Ottawa’s CityFolk celebrating 25 years this September

Looking ahead to Ottawa’s final music party of the year, the 2018 CityFolk seeks to give folks a poetic and laid back send off to summer.

Celebrating 25 years since its earliest days as the Ottawa Folk Festival, this year’s CityFolk brings a highly international lineup to Lansdowne Park in the Capital’s Glebe neighbourhood. Opening night, Wednesday, September 12, will feature a decidedly blues flavoured lineup, including Icelandic rockers, Kaleo, and blues rock staples Tedeschi Trucks Band and Steve Earle and the Dukes.

On Thursday, September 13, Regina’s Andy Shauf will share the CityFolk stage with legendary singer-songwriters, Ani DiFranco and David Byrne.  Friday, September 14, Australia’s Nick Murphy (formally Chet Faker) will headline the main stage that will also feature an acoustic performance by 54-40 and a return appearance by Toronto’s Allan Raymond.

Saturday, September 15, will see Canada’s own Skydiggers, Lindi Ortega and Barney Bentall appear alongside Irish sensation, Hozier, and legendary singer-songwriters Janis Ian and Michael McDonald. Portland’s the Decemberists will close out the festival on Sunday, September 16, alongside Whitehorse, Terra Lightfoot and Ottawa’s own MonkeyJunk.

New to the festival this year will be three, off-site events.  The Trews will perform an acoustic set at Fourth Avenue Baptist Church on September 8, while Ottawa singer-songwriter Kelly Prescott will headline Country Gems at St. Giles Church.  The final event, Folk Gems, will have Ottawa’s Finest Kind headline the stage at St. Giles Church.

In addition, the festival will soon be releasing details of this year’s free Marvest; a series of in-store and on the street performances that will stretch through the Glebe neighbourhood.

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