Ottawa Grassroots will deliver a tapestry of iconic Folk, Indigenous beats and Franco-Ontarian soundscapes.

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March 6, 2019 Ottawa ON – The Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) celebrated their 8th launch event today to an eager group of volunteers, sponsors and fans at Irene’s Pub in the Glebe, a spiritual home to artists and musicians for a quarter of a century.  Bob Nesbitt, Founder and Festival Producer revealed the full line-up of performers and workshops which celebrates Indigenous, Franco-Ontarian and iconic folk music with a beautiful spectrum of established and emerging artists of all ages. Performances by two local favourites, Jack Pine (Gareth Auden-Hole) and Jill Jeffrey provided musical interludes at the launch party.  The festival returns to Southminster United Church, April 25-28, 2019 in Old Ottawa South. It will close the circle of music at Irene’s with a post festival after party Sunday evening, billed as a “Jack Pine and Grassroots friends” event.

The tradition continues at Ottawa Grassroots with a “Franco-night”, which was introduced six years ago, in an ongoing effort to introduce French music to predominately English audiences.  Nominated for seven Trille Or Awards, Le Paysagiste, a French solo-project for Dayv Poulin, promises to deliver a soundscape of beautiful pop-rock, with elements of folk and country music to his audience. This headliner’s songs resonate with listeners and deliver an experience high in emotion and intensity. Opening the evening will be Blind River, Franco-Ontarian, singer-songwriter, François Lemieux, who has performed for French and English audiences in concerts and festivals from coast to coast.  Lemieux has released an autobiographical collection of songs which tackles addiction problems, his emotional trauma but also reconciliation and healing.

Nesbitt has programmed two-themed nights for the 2019 festival. He explained, “The Saturday evening will feature an all Indigenous roster. I’ve been planning this for some time and I’m excited it has come together this year. ShoShona Kish, the female half of our Saturday night headliner – Digging Roots, organized and led one of the biggest events, the Indigenous Summit, at Folk Alliance International (FAI-2019). This summit made clear how important it is to have Indigenous content in a festival. We started programming Indigenous performers in our festival a couple of years ago, and here we are with an all Indigenous evening, which is something we are extremely proud of.”

Multi-award winning folk rockers, Digging Roots, will headline the all-Indigeneous evening. First Nations power couple, ShoShona and Raven, are the creative team and inspiration behind this band.  They blend folk-rock, pop, blues and hip hop with Indigeneous music. Engaging wider audiences to promote their Anishinabek music and cultural ideals is key to this band. In addition to winning Juno and Canada Folk Music Awards, ShoShona Kish can now add the 2019 Spirit of Folk Award to the collection.

Algonquin Elder Albert Dumont will open the evening with an address/prayer.  He has released a new book of poetry Sitting by the Rapids. A special daytime workshop incorporating Dumont’s poetry and music is in the works, also.   Actress, singer -songwriter, spoken word poet, and visual artist, Doreen T Stevens is a local Algonquin artist from Kitiganzibi, Quebec returns to Ottawa Grassroots to open for Digging Roots.

The Friday evening will be a celebration of folk music with the iconic and prolific Juno Award winner, Ian Tamblyn as the headliner. Tamblyn will be performing backed by top local favourites, Rebecca Campbell, Fred Guignon and Pat Mayer. For a rare performance, the Toasted Westerns, will reunite at the festival and warm the audience for Tamblyn.  This trio of multi-instrumental artists is Jody Benjamin, Sally Robinson and Ann Downey.

The total 2019 line-up reveals that Ottawa Grassroots has consistently had over 50% of their programming represented by female performers, since the event’s inception in 2011.  Equality, diversity, inclusion and participation continue to be fundamental values for this community driven festival and “Participation is key to experiencing Ottawa Grassroots!” says Nesbitt.

Workshops announced include gardening with Mary Reid (Green Thumb Gardens), Inuit games, The Terry Penner Weekend Choir, jam sessions, Gil’s Hootenanny Contest, sing-along song circles, an open stage event, KidZone and another festival favourite, a workshop for toddlers and babies. Without these engaging and fun workshops for the whole family, it would not be grassroots!

