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.