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MARVEST KICK-OFF: James Leclaire + High Waters + The Brook + Ilvekyo

Presented by: Marvest, CityFolk, PBR, House of TARG
Doors: 9pm / Show at 10pm
Cover: $5

Marvest is a musical harvest. It is an offshoot of the CityFolk that runs between September 16th and 20th, at the Aberdeen Pavilion, and along Bank Street including House of TARG.

James Leclaire and the Cable 22’s - Midnight to 12:45am
From fist pumping, stomp your feet working-man anthems to soulful ballads of love, heartache and loss, the songs on the album 'These Weights' (which will be featured as part of Marvest Album Release Program) are all about storytelling. Intensely thought-out lyrics grind through James' raspy vocal chords with powerful emotion to produce rich, dark imagery that can really punch you in the heart. The experience escalates even further when backed by the power of The Cable 22's, bassist Chris McLean and drummer Michael Hunter.

" . . . he sings with a mix of Bob Dylan and Steve Earle. It’s a phenomenal mix of country/folk/blues." ~ Martyr Magazine

" . . . the album is a true marriage of genres, a hybrid with each style adding to the final results, without compromising its fuel source." ~ The Alternate Root

"He’s the Dave Grohl of Ottawa country music . . . the songs just soar." ~ The Revue

HIGH WATERS - 11pm to 11:45pm
High Waters are a captivating art-rock band from Ottawa, Ontario. They are dedicated to seriously thoughtful music presented in an exciting and elegant stage show. Combining guitar-driven rock and folk undertones with electronic textures, they deliver a sound reminiscent of Radiohead, Wintersleep and Grizzly Bear. High Waters are putting the finishing touches on their upcoming album entitled 'Goodnight Mara', due for release at Marvest on September 19th. 'Goodnight Mara' is High Waters' first full-length album, encapsulating the band's stylistic progressions since the release of their debut 'Gather Wish' EP. From metaphysical abstractions of life after death, to the unspoken reality behind the throes of deep sleep, the album covers lots of uncharted territory with thought-provoking lyrics. Wonderfully arranged, the 12-track album is a unique body of work abounding with flavour that teases the musical palate and whets the appetite with every song. Up-front and vulnerable, the pure emotions conveyed in chamber folk song "Holden" are well-contrasted by subtle nuances of sci-fi synths and a thumping electro beat in the album opposite, "Isabelle". Songs like "Rip" and "Mercury" sit nicely in between with clear signs of rock, funk, neo-soul, and electronica influences.

THE BROOK - 10pm to 10:45pm
The Brook are an indie-folk rock band from Ottawa, Ontario. Lead by Newfoundland-born songwriter Sarah Murphy, the band’s catchy, multi-dimensional sound is steeped in east coast flavour and draws influence from the likes of Hey Rosetta!, Said The Whale and Fleetwood Mac.

Ilvekyo - 9pm - 9:45
Ilvekyo was founded in 2011 by Mason Quesnel when he went into the studio to record songs with long-time friend Eric Eggleston of Johnny Hall Productions. Mason tracked most of the instruments himself and, with the help of some friends, completed his first album and uploaded a single called "The Good" to YouTube. Since then, Ilvekyo has seen several line-up changes and new sounds, but one thing remains true; the songs are honest, fun and full of life, and there will always be Mason.

Ilvekyo is currently completing and releasing their third album, 'Out Of Control', as part of Marvest Album Release Program, with help from Justin Trudeau, Nick Gabroussenok, Samantha Timmins and Rob Milicevic as a backing band on the album and contributors to the structure of the music.