Sunday, 31 March 2019

May 12: A Mother’s Day Matinee with The Lynnes.

This house concert thing is kinda fun. We had such a good time hosting Jory Nash on March 23 we’re gonna do it again, and this time with a giant treat for anyone who is, or has, a mother: The Lynnes.

Lynne Hanson and Lynn Miles are The LYNNeS, two titanic songwriting and singing talents combining forces to bring multiple instruments, tight harmonies, and gritty and truthful lyrics to any stage they play on.

And in between songs, the two play off each other. Anyone who’s seen Lynn Miles here at BobCat knows just how funny she is; Lynne Hanson is a worthy partner with her own wit and sensibility.

The New York Times says “Lynn Miles makes being forlorn feel like a state of grace.” Penguin Eggs says Lynne Hanson “seems headed for that record territory inhabited by seasoned songwriters such as Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mary Gauthier and Lucinda Williams.”

Their first album as a team, Heartbreak Song for the Radio, led to two Canadian Folk Music Awards for English Songwriter of the Year and Ensemble of the Year.

After our Mother’s Day matinee show with The Lynnes, you’ll simply say: “Thank you for the music.”

WHAT: The Lynnes in concert at BobCat
WHERE: 214 Northwestern Avenue, Ottawa
WHEN: Sunday, May 12, Music at 2 pm; arrive any time after 1 pm.

The suggested donation for this show is $30. Reserve your seat by emailing us and (ideally) sending us money by Interac e-transfer or PayPal to:

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

We’re back! Jory Nash March 23

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Work demands made it impossible for us to host for the last 18 months or so, but we are now able to open up the stage once again and bring you the best roots music we can find in Canada and beyond.

And to that end ... our first concert since the reboot is coming up in MARCH! Exciting.

We wanted to bring someone who we knew would do a stellar show, and who also has new music to share since we were last doing concerts. The first to come to mind: Jory Nash.

Jory has performed here before, and he’s a BobCat favorite (both in terms of the hosts and the audience.) His finely crafted songs (most recently on his album Wilderness Years), his skill as a musician and singer, and his winning personality all make an evening listening to Jory an evening well spent indeed. So join us, won’t you?

  • WHO: Jory Nash in concert at BobCat 
  • WHERE: 214 Northwestern Avenue, Ottawa WHEN: March 23, 2019; arrive after 7, music at 8 sharp 
  • WHAT (to bring): a snack to share; a donation to the Ottawa Food Bank; and some cash to purchase some merch-es. Suggested donation is $20; all the cash goes to the artist. We like it in advance, dropped off or sent electronically via PayPal or Interac transfer to 
 We hope to see you on the 23rd and once again celebrate the joy of live music in cozy surroundings.

Monday, 10 July 2017

A slight pause, whilst we adjust our accoutrements.

Hi BobCatters:

A note from us to say that sadly, we're going to be putting our shows on hiatus for the next while. New work commitments in the household are going to make doing shows on Fridays or Saturdays impossible, and so we are going to have to hit "pause" for now.

Don't forget about us, though: we'll be back as soon as we can.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Mélanie Brulée and Anique Granger February 25

Anique Granger and Mélanie Brulée (photos: Jen Squires)
Hello, lovely music lovers, and welcome to 2017.

Our first concert of 2017 is going to be a wonderful one for a number of reasons. First, it marks the 10th birthday of BobCat House Concerts. We welcomed Suzie Vinnick and Tony D into our home in February 2007, and we were hooked on bringing music to eager ears. Since then, we've done dozens of shows, encouraged a few other people to begin doing house concerts of their own, and luxuriated in wonderful music and camaraderie.

Second, if you were at that show in February 2007, you may remember it was kind of a birthday gift for the Cat half of BobCat. It's her birthday month again, and if you play your cards right there might be cake this time!

But you're probably not coming for cake -- you're coming for music. And we have two announcements to make.

First, Anique Granger and Mélanie Brulée on February 25. These two performers share a depth of insight that comes through in their own songs and the songs they write together, but bring distinctly different voices to the mix. Saskatchewan-born Anique Granger is the more straightforward singer-songwriter, with a touch of the chansonnier tradition of francophone music, while Cornwall-born Mélanie Brulée is equal portions cabaret, indie-rock, and singer-songwriter, bringing a theatricality to her performance that is reinforced by solid musicianship and writing.

