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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CityFolk Day Three: Amanda Marshall lets it rain

The day’s heat was just beginning to break by the time I settled in on the grass of Lansdowne Park, carrying a fresh, mustard-covered soft pretzel and my water bottle. People of all ages and walks of life filtered in and out of the City Stage area where I was stationed to cover the three shows of the night: Son Little, Broken Social Scene, and the headliner, Amanda Marshall. As I waited for Son Little to kick off the first set of the night to begin, I simply sat and listened to the jazz and blues music filtering out from the stage’s speaker system. It was a perfect night for a music festival and a perfect wrap up to the […]

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Commentary: nine things to look out for at this year’s CityFolk

CityFolk is back this year, taking place from Sept. 13-17 at Lansdowne Park. While there are many things to check out at this year’s festival, here are the top 10 things to see and do. 1) With a range of styles from Post Malone to Ruth B, there’s a sound for everyone. Canadian artists like Rose Cousins, as well as international artists like Tank and the Bangas, will appear at CityFolk. It’s a great place to listen to what you like as well as well as to get exposed to a new kind of sound. 2) Amanda Marshall—who hasn’t released any new material since 2001—will appear at the festival. She’s worked with big names like Elton John, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and […]

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Capital Hoops Classic celebrates 10 years

When the Carleton Ravens and University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees hit the court on Feb. 3 as part of the Capital Hoops Classic, it will mark ten years since the inaugural event. The first Capital Hoops was held on Jan. 23, 2007, when U of O guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe hit a game-winning buzzer beater to win it for the Gee-Gees by a score of 64-62 in front of 9,750 fans at the Canadian Tire Centre (CTC), then known as Scotiabank Place. Only a men’s basketball game was played as part of the first Capital Hoops Classic, though the women’s basketball game was added to the event the following year. Since the inaugural event, the rivalry has been considered […]

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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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