Welcome from our Mayor / Le mot de bienvenue du maire

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watson-headerOn behalf of Members of Ottawa City Council, it is my distinct pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all those participating in the 5th Ottawa Grassroots Festival, taking place at Southminister United Church, in the heart of our nation’s capital, from April 21st to 24th 2016.

I am delighted to offer my moral support to this multicultural and multidisciplinary performing arts showcase, shining the spotlight on a diversity of award-winning and emerging local artists, including newcomers and performers with disabilities. Festival- goers will also have the opportunity to partake in innovative artistic workshops.

Festival organizers merit praise as well for promoting community building and fostering a welcoming and family-friendly environment for participants of all ages.

As Head of Council, I want to acknowledge the performing artists, community partners, sponsors, volunteers, along with the Catholic Centre for Immigrants and Hummingbird Music for dedicating talents, efforts, expertise and valuable resources to the successful production of this volunteer-driven and community-based festival.

Allow me to convey my best wishes to everyone present for a very rewarding experience, as well as to the visitors for a most enjoyable stay in Ottawa.

Sincerely,
Jim Watson
Mayor


J’ai l’immense plaisir de souhaiter la bienvenue, au nom des membres du Conseil municipal d’Ottawa, aux participants au 5e Festival Grassroots d’Ottawa, qui aura lieu à l’Église unie Southminster, en plein cœur de notre capitale nationale, du 21 au 24 avril 2016.

Je suis ravi d’apporter mon soutien moral à cette vitrine multiculturelle et pluridisciplinaire des arts de la scène, qui met en vedette divers artistes locaux primés et émergents, notamment des nouveaux arrivants et des artistes handicapés. Les festivaliers auront également la possibilité de participer à des ateliers artistiques novateurs.

Les organisateurs du festival font la promotion de l’esprit communautaire et créent un environnement accueillant et familial pour les participants de tous les âges, et pour cela, ils méritent toutes nos félicitations.

En tant que chef du Conseil, je tiens à remercier les artistes de la scène, les partenaires communautaires, les commanditaires, les bénévoles ainsi que le Centre catholique pour immigrants et Hummingbird Music pour avoir consacré leurs talents, leurs efforts, leur savoir-faire et leurs précieuses ressources à la réussite de ce festival communautaire dirigé par des bénévoles.

Je souhaite à toutes les personnes présentes une expérience enrichissante et à tous les visiteurs un séjour des plus agréables à Ottawa.

Cordialement,
Jim Watson
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Francophone Singer-songwriters Headline Opening Night at The Ottawa Grassroots Festival 2016

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Robert Paquette en spectacleDecember 15, 2015 – Awarded winning artists Robert Paquette, accompanied by Peter Cliche, and Céleste Lévis, who will be joined by David Fleury, will headline on Thursday, April 21 2016 at the new venue in Old Ottawa South. Now in its 5th year, the Ottawa Grassroots Festival will take place from April 21-24 at The Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa. Continue reading

Headliners Friday Night

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headliners-2016Much Loved Community Builders Headline The Ottawa Grassroots Festival in April 2016

November 23, 2015 – The Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) is pleased to confirm that singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, Arthur McGregor and Wendy Moore, will headline the Friday night (April 22) at the festival in Old Ottawa South, along with a few special friends. Now celebrating its 5th year, the festival will take place from April 21-24, 2016 at a new venue, The Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa. Continue reading

Maritime Folk Icons Headline The Ottawa Grassroots Festival in April 2016

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Rogers-GarnetOctober 26, 2015 – The Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) is pleased to confirm that iconic folk singer-songwriters, Garnet Rogers and Dave Gunning, will headline the Saturday night (April 23) at the festival in Old Ottawa South. Now celebrating its 5th year, it will take place from April 21-24, 2016 at a new venue, The Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa. Continue reading

New location in 2016

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The Ottawa Grassroots Festival Moves to a New Location in 2016

August 11, 2015 – The Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) will be moving to Old Ottawa South in 2016.  Now in its 5th year, it will take place from April 21-24 at The Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa. Continue reading

Help US Name the Stages at OGF 2016

At the new festival venue, we will have two main stages for the evening performances: The Sanctuary will be used for the Thursday and Friday evenings; Fellowship Hall will be used for the Saturday evening.

The daytime performances will take place on three stages: Fellowship Hall, Room 5 and Room 7 (aka the Ladies Parlour).

We need your help to name the stages for the 2016 Ottawa Grassroots Festival.  We know how creative our  volunteers, sponsors and festival fans can be. So, this should be fun! Continue reading