Confirmed as daytime performers at OGF2019 are Jazz duo, Karen Oxorn and Tim Bedner, Nona Grandea, and Canadian Folk Music Award’s 2008 Vocalist of the Year, Tannis Slimmon, performs with recording artist Lewis Melville.  A sixteen year old trick fiddler, Jessica Wedden backed by Jon McLurg, Jessica Pearson and the East Wind, Kevin Ecker, Pete Woods, Christine Graves, Mark Evenchick, Nina Peterson, Steve Kennedy, Dave Doron, Howie Hooper, and Jamie Anderson to name a few.

Online tickets and festival passes for Ottawa Grassroots evening performances are available via the festival website and physical tickets are available at both Compact Music locations.  A festival pass is $59 (online); $60 at the door. Ticket prices for individual nights are: $20-Thurs., $30-Fri. and $35-Sat. The daytime programming on both Saturday and Sunday are FREE for everyone!

The Grassroots Festival is a family-friendly gathering of folk music, dance and spoken word. It’s called Grassroots because it is! This not-for-profit organization is run entirely by volunteers and prides itself for the participatory workshops it provides, cultivating community, embracing diversity and nurturing inclusivity and a fun and friendly way.

Media contacts:

Grace Smith:  media@ottawagrassrootsfestival.com

“The Ottawa Grassroots Festival: Cultivating Community.”

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Dayv Poulin (Le Paysagiste) Headlines Ottawa Grassroots Festival Opening Night

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December 12, 2018 – The Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) is pleased to confirm that multi-award winning Franco-Ontarian artist, Dayv Poulin (Le Paysagiste), will headline the opening night (April 25) at the festival in Old Ottawa South. The event will take place April 25-28, 2019 at The Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa.

Sudbury, Ontario native Dayv Poulin has been playing music professionally for over 20 years. Poulin has been entertaining crowds of all ages with his impressive, powerful-smooth vocals and an unbelievable variety of song selections. He has also played with French bands Konflit Dramatik and Les Chaizes Muzikales, and has been the musical director for La St-Jean in Sudbury and Canada Day at Science North.

For the past few years, this performer has focused his energy on his French solo project, Le Paysagiste, released three albums as well as numerous music videos. Poulin’s most recent album release Le Paysagiste – Alchimie accidentelle was launched in March 2018. His second album Alter Ego, was nominated for 7 Trille Or awards (Franco-Ontarian music awards) and he walked away with the Best Album Producer award which he shared with the album’s co-producer Stéphane Rancourt. Dayv Poulin was also awarded 3 major prizes after his showcase at the Contact Ontarois event, held in Ottawa in January 2018. These awards have brought this singer-songwriter to well established festivals in Ontario and Quebec, with potential for a 20 date European tour in the future.

Dayv Poulin and his show with Le Paysagiste delivers a soundscape of beautiful pop-rock, with elements of folk and country music to his audience. Whether he is performing with the entire band, as a trio or solo, his songs resonate with listeners and deliver an experience high in emotion and intensity.

“When you listen to Dayv Poulin’s vocals, you know this Franco-Ontarian artist is on the cusp of something big,” said Bob Nesbitt, the Founder and Producer of the Ottawa Grassroots Festival. “What an exciting performer to have open the festival and headline the Franco-themed evening at OGF. Years ago, I was cautioned that having an evening dedicated to showcasing Francophone artists at the festival wouldn’t be successful”, explains Nesbitt. “Attendance numbers speak for themselves, as our audience grows year over year. This, along with positive feedback from those who attend, equals success in my books!”

Online tickets and festival passes for Ottawa Grassroots evening performances are available via the festival website. Early-bird pricing for the festival pass is $55 until Jan. 31 2019. Starting Feb.1 2019, the pass will be $59 (online); $60 at the door. Ticket prices for individual nights are: $20-Thurs., $30-Fri. and $35-Sat. The daytime programming on both Saturday and Sunday are FREE for everyone!

The Ottawa Grassroots Festival is a family-friendly gathering of folk music, dance and spoken word. This not-for-profit organization is run entirely by volunteers and prides itself for the participatory workshops it provides, cultivating community and nurturing inclusivity and diversity in a fun and friendly way.

