I want to claim Father John Misty as our own. No, not as a Canadian, but as a voice coming out of Generation X. An argument can be made for this as he is born in 1981, and depending on how you map it out, he could be a Gen. X’er rather than a Millennial.
Why is this important? I guess it really isn’t, but from my selfish point of view, I want bragging rights on Josh Tillman’s artistic vision, his sardonic wit, his world vision, and his cynicism. Either way, Josh Tillman has created an off hand brand, called Father John Misty, and is a badly needed light in todays barren musical landscape. He writes stories and narratives, poems and prose. He writes long winding sojourns into modern day society, lifting the veil back from the puke coloured concealment of todays state of ‘pure comedy’ found in the world. He’s sees the humour that is left behind from all the hopelessness. He attests to the failure of man. When all is laid bare, there is nothing left but laughter. Read More
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.
Thursday 14 2017
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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