The ripple of pleasure that swept by way of the VIP crowd at Thursday night time’s invitation-only opening of Queen St. Fare by no means did subside when the PepTides started their inaugural set on Ottawa’s latest stage.
Fuelled by complimentary craft beer and customized cocktails, a sharp-dressed contingent of Ottawa scenesters maintained a fever-pitched stage of dialog all through the band’s slick and well-rehearsed set. The funky blast of tunes critically clashed with the gang’s exuberant chatter, sending soundwaves ricocheting off the laborious surfaces that outline the area and turning all of it into sonic mush.
The decor is cool, industrial stylish, with polished concrete flooring, a wall of home windows, brick accent partitions and uncovered ceiling fixtures. It seems to be terrific however the food-hall-with-a-stage displayed an preliminary acoustic high quality almost as harsh because the cavernous Aberdeen Pavilion, the historic concrete-and-glass construction at Lansdowne Park that’s dreaded by native sound engineers.
In that case, one resolution was to melt the room with curtains. This room is certain to wish some changes after a number of extra reveals, particularly for acts which may entice a crowd wherever near capability. Virtually 400 folks can match within the room, making it probably one of many greatest nightclubs on the town.
After all, whether or not or not the brand new venue turns right into a vacation spot for stay music — or stays extra of a cafeteria for workplace staff — will rely upon the reserving. That job is a full-time gig that falls to Ottawa’s Jordan David, 31, identified for his latest tenure with the Ottawa Jazz Pageant’s communications crew.
Scott Might, who operates Bar Robo and is among the key folks within the new enterprise, mentioned David has a broad data of the native music scene, with numerous tastes that embody each DJs and bands.
In an interview, David mentioned he plans to function loads of native expertise and current as many free reveals as potential. Upcoming performances embody indie-rockers the Tackies on Saturday (no cowl) and Fiesta Cubana on Dec. 22 ($10). Piano man Jeff Rogers and DJ Matt Tamblyn will likely be two common weekly fixtures.
“I feel the most important factor for me is to get work for musicians and expose them to an even bigger viewers,” David mentioned. For touring acts, he hopes Ottawa’s Queen St. Fare will likely be another choice for acts travelling between Toronto and Montreal.
In response to Might, the plan is to begin reveals early, maybe as early as 7 p.m., and be open to regardless of the group desires.
“We’ll strive something a few times or thrice,” he mentioned, “and have enjoyable with it. We wish to dispel the notion that Ottawa is a boring, robotic metropolis.
“I’m considering that is like Bluesfest, however with higher loos and cheaper beer. And fewer mud.”