MetropolisFolk is marking the 25th anniversary of the Ottawa Folk Festival with an expanded version of Marvest and a live performance collection that pulls two Bank Street church buildings into the realm’s hotbed of reside music.
Marvest is a free competition, an offshoot of MetropolisFolk, designed to showcase Ottawa-area expertise in non-traditional venues in Bank Street’s Glebe neighbourhood, most inside strolling distance of the principle MetropolisFolk website at Lansdowne Park. The phrase itself is a mash-up of “music” and “harvest.”
The fourth version of Marvest runs Sept. 14-15, that includes 87 performances by 70 bands in 24 venues, up from the 52 bands and 19 venues that had been concerned final 12 months.
Some of the brand new venues embody two eating places, Mad Radish and Banditos, a hair salon, Studio B Urban Hair, the Mrs. Tiggy Winkles toy retailer, and The Element, a Montessori-based highschool.
Among the handfuls of native artists chosen are singer-songwriters, bands and hiphop-inspired acts, together with a rising contingent of younger performers. Emma Francis, who’s a part of the competition’s programming staff, estimates that about 18 per cent of Marvest performers this 12 months are between the ages of 16 and 25.
“The trend seems to be that a lot of youth are putting themselves out there,” provides government director Mark Monahan. “We used to get submissions from a lot of established bands or cover bands or part-time bands. It’s refreshing to see young people do their own music. Innovation and original content are a top priority in our selection.”
Included within the Marvest program are a number of showcases of female-fronted acts, with The Opposite Point of Life, Lake Urmia and Alexis Neon performing Sept. 15 at Studio B, and R&B singers Remaclara and Muzzy Legault doing their factor on Sept. 15 on the Capital Barber Shop. There’s additionally a Saturday afternoon present by youngsters’s performer Derek McKinley and Sing Song Party Time at Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, and a Saturday-night rock blowout with Dube, All Day Breakfast and Nebraska on the Clocktower Brew Pub.
Despite the additional musical exercise, Monahan isn’t nervous about luring music followers away from the principle occasion at MetropolisFolk. “A lot of the Marvest bands are emerging artists and they’re going to bring some sort of audience, but we find that for people who go to Marvest, it’s more of a casual decision,” he stated, noting that efforts are made to program Marvest exhibits earlier than or after the MetropolisFolk performances. “Overall, we think that more music is better because we have more people coming down.”
Also lately introduced is a collection of 4 ticketed concert events programmed by Chris White, the previous creative director of the Ottawa Folk Festival. The collection begins Sept. 7 with a live performance by Ottawa’s Jack Pine and the Fire ($10) at St. Giles Church, 729 Bank St., adopted by an acoustic efficiency by The Trews ($25) on Sept. eight on the Fourth Ave. Baptist Church.
Ottawa Valley sweetheart Kelly Prescott performs a Country Gems ($10) live performance on Sept. 14, together with the old-time sounds of Ball & Chain and the off-grid tunes of the Lioness of Lanark, Ali McCormick. The Folk Gems showcase on Sept. 15 ($10) options people trio The Finest Kind, with fingerstyle guitarist The Welsh Tornado, fiddler James Stephens, bilingual duo Moonfruits and singer-songwriters Julie Corrigan and Campbell Woods. Both Gems concert events happen at St. Giles Church.
Another 25th-anniversary occasion is the Founders’ Forum, that includes a dialog in regards to the early years of the Ottawa Folk Festival with folkfest founders Max Wallace, Chris White and Gene Swimmer. It takes place in Aberdeen Pavilion at 5 p.m. Sept. 15.
MetropolisFolk, chances are you’ll recall, is descended from the Ottawa Folk Festival, which passed off at Britannia Park till 2010, when the Bluesfest staff added it to their roster and moved to Vincent Massey Park. In 2015, they moved it once more, to Lansdowne this time, and adjusted the title to MetropolisFolk to replicate the city setting.
This 12 months’s MetropolisFolk runs from Sept. 12-16 at Lansdowne Park, with a program of headliners that features Tedeschi Trucks Band, Steve Earle & the Dukes, David Byrne, the Decemberists, Lindi Ortega and extra.
Go to cityfolkfestival.com for particulars on the lineup, tickets and passes.