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Blues Traveler play Folk Fest on opening night

Under a threatening September sky, a large crowd began flocking around the Ravenlaw Stage on this first night of Ottawa’s Folkfest in anticipation of a band who, by the 1990‘s, had seriously shaken up the music scene. Blues Traveler, originally a quartet made up of Brendan Hill on drums, Bobby Sheehan on bass, Chan Kinchla […]

Stompa your heart out: Serena Ryder warms the crowd at Folk Fest

There was definitely no lack of participation as the crowd clappa-ed their hands and stompa-ed their feet to Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder’s performance at the Ottawa Folk Fest on Thursday night. Ryder, whose set followed an unforgettable performance by New Zealand teen sensation Lorde, unleashed her hit single “Stompa” to kick off her concert. I […]

Hot & Cold: Vampire Weekend and Colin Meloy do FolkFest

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] Portland, Oregon’s Colin Meloy had the unfortunate task of playing at the same time as Amos The Transparent and Shred Kelly. Not that these bands would draw some of his fans away, but rather they aren’t the quiet, acoustic type. Even though the stages are far apart from one another, the somewhat […]

Where the Wild Things Are: Patrick Watson Hits Folk Fest

Co-authored with Chris Cline, photo by Yasmin Nissim Patrick Watson is a benevolent mad scientist. All you’ll need is one listen to his cathartic cabaret melodies and you’ll be convinced of this fact. Sunday night’s Folk Fest attendees certainly were. Watson was in Ottawa with his band in support of their new album, Adventures in […]

Hooded Fang Takes a Bite out of Folk Fest

Someone forgot to tell Hooded Fang that Saturday night was one of the coldest, wettest days this summer. As the frigid wind cut through the air, the band warmed the crowd at the Ottawa Folk Festival with one sunny, reverb-drenched tune after another. Hooded Fang has undergone major sonic renovations since forming in 2007. Their […]

Ben Harper's got the blues at the Ottawa FolkFest

Reflections on the first day of Ottawa FolkFest

Ottawa Folk Festival kicked off its much anticipated 2012 lineup Thursday evening at the capital’s Hog’s Back Park. The four day festival features some of the most well-known folk and indie artists, local food vendors and artisans. There’s definitely more than music to see and do, but there are some things all too common at […]