Arts & Culture

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Every one of us has the ability to contribute to the arts and culture that surround us. We all have the ability to create works of art that will inspire others, make them smile, tap their toe, make them go “hmmm”.  Sometimes we need encouragement, sometimes we need to be taught a new skill to convey our emotions that just can’t be explained. Sometimes we just need a hand with the technical aspects of our craft. Music, art and dance lessons are your portal to creative outputs for the world (but mostly you) to enjoy.

“Our instructor was phenomenal. He made the class fun and really motivated them to do their best. He challenged them so that they could meet their potential. A great experience!”

Arts & Culture programs at Dovercourt are available for children, adults and families. Dance and pottery classes are presented to you by Dovercourt. Our visual arts and music classes are presented by our partner, Bluesfest School of Music and Art.

Music & visual arts classes are presented to you by the Bluesfest School of Music & Art (BSOMA)


Founded by Dovercourt Recreation Centre and RBC Ottawa Bluesfest in April 2014, BSOMA is 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.

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.

Why Learn Music at BSOMA?

  • Learn from practicing and performing teachers
  • Flexible lesson packages
  • Teachers with music degrees and/or many years of teaching experience
  • Clean, comfortable and bright facilities
  • Welcoming administrative staff
  • Connected to one of Ottawa’s biggest and most attended festivals, RBC Ottawa Bluesfest
  • Special Events
  • Classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students
  • Annual Spring and Winter Recitals
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Festival House, 450 Churchill Avenue North Ottawa, ON K1Z 5E2, 2 blocks south of Richmond Road.
Please access the school via our Ravenhill Avenue entrance.


  • General Inquiries and Private Lesson Booking: Nicole Irvine –, 613-627-2762
  • Phone registrations and inquiries during non-operational hours can be made at Dovercourt Recreation Centre 613-798-8950 ex.0

School Hours

Regular Hours

  • Monday -Thursday: 2pm to 9pm
  • Friday: 12pm to 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 5pm

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