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Featured Artists, Fall 2015

Missy Burgess

When: Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill
SOLD OUT!! Thank you!


Left to right: Ann Downey, Missy Burgess, Vince Halfhide

Even though one of Ottawa’s most renowned and talented musician, singer songwriters had moved to Sarnia, Missy Burgess will be gracing our stage with her music once again.  She will be joined by Ann Downey (bass) and Vince Halfhide (guitar). Her warm wit, songs and humour will keep you smiling and tapping your toes for the entire evening.  More information to come.

Gil’s Hootenanny: Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope

Gil’s Hootenanny – Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope

When: 7:30 PM Fri May 01, 2015
Where: First Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave

The Elizabeth Riley Band​ will be leading this beautiful, powerful song – “Bread and Roses” – at Gil’s Hootenanny. Practise singing with the video, and then come out and sing along on Friday, May 1st at the First Unitarian Congregation.

6th annual
Gil’s Hootenanny
A May Day Sing-Along Event

Friday, May 1
7:30 pm

First Unitarian Congregation
30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa
Off Richmond Rd. east of Woodroffe. Bus #2


The Elizabeth Riley Band
(Jen Gilbert, Sarah Ryan, Patricia Reynolds, Carmel Whittle)

Gil’s Hootenanny Band
(Erin Saoirse Adair, Lyndell Montgomery, Élage Mbaye, Chris White)

Mark Evenchick

… and winners of the 2nd annual
Gil’s Hootenanny Songwriting Contest
Tickets $10 at www.rasputins.ca (no service charge), the Ottawa Folklore Centre (1111 Bank), and at the door. Admission is free for accompanied children under 16 years.

Note: Online ticket sales are processed through the Spirit of Rasputin’s PayPal account.

Website: www.gilshootenanny.ca (http://www NULL.gilshootenanny NULL.ca)

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/1571815849729058 (http://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/events/1571815849729058)

Gil’s Hootenanny is a community sing-along event that takes place each year on May Day, the international day of working people. Invited musicians lead the audience to sing along on songs of protest and songs of hope.

Magoo is a much-loved recording artist, song leader and catalyst for positive change who hosts of the legendary Blue Skies music festival each year. The Elizabeth Riley Band (Jen Gilbert, Sarah Ryan, Patricia Reynolds and Carmel Whittle) recently released “Felt Through the Bone”, an album of inspired and inspiring songs about love and justice. Gil’s Hootenanny Band is a “sing-along super-group” consisting of Erin Saoirse Adair, Lyndell Montgomery, Élage Mbaye and Chris White. With a wealth of individual performing and recording experiences, they have joined forces to lead the community in singing songs of social and environmental change.

Again this year, Gil’s Hootenanny Songwriting Contest is inviting people to create new songs of protest and hope that people can sing along with easily. Presented in partnership with the Ottawa Grassroots Festival and Writer’s Bloc, last year’s contest led to the creation of 22 new songs. Several songs from this year’s contest will be performed at the Hootenanny.

Gil’s Hootenanny was inspired by Gil Levine (1924-2009), the founding national Director of Research at the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and a great lover of folk music. Gil’s vision of a better world included bringing people together to experience the collective power of song and to celebrate the stories, struggles and victories of working people. Gil saw May Day as an important time for working people around the world to gather together, speak up and sing out.

For information and interviews, please contact:

Chris White chris@folkzone.ca 613-327-9621

The 2015 Sing-along Songwriting Contest is now open!! Submit your entry here…
The deadline for submitting entries to this year’s contest has passed.  Come to the Montgomery Legion (330 Kent Street at Somerset) on Sunday, April 26 at 4:00 pm to cheer on the finalists (free admission).  And come to the Unitarian Congregation (30 Cleary Avenue) on Friday, May 1 at 7:30 pm to hear the winning songs at Gil’s Hootenanny.


Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

Public Service Alliance of Canada National Capital Region

Public Service Alliance of Canada National Capital Region

Canadian Union of Public Employess

Canadian Union of Public Employess

Canadian Union of Postal Workers

Canadian Union of Postal Workers

Greg Kelly and the Shards

Greg Kelly & The Shards

When: 8:00 PM Sat May 23, 2015
Where: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave

Tickets: $20 available online here… (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=PRN7BZBQSTJ62), at the door or at the Ottawa Folklore Center at 1111 Bank Street.

SoRPoster-GregKellyGreg’s songs are somewhere within the folk and country music spectrum, with an emphasis on storytelling whether it be victory, defeat, love found, love lost, or life in general, always heartfelt and genuine.

If you listen carefully go Greg’s “to the side” banter between songs you become thoroughly entertained with his spur of the moment quick wit and sense of humour.  No matter where Greg performs he gets the audience laughing, tapping their toes, in tears and dancing.


