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Delta Will, The Dears come to town this weekend

Whether it's in the park or at the races, there are concerts to be found across the city this weekend. Jessa Runciman offers some highlights.

From craft fairs to marathons, there's plenty of music to be found in downtown Ottawa

Delta Will headlines a show at Pressed on Thursday night. (Jen Squires)

Delta Will @ Pressed on Thursday, 8 p.m., $10

Delta Will began as a solo, bedroom project — a nod to traditional blues, with electronic flourishes. Today, the band is a four-part flurry of instruments, blending rich, folk-infused pop with lyrics that contemplate the modern condition.

The group's debut, Weathering, saw Delta Will hunker down in a Toronto studio through the winter alongside producer Chris Stringer (Elliott Brood, Timber Timbre). They'll take that collection of songs to the stage at Pressed tonight for a night of dreamy, cinematic psych-folk with Ottawa's Claude Munson and John Aaron Cockburn.

The Dears @ NAC Studio on Friday, 8 p.m., $33

Montreal band The Dears performs at the NAC Studio on Friday night. (The Feldman Agency)

Last year marked The Dears' 20th anniversary as a band. It had been a few years since the release of their last album, and during that time Murray Lightburn released a solo record and had a second child with bandmate Natalia Yanchak.

That didn't translate to any shortage of musical inspiration when the band regrouped to record its sixth album. In fact, The Dears ended up with enough material for a seventh record, too. Between Times Infinity Volume One and its soon-to-be-released follow-up, there'll be plenty of dark, romantic pop to fuel The Dears' concert at the NAC Studio on Friday night.

Ottawa Race Weekend Celebration Concert Series @ Festival Plaza on Friday/Saturday/Sunday, 6 p.m., free 

With the Ottawa Race Weekend set to take over the downtown core, there's a chance you're one of 48,000 runners currently crossing their fingers for the rainy forecast to change.

Manotick's Hollerado plays a free show on Saturday night as part of the Ottawa Race Weekend's Celebration concert series. (Ryan Faist)

Even if you don't have a bib, you can still take in the Race Weekend festivities — including a three-day concert series at City Hall's Festival Plaza.

The lineup includes the likes of Michel Pagliaro on Friday night, Hollerado and Lost to the River on Saturday, and The Jivewires on Sunday. Each evening's performances are free to attend.

Ravenswing Arts & Music Fair @ Minto Park on Sunday, 12 p.m., free

That's not the only party to take in. On Sunday, the Ravenswing Arts & Music Fair sets up in Minto Park for its tenth year, signalling that summer is just around the corner with a variety of outdoor craft workshops and vendors.

You can take part in a hip hop dance session or lend your talents to a collaborative graffiti mural — and of course, take in free performances by established and up-and-coming local musicians.

Local band Pony Girl performs at the Ravenswing Arts & Music Fair on Sunday, in Minto Park. (Remi Theriault)

This year, Ravenswing's bill includes rootsy folk duo Moonfruits, dance/jazz/no-input/you-name-it innovator Adam Saikaley, and atmospheric electronic folk outfit Pony Girl. The festival's musical component runs from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

About the Author

Jessa Runciman

Associate Producer

Jessa Runciman is an associate producer with CBC Ottawa, and an avid music fan and show-goer. You can follow her on Twitter @jessarunciman.