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Before our summer hiatus, Spirit of Rasputin’s has four more events planned at the Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill at Byron…a map is here. (http://maps NULL.google NULL.ca/maps?f=q&source=embed&hl=en&geocode=&q=430+Churchill+St,+Ottawa,+ON&sll=45 NULL.427958,-75 NULL.689353&sspn=0 NULL.006114,0 NULL.013937&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=430+Churchill+Ave+N,+Ottawa,+Ottawa+Division,+Ontario&t=h&ll=45 NULL.390792,-75 NULL.753174&spn=0 NULL.048944,0 NULL.111494&z=14) The hall has great acoustics and lots of parking.
May Day Songbooks Are Printed
The 2nd annual Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope (a.k.a. “Gil’s Hootenanny”) will be celebrated this Sunday, May 1st, at the Westboro Masonic Hall. As is now the tradition, everyone in attendance gets a souvenir songbook in exchange for their $10 admission. Most of the songs are old favourites we all love to sing, but some have a few twists on familiar themes. The entire evening will be recorded for CUPE’s and the Spirit of Rasputin’s archives. I can’t think of a better way to prepare my soul for election day! Doors open at 7. We lift our voices to the first song at 7:30. Cash bar, free inspiration.
Gil’s Hootenanny is presented in cooperation with the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Levine Family. See you there! The old Hall is going to echo with over a hundred voices.
More info here…
Speaking of Echos…
Bring Your Dancing Shoes on May 14th
I frequently describe The Echo Hunters as a cross between Neil Young and The Grateful Dead during their bluegrass phase. A few years ago they played at Rasputin’s Folk Cafe and we are all excited about their debut at Spirit of Rasputin’s. The setup for this event will be a little different…a few tables for a more cabaret feel and an area left open for dancing. You will want to dance so come prepared!! Tickets ($20) are available on-line at our e-Store, at Ottawa Folklore Centre and at Collected Works Bookstore.
On May 28th, Missy Burgess hosts this year’s Chrysalis where songs by Ottawa song writers receive new life in the hands of others. If you want to perform, simply learn a song written by someone from the Ottawa Valley (not yourself!!) and contact Missy. There is no cover charge for Chrysalis, but the Spirit “top hat” will be passed to defray expenses.
More info here…
6th Rasputin’s Beard on June 25th
We are capping off this amazing season with another Rasputin’s Beard on June 25th. The fast-paced Beard (no cover charge) showcases four bands in quick 30 minute sets. Hosted and organized by Carol Noel, this will be the sixth Beard since we launched the concept 13 months ago. Carol has three bands already lined up so there is still space for one more band to register. If you want to showcase your band, the guidelines and registration information are on the Rasputin’s Beard web page.
Don’t forget our weekly events
- Rasputin’s Open Stage every Monday at 7pm at Whispers Pub, 249 Richmond Road, and
- Rasputin’s Folk-along Jam every Tuesday 7pm at the Georgetown, 1159 Bank St
President, Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts society