The Ottawa Rock & Roots Society (ORRS) is a non profit organization main mission statement and mandate is to help increase interest and awareness in the Ottawa music and entertainment scene. The society will host or sponsor various cultural functions, events, activities, competitions, challenges, sponsorships, mentor-ships, teaching and educational seminars all aimed to help out musicians of all ages and inspire to bring the Rock and Roots community together. While not being one genre specific the name says it all in that we cover from Rock to its Roots and all genres’ in between.


  • To work with the Rock n Roots community expanding awareness and appreciation for local bands expressing different styles within the Rock n Roots genres, while getting exposure to new releases, reviews, videos and live shows.
  • To actively use its website and promotional tool, to further help expand awareness and insight into the greater Ottawa Rock n Roots community and its participant’s. By providing up to date information of what is going on in the community and further use it for in depth exploration into the artists, the songs, the venues and events within the community.
  • To develop, maintain and increase its membership as a means of fostering and supporting Rock n Roots.
  • To host an annual competition with the end result of fostering, nurturing and mentoring the selected band for a full year while providing recording, writing, direction, video services, web services, photo services, gig scheduling etc...”Off the Ground & Running” also featured in our “In Tight with the Band” series.




The Rock and Roots Society prides itself in the fact that all founding directors are musicians with each having over 30+ years experience. Their musical knowledge mixed with their work related experiences make for a strong board that will expand and enhance its reach and impact the local entertainment scene.


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