Planning for Ottawa’s Best Kept Musical Secret is Full Steam Ahead

A Dad with his two young kids having an amazing time in the drumming circle workshop at OGF 2013.  Photographer: Michelle Tardiff

A Dad with his two young kids having an amazing time in the drumming circle workshop at OGF 2013. Photographer: Michelle Tardiff

Hope you all had a wonderful summer. We have so much exciting news to share with you, since our last newsletter. Planning is well underway for the 3rd Annual Grassroots Festival (OGF) and we can guarantee that it is going to be great! Continue reading

James Keelaghan to headline Ottawa Grassroots Festival!

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

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.