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Get ready for the Ottawa Folk Fest this week

By Ryan Saxby Hill on September 5, 2012


It’s time people. Get on your bike and get out to Hogs Back park. I’m an open and honest lover of the folk festival and the line-up for this year is looking great. There are some big names — Bon Iver, Patrick Watson and Dan Mangan — that will draw big crowds for fun times, but make sure you get out there early and wander the festival, take in the workshops and attend something you don’t recognise. I always discover new music at the Folk Fest and it’s an accessible festival for anyone looking to enjoy a show.

We’ll have writers at the festival all weekend, but to start our coverage off we have a chat with Mark Monahan, the Festival’s Artistic Director, about his plans for this year and how we should approach the folk fest. Here is the full audio of our conversation. You can also hear our chat tonight live on CHUO for Apartment613 Live, along with some musical selections from the festival. Enjoy!