As always, follow the Ottawa CityFolk on social media as they tend to have contests during the day and to be informed of any schedule changes.

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And if you still want more music, be sure to check out the musical harvest that is Marvest, a free offshoot concert series held at a variety of unique venues in The Glebe. This two day bonanza will be held on Friday, September 15th and Saturday the 16th.


Friday, Sep 15th picks

Amanda Marshall – 9:00, City Stage

We don’t generally highlight the headliner, but in the case of Amanda Marshall, we believe it is worth mentioning. Amanda Marshall quickly became a major player in Canadian music in the late ’90s with three straight platinum (or greater) albums and many hit songs. Although she released a few new songs on her Greatest Hits collections in the early 2000s, she has not released an album since the 2001 LP, Everybody’s Got a Story. There’s been talk of a new album and there have been occasional live performances, like this one. We think you should check this out and hear her story.


Broken Social Scene – 7:30, City Stage

After a five-year break, Canadian musical collective Broken Social Scene recently released Hug of ThunderThough most definitely worth a listen, as our recent album review encourages, don’t miss an opportunity to see them perform live. Carpe diem, for you never know when they’ll release another album.

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Big Thief – 7:15, Ravenlaw Stage

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, American indie-rockers Big Thief are making their Ottawa debut at CityFolk. Their latest album, Capacityfound favor with The Revue, as fellow staffer Richard Moses’ album review attests. It’s one of the best records of 2017. Plus, if their performance at Newport Folk Festival was any indication, something magical is bound to happen.

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Son Little – 6:00, City Stage

If you happened to miss Son Little (a.k.a. Aaron Livingston) at Bluesfest in 2016, don’t miss the opportunity now. With his unique blend of soul, future soul, indie folk, blues-rock, and indie rock, he’s earned a reputation as one of the foremost innovators in music today. His performance at CityFolk coincides with the release of his latest album, New Magic, which is sure to put you under his spell.

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