Where Ottawa - - Fall's Capital Colours - Lans­downe park city­folk­fes­ti­

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

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