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NYE in Ottawa – Metro’s picks to ring in 2017

Here’s our pick of the New Year’s Eve parties, with a little something for everyone.

We've got you covered for all your New Year's Eve party needs.

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We've got you covered for all your New Year's Eve party needs.

It’s that time of year again, when we ponder the past 12 months and dwell on our mistakes, cry over could-have-beens and make resolutions most of us can’t keep.

Yes, New Year’s Eve is fast approaching – but before you get ahead of yourself, there’s still one day left to be your own self.

Here’s our pick of the New Year’s Eve parties, with a little something for everyone.

Monday I Retire, Blast From The Sun & Harea Band
Black Sheep Inn
9 p.m.
$10 - $20

Three of Ottawa’s hottest up-and-coming bands are throwing one hell of a bash at one of the region’s most fabled music venues, the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield. Monday I Retire has been a force on the scene since dropping their new self-title EP earlier this summer. Singer Mackenzie Di Millo’s smoky croon will have you bouncing over the band’s groovy signatures all night. Toss in some soulful indie rock with Harea Band and bluesy trio Blast from the Sun and you’re going to need hangover pills. It’s about to get loud in Wakefield.

Beat the Clock: A NYE Event
Babylon Nightclub
9 p.m.

Ever wanted to smoothly swoon to Rod Stewart’s Tonight’s the Night and then get nasty to Drake’s 0 to 100 real quick? Hop into DJ Devin Atherton’s DeLorean and travel through time at Babylon, where the local selector and his co-DJ Jervy Jerv will be rinsing folks with an era an hour, all night. Starting with the 70s at 9 p.m. these selectors will school you on the good, the bad and the ugly – everything from Chic’s Le Freak to Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On. Every hour, the DJs will move up an era. That means you get a full hour of cheesy, bad 80s music at 10 p.m. Things will get Vanilla Icey around 11 when tunes from the 90s take over. If TLC’s Waterfalls was your jam, better show up before the clock hits midnight. The DJs will take you through the 2000s and into 2016 by 2 a.m. Bring your watch.

OCR Academy Warehouse
8 p.m.

Billed as “Ottawa’s biggest New Year’s Eve party,” Genesis expects over 1,000 hungry EDM fans to invade the OCR Academy warehouse for an all-night dance party that won’t stop dropping beats. Seven of the city’s top DJs, including MAC, Paulo Cardosso, Luc DaDrifter, Space Cadets, Rick Laplante and headliners Return of the Jaded will run the gamut of genres from Top 40 and mashups to deep techno, house and tech house. The party will boast a balloon drop at midnight, laser light shows, free champagne toast and a whole lot of dancing. Dress to impress at this party.

Kitchen Party – NYE edn – 2017 Is Going To Be OK
Bar Robo
10 p.m.

If you’re looking for something a bit more low key and underground, then Bar Robo is your place to be on New Year’s Eve. Join DJs Hobo and Sweet Cheeks as they whip you into a funky frenzy of soul, disco, hip hop and house, while making stops at everything in between. Hobo and Sweet Cheeks are the two catalysts behind KITCHEN PARTY, one of Ottawa’s coolest underground dance parties that have been a staple in the scene since 2011. These guys know how to throw a party, but they won’t do much talking, it’s all about the music. Cheap drinks and champagne and snacks at midnight.

New Year’s Eve w/ The Tony D Band
Rainbow Bistro
8:30 p.m.

What better way to regret the year you just had than with one of Ottawa’s best bluesmen? The Rainbow Bistro has a spot at the bar for you to pull up a stool and drown your sorrows away. Join the Tony D Band, one third of Ottawa’s MonkeyJunk, as he rings in 2017 one blues scale at a time. The Rainbow Bistro is your spot to hear real blues, by real, local musicians. Those who don’t make it will be singing the blues for all of 2017.

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