Saturday is here and a swell way to celebrate is with live music. CityFolk Music Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and is sure to be the place to be this evening. Head down to Landsdowne for a fabulous night of food, music, and fun!
Also, if hanging at Landsdowne isn’t your scene, or you’re still seeking more music, be sure to check out the musical harvest that is Marvest. This is a free festival showcasing local artists held parallel to CityFolk. Tonight is the final of the two nights, so visit restaurants, bars, and cafés in and around The Glebe. You can find out more details here.
As a quick helpful hint, do download the app to design your own itinerary and be sure to follow Ottawa Cityfolk on social media for any fun contests and changes in schedules.
Saturday, September 15th picks
Ben Caplan– 3:30, City Stage
Start the day with a folk artist donning an impressive beard and doused in East Coast charm. Though originally heralding from Hamilton, the now Halifax-based Ben Caplan recently released his third album, Old Stock, and is currently on a his ‘Plough the Sh*t’!’ Fall tour. A man of extremes to be sure, be ready to embrace some Eastern European-flavored songs with a pinch of modern-day music. It’s sometimes dark and yet still delightful. Take in his last tour date in Canada before he heads across the pond.
Barney Bentall – 4:45, City Stage
Barney Bentall emerged on the Canadian music scene with his backing band The Legendary Hearts in the late ’80s and immediately enjoyed success with their Top-20 hit “Something to Live For”. For the next decade, the band would become a staple of the Canadian music scene. I remember many a late night (~1am starts) watching the band perform at the now-defunct but legendary Misty Moon in Halifax. They remain some of my favourite live music moments almost 30 years later. After a decade away from the rock life, Bentall returned as a more mature songwriter and storyteller with Gift Horse in 2006 and has continued to record solo albums since.
Lindi Ortega – 6:00, City Stage
Originally hailing from Toronto, country singer/songwriter Lindi Ortega has carved out a very successful career on both sides of the border. Although to many it may have seemed like an overnight success in 2011 with her multiple Juno-nominated album, Little Red Boots, her music career started over a decade earlier. Lindi relocated to Nashville where she began work on her second album, Cigarettes and Truckstops, with fellow Canadian Colin Linden. Earlier this year, she released her fifth album, Liberty, and like her previous four efforts, it has received both critical and commercial success. In 2015, The Revue had the opportunity to talk to Lindi while she was in Ottawa. Click here.
Michael McDonald – 7:30, City Stage
A staple on the music scene for several decades, Michael McDonald is a talented musician with an impressive career and a distinctive voice. From his initial delve into music with Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers to his expansive catalogue nine albums deep as a solo artist, there are sure to be songs that you’ll know on the first few notes, prompting you to sing along. With notable collaborations to his credit like James Ingram and Kenny Loggins, his most recent album (2017), Wide Open, features an array of guests including Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Marcus Miller, and Branford Marsalis. Get to the great lawn and take in this multi-Grammy award winner.
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