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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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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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 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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