welcome to westfest

This year marks 15 years of Westfest! From June 8-10, Ottawa’s favourite FREE music and a‍‍‍rts festival will be taking place at Tom Brown Arena and Park. With 30 acts and over 100 Canadian artists set to grace the Westfest stages, Ottawa can once again expect great things from this free festival. Thousands are expected to partake in a weekend that will include music, art, an Indigenous pavilion, a family fun area, a youth and community stage, local artisans and vendors, a whole new lineup of food trucks, TWO after-parties, and family activities for all!

‍‍‍‍‍‍Over the 15 years, Westfest has hosted an outdoor main stage that has featured some of the best acts our country has to offer. Past headliners have included Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sloan, Joel Plaskett, Jane Siberry, Cowboys Junkies, Kathleen Edwards, and more. Established in 2004, Westfest is a fusion of community and art, and places a special emphasis on diversity, children, and all families.

  • To promote the development and work of Canadian established, mid-career, and emerging contemporary artists
  • To foster a sense of community by providing an arts festival that is free and accessible to everyone, that encourages a diverse and inclusive audience and that provides a supportive, meaningful context in which to learn about artistic activity
  • To increase project collaboration and liaise between artists, arts organizations, businesses, communities, and other festivals
  • To foster collaboration between artists by scheduling activities that includes numerous artistic disciplines: music, fiction and poetry readings, spoken word, visual art, contemporary dance, theatre, Aboriginal art forms, performance art, media art, and many others
  • To demonstrate leadership in issues related to multidisciplinary arts events and festivals in Canada

Westfest's Mission‍‍‍

Everyone who participates in Westfest has a responsibility to uphold our community values and the intention of this safer space.

Westfest's Visio‍‍‍n

No matter how a person identifies, how their body is perceived, or what community they belong to, every participant, attendee and audience member is part of our Westfest community. Westfest is a‍‍‍ctively working towards maintaining a safer space: one that is supportive, non-threatening, encourages open-mindedness and respect, and is grounded in physical, mental, spiritual and emotional safety for everyone, especially our marginalized communities.

WE ARE INCLUS‍‍‍IVE

Westfest is for everyone to experience and is open to every community. We provide a diverse, non-judgmental and community-centred ‍‍‍environment that is free and accessible to everyone. Westfest continues to encourage inclusive and accessible programming that is supportive and meaningful for our diverse communities.

WE ARE WELCOMING & ACC‍‍‍ESSIBLE

Westfest is committed to providing a safer and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity/expres‍‍‍sion, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, size, race, or religion. Westfest will not tolerate harassment, appropriation or discrimination in any form. We value freedom of expression, but not at the cost of harming others. Everyone is here to have a meaningful experience and we are committed to ensuring that everyone is free to do so within a safer, self-determined and informed context.

WE ARE A SAFER SPACE

Westfest producer, organizers, staff and volunteers are always available to connect with regarding any issues, concerns, and questions or for support. Feel free to connect with us at any time! All concerns brought to Westfest will be taken seriously and handled with care. Westfest is working towards centering the needs and experiences of communities regularly made to feel unsafe due to their race, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, class, ability, age and/or size.

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU‍‍‍‍‍‍

Westfest recognizes that our festival takes place on unceded Algonquin territory that was never given up and never surrendered. We would like to honour this land, its people and its histories. Westfest values your continued commitment and support of our festival and communities.

  • Call someone you trust to support you
  • ‍‍‍Connect with Westfest ‍‍‍organizers and volunteers
  • Call a Crisis Line
  • Ottawa 24 Hour Info and Help (24 hour): (613) 745-4818
  • Ottawa Distress Centre (24 Hour): (613) 238-3311
  • Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (24 Hour): (613) 562-2333
  • Seek medical attention if needed
  • Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus (24 Hour): (613) 761-4366 & TTY (613) 761-4140
  • In case of emergency please call 9-11

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JUNE‍‍‍ 8-10 TOM BROWN ARENA AND PARK

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