Ottawa Bluesfest

Diversity and Inclusion

“We are committed to fostering an organizational culture that respects and accommodates human differences, and which also recognizes and celebrates our shared values.”


In early 2018, we established the organization’s first Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Our goal is to reflect and serve the changing landscape of Ottawa’s diverse communities by expanding into new spaces in the community. By doing so, we ensure that the organization is inclusive and cognizant of barriers that diverse peoples in these spaces might face when approaching our festivals in any number of ways – as attendees, performers, volunteers, sponsors, suppliers, and staff.


To strengthen partnerships with diverse groups in the community in a nonjudgmental, transparent manner so that our festivals are accessible and inclusive of all as evaluated by our community engagement & festival attendee feedback.

Our current focus includes strengthening bonds with individuals and groups who identify with the following areas:


Indigenous communities – First Nations, Inuit, Metis,

Racialized groups

Gender identity


Youth & Senior Inclusion

Social Economic Status

Sexual Orientation


New Canadians



  1. The first diversity & inclusion committee of the organization was formed in March 2018 encompassing some Bluesfest & CityFolk board members along with a few core staff.
  2. We hosted a diversity and inclusion training session for internal board members and core staff with Dr. Karima in October 2018.
  3. We hosted a community think tank session in October 2018 in partnership with the City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) to expand our community network in diversity spaces.