City Sounds brings free live concert to the Glebe this weekend

"Music fans in the Glebe will be treated to a special free concert this weekend as the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC) gets set to turn the volume up loud for City Sounds, a three weekend-long music festival that features some of Ottawa’s finest musicians.

The live music series, which kicks off Friday night in Chinatown, will see a total of 24 free live shows throughout the city with bands like the Riot Police, Tara Shannon and Crystalena bringing a mix of rock, folk, pop, jazz and funk to music fans across Ottawa.

City Sounds makes its trip to the Glebe this Saturday at the Casino Lac Leamy Plaza with a lineup you won’t want to miss. At 6 p.m. it’s musical goddess Danielle Allard who brings her angelic voice and compelling songwriting to the stage for a special set you won’t soon forget. Allard opens up things slow before Jumpin’ Joel Flash turns it up to 11. Equal parts music and theatre, Jumpin’ Joel Flash promises to get your boots moving for the rest of the night. Expect to dance, laugh and groove out those rusty dance jitters.

““It is great to see our Economic Partners Task Force members finding ways to collaborate on recovery efforts,” says Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “That is why I am excited to support City Sounds, which brings together the Business Improvement Areas and Associations and the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition to work collaboratively to animate public spaces and create economic spinoff benefits for both musicians and small businesses. The more we work together and support each other, the faster we will overcome the impacts the pandemic has had on our city.”

OMIC Executive Director Jamie Kwong says that City Sounds is about more than just music, but also another way to provide support to small businesses that have been hit hard by the pandemic. She hopes the festival will encourage music fans to get out to eat, shop and celebrate locally.

“We are excited to bring these performances across the city to draw in attendees and to encourage them to shop the neighbourhood after the performances in support of our local small businesses,” she says. “It is only through mutually supporting each other’s sectors that our city, as a whole, can thrive.”

City Sounds was developed in partnership with the City of Ottawa and the Mayor’s Economic Partners Task Force. The Task Force was launched by Mayor Watson in March 2020 and brings together senior leaders from key business organizations to share challenges, insights and opportunities to support Ottawa’s economic response, recovery and rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. City Sounds brings together the music industry and local Business Improvement Areas and Associations to work collaboratively in order to animate public spaces and create economic spinoff for the benefit of small businesses. City Sounds also supports paid performance opportunities for Ottawa musicians eager to play for live audiences and encourages the rebound of the live entertainment sector.

City Sounds runs from Aug. 20 to Sept. 5. Click here to see the full festival schedule.



2020 Virtual Marvest – 15 Episodes of free local music

Welcome to the 2020 virtual edition of Marvest.

Typically around this time of year, the Glebe would be packed to the brim with concertgoers spilling onto Bank Street from CityFolk taking in the scores of free local concerts in bars, restaurants, hair salons and clothing shops for Marvest. As you know, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we couldn’t do that this year.

But we’ve got a special treat for you this year. Marvest is going virtual this year. Fifteen bands, seven weeks, one click. And you can take it all in from your living room.

So turn it up to 11. This is Marvest. Watch the concerts below, or via the CityFolk website here.

Presented by:

Stomping Ground

Local Public Eatery

Marvest goes a bit country with a compelling performance by the North Woods, Ottawa’s rock-folk-country trio comprised of Dave Morrow, Sunil Achia and Shelley Worsley. Blending folk with alt-country and dusty rock draws out a unique sound that is hard to ignore. Not quite country, not full rock and a bit deeper than folk, the North Woods have a truly unique sound.

Presented by:


Mad Radish

Ottawa singer-songwriter Dan Kelly, graduate of Algonquin College’s Music Industry Arts Program, has been touring the east coast for the past several years, bringing his soft croon and signature picking to stages in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI. Now, he brings that same sweet sound to your living room for the virtual edition of Marvest.

Presented by:

Silver Scissors Salon


Tara Shannon knows how to connect with her audiences and it’s not just through her music. It’s through the stories she weaves through her sonic voice. They’re tales that listeners can connect with, relate to and understand. The multi-award-winning artists is an important name in the Canadian sonic landscape and we’re thrilled to have her as a part of Marvest this year.

Presented by:

Purple Urchin Soap Co.

Sen Asian Kitchen


When Jumpin’ Joel Flash says they don’t take themselves too seriously, they truly mean it. The indie folk/musical theatre/rock opera trio will be hitting it all at Marvest this year, with their bouncy rhythms, happy harmonies and hilarious antics that will have you singing, laughing, and dancing along. Let’s stomp it out with Jumpin’ Joel Flash right here at Marvest.



Presented by:

Crust and Crate

Studio B Urban Hair

Grab the kids and pack the living room for a fun, dance-a-long concert with Monkey Rock Music. Sing along to the fun, entertaining and interactive sounds that will get your whole family rocking out to this fun-filled jam. Monkey Rock Music is ready to rock!



