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Kygo performs at Bluesfest in 2019. Photo by Landon Entwistle.

CityFolk and Bluesfest announce fall lineups

By Erika Ibrahim on August 26, 2021

CityFolk and Bluesfest will bring live music to Ottawa this September, with both festivals having announced lineups that feature all Canadian artists. The festivals collectively offer six days of live music concerts over the course of two weekends in September at Lansdowne Park. The two festivals will occur together for the first time as part of Ottawa Fall Festivals sponsored by RBC.

The two music festivals return after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Executive director of both festivals Mark Monahan says in a statement that the organizers are hopeful that these events will mark a new beginning in Ottawa for live music.

“We know it’s been difficult to be cooped up for more than a year, but finally we’ll be able to roll out two fantastic lineups of live acts that will reward the collective patience of so many music fans,” he says.

For both festivals, patrons are required to be fully vaccinated in order to attend, and are expected to present their vaccination status information at the gates. All festival goers are expected to wear a mask while on festival premises, and can only be removed when eating, drinking, or for other medical reasons.

Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace performs at the Ottawa leg of the band’s Summersault festival in 2019. Photo by Landon Entwistle.

Festival goers can enjoy CityFolk’s offerings from Sept. 16 to 18. Kicking off the weekend, the Thursday night lineup includes performances from singer-songwriter Charlotte Day Wilson, Toronto R&B duo DVSN, OVO rapper Roy Woods, and Juno award-winning R&B artist TÖME.

Friday will see performances from revered Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace, alternative rock band Moist and pop duo Command Sisters.

Saturday will close out the festival with sets from country artist Dean Brody, country pop outfit The Reklaws, and country singer-songwriter Sacha.

Bluesfest will run from Sept. 23 to 25. The weekend’s lineup will open Thursday with performances from Half Moon Run, pop rock group Tokyo Police Club, Aysanabee, and Lauryn MacFarlane.

On Friday, audiences can enjoy performances by iconic singer-songwriter Jann Arden, rock band Barenaked Ladies, and pop artist Ryland James.

Saturday closes out Bluesfest with sets from heartland rock artist Tom Cochrane, East Coast rock band April Wine and Ottawa blues outfit Monkey Junk.

Although the presale passed on August 25, those eager to grab festival passes can do so on Aug. 26 at 10 am at a ticketing site for both festivals.