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"!

Small halls 2016

Busy Week Coming Up

Hey folks.  We had a great time at the Copper Kettle wrapping things up after the awesome Devin Cuddy Band left the stage.  For the second year in a row we featured guest artist Roly Platt on harmonica and, as always, he was great.  In honor of the special occasion, we put together a little number called "Copper Kettle Shuffle" which the enthusiastic crowd enjoyed.  After that we had a last minute request to play at the final Market and Park It event in Stayner and had a great time!!

The next week is looking…Read more

Copper Kettle Festival and Clearview Small Halls

Hey everyone!!

The band is booked for return performances at the Creemore Copper Kettle Festival (Saturday. August 27) and at the Clearview Small Halls Festival where we will return to Nottawa Hall on Friday, September 30.  More info soon!!

Canada Day in Stayner

Hey folks!!!   We are fresh off a little break having played at a great event at Tony's Iron Skillet on June 24 and having had a great time doing it...........sorry that Ted and Geoff took over the dance floor!

We are looking forward to playing at Stayner on July 1 as part of the Canada Day festivities.  It's an all day event with great music and something for everyone in the family.  WE are playing at the Station Park bandstand from 4:00 to 6:00....right when the free food rolls out.

It's a community event…Read more
Rock the dock


Hey everyone.  After a spring break to help the accountants in the band take care of business, we are getting back to performing at the inaugural Rock the Dock Fundraiser June 3 at the Nottawa Community center.  This event is in support of the Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club and will feature food, silent auctions and dancing to a great band!  Ticket sales on this site are now completed but you can get in at the door for $30.

Hope to see you there!
Not ottawa cd release

Sound Bites Release Party was EPIC!!!

Thanks to all who attended our release party for the "Sound Bites" EP on April 18 at the Nottawa Hall.  The faithful who have attended most of our gigs over the years were unanimous that this was the best one yet.  This was likely due to the great energy in the hall and the awesome sound provided by Roger Robinson of CHS Productions.  We had the most detailed sound check ever the night before followed by a touch up the afternoon of the event and by all accounts, the sound was great.  On top of that, the…Read more
March 18 sold out

EP Release Party Coming Up!

Its a couple of days to the EP release gig for "Sound Bites" at the Nottawa Community Center.  Response has been great, the gig is sold out and the place will be packed with dancing friends.  If you didn't get tickets, try coming by after 10 to see if space has opened up.  You'll still be there for the last two sets  We look forward to seeing everyone!!

Northern Tracks on the Peak FM

Ian and Geoff had a short chat with host John Eaton on "Northern Tracks", a show that features the work of local artists.  We talked about the history and formation of the band and John then spun "Small Town Simple" for its world radio debut!  Here is a link to the show segment.....

Not Ottawa on the Peak FM

Sound bites

Sound Bites!! CDs are being pressed and we are on the radio!!

Well we have a CD and it has a name...."Sound Bites".  Funny how the name happened, we asked artist Ted Sivell to make us a cover and this is what he came up with....so the music and cover came first, and then the name!  We've been through studio recordings, production, post-production, graphic art design, cover licensing, mastering and re-mastering and finally our songs and album art are at the manufacturer's getting turned into real product!  We'll have CDs and maybe even some merchandise ready to go on…Read more

EP Release Party - 18 March 2016

Well we've finished recording our original songs and are getting into the mechanics of what it takes to put an EP together.  We're having so much fun with this that we've decided to celebrate the release of the EP with a show in our local venue, the Nottawa Community Center.  Everything is set for a great time on Friday, March 18 so reserve the time in your calendar and get your ticket right here in the "Shows" section.  Hope to see you there!.

Collingwood Battle of the Bands - 2016 Champs!!

Well we did it!!  After two years of being bridesmaids we brought our best energy to the stage and managed to capture the title of Champions - Adult Division, at the 2016 Collingwood Battle of the Bands on Friday, 15 January.  Those who were there witnessed as fine a demonstration of speaker top dancing and singing gyration as has ever been delivered by a certain singer/guitarist!

Congratulations to the other bounds, you were fantastic and thanks much to the organizers and to sound wizard Roger Robinson for…Read more

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Osler Bluff AHL Party

Osler Bluff Ski Club, Collingwood, Ontario

Not Ottawa is going to provide the party music for the season ending event for the crazy Adult House League ski racers. We may just feature a special guest on keys!! Members can get tickets from the club office.

St. Patrick's Day at the Dornoch

The Dornoch Tap and Grill, Highway 124, Nottawa, Ontario

This will be fun. We are returning once more to the cozy confines of our local to celebrate another great ski season and St. Patrick's Day all in one night. This one will fill up fast so reserve your table soon by calling the pub at 705-445-5050.