If you grew up in Ottawa listening to rock, metal, or ska you’ve undoubtedly spent a sweaty, bruise-inducing night at Mavericks. A ticket to a Mavs show is never expensive and with guests that have included Bam Margera, Frankie Muniz, and Tom Green it’s worth checking out.
Just off of Bank Street there is a semi-hidden, multi-floored Narnia that houses the dream finds of many record collectors. The Turning Point is packed with CDs and records, mostly used.
Ritual is one of the best spots for fans of hip hop and indie rock. It’s a two-floored multipurpose venue, but the main draw are the live shows and DJ spot lights. Plus, when Questlove comes to Ottawa he spins at Ritual. If that doesn’t give a venue clout, nothing does.