Join us for an evening of songs that will touch your heart or provide un vrai coup de coeur.

WHO: Mélanie Brulée and Anique Granger
WHEN: February 25, music at 8
WHERE: 214 Northwestern Avenue, Ottawa
SUGGESTIONS: Suggested donation $20 (cash or e-transfer in advance to is appreciated); BYOB, soft drinks always available; a snacky treat is always wonderfully appreciated, as are donations to the Parkdale Food Centre

Special bonus sneak preview: March 23 we are thrilled to welcome a return engagement by one of our  -- and Canada's -- favourite groups. We don't normally do weeknight shows, but when the Good Lovelies make an offer, we can't refuse.  This will be an exclusive, private show with this Juno Award-winning trio (and February 2009 BobCatters). A full announcement will come soon. This WILL sell out, so book your seat now.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Fall begins with Norma MacDonald

Feels like WAY too long since we've had a crowd of people here to make an evening magic. So let's DO THIS.

It seems unbelievable that we haven't had a Cape Bretoner play a show at our house, since we're both from there. But we're remedying that BIG mistake with gusto October 15.

Norma MacDonald first crossed our path WAYYYYY back in the mists of time, when we were just starting out as adults and we'd see a band called Highland Heights in Halifax. The band broke up, but Norma has kept on with music and become a solo singer-songwriter.

Her voice is something unique. There's a bell-like quality to it, not brassy, but a timbre that brings clarity to whatever she sings. And her songs are wonderful examples of modern roots music. Her new album Burn the tapes was described by Exclaim! magazine as living in "the space between restlessness and peacefulness."

Join us to hear her music live, direct, and unfiltered.

WHAT: Norma MacDonald in concert
WHEN: Saturday, October 15, mingling at 7:00 and music at 8:00
WHERE: The Cape Breton Embassy, 214 Northwestern Avenue, Ottawa

As always, we accept donations to the Parkdale Food Centre. You can also bring along a snack to share and something alcoholic to drink, if you like. Soft drinks are always available.

Suggested donation: $20. You can drop off cash or cheques at the house, or send it to us via PayPal or Interac e-transfer to

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Donefors postponed

Sadly, we don't have the numbers to justify doing the Donefors show this Saturday. We'll bring them another time.

Friday, 6 May 2016

May 28: Hamilton's The Donefors come to play

The next BobCat show is going to find a houseful of creative and quirky musicians making songs that engage heart and head with equal power.

The Donefors are celebrating 10 years as a band, but each of them has worked on solo and other group projects for longer than that. Probably best known of those projects is the great and lamented group Mr. Something Something.

In that time, they've made three CDs: "How to have sex with Canadians", "Award Winning Album", and "Lush Life Below the Poverty Line." Each of the records brings quirky intelligence and excellent musicianship to the studio, and that's what each band member brings to the stage as well.

Janine Stoll and Paul MacDougall played here together several years ago as part of our Babes for Breasts house concert; Janine also came to play a split-bill show with Emma-Lee. Her precise alto and rhythm guitar provide a bed for Paul's wide-ranging guitar excursions. Meanwhile, Liam Smith and Brian Lahaie provide bass and drums. Songs come from Janine, Paul, and Liam.

You can hear elements of Afrobeat, jazz, fusion, and almost everything in the eclectic mix that the four core Donefors bring to the band. And you might even hear something about Janine's project with Melissa McLelland and Lisa Winn, the Ladybird Animal Sanctuary. Ladybird is an animal rescue operation that's rescued hundreds of animals and placed them with forever families.

If you need a dose of witty and catchy songs in your ears -- you need to be here May 28. You'll be done for.

Opening for the band will be Nick Leiper!

WHO: The Donefors at BobCat
WHEN: May 28, 2016, 7:00 mingling, 8:00 music
WHERE: BobCat's Poverty Line Lushcafé, 214 Northwestern Avenue
WHAT: $20 suggested donation, all proceeds to artists.

If you like, you are encouraged to bring:
  • any alcohol you'd like to consume or share with others
  • a snackable treat 
  • a donation to the Parkdale Food Cupboard. 
You can reserve your seat by dropping your donation off in person or using Paypal or Interac e-transfers. Don't miss out!