What form will the 2023 Virtual Ottawa Grassroots Festival take?

The Festival will be LIVE at St. Andrew’s Church at 82 Kent St. in downtown Ottawa and Irene’s Pub at 885 Bank St.

Tickets to view the evening concerts on Zoom, will also be available. 

Do I have to watch the Zoom concerts on a phone or computer?

You will need access to Zoom on a computer or device (like a phone or tablet).  If you have a Smart TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Roku (etc.) and have shared your computer or device screen to your TV, you’re all set!  If not, you may have to watch and listen through your device.

If you share your phone or tablet to your TV, you might not be able to turn on your camera (but would still be able to see the whole festival).  

Is there help to buy tickets and access the festival?

There is!  Our help team is standing by during the day and evening leading up to, and during, the festival.  Visit our Tech Support page and submit your name, phone number and email address (plus a quick explanation of your technical issue) and one of our volunteers will phone or email you promptly.

When and where is the 2023 festival taking place?

The festival will take place at St. Andrew’s Church from April 20 – 22, 2023. On Sunday, April 23 there will also be events at Irene’s Pub. All evening concerts are available to watch on Zoom with the purchase of a virtual ticket. 

What are the festival hours?

St. Andrew’s Church/Thursday thru Saturday events:

Thursday evening, April 20 – 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Friday evening, April 21 – 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Saturday daytime, April 22 – 11:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Saturday evening, April 22 – 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Irene’s Pub/all Sunday events:

Sunday daytime, April 23 – 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday Evening: April 23 –  7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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

Tickets are on sale now!  You can purchase tickets online through Eventbrite, and all ticket sales are online. 

Click here to buy tickets

How much do tickets cost?

Please check the ticket page for prices.

  • All daytime performances and workshops are FREE!
  • Kids 15 and under are admitted free to evening concerts if they are accompanied by a ticket holding adult.
  • If you have a disability and require the assistance of a support person, you may request a free ticket for your support person with the purchase of your ticket. Please contact volunteer@ottawagrassrootsfestival.com for more information.

Is the festival venue accessible?

St. Andrew’s is wheelchair accessible.

We are always working to improve the accessibility of the website for the visual and hearing impaired.

Will there be designated accessible seating areas at the stages?

Yes, there are accessible seating areas at the stages.

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

There will be online directions to help people navigate to the different stages on the different dates.

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?

Recording is not permitted due to artist copyright issues.

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

How can I volunteer?

Here are some things we can use your help with: sales (food, pin and CDs), surveys, signage, volunteer check-in, and the silent action. If you are interested or know of anyone who might be interested in volunteering for OGF, contact us through the volunteer page. We would love to hear from you.

What kids’ activities are there?

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

What is so unique about OGF?

We are proud to be an official not-for-profit festival, run completely by dedicated volunteers. OGF’s mission statement is: “Cultivating Community ” means we reach out to all communities and encourage them to come together and celebrate music. 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 and thrive?

Please contact Alison Bowie at alison@ottawagrassrootsfestival.com. We are very grateful for all of our sponsors and new ones are always welcome.

Can I make a donation to help support the Ottawa Grassroots Festival?

OGF would love your support if you would like to donate.

To donate by cheque, mail to:
Ottawa Grassroots Festival
2082 Blossom Dr.
Ottawa, ON
K1H 6G8

To donate by e-transfer send the transfer to:


While the Ottawa Grassroots Festival is a non-profit organization, we are not a registered charity. Consequently we cannot issue tax receipts for your donation. 

OGF thanks you for your support!

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

Applications are submitted via the website, using the Artist Application.

Who are the headliners?

Benj Rowland


Mia Kelly

Ken Yates

Alireza Tarviji Ensemble


The Broken Bridges

The Sunday Night Review

Who else is performing?


Click here to visit the performer 2023 page

How can I connect with the festival on social media?

You can follow us on:

Twitter: OGF Twitter
Facebook: OGF Facebook
Instagram: OGF Instagram
YouTube: OGF YouTube
LinkedIn: OGF LinkedIn

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

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

Subscribing is easy. Visit the Homepage of the festival website. Simply enter your email address where indicated and click on “SIGN UP”.

Will there be merchandise for sale?

There will be links to artist’s websites so you can purchase CD’s and other items and support these wonderful artists.

OGF has items for sale as well. In 2023 we will have credit and debit options at each venue.

Will there be a silent auction this year?

Yes, absolutely! It will be an online auction and we will have some wonderful and exciting items and gift cards for you to bid on. The auction starts on April 1, 2023 at 32 Auctions.

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

Canadian Heritage

City of Ottawa

Trillium Foundation

Hobin Architecture

Baker Tilly Accounting Ottawa LLP

Workshop Space #1 is sponsored by

See sponsor page at this Link for a full list of private and commercial sponsors.

Funders / Major Sponsors