by Micayla Bussieres

Photo by Mark Horton

Photo by Mark Horton

For me, the last day of Ottawa Folk Festival began with The Wooden Sky. The amount of hair that this band contains is astronomical and that must be their secret weapon when it comes to making awesome music (and talent too, I assume). The Toronto based band played a variety of songs, flowing from mellow tunes like “Child of the Valley” to more upbeat songs like “Saturday Night” which comes from their brand new album Let’s Be Ready.

Photo by Mark Horton

Photo by Mark Horton

Next up was the impossibly adorable Béatrice Martin, better known as Coeur de Pirate in the music world. The Francophone songstress got the crowd moving as she began with a few more upbeat songs, but by mid-set she stripped it back to just her vocals and a piano. Martin played a few of my favourite songs, “Saint-Laurent,” and “Comme des enfants,” as well as some tunes in English that will be on her upcoming album.

Photo by Mark Horton

Photo by Mark Horton

I’m definitely not as seasoned when it comes to festivals as many concert-goers are, so on this fifth day of music I was pretty exhausted, but luckily for me The War on Drugs made for some very chill music to just hangout and listen to. Playing mostly songs from their latest album, Lost in Dreams, the band graced us with their signature ultra-dreamy sound included in singles, “Red Eyes” and “Under the Pressure.” A few songs even had a David Bowie-ish vibe that I greatly enjoyed.

Photo by Mark Horton

Photo by Mark Horton

Taking the place of The Gaslight Anthem, who had to cancel due to a family illness, was my favourite band from the Maritimes, Hey Rosetta!. Their set had a sort of theme to it where they began each song quite intimately, showcasing the abilities of each instrument then bringing them all together to create a bigger and bolder sound. They featured “Kintsukuroi,” from Second Sight (set for an October 21 release) early in the night as well as crowd-favourites like “Red Heart” and “Welcome.” They came back out for an encore with “Bandages” to bring another year of Folk Fest to a close.

I only just learned this as I’m writing, but due to Ottawa’s incredibly strict noise bylaws (and the complaints by the party pooper residents of the city on previous days) Hey Rosetta! had to cut their set short by one song which would have been my all time favourite, “New Goodbye.” Although this upsets me greatly, I have to say that my second Ottawa Folk Festival was an incredible success and I only wish there were more of me to go and see all of the acts that overlapped with the ones I did watch.