Presented by:

Jack Astor’s

Whole Health Pharmacy

Mia Kelly burst onto the scene with her impressive range, heart-breaking croon and her showstopping voice that sounds like a mix of a young Joni Mitchell and Florence Welch. Expect big things from this artist and remember that you saw her here first, at Marvest.


Presented by:

Eldon’s Restaurant

Plush Beauty Lounge

The Crystalena trio is no stranger to Marvest, having jammed out at multiple venues during the fest in 2018, this dark alt rock band wowed audiences with their cerebral tunes reminiscent of 90s garage bands like garbage and the Cranberries. Turn this one up loud and let Crystalena take you on a sonic trip through the grungy alternative.


MARVEST EPISODE 8: Jeff and the Falcons

Presented by:

Craft Beer Market
Octopus Books

If you’ve been following Ottawa music scene over the past five years, chances are you’ve heard the name Jeff deValk. The guitarist, singer, band leader and vinyl DJ has been painting Ottawa with his sonic paintbrush that touches on rock, soul and everything in between. When he’s not playing in his seven-piece soul band the Hornettes, Jeff can be found rocking out solo, or with his Falcons trio, which is what we get at Marvest. It’s time to get down with Jeff and the Falcons.


MARVEST EPISODE 7: Jonathan Pearce of Winchester Warm
Presented by:

Whole Foods Market
Wild Oat Bakery, Café & Farm

Tonight we bring you a special solo performance from Jonathan Peace of Winchester Warm. Jonathan brings his experimental flare and crafty guitar work to the stage for a sonic night in. Enjoy the show.

Presented by:

GoldArt Jewellery Studio

Hopper is one of the region’s most exciting indie rock outfits with their raw, catchy tunes that have a bit of grit as well as a refined, indie rock polish. Think Modest Mouse meets Young Empires. These energetic rockers will bring it down tonight for a stripped-down acoustic jam.

Presented by:

107 Fourth Avenue Wine Bar
Capital Barbershop

Neha brings her hazy croon and soulful folksy guitar work to our stage for a warm night in at Marvest. Compelling lyrics, thoughtful songwriting and catchy vibes will have you buzzing along. Cozy up and enjoy the show.


Presented by:

BMO at Lansdowne
Glebe Central Pub

If you’re a fan of funk fusion, then you know just how cool The Lionyls are. This four-piece rock and funk band do it all: play, sing, dance and bring the funk. Silky lyrics, buttery baselines and deafening horns are on deck for Marvest 2020. Let’s party.


Presented by:

The Unrefined Olive
Kunstadt Sports

Those of you who attended Marvest in 2017 may remember Chris Page, the compelling front man for Expanda Fuzz who rocked the Clocktower into oblivion. Chris is back with a solo performance, bringing his cosmic vibe to the stage for an evening of Americana-style songs. Enjoy this special performance by Chris Page at Marvest!


Presented by:

Metro Music
The Clocktower Brew Pub

Children of Indigo craft calm, compelling folk music with thoughtful lyrics layered seamlessly over comforting, complex string work. Their deep sound can be compared to that of Emmy-Lou Harris with a sprinkle of Neil Young.


Presented by:
Irene’s Pub
The Papery

Ottawa singer-songwriter Andrew Waines burst onto the scene with his crafty covers of pop songs from the likes of Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes. Waines is now writing his own tunes and recorded his first track “Loving Carefully” in Nashville in 2017. The singer-songwriter now has a suite of original tunes that touch on pop, soul and R&B.

Marvest will have you bouncing along Bank Street for free live concerts


Close to 80 local bands are set to take over the Glebe for two days of free live music Sept. 13-14 as Marvest celebrates its fifth anniversary in the neighbourhood.

The CityFolk off shoot festival is bigger and better than it ever has been, with a whopping 79 bands set to transform 28 venues into premiere music venues for the weekend. Think hair salons, toy stores, restaurants, bars, pubs and everything in between. All of Bank Street will be bursting with live tunes all weekend long. Once big name headliners like Leon Bridges close out the festival, music heads can keep the party all along Bank Street with shows beginning as late as 11 p.m. at some area bars. This year’s lineup is as solid as it ever has been with the likes of the Tackies, Amos the Transparent and Harea Band headlining nights throughout the neighbourhood.

To make it easy for you, we’ve whipped up a schedule by day, time and venue for you to easily navigate your way to some awesome tunes. And new this year is the Magic Marvest Bus that will take festivalgoers throughout the Glebe from venue to venue with live music on board, courtesy of songwriters Dylan Holton, Colin Wylie and Krista Hartman. Read the full schedule below or visit Marvest online here.


