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SOUND SEEKERS: Fall concert preview — from fests to fan favourites, a round-up of where to spend your beer money

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Summer is almost (unofficially) over. But don’t despair, there’s plenty to look forward to. Here, a round-up of fall’s music offerings for when the weather gets cooler and people head back into the clubs en masse.

The Great Lake Swimmers play Folk Fest on September 8. Photo by: Asli Alin.

DJs Zattar and Trevor Walker team up for a new night of cool-Caribbean club sounds called Tropikalo. It starts on Friday, September 7, at Pressed on Gladstone Avenue and takes place on the first Friday of the month thereafter.

The Great Lake Swimmers are on the Ottawa Folk Festival bill this month. The Toronto band just released its fifth album, New Wild Everywhere, which expands upon lead singer Tony Dekker’s favourite themes (love and death). The festival runs September 6 to 10 at Hog’s Back Park with headliner Bon Iver. Other acts include Patrick Watson, John K. Samson, and Kathleen Edwards.

Other September festivals worth checking out:
The new Arboretum festival (happening on the grounds of the old jailhouse and neighbouring SAW Gallery). It brings together Canadian music performers with select Ottawa chefs for a day of tunes and food. (more…)