Welcome to the website of the Not Ottawa band!  If you like Classic Rock, Blues, R&B and having loads of fun, then you are in the right place.  We are based in the Southern Georgian Bay area of Ontario, Canada in the beautiful small town of Nottawa and are ready to play for you at many great venues in the area.  We specialize in a danceable mix of music, done our way.  We do tunes ranging from Muddy Waters and the Allman Brothers to the Tragically Hip with some Van Morrison and the Beatles making an appearance along the way.  Mixed in are some of our own compositions.  Come to an event soon and rock to the "Notown Sound"!

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Fun at the factory and up coming gigs......

The band had a great return to a sold out Potato Factory in mid January.  As per usual the place was packed and the dance floor was hoppin.  We managed to squeeze all six of us in to the tiny stages and Ted (Harp) and Dave ( Sax) ripped out some awesome solos to wow the crowd.  On the heels of that night, we have a number of shows coming up in February and March including our first visit to the Harbour Street Fish Bar on Friday, February 9.  Check out the events section for more details.

It's Winter (again!)

Wow, well here it is winter....and it looks like a white Christmas is on the way.  A welcome development for our friend's at Blue Mountain and in the tourist biz.  

The band has had a really busy fall with a number of sold out and successful gigs starting with the Grand Opening of the Potato Factory Bar and Grill.  It seems that it is rare in for a bar on Hurontario Street in Collingwood to have a band playing rock and roll because all kinds of people were coming in off the street to find out what was…

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A Fun Summer And Some Fall Pub Gigs

Its been a great summer, well...except for all the rain.  We've had some neat private party gigs but quite a few folks have been asking me when they can see us in a bar or other such venue.  Well it so happens that we have two fun engagements coming up, September 8 at the Potato Factory Grill in Collingwood  and a reprise of our fun "Close of Ski Season Event" that happened in April at the Dornoch Tap and Grill in Nottawa.  Those who were at the April event can tell you that we packed the cozy space and a…

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Stayner Market and Parkit - June 22

Hey folks we're playing at the regular Thursday Market and Parkit in Stayner this week (June 22).  We've blended in some new acoustic stuff into the first set along with some Blues and will be focusing on Blues and R&B in the second.  We start at 7 and play through until 9.  Hope to see you at the bandshell!!  Cheers.

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Dinner and Dancing at the Dornoch Tap and Grill

As you may have guessed, Not Ottawa is based in the town of Nottawa.  Also in Nottawa is our favourite pub, the Dornoch Tap and Grill, home of great beer, food and music.  We will be celebrating this marriage made in heaven by playing the Dornoch from 7 to 10 on Saturday, April 8.  It is an intimate setting but in the greatest Not Ottawa tradition, there will be dancing....right next to the band.  Come for dinner and stay for the show!!  There is no cover.  You can make reservations at 705-445-5050.

Late Winter Doldrums!

Well its been a while since we updated the page!  We had an awesome sold out New Year's eve gig at Osler Bluff where we actually played 1 1/2 hours straight from 11:30 to 1:00.  I don't know if this only happens to me but I always get hand cramps when I try to play the guitar for that long without stopping......so the boys have to do without me for 10 or 15 seconds while I stretch things out!  

The band got to experience the new clubhouse at Alpine last week when we played for the Ontario Medical…Read more
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Great party for Kylie

Well we had a great time at the Fundraiser for Freeride Skier Kylie Sivell.  Pack 180 wacky people in a small space with great sound, many kegs of Creemore and all kinds of auction prizes and how can you not have fun.  In fact so much fun was had that we raised $15,000 for Kylie's World Tour.  The dance floor was packed, Dave's son Paul sat in on piano and a great time was had by all.

The Christmas season is well on us as we had the Clearview Party last week....as always a great party, and another party at…Read more
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Fundraiser for Kylie Sivell

Our friend and world class Freeride skier Kylie Sivell is going on the World Freeride Tour.  Her team has organized a fund raiser for 12 November at the Lora Bay Golf Club and Not Ottawa is providing the music.  This crowd loves to rip it up so come on out and have a great time for a good cause!!!!!  Tickets available here.  See the event details on this webpage
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Small Halls.....what a blast!!!!!

What a great time we had at the Small Hall's Rib Tickler event at Nottawa Hall on September 30.  By the time the comedians finished, everyone had been sitting (and drinking) for quite a while and was ready to dance.  We started up tempo with Brown Sugar and the dance floor was immediately full...and I might add it was pretty full with many enthusiastic younger ladies reflecting the new generation that is attending these events.  They wouldn't let us play any slower songs so we ad libbed our way through the…Read more

Isn't You Tube Great!!

