As summer days get shorter, music-lovers look forward to the last hurrah of Ottawa’s music festivals: CityFolk. The four-day event has an impressive lineup on tap with over 30 performances by top and emerging artists on two stages (one indoor, one outdoor) at Lansdowne Park near downtown Ottawa. And if that’s not enough, offshoot festival Marvest hosts over 40 free shows in the surrounding Glebe neighbourhood. End the festival season on a high note at CityFolk, September 12-15, 2019!
Icons and rising stars
Each year, CityFolk attracts Canadian and international artists representing folk, rock, alternative, bluegrass, hip hop, country, and other musical genres. This year, more than 30 performances at Lansdowne Park on the outdoor City Stage (on the Great Lawn) and on the RAVENLAW Stage (in the historic Aberdeen Pavilion).
The 2019 lineup includes everything from world-renown artists to local favourites. Some highlights:
- Thursday, Sept. 12:Dwayne Gretzky, The Strumbellas, Larkin Poe, Lucina Williams
- Friday, Sept. 13: Summersault – Our Lady Peace, +LIVE+ Bush, Rich Aucoin, Dear Rouge
- Saturday, Sept. 14: Leon Bridges, Eleni Mandell, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Rhye, Lee Harvey Osmond
- Sunday, Sept. 15: Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, Harrow Fair, Dawes, Lucy Dacus, Tim Baker
More than music
In addition to amazing concerts in an incredible setting, CityFolk also has on-site vendors of craft beer, food, artisanal products and official merchandise. Want to introduce young kids to live music? Children aged nine and under get complimentary access when accompanied by a ticketed adult, and they can enjoy kid-friendly activities on weekend afternoons in the BSOMA KidZone.
CityFolk’s offshoot event, Marvest (a musical harvest), spotlights Ottawa’s own musical community. Businesses throughout the lively Glebe neighbourhood host over 40 free concerts by talented local acts, September 13-14, 2019. Even kids can enjoy shows that are held in non-licensed venues. A feast of local music!
To see the full lineup of CityFolk and Marvest performances, and to get your tickets, visit the CityFolk website. Don’t miss the last big music event of the year!