintings, burlesque, improv, dance and comedy and take place at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave.). More info, and tickets, which are $20, are available at


Nova Scotia-based neo-folk singer-songwriter Awolk kicks off a 22-date Canadian tour this week, and its third stop will be at Bar Robo in Chinatown on Thursday. The solo artist released his self-titled debut album last year, offering rootsy music tinted with soul and electric soundscapes. The music runs from 8 to 10 p.m. and admission is $10 at the door.

Experimental music

U.S. musicians Toby Driver, a composer, guitarist and singer, and composer and clarinetist Jeremiah Cymerman stop by Pressed Cafe on Gladstone Avenue on Tuesday, Aug. 13 as part of their Northeastern U.S. and Canada tour. The music starts at 7 p.m. and admission is $15. Also on the bill is the Ottawa duo of Horseman, Pass By, which consists of Bennett Bedoukian and Mark Molnar exploring the interplay of cello, drones, processing and electronics.