Festival 2021

The CRANIUM Festival team has been working behind the scenes to deliver the second annual festival regardless of the impacts of COVID-19. Expect to experience live performances, keynote talks, professional development activities and networking opportunities. We have the technology to connect across social distancing if that is still the scenario!


Ottawa/Gatineau based music artists are invited to apply to be featured in this year’s festival. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM on June 10, 2021. There will be several performance opportunities in this year’s programming.


festival highlights

Ottawa’s Hip-Hop, R&B and Urban Music Festival

Mandate: (Capital Region Association for Nurturing the Industry of Urban Music) CRANIUM supports the development of Ottawa and Canada’s Urban Music community via performance opportunities, professional development activities, networking and by connecting Ottawa based professionals to others around the world.

History: CRANIUM is a new collective. CRANIUM founding steering committee members each have decades of experience in Ottawa and Canada’s Urban Music Industry, the collective itself was initiated in 2018 with the first official committee meeting taking place on January 3, 2019. The first CRANIUM Festival was held in November, from the 14th to 16th of 2019. The festival was successful in the first year filing venues, delivering top notch entertainment and professional development programming.


IMB #33 – CRANIUM and the Independent Music Business series (collaboration of Edwards Creative Law and Ottawa Music Industry Coalition) are excited to partner on the 33rd edition of the IMB series.

April 21, 2020 7:00 PM EST

The session will discuss Digital Engagement and Branding.
Moderator: Patrick Mccormack
Panelists: Peter Jackson, Mischa (Mischa Plouffe), Andrew Cassara