Position: Executive/Artistic Director
Company: Ottawa BluesFest/ CityFolk - Ottawa, ON, Canada
Mark Monahan founded the Ottawa Bluesfest in 1994. Since then, the event has grown from a one-stage, three-day event to a multi-staged, two-week music extravaganza featuring some of the best talent on the planet. As executive/artistic director, Mark has turned Bluesfest into one of North America’s largest music festivals, attracting more than 300,000 fans each year. The 2022 RBC Bluesfest takes place July 7 - 17. In 2011, Mark took over the management of the Ottawa Folk Festival, ostensibly salvaging the event. Since then what is now known as CityFolk has been viewed as an artistic juggernaut. The inaugural edition of CityFolk featured a stellar line-up that included Van Morrison, and the 2016 line-up included James Bay, Vance Joy and more. 2014, saw the launch of yet another successful initiative — the Ontario Festival of Small Halls. Staged by 'The team Behind Bluesfest, the Festival of Small Halls brings exceptional Canadian and international musicians to small venues across Eastern Ontario.