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Mark Monahan

Executive & Artistic Director,
RBC Bluesfest
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Mark Monahan is the Executive and Artistic Director of Ottawa Bluesfest and the CityFolk festival. Founded in 1994, Ottawa Bluesfest has expanded from a one-stage, three-day event into a multi-staged, ten-day showcase featuring some of the best performing talent on the planet. RBC Bluesfest has become the landmark event of the Ottawa summer, and according to Billboard Magazine, is one of the top-ten music festivals in the world, attracting over 300,000 music fans each year. Mark has recently coordinated the creation of Festival House, a central artistic hub for many of Ottawa's festivals to grow and thrive
Mark Monahan is the Executive and Artistic Director of Ottawa Bluesfest and the CityFolk festival. Founded in 1994, Ottawa Bluesfest has expanded from a one-stage, three-day event into a multi-staged, ten-day showcase featuring some of the best performing talent on the planet. RBC Bluesfest has become the landmark event of the Ottawa summer, and according to Billboard Magazine, is one of the top-ten music festivals in the world, attracting over 300,000 music fans each year. Mark has recently coordinated the creation of Festival House, a central artistic hub for many of Ottawa's festivals to grow and thrive.

Music Industry Leadership
• President of the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC), a not-for-profit group advocating on behalf of Ottawa's music industry.
• Co-founder of the Ottawa Festivals Network, representing over 100 festivals in the Ottawa region.
• Co-founder and current Chair of the Major International Festivals and Events Network (MIFEN), a collection of the twelve largest festivals in the province of Ontario.
• Mark is a recipient of the Order of Ottawa and was awarded Ottawa Tourism's Person of the Year Award in 2013.