CityFolk Logo - 25 Years (1993 - 2018)

About Us

CityFolk Festival

Located at Lansdowne Park, CityFolk (formerly known as the Ottawa Folk Festival) is a multi-day celebration of music, dance, and community featuring an eclectic mix of musical performances on various stages. The BSOMA KidZone offers special children’s and family performances on Saturday & Sunday. Aberdeen Pavilion offers a wide variety of musical acts, artisan and craft vendors, and much more. Another CityFolk initiative, Marvest,  is a free event as part of CityFolk offering over 70 free performances throughout businesses in the Glebe BIA. We are family-friendly, community-focused, culturally diverse and committed to eco-friendly initiatives.

CityFolk Crowd Panorama at night

Our Mandate

  • Provide performers who represent a broad spectrum of musical genres with a space in which creativity, imagination, and exploration are celebrated as fundamental to personal expression.
  • Embrace the participation of visual artists and craftspeople as an integral component of the artistic community at the festival.
  • Treat our volunteers and staff, who are the heart of our organization, with respect and care, and provide them with opportunities for personal and professional growth.
  • Consider our sponsors and friends as valuable members of our organization, whose presence, ideas, and feedback are essential to the ongoing vitality of the festival.
  • Enhance the cultural life and contribute to the economic activity of the local community, the city, and the region; and encourage a sense of community in all who participate in shaping the festival, while challenging ourselves to uphold the values the festival promotes.

Board of Directors

Connor Grimes
Dave O’Malley
Bob Provick
Grace Smith
Freya Struthers
Bo Turpin