4 pm: BMO – The Rifle & The Writer

6 pm: Whole Health Pharmacy – Alison Rose

6:30 pm: The Papery – Tulips & Devilships

7 pm: Collabo Café – DJ ROZ

8 pm: Collabo Café – VIBEBYMELO

7:15 pm: Whole Health Pharmacy – Tulips & Devilships

7:30 pm: The Papery – Alison Rose

8 pm – 10 pm: Magic Marvest Bus – Dylan Holton

9 pm: Collabo Café – Townes

9 pm: The Cabana’s Kitchen – Jessica Wedden

9 pm: Crust & Crate – Jonathan Pearce

9:30 pm: Bowman’s on Bank – Five + None

9 :30 pm: The Clocktower – The Tackies

9:30 pm: Craft Beer Market – Maple Grove

9:30 pm: Jack Astor’s – YVON LEROUX

10 pm: The Cabana’s Kitchen – Anna Ludlow

10 pm: Collabo Café – Valois

10 pm: Crust & Crate – Mushy Gushy

10:30 pm: The Clocktower – Siberian Breaks

10:30 pm: 107 Fourth Avenue Wine Bar – Graven

10:30 pm: Bowman’s on Bank – Fools of Love

10:30 pm: Craft Beer Market – Havelin

10:30 pm: Irene’s Pub – MACK & BEN

10:30 pm: Jack Astor’s – Jack Pine and the Fire

11 pm: Crust & Crate – Jon Hynes

10:30 pm: Eldon’s – Sara-Danielle

11:30 pm: Jack Astor’s – Tyler Kealey Band

11:30 pm: Irene’s Pub – Mackenzie Rhythm Section

11:30 pm: Craft Beer Market – Harea Band

11:30 pm: The Clocktower – High Waters

11:30 pm: Bowman’s on Bank – John Allaire and the Fi-Delities


12:45 pm: BMO at Lansdowne – Crystalena

1 pm: Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s – Sing Song Party Time

1 pm: Silver Scissors Salon – Pimienta Blanca

1 pm: Kunstadt Sports – David James Allen

1 pm: Fourth Ave Baptist Church – Eleni Mandell: Songwriting 101

1-4 pm: Magic Marvest Bus – Colin Wylie

1:15 pm: Sen Asian Cuisine – Jillian Kerr

1:30 pm: Capital Barber Shop – JFUN

1:30 pm: Plush Beauty Lounge – Amy-Lynn Howson

1:30 pm: BMO at Lansdowne – Bruce Enloe

1:45 pm: Collabo Café – KONAH

1:45 pm: Purple Urchin – Sophie D’Orléans

2 pm: Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s – Sing Song Party Time

