About us

Our Mission Statement

Cultivating Creativity and Celebrating Community

The Ottawa Grassroots Festival is a non-profit, community-based, volunteer-run organization dedicated to cultivating community at the local level through a vibrant annual festival of concerts and participatory workshops.

The Ottawa Grassroots Festival started in 2012, and was founded by Bob Nesbitt, plus dozens of very talented volunteers.

The Ottawa Grassroots Festival Board of Directors:

Grace Smith


Peter Bowie


Jerry Johnston


Ravi Philar


Gareth Auden-Hole


Teri Loretto-Valentik


Alison Bowie

Festival Producer

Adrian Yuen

Festival Administrator

Graham Lindsey

Website Administrator

Ryan Lindsey

Website Administrator

Supporters of the OGF

There are a lot of people working to pull the Ottawa Grassroots Festival together. Here are some of those that helped us through the years.

Bob Nesbitt
Selina Bishop
Peter Bowie
Patricia Bowie
Samantha Bowie
Bob Boucher
Lynn Chiarelli
Mandaly Clements
Larry Davies
Mary-Anne Davis
Mark Delorme
Scott Donnelly
Heather Evenchick
Mark Evenchick
Joni Feldman
Andrew Hall
Bonnie Harnden
Howie Hooper
Ken Hoffman
Mike Leeworthy
Graham Lindsey
Ryan Lindsey
Eric Lunn
Karen Marshall
Doug McDonald
Kathy Mitchell
Shelley Ann Morris
Jake Morrison
Emily Mountjoy
Dave O’Heare
Karen Oxorn
Ravi Philar
Katharine Ray
Grace Smith
Frank Smith
Paul Spafford
Gautum Subra
Ian Tamblyn
Barbara Thompson
Chris White
Kate Whitley
Robert Wilson
Olga Zuyderhoff
Jerry Johnston
Adrian Yuen