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David Byrne. Photo: Ming Wu.

David Byrne, Andy Shauf, Lindi Ortega and more confirmed for CityFolk 2018

By Greggory Clark on May 23, 2018



The Decemberists, Belle and Sebastian, Tedeschi Trucks Band and many more will perform at Lansdowne Park in September.

CityFolk organizers announced the 2018 festival’s initial lineup today. New wave pioneer David Byrne, yacht rocker Michael McDonald, and Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf are among the biggest names headlining concerts at Lansdowne Park from September 12–16.

As for other Canadian content, the 2018 lineup includes country singer Lindi Ortega, folk rock band Whitehorse, east coast troubadour Ben Caplan, singer-songwriter and electric guitarist Terra Lightfoot (no relation to Gordon Lightfoot, though they’ve performed together on tour), and Ottawa-based JUNO Award winners MonkeyJunk (Blues album of the year, 2018).

“We’re confident that this year’s lineup will create a buzz among Ottawa music fans,” said artistic director Mark Monahan in an email. “Several of the acts we were able to book, such as David Byrne, have been on our wish list for quite a few years.”

More than 25 acts were revealed today, with more to come. Local artists participating in CityFolk’s annual Marvest Series have yet to be announced.

The Lineup

Wednesday, Sept. 12

  • Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • Kaleo
  • Steve Earle & The Dukes

Thursday, Sept. 13

  • David Byrne
  • Trampled by Turtles
  • Tune-Yards
  • Andy Shauf

Friday, Sept. 14

  • Allan Rayman
  • Nick Murphy (Chet Faker)
  • Flint Eastwood
  • Humble Pie
  • William Prince

Saturday, Sept. 15

  • Hozier
  • Belle and Sebastian
  • Michael McDonald
  • Lindi Ortega
  • Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore
  • Whitney Rose
  • Ben Caplan
  • Skydiggers
  • Gene Clark Tribute

Sunday, Sept. 16

  • Janis Ian
  • The Decemberists
  • Whitehorse
  • Colter Wall
  • Terra Lightfoot
  • Chris Smither
  • MonkeyJunk
  • Mt. Joy

CityFolk 2018 will take place at Lansdowne Park from September 12–18, 2018. Festival passes cost $109–139 and VIP packages cost $209–249. Visit for ticket information.