“The Ottawa Grassroots Festival: Cultivating Community.”
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Folk-rockers, Digging Roots, Headlines Ottawa Grassroots Festival

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The Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) is pleased to confirm that multi-award winning folk rockers, Digging Roots, will headline Saturday night (April 27) at the festival in Old Ottawa South. The event will take place April 25-28, 2019 at The Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa. First Nations power couple, ShoShona and Raven, are the creative team and inspiration behind Digging Roots. In creating music they utilize the traditional Anishinabek Song Lines composition technique of tracing melody and rhythm from the contours of the land. This traditional method of creating songs is paired with modern Eurocentric techniques of composition.

Digging Roots is a musical group that balances femininity and masculinity with Indigenous tradition and modern aesthetics. Their musical style blends folk-rock, pop, blues, hip hop with First Nation music. Engaging wider audiences to promote their Anishinabek music and cultural ideals is key to this band.

They won the Juno Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year in 2010 for their album We Are. Their JUNO nominated album For The Light (2015) brings global-blues infused songs and audience ‘round dances’ to their national and international tours. Digging Roots also took home The Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year in 2015, along with the first Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition at the 2015 Maple Blues Awards, garnering the grand prize for their song “Hwy 17”. Raven and ShoShona are working on a new collection of songs scheduled to be released in April 2019.

Bob Nesbitt, the Founder and Producer of Ottawa Grassroots explains, “They have a growing international fan base, having traveled across Canada, U.S., Mexico, Europe and Australia. They are back and touring in Canada. Digging Roots has a unique sound, offering a twist on folk music. ShoShona and Raven are known for pushing the boundaries of several music genres, which is resonating well with their fans globally and I’m thrilled to have them perform at OGF2019!”

Online tickets and festival passes for Ottawa Grassroots evening performances will be available for purchase before Dec. 1 2018.  A priority for OGF has always been to keep it affordable for families (children 15 and under are free when accompanied by an adult). Early-bird pricing for the festival pass is $55 until Jan. 31 2019. Starting Feb.1 2019, the pass will be $59 (online); $60 at the door.  Ticket prices for individual nights are: $20-Thurs., $30-Fri. and $35-Sat. The daytime programming on both Saturday and Sunday are FREE for everyone!

“It is really important that we keep this festival as affordable as possible” explains Nesbitt. “The costs associated with delivering an event like this have increased including the calibre of the artists. It’s always a tough decision when it comes to raising prices. Providing an opportunity to buy the pass early at a discount for a two-month period will help to keep this event affordable as possible.”

The Grassroots Festival is a family-friendly gathering of folk music, dance and spoken word. This not-for-profit organization is run entirely by volunteers and prides itself for the participatory workshops it provides, cultivating community and nurturing inclusivity and diversity in a fun and friendly way.

Media contacts:

Grace Smith:  media@ottawagrassrootsfestival.com

“The Ottawa Grassroots Festival: Cultivating Community.”
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Ian Tamblyn: A National Treasure Headlines Ottawa Grassroots Festival in 2019

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October 18, 2018 – The Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) is pleased to confirm that Juno Award winner, singer-songwriter, will headline Friday night (April 26) at the festival in Old Ottawa South. A 50 year career has enabled this prolific and iconic Canadian artist to write over 1500 songs, release over thirty-three recordings and be honoured with both Juno and Canadian Folk Music Awards. Tamblyn will be performing at Ottawa Grassroots backed by top local favourites, Rebecca Campbell, Fred Guignon and Pat Mayer. The festival will take place April 25-28, 2019 at The Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa.

With a list of achievements and recognitions long enough to pave Tiger Lily Road, Tamblyn has also mastered the art of record producer, playwright and adventurer. Travels to remote places such as Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falklands, Scotland , Iceland , Greenland and the Canadian Arctic have resulted in collections of music that are occasionally interwoven with unique natural sounds from these regions.

