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June 13-17 ottawaexplosion.com A festival of hardcore, punk, garage, and metal, Ottawa Explosion Weekend enlists dozens of bands from around the world to whip Ottawa into a frenzy. This mosh pit party takes over the newly renovated downtown Arts Court and several surrounding venues this year. “OXW features great bands from the international DIY, underground music community,” says Festival Director Emmanuel Sayer. “It’s a great place to discover bands that are doing great things locally and internationally!” Headliners this year include pop rockers Martha from Durham, U.K., Ottawa garage rock royalty, The White Wires, and that trio’s drummer Allie Hanlon, who will unleash her power-pop effervescence as frontwoman to the L.A.based surf-rock band Peach Kelli Pop (June 15). Tickets start at $10.
Peach Kelli Pop