2 pm: Metro Music – Kate Weekes

2 pm: Banditos – Alexandra Sullivan

2 pm: Cabana’s Kitchen – Almyr Jules

2 pm: GNAG – What’s in the Song Showcase – Hosted by Jamaal Jackson-Rogers

2 pm: Silver Scissors Salon – Pimienta Blanca

2 pm: The Element High School – Fonts

2:15 pm: Sen Asian Cuisine – Crystalena

4 pm: The Papery – Kate Weekes

5 pm: The Papery – Spencer Scharf

2:15 pm: Whole Health Pharmacy – Amy-Lynn Howson

3:15 pm: Whole Health Pharmacy – Spencer Scharf

2:15 pm: Goldart Jewellery Studio – Cee Lawrence

2:15 pm: 107 Fourth Ave Wine Bar – Rory Taillon

2:30 pm: Bowman’s on Bank – David James Allen

2:30 pm: Kunstadt Sports – susan o

2:30 pm: Crust & Crate – Patrick Rock

2:45 pm: Collabo Café – Almyr Jules

2:45 pm: Purple Urchin – Alexandra Sullivan

2:45 pm: Plush Beauty Lounge – Jillian Kerr

3 pm: Metro Music – Cee Lawrence

3 pm: Fourth Ave Baptist Church – Tom Wilson: Beautiful Scars Literary Recital

3 pm: Cabana’s Kitchen – Bruce Enloe

3 pm: Banditos – KONAH

3:15 pm: Goldart Jewellery Studio – susan o

3:15 pm: 107 Fourth Ave Wine Bar – David James Allen

3:15 pm: Eldon’s – Rory Taillon

4:15 pm: Eldon’s – Sophie D’Orléans

5 pm: Fourth Ave Baptist Church – SNRK: Identity and Process in 3 Albums

7 pm: Fourth Ave Baptist Church – Sparklesaurus

8-11 pm: Magic Marvest Bus – Krista Hartman

8 pm: Fourth Ave Baptist Church – Triples

9 pm: Fourth Ave Baptist Church – Luna Li

9 pm: Cabana’s Kitchen – Champagne Sundays

9 pm: Collabo Café – Colin Wylie

9 pm: Banditos – Patrick Rock

9:30 pm: Bowman’s on Bank – Piper & Carson

9:30 pm: Irene’s Pub – Li’l Andy

10 pm: Cabana’s Kitchen – Dirty Sheep

10 pm: Collabo Café – The Pale Light

10 pm: Crust & Crate – Tiny Cars

10 pm: Banditos – The “Self-Help” Club

10:15 pm: Pints & Quarts – Paolo Stante Band

10:30 pm: Craft Beer Market – Good Advice

10:30 pm: 107 Fourth Ave Wine Bar – DANA SIPOS

10:30 pm: Bowman’s on Bank – Chris Zimmerman & the Weather

10:30 pm: The Clocktower – Angelina Hunter Trio

10:30 pm: Irene’s Pub – Amos the Transparent

11 pm: Crust & Crate – Brian Asselin Duo

11:15 pm: Jack Astor’s – cicaeda

11:15 pm: Pints & Quarts – Jamie Douglas & the Powergoats

11:30 p.m. Bowman’s on Bank – Trevor Alguire

11:30 pm: The Clocktower – Lyle Odjick & the Northern Steam

11:30 pm: Craft Beer Market – DRAE

10:30 pm: Eldon’s – Isaac Vallentin

11:30 pm: Irene’s Pub – Mayhemingways


Marvest lineup a mix of familiar faces, new blood and fresh venues


The lineup for Marvest has got some familiar faces, some new blood and some Ottawa music scene vets who will no doubt put on a serious show along Bank Street Sept. 13-14.

A whopping 79 local bands are set to descend on pubs, hair salons, restaurants, banks and small ma and pa shops for a two-day sonic fete in the Glebe. Marvest vets like Harea Band, Grace Marr and the Tackies lead the pack with other notables Li’l Andy, Amos the Transparent and JFUN rounding out the stacked bill.

“Marvest was created to highlight the local Ottawa music scene,” says CityFolk Executive & Artistic Director Mark Monahan. “The CityFolk/Marvest artistic team considers many of these local artists Ottawa’s hidden gems. Please come out and support the amazing talent we have here in Ottawa!”

A total of 28 businesses are set to transform into live music venues for two days – places like Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s, Capital Barbershop, Purple Urchin Soap and more will host everything from rock and folk to singer-songwriter showcases throughout the weekend. This year’s edition features some staple venues like Irene’s Pub, Banditos and Craft Beer Market, along with brand new spots including Sen Asian Cuisine, The Cabana’s Kitchen, Eldon’s, Goldart Jewellery, Studio B Urban Modern Hair, Collabo Café, The Glebe Community Centre, Whole Health Pharmacy, Plush Beauty Lounge, Bowman’s on Bank,  and Silver Scissors Salon.

Those looking to continue the party after CityFolk Headliners Robert Plant and Leon Bridges close out the festival can hop aboard the Glebe’s own Magic Marvest Bus – a half convertible tourist bus that will take music fans on a loop through the Glebe, with stops at multiple venues along Bank Street. Get on and off the bus at Lansdowne Park, Third Avenue and Isabella Street. You may just discover a new emerging singer-songwriter, as the bus will double as a live venue Friday and Saturday night.

"“We’re thrilled with the addition of the Magic Marvest Bus and our partnership with Lady Dive Tours. This will bring a brand new way to take in music during the festival,” says Glebe BIA Executive Director Andrew Peck. “Hop on the bus, experience live music and tour the neighbourhood at the same time!”

Marvest kicks off Friday Sept. 13 at Whole Health Pharmacy where Alison Rose brings her folksy pop rock to the Bank Street shop at 6 p.m. Folk duo Tulips and Devilships take over at 7:15 p.m.

From there, Marvest moves around the Glebe, with a handful of shows at The Papery, The Cabana’s Kitchen and The 107 Fourth Avenue Wine Bar before Trevor Alguire bring his unique blend of bluegrass and Alberta country to Bowman’s on Bank at 11:30 p.m.

Saturday is for the families, as Sing Song Party Time with Derek McKinley takes over Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s for two back-to-back shows at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Enjoy hilarious music that will get the kids up dancing and taking part in this interactive family show.

Local DJ JFUN will kick up the beats at Capital Barbershop at 1:30 p.m. before Bruce Enloe brings his crafty song writing skills to The Cabana’s Kitchen at 3 p.m. The music continues throughout the day Saturday with shows at Crust and Crate, Sen Asian, BMO Lansdowne, Jack Astor’s, The Clocktower, Pints & Quarts and Kunstadt Sports.

The Fourth Avenue Baptist Church will be home to a song writing showcase all day Saturday from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. The program features Song writing 101 with Eleni Mande, Tom Wilson’s Beautiful Scars literary recital and Identity and Process in Three Albums with SNRK.

