The festival was established to showcase Canada’s folk traditions through music, dance, storytelling and crafts. The Ottawa Folk Festival is known for its relaxed atmosphere, enthusiastic grassroots following and loyal volunteer contingent.
The festival was initially called the CKCU Ottawa Folk Festival and was founded by Max Wallace and Chris White. Wallace, who was then the station manager of community radio station CKCU, teamed up with White, a performing songwriter. They were joined by an enthusiastic organizing committee and an army of volunteers who helped to turn their vision into reality.
Thanks to the continuing generous support of sponsors, granters, partners, donors, dedicated staff and volunteers, the Ottawa Folk Festival operates year-round as a vibrant cultural and community organization.
See you at the Festival!