Girls+ Rock Ottawa presents our Gig Planning Workshops, a series of workshops and a multi-week program where participants will have the opportunity to plan a music show, meet new friends and learn real-world skills while helping to put Ottawa music on the map! 

The Gig Planning 101 Workshop will provide you with an overview of:

  • How to organize your first show

  • What it takes to put on a successful show

  • How to budget for fees and expenses

  • Considerations for curating your lineup and putting together a program

  • How to create an offer, and negotiate with artists and agents


Receive a Gig Planning Toolkit that includes:

    • Steps that outline how to book, manage and promote a show

    • Lists of venues and local bands

    • Considerations for creating a safer and inclusive space


While many women, girls, and non-binary (NB) folks play instruments or sing, they are less likely to be encouraged into a career in music, and less likely to be mentored by men (who hold the majority of the jobs in the music industry). G+RO strives to create opportunities for women and NB folks to be mentored and empowered by each others’ knowledge and experiences. Getting involved and booking the show is the most effective way to increase diversity in the artists we see on stage, and the folks that work behind the scenes.


Stay tuned for a Fall 2018 practical workshop in partnership with Debaser.


Dates: May 27, 2018

Times: 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Instructors: Rachel Weldon & Amanda Lowe


Location: The Origin Arts & Community Centre (57 Lyndale Ave, Ottawa, ON)

Dates: February 8, 2017 - March 15, 2017

Times: 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Participants will meet once a week on Wednesdays for five weeks prior to the event and on the week following the event. Each meeting is expected to take one hour.

Instructors: Mandie Norton & Willa MacLean


Location: Weekly meetings will be held at the Sunnyside branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 1049 Bank St, Ottawa, ON