Work Begins on the 2013 Festival

Back in February of this year, I was so sure the one-day 2012 festival would be a success that I booked the Legion for 2 days in 2013. The dates are Saturday April 27 and Sunday April 28, 2013. The venue remains the same, the Royal Canadian Legion, Montgomery Branch, 330 Kent Street in Ottawa (corner of Maclaren). Indeed, the Legion was so good to us and it worked so well in so many ways, there was no reason to change venues.

Due to unavoidable roof repairs (thank you, Mother Nature) the venue for 2013 has been moved to the Rideau Curling Club, 715 Cooper St. at Percy. [ed.]

After this year’s festival, I, and others, were concerned that we couldn’t match an event that good in 2013. Well, I am now certain that 2013 will be at least as good as 2012. Continue reading

2012 Wrap-up


Well all the hard work that the volunteers and performers put into the festival on April 28 certainly paid off. The festival was a huge success in every way. There were lots of people at every performance in the afternoon and the vibe was wonderful. There were lots of things that people had never seen before and they were eager to learn. The evening performance was very exciting and the place was packed. Performers love an atmosphere like that and go all out to entertain the audience. And entertain us they did; Rick Fines, Katherine Wheatley and Missy Burgess were at their finest. Albert Dumont gave a very thoughtful talk as an opener, including a poem he had written specifically for our festival, and left people spellbound.

The fact that the entire afternoon was free was a really big hit. These are the performances that the audiences saw: Continue reading

Today is the day!

We have all been working hard looking after many details, with the idea of making sure (or as sure as possible) that everything runs smoothly today. We are also trying to make this fun for all the many people that are involved. That said, here is what your festival looks like:
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Shout Brother!!

The all male Shout Brother choir has just been added to the lineup. They will perform on the main level at 5pm, and are the only festival event to take place on the main level. The timing and location permit the sound checks for the evening concert to proceed on the upper level. More info…

Launch “Meet and Greet” Well Attended

We had our “meet and greet” on March 7 at Pressed sandwich bar and it was well attended (in fact it was full) and fun for everyone. There were great performances by BUG (the Bytown Ukulele Group), Missy Burgess, and Garry Greenland. Pat Moore was a wonderful MC and Bob Nesbitt had a few words to say describing Ottawa Grassroots Festival; how it started, what’s included in the lineup this year, sponsors etc and then thanked all for being there and for participating. Afterwards, Pressed served up some of their wonderful sandwiches, with juice and coffee.

Here’s the article by Melissa Li in Centretown News Online.