Marvest runs Friday Sept. 13 and Saturday Sept. 14 in the Glebe. Click here for a full festival lineup and schedule.


More bands, more venues, more Marvest


Local music showcase to transform the Glebe into sonic playground in September

The fifth edition of Marvest is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet, with more bands set to play in more venues than ever before during the Glebe’s local music showcase September 13-14.

Marvest, which runs alongside the city’s beloved CityFolk festival at Lansdowne Park, has ballooned from 13 venues in 2015 to a whopping 27 this year, with more than 70 local artists set to transform hair salons, banks, boutique shops and trendy restaurants into musical hot spots for the weekend. Marvest Program Coordinator Emma Francis says the quaint, rustic charm of the Glebe gives the festival a special vibe that is impossible to replicate anywhere else.

“With the variety of restaurants, shops and festivities in the Glebe, there truly is something for everyone, kind of like Marvest,” says Francis, adding that every Marvest show is completely free.

“Marvest programs every genre – from the blues to experimental, folk to funk, rock to hip-hop and everything in-between. There are showcases in hair salons, pubs, toy stores, cafes, pharmacies, banks – you name it. It is the local spirit of the Glebe in tandem with the support of the Glebe BIA that truly champions Marvest.”


Since its inception five years ago, Marvest has hosted more than 300 artists and over 400 performances in the Glebe – which not only speaks to the thriving music scene in Ottawa, but the neighbourhood’s dedication to local art. More than 25,000 music fans flooded Bank Street during last year’s festival, packing area establishments to the brim for family-friendly shows during the day and lively performances in local bars and restaurants at night. Part of Marvest’s charm is that it expands the festival footprint throughout the entire neighbourhood, making for a weekend of non-stop music. So, when big headliners Leon Bridges and Robert Plant drop the mic, the party doesn’t stop; Festivalgoers can wander into any number of other spaces to get a glimpse of Ottawa’s burgeoning music scene.

“Marvest celebrates curiosity,” adds Francis. “As a patron, you are part of a crowd wandering from venue-to-venue discovering new music, new performers and new places. Perhaps you walked into one of your favourite restaurants or shops in the Glebe, only to discover a new local artist. Perhaps you went to see one of your favourite local performers during Marvest, only to discover an interesting new dining experience or boutique in the process.”

New this year, be sure to hop on the Magic Marvest Bus – a funky open-air tour bus with live music on board, carrying the sounds of Marvest throughout the Glebe.

This year’s festival includes an impressive nine new venues along Bank Street and at Lansdowne. Get a fresh ‘do at Silver Scissors Salon while listening to the soothing sounds of a guitar. Enjoy being serenaded by a talented singer-songwriter while getting your nails done at Plush Beauty Lounge or groove to the beat of the drums while sharing a fresh-from-the-oven pizza from Crust & Crate with friends. This is the spirit of Marvest.

“Marvest is one of those made-in-Ottawa initiatives that make up the fabric of our great city. It brings people together in celebration of great local music,” says Glebe BIA Programming Manager Dana Thibeault.

“We are excited that even more people can experience this one-of-a-kind festival with the new Flora Footbridge connecting us with our neighbours in Old Ottawa East. Everyone is invited to come on down and see what it’s all about.”

Marvest runs September 14-15 with live shows Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. Visit for the full lineup on August 28, 2019.



CityFolk and Marvest Headline the Glebe this Weekend


It’s a music fan’s dream in the Glebe this weekend.

There are a whopping 120 musical performances in the Glebe this weekend – from greats like David Byrne, Hozier, and Ani DiFranco to more than 70 local emerging acts that will take over 24 venues throughout the neighbourhood Friday and Saturday.

Your weekend starts early this week with CityFolk taking over Lansdowne Thursday night with five solid acts taking the stage at the Great Lawn at Lansdowne.

The music kicks off at 6 p.m. with Tune-Yards, the New England based electro duo of Nate Brenner and Merrill Garbus. The pair have brought a roster of new musicians on board to fill out their unique sound. Check them out at the City Stage at 6 p.m.

After that, it’s the great Ani DiFranco, who know here way around a big stage. The American singer-songwriter, social activist and poet has released more than 20 albums and she’s set to put CityFolk under a spell Thursday night. She plays at 7:30 p.m.

Over at the RavenLaw Stage inside the Aberdeen Pavilion, you can catch Regina-based singer-songwriter Andy Shauf, who beautifully blends folk with sophisticated pop. The multi-instrumentalist is sure to steal the show tonight at CityFolk. He hits the stage at 8 p.m.

Minnesota bluegrass-folk band Trampled by Turtles will keep things kicking at the RavenLaw stage at 9:30 p.m. while headliner David Byrne, former lead singer of the Talking Heads, will take things to new heights at the CityStage at 9:00 p.m. Click here for a full festival schedule.

