PHOTOS: Cityfolk 2017 wows crowds at Lansdowne Park

Graham McLaughlin of Common Deer during a performance Saturday afternoon. (Devyn Barrie/

Danielle Allard’s already broken into the telephone hold music market, but she’s really got her eyes set on the elevator music racket (pun not intended.)

Or so she joked, in a reference to city hall’s local hold music efforts, as the Ottawa musician wrapped up her 3 p.m. performance on Saturday at the City Stage during day four of Cityfolk 2017.

The Great Lawn of Lansdowne Park simmered in the September heat as temperatures climbed to a high of 27 degrees by 2 p.m., hot enough to cause Allard to acknowledge her black dress was perhaps not a wise choice of attire.

Concertgoers also gathered inside the Aberdeen Pavilion Saturday for a full slate of performers, including Common Deer, an orchestral indie band from Toronto.

A schedule for final performances on Sunday are available at

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Danielle Allard while near the end of her performance on the City Stage

Allard’s final song was Little Demons, which is played on the city’s telephone hold music, she told the audience.

Allard’s music includes elements of jazz, pop, folk and blues. Her new EP, Passing Notes, is set for release this fall.

Sheila Hart of Common Deer plays the keyboard and sings during a 4:30 p.m. performance inside the Aberdeen Pavilion.

Graham McLaughlin plays a violin during Common Deer’s performance.

Devyn Barrie

Devyn Barrie is the editor of and its sister site He has a journalism diploma from Algonquin College and has lived in Ottawa most of his life. Twitter: @DevynBarrieNews.


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