Today brings us to the final day of CityFolk Music Festival, wrapping up the 25th anniversary edition. Here’s our final four suggestions as to which stages to stake out to keep your ears entertained.
It’s not too late to download the app to design your own itinerary for the evening, and do be sure to follow Ottawa Cityfolk on social media for any fun contests and changes in schedules.
Sunday, Sept. 16th picks
Colter Wall – 4:45, City Stage
Late afternoon, you’ll find Saskatchewan’s country-folk-Americana singer-songwriter Colter Wall on the main stage. Our chief writer with The Revue, Ben, once stated he “… checks all the boxes when it comes to describing a “throwback” artist – low-key, husky vocals, stories about life on the road, and always with his trusty guitar. The closest comparable we can think of is the legend John Prine. Colter has that kind of talent. The type of talent that one day people will be comparing new, young artists to him.”
That’s high praise. Put him on your must-see list.
Whitehorse – 6:00, City Stage
Husband-and-wife Luke Doucet had Melissa McClelland had already each carved out successful solo careers with six and four albums, respectively, before joining forces as Whitehorse in 2010. The band has enjoyed plenty of success with multiple nominations at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2012. Their follow-up album in 2012 continued to impress and was shortlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize. In 2015, the duo won the Juno Award for Adult Alternative Album of the Year with Leave No Bridge Unburned. Their most recent album, The Northern South, Vol.1, continues to rack up the accolades, including Canadian Folk Music and Juno nominations. With this résumé, how can you not see them?
Mt. Joy – 6:30, Ravenlaw Stage
If you haven’t heard of Mt. Joy, you better start jotting some notes. The Philadelphia-born, now LA-based band started as a part-time gig. Then unexpectedly two years ago, their singles went viral, which led them to move west. They not only impressed listeners, including us, but also awesome label Dualtone Records. Their ability to craft songs that are deep in meaning – such as standouts “Astrovan”, “Sheep”, and “Silver Lining” – are why we are predicting big things for Mt. Joy. Their debut album, which should be out sometime this year, could have them rising quickly to indie-folk and Americana summits.
Terra Lightfoot – 7:30, City Stage
Hailing from Hamilton, Terra Lightfoot is a roots/folk singer songwriter who elevates herself above the growing number of artists in this environment. Her voice is a delight, whether emanating as a captivating whisper or with blues-suffused boldness. Her latest album, New Mistakes (2017), features her multi-octave voice and guitar prowess in all their grandeur. Make no mistake, she is one to put on your short list for the evening.
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