Friday will be just as loud with Marvest kicking off Friday afternoon with Kyle Ivan at Bank of Montreal at Lansdowne. The completely free local music fest continues Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening, with a whopping 89 performances spread across 24 different venues in the Glebe. Click here to read more about Marvest and for a full day-by-day, hour-by-hour schedule.

Friday at CityFolk also boasts another roster of great bands, including Canadian rock favourites 54-40, Allan Rayman, Flint Eastwood, Humble Pie, William Prince and Nick Murphy (Chet Faker). Click here for the full Friday CityFolk schedule.

Saturday is when Marvest kicks into high gear with 59 shows throughout the day and night. There are kids and family-friendly shows, like the Sing Song Party Time at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. as well as more party-with-your-pals shows like Rebelle at Irene’s Pub at 11:30 p.m. Click here to check out the day two schedule for Marvest.

Saturday’s CityFolk schedule packs enough of a sonic punch to have your ears ringing all weekend with Barney Bentall, Ben Caplan, Michael McDonald, Skydiggers and Whitney Rose, among others. Irish headliner Hozier will take you to church Saturday night at the City Stage at 9:15 p.m. Click here for more information.

All that music must make you sore. Stretch it out with GoodLife Fitness Sunday morning during their TD Place Stadium workout. The workout is free for everyone over 12 and kicks off at 8 a.m. Click here for details.

After sweating it out, head over to the Ottawa Farmers’ Market. The market runs every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with tons of produce, artisan goods and sweet treats all day. Click here for more information on the Farmers’ Market.

Sunday is another wicked day at CityFolk with local blues favourites MonkeyJunk kicking things off on the City Stage at 3:30 p.m. The music fest continues all day with Mt. Joy at 6:30 p.m., Terra Lightfoot at 7:30 p.m. and The Decemberists closing the festival at 9 p.m. on the City Stage. Click here for the full Sunday schedule.




Marvest 2018 arrives in the Glebe


There isn’t really a better time to get to know Ottawa’s emerging local music scene than this weekend in the Glebe.

A total of 70 bands are set to descend on the area Friday and Saturday for Marvest – a CityFolk off shoot festival that will see 24 Glebe venues transform into mini concert halls and performance spaces for a weekend of pure sonic fun.

Marvest was inspired by Austin’s acclaimed SXSW Festival – and although Marvest might not yet be on that same scale, the level of rich talent playing the Glebe festival is on par with any festival around.

Ottawa cares about local talent,” says Marvest Program Coordinator Emma Francis, adding that she sees over 500 artist submissions every year for Ottawa Bluesfest and CityFolk. “The growth in attendance at Marvest over the last three years speaks to local appreciation for homegrown talent as well as the popularity of featuring local openers before touring headliners at festivals and club shows throughout the year. People want to see them up on stage.”

This year’s Marvest is the biggest yet with 24 venues total, including new venues Banditos, 107 Fourth Avenue Wine Bar, Jack Astor’s Lansdowne, Mad Radish, South St. Burger, The Soup Guy Café, Studio B Urban Salon, Purple Urchin and The Element High School. Last year’s fest brought in a record 25,000 music fans from across the city.

Every single Marvest performance is free all weekend long, with several of the Saturday performances geared towards families, including Sing Song Party Time with Derek McKinley Saturday at 2 and 3 p.m. at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s.

So, bring the entire family down to the Glebe for some musical fun. Come early with the kids and stay late with your pals to catch some of Ottawa’s top emerging bands. Check out the full schedule below and plan your musical weekend in the Glebe.

Friday, September 14

Saturday, September 15

4 p.m. 1 p.m.
BMO at Lansdowne The Clocktower
Kyle Ivan No Hits

6:30 p.m. 1 p.m.
The Papery Lindt
Colibri Crystalena

7 p.m. 1 p.m.
Mad Radish BMO
Mountain Eyes Audrey Saparno

8 p.m. 1 p.m.
Fifth + Bank Pure Gelato
Joe Brownrigg Justin Ralph

8 p.m. 1:15 p.m.
Mad Radish CRAFT Beer Market
Ilvekyo Adam Ferris

9 p.m. 1:30 p.m.
Arrow & Loon Capital Barbershop
The Vaneglory Farm Muzzy Legault

9 p.m. 1:45 p.m.
Jack Astor’s Arrow & Loon
Steve St. Pierre Chas Guay

9 p.m. 1:45 p.m.
South St. Burger Purple Urchin
No Fly List Remaclara

9 p.m. 2 p.m.
The Soup Guy Café The Clocktower
Sweet Rocket O Neptune

9:30 p.m. 2 p.m.
Irene’s Pub Kunstadt Sports
Double Magnum Christine Jakel

10 p.m. 2 p.m.
Fifth + Bank Lindt
Jon Creeden Adam Ferris

10 p.m. 2 p.m.
Banditos Metro Music
Archy the Cockroach Audrey Saparno

10 p.m. 2 p.m.
Jack Astor’s Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s
Casa Lagarto Sing Song Party Time w/ Derek McKinley

