The Ottawa Grassroots Festival has announced this year’s lineup
The ninth annual Ottawa Grassroots Festival takes place over the weekend of Friday, April 23 through Sunday, April 25, as a virtual event this year, providing an opportunity to extend the festival’s reach to the public both nationally and globally.
There is an amazing line-up of performances and workshops for all ages. It’s a family friendly event with music in both official languages and rich in Indigenous voices. OGF prides itself in showcasing artists of all abilities, all ages, and all genders and welcomes music from diverse ethnicities. OGF is a volunteer-run festival that believes strongly in bringing communities together, by providing participative workshops and opportunities for involvement at all levels of this organization.
This year’s line-up features:
- Albert Dumont
- Algonquin College Performing Arts Students
- Ian Tamblyn
- James Keelaghan
- Jessica Pearson and the East Wind
- Jillian Kerr & Emily Shepherd
- Jody Benjamin & Michael Ball
- Kate Weekes & James Stephens
- Kristine St-Pierre
- Leela Gilday
- Lynn Miles
- Maria Hawkins
- Mia Kelly
- OGF Virtual Choir
- Russell Levia
- Sjef Frenken’s Open Stage
- Sneezy Waters
- Victor Nesrallah & Danny Artuso
- Vince Halfhide
There will be a virtual silent auction at this year’s festival with some interesting items to bid on. Our list continues to grow but some o
f the items donated so far include golf memberships, two hours of gardening help, gift certificates to restaurants, veggie plants, home decor items and many other surprises.
The festival organizers realize it has been a difficult year for local businesses, and we are helping all those that have supported our festival in the past and those who cannot this year, by setting up a Local Heroes page on the website. Some businesses will be offering festival fare for you to enjoy while you take in the entertainment.
FREE daytime performances and workshops
Please enjoy the FREE daytime performances and workshops. They are sure to brighten your day and provide musical discoveries of the abundance of local talent in the Ottawa and surrounding areas. Note: to access the FREE programming, you will still need to reserve your ticket through Eventbrite. Click here for all tickets.
Tickets are $10/person or $15/family for each Friday and Saturday evening concert. A weekend festival pass is $15/person or $20/family. OGF will take place securely on Zoom, which is viewable on any device that has a web browser (phone, laptop, computer, tablet, Smart TV, etc.) Ticket purchasers will be sent a confirmation of purchase and the link to watch the festival the week prior. Tickets and passes are available for purchase now here.
A word about Bob Nesbitt
Ottawa Grassroots Festival suffered a tremendous loss just a month ago, when our beloved founder and festival producer, Bob Nesbitt, passed away. He worked against all odds in almost every aspect of the planning of the 2021 festival to ensure it would be the best it could be. You can read more about this exceptional community builder on the homepage of the festival website.
Bob’s vision for the virtual edition of OGF was to deliver as close to an in-person festival experience as possible. The festival program will be available soon to help you plan for the weekend.
If there are other ways you might want to help by either joining our volunteer team, offering sponsorship ideas or contributing to our silent auction, please let us know.
Online tickets and festival passes for the Ottawa Grassroots Festival evening performances are available via the festival website. Purchase here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/