GregKellyJoining Greg on stage will be Hollis Morgan on Dobro and banjo,  Dave O’Heare on bass, and Jamie Gullickson on drums and percussion.


Greg is one of Ottawa’s most prolific singer songwriters who has two wonderful CDs, Broken Windows and Slow Horses.  He will be working on a new CD as soon.


BrokenWindowsCoverTickets: $20 available online here… (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=PRN7BZBQSTJ62), at the door or at the Ottawa Folklore Center at 1111 Bank Street.


Ron Hynes

Ron Hynes

8:00 PM Sat Mar 14, 2015

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
There is a map at the bottom of this event.

Tickets $30 available online here… (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TYEHVDCPREXKQ)

SoRPoster-RonHynes-webOne of Canadas premier singer-songwriters, Ron Hynes has created beautifully crafted signature songs for more than 35 years. He has crafted a collection of remarkable songs that not only echo a life in Newfoundland and Labrador, but resonate with people everywhere.

Best known for his folk classic Sonnys Dream, Ron Hynes’ songs have been recorded by artists world-wide including Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Christie Moore, Denny Doherty, Murray McLauchlan, John McDermott, Prairie Oyster, The Cottars, Hayley Westenra and many more.

RonHynes3With eight solo albums and numerous collaborative projects to his credit, Ron Hynes is a six-time East Coast Music Award winner, a Genie Award winner, and a past JUNO, CCMA and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee. He was recipient of the 2008 SOCAN National Achievement Award for songwriting career success, and holds an Honorary PhD from Memorial University for his contributions to the cultural life of his beloved Newfoundland and Labrador.

RonHynesIn the words of author, Donna Morrisey, Ron Hynes is a grand voyeur in this rough, sweet life, a melody writer of the first order, a story teller, a philosopher, a poet and a kick-ass performer.


Tickets $30 available online here… (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TYEHVDCPREXKQ)  the door or at the Ottawa Folklore Center at 1111 Bank Street.


Shirt Tearing Boys

Shirt Tearing Boys

8:00 PM Sat Feb 21, 2015

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
There is a map at the bottom of this event.

Online Tickets $20 are SOLD OUT!!! Thank you!
A few tickets will still be available at the door. Please arrive early to obtain any of these.

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A Woody Guthrie memory from the early 20’s – carefree schoolboys escaping the heat and boredom of summer, shedding garments as they race to a cool, refreshing swimming hole. An innocent image from an era when lonesome country tunes spilled out of muffled tube radios. Acoustic blues channeled the pain of hard working folks. And jazz-infused tunes filled crowded Saturday night dance halls with laughter and hope.

Cool, refreshing musical moments of the last century are the heart and soul of Shirt Tearing Boys. Toe-tapping little gems picked up along the dirt roads of our collective past. The Boys (and Girls) dust off tunes penned by likes of Loesser, Tillman, Wills and Walker. Mixed with a dash of original tunes for good measure and infused with lively, fun spirit creates a refreshing musical blend that transports listeners to an almost forgotten, yet very familiar place.

About these fine musicians:

Ann Downey

Singer extraordinaire with Ottawa trio Finest Kind and accomplished on upright bass & claw hammer banjo, Ann can be heard live and on recordings with Sneezy Waters, The Old Sod Band, among many others.

Fred Guignion

Fred doesn’t like to talk about music in the past tense (Fat Man Waving, Ian Tamblyn, Hammerheads, Lynn Miles, et al). He just plays the dobro…beautifully.

Sally Robinson

Once an essential ingredient of the Toasted Westerns, Sally is known around town for her smokin’ jazz and blues backing herself on keyboards, accordion and clarinet – but not all at once. Quirky, sad, irreverent and blissed out – experience the many moods of Sally.

Charlie Sohmer

Banjo-ist, songwriter (six albums and over 500 songs), teller of tall tales. Please don’t laugh at his stories – it only encourages him.

Tony Turner

Melodic stories delivered with his bari-tony voice are the stock & trade of singer/songwriter and guitarist Tony, now with two CDs under his belt and many more tunes in his head.

George Laing

Folks may know George from his Black Donnelly days or currently mining Tin Pan Alley and early jazz favourites with the Lazy River Swing Band.  George serves up delicious fiddle riffs along with tasteful harmonica pieces to surprise & delight the senses.


Tickets are $20.  Purchase online from this website, at the OFC or at the door.

Door open at 7:30pm.  Show starts at 8pm.

Come along for a magical evening and support our very talented local performers.


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Christmas cancellations

The Folk Jams on December 23 and 30 are cancelled. Folk Jams resume on January 6.
The Next Stage on January 2 is cancelled. The Next Stage resumes on February 6.

Note: The Open Stage continues unabated every Monday evening throughout the holiday season.