“We are stoked to have one of Canada’s national treasures headline the festival in 2019,” beams Nesbitt. “When people talk about icons in Canadian Folk music, it doesn’t take very long before Ian Tamblyn’s name weaves into the conversation. He has written so many beautiful songs in his vast career. This will be a special night for sure! Ian Tamblyn will be performing music from throughout his career, including tracks from this year’s release Let It Go, which is a stunning, painterly collection of songs.”

Diversity and inclusiveness continue to be important values for this musical event and it is not limited only to the line-up but at all levels of the organization. The festival, garnered an “A” rating for delivering a gender balanced line-up in 2017. This is an accomplishment only a few festivals were able to achieve.

Online tickets and festival passes for Ottawa Grassroots evening performances are expected to be available before Christmas. A priority for OGF has always been to keep it affordable for families (children 15 and under are free when accompanied by an adult). The daytime events on both Saturday and Sunday are FREE for everyone!

The Grassroots Festival is a family-friendly gathering of folk music, dance and spoken word. This not-for-profit organization is run entirely by volunteers and prides itself for the participatory workshops it provides, cultivating community and nurturing inclusivity in a fun and friendly way.

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OGF on the A-List

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We made the A-list!

The results of the 2017 Festival Report Card graded by the Canadian Women Working in Music (CWWM) are in and The Ottawa Grassroots Festival received an A for its gender balanced line-up. They graded 89 festivals and 30 made the A list!  Other A-listers include Peterborough Folk Festival, Home County Music and Art Festival, Hillside Festival and Summerfolk. Visit the CWWM website for the complete list.

Ottawa Grassroots Festival Founder and Producer, Bob Nesbitt, has always strived to achieve gender balance since the festival began in 2011.  “It is a goal which will continue to guide all aspects of OGF. Gender equality is present not only in our headliners but the whole line-up, volunteer base, and Board of Directors”, says Nesbitt.

The 2019 line-up is in the works. Check back with us in the fall, when we will be announcing the headliners. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, for festival news and other updates.

It is great news to see the global movement for gender balance now in Canada with many festivals working towards the 50:50 pledge by 2022. This wave of change is a positive flow to be embraced and a long time coming. Read more about this in The Ottawa Citizen story by Lynn Saxberg: Global movement for gender-balanced music fests hits Ottawa

Enjoy this beautiful summer, folks! There is so much great music to discover and an abundance of other festivals to explore before OGF2019.

Grassroots Opening Night Rocks Up Traditional French Canadian Music.

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January 16, 2018 – The Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) is pleased to confirm that French Canadian singer-songwriter, Jean-Marc Lalonde, will headline Thursday night (April 26) in Old Ottawa South. Now celebrating its 7th year, the event will take place from April 26-29, 2018 at The Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa.

Jean-Marc Lalonde is best known as the accordionist for the traditional group La Ligue du Bonheur, as well as the folk-rock band Deux Saisons and his latest project Hey, Wow! With this rocking new sound, while still keeping a foot in traditional and roots music, Jean-Marc offers up playful songs that talk about the moments in life that stand out: the joys of falling in love, along with the chaos, break-ups and revenge that follows. He even sings about the typical arguments that every couple has at Ikea. The music can keep people dancing into the wee hours and the songs are ones everyone can relate to.

In 2014, Hey, Wow won the Songs From The Heart Award from Folk Music Ontario and Stingray Music for Best Francophone Song for C’est toi que ça me prend. In 2015, the group received three awards at the closing gala of the 34th Contact Ontarois: the Coup de Foudre Award, the Festival du Voyageur Award and the Festival Franco-Fête de Toronto Award.

“Traditional French Canadian music is on the leading edge of a resurgence in popularity and Jean Marc Lalonde is leading this movement” says Bob Nesbitt, Founder and Producer, Ottawa Grassroots Festival. “What better way to open a festival than with an evening of music which will definitely be one of those Hallmark moments”.

Tickets for Ottawa Grassroots evening performances and weekend passes are now for sale online on the festival website. They are priced to be affordable for families (children 15 and under are free when accompanied by an adult). The daytime events on both Saturday and Sunday are FREE for everyone!

The Grassroots Festival is a family-friendly gathering of folk music, dance and spoken word. This not-for-profit organization is run entirely by volunteers and -is proud of the participatory workshops it provides, cultivating community and nurturing inclusivity in a fun and friendly way.

