Marvest set to unleash musical fury in the Glebe

September 12, 2017 | by glebeadmin

More than 50 local bands will transform the Glebe into a music haven this weekend when Marvest launches in 19 different venues along Bank Street.

Barbershops, banks, bars, toy stores, food shops, and grocery stores will be the canvas for a free musical harvest of local talent Sept. 15-16 with multiple performances throughout the day and evening.

The two-day festival is the Glebe’s own version of Austin’s ever-popular SXSW.

“We’ve seen this festival model thrive in cities like Austin and as we go into year three of Marvest, we feel the community is becoming more and more invested in a similar event here in Ottawa,” says CityFolk Programming Assistant Emma Francis.

“We encourage patrons to check out interesting acts in interesting places. The diversity of Marvest venues, all of which reside in heavy foot-traffic areas, also helps to increase exposure for local artists.”

While it may be odd to catch a live performance while applying for a mortgage at Bank of Montreal, or listening to deep electronic music while surrounded by steel drums of olive oil, Francis says putting music in unconventional spaces is what Marvest is really all about.

“Music is everywhere. We have soul and funk in a Pizzeria, with acts like The Chocolate Hot Pockets and The Occasional Angels performing at Industria and psychedelic rock at the brewpub with acts like The Heavy Medicine Band and Expanda Fuzz performing at Clocktower,” adds Francis.

“It’s all part of the fun.”

Part of what has made Marvest, now in its third year, so successful, is the fact that local businesses are committed to fostering local arts in the community. Many Glebe business owners recognize the depth of musical talent in the city, and take advantage of every opportunity to give exposure to young, up-and-coming bands – whether its inside a gelato shop, a restaurant, a bar, or an arts supplies store. This harmonious relationship transforms businesses into exciting and intimate sonic spaces for an afternoon, an evening, or for an entire weekend. Stroll into The Papery this Saturday afternoon, and you just may hear Canada’s next musical icon while shopping for a special birthday card.

“Many of the local businesses we work with are locally grown, which allows a mutual appreciation to develop between the local acts who perform and the venues they perform in. Pairing together RnB singer-songwriter KAIJA with The Unrefined Olive for example, creates an interesting atmosphere,” adds Francis.

“The venues who are not originally from Ottawa still express great enthusiasm over the Glebe as well as the broader Ottawa community. Whole Foods have been Marvest supporters since its inaugural year. This year, we’ve paired them with acts like singer-songwriting duo Étoile Noire, which again makes for a very unique musical experience.”

Marvest gets underway Friday afternoon at 4:30 with singer-songwriter Beyond Spain at BMO at Lansdowne, followed by fiddler Jessica Wedden at The Papery at 6 p.m. The festival continues all night with performances at Whole Foods Market, The FarmTeam Cookhouse, The Arrow & Loon Pub, the Clocktower, Irene’s Pub, The Unrefined Olive, Industria Pizzeria + Bar. Saturday’s lineup includes shows at Metro Music, Craft Beer Market, Pure Gelato, Lindt Chocolate Shop, Capital Barber Shop, the Fifth Avenue Court, Kunstadt Sports, Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, Pints & Quarts and Aroma Espresso Bar.

See the entire schedule below, or click here to see learn more about Marvest.


BMO at Lansdowne

4:30 p.m. Beyond Spain

The Papery

6 p.m. Jessica Wedden

7 p.m. Étoile Noire

Whole Foods Market

7:15 p.m. Jessica Wedden

8:15 p.m. Étoile Noire

Farmteam Cookhouse and Bar

9 p.m. The Artichoke Hearts

10 p.m. The Pie Plates

11 p.m. Graven

Arrow & Loon Pub

9 p.m. Okies

10 p.m. Scary Bear Soundtrack

11 p.m. Fire Antlers

Clocktower Brew Pub

9:30 p.m. Swim Team

10:30 p.m. Aviation

11:30 p.m. Weird With Cats

Irene’s Pub

9:30 p.m. Area Resident

10:30 p.m. John Fuoco Band

11:30 p.m. Silver Creek

The Unrefined Olive

9:30 p.m. KAIJA

10:30 p.m. Training Season

Industria Pizzeria + Bar

9:30 p.m. Thrust

10:30 p.m. The Chocolate Hot Pockets

11:30 p.m. Slimmoore and the NewSoulProject


Irene’s Pub

1 p.m. Jaycee Lauren

3 p.m. Jad

10:30 p.m. theroyalbrushoff

11:30 p.m. JK3

Metro Music

1 p.m. Templeton Grey

2:15 p.m. Sarah Scriver

BMO at Lansdowne

1 p.m. Kimberly Sunstrum

2:45 p.m. Méabh

Arrow & Loon Pub

1 p.m. Mia Kelly

2:30 p.m. Grace Marr

10:30 p.m. Sounds of Stories

11:30 p.m. Sons of Pluto

Pure Gelato

1:15 p.m Grace Marr

2:15 p.m. Mia Kelly

Lindt Chocolate Shop

1:30 p.m. Rory Taillon

2:30 p.m. Liam Lloyd

Capital Barber Shop

1:30 p.m. Sarah Scriver

2:30 p.m. Templeton Gray

Fifth + Bank (Fifth Avenue Court)

1:45 p.m Vicki Brittle

3:15 p.m. Steph La Rochelle

Kunstadt Sports

1:45 p.m. Tariq Anwar

3:30 p.m. Bruce Enloe

FarmTeam Cookhouse

2 p.m. Bruce Enloe

3 p.m Tariq Anwar

10:30 p.m. Rum Fit Mosey

11:30 p.m. Shadowhand

Aroma Espresso Bar

2 p.m. Jad

3 p.m. Jaycee Lauren

The Unrefined Olive

9:30 p.m. Morris Ogbowu

10:30 p.m. RBLx

Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s

2 p.m. Steph La Rochelle

2:45 p.m  Vicki Brittle

Craft Beer Market

2:15 p.m. Rory Taillon

3:15 p.m. Liam Lloyd

The Papery

4 p.m. Mister & His Sister

5 p.m. Bryan Snider

Industria Pizzeria + Bar

4:30 p.m. Kimberly Sunstrum

5:30 p.m. Méabh

10:30 p.m. The Leaning Lights

11:30 p.m. The Occasional Angels

Whole Foods Market

6:15 p.m. Mister & His Sister

7:15 p.m. Bryan Snider

Pints and Quarts

9 p.m. Ghostly Hounds

10 p.m. Gentlemen of the Woods

11 p.m. The Jimmy Tri-Tone Band

Clocktower Brewpub

9 p.m. Potential Red

10 p.m. Expanda Fuzz

11 p.m. Heavy Medicine Band