Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Ball and Chain at the Elmdale

Just in case you hadn't heard, Michael and Jody have a monthly gig at the Elmdale, first Saturday of every month. I took a lot of photos last month. Here are reasons you might enjoy going:

  • Ball and Chain and the Wreckers play fun old country and cajun and they are getting better all the time.
  • The sound quality is excellent. When Jody or Michael sing, you can understand the words even if you don't know them all already. (I suppose if you're really bad at French you might not understand those words, but "Aye yi yi" is pretty easy to translate.)
  • Plenty of room for dancing.
  • It's relaxed at the Elmdale. You don't have to worry if you are wearing the right clothes or are the right age or have the right job.
  • Quarts
Ball and Chain at the Elmdale Sat, February 2, 8:30pm – Sun, February 3, 12:00am Where: 1084 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON (the Elmdale House) (map)


bob said...

I always assumed elmdale was a biker bar - am i wrong? Is it perfectly safe to wander in there? Whats the food like?

Anonymous said...

It's a great bar!

David Scrimshaw said...

hey Bob, if Pandora's endorsement is not enough for you...

I didn't see any motorbikes or bicycles outside the night I was there. If there were any bikers there, they were the friendly kind.

There were some rough looking fellows, but they were the type that when you start talking to them you find out they're chemistry profs or software engineers.

Unknown said...

Interesting, when I was last in Ottawa (Sept 07) I walked past with Mauro and we were trying to figure out if it was still active as a bar. It looked abandoned and closed at night, but apparently there had been some signs of life during the day - an unusual combination for a bar.