“The Ottawa Grassroots Festival: Cultivating Community.”

Homegrown Legend Headlines the Grassroots Festival’s Friday Evening

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November 28, 2017 – The Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) is pleased to confirm that legendary folk artist, Sneezy Waters and His Very Fine Band, will headline Friday night (April 27) at the festival in Old Ottawa South. Now celebrating its 7th year, the event will take place from April 26-29, 2018 at The Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa.

Sneezy Waters sang as a child in Ottawa’s St. Luke’s Church Choir and in the 70’s in local coffee houses such as Café Le Hibou. After touring and performing in Japan and Hong-Hong, he returned home and began performing where he garnered the title of “Ottawa’s first busker”. Today he continues to perform to sold-out audiences here and across the country either solo or with His Very Fine Band consisting of Dave Bignell and Vince Halfhide – guitars; Ed Bimm – keyboards; Ann Downey – upright bass; and Peter Beaudoin – drums. They play an eclectic range of music from many genres and eras, blending jazz, blues, folk, country, rock, reggae and even African music.

“There is no shortage of amazing and talented musicians and singer/songwriters in the Ottawa area” says Bob Nesbitt, Producer of the Ottawa Grassroots Festival. “Having Lynn Miles and Sneezy Waters and His Fine Band part of the festival in 2018 will shine a spotlight on some of Ottawa’s finest artists.”

Headliners for the opening night of the festival will be announced very soon. As in previous years, the evening will showcase Francophone artists. This festival values inclusivity and one can look forward to a mosaic of musicians offering rich performances that will ultimately expand your musical palette.

Tickets for Ottawa Grassroots evening performances will be available online before Christmas. They are priced to be affordable for families (children 15 and under are free when accompanied by an adult). The daytime events on both Saturday and Sunday are FREE for everyone!

The Grassroots Festival is a family-friendly gathering of folk music, dance and spoken word. This not-for-profit organization is run entirely by volunteers and prides itself for the participatory workshops it provides, cultivating community and nurturing inclusivity in a fun and friendly way.

Ottawa’s Crown Jewel will Headline the Grassroots Festival April 2018

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October 23, 2017 – The Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) is pleased to confirm that one of Canada’s most accomplished singer-songwriters, Lynn Miles, will headline Saturday night (April 28) at the festival in Old Ottawa South. Now celebrating its 7th year, the event will take place from April 26-29, 2018 at The Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa.

With twelve albums to her credit, the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music awards (2011 English Songwriter of the Year), and a 2003 Juno award for Roots and Traditional Solo Album of the Year, she has certainly found her strength over time. “Lynn’s music often draws on her love of literature and poetry, but her magic as a songwriter is also in her ability to take life experiences and interpret them in a way that people relate to.” – The Tennessean

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have Lynn Miles headline our festival in 2018″ says Bob Nesbitt, Festival Producer. “She most definitely is a crown jewel in Ottawa, who has been performing in this city since the 70s.  She is a gifted performer and so well respected among artists, communities and her devoted fan base in Canada and Internationally.”

Campbell Woods, will be opening for Lynn Miles. His songs are all about attention paid and stories revealed. They are his stories and his songs, but an evening with Campbell Woods is an invitation to be reminded of your stories, our stories, and how they all echo around the room when truth is told. . He has been performing for years in the bars of the Ottawa Valley, festivals and halls across Eastern Ontario, the whole map of Halifax music venues. He sings and plays guitar, most of the time he can cover bass and keys, too.

The Ottawa Grassroots Festival recently was awarded a grant from Canadian Heritage, allowing Festival Producer, Bob Nesbitt to cast a wider net in selecting the line-up for 2018. “This will be a beautiful evening at Southminster United Church which is certain to fill the Sanctuary with sweet sounds and stories and many fans”,  smiles Nesbitt.  

Bob Nesbitt is finalizing the line-ups for the Thursday and Friday nights, with more announcements coming soon.  This festival values inclusivity and  promises to be rich in outstanding performers with an emphasis on local artists.  

