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:
RBC Bluesfest Live Music and Concert Photography


If you have an eye for photography and an interest in shooting live performances? at Ottawa's biggest music festival, you'll want to jump on this opportunity ASAP! Taught and run by RBC Bluesfest's house photographers, this course includes two in-class sessions, one day with exclusive media-pit access at this year's festival, and the opportunity to have your work showcased onsite during the festival’s second weekend.  

You will spend the 2 in-class workshops preparing for the many challenges that come with shooting live performances in different environments: Learn to fine-tune your equipment and settings, frame for ideal composition and lighting, enhance workflow and editing, and more! 

This experience is optimized for relatively experienced photographers with a firm grasp of their equipment and a sound understanding of aperture/shutter speed/ISO.


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 (on leave)
Tyler Skerkowski - Acting Manger, Bluesfest School of Music and 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.