CityFolk wraps up second year at Lansdowne

Ottawa’s annual CityFolk Festival took over Lansdowne Park from Sept. 15 to 18. Throughout the four days of the festival, music poured from three stages across the grounds: the main City stage, the BMO stage, and the RavenLaw stage. The music felt constant, comforting and never-ending. Most attendees seemed genuinely satisfied to be seeing anyone and everyone that was playing. Michael Mariana, a first-year biology student at Carleton University, said CityFolk was a great addition to the frosh packages and gave him a better sense of the Ottawa community. “I thought CityFolk was an amazing experience and it brought our community together. X Ambassadors were a great closing act,” Mariano said. All the headliners, from James Bay and Bryson Tiller […]

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Marvest boosts local acts

Marvest, a free offshoot of the newly-rebranded CityFolk Festival, showcased over 40 local artists around various venues in the Glebe on Sept. 16 and 17 . Coming into its second year of existence, Marvest saw local musicians playing in non-traditional venues including, Whole Foods and Capital Barbershop, to crowds of music fans. The Reverb Syndicate, Average Times, and Telecomo were among many of the artists playing for Friday’s lineup. Meanwhile, How Far to Mexico, Lovegood, and Saint Clare took the spotlight on Saturday at The Clocktower Brew Pub. Part of Marvest’s appeal comes from its unique choice of venues, according to Joe Reilly, a CityFolk media representative. “We create venues in unusual locations where people don’t normally expect to find musical presentations,” Reilly said. “The […]

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CityFolk Day Four: Singing to the sun with X Ambassadors

Day four blessed attendees with hours of sunlight and lots of warm weather. The nice weather after a full day of storms had everyone smiling even wider than the day before. The day brought in back to back talent, starting off the afternoon with Montreal musician and model Charlotte Cardin on the City Stage at 2:30 p.m. Her voice was comparable to a softer Amy Winehouse, which often silenced the awed crowd. She played songs such as “Dirty Dirty” and “Just Like That,” finishing off her set with a French song called Faufile. Following Cardin, Midnight Shine stirred up the mood with their mix of modern and classic rock. The local northern Ontario group was welcomed by the crowd as their Attawapiskat […]

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CityFolk Day Four: Bringing down the house with Dean Brody

CityFolk’s last day kicked off much sunnier than the previous day, with people funnelling in to catch the festival’s final shows. The beautiful night was more than matched by the great music that was played all night long to close out the four day long fest. Much like the night before, Fred Penner played a super fun set at the BMO stage to a crowd composed of many of the same demographics as the day before. Fruition had people packed to the doors for their funky set, and Julien Baker followed to calm the scene with her soft and graceful sound. For being 17 years old, her talent is endless and I can’t wait to see what she does in […]

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CityFolk Day Three: The Fred Penner experience

CityFolk’s third day was a soggy one to say the least. With everything from light showers to absolute downpours, it was one heck of a wet night. Yet, despite the weather, people came in throngs to see the night’s performances. I might even go as far as saying this day might have had the most people in attendance, at least when it came to the indoor shows. Thanks to the rain and a raging cold that I have been fighting, I stayed inside for the majority of the night and switched back and forth between the BMO and the RavenLaw stages. I started the night off with a throwback to my childhood and decided to go watch Fred Penner perform. […]

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