Looking for an apt night out in Ottawa to celebrate Friday the 13th? Then look no further than La Danse Macabre, a brand-new event hosted by Ottawa Goth.
La Danse Macabre darkens up the city Fridays at The Daily Grind Art Café, and DJ Alis Keller says revellers "can expect a night filled with all genres and sub-genres of dark music. From stompy industrial to metal to '80s post-punk to haunting ethereal. The night is going to be kept pretty open . . . and spooky!"
If you're apprehensive about dancing alongside darklings, Keller assures Ottawa goths are welcoming and inclusive.
"I have always found the goth community to be one of the most accepting out there," Keller says.
"Over and over I see new people coming out to events and shows for the first time and being pleasantly surprised with how friendly everyone is, even if they lack the typical black garb. La Danse Macabre is a no-dress-code, no-cover night. While we always encourage people to dress to the nines, it's cool if you show up in jeans and a white T-shirt."
As for the state of goth culture in our capital city, Keller thinks it is currently as vibrant as darkest shade of black can be.
"Death Disco [Saturdays at Swizzles] is doing very well, and Industrial Strength Tuesdays [Zaphod's] has been going strong for almost 20 years. Ottawa Goth organizes many all-ages get-togethers, like outings to museums, films, and they're even planning a goth beach party."
Keller reminds socially conscious black-clad queers that The Daily Grind offers a menu filled with organic, locally grown items to munch on while you mosh.
La Danse Macabre
Hosted by Ottawa Goth
Friday nights at The Daily Grind Art Café
601 Somerset St
Front 242, Headhunter