Q&A: Fred Penner

For nearly 45 years, Fred Penner has toured all over North America, has made countless appearances on kids TV shows, and has warmed the hearts of thousands of children and families. The Canadian singer-songwriter is a regular at CityFolk, and The Charlatan had the chance to catch up with him ahead of his two performances on Sept. 16 to talk about performing for kids and adults, his musical beginnings and “Fred Heads” (long-time loyal fans). The Charlatan (TC): What brings you back to CityFolk or Ottawa, in general? Fred Penner (FP): You know, it’s always the buyer. If they see me as being a fit in their particular event, then I’m happy to consider it and make sure that it […]

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Marvest allows local artists to shine

CityFolk may have been the reason swarms of people were found circulating the Glebe this past weekend, but Marvest was the reason they stayed past the closing act. Running Sept. 15-16, almost 20 venues along Bank Street participated in hosting the lineup of free shows, such as Pure Gelato, Irene’s Pub, and even Whole Foods. The roster was made up entirely of local acts, many of which were also youth. One example was Mia Kelly, an Ottawa high school student whose team of friends showed up at both of her shows with bright yellow shirts in support of her. Kelly said the best part of performing at local venues is being able to meet new people. “It’s great to have […]

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CityFolk delights crowds at Lansdowne

Another year of Ottawa’s CityFolk Festival wrapped up this weekend, marking the festival’s third year of being held at Lansdowne Park. Five music and art packed days drew massive crowds to the festival grounds despite the heat that was present for most of the weekend. This year CityFolk offered two stages, one less stage from the year previous. This created a smaller line-up but overall an easier festival to navigate. It also gave fans a better chance to catch all the performers they wanted to see this year.   The first night brought a rowdy crowd despite there being only one stage open for the first day of the festival. During the beginning of the night, the City Stage had […]

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CityFolk Day Five: Bahamas, Rodriguez, Scott Helman

CityFolk festival goers were once again blessed with beautiful weather, completing the rare feat of five straight rainless days. While the final day was not spiked with big name celebrities, the acts consistently delighted, and there seemed to be a harmonious relationship between the audience and performer. In a way, the lack of a famous headliner closing out the concert added to the charm of the day. Those in attendance appeared to be primarily returning guests, and had already been to a few shows. Being the fifth straight day of festivities, volunteers, boutique owners, and concert goers all seemed warm and familiar with one another, setting the stage for a beautiful closing party. While the beginning of the day saw […]

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CityFolk Day Four: Father John Misty lights up the night

The penultimate day of CityFolk was slated to be a good one. Concert goers were once again blessed with beautiful weather and music that continued well into the night. At the entrance of the venue, I was greeted with a magnificent farmer’s market. Local vendors sold everything from jewelry and T-shirts to jackets and records. In the far corner, Mill Street Brewery was offering virtual reality tours of their factory, and of course, selling craft beers. As the shows began, the vibe was tame, but the excitement of the crowd was obvious. The audience was composed of parents and their children, university students, locals and even elderly couples, all eager for a day of music. CityFolk is a fantastic display […]

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