"...other Canadian Festivals and events can learn from ARBORETUM."

— Chart Attack

"...embodies the transformation of Ottawa’s arts and culture scene..."

— Ottawa Magazine

It’s not only diverse and gender balanced, but also features breakout acts that have never played Ottawa before.

— Ottawa Citizen

2017 line up

Applications are now closed. 

2016 line up

MYKKI BLANCO / JUNGLEPUSSY / SLOAN / OPERATORS / TIM HECKER / DILLY DALLY / FET.NAT /  LIDO PIMIENTA / NAP EYES / JEF E. BARBARA'S BLACK SPACE / FRIGS / DOOMSQUAD / HOODED FANG / JEREMY GARA / ABOVE TOP SECRET / EVENING HYMNS / PARTNER / BELIEFS / SHOTGUN JIMMIE / SAFIA NOLIN / TEENANGER / MOSS LIME / BB CREAM / CREEP WAVE / KINA NIMIWAG / VALLENS / HEAVY MEDICINE BAND / FAKE PALMS / TWIST / BONNIE DOON / TRAILS / MORRIS OGBOWU / SCOTT HARDWARE / TENDERNESS / DJ AUDREY LOURDES / TELECOMO / IAN ROY / DJ LAMB RABBIT / DJ PATRIC / MEMETIC / H. DE HEUTZ / JESSE STEWART / SIMON LABELLE & ÉMILIE MOUCHOUS / MATHIEU PELGAG / DIXTORCHONS / PONY GIRL

2015 line up

AUSTRA / U.S. GIRLS / BRAIDS / JULIANNA BARWICK / HAYDEN / NEW SWEARS / QUEER SONGBOOK ORCHESTRA / THE SADIES / WEIGHTS & MEASURES / NEW FRIES / FET.NAT / SCATTERED CLOUDS / WEATHER STATION / PHEDRE / FLYING HORSES / PETRA GLYNT / TWEENS / MILK LINES / SHALABI EFFECT / MELODY MCKIVER / GAMELAN SEMARA WINANGUN / ORGAN MOOD / DEL BEL / NIGHTSHADES / DJ MATT TAMBLYN & ZATTAR / KINGS COLLEGE / PIPPAHAUNTAS / SAXSYNDRUM / MILES IN THE SKY ENSEMBLE

2014 line up

CONSTANTINES /  CHAD VANGAALEN /  OUGHT /  NEW SWEARS /  HILOTRONS /  FIFTYMEN /  JULIE DOIRON AND THE THE WOODEN STARS /  KEVIN DREW /  WEAVES /  STEVE ADAMYK BAND /  FREELOVE FENNER /  LOWELL /  EVENING HYMNS /  THE YIPS / POSTERZ /  WTCHS /  FRESH SNOW /  PONY GIRL /  HER HARBOUR /  BOSVELD /  BLUE ANGEL / JESSE MACCORMACK / VICTOR BONGIOVANNI / FAU MARDI / CEREMONY / ADAM SAIKALEY TRIO PERFORM "BEASTIE BOYS - ILL COMMUNICATION"

2013 line up

OWEN PALLETT / HOLY FUCK / DOLDRUMS / NEW SWEARS / SARAH NEUFELD / DIANA / FET.NAT / JULIE FADER / JIM BRYSON / HER HARBOUR / COUSINS / BONDAR / ALEX LUKASHEVSKY / SNOWBLINK / CLAUDE MUNSON & THE STORM OUTSIDE / MIKE CAFFREY / WINCHESTER WARM / SEA OLEENA / PINS & NEEDLES / NEIL HAVERTY (OF BRUCE PENINSULA) / BRANDON ALLAN & THE BAD DECISIONS / H. DE HEUTZ / GRIME KINGS / BOYHOOD / CEREMONY / CAMP RADIO / NDMA / DJ SO NICE / ATHERTON / MISSING LINX / FLIGHT DISTANCE / MICHEAL FEUERSTACK / BIG DICK / DJ MALE NURSE / REMI ROYALE

2012 line up

CADENCE WEAPON / JOKERS OF THE SCENE / OHBIJOU / STEVE ADAMYK BAND / SANDRO PERRI / CRUSADES / FERRIS WHEEL / SHOTGUN JIMMIE / PREGNANCY SCARES / STEAMBOAT / BONDAR / BOYHOOD / ERASERHEADS / HARD SCIENCE / GARY FRANKS / RAAS / MATT MOREL / ADAM SAIKALEY / CATRIONA STURTON / MICHAEL CAFFREY / JENNY OMNICHORD


ARBORETUM FESTIVAL 2017

YEAR 6 IN THE STICKS / August 18 - 20 Août, 2017
Location to be revealed
 

WHO WE ARE

ARBORETUM is dedicated to producing intimate and inspiring music-based events in Ottawa Ontario Canada.

We bring together acclaimed and groundbreaking artists, across genres and cultures, to celebrate community and independence in the arts. Our flagship festival takes place the third weekend of August, annually.

Every year, we:

  • produce a revelatory end-of-summer music festival, and music-events year round;
  • present uncompromising international, national, and emerging artists from Ottawa/Gatineau;
  • transform venues and outdoors sites to host concerts and revelatory parties in purpose-built environments;
  • bring together champions of culture for hard-hitting talks aimed at expanding cultural awareness;
  • engage local chefs, vendors, and breweries to present a snapshot of our city’s exceptional food and drink.

Looking to add an intimate and progressive event to the region’s festival culture, Arboretum Festival was founded as a not-for-profit organization in 2012. We've partnered with a multitude of organizations locally and nationall, including POP Montréal, Vice Noisey, Frank & Oak, Music Canada Live, the National Arts Centre/Centre national des Arts, Ottawa Food Bank, Exclaim!, Le Festival de l'Outaouais Émergent, Wavelength Music, Weird Canada, and many more.