When and where is the 2017 festival taking place?

April 20-23th 2017.
Southminster United Church
15 Aylmer Ave., Ottawa (at Bank Street)

What are the festival hours?

Thursday and Friday:
Doors open at 7pm – Performances start at 7:30pm – 11pm.
Doors open at 10:30am. The daytime programming ends at 5pm. There is a break from 5-7:15pm. Doors re-open at 7pm. Evening performance will go to 11pm at the latest.
Doors open at 10:30am. Workshops and daytime programming end at 5pm.

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

Tickets are on sale now!

Here are the options when buying tickets:

  1. Online via the festival website ticket page using PayPal.
  2. At Both Compact Music Store locations, 785 Bank St and 206 Bank St.
  3. And by contacting Bob Nesbitt by e-mail: ottawagrassrootsfestival@gmail.com
  4. Tickets will be available to purchase at the door, as long as they’re not sold out! Don’t delay and make sure you secure your admission to the evening concerts!

How much do tickets cost?

Daytime performances and workshops on Saturday and Sunday are FREE!
Thursday April 20: Tickets are $20
Friday April 21: Tickets are $25
Saturday April 22: Tickets are $30
Weekend Pass (all 3 nights): Tickets are $45
All daytime performances and workshops are FREE!

What kids’ activities are there?

There are loads of fun activities for kids of ages and toddlers, too! Visit the festival program page for the complete listing

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 Line

Our info line is not currently available. 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 their 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 will be 1 food vendor in Fellowship Hall (lower level of the church) on Saturday only, selling Asian food. There are food trucks nearby as well as many restaurants, including those found at Lansdowne.

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 will love hear from you.

What kids’ activities are there?

There are loads of activities for kids. We have not finalized the program for the 2017. Please check back in February.

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 organized entirely 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?

We do accept submissions. All of the artists have been selected for the 2017 festival, but to avoid disappointment for next year, submit your info in October of 2017 for the 2018 festival by completing the Artist Application Form.

Who are the headliners?

We have a stellar line-up again this year.

Thursday night April 20, 2017: Une Soirée avec Les Filles Mélanie Brulée, Cindy Doire et Anique Granger. Opener Geneviève RB et Alain Barbeau.

Friday night April 21, 2017: Co-bill: Durham County Poets and Shout Sister Choir. Opener: One World Choir

Saturday night April 22, 2017: Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band. Opener Malak. Address given by Albert Dumont

Who else is performing?

Here is a complete list of 2017 confirmed performers at the festival.

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 there a special price for children and attendants?

Children 15 years and younger will be admitted for free, when accompanied by an adult.

People with disabilities that have a ticket or festival pass can bring one attendant to the festival at no extra cost. Please see the ticket booth volunteer, when you arrive.

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! It will occur all day on Saturday April 22nd, with bidding closing at the end of the night. We have lots of wonderful items and gift certificates to bid on so make sure to check it out in Fellowship Hall, on the lower level of the Church. Winning items can be picked up Saturday night or during the festival on Sunday.

After the festival contact: