CityFolk, an urban, world, and folk music festival which has evolved from the city’s much loved Folk Festival, is held each year at Lansdowne Park in the Glebe, one of Ottawa’s oldest neighbourhoods.


We are unabashedly channeling our inner steel with this design for a CityFolk music festival t-shirt. Inspired by mono-line design giant and muse Brian Steely, we created this homage to his work and to the Ottawa’s beloved 120-year old Aberdeen Pavilion, an all-steel masterpiece lovingly referred to as “The Cattle Castle”. The iconic Victorian Era dome can be seen from anywhere on the CityFolk site and houses one of the festival’s most popular stages. The Cattle Castle is, for us, the obvious choice for the central image on a t-shirt design for the 2019 edition of the festival, featuring Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams, the Strumbellas and much more.

T-shirts will be available for purchase during the festival—just inside the front doors of the Cattle Castle itself.

For over a hundred years, the Aberdeen Pavilion has been the centrepiece of the fairgrounds at Lansdowne Park

Irish artist Hozier performs at CityFolk 2018 Photo: Scott Penner, RBC Bluesfest Press Images

We took cues from the interior of the Cattle Castle for our colour selection.