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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 […]

This photo of the RC Douglas, which once stood at the edge of the cliff overlooking the Ottawa River, is from  accession 1959-084 NPC at Library and Archives Canada.  This photo, taken sometime in early 1912, it is one of the few shots that has someone standing outside their house that has just been expropriated by the federal government.

Streetscape Memory Bank: The lost Ottawa community of Uppertown

Two years into my exploration of Ottawa 1930s streetscapes, I find I keep circling back to the lost Ottawa community of Uppertown. (See “Streetscape Memory Bank: Urban plans from 1938 cast a light on current times” and “Streetscape Memory Bank: The demolition of the British Bank of North America and the re-shaping of Wellington Street, 1935 […]

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 […]

Photo courtesy of the band.

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 […]

Souljazz Orchestra. Photo courtesy of the band.

Videos of the Week: Souljazz Orchestra keepin’ the fiyah

We’re pretty big fans of The Souljazz Orchestra around here. And with news of the band’s latest release, Resistance, available now, we couldn’t help sharing not one, but two of the videos off the album. The first, “Shock and Awe”, was filmed on the Harmer overpass in Hintonburg and introduces us to the sounds of […]

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 […]

Photo from High Waters' Facebook page

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 […]

Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

Ottawa Creatives: DJ Hobo and Sweet Cheeks

Pawel and Jose became friends in 2008 and spent the winter, both unemployed, making dinner and playing records. Jose had been playing in a band, My Dad vs Yours, since 2000 and Pawel had been djing at notorious houseparties with other local DJs. After having left his CDJ in Jose’s care while travelling earlier that […]

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