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Colibri performs a 2018 Marvest set in The Papery on Bank Street. Photo: Terry Steeves/Apt613.

CityFolk Preview: Marvest series 2019 lineup announcement

By Greggory Clark on August 29, 2019

This week, CityFolk organizers announced the lineup of local artists playing their 2019 Marvest series. A total of 75 (mostly) local acts will play free shows, crammed into small venues up and down Bank Street. Here’s the map of 28 Marvest venues from Clocktower Brewpub, by the Queensway, to The Element High School at Lansdowne Park.

Devoted readers of Apartment613 would already be familiar with Amos the Transparent, Anna Ludlow, Brian Asselin, Graven, Harea Band, High Waters, JFUN, Sparklesaurus, Isaac Vallentin, John AllaireJack Pine and the Fire, *takes a deep breath* Jon Hynes, Jonathan Pearce, Mack & Ben, Subtle Curves, Mackenzie Rhythm Section, Mushy Gushy, Townes, Tyler Kealey, Trevor Alguire, and Valois, having all been mentioned on the blog before now.

More local highlights include pop singer-songwriter Alison Rose, the guitar-based, soul and blues Angelina Hunter Trio, local hip hop artist DRAE aka André Thibault, Latin jazz quartet Pimienta Blanca, indie rockers The Pale Light, and Eastern Ontario’s country western classic rock star Yvon Leroux.

Usually, Marvest is where you’ll find the music festival’s only Ottawa content, except for this year’s David Wiffen Tribute on the RavenLaw Stage (feat. Ray Harris, Lynn Miles, Julie Corrigan among others); as well as that time CityFolk scheduled Future States vs. The Acorn sets simultaneously on opening night, 2016; and Ottawa’s Juno Award-winning blues rock band MonkeyJunk in 2018. The pop-up series is branded as an offshoot to CityFolk’s main stage shows in Lansdowne Park.

New this year is a Magic Marvest Bus free shuttle running between 8pm and midnight, Friday and Saturday. CityFolk has said some riders will be treated to live music (surprise sets) on the moving bus.

CityFolk headliners on Friday night of Marvest include Rich Aucoin, and Our Lady Peace. On Saturday, there’s Leon Bridges, Rhye, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, and The Once to look forward to.


Marvest takes place at over 20 shops and venues on Bank Street, between Lansdowne Park and the Queensway, on Friday September 13 and Saturday September 14, 2019. Admission is free. Visit cityfolkfestival.com for the complete lineup, schedule. Apt613 has written in to ask that CityFolk updates their website with accessibility notes for each venue. Update: An email reply from CityFolk’s Programming Department: “Please let your readers know that, in terms of accessibility, we advise patrons to contact the venue(s) they are interested in visiting, for confirmation. Since some venues are more accessible than others, this will prevent any confusion. For contact purposes, the venues are listed here beside the Marvest map: https://cityfolkfestival.com/marvest/.”