JUNE 13 - 17 2018

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June 12, 2018

Brought to you in conjunction with MAVN & Ottawa Beat Come hang out, pick up or purchase your Ottawa Explosion…

More bands announced!

April 20, 2018

Hey! We’ve got even more Ottawa Explosion Weekend 2018!announcements for you today! The early bird passes *flew* and you can still…

More bands! Weekend passes on sale!

April 5, 2018

We are thrilled to announce a bunch more bands who will be performing at Ottawa Explosion Weekend 2018!! Joining the…


  • We are co-presenting this show with @ottawa.animationfestival as part of their NIGHT OWL after-party! Performances by XARAH DION (@__xarah__ ) and FREAK HEAT WAVES (@freakheatwaves) + Djs @jasnasty & Skid Vicious! SEPT 29 at @ottawaartgallery. Pick up your tickets now to save $5!
  • SATURDAY OCTOBER 6: RAT CAGE (Sheffield, UK), ULTRARAT (Montreal, QC) & TORPOR (Ottawa, ON) at the @dominiontavern
  • Thanks to everyone for all of their kind words about Ottawa Explosion Weekend. It is incredibly humbling to hear how much people were affected by OXW. THANKS! There will be some exciting things coming in its wake!

We have a great show for you this Saturday! 
Lonely Parade (LP release!), BBQT & Sad Baxter will be performing at Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar!

Lonely Parade & BBQT band have played OXW multiple times and were are excited to welcome them back to Ottawa for Lonely Parade's LP release on Buzz Records! We are happy to have BBQT's pals Sad Baxter from Nashville join in on the fun! 
We will have the last of the OXW merch available at this show if you'd like to pick up a souvenir!
  • After 8 years, we have decided that OXW 2018 will be the last edition of Ottawa Explosion Weekend. 
We are incredibly happy with everything we’ve been able to accomplish with this event. We’ve been able to have tons of amazing local bands play with a bunch of great bands from all over the world to an incredibly supportive audience.We are all busy with our work and projects and it came to time to focus on those and whatever else the future holds.

A warm and grateful thank you has to go out to all the volunteers, bar staff, artists, co-promoters and partners that have been integral to making this event happen year after year. Thanks to the Ottawa Explosion Kidzone for allowing kids and parents alike attend OXW. 
Thanks to all the venues who have hosted shows over the years! An extra huge thanks to Arts Court / Galerie SAW Gallery  for being so great to us. We cannot wait for the launch of the new and improved CLUB SAW which will be so amazing for our local music community! 
We have three events happening in the next month. Check them out!

Sat Sep 15: Lonely Parade (LP release!), BBQT & Sad Baxter! at Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar

Sat Sep 29 NightOwl featuring Xarah Dion & Freak Heat Waves as part of Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF)! Sat Oct 5 Rat Cage (UK), Ultrarat & Torpor at Dominion Tavern!

We encourage everyone reading this to get involved or continue to be involved in their local music community. Start a band, put on shows, document what’s going on, or just be there to support what’s happening in your city. 
Azarin, Luke & Emmanuel / Team OXW /// 📷: @davidforcier #oxw #oxw2011 #oxw2012 #oxw2013 #oxw2014 #oxw2015 #oxw2016 #oxw2017 #oxw2018
  • A killer set by @teeveefreaks at @dominiontavern on July 28, 2018!
  • Wow! @teeveefreaks at @dominiontavern
Stay informed about upcoming announcements & more!