The third annual May Day “Gil’s Hootenanny” was a rousing success with a full house at the NAC Fourth Stage. Each iteration’s venue has been filled to capacity…first The Elmdale Tavern in 2010, then overflowing The Westboro Masonic Hall in 2011 and now a packed Fourth Stage in 2012. If you missed it…there’s always next year!! At some point we’ll have to book an arena for this one.

Coming up this month we have three great concert events:

  1. Rasputin’s Next Stage on May 5th
  2. The Sultans of String on May 12th, and
  3. Chrysalis on May 26th

Rasputin’s Next Stage

Who: Mark Evenchick and Wayne Lyrette
Where: Le Michel-Ange Cafe, 35 Laurel Ave.
When: 7:30pm Saturday May 5th
Tickets: Free admission, pass-the-hat

Rasputin’s Next Stage moves to Le Michel-Ange Cafe this Saturday giving it more room to grow. Two popular regulars from our Open Stage are sure to please. We have all been enjoying Wayne Lyrette’s increasing poise and expanding repertoire on stage. His contributions at Song Along were a real treat. I’m looking forward to a full set of his great songs and humour in the second set. The opening set features Mark Evenchick with a selection of songs from his first CD as well as songs he is planning for his second CD. NOTE the start time is 7:30 not 8 as previously indicated on the website.

Rasputin’s Feature Concert

Who: The Sultans of String
Where: First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Ave.
When: 8pm Saturday May 12th
Tickets: $25 at the Ottawa Folklore Centre, and online (click here) (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VCJRM5HKYXDEE)
Accessible?: Yes! Wheelchair entrance and elevator at ground level.

We are very excited to be part of The Sultans of String CD release tour for “MOVE”, their 3rd CD. Since their formation only 5 years ago, they have been riding a wave of success, from their debut CD, “Luna”, and 2nd offering, “Yalla Yalla”, both hitting # 1 on world/international music charts in Canada, to their triple Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, winning Instrumental Group of the Year.

“Canada is a real meeting places of musical influences from around the world” says bandleader/violinst McKhool. “At the same time, as a band we try to tell uniquely Canadian stories, putting forth our vision of the world as one family.” Chris’ paternal Makhoul grandparents immigrated to Canada from Lebanon in the early 1900s, and his Egyptian-born mother, an accomplished pianist, also has paternal Lebanese ancestry. “Growing up, I was taught the values of tolerance, respect for all peoples and celebration of culture.” McKhool’s unbridled passion for exploring the rhythms and melodies has led him to the far corners of the world, incorporating instruments and styles everywhere he went. More about The Sultans of String…

You do not want to miss this concert!! NOTE the location is not our usual concert venue. The First Unitarian Congregation is on Clerary Ave. off Richmond Road just east of Woodroffe. Here’s a map. (http://g NULL.co/maps/ts9ur)

9th Annual Chrysalis

Who: Various artists (TBA) with host Missy Burgess
Where: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill
When: 8pm Saturday May 26th
Tickets: Free admission, pass-the-hat

The chrysalis symbolizes rebirth. This event celebrates Ottawa songwriters by asking the performers (all songrwriters) to sing the songs of another Ottawa songwriter. As Missy says, “I like to refer to the “rebirth” of a song (thus, the name Chrysalis) when someone other than the writer performs it.” For 9 years now many Ottawa singer/songwriters have been getting together once a year to perform each others’ works in and amidst the work of others from the Ottawa valley. Come and enjoy an evening of surprising twists to songs you have heard from local artists.

And of course, don’t forget our Open Stage continues every Monday upstairs at Whispers and the Folkalong Jam convenes every Tuesday at the Georgetown Pub.

Hollis Morgan
President, Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society

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