Girls+ Rock Ottawa

Using musical programming to foster empowerment, inclusivity and community - all while having fun!

Sustainable Development Goals

  • Sustainable Development Goals - 4. Quality Education
  • Sustainable Development Goals - 5. Gender Equality
  • Sustainable Development Goals - 10. Reduced Inequality

Quick facts

  • Founded: 2007

Music with a Mission

Girls+ Rock Ottawa creates the conditions for a diverse and inclusive world where girls, women, femmes, non-binary, two-spirit, and gender non-conforming folk are empowered, confident, and welcome in music environments, and dreams of a music community and industry in which they are proportionately represented, compensated, and recognized for their contributions both on and off stage.

Launched in 2007, Girls+ Rock Ottawa’s flagship program is an annual three-day rock camp for girls, during which participants learn an instrument, join a band, and showcase their achievements at a live performance – currently held at the National Arts Centre.


Friends & Key Partners

  • National Arts Centre (NAC)
  • City of Ottawa – Community Arts and Social Engagement
  • Music festivals and promoters such as MEGAPHONO, Debaser
  • Public and charitable organizations: Ottawa Public Library, Kind Space, Youth Ottawa, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization – Youth Branch (YOCISO), TD Musicounts
  • Local businesses such as Spaceman Music, Dave’s Drums, Nando’s, Little Jo Berry’s,  Buchipop, Happy Goat Coffee, Hunter’s Gastropub, Pressed, Victoire, Record Centre, Mediastyle, McMillan, Panago Pizza, Metro Music
  • Community radio and media such as CKCU, CHUO, ELMT FM, Apt613


Number of rock camps held in Ottawa since 2007


Number of campers since 2007


Number of new programs added since 2017 (monthly Jam Sessions, Rock Camp for women, and workshops) - with more to on the way!


  • 2007

    Girls+ Rock formed

  • 2016

    Began offering monthly jam sessions on a sliding scale, pay-what-you-can (PWYC) basis where participants can access studio space and instruments to practice with a band or jam with new friends.

  • 2016

    Awarded a $25,000 grant from the TD Musicounts Community Music Program to purchase instruments, making music more accessible.

  • 2017

    Girls+ Rock began partnering with the National Arts Centre to host the final showcase at the NAC Fourth Stage.

  • 2017

    Awarded a $1,000 JustChange micro-grant as well as a $1,000 Ottawa Music Micro-Grant as part of the 2017 Junos to host a music event.

  • 2018

    Partnered with organizations such as the Ottawa Public Library and Kind Space to implement workshops throughout Ottawa.

  • 2018

    Named the United Way Ottawa’s GenNext Community Builder of the Year, and honorable mentions of the Impact Hub Social Impact Award.

  • 2019

    Announced partnership with Youth Ottawa to host the jam sessions on a monthly basis at their Youth Engagement Studio. To date, they have hosted 36 jam sessions.

The Ecosystem

Girls+ Rock Ottawa is an active participant in our business ecosystem. Here are a few of the services they’ve used:

Rock Camp for Girls+ 2018

Girls+ Rock Ottawa Year in Review

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