CityFolk music festival organizers today confirmed plans to stage a showcase of exceptional musical talent under the banner of Marvest. The Ottawa area has a wealth of musical talent, and Marvest plans to reap the harvest. Marvest—a harvest of music, fun, food and beverages—is the newest initiative from the folks behind CityFolk. Marvest will highlight Ottawa’s best new sounds and celebrate the many talented musicians who have made Ottawa’s music scene so vibrant.
“Music fans in the region recognize that Ottawa has an abundance of world-class talent,” says CityFolk’s executive and artistic director Mark Monahan. “We see Marvest as an ideal opportunity to work with local businesses to showcase that talent and to enhance the CityFolk experience.”
Inspired by the city-wide explosion of music during Austin’s SXSW Festival, the focus of Marvest is to present residents and visitors to Ottawa with a feast of locally produced music, food and drink. Throughout the event, the sights, flavours and sounds of Marvest will spill out of various venues along Bank Street. More than 60 Musical acts have been confirmed so far, including Alex Silas and the Subterraneans, Amanda Lowe, Amos the Transparent, Baberaham Lincoln, Black Dogs, Bottle Hearts, Danielle Allard, Dynamite Motel, Harea Band, Her Harbour, Hey Buster, High Waters, Ilvekyo, Jack Pine and the Fire, James Leclaire and the Cable 22s, John Allaire, Jon Becker and the North Fields, Kaleigh Watts, Kelly Sloan, Kristine St-Pierre, LeMeow, Loon Choir, Lost Cousins, Lost to the River, MATT dorgan PROJECT, Monday I Retire, Moonfruits, Nightshades, Orienteers, Pith and the Parenchymas, Rich Chris, Silver Creek, Slo’ Tom and the Handsome Devils, Spencer Scharf, St. Stephens, Steamers, Steve Adamyk Band, Stone Age Man, Suits ‘N Toques, The Brook, The Maxim Cossette Combo, The Gallop, The Hornettes, The Kingmakers, The Lionyls, The Ramblin’ Valley Band, The Split, The Strain, The Vaneglory Farm, Three Times Lucky, Tindervox and Zoo Legacy.
More information about who’s playing where and when can be found on the CityFolk website by clicking on the Marvest logo or pasting the following URL into your browser: http://cityfolkfestival.com/onsite-attractions/marvest/
Marvest venues: The Wild Oat, Metro Music, Octopus Books, Black Squirrel Books, House of Targ, Kunstadt Sports, FarmTeam Cookhouse, David’s Tea, The Unrefined Olive, Original Burger, Whole Foods Market, LOCAL Public Eatery, Irene’s, and the Aberdeen Pavilion. The Aberdeen Pavilion will be the central hub of Marvest. Access will be free and will offer the best in local music, artisans, craft beer and culinary delights. Local breweries and wineries will be sampling their products.
Aberdeen Pavilion highlights include:
- FREE Live Music Performances, including the Marvest Album Release Program
- Metro Artist Lounge (with interactive artists SESSIONS and Autograph Tent)
- 15 Craft breweries (including signature draft beer provider, Beau’s Brewing Company)
- 14 Artisans
- Ottawa Farmer’s Market
- Coffee lounge
- Festival bar
- Food Eating Challenges
Marvest Album Release Program
In keeping with the theme of harvesting local music, nine Ottawa bands will release their newest albums as part of the free programming at the Aberdeen Pavilion. Participating bands include: Loon Choir (September 18th, 10 p.m. – All Of This and Everything Else); Alex Silas and the Subterraneans (September 17th, 10 p.m. – Tunnels); High Waters (September 19th, 10 p.m. – Goodnight Mara); Lost to the River (September 19th, 7 p.m. – Lost to the River); Ilvekyo (September 18th/ , 7 p.m. – Out Of Control); James Leclaire and the Cable 22’s (September 17th, 7 p.m. – These Weights); John Allaire (September 20th, 7 p.m. – South of Solitude); Moonfruits (September 19th, 4 p.m. – Carousel EP); and The Brook (September 20th, 4 p.m. – Sweet Talk).
“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,” says CityFolk’s executive and artistic director Mark Monahan. “We see our Marvest Album Release Program as an excellent way of achieving that objective.”