Ottawa Bluesfest 2016
2017 program runs from February 27 – March 10.
“We have a responsibility to the founders to pass on all that we have learned. If we don’t teach the history, we are doomed to repeat it.”
T.J. Wheeler – Blues Educator
The program was initiated in two Ottawa-area schools in 1999 and has since seen tremendous growth. Each spring visiting artists/educators and local musicians deliver the Blues in the Schools program to thousands of students in Ottawa schools, contributing hundreds of hours of in-class instruction over a two-week period.
The artists work with selected groups of students as part of the daily curriculum. The program is divided into two components – phases one and two.
PHASE 1 – Assembly-style presentation:
PHASE 2 – Core Group Sessions:
Integral to our program is the mandate of reaching out to students and involving them in a universal form of communication; namely music. Music reflects the feelings of the times. Through Blues music, students can learn how an oppressed people empowered themselves with song in order to cope. Our intent is to integrate students from different ethnic backgrounds and in this way teach harmony and coping skills that will lead to a more fulfilling school experience.