Category: CityFolk

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CityFolk 2016 in Photos

CityFolk, the 4 day music festival held in Ottawa, Ontario, was held Sep 15-18th. This marked the second year for the event since re-branding itself and moving to Lansdowne Park. The festival made solid use of three stages: The City Stage on the Great Lawn, the Ravenlaw stage inside the Horticulture Building and the BMO stage inside the Aberdeen Pavillion. A difficulty evident last […]

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CityFolk 2016 Preview

CityFolk 2016 Preview

The cooler evening breezes and earlier setting sun mark the arrival of CityFolk. Though previously housed at other venues, it returns to Ottawa’s Landsdowne Park for its sophomore year. The festival’s main City Stage is on the great lawn; however, there are two other side stages that offer a more intimate and indoor experience. These include both the Ravenlaw stage, […]

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CityFolk 2015 – Day 5

CityFolk 2015 – Day 5

From the beginning it was Day 5 I was most looking forward to. It began with the amazing Lucius who I discovered at Bluesfest a couple years ago and they were great once again. Following them, it was a personal favourite. In my opinion Lucinda Williams is one of the very best songwriters there is and her new album is […]

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CityFolk 2015 – Day 4

CityFolk 2015 – Day 4

  I started Day 4 with Evening Hymns. I first saw Evening Hymns open for Basia Bulat in 2013. I’ve been waiting for another opportunity to see them again so this was a perfect start of the day for me. They were also celebrating their new CD release so the crowd was treated to a sneak peak of some of […]

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CityFolk 2015 – Day 3

CityFolk 2015 – Day 3

I was a little torn on whether to go see Jenn Grant or Amy Helm. I am a big fan of Jenn Grant and because of that I have seen here many times, and usually as many times as she comes to Ottawa in a year. After hearing about some of the issues with getting into Ravenlaw for Wintersleep and […]

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Introducing CityFolk – Days 1 & 2

Introducing CityFolk – Days 1 & 2

The Ottawa Folk Festival moved to the city and re-branded itself CityFolk. As one should probably have expected, moving a festival of this size to a new venue would not be perfect in it’s first attempt. It’s taken Bluesfest many years of tweaking before they ironed out most of the kinks at at their location. There are only a couple […]

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CityFolk & Marvest from an Artist’s Point of View

CityFolk & Marvest from an Artist’s Point of View

I just played a set surrounded by olive oil vats and balsamic vinegars! While The Unrefined Olive provided the savoury flavours, local musicians brought the melodic magic. I was lucky enough to be one of 60 local musicians selected to perform at this year’s Marvest, a new music festival on the margin of CityFolk, showcasing local musicians at different venues in the Glebe. As a quaint little space […]

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CityFolk Day 5 Preview

CityFolk Day 5 Preview

It’s the final day of CityFolk and the last major festival within city limits (there’s still Neat in the Woods and Beau’s Okterfest to come). Wendy will also be heading to Austin City Limits. With the new site and location, there have been some complaints (but small and major), but overall the festival has gone well. Marvest, overall, has been […]

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CityFolk Day 4 Preview

CityFolk Day 4 Preview

In case this is your first visit to this site and/or you’re heading out to CityFolk for the first time, just a few friendly reminders: All performances at CityFolk, which take place on the Great Lawn, require a ticket or a festival pass. If you don’t have a ticket, you can purchase one at the gate. Alongside CityFolk is Marvest, […]

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CityFolk Day 3 Preview

CityFolk Day 3 Preview

Before we look at some of the artists performing at CityFolk today, just some things to remind you about the festival. All performances at CityFolk, which take place on the Great Lawn, require a ticket or a festival pass. If you don’t have a ticket, you can purchase one at the gate. Alongside CityFolk is Marvest, a celebration of the […]

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CityFolk Day 2 Preview

CityFolk Day 2 Preview

If you’re heading to CityFolk for the first time today, just a few quick reminders: All performances at CityFolk, which take place on the Great Lawn, require a ticket or a festival pass. If you don’t have a ticket, you can purchase one at the gate. Alongside CityFolk is Marvest, a celebration of the city’s music scene. Performances are being […]

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CityFolk Kicks Off Today

CityFolk Kicks Off Today

Today, the newly minted, five-day CityFolk Festival commences and there’s a lot to talk about on Day 1, although mostly some things to keep in mind should you be attending. Previously known as the Ottawa Folk Festival, there are several changes to the annual festival than just the name. For starters, and as most Ottawa residents know, the site has […]

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Photo by Lisa Macintosh

Q&A with Amy Helm: Stepping forward to centre stage

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Amy Helm. Perhaps better known as the daughter of musical icon Levon Helm, Amy Helm has become an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician in her own right, first as member of the country-alt collective Ollabelle and later working alongside her dad in The Band. But even with more than three decades of performances under her belt, it is only recently that Helm felt the […]

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James Leclaire to release new album ‘These Weights’

James Leclaire to release new album ‘These Weights’

    “These Weights” is James Leclaire’s fourth album in four years. “I have a busy mind,” he says. A storyteller at heart, Leclaire is constantly making up stories and turning them into distinct songs. His latest album consists of a collection of stories about the weights each of us carry on our journey through life. “In life we have so much on our backs, […]

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The National Rule Ottawa Folk Festival

The National Rule Ottawa Folk Festival

According to the official reports from Ottawa Folk Festival, the crowd for The National was one of the biggest of the festival.  The National’s albums have always been well received, often making year’s best of lists, but that doesn’t always translate to crowds. Over the years, especially since their breakthrough album Boxer, The National have established a strong following, and this […]

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NQ Arbuckle at Ottawa Folk Fest. Wait, where?

NQ Arbuckle at Ottawa Folk Fest. Wait, where?

NQ Arbuckle is a band I discovered when I won a CD from a radio station several years ago. The CD was XOK and I had never heard of the band, but loved the CD at first listen. I noticed that they played the Black Sheep Inn on a fairly regular basis and eventually I was able to sync up to […]

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Lorde Packs them in at Ottawa Folkfest

Lorde Packs them in at Ottawa Folkfest

On September 11th, the Ottawa Folk Festival hosted one of the hottest names in music right now, Lorde. This talented young artist from New Zealand is not even 18 years old, yet she has topped the pop charts in several countries and has a massively successful album. Popularity does not always equal quality but in the case of Lorde I think […]

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Ottawa Folkfest: Dear Rouge, It Was Nice Meeting You

Ottawa Folkfest: Dear Rouge, It Was Nice Meeting You

I am a concert addict. I have been averaging around 130 live performances a year once you factor in all the concerts and festivals I go to. Sometimes it surprises me how many bands I see for the first time each year but I am usually at least familiar with their music before seeing them. This year on Thursday night […]

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Ottawa Folk Festival kicks off

Ottawa Folk Festival kicks off

Last night kicked off the 20th Annual Ottawa Folk Festival, which acts as a sort of closing ceremony for the outdoor festival circuit in this area. It’s the last chance to see a great selection of musical talent in a short period of time. As has been typical lately, the festival opened with limited performances, not making use of all […]

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Ottawa Folkfest Announce Stellar Lineup

Ottawa Folkfest Announce Stellar Lineup

The Ottawa Folkfest this morning released the lineup to its 21st edition of the annual festival, and the lineup is fantastic. There’s something for everyone at the five-day festival, which runs from September 10-14 at Hog’s Back Park in the middle of Ottawa. The headliners – Lorde, The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, Foster the People, and The Gaslight Anthem – […]

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