CityFolk Day Three: Dancing in the rain with Vance Joy

Day three was met with rapid showers, but the crowd was surprisingly as enthusiastic and supportive as ever. Although the rain fell relentlessly during every set, music lovers flocked toward the City Stage outside, armed with umbrellas, ponchos, and rain coats. The featured acts for the day included The Abrams, Dan Mangan, The New Pornographers, Basia Bulat, and Vance Joy. Canadian artist Dan Mangan took the City Stage promptly at 4:30 p.m., opening up with songs from his albums Nice, Nice, Very Nice and Club Meds. Mangan’s lyrics were poetic to say the least, which is completely expected as he is both a musician and writer. It became a really intimate affair even on the large stage, because the crowd […]

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CityFolk Day Two: Moshing, Joey Bada$$, and Scottish dancing

Day two of CityFolk brought in a whole new set of talents, crowds, and discovery. The featured artists on Saturday were big names in rap and R&B, showcasing Kweku Collins, Joey Bada$$, and Bryson Tiller. The first Main Stage act of the night was Collins at 6:00 p.m. He played songs from his most recent album, Nat Love, that was released this year. He did a thorough job of hyping up the crowd and sung everyone happy birthday, wishing them a great day. His music was a mix of soft vocals and rap ballads that melded together wonderfully. During the next performance by Joey Bada$$, Collins came out to enjoy the show with the other attendees. He was very nice […]

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CityFolk Day Two: John Jacob Magistery and chill

CityFolk kept rolling on day two as the festival kicked off its rap and R&B day. Kweku Collins started in on the City Stage before Joey Bada$$ warmed up the crowed for Bryson Tiller, who would be the final act the main stage saw that night. But if none of those guys were really your style, both the BMO and the RavenLaw stages had some great artists who leaned more towards the festival’s named genre—indie-folk. Montreal natives John Jacob Magistery opened up the RavenLaw stage last night to a small but attentive and warm crowd. Lead singer Johnny Griffin started the show off with a few acoustic songs before the rest of the band joined him onstage to play a […]

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CityFolk Day One: Cool tunes and cramped spaces

Last night, Ottawa kicked off its 22nd annual CityFolk Festival at Lansdowne Park. With performers like The Dropkick Murphys, The Acorn, and James Bay, the night looked just as promising as the golden sunset. As I entered the venue I was excited to see the layout of the festival, but apart from the main “City Stage,” the rest of the festival’s set-up left something to be desired. Both the BMO and RavenLaw stages are placed inside buildings, which highly limits the amount of fans that have the opportunity to attend the sets or see certain bands. Sadly, there were a number of Lost Cousins fans who had no choice but to sit outside the venue space and listen to a […]

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CityFolk Day One: Food, fashion, and Future States

Sept. 15 kicked off the much-anticipated CityFolk Festival, starting off the night with Dropkick Murphys at 6:15 p.m. Crowds began filing in ready for more. There was a really refreshing diversity in the age range of attendees that came out the first night, from screaming youth praising James Bay, to older adults dancing along to the music of Skinny Lister. The first noticeable difference from last year’s festival was the event ground layout, which holds both positives and negatives. The main entrance this year is through the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne. This is a limitation because during mass exit, everyone must file through the building before leaving. In addition, last year Marvest, a free companion to City Folk featuring all […]

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