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General FAQ

When is Osheaga?

Osheaga 2016 takes place on July 29 to 31.
Doors open at noon, and performances begin at 1:00pm. Performances end at 11:00pm.

Where is Osheaga?

Osheaga takes place at Parc Jean-Drapeau, located on the island of Ile Sainte-Hélène just minutes away from downtown Montreal. Please visit our Getting to Osheaga page to learn the best ways to get to the festival. 

When does Osheaga announce the schedule?

The Osheaga daily lineup is usually announced in late May or early June. 
The complete schedule is usually released 2-4 weeks prior to the festival weekend, but will be subject to change.

Festival headliners are the last to play on each given day, and hit the stage between 9:00pm and 9:30pm (subject to change). Artists perform anywhere from 30 minute sets to 90 minute-plus sets for the festival headliners.
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When will Osheaga passes be mailed?

Passes purchased prior to June 15th will tentatively ship beginning July 1st, 2016. (subject to change)
Passes purchased later than June 15th will be shipped at a later date to be determined. (subject to change)
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How do I purchase Osheaga passes?

Osheaga week-end General Admission, Gold passes and Platinum passes can be purchased online at www.osheaga.com or by phone at 1-855-310-2525. 

Is Osheaga an all-ages event?

Yes, Osheaga is an all-ages event.  Children aged 10 years and younger are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult with a valid Osheaga pass.
Due to the limited amount of space available on the Osheaga Terrasse, every person admitted to this area must hold a valid Gold Pass or Platinum Pass, including children.
Please note that there are no daycare facilities at Osheaga.

Is Osheaga accessible for people with reduced mobility?

The Osheaga site has numerous gravel paths that are navigable by wheelchair. Osheaga offers a Reduced Mobility Viewing Platform reserved for concert goers with reduced mobility near the 2 main stages. Those with access to the Reduced Mobility Viewing Platform may be accompanied by one (1) guest. A wheelchair accessible restroom is reserved at this location for those on the platform.  Every person admitted to this area must hold a Wheelchair Chair Admission pass. 
Due to the loud nature of the event, we do not recommend bringing guide dogs or service animals to Osheaga.

Can I work/volunteer at Osheaga?

Please note that Osheaga is not currently accepting work or volunteer applications. 

My band rules, can we play at Osheaga?

We always look for upcoming or local talent so that Osheaga is as diverse and exiting as possible.  Our band selection is complete for this year unfortunately we are no longer accepting submissions to play at Osheaga 2016. 

How can reviewers and photographers get accredited for Osheaga?

The accreditation period has ended. 

What does "Osheaga" mean?

Osheaga was a name used for the area that is now Montreal by some of the first European settlers in the region. The name is said to originate from Jacques Cartier when he met the Mohawks near the Lachine rapids in what is now Montreal. But so the Mohawk oral history goes the white man was waving with his hands, either offering to shake hands or asking about rapids on the river. The astonished Mohawks looked at each other and said "O she ha ga" which meant people of shaking hands. From the meeting Cartier transcribed the word Osheaga as meaning large rapids while the Mohawks would use the oral phrase to describe where they met the people of the shaking hands.

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