Marvest to turn Bank Street into a mini Austin, Texas for weekend
More than 60 local bands are taking over Bank Street Sept. 18-19 for Marvest – a local music and food showcase spinning off of the bigger CityFolk festival happening at Lansdowne.
Thirteen local Glebe shops will be the backdrop for these free concerts and although some are traditional live music venues like Irene’s Pub and the FarmTeam Cookhouse, many are unorthodox music venues like the Unrefined Olive, Octopus Books, Kunstadt Sports, Metro Music, The Wild Oat Bakery, Whole Foods, David’s Tea and Black Squirrel Books and Local Pub and Eatery.
The idea is inspired by Austin’s SXSW festival, but with a local spin. It was also a way for CityFolk Artistic and Executive Director Mark Monahan to involve the business community in the Glebe with a big event at Lansdowne Park.
“Music fans in the region recognize that Ottawa has an abundance of world-class talent,” says CityFolk’s Monahan. “We see Marvest as an ideal opportunity to work with local businesses to showcase that talent and to enhance the CityFolk experience.”
Once the big headliners like Van Morrison, Wilco and The Avett Brothers finish up their sets at CityFolk, the party will move down Bank Street with bands like Wakefield indie electro-pop band The Strain, Hey Buster, Lost Cousins and alt-folk rockers Slo’ Tom and the Handsome Devils taking the helm.
The shows are all free, aside from House of Targ outside of the Glebe, and there are several daytime concerts happening Sept. 19 for families and kids. Daytime shows include jazz band Le Meow at The FarmTeam Cookhouse at 1 p.m., acoustic guitarist Rich Chris at Original Burger Joint at 1 p.m., Hey Buster at Kunstadt Sports at 4 p.m. and Dynamite Motel at David’s Tea at 3 p.m. There are many more daytime shows on the Saturday, click here to see the full list.
And there will be a full lineup of new music at the Marvest Central Hub inside the Aberdeen Pavilion where nine local bands will release new album’s during a new music showcase.
Monahan said he can’t remember a time in the past 25 years when the Ottawa music scene was so hot.
“Aside from our mandate of showcasing Ottawa’s world-class music talent, we’ve also been making a big push to encourage local acts to produce new music, in recent years,” adds Monahan.
“We see our Marvest Album Release Program as an excellent way of achieving that objective.”
CityFolk starts on Sept. 16 with Marvest starting up Sept. 18.