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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 […]

OIAF Animation

The 39th Ottawa International Animation Festival

Animation aficionados rejoice! It’s Ottawa International Animation Festival season once again, with five full days of fantastical images and stories from Canada and around the world being presented on the big screen. Now in its 39th year, the OIAF is a well-established fixture on the Ottawa festival scene, and a much loved and anticipated one […]

Julie Le Gal and AL Connors in Living Together. All photos by David Whiteley.

Norman continues to conquer in Living Together

There’s a not-to-be-missed theatrical treat at The Gladstone! Living Together is the second of a theatrical triple-header called The Norman Conquests.  You can read my review of the first play, Table Manners here.  I’ve learned since then that Alan Ayckbourn wrote this brilliant trio of plays in a mere 10 days.  One patron on opening night […]

Kalle Mattson. Photo courtesy of NAC Presents.

NAC Presents turns five with one incredible line-up

NAC Presents is back with another exciting season of Canadian music and to mark its 5th anniversary it’s an especially rich and diverse lineup with nearly 50 shows all taking place between October and May. In five years NAC Presents has grown up quickly from about 20 concerts all staged at the Fourth stage in […]

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 […]

Photo from Terry McLeish's website

Marvest: Terry McLeish sings about “the everyday dilemmas of everyday people”

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. Folk singer-songwriter Terry McLeish will be bringing his funny, lively performance to the upcoming CityFolk Marvest festival. McLeish got his […]

Photo from Dynamite Motel's Facebook page

Marvest: Spend a night in the intimate wing of Ottawa’s Dynamite Motel

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 bands, and we’ll be profiling some of those bands. Singer-songwriter, Dynamite Motel (a trickily-woven anagram for Mindy Amelotte) is something of a veteran on the Ottawa music scene. With […]

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Marvest: Apt613 presents Moonfruits

Two years ago, at Strathcona Park under a moonlit sky, Alex Millaire and Kaitlin Milroy discovered they had an instant musical chemistry, as they sat with a guitar and voices bonded in a natural blend of ideas. The two admitted that magical moment happened during “The Sunny Side Of The Street”, which opened the floodgates […]

Lucinda Williams plays CityFolk on Sunday, Sept 20 at 5:30.

CityFolk Festival: What’s New and Our 6 Picks

With just over two decades in the saddle, this year’s rendition of Ottawa’s Folk Fest will showcase two significant changes. The first is a location leap from the grassy banks of Hog’s Back Falls to the now-buzzing and more central locale of Landsdowne Park. This is not the first time the fest has changed locations. […]