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

By Marina Irick on September 16, 2015

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 first EP Collarbone while she juggles her university studies and job at Patrick Artists (co-founded by local Ottawa artist Craig Cardiff).

The audience can expect an intimate and welcoming atmosphere during her performance at the Wild Oat Bakery on Bank St. at 9 p.m., with what Amanda describes as: “some really personal songs [you] may be able to relate to, a cover or two of some 2003 hit single, and lots of live looping and harmonizing to myself.”

This will be her first time performing at the festival though she has attended and volunteered at the Folk Festival before. She is glad that CityFolk has decided to emphasize more local and emerging artists, particularly through the Marvest shows that are easily accessible to everyone.

We asked Amanda about her thoughts or worries with the nontraditional venues for the Marvest shows. “The pros would be being able to play in [those] nontraditional venues, meeting new presenters, venue owners, potential fans, gaining exposure to a new market, and of course the possibility of having an incredible time!”

According to her Facebook page, Amanda can be found around town running open mic nights at venues such as Raw Sugar Café and Café Nostalgica. At CityFolk, you’ll likely see her listening to the Passenger, Evening Hymns, and Rich Chris concerts. Her Facebook page also links to her Soundcloud with some lovely covers.

Amanda Lowe plays at the Wild Oat Cafe on Saturday, September 19th. For more information visit: www.cityfolkfestival.com

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