The Ottawa Grassroots Festival is back for its 6th year. This not-for-profit music festival promises 3 days of family-friendly fun from April 20th to 23rd at the Southminster United Church (15 Aylmer Avenue) that’s less than a 15 minute drive from 1785-1815 Baseline Road. The Panoramic Properties blog team has all you need to know to plan your experience.
Tickets for Grassroots Festival are priced affordably for families (children 15 and under are free when accompanied by an adult). The daytime events on both Saturday and Sunday are FREE for everyone! The best value is the $45 weekend pass, good for all three evenings of performances. If you can only attend a single night, tickets are $20 for Thursday, $25 for Friday and $30 forSaturday night.
Opening Night – Thursday, April 20th
A trio of powerhouse Francophone performers including Mélanie Brulée, Anique Granger and Cindy Doire band together to present Une Soirée Avec les Filles. The popular/folk acoustic duo, Geneviève RB & Alain Barbeau are set to open for les filles.
Tonya Price (CKCU host) will MC during the Friday evening performances. The evening begins with One World Choir, led by Chris MacLean. This choir brings together voices of newcomer Canadians and refugees in a welcoming setting, fostering new friendship and facilitating the singers learning of English at the same time. The evening’s performances will also include ShoutSister! Ottawa and The Durham County Poets.
Anne-Marie Brugger (CHUO host) will be the MC Saturday evening as it kicks off with opening address/prayer by Algonquin elder, Albert Dumont. Ken Whiteley and The Beulah Band will headline. Opening for them will be the powerful and beautiful voice of Malak. Malak grew up in Egypt and now makes her home in Ottawa. She is working on her first full length CD, set to be released later this year.
In addition to the 3 nights of performances there will also be a full and free daytime program on Saturday and Sunday. This family-friendly gathering of folk music, dance and spoken word is called Grassroots because it really is. It’s run entirely by volunteers and features participatory workshops that cultivate a feeling of community. For information on becoming part of thePanoramic Properties community and Panoramic Rental Properties in Ottawa, please visit our website