Marvest goes virtual with 15 online concerts to stream at home

October 13, 2020 | by glebeadmin

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We may not be able to all pack into Irene’s Pub or The Papery to catch one of the region’s most exciting up and coming bands this fall, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Ottawa’s awesome music scene.

Around this time of year the Glebe would typically 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.

The free virtual concert series will feature more than a dozen of the region’s most exciting bands, with everything from folk to funk and R&B to rock. Musical theatre, interactive children’s music and compelling singer-songwriter sessions are on deck for the festival this year.

Adapting a live festival to a virtual one during a pandemic was certainly a challenge, but one that was all worth it, says CityFolk Programming Coordinator Emma Francis.

“It was very important for us to maintain the event, even if it meant adapting creatively to these strange and trying circumstances,” she says. “It also continues to be a space to showcase emerging Ottawa musicians, as well as more established musicians interested in a one-of-a-kind performance opportunity.

The concerts will air every Wednesday and Friday at noon on the CityFolk website here. So pack your living room, turn your home theatre speakers up to 11 and tune in every week. This is Marvest.

2020 Virtual Marvest Schedule

Wed, Oct. 14 – Andrew Waines

Fri, Oct. 16 – Children of Indigo

Wed, Oct. 21 – Chris Page

Fri, Oct. 23 – The Lionyls

Wed, Oct. 28 – Neha Sin

Fri, Oct. 30 – Hopper

Wed, Nov. 4 – Jonathan Pearce of Winchester Warm

Fri, Nov. 6 – Jeff & the Falcons

Wed, Nov. 11 – Crystalena

Fri, Nov. 13 – Mia Kelly

Wed, Nov. 18 – Monkey Rock Music

Fri, Nov. 20 – Jumpin’ Joel Flash

Mon, Nov. 23 – Tara Shannon

Wed, Nov. 25 – Dan Kelly

Fri, Nov. 27 – The North Woods