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
Online contact form:

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
Festival Links

Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • September 4
    • Neil Young and Crazy Horse
    • 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
    • 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


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Social networks:
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  • Flickr
  • Festival Blog
Podcast interviews:
Articles and Reviews:
  • Shaking up the folk festival, by Lynn Saxberg (Ottawa Citizen, May 11, 2010)
  • Ottawa Folkfest going green, by Denis Armstrong (Canoe Jam!, May 2007)


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


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