10 p.m. 2 p.m.
South St. Burger BMO
Rainwater Whiskey Crystalena

10 p.m. 2 p.m.
The Soup Guy Café Pure Gelato
Sleepy and the Noise Fonts

10:30 p.m. 2 p.m.
Industria Pizzeria & Bar Banditos
Renee Landry Tiffany Schilkie

10:30 p.m. 2:15 p.m.
Irene’s Pub The Soup Guy Café
Josephine Leone Kyle Burghout

10:30 p.m. 2:15 p.m.
107 Fourth Ave Wine Bar Fifth + Bank
D.B. Cohen Dylan Holton

11 p.m. 2:15 p.m.
Arrow & Loon CRAFT Beer Market
Stillwinter Hills David DaCosta

11 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Banditos South St. Burger
Beats’n Keys Dan Kelly

11 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Jack Astor’s The Element High School
Lost to the River Kurtis Adamus

11:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.
Industria Pizzeria + Bar Purple Urchin
Nile Groove Muzzy Legault

11:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.
Irene’s Pub Arrow & Loon
Mosely Justin Ralph

2:45 p.m.
Capital Barbershop

3 p.m.
Kunstadt Sports

3 p.m.
Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s
Sing Song Party Time w/ Derek McKinley

3 p.m.
Christine Jakel

3 p.m.
Jack Astor’s
Chas Guay

3:15 p.m.
Fifth + Bank
David DaCosta

3:15 p.m.
Metro Music
Tiffany Schilkie

3:15 p.m.
South St. Burger
Kyle Burghout

3:15 p.m.
The Soup Guy Café
Dylan Holton

4:30 p.m.
The Papery
Krista Hartman

5:30 p.m.
The Papery
Mabel Beggs

7 p.m.
Mad Radish
Old Man Grant

8 p.m.
Fifth + Bank
Almost Kennedy

8 p.m.
Mad Radish
Kristine St-Pierre

9 p.m.
Pints & Quarts
Gentlemen of the Woods

9 p.m.
Fifth + Bank
Brad Sucks

9 p.m.
South St. Burger
Fiddlehead Soup

9 p.m.
Studio B Urban Salon
Alexis Neon

9 p.m.
The Soup Guy Café
Jonathan Becker

9:30 p.m.
The Clocktower
All Day Breakfast

9:30 p.m.
Industria Pizzeria + Bar

9:30 p.m.
107 Fourth Ave Wine Bar
Krista Hartman

10 p.m.
Pints & Quarts
The Ethics

10 p.m.
Arrow & Loon
Ty Hall

10 p.m.
South St. Burger
The Dustbowl Daddies

10 p.m.
Studio B Urban Salon
Lake Urmia

10 p.m.
The Soup Guy Café
Cody Allen

10:30 p.m.
The Clocktower

10:30 p.m.
Industria Pizzeria + Bar
The Obsidians

10:30 p.m.
Irene’s Pub

10:30 p.m.
107 Fourth Ave Wine Bar
Mabel Beggs

9:15 p.m.
A Leverage for Mountains

11 p.m.
Pints & Quarts
Winchester Warm

11 p.m.
Arrow & Loon
The Dark Slacks

11 p.m.
Studio B Urban Salon
The Opposite Point of Life

11:30 p.m.
The Clocktower

11:30 p.m.
Industria Pizzeria + Bar
The Reverb Syndicate

11:30 p.m.
Irene’s Pub

10:15 p.m.
Nighttime in Kansas


David Byrne, Hozier to headline CityFolk in the Glebe


There aren’t many better ways to celebrate your 25th birthday than with David Byrne of the Talking Heads.

The former frontman, and now solo artists is set to headline this year’s CityFolk festival at Lansdowne, and organizers are pulling out all the stops to celebrate the 25th anniversary Sept. 12-16.

Joining Byrne are a slew of other premiere acts including Irish indie rocker Hozier, classic rock icon Steve Earle & the Dukes, Scottish indie poppers Belle and Sebastian, Icelandic blues artist Kaleo, The Decembrists and Ottawa’s own MonkeyJunk, among others.

“We’re confident that this year’s line-up will create quite a buzz among Ottawa music fans,” says CityFolk executive and artistic director Mark Monahan. “Several of the acts we were able to book—such as David Byrne—have been on our wish list for quite a few years.”

