Ottawa Folk Festival

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Country and Region CanadaOntario
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Festival Contact Information

Ottawa Folk Festival
265 Catherine Street, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, ON Canada K1R 7S5
Phone: +01 613-230-8234
Fax: +01 613-230-1113
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Festival Description

The five-day annual festival’s organizers present a dynamic, star-studded line-up and a unique festival experience at beautiful Hog’s Back Park—showcasing one of Ottawa’s more beautiful green spaces, adjacent to the stunning Hog’s Back Falls. The festival site will offer a variety of food and beverages. Merchandise and artisan concessions, music workshops, and other family and children oriented entertainment will also be offered free again this year.

Festival is a celebration of music, dance, visual arts and community featuring an eclectic mix of musical performances on two evening and five daytime stages, plus participatory music workshops, special children’s and family performances, beer gardens, artisan and craft vendors, and much, much more. We are family-friendly, community-focused, culturally diverse and committed to sustainability and eco-friendly initiatives.

Festival Dates September 4 - 8, 2013
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • September 4
    • Neil Young and Crazy Horse — cancelled
    • City and Colour — headliner
    • Patti Smith & Her Band
  • September 5
    • Vampire Weekend
    • Colin Meloy
    • Little Stella
    • Shannon Rose and the Thorns
    • Shred Kelly
    • The Claytones
    • Three Little Birds …
  • September 6
    • Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
    • Kendrick Lamar
    • Amos the Transparent
    • Amanda Rheaume
    • Beth Orton
    • Matt Andersen
    • Robyn Hitchcock
    • Shad, Tall Trees
    • The Dusty Drifters
  • September 7
    • The Avett Brothers
    • The Sheepdogs
    • Carolina Chocolate Drops
    • Chris Hadfield
    • Hayden
    • Hey Ocean!
    • John Allaire
    • Leif Vollebekk
    • Martyn Joseph
    • Pacific Curls
    • Rachel Sermanni
    • Sheesham and Lotus
    • Sondre Lerche
    • The Belle Game
    • Tift Merritt
    • Trent Severn
    • Vance Joy
    • Wake Owl
    • Winchester Warm
  • September 8
    • Carolina Chocolate Drops
    • Chris Smither
    • Gordon Lightfoot
    • Claude Munson and The Storm Outside
    • Dave Norris and Local Ivan
    • David Lindley
    • Folly and the Hunter
    • Go Long (!)
    • Jeff Lang
    • Kat Edmonson
    • Mac DeMarco
    • Martyn Joseph
    • Mo Kenney
    • Sam Amidon
    • Spirit Family Reunion
    • Terry Gillespie
    • The Wailers
    • World Party
Artist feature 2013:
  • City and Colour — the moniker of singer-songwriter Dallas Green—is undeniably one of the biggest groundswell stories in Canadian music. With three JUNOs under his belt—including two SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR awards (2009, 2012), and three Platinum-selling albums, Green’s latest and fourth studio album The Hurry and The Harm debuted at #1 on the Top-200 SoundScan Chart in Canada, last month. It is City and Colour’s best debut in Canada to date, outselling Little Hell, which also debuted at #1. The Hurry and The Harm made serious waves internationally as well, debuting at a career high #16 in the U.S., #4 in Australia, #32 in the UK, and #83 in Germany. City and Colour’s last Canadian tour sold out in minutes and came on the heels of an international run with sold-out shows across the US, UK and Europe including arena dates opening for P!NK in the U.S. and Biffy Clyro in the UK. Green’s new touring band includes Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, Dead Weather) on bass, Dante Schwebel (Hacienda, Dan Auerbach) on guitar, Doug MacGregor (Constantines) on drums and Matt Kelly on pedal steel guitar and keys.


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Practical Info:

  • Hog’s Back Park
    Hog’s Back Road
  • Located off Colonel By Drive. The festival site at Hog’s Back Park will offer a variety of food and beverages. Merchandise concessions, and many other family and children oriented entertainment will also be offered.
  • Tickets are on sale at the festival's web site — and for detailed performance schedule and ticket information please visit
Awards and Recognitions:
  • The Ottawa Folk Festival has been recognized as one of the American Bus Association’s Top 100 Events in North America for the year 2014
    • According to the Association, the Ottawa Folk Festival is now on one of the most sought-after lists by travel professionals, motorcoach operators and the general public. The list highlights the top fairs, festivals, parades, exhibits, theatres and shows across the U.S. and Canada. Only nine Canadian events made the list for 2014.


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