An hour was way too short of a set time for Broken Social Scene to hit their stride at Ottawa CityFolk Festival. Coming off a tour with sets being over two hours in length, the pacing at CityFolk seemed rushed. BSS missed turning what could have been another outstanding show into a quick run through of some of their best material.
When BSS are in full flight, they are a jet plane who’s wings are about to come off. There can be moments of sheer chaos, a tearing at the seams, where the music and the band can be falling apart, right up to a cliff’s edge, looking down, taking that last step over the edge to end up where the audience and band are pulled back from the precipice, and then every thing, music, band and audience turn into a celebration of joy and ecstasy. These moments of musical mayhem, come celebration are hard to find in todays musical landscapes. BSS have long been purveyors of risk taking where the potential is great gain, or great loss. Read More
If the Marvest Line-up looks like it's so packed with acts from which to choose, it's because it is SUPER PACKED! Jimmy Skyline poured through the list of acts and presents some of the best bets within genres in order to give you what you're looking for.
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The 2017 Ottawa CityFolk festival is only a couple of days away. We've compiled a list of acts that you should definitely put on your personal schedule.
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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Thursday, September 14, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday, September 14, 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Suitcase Junket
Thursday, September 14, 10:15 pm - 11:30 pm
(also - Friday, September 15, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
All Three of these acts exude a genuine sense of authenticity. Partially, folk music is meant to be valued for it’s earnestness. Music is always best when the intention behind it is pure of heart, and the muse surrendered to with honesty and intimacy. This groups of artist are trading on this idea to one extent or another. Now, the anticipation is waiting to see if they pull it off. Read More
They are perfect book ends to the summer in Ottawa. Spring gets sprung into summer with the Ottawa Jazz Fest, and in the Autumn we fall into the season of decay with the CityFolk Fest. These are really the perfect framework in which to enjoy the offerings of Ottawa. Both festivals still keep pretty much close to their musical home, a place where jazz can be found at the Jazz Fest, and folk at the CityFolk Fest. Seems odd to even mention this, but many festivals have seemed to have lost the plot, and go head deep into whatever band are on tour, resulting in a lot of summer festivals looking and sounding the same. We are blessed by these stalwart musical festival bookends. Read More
There is a new Canadiana sound. Bands like Patrick Watson, Joe Grass, Jesse Mac Cormack and the Barr Brothers share a musical aesthetic that is coming to the forefront of contemporary Canadian songwriting. There is a new generation of alternative folk music that is at a ground swell, and is set to catch a fire in our music scene. Claude Munson fits this bill. The Forest stage was the perfect venue for experiencing him, and his on again, off again fellow band mates. Late summer sun, under a tent, in the woods and loads of fresh air, complemented this early evening serenade. Claude Munson’s travelling floating melodies, were enriched with a alto voice with a subtle trumpet quality to it. Read More