- View the FULL 2021 OGF Schedule
- Tickets and Passes ON SALE NOW!

- Silent  Auction - Very special item added
- Need help getting online? Get TECH support 
- Register for FREE daytime events
-  Support our Local Heroes
- Check your SPAM folder for your digital ticket
- Sugar Cookies – Support Live Music!
- Order 9th OGF Pewter Pin
- THANK YOU to our Funders and Sponsors
Friday Apr 23 ~ Saturday Apr 24 ~ Sunday Apr 25
Ottawa Grassroots Festival is ONLINE
The Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) occurs entirely online over the weekend of April 23, Friday, through Sunday, April 25. Attendees of this year’s festival will be able to enjoy the weekend’s events virtually from the safety of their home or bubble.

April 23, FRIDAY Evening - 
Individual Ticket- → CA $10.00
Family Ticket: CA $15.00

April 24, SATURDAY Evening - 
Individual Tickets  → CA $10.00
Family Ticket:  CA $15.00

Festival Passes
Per person →CA $15.00
Family Festival Pass → CA $20.00
 *plus additional fees to eventbrite for processing

The 2021 Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) occurs entirely online over the weekend of April 23, Friday, through Sunday, April 25. Attendees of this year’s festival will be able to enjoy the weekend’s events virtually from the safety of their home or bubble.
The festival will be hosted on zoom, and OGF will be sharing tips and techniques on how to watch.

CLICK HERE to view the FULL OGF Weekend schedule!

Thank you Graham & Ryan at Wavelength Media!

OGF is delighted by this very special addition to the Silent Auction !

This is Bob Nesbitt’s guitar! Bob was the founder of the OGF and his family generously donated his guitar, a Yamaha APX500NT acoustic/electric model. Included with the guitar is a vintage Ottawa Folklore Centre soft case.

In addition to being a fine instrument, this guitar is filled with heart and memories for a lucky musician.

The OGF Silent Auction is back! One of the most fun and popular features of the Festival - will be back in virtual form this year. We have a terrific selection of donated items - ranging from items to pamper yourself, beautify your home, and tickle your sweet tooth. The Silent Auction is a really important way to support the Festival - all of our performers are paid, and all of the funds raised will support the Festival and its artists.

The Auction site is OPEN NOW Sunday April 25th at 5:00 p.m. 


Order 9th OGF Pewter Pin

This beautiful OGF 9th year festival pin in pewter was designed and cast by Mark Evenchick.

Pins are $5.00 ~ They will be mailed by Canada Post

Sugar Cookies – Support Live Music

The Ottawa Grassroots Festival with Strawberry Blonde Bakery is thrilled to launch these delicious and gorgeous musical treats in support of live music in our community. Strawberry Blonde is donating 50% of the sales of these yummy festival-themed cookies towards supporting the arts community in honour of Bob Nesbitt, the beloved Founder and Festival Producer, who passed away in February 2021. Cookies can be ordered with delivery as an option too. These cookies can also be shipped across Canada! For shipping across Canada, please contact

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 OGF is in its 10th year and was founded by Bob Nesbitt, and dozens of very talented volunteers. The 2021 edition of the OGF occurs over the weekend of Apr 23-25th entirely online!

*Each order of 6 comes as an assortment of cookies shown at the website.


Tech Tips - WATCH
How To Get Tech Support During the Ottawa Grassroots Festival

Thank you to our local supporters! Check out our Local Heroes page to support small business by ordering food or goods:

We hope you will think about visiting them for a delicious take-out meal or drink, or to check out their local goods and services.
Collaboration with Algonquin College
The Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) is pleased to announce the second year collaboration with the Performing Arts Program at Algonquin College. This showcase, ACES (Algonquin College Entertainers Showcase) will have students in the Performing Arts program prepare a virtual variety of acts highlighting their talent and creativity and will be reviewed by a celebrity panel of judges. The top 3 will earn a spot in the OGF virtual lineup!
 Although the festival will be live-streamed to your homes, we still need help from volunteers. If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, below are the key positions we are looking to fill.
  • Social media support – Follow, like, share & repeat!
  • “Help desk”
  • Chat monitors
  • Silent  Auction & Sponsors
  • Posters (put up posters in local stores)
  • Zoom assistance
  • Online accessibility
  • Community Outreach (phone calling) to seniors residences to let them know about the festival
Our volunteer coordinator this year is one of our longtime volunteers, Joni Feldman. To sign-up, complete the form via the Ottawa Grassroots Festival website. Joni will be in touch with registered volunteers in the coming weeks. you CKCU radio for your support! Listen to CANADIAN SPACES with Chris White's tribute to Bob Nesbitt show here:
Tribute to Bob Nesbitt (1939-2012). Bob created countless opportunities for people to develop, learn, connect and celebrate through the teams, organizations and events he created. Bob led the Ottawa Folk Festival site construction crew for many, and founded the Ottawa Grassroots Festival in 2012. The entire Canadian Spaces show on April 10 will be a celebration of Bob's many gifts and contributions.
We are extremely grateful for all our sponsors. They ensure we have free daytime programming, which makes this festival affordable for young families to attend and sharing with the community is what we are all about. Without sponsor support, this would be an entirely different festival and it's safe to say, the OGF would not be possible!
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Ottawa Grassroots Festival, please contact Alison Bowie
We graciously acknowledge the support in grant funding from the Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage and the City of Ottawa.
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