For a few years now, CityFolk has included an offshoot “mini festival” of sorts called Marvest. We’ve been lucky enough to help get the initiative off the ground and collaborate with the festival, as well as some kick ass local bands, in presenting Marvest shows over the past few years. This year, festival organizers have done a great job at stacking Marvest lineups to the brim with talent, and the Glebe is going to be overrun with the sounds of some of Ottawa’s finest musicians (whether they like it or not).
We’ve compiled some samples of all the local artists on board for Marvest this year, and included their venues and scheduled set times. We strongly encourage you to go explore the local component of CityFolk this year!
About the Beer: A Rabble Rouser is defined as “a person who speaks with the intention of inflaming the emotions of a crowd of people, typically for political reasons.”
This is one of my new favorite IPA’s in the region. It’s well balanced and not overdone on the bitterness. At 6.8%, it drinks like a crisp Pale Ale. After two, I could tell it would be a great night. Quantity and Quality! Three more and I might have to get on my soap box!!
I decided to make a playlist to get you in the mood to Rabble Rouse with me. Go buy yourself 6 Rabble Rousers, listen to the music, and inflame the emotions of your Facebook friends. (A typical Tuesday for me)
Rabble Rouser Playlist
Billie Holiday “Strange Fruit”
A most haunting song about lynched black men. I know I’m starting off strong with your emotions. But that’s my intention.
TV On the Radio “Dry Drunk Emperor”
“Did you buy the bull they sold you / That the bullets and the bombs / And all the strong arms / Would bring home security?” The George Bush era angst.
Bright Eyes “Road To Joy”
“What history gave modern man / A telephone to talk to strangers / Machine guns and a camera lens / So when you’re asked to fight a war that’s over nothing / It’s best to join the side that’s gonna win … No one’s sure how all of this got started / But we’re gonna make them goddamn certain how its gonna end.”
Neil Young “Revolution Blues”
Bit of a serial killer vibe but love the song.
T.REX “Children of the Revolution”
I hope my children will be children of a revolution.
The Wicked Mercy “Out of Your Head”
#OttBand The Wicket Mercy rock it out with Out of Your Head from their latest record Sundown.
Rage Against the Machine “Killing in the Name”
Want to stir up a crowd? Anything by Rage Against the Machine will do.
Dead Weights “Don’t Talk To Me About Morrissey”
Morrissey is known as a Rabble Rouser but Dead Ends don’t want to hear about it. #OttBand
The Adicts “Viva La Revolution”
Need I say more? VIVA LA REVOLITION!!!
Sex Pistols “Anarchy in the U.K.”
How could I not finish with the Sex Pistols? Arguably the biggest Rabble Rousers in this list.
Well, summer is half over. That doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze every last second out of nice weather and sunshine. Here in Ottawa , we know how important it is to hold onto the warmth, since 8 months out of our year we’re generally freezing our asses off. I’ve always been a huge fan of mixtapes and CDs over the years. You know, making a soundtrack for whatever occasion. I would burn excessive numbers of CD-Rs for road trips, camping trips, barbecuing, cutting the lawn… you get the idea. What better time of year to make a fun, danceable soundtrack for the hot sun and balcony beers. Also, a little shout-out to Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Redfor making it to the Polaris Prize Shortlist this year! We at Showbox are going to start dabbling more and more on Soundcloud to start bringing some fresh tunes your way. And if you’re wondering, the name of this one was inspired from the Young Galaxy song of the same name off of Ultramarine.