Bluesfest School of Music & Art

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Bluesfest logoWelcome to the Bluesfest School of Music and Art (BSOMA). We are dedicated to supporting cultural development within the greater Ottawa community by creating opportunities through education that will allow students to discover, explore and deepen a relationship with the arts. BSOMA is operated by Ottawa Bluesfest and Dovercourt Recreation Association. Throughout the year, we offer group classes and workshops, special events, camps, private and semi-private lessons and concerts for all ages.


Featured Program: Rock Univeristy Unplugged with Dave Draves 

Join us for this exclusive opportunity, with one of Ottawa's most esteemed and experienced producers. Dave Draves has worked with artists from across Canada and beyond including local stars Kathleen Edwards, the fiftymen, Jim Bryson, and the Skydiggers; and now he's joined our Rock University team to coach you.  Dave will guide each collection of musicians through song selection, arrangements and performance maximizing potential and opportunity. Both individual and band registrations are welcome as we seek to assemble two bands who will work with Dave over a 10 week session in preparation for a set at Bluesfest or CityFolk, a 3 song recording at Dave's Little Bullhorn Studios, and more.
Register as a band, with a friend or as an individual. Acoustic instruments and vocalists only, individuals will be grouped according to musical strengths and interests. Minimum 4 piece bands, minimum intermediate playing ability mandatory as this is not a beginner course.
Mon 7:30-9:00pm, Apr 24 – Jul 10, BSO137 – $489


Not sure about learning an instrument yet?
Try out our Intro Pack.

The BSOMA Intro Pack includes 4 1/2-hour private lessons with one of our amazing teachers, plus either a ukulele or drumstick/practice pad . Ukulele and Drums are excellent instruments for musicians of all ages. Please contact us at the school to purchase your $119 BSOMA Intro Pack.
ukulele & drum sticks


Finding and Registering for a program:

To find a BSOMA class or workshop, click on "FIND A PROGRAM" at the top of this page or the blue sidebar button. This will take you to our program search page. From here, simply enter part of the program name (eg harmonica) you're looking for, and all your BSOMA Harmonica classes will be displayed. Or, select Bluesfest School of Music and Art from the Main Categories drop down, to browse all programs.
If you don't have one already, you will be required to set up your personal account, which you can do in the LOG IN pages.

If you have any difficulties at all with registering, please contact us at BSOMA or at Dovercourt Recreation Centre, 613-798-8950 x0.

School Hours

Monday  - Thursday: 2pm to 9pm
Friday - 2pm to 7pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm


450 Churchill Avenue North Ottawa, ON K1Z 5E2, 2 blocks south of Richmond Road.
Please access the school via our Ravenhill Ave entrance.


General Inquiries and Private Lesson bookings:

BSOMA Phone: 613-627-2762

Phone registrations and inquiries during non-operational hours can be made at Dovercourt Recreation Centre 613-798-8950 ex.0

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Additional Information 

Mark Monahan

Board of Directors:
Jamie Leal
Richard Mahoney
Dave O’Malley
Paul Symes
Darcy Walsh

Program Director:
Geoff Cass (Dovercourt Recreation Centre)

Kate Ritchie - Manager, Bluesfest School of Music & Art
Chanel Hutchinson - Customer Service Rep

The Bluesfest School of Music and Art would like to acknowledge the contribution and support we have received from the former Westboro United Church Council. In recognition, the hall in which the school is housed has been named the Kitchissippi Community Hall.