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Bon Iver To Headline Ottawa Folk Festival

Grammy-winning four-man folk band will be event's main draw.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Music lovers are amped about the recent announcement that Bon Iver will be headlining this year's Ottawa Folk Festival, which runs from September 6-10 at Hog's Back Park.

Led by Justin Vernon, the four-man indie folk band soared to musical notoriety after this year's Grammy Awards, where the group won not one by two trophies (for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album) with their debut album "Bon Iver, Bon Iver," beating out tried-and-true musicians like Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie and Foster the People. Their hit track "Holocene" was also nominated for two additional Grammys: Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

While official artist line-ups have not officially been released on the Ottawa Folk Fest website, CBC News reported that Bon Iver will join the likes of performers such as Dan Mangan, Ben Harper, Great Big Sea and Matthew Good, Said the Whale, Matt Mays, and Kathleen Edwards. In addition to the music that will be played on two evening and five daytime stages, there will also be music workshops, special children’s and family performances, beer gardens, artisan and craft vendors, and much more. It is the 19th instalment of the event.

"You're going to see different things," said Festival artistic director Mark Monahan to CTV Ottawa. "We have interactive workshops, we're introducing a new free side to the festival so all the workshops will be free."

If you're interested in buying tickets, the festival passport costs $129. Go through Capital Tickets ( or 613-599-3267, 1-877-788-3267) or you can buy them in person at various locations, including Sports Experts locations, Compact Music and Ottawa Folklore Centre. Visit for more details.