James Keelaghan to headline Ottawa Grassroots Festival!

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James Keelaghan

James Keelaghan

The 2014 Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) announces the legendary James Keelaghan will be this year’s Saturday evening headliner. The Royal Canadian Legion, Montgomery Branch, at 330 Kent Street will host the Festival on the weekend of April 25-27, 2014. Keelaghan, a Juno Award winning singer-songwriter, has an uncanny knack for turning incredible historical events into finely crafted songs relevant to us now. One of Canada’s most successful and respected musicians and a bright star globally, he tours across North America, Europe, the UK and Australia. Continue reading…

Opening night: Music to melt your heart

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Maple Hill

Maple Hill

Grassroots kicks off on Friday, April 25 with hot music that will get your heart pumping and your feet tappin’. Haunting and joyous melodies. Beautiful harmonies. Honkin’ mandolin. Wailin’ banjo. Songs of love, murder and betrayal. That’s bluegrass — the original grassroots music. Three soulful bands — Maple Hill and The Monroe Sisters — will inject their passion into your ears. Gary Greenland and Maple Hill have delivered much loved workshops at Grassroots and now you get to hear them in concert. Concession 23 is an award winning band and The Monroe Sisters are the newest bluegrass band in town, featuring Garry’s daughter Kate Greenland on mandolin and vocals. The melting of your heart will commence with an opening concert by Sparrows, a choir led by Chris White of home schooled children between 4 and 8 years old who love to sing.

Philosophy of Ottawa Grassroots Festival

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BobMusic Festivals are founded for many different reasons, so I wanted to clarify why I wanted to found Ottawa Grassroots Festival, and how I view it. The Ottawa Grassroots Festival was created so that folks of all ages can enjoy community through music and other performing arts.

To start with, the idea of a small, simple folk festival, one driven by volunteers and with a minimum of formal structure, has been percolating in my mind for a few years now. Chris White and I have frequently talked over the years about how great the Blue Skies Music Festival is, and how wonderful the vibe is there. They are in their 39th year, a remarkable achievement for any festival. In that time, three generations have grown up there. I have attended Blue Skies for the last 5 or 6 years in a row, and Chris for much longer. We have often wondered if that Blue Skies feeling could be cloned and implemented closer to Ottawa. Continue reading

Press Release March 5, 2014

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The Ottawa Grassroots Festival holds launch on March 5, 2014

February 24, 2014 – The Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) will officially launch the 2014 festival on March 5, 2014 at Pressed, 750 Gladstone Avenue, from noon – 1:00 p.m.

The OGF will take place from April 25-27 at The Royal Canadian Legion, Montgomery Branch at 330 Kent Street, Ottawa. The headline performer will be award winning Canadian songwriter James Keelaghan. The full details of performers and workshops of Grassroots 2014, the festival’s third year, will be available at the launch. Continue reading