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Who are the funders and major sponsors of the Ottawa Grassroots Festival?

Heritage Canada
City of Ottawa
Capital Hill Hotel and Suites, 88 Albert St., is the Official hotel of the Ottawa Grassroots Festival

A complete list can be found on the sponsors page of the website.

When and where is the 2018 festival taking place?

April 26-29th 2018
Southminster United Church
15 Aylmer Ave. (at Bank Street) Ottawa

What are the festival hours?

Thursday, April 26 – 7:30 – 11:00PM

Friday, April 27 – 7:30 – 11:00 PM

Saturday, April 28 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and 7:30 – 11:00 PM

Sunday, April 29 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

When do tickets go on sale and where can they be purchased?

Tickets are available and can be purchased,

How much do tickets cost?

Thursday Night (Franco Night) – $20.00

Friday Night – $25.00

Saturday Night – $30.00

Weekend Pass (covers all evening performances) – $49.00 purchased on-line; $50 at the door

Follow this link to our Tickets page…

All daytime performances and workshops are FREE!


Is there a special price for children and attendants?

  • Children 15 years and younger will be admitted for free, when accompanied by an adult.
  • Patrons with a disability who require an attendant can bring one attendant to the festival at no extra cost. Please see the ticket booth volunteer, when you arrive.

Are tickets available on site?

Tickets will be available for purchase on site.

Is the festival venue accessible?

Please follow this link, for a detailed description of the festival site and other important accessibility information.

The venue has an elevator that will access all floors and entrances have ramps.

There is very limited accessible parking on site.

Will there be designated accessible seating area at the stages?

There will be designated areas at all stages for those who use wheelchairs or scooters. Those who bring along guide dogs will also be accommodated.

Festival Information

If you have any questions please e-mail: ottawagrassrootsfestival@gmail.com

Will there be signage to direct people around the festival site?

While there will be signage to direct people, an important role for volunteers is that of ‘ambassador.’ There will be greeters at the entrance to offer guidance and assistance if needed.

Are there public phones at the church?

No, but a number of volunteers will have cell phones and would be pleased to help you.

Are there ATMs?

No there are no ATMs.

Where can I get something to eat, while at the festival?

There are food trucks nearby as well as many restaurants, including those found at Lansdowne. We will confirm closer to the festival, if there will be onsite vendors in 2018.

Confirmed venders:

Casa Mexico (authentic Mexican tacos (corn))

Cloud Forest Coffee

Is the festival licensed?

There will be a licensed bar available during the evening performances.

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

You are permitted to bring food items and non-alcoholic beverages.

Can I take photographs or videos while I’m there?

Photographs taken at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival may not be used for any commercial purpose.

It is important that you respect other audience members and the artists by using discretion while shooting and photos must be for personal use only. If an artist has requested that no photos be taken of them, security or media volunteers may alert you.

Detachable lens cameras will not be permitted onsite. All other non-professional cameras will be permitted. Please refrain from using a flash, during the performances. It can be very distracting.

Can I use video or audio recording devices?

It is not permitted due to artist copyright issues.

Ottawa Grassroots Festival reserves the right to take photographs/video of guests while on site at the Festival premises to be used for commercial or promotional purposes.

How can I volunteer?

Here are some things we can use your help with: food preparation, sales (food, pin and CDs), surveys, drivers, signage, green room prep, volunteer check-in, set-up /tear-down work and the silent action. If you are interested or know of anyone who might be interested in volunteering for OGF, contact us through the e-mail on the volunteer page. We would love hear from you.

What kids’ activities are there?

Children love almost all of the sessions. But here are those specifically aimed at younger people:

  • Saturday – 11:00 – Toddler and Babies participatory performances
  • Saturday – 12:00 – KidZone with Selina Bishop and Jessica Carboni

 Older children may find these particularly inviting

  • Saturday 1:00 – James Blondeau, media presentation
  • Saturday 1:00 – Instrument building with Mike Leeworthy
  • Saturday evening opener – One World Choir & World Music Orchestra for Kids
  • Sunday – 11:30 – Participatory dance demonstration with Amanda Bon

Are babies and young children welcome?


Are strollers welcome?


Can I bring my pet?

Please do not bring your pet. Service animals are welcome.

What is so unique about OGF?

We are proud to be officially a not-for-profit festival, which is run by dedicated volunteers. OGF’s mission statement: “Cultivating Community” says it all. Volunteers, sponsors, artists and festival patrons celebrate, share and learn together in a barrier-free environment.

How can I become a sponsor and help the festival grow?

Please contact Bob Nesbitt at ottawagrassrootsfestival@gmail.com  We are very grateful for all of our sponsors and new ones are always welcome.

Do you accept submissions? How can my band/artist play the festival?

Submissions for OGF2018 are closed. To avoid disappointment, submit your info in September of 2018 for the 2019 festival. Applications are submitted via the website, at the following link.


Who are the headliners?

Thursday, April 26 (Franco Night): Jean-Marc Lalonde et ses amis with opener: Marc-Antoine Joly

Friday, April 27: Sneezy Waters and His Very Fine Band with opener: Leela Gilda and pre-opener: One World Choir & World Music Orchestra for Kids

Saturday, April 28: Lynn Miles with Keith Glass Opener: Campbell Woods

Who else is performing?

Visit the Performers2018 page on the website for a complete list of all our performers.

How can I connect with the festival on social media?

You can follow us on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OttGrassroots

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ottawa-Grassroots-Festival/210912422324113

How can I be informed of line-up announcements and other great information before the general public?

Great question!  Sign-up for our newsletter:  New Sprouts. By subscribing to our publication you get insider information, before it is released to the public and participate in contests and giveaways.

Subscribing is easy. Visit the home page of the festival website. Simply enter the email address you would like our newsletter to be delivered to you and click on “SIGN UP”.

What buses stop near Southminster United Church?

OC Transpo offers a great online trip planner and will also provide walking instructions from the bus stop to where you need to go. http://octranspo1.com/travelplanner/travelplanner. Also see our document “Bus Routes To and From The Grassroots Festival“.

Are there bike racks nearby?

Great question! We are not aware of any on-site bike racks.

Is there parking available on-site or nearby?

There is no on-site parking. Parking is available on side streets. Pay parking lots are located nearby at TD Place.

What accommodations are available for the festival patrons?

Capital Hill Hotel and Suites, a first-class hotel in downtown Ottawa, 88 Albert St., is the Official hotel of the Ottawa Grassroots Festival. www.capitalhill.com/

Will there be merchandise for sale?

There will be pins, CDs and more.

How do I contact Lost & Found?

During the festival, visit the volunteer registration table in Room 6 on the 2nd Floor.

Is the festival licensed and will non-alcoholic alternatives be available for purchase?

There will be wine, beer and non-alcoholic options available for sale between 7pm-11pm, at each of the evening performances

Please bring your water bottles and favourite coffee decanters to use while at the festival in support of our green initiatives.

Will there be a silent auction this year?

Yes, absolutely! We have some wonderful items and gift certificates to bid on.

After the festival contact: