It’s finally here, the last day of CityFolk 2017. If Bluesfest is Ottawa’s marathon of music, CityFolk is the half-marathon. As the concert withdrawal sets in in a few days, The Revue will alleviate some of the symptoms for you by providing photo essays to help you re-live some of your favourite moment.
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Sunday, Sep 17th Picks
Rodriguez – 8:30, City Stage
Rodriguez originally released albums in the early 1970s, but he never quite became a household name in America. Over the years, his popularity continued to grow in Australia and especially in South Africa, where some of his songs served as anti-Apartheid anthems. His fame in South Africa was unknown even to him until the late 1990s when his daughter discovered a website about him. At one point, it was rumoured that he had killed himself in the 1970s, which prompted the “Dead Men Don’t Tour” South African tour. All of this and more is covered in the award-winning documentary, Searching for Sugar Man, which has finally brought him the much deserved fame in North America.
Margo Price – 7:00, City Stage
For nearly a decade, Price toiled on the margins of the Nashville music scene before co-founding Buffalo Clover and later Margo and the Pricetags. As her star started to shine more brightly within Nashville, she started to receive more national attention, including Rolling Stone magazine identifying her as a “Country Artist You Need to Know in 2014”. Last year, Price released her debut, solo album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, which was critically acclaimed. Price’s name has since been mentioned alongside Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, and Dora Freeman as the new generation of country stars and saviors of the genre. This is huge praise, which Price is surely going to meet, if not exceed, these lofty expectations…
Bahamas – 5:30, City Stage
Toronto’s Afie Jurvanen, known as Bahamas, brings us into the evening at the City stage. His storytelling savvy and blend of folk/rock/pop has garnered him a devout following over the years. His last album, Bahamas is Afie, was called “a stirring and intimate number” by fellow Revue staff. Enjoy the fair weather to the fullest and bide awhile with Bahamas; his melodies are sure to linger in your mind long after he leaves the stage.
Rose Cousins – 4:00, City Stage
JUNO and Canadian Folk Music Award winning artist Rose Cousins performs late afternoon on the City Stage. After some time spent travelling, connecting with fellow artists and exploring novel modes of writing, this year saw the release of her 4th album, Natural Conclusions. With tour dates speckled throughout North America leading into the winter, take advantage of of seeing her pop-folk blend while sitting on the great lawn under sunny skies.
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