As the end of summer nears, Ottawa music fans have one more mega-music event to see the season out, namely the annual CityFolk Music Festival. For the 2017 edition, the festival spans 5 days (Sep 13-17) featuring music from several decades and artists from few genres.

As The Revue has done in previous years, we will offer suggestions as to which stages to stake out to keep your ears entertained (avoiding the headliners as much as possible).

Though the previews will highlight smaller segments of the festival, the full schedule can be found here. Various passes and tickets are still available:

As a hint, be sure to follow Ottawa Bluesfest on social media as they tend to have contests during the day and will keep you informed of any schedule changes.
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Wednesday, Sep 13th Picks

Ruth B – 6:15, City Stage

When the festival is only running one stage, it seems a little unnecessary to provide picks. That said, consider this some gentle persuasion to get into the festival grounds early as you do not want to miss the first artist, Ruth B. Her debut song “Lost Boy” went multi-platinum in several countries, so come out early to hear why.

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Thursday, Sep 14th Picks

The Suitcase Junket – 10:15, Ravenlaw Stage

Sure Thursday is not “technically” the weekend, but put thoughts of work or class in the morning out of mind and stay a little longer when the main stage fades. Head over to the Ravenlaw Stage to catch The Suitcase Junket. This one-man band, that man being Matt Lorenz, will amaze you with his extraordinary talents. Insider tip: If for some reason you can’t make this show, he has another slot early on Friday. Clearly, the festival knows this is an artist people need to see.

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – 7:30, City Stage

In 2015, NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS had our feet a-tappin’ with their terrific self-titled album. Having seen them perform at prior festivals, be prepared for a raucous time. Their unannounced show at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival was a “wow” moment indeed. If you’re in the mood to dance, sing and get a smile your face, this is where you need to be.

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Jenn Grant – 7:30, Ravenlaw Stage

For well over a decade, Jenn Grant has evolved into one of Canada’s most beloved artists. Her indie-folk songs combined with her warm, personal stories made her a must-see act for millions of fans. After the release of the lead single, “Galaxies”, The Revue listed Paradise as one of the most anticipated albums of 2017.

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