This year’s celebration will also see the return of Marvest – an offshoot festival that puts local bands in bars and shops all along Bank Street during the festival. Last year’s mini fest saw more than 65 local bands play in 19 different venues – toy stores, food shops, pubs and barber shops – drawing a whopping 25,000 music fans over the two days. Marvest returns Sept. 14 and 15 throughout the Glebe. The local lineup has not yet been revealed.

Rounding out the stellar lineup is a sonic mix of emerging and established acts including Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers fame, Minnesota bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles, Flint Eastwood, Australia’s Nick Murphy (Chet Faker) and Halifax folk favourite Ben Caplan, among many more.

Organizers of CityFolk will play homage to the original festival – The Ottawa Folk Festival – by showcasing a gallery of vintage photos, memorabilia and hosting conversations that chronicle the rich history of the fest. Folk Fest alumni will also be featured at this year’s festival.

Tickets are now on sale for just $139 for a full festival pass. Music fans can choose between full festival passes, day passes or VIP experience packages. Click here to get your tickets now!




Rock heads and food lovers unite in the Glebe this weekend


Break out your acid wash jeans, slip on that cut off tee and lace up your high tops, because it’s a weekend of nostalgic 80s rock in the Glebe.

Music fans will be in hair metal heaven when Foreigner and Judas Priest take over the Arena at TD Place this weekend for two separate shows that will give you a reason to pull that dusty denim vest out of the basement trunk.

Hot Blooded music fans will be seeing Double Vision Friday night when Foreigner brings out their sonic bag of tricks that have made them one of the world’s most popular rock bands. The band has sold more than 75 million albums in their 40-year career with hits like Feels Like The First Time, Urgent and Cold as Ice. Come out and sing some old favourites at the Arena at TD Place in the Glebe. Tickets are between $69 and $89. More information here.

But the music doesn’t stop there. Just two days later, TD Place will get even louder when heavy metal legends Judas Priest bring their Firepower Tour to the Glebe Sunday night. While the hall of fame rockers are touring with their new album, Firepower, you can expect to hear classic favourites like Delivering the Goods, Breaking the Law and You’ve Got Another Thing Coming. Tickets run between $45 and $89.95. Click here to get your rock on.

There’s also lots of stuff sandwiched between the rock concerts in the Glebe.

Fill your sweet tooth Saturday afternoon at the Horticulture Building, which will be transformed into a giant urban sugar shack. Reserve your seat for one of four sittings and indulge on a gourmet menu prepared by Rituel’s chef Jean-Philippe Ménard. Your ticket also includes access to the outdoor venue featuring a hot chocolate bar, a maple taffy bar and a lumberjack competition. Click here for tickets.

Take a food tour of some of the Glebe’s top restaurants with C’est Bon Cooking’s Taste of the Glebe Tour Sunday afternoon. cruise through the Ottawa Farmers’ Market, take a stroll along Bank Street and check out some of the food shops at Lansdowne and beyond. The tour kicks off at 1 p.m. and runs until 3:30. Bring your appetite. Click here for details.

Rock heads and foodies unite in the Glebe this weekend. See you there.

Marvest brings over 50 local bands to the Glebe during CityFolk

53 bands; 19 venues; 2 days.

Marvest is back.

More than 50 local bands will continue the CityFolk party Sept. 15-16, as 19 Glebe businesses will be transformed into music venues over the weekend – toy stores, bike shops, banks and bars. You won’t want to miss the Glebe’s own version of SXSW.

“This is a great opportunity for the CityFolk organization to promote local talent by working in cooperation with local businesses,” says CityFolk Executive Director Mark Monahan. “It gives the musicians a boost by helping them develop their audiences, and it helps businesses broaden their customer base.”

The stellar local lineup includes Scary Bear Soundtrack, The Chocolate Hot Pockets, Area Resident, Slim Moore and the New Soul Project, Weird With Cats and many more. The lineup spans multiple genres from indie rock and electronica, to jazz, folk and funk – giving audiences an expansive selection of sonic syrup to choose from.

The free shows begin Friday afternoon with Beyond Spain at BMO Lansdowne at 4:30. The Papery then gets Bank Street going with Jessica Wedden at 6 p.m. Etoile Noire plays Whole Foods at 8:15 p.m. before the Artichoke Hearts get the FarmTeam Cookhouse moving at 9 p.m. Shows continue through midnight at Irene’s Pub, The Unrefined Olive, the Arrow & Loon, Industria Pizzeria & Bar and the Clocktower Brew Pub.

Saturday’s shows get going at 1 p.m. with Templeton Grey at Metro Music, Jaycee Lauren at Irene’s, Mia Kelly at Arrow & Loon, and Kimberly Sunstrum at BMO Lansdowne. Performances continue throughout the day at Capital Barbershop, Lindt Chocolate, Pure Gelato, Kunstadt Sports, the Fifth Avenue Court, Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, Craft Beer Markets and Aroma Espresso Bar.  Check out the full lineup and schedule here.