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Ewan Currie of The Sheepdogs at CityFolk 2015. All photos by Terry Steeves.

CityFolk 2015: Ottawa loves The Sheepdogs!

Some early evening rain on Saturday night in no way deterred fans from coming out to CityFolk to see the return of Canada’s beloved band, The Sheepdogs. In fact, the crowd only grew as the show progressed, with an enthusiastic display of appreciation and love for these five hard-working boys from Saskatchewan. The Sheepdogs, formed […]

Passenger stood alone on the CityFolk stage but still managed to captivate the audience.  All photos by Saskia Rodenburg.

CityFolk 2015: Humble Passenger takes Lansdowne stage

No, Passenger is not a band, though he understands if you think so. Passenger (also known as Michael David Rosenberg) owned the stage Sunday night at CityFolk on The Great Lawn at Landsdowne Park. With only his guitar and a pedal board for company, the 31-year-old singer from the United Kingdom had the audience laughing […]

The Tubes frontman, Fee Waybill. All photos by Terry Steeves.

CityFolk: The Tubes 40 year journey

San Francisco rock legends, The Tubes, took Ottawa on an exciting glimpse through their 40-year journey which began with their debut self-titled album, released in June of 1975. Currently on a 40th anniversary world tour, the band showed the captivated audience that their energetic and musical prowess is still very much intact, as they started […]

Photo courtesy of CityFolk

Tips for enjoying CityFolk this weekend

Thinking of heading to CityFolk this weekend? Below are some suggestions on how to enjoy your experience based on the first three days of the festival. If you have other tips, below please feel free to share them in the comments section below, on our Facebook page or via Twitter. Scanning out: Remember that you can scan […]

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Marvest: Reaping a fine harvest from Jonathan Becker & The North Fields

Marvest is an offshoot of the CityFolk festival that runs between September 16th and 20th, at the Aberdeen Pavilion, and along Bank Street. These mostly free shows feature local artists, and we’ll be profiling some of those artists. Jonathan Becker and the North Fields are excited for the inaugural edition of Cityfolk’s Marvest, describing it as “something new […]

Photo of Matt Dorgan from the MATT dorgan PROJECT Facebook page

Apt613 Live for September 18, 2015

This week on Apt613 Live, we look at some of the many things happening this weekend, from Chinatown Remixed to CityFolk, plus the audio version of our contributor Terry Steeves’ interview with the MATT dorgan PROJECT.

Photo courtesy of The Brook

Marvest: Local talent The Brook release new EP

After two years of performing together, indie folk-rock band The Brook will be playing at the CityFolk/Marvest (formerly the Folk Festival) for the first time. Started by singer-songwriter Sarah Murphy, whose musical influences range from her grandfather, Newfoundland musician  Peter Barron, to Led Zeppelin, she is joined by drummer Zac Delamont and bassist Robin Russell. CityFolk […]

Artist Jennifer Stevenson at Raw Sugar Cafe at previous Chinatown Remix. Photo from

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

Hey kids! If you’re anything like me you’re well aware that autumn is upon us (I can’t be the only one waking up at 2 A.M. suffering through the challenging eternal question: do you get out of bed to grab another blanket or hope your shivering body can just shake itself back to sleep?) Despite […]

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Marvest: High Waters release Goodnight Mara at Marvest

Marvest is an offshoot of the CityFolk festival that runs between September 16th and 20th, at the Aberdeen Pavilion, and along Bank Street. These mostly free shows feature local artists, and we’ll be profiling some of those artists. Ottawa locals and recent transplants complaining about Ottawa’s lack of a”vibe” should walk on over to the House of Targ […]

All photos from Amanda Lowe's Facebook page

Marvest: Local open mic veteran Amanda Lowe takes on the Wild Oat

Amanda Lowe, an emerging artist on the Ottawa music scene, will be performing on Saturday September 19 as part of CityFolk’s free Marvest festival – showcasing local talent, food and beverages. Amanda has been singing, composing, and songwriting for 10 years now. To date, she has released only singles, but is currently working on her […]

Scarlett Jane. Photo by Jen Squires.

Roots duo Scarlett Jane find their groove

Toronto musicians, Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire had solo careers of their own before they united in the fall of 2011 to become Scarlett Jane. They had been friends for some time, occasionally performing together and even appearing on each other’s albums. After separately spending years honing their skills writing music and performing, it was […]


Marvest: Steaming up the oil jugs

You wake up early in the log cabin Uncle Rod said you could use for the week. It was sunk down deep in the dark green; your car stalled twice bouncing down the sludgy potholed roads that you navigated into it. The birds got you up, their chirping like a swarm of audible spotlights. You […]