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

Maritime Folk Icons Headline The Ottawa Grassroots Festival in April 2016

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

Stef Paquette and Eric Dubeau headline Thursday Night Ottawa Grassroots Festival

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Ottawa, ON – January 7 2015: Stef Paquette and Eric Dubeau, award winning Franco-Ontarian musicians will headline the new opening night at The 2015 Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF). The now four day festival takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion, Montgomery Branch, at 330 Kent Street, April 23-26, 2015.

“Having a Franco-Ontarian night speaks to our mandate of cultivating community,” says Bob Nesbitt, OGF Producer.” Culturally diverse music breaks down barriers, enriching the festival experience. “Stef and Eric are talented artists and we are so pleased to have them kick start the festival.” Nesbitt adds, “Ticket sales have started a month early, which is a clear message people are excited by our line-up announcements”.

Stef Paquette

Stef Paquette

Paquette launched a solo career in 2002 with his first solo album, L’Homme exponentiel nominated for Album of the Year and the title song was winner of Song of the Year at the Franco-Ontarian Music awards in 2005. His second solo album, Salut de l’arrière pays (The Salvation of the Hinterland), was released in 2011 and won a number of awards, including the Prix Trille Or from the Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique in 2013. The album is acoustic folk, with no drums. Its theme is how northern communities are becoming ghost towns because people are leaving for bigger towns, promising to come back but they never do.

Eric Dubeau

Eric Dubeau

Singer-songwriter Eric Dubeau writes songs that are rich. They are inspired variously by daily life in a village in Northern Canada, local legends heard in Croatia, the tranquility of the landscape in Patagonia or the riddle of the Sphinx. Dubeau’s music invites the listener to a musical encounter soft, intense and exciting. In 1997, he released his first album, Par chez nous. From that album the song Les lumières de la ville was a finalist in Songs from the heart of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals. In March 2001, Eric launched his second album, Coeur et âme.

The Ottawa Grassroots Festival is a family-friendly gathering of folk music, dance and spoken word. Grassroots is a unique experience, accessible and indoors with free daytime activities designed to appeal to all ages, featuring workshops, sing-alongs, special kids’ activities, an instrument petting zoo, jam sessions, a Festival Choir, folk dancing, instrument building and much more. Evening performances will be ticketed. Follow the latest line-up and performer news on the OGF website, Facebook and Twitter.” It’s called Grassroots because it is! This not-for-profit organization is run entirely by volunteers. 

The Ottawa Grassroots Festival continues to attract followers from communities throughout the National Capital region and Ontario. Join us in April and experience it for yourself!

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Old Man Luedecke Headlines Friday Night Ottawa Grassroots Festival

OLD MAN LUEDECKE-picOttawa, ON – December 9 2014: Old Man Luedecke, a multi-Juno award winning roots singer-songwriter from the east coast, has been announced as the Friday evening headliner at The 2015 Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF). The four day festival takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion, Montgomery Branch, at 330 Kent Street, April 23-26, 2015. Luedecke’s latest, acclaimed studio album, Tender Is The Night, is rich in metaphor, heart and instrumentation and muses on love, art and purpose. “The songs are about a variety of topics, a meditation on art and ambition is present in a lot of what I do. Art and whether there is spiritual success without worldly success, that’s at the heart of Tender Is The Night,” says Luedecke.
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Connie Kaldor Headlines Ottawa Grassroots Festival

Bio and picture Connie Kaldor 798x900Ottawa, ON – November 21 2014: The 2015 Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) announces masterful performer and Juno award winner, Connie Kaldor, as this year’s Saturday evening headliner. The four day festival takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion, Montgomery Branch, at 330 Kent Street, April 23-26, 2015. Kaldor, known as the performer without borders, has flourished on the folk music scene for over two decades, yet her repertoire of original material blurs musical boundaries, embracing elements of gospel, rock, country and western, folk, blue grass and adult contemporary. With nine albums and a broad devoted fan base, people come back to see her again and again because a Connie Kaldor performance is about more than just the power of music. It is also about the power of personality. What she says between songs is as intriguing as the lyrics she sings.
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