Saturday, April 6, 2013

Ottawa Grassroots Festival – April 27-28

The Ottawa Grassroots Festival, a small volunteer-run, family-oriented springtime folk festival spearheaded by Bob Nesbitt, will return Saturday-Sunday April 27-28 for its second year. This year it’s taking place at the Rideau Curling Club, 715 Cooper Street in Ottawa. 

The daytime events, centred on workshops, kid-friendly concerts and a contra dance, are free of charge. Tickets for the Saturday night concert are $25. The Sunday night tickets are $15 and passes for both nights are $35.

Among the artists participating in the daytime activities on Saturday will be Missy Burgess, Ana Miura, Amanda Rheaume, Wendell Ferguson, Suzie Vinnick, Amanda Bon, Ed Lawrence, Chris White, Selina Bishop, Hollis Morgan, Mary Gick, Arthur McGregor, Pat Moore, and Folka Voca.

The Saturday night concert features performances by Ottawa singer-songwriters Ana Miura and Amanda Rheaume followed by Wendell Ferguson, a great guitarist and humourist, and folk and blues MVP Suzie Vinnick.

Sunday daytime events will feature workshops, concerts for kids, a contra dance, a Spirit of Rasputins open stage, Gil’s hootenanny and more. The Sunday night concert will feature several choirs.

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