Weekend What’s Up: CityFolk and Marvest set to invade the Glebe with pure music

September 12, 2019 | by glebeadmin


There’s a lot to sing about if you’re a music fan in the Glebe.

This weekend will be a sonic punch to the gut, with CityFolk and Marvest taking over the neighbourhood from Thursday to Sunday, with more than 100 musical performances set to light the Glebe afire.

It all starts Thursday when Dwayne Gretzky, Lucinda Williams and the Strumbellas kick off CityFolk for a night of funk, alt folk and indie rock at the Great Lawn. Canadian psych country rocker Orville Peck kicks things off on the City Stage at 6 p.m. before three-time Grammy winner Lucinda Williams brings her dark rooted Americana folk flare to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Alt country indie rockers The Strumbellas close out the night on the City Stage at 9:15 p.m.

The RavenLaw Stage inside the Aberdeen Pavilion will be bumping all night with Newfoundland’s the Once, Tennessee-based roots rock band Larkin Poe and Toronto funk band Dwayne Gretzky providing the tunes.

CityFolk continues Friday night with Live, Bush, Our Lady Peace and Rich Aucoin. Saturday’s headliner is Texas soul singer Leon Bridges along with Saul Williams, RHYE and Tim Baker. Sunday will be a special night at Lansdowne when classic rock god Robert Plant brings his Sensational Space Shifters to the festival at 9:15 p.m. to close out the festival. Get your tickets to CityFolk online here.

But after CityFolk headliners play their last note, the party is not over. A whopping 79 local bands will keep the music going all down Bank Street Friday, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening for Marvest. The 2-day free concert showcase features everything from family entertainment and singer-songwriter workshops to hip hop, folk, indie rock and electronic DJ shows who will transform a record 28 venues into intimate music spaces for the festival. Country duo The Rifle & the Writer officially kick off Marvest at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon at Bank of Montreal. Shows continue throughout the evening with final shows at 11:30 p.m. at several locations. Click here for the full Marvest Schedule.

Saturday kicks off early with experimental pop-rocker Crystalena at 12:45 p.m. at BMO while Almyr Jules gets the party started at Cabana’s Kitchen at 2 p.m. Shows continue throughout the day, including the family-friendly Sing Song Party Time at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. In the evening, bars and restaurants like Banditos, Eldon’s and Irene’s pub are going late with indie rockers The “Self-Help” Club, pop singer Isaac Vallentin and dark folk band the Mayhemingways, respectively. Click here for the full Marvest Schedule.

But music isn’t the only thing to take in this weekend. The Ottawa Farmers’ Market  is the place where you can score radishes, cranberries and pears, which are currently in season. The Market runs every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Aberdeen Square. Click here for details.

Ever walked by a gorgeous house in the Glebe and stop to wonder, who built it? When was it built? Who lived here so many years ago? Answer those curious question during the Glebe House Tour Sunday that will take participants on a cruise through the Glebe’s most unique homes – from heritage jewels to architectural masterpieces. The tour runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for tickets.

It’s another sonic weekend in the Glebe.