Category: Festivals

SXSW Picks – 3/16

SXSW Picks – 3/16

It’s Wednesday and the official showcases get harder to choose between one or the other from this day forward. There are more day shows to choose from as well. Today we have even more bands that cross a myriad of genres and locations. Today we will get right to it. If you need a few tips, check out our post […]

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SXSW Picks – 3/15

SXSW Picks – 3/15

It’s back! Another year of the massive music festival that is South By Southwest. South By for locals. Many locals do their best to avoid the craziness during SXSW, but of course being a music lover it is amazing to know that thousands of bands will be descending upon Austin for almost an entire week. It is always mind blowing […]

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The Unofficial Guide to the Side Showcases at SXSW

The Unofficial Guide to the Side Showcases at SXSW

Last year we said it would be great to list bands that are just coming to SXSW to play numerous parties or shows that are not listed on the SXSW schedule of showcasing artists. This year we are sharing our top bands whom you won’t find on the SXSW schedule or on the SXSW website. There are numerous lists out […]

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ACL Festival Recap – Day 3

ACL Festival Recap – Day 3

Here is our last ACL Festival Recap post. Sunday was the last day for the ACL Festival and the end of two pretty great weekends. Sunday was another great day of quality bands that all played before 5pm. There were also a couple of surprise stand out performances we were excited about. Sunday was probably the hottest day of the […]

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ACL Festival Recap – Day 2

ACL Festival Recap – Day 2

Saturday was amazingly sunny, but also really hot. As someone trekking back and forth all over the festival grounds and being pretty darn hot, one can only imagine what it is like to be up on stage. Today was a nice eclectic mix of bands and the one best option if it’s super hot and you are going to ACL […]

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ACL Festival Recap – Day 1

ACL Festival Recap – Day 1

The first day of ACL was amazing even though it was super humid and cloudy, it was a full day of awesome music. All professional looking photos taken in this post are courtesy of Gabe Guevara, there will be a few I took myself as we couldn’t be at two places at the same time. Probably out of all three […]

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ACL Festival Guide October 11

ACL Festival Guide October 11

Here is our ACL Festival Guide for October 11. We are on to the last day, besides it being unexceptionally hot out there yesterday, it was a great day at ACL and a great turn out as well. We have one more day and it’s another great line up as well. Here are a few suggestions for today, and again […]

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ACL Festival Guide – October 10

ACL Festival Guide – October 10

Here is our ACL Festival Guide for October 10. Yesterday was an awesome day, in terms of deciding who to see, it might have been the hardest day to decide which stage to go to. Many great sets were experienced, so check back for our post coverage next week. Again, most of the bands on this guide list were included […]

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ACL Festival Guide – Friday October 9

ACL Festival Guide – Friday October 9

We are super excited for the ACL Festival which starts today. If you are not sure where to park, don’t forget there is the metro rail and a shuttle that leaves from Republic Square. Today is packed with a great amount of bands for the first day. To catch some of the great up and coming bands – get there […]

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ACL Festival 2015 – Bands You Need To Know

ACL Festival 2015 – Bands You Need To Know

Festival band pick lists are never easy. This list could quickly include 50 bands as there are that many great bands that will be playing at ACL this weekend. Since we will be providing a daily schedule starting tomorrow, this post is just a quick highlight of some of the bands you are probably not familiar with that are worth […]

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Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015 – Day 1

Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015 – Day 1

Beau’s Oktoberfest is not strictly a music festival, it’s really an autumn festival celebrating great beer and food but their music line-up rivals many of the smaller festivals of the area so it has definitely earned it’s position in my list of music festivals. Plus I enjoy great beer and food too! Last year was my first time going to […]

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ACL Festival 2015 – Weekend One Only Picks

ACL Festival 2015 – Weekend One Only Picks

We will be covering the 2015 ACL Festival officially next weekend and will have a more extensive list of band picks and also daily bands to check out on each day of the festival. For Weekend One, we just wanted to highlight some of the less well known bands that will only be playing on weekend one. Personally, the best […]

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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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ACL Festival 2015 Preview: San Fermin

ACL Festival 2015 Preview: San Fermin

One of my favorite bands witnessed live at SXSW earlier this year was San Fermin and we were really impressed with their sophomore release Jackrabbit. Their live set definitely needs to be witnessed. We were able to catch up with them before they head back to Austin for the ACL Festival which is right around the corner. We also have […]

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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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