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

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

A complete list for 2020 will be found on the sponsors page of the website when they are confirmed.

When and where is the 2020 festival taking place?

April 23-26th 2020
St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – 82 Kent Street Ottawa

What are the festival hours?

Thursday, April 23 – 7:30 – 11:00PM Doors open at 7:00

Friday, April 24 – 7:30 – 11:00 PM Doors open at 7:00

Saturday, April 25 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and 7:30 – 11:00 In the evening, doors open at 7:00

Sunday, April 26– 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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

They are available now!

Follow this link to our Tickets page…

How much do tickets cost?

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.

With the purchase of a ticket or pass, a patron with a disability, who requires 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?

We are working on updating 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

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?

St Andrew’s is downtown and there are restaurants nearby. There will be some non-alcoholic beverages for sale on-site as well as snacks, during the evening performances.

Is the festival licensed?

No. There will be no bar this year. The cost of the license has become prohibitive and the church does not allow liquor on-site

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?

There will be a Kidzone, a workshop for babies and toddlers and youth performers.

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 bob@ottawagrassrootsfestival.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 OGF2020 are closed. To avoid disappointment, submit your info in September of 2020 for the 2021 festival. Applications are submitted via the website, at the following link.

Who are the headliners?

Thursday, April 23: Quote the Raven will open for co-headliners Jessica Pearson and The East Wind and Kristine St-Pierre

Friday, April 24:  This will be a different evening – with the Vanier Playboys getting everyone on their feet for an evening of dance.

Saturday, April 25: Larissa Desrosier will open for Twin Flames

Who else is performing?

Visit the Performers 2020 page on the website for a complete list of all our performers – to be posted in late February after our official Launch

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 St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church?

We will update our information about public transit to OGF2020 – but the easiest thing to remember is that the Lyon Station of the new LRT is minutes away.

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 free evenings and weekends at many spots near the site, including on Wellington in The Supreme Court parking lot.

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

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: