New Grassroots Festival Announces Headliners, Programming

Who: Rick Fines, Katherine Wheatley, Missy Burgess
and many more…

What: 1st annual Ottawa Grassroots Festival
When: Saturday, April 28, 2012 afternoon and evening events…
Where: Montgomery Legion, 330 Kent at MacLaren, Ottawa
Why: A community-oriented celebration of music and dance

Rick Fines

The Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) is excited to announce that the date for their first annual mini-folk festival has been set for Saturday April 28, 2012. The festival (OGF) is an annual family-oriented celebration of folk music, dance and other participatory arts. The event will take place inside the Royal Canadian Legion, 330 Kent St. in Ottawa.


Katherine Wheatley

Katherine Wheatley

The one-day festival consists of a number of different components which will take place in various parts of the building. In the afternoon, the downstairs area will offer a diverse range of participatory activities, including a ukulele singalong, contra dancing, yoga and a “playback” theatre performance. At the same time, the hall upstairs will feature several respected and talented performers, including the wonderful singer-songwriter Ana Miura, along with “open stage” performance opportunities for children as well as adults (the open stage is a Spirit of Rasputin’s presentation). All afternoon activities are free, with donations being accepted for CKCU FM, Ottawa’s long-running community radio station. Continue reading

First planning meeting held

Following a large number of telephone conversations, emails and heart to heart discussions between Bob Nesbitt, the primary organizer, and others in the Ottawa folk community, the first planning session was held on November 6 at the Legion Hall at 330 Kent Street, the designated location for the inaugural Ottawa Grassroots Festival.

“This is an historic occasion,” said Chris White
The planning team voted on the new name, toured the facility, and determined the immediate next steps required to assure a successful event.

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The date is set! April 28, 2012

Information, updates, programming schedules, and contact information will appear on this site as it becomes available. We are working hard to assemble all the pieces for the first annual Ottawa Grassroots Festival on April 28th, 2012 at Legion Hall, 330 Kent Street. Stay tuned!!