Tickets for Ottawa Grassroots evening performances will be available online before Christmas. They are priced to be affordable for families (children 15 and under are free when accompanied by an adult). The daytime events on both  Saturday and  Sunday are FREE for everyone! 

The Grassroots Festival is a family-friendly gathering of folk music, dance and spoken word. This not-for-profit organization is run entirely by volunteers and prides itself on the participatory workshops it provides, cultivating community and nurturing inclusivity in a fun and friendly way.

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Ottawa Grassroots Festival 2016 Video Summary

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We are an inclusive, family-focused and volunteer-driven celebration of folk music that takes place early every April just as winter is giving way to spring.We are especially proud of being inclusive by involving people of all abilities in our event.Take a look at this video snapshot of the 2016 Ottawa Grassroots Festival, shot & edited by Chad Kirvan. This was the 5th edition of the festival, and our first time in our new location at Southminster United Church, in Old Ottawa South beside the historic Rideau Canal. The video helps explain why so many volunteers, sponsors, artists and community partners get involved every year!

Le Festival Grassroots d’Ottawa vous propose une tapisserie de musique folk, des rythmes autochtones et des paysages sonores franco-ontariens

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Le 6 mars 2019 Ottawa (Ontario) – Le Festival Grassroots d’Ottawa a fêté son huitième lancement aujourd’hui en compagnie d’un groupe de bénévoles, de commanditaires et des amoureux de musique au Pub Irene’s dans le Glebe, Irene’s Pub étant la maison spirituelle d’artistes et de musiciens depuis près d’un quart de siècle.  Bob Nesbitt, le fondateur et réalisateur du Festival a révélé la liste des artistes et les ateliers qui mettront en vedette la musique autochtone, franco-ontarienne et folk iconique avec une belle panoplie d’artistes établis et émergeants de tous âges. La participation de deux artistes locaux, Jack Pine (Gareth Auden-Hole) et Jill Jeffrey a apporté des interludes musicaux au lancement. Le Festival retourne à l’Eglise unie de Southminster du 25 au 28 avril 2019 dans le Vieux Ottawa Sud. Le Festival se terminera le dimanche chez Irene’s avec une soirée avec les amis de Jack Pine et du Festival.

La tradition du Festival Grassroots d’Ottawa d’une soirée « Franco » se poursuivra pour une sixième année de suite toujours dans le but de promouvoir la découverte de la musique francophone par un publique majoritairement anglophone. Nommé pour sept Prix Trille d’Or, le groupe le Paysagiste, un projet solo en français, Dayv Poulin, promet au public un paysage sonore de musique pop-rock avec des éléments de folk et de country. Les chansons de cette artiste résonnent avec son public et offrent une expérience émotionnelle et intense. En ouverture de la soirée sera le chanteur et interprète franco-ontarien, François Lemieux, originaire de Blind River et connu pour ses tournées pans-canadiennes en français et en anglais. Lemieux vient d’émettre une collection autobiographique de chansons parlant de problèmes de toxicomanie, de tourmentes émotionnelles mais aussi de réconciliation et de guérison.

Nesbitt a programmé deux soirées thèmes pour le Festival 2019. Il a expliqué : « samedi soir offrira un répertoire exclusivement autochtone. Je planifie ceci depuis longtemps et je suis fier que mon rêve se réalisera cette année. ShoShona Kish, la partie femelle du couple en tête d’affiche pour le samedi soir, Digging Roots, a organisé et présenté le Sommet autochtone, un des évènements les plus importants du Festival Folk Alliance International (FAI 2019). Ce sommet a renforcé l’importance d’avoir un élément autochtone dans chaque festival.  Nous avons commencé à présenter des artistes autochtones dans notre festival depuis quelques années et nous sommes maintenant arrivés avec une soirée exclusivement avec de la musique autochtone. Nous en sommes très fiers ».

