Let’s dance: Chris Clark shows that Ottawa weekends don’t slow down after NYE

For those of you looking for something to do this weekend, there's lots going on at Babylon Nightclub (Photo Credit: Missionlessdays via Flickr)

‘Chris Clark’ works in PR by day and sings soul music by night. She is an Ottawa enthusiast, a terrible dancer, a Centretown hipster and loves to talk all about culture in the capital. 

Friends, Ottawans, Countrymenz: lend me your feet for there is dancing to be done!

Now that NYE is over and we’re all back to routine debauchery, it is time to hit our local spots again and discover what’s good, or at least tolerable, in the Capital.

For all of you courageous workers intending to head out this Thursday night, here are my suggestions: DJ Memetic, of Ottawa’s sweatiest, densest and most patchouli-scented party, Timekode, is spinning at Grounded Kitchen & Coffee House. So don your best hipster glasses and make your way to Centretown — like you don’t already live there — for this groovy party. Or, if you’re more inclined to get sauced on cheap Red Stripes and sing along to the best of Motown, perhaps you’d prefer Overkill Bar where DJ Magnificent will be playing vinyl records all night long. 

If you’re still wanting more on Friday night, you can drop by Kitchen Party on Rochester Street. This party may seem far away, but it’s worth it. DJ Hobo and Sweetcheeks will be bringing an eclectic mix of awesomeness to an intimate venue. But if you’d rather lose yourself in a stickier — and yet far more accessible venue like Babylon– feel free to join the drones of university students dancing to the hip hop/rock mash-up of Grillz and GLAM at ye ol’ Babs.

Great balls of fire! Is Ottawa ever bringing it this Saturday, the 14th of January! The Capitol Beat and The Thundermonks are heating it up at Zaphod’s and bringing the tasty treats for our ears while Mackenzie Rhythm Section  (if you don’t know them, you should) is having a listening party somewhere on Elgin St., like them on Facebook to find out where. If that’s not your bag of tricks, you can stop off at Maverick’s to see the biggest soul production to come out of Ottawa in a minute, Slim Moore and the Mar-Kay’s perform. But if soul music reminds you of your mom two-stepping in your carpeted living-room and you’d prefer something a little more contemporary, you should definitely catch the Electric Pow Wow by A Tribe Called Red at Babylon for a guaranteed good time. 

By the time Sunday rolls around, you should really be sleeping. But for all you young bucks, head over to Mod Night at Babylon to dance the night away! Until next time …