Tone: Ottawa’s signature fall event is set alongside the Rideau Canal in the heart of Lansdowne Park, one of the city’s top destinations for recreation, shopping and dining. This festival is red… as in red hot!
I Spy: Must-see performers include Oregon folk-rockers Blind Pilot and Ottawa’s The Acorn (Sept. 15); The Last Waltz, A Musical
Celebration of The Band, presented by an all-star cast of Canadian blues and roots musicians (Sept. 16); Canadian indie royalty via folk queen Basia Bulat, and The New Pornographers (Sept. 17), and musical mad-hatters Lake Street Dive with X Ambassadors (Sept. 18).
True Colours: Discover Ottawa’s roots! CityFolk’s parallel event, Marvest, showcases free music — over 60 local artists — on Bank Street. Meanwhile, some of the city’s best shopping and dining options are only blocks away in The Glebe. Beau’s brewery will pour craft beer throughout the fest; if you want to sample even more of their local suds, read on for Oktoberfest. Q: What makes CityFolk unique?
A: It’s truly an urban music festival. The newly-renovated Lansdowne is a great venue and location, with a beautiful lawn… and convenient restaurants and bars. Q: What acts are you looking forward to?
A: We have big names on the main stage, from Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy to James Bay from the U.K., and a lot of Americana and new indie-folk artists — the new faces of folk music — including John Moreland, Julia
Jacklin and Calgary’s Michael Bernard Fitzgerald.
Mark Monahan, CityFolk executive director
Opposite (clockwise from top left): CityFolk at Lansdowne Park; Beau's Oktoberfest; Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, Gatineau Park Top: The Last Waltz, A Musical Celebration of The Band Above: Basia Bulat Right: Spectators at CityFolk