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Marvest: The Lionyls bring funk to CityFolk’s Marvest series

By Amanda Mabro on September 9, 2015



Marvest is an offshoot of the CityFolk festival that runs between September 16th and 20th, at the Aberdeen Pavilion, and along Bank Street. These mostly free shows feature local bands, and we’ll be profiling some of those bands.

Avid CityFolk show-goers themselves, The Lionyls are pumped to perform in the “Marvest at CityFolk” show series. Drawn to each other by a mutual respect for rock & roll, funk, soul and contemporary pop music, The Lionyls formed in 2013, when Alex Jee and Robbie Rigg (The Mongrels) joined forces with Zach Raynor and Anto Rizzuti. The band, who has already shared the stage with the likes of Serena Ryder and July Talk, has spent the last 2 years developing their sound in an attempt to bridge the gap between the musical genres they are so inspired by. Currently tracking at Pebble Studios, they expect their debut release to come out in Winter of 2016 under Hummingbird Music.


With a genuine appreciation for Ottawa’s burgeoning music & arts community, The Lionyls are happy to see City Folk extending its reach to local acts in addition to more established international artists: “City Folk seems to have a re-invigorating energy to it. It has its roots in the Ottawa festival community, but at the same time it is colourful and trendy. It represents a shift in consciousness that is starting to occur in Ottawa, where we are beginning to acknowledge and honour the vibrant artistic energy that has been growing here for years,” the band said. With plans to attend the concerts of “obvious ones like Van Morrison, Of Monsters And Men, The Sheepdogs, Walk Off The Earth,” The Lionyls also intend to support Ottawa-based bands: “We’ve grown and played with acts like Monday I Retire, Moonfruits, The Split, Danielle Allard, Zoo Legacy, and Amos The Transparent, it’s wonderful to see them recognized. The Ottawa music community is tight-knit and the artists are very supportive of one another; Marvest is a great way to bring that to light.”

Rock & Soul fans can expect a fun and exciting live show, with a tight rhythm section, heavy musicians and a captivating frontman. When asked about playing at Marvest’s more challenging venues, The Lionyls are ready to get down and get funky, no matter the performance situation “We’re very adaptable and have played in venues of all shapes and sizes, so we plan to bring the funk regardless.”

The Lionyls play Marvest at CityFolk on September 18, 2015 from 10:30pm to 11:15pm, at Black Squirrel Books (1073 Bank St.). Visit the Lionyls on Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, or YouTube