Girls+ Rock Ottawa is a grassroots organization run by self-identified women that provides music-based programming to self-identified girls, ages 13-17, with the intention of fostering a sense of empowerment, acceptance and community - all while having fun. Our primary event is a 3-day camp, during which participants learn an instrument, join a band, and showcase their achievements at a live performance.
Girls+ Rock Ottawa aims to participate in the realization of a future in which self-identified girls and women enjoy a sense of empowerment, confidence, and stability in their multiple environments, musically and beyond. Members dream of a local music scene and industry at large in which self-identified girls and women are proportionately represented both on and off stage, and of an egalitarian society in which they are included, secure, and self-assured. Whether in music or other realms of society, we encourage self-identified girls and women to abandon the detrimental but pervasive practice of competition, replacing it instead with the powerful actions of collaboration and unity.
Empowerment Through Music
Girls+ Rock Ottawa uses hands-on musical programming as a vehicle to foster a sense of empowerment in self-identified girls.
Girls+ Rock Ottawa believes that self-identified girls and women, from all ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds should enjoy the right to be and feel accepted in both Girls+ Rock Ottawa programming and society at large.
Girls+ Rock Ottawa promotes the concepts of self-identified girls and women working together, learning together, mentorship, role-modelling, skill-sharing, and friendship in order to create and sustain a support network and strong sense of community.
Girls+ Rock Ottawa is dedicated to providing an atmosphere in which participants feel safe to enjoy themselves, laugh, express themselves without judgment, share ideas, be silly, make new friends and, of course - rock!