What form will the 2021 Virtual Ottawa Grassroots Festival take?

That’s right, this year’s festival is VIRTUAL, and is taking place via Zoom!  Everyone will be able to see the artists, and the artists and audience will be able to see you *if you choose to watch with your camera turned on*!

We’re looking forward to delivering the traditional OGF experience while you’re watching safely from your home.

Do I have to watch 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 2021 festival taking place?

The festival takes place *online* from April 23rd – 25th, 2021 to accommodate COVID restrictions!

What are the festival hours?

Friday evening, April 23 – 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday daytime, April 24 – 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM – Two Stages running simultaneously
Saturday evening, April 24 – 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday daytime, April 25 – 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Two Stages running simultaneously

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 and register for the free daytime workshops

How much do tickets cost?

Evening performances are $10 (individual) or $15 (family), and you can buy a Festival Pass (with access to both evening shows and including the free daytime workshops) for $15 (individual) or $20 (family). 

All daytime performances and workshops are FREE!

Click here to buy tickets and register for the free daytime workshops

Is the festival venue accessible?

Since the festival will be online this year, it will be accessible to everyone.

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

Will there be designated accessible seating area at the stages?

The nicest thing about a virtual festival is that all attendees have the best seat in the house.

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.

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

Please visit our sponsor page and order from one of these great restaurants and help support local businesses through these difficult times.

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 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 officially a not-for-profit festival, which is run by dedicated volunteers. OGF’s mission statement: “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:
Ottawa Grassroots Festival
2082 Blossom Dr.
Ottawa, ON
K1H 6G8

To donate by e-transfer:

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

OGF thanks you for your support!

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

Submissions for Ottawa Grassroots Festival 2021 daytime spots are still being accepted. Normally, to avoid disappointment, submit your info in September of 2021 for the 2022 festival. Applications are submitted via the website, using this link.

Who are the headliners?

This year we have James Keelaghan, Kristine St-Pierre, Leela Gilday, Jessica Pearson and the East Wind headlining the festival.

Who else is performing?

We’re really excited to feature a host of fantastic artists this year!  Click here to visit the performer 2021 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

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 Home page 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.

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.

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

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


Funders / Major Sponsors