We remember the days when if you wanted to learn how to cover a song or a solo, you had to listen over and over to it until you figured out, or maybe find a guru with talent to show you how.  These days, type the info about a solo into google and there will be two or three instructional examples on You Tube to help you figure it out.  Then all you have to do is practice!!

P.S.  Details for four new events are now up on the "Shows" tab.

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Previous events

Fund Raiser for Andrew Bronee

New Lowell Legion, 5357 County Road 9, New Lowell

Andrew Bronee is a young man who has tragically become paralyzed due to complications from an accident earlier this year. The local community are hosting a fundraising event to help his family raise the funds to support his transition back in to the community and provide accessible housing and transportation. They are planning a big party in support of Andrew and we are going to rock the joint. Please come and do your part!

End of Season Party at Lora Bay

Lora Bay Golf Club, Highway 26, Thornbury

Lora Bay are holding a party to celebrate the end of the golf season. We will be providing the entertainment starting with a low key set at the end of dinner and moving on to rockin dance music after that. Come for dinner at 6:30 or just for the dance at 8:00. Further info and pricing on the attached poster. You can get tickets at 519-599-7500.


End of Golf Season Party!!

Dornoch Tap and Grill, Highway 124, Nottawa

Those who were at our end of ski season party in April enjoyed a memorable occasion as they danced all over the place. We are hoping for the same vibe as we help Steve and Lesley close out the golf season. Call the restaurant for reservations at 705-445-5050.

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Potato Factory Grill, 65 Hurontario Street, Collingwood

The Potato Factory Grill is Collingwood's newest resto combining great food and craft beer. We'll be helping Sean and Lonnie kick off their new menu with some music and dancing fun. Call the restaurant for reservations at 705-443-8483. See you there!!


Not Ottawa - Private Party


Well......one of the boys in the band has a son who is getting married and we will be entertaining the guests in a renovated barn supported by Soundman extraordinaire Roger Robinson. We can hardly wait!!


Not Ottawa at Market and Parkit

Stayner Downtown , Highway 26, Stayner

We are returning for 2017 at this popular summer event which happens every Thursday night, June through August. Come and see us at the bandshell! Free admission.

Not Ottawa - New Year's Eve at Osler Bluff

Osler Bluff Ski Club, Orchard Lodge, Collingwood

We are absolutely delighted to be invited back (for the third year in a row) to join our friends at Osler Bluff to usher in the New Year in the cozy Orchard Lodge. Always a great night. This one is for Members only, who can get their tickets by phoning the Club office. Tickets go on sale at 9:00 a.m. November 23. Better be on your game....this sold out in 20 minutes last year!


Not Ottawa - Private Party at Heartwood Hall

Heartwood Hall, Owen Sound

Looking forward to rockin in the Christmas spirit with our friends from the Owen Sound Hospital!!

Kylie Sivell's 2017 Freeride World Tour Launch

Lora Bay Golf Club, 107 E Ridge Dr, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0, Thornbury

NO MORE TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE WEB SITE You may have heard the amazing news that Thornbury’s own Kylie Sivell scored top points in the Freeride World Tour Qualifiers 2016 to earn a berth on the 2017 Freeride World Tour. Kylie will represent Canada on some of the gnarliest mountains anywhere including Japan, Europe and North America. To do this she needs our help.

Come out and celebrate the launch of Kylie Sivell’s 2017 Freeride World Tour Sat. November 12th 7.30pm @ Lora Bay


Featuring music by: Not Ottawa and a Silent Auction Fundraiser

Tickets are $30 and you can buy yours right here by clicking on the button below.

UPDATE!! If you can't come to the event but would like to contribute something meaningful to Kylie's cause, check out the STORE section of this web site for some options as to how you can help!!

To donate or suggest Silent Auction items, please contact Jane Curtis curtis.jane@gmail.com Sponsorship and media opportunities, please contact Yvonne Weltch: yvonneweltch@gmail.com

KySki: http://www.kyliesivell.com/ KySki Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kyski/

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Not Ottawa - Clearview Small Halls Festival

Nottawa Hall, Highway 124, Nottawa, Ontario

A return engagement to the Small Halls Rib Tickler where Not Ottawa takes the stage to close a night of Yuk Yuks comedy mixed with an awesome Rib Dinner!! Dinner starts at 5:30 and entertainment at 7:15. Plus......you can get in for free after 10:00 to dance to the band!

Ticket info at http://www.smallhallsfestival.ca/nottawa-events.html#nottawa_friday