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CityFolk in Ottawa on Friday, September 13 2019 ~ CityFolk Press Images PHOTO/Scott Penner

CityFolk Preview: Day 4

By Stephane Dubord on September 15, 2019

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As we did with Bluesfest this summer, Apt613 will have you covered with daily preview articles, including highlights and interviews with some of the artists about to hit the stage. Beyond the main stage, make sure you check out our feature on the dozens of acts being featured as part of CityFolk’s free Marvest series.


Sunday, September 15

Just as the festival was hitting its stride, it’s already coming to an end, as the traditionally 5-day festival was shortened by a day for 2019. Make sure you get there early to squeeze every minute of live music out of the day as you can!

Ravenlaw Stage

Caroline Rose (5:30pm)

American indie pop songstress Caroline Rose has evolved from her original folk style into a more synth-pop sound which meshes better with her quirky personality and lyrics, as evidenced by her new album Loner.

The White Buffalo (7pm)

The White Buffalo (a.k.a. Jake Smith) draws on his honest, unvarnished perfect-for-roots-music voice to deliver captivating performances. His passionate delivery has garnered quite a few appearances on TV soundtracks for his songs. His latest album turns up the amps a bit, moving away from his traditional for more rock-infused arrangements, which may obscure the power of his voice a bit, but adds more energy to the songs as a whole.

Harrow Fair (8:30pm)

The duo made up of Great Lake Swimmers’s Miranda Mulholland and Sunparlour Players’ Andrew Penner bring their musical backgrounds together to produce a combination that mixes gritty indie elements of roots and folk together with more edge. The end result is a rootsy sound that carries with it a danger, a foreboding, like the simmering energy could erupt at any moment – an ominous storm cloud hanging overhead.

City Stage

The East Pointers (3:30pm)

Given the success the trio has had right out of the gates, with a JUNO nomination for their second album, after a JUNO win for their first, the anticipation for their new album Yours To Break, due out October 25 is already quite high. Their brand of modern folk may initially seem to fit with the flagbearers of the genre like The Lumineers, but they bring a bit more brightness into their music, though still more folky than Judah & The Lion and with more harmonies. The combination makes for an infinitely listenable catalog, one that fans can’t wait to see expand next month.

Tim Baker (4:45pm)

Baker rose to prominence with his original band Hey Rosetta! But after a dozen years, he’s now gone solo, and his debut album will ensure he remains a staple on the Canadian indie scene. His musical style might have shifted slightly in this new chapter in his career, taking on more pop overtones, with synths occasionally replacing some of the guitars, but his songwriting remains his strong suit, and continues to shine through.

Lucy Dacus (6pm)

Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, a hint of Americana can be picked up in her singer-songwriter style, though without any traces of twang. Her smooth vocals deliver her well-crafted storytelling lyrics over indie folk infused melodies that maintain just enough minimalism to ensure her words remain the focus.

Dawes (7:30pm)

West coast indie rockers, Dawes brought a California vibe to the scene a decade ago, drawing on their home state’s musical legacies with singalong choruses and harmonies reminiscent of The Eagles and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. With their most recent album Passwords, their sixth, and fourth consecutive to reach the Top 10, they’ve established themselves as consistent songwriters and performers.

Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters (9:15pm)

It’s hard to be sure what to expect from an artist with as illustrious a catalog, in so many various genres, as Robert Plant. Based on his current tour, you can assume a healthy dose of Led Zeppelin mainstays (such as “Ramble On”, “Black Dog”, “Gallows Pole”) mixed with his own solo works and of course a few other covers like the ones that date back to those Zeppelin days (“Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You”, “When the Levee Breaks”, etc.) Or he could choose to draw from his other collaborations, like his material with Alison Krauss, or some Page&Plant, or Honeydrippers? Whatever songs he picks, you can be sure he’ll deliver them on point and with passion, and close out this edition of CityFolk with a show for the ages.


CityFolk takes place in multiple venues at Lansdowne, from Thursday September 12 to Sunday September 15, 2019. Visit cityfolkfestival.com for the complete lineup, schedule and all information.


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