Les rockers folk, Digging Roots, lauréats de plusieurs prix musicaux, seront les artistes principaux pour cette soirée autochtone.  Le couple de force des Premières nations, ShoShona et Raven, forme l’équipe créative et d’inspiration de ce groupe musicale. Ils offrent un mélange de rock folklorique, de blues, de hip hop et de musique autochtone. Ce groupe s’engage à promouvoir la musique et la culture Anishinabek à un grand public.  Déjà lauréate de prix Juno et de Canada Folk Music, ShoShona est depuis peu également récipiendaire au Prix 2019 Spirit of Folk.

Le sage Algonquin Albert Dumont ouvrira la soirée avec une prière autochtone. Il vient de lancer un nouveau livre de poésie, « Sitting by the Rapids ».  Un atelier durant le jour proposera la poésie de Dumont ainsi que de la musique. La comédienne, chanteuse interprète, poète du mot parlé et artiste visuelle, Dorren T. Stevens, Algonquine de Kitigan Zibi (Québec) retourne au Festival Grassroots d’Ottawa en ouverture pour le groupe Digging Roots.

Le vendredi soir sera une célébration de musique folk avec le lauréat du Prix Juno, Ian Tamblyn en tête d’affiche. Tamblyn sera accompagné de grands artistes locaux tel que Rebecca Campbell, Fred Guignon et Pat Meyer. En spectacle rare, le groupe Toasted Westerns, se reprendra au Festival pour faire l’ouverture pour Tamblyn. Ce trio d’artistes multi-instrumentaux est composé de Jody Benjamin, Sally Robinson et Ann Downey.

La liste des artistes pour le Festival 2019 confirme que Grassroots d’Ottawa a toujours eu plus que 50 % d’artistes féminines dans sa programmation et ceci depuis les débuts du Festival en 2011. L’égalité, la diversité, l’inclusion et la participation du public ont toujours été parmi des valeurs fondamentales de ce Festival communautaire. « Il faut y participer afin de connaitre l’expérience du Festival Grassroots d’Ottawa », a dit Nesbitt.

Parmi les ateliers déjà annoncés sont du jardinage avec Mary Reid du Green Thumb Gardens, des jeux inuits, le Chorale Terry Penner Weekend Choir, les séances de musique jam, le concours Gil’s Hootenanny Contest, des cercles de chants en groupe, une activité de participation du public sur l’estrade, une activité KidZone, et un grand favori du Festival, un atelier pour les bambins et les touts petits.  Sans ces activités et ateliers pour tous les membres de la famille, le Festival ne sera pas « Grassroots ».

Déjà confirmés comme artistes pour les spectacles durant le jour sont le tandem jazz Karen Oxom et Tim Bedner, Nona Grandea et le lauréat du meilleur chanteur de l’année 2008, Tannis Slimmon accompagné de l’artiste Lewis Melville.  Une violoniste « trick fiddler » agée de 16 ans, Jessica Wedden sera accompagnée de Jon McLurg, Jessica Pearon et le East Wind, Kevin Echker, Peter Woods, Christine Graves, Mark Evenchick, Nina Peterson, Steve Kennedy, Dave Doron, Howie Hooper et Jamie Anderson pour ne citer que quelqu’uns.

Des billets et laissez-passer pour les spectacles en soirée sont disponibles par l’entremise du site internet « Ottawa Grassroots Festival ».. Des billets individuels sont disponibles auprès des deux magasins de Compact Music. Les laissez-passer pour le Festival est au prix de 59 $ (via le site internet) ou 60 $ (au guichet). Le prix des billets individuels est fixé à 20 $ pour le jeudi, 30 $ pour le vendredi et 35 $ pour le samedi. Ceci est un rappel que la programmation durant le jour le samedi et le dimanche est gratuit pour tous et pour toutes.

Le Festival Grassroots d’Ottawa est un rassemblement de musique folk, de dance et de mot parlé qui se veut conviviale pour les familles. Le nom Grassroots explique son raison d’être.  Le Festival est un organisme à but non lucratif dirigé entièrement par des bénévoles. Il se fait une fierté avec ces ateliers participatifs, tout en encourageant l’esprit de communauté, la promotion de la diversité, la cultivation des talents de musique, tout ceci dans une espace conviviale pour toute la famille.

Médias – veuillez s.v.p. contacter :

Grace Smith, media@ottawagrassrootsfestival.com

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