A tour of Ottawa meetups: Live Music Metropolis (Ottawa) and Ottawa Metal Music

Candice So is a freelance reporter who loves to read, write and meet people who are doing amazing things. This summer, she went out west to Edmonton, went further west to Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Macau, and is now back in Ottawa, the city where she was born and bred. On her off time she likes to pretend to cook, to walk her dog and to go for a run, albeit really slowly. 

In the second post of a series, Candice rounds-up of some off-beat, yet fun, meetups in our city.

Today? Live Music Metropolis (Ottawa) and Ottawa Metal Music.

If you’re raring to check out shows in Ottawa, Live Music Metropolis might be a good place to start looking for great live acts and new friends who will see them with you.

Ala’ Qadi moved to Ottawa about three years ago, and he says he turned to Live Music Metropolis as a way of meeting new people and indulging his love of live concerts.

He soon met up with one of the group’s organizers, Mark Da Silva, and the two started exchanging emails and seeing shows together. They later formed Ottawa Metal Music, an offshoot of its larger, more diverse parent Meetup, and decided to gear the new group specifically towards heavy metal devotees.

“I’m a metal fan and Mark is a metal fan, and we were just starting to feel there was more heavy metal and rock out there,” Qadi says. “In the Ottawa and Gatineau area, there are more (metal fans) than you’d think … But many of them just don’t have much motivation to go to smaller shows.”

Both Live Music Metropolis (Ottawa) and Ottawa Metal Music have listings for several shows, often months in advance. Members of the groups can RSVP to a show and then arrange to find other members ahead of time. Meetups often occur just before a show within the venue, if it’s small enough, or afterwards, when members go out for drinks together.

Ottawa Metal Music

Ottawa Metal Music’s next meetup is tonight at Mavericks on Rideau Street. Live Music Metropolis is also meeting tonight at Pressed.

And on the other side of things, smaller bands from outside Ottawa will often contact the organizers of Live Music Metropolis to see where they can get gigs, if they don’t have their own promoters. It’s a way of networking, Qadi says, adding that Live Music Metropolis (Ottawa) even has a partnership with a Live Music Metropolis in Nashville, Tennessee.

“It’s growing to be a community now,” Qadi says. “It’s less of a Meetup now and more of a platform to suggest shows.”

The next show on the Live Music Metropolis (Ottawa) calendar is on March 19, with one show featuring bands Dear Rouge and Farewell Davidson at Pressed on Gladstone Avenue. Ottawa Metal Music’s next Meetup is also slated for March 19, featuring Swedish band SOILWORK at Mavericks on Rideau Street.

Do you have a meetup we should check out? Comment below.