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2014 Gil’s Hootenanny

SoR Presents Gil’s Hootenanny

7:30 PM Thu May 01, 2014

At Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Av
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175 Third Ave. (See map at bottom of page)

Tickets $10 (15 and under free) available online here…
and at the Ottawa Folklore Centre

Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope

A May Day Sing-Along Event

Featuring Sneezy Waters, Evalyn Parry and the Hootenanny Band (Chris White, Erin Saoirse Adair, Lyndall Montgomery, Elage Mbaye)

  • Song writing contest winner
  • Refreshments

Hosted by Chris White (CKCU FM) and Cathy Remus (CUPE)

Gil’s Hootenanny is a community sing-along event that takes place each year on May 1st, May Day, the international workers’ holiday. Musicians from a range of backgrounds take turns leading the audience to sing songs of protest and songs of hope.


Gil’s Hootenanny was inspired by Gil Levine (1924-2009), the founding 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.

First presented in 2010, the annual hootenanny has seen increasingly larger audiences coming out to sing each year, with more than 300 expected this year. The organizers and sponsors of Gil’s Hootenanny would like to see similar events taking place on May Day across the country. For information and advice on how to organize a May Day sing-along event in your community, contact Chris White, cdwhite@sympatico.ca, 613-327-9621.

Gil’s Hootenanny thanks the Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society, a volunteer-run not-for-profit organization that provides a home for Ottawa’s folk music community. Activities include weekly folk jams and “open mic” evenings, concerts featuring local and touring musicians, folk music webcasts, talent development workshops, and themed music events such as Song-Along, Chrysalis, Rasputin’s Beard and Gil’s Hootenanny. For more information, see www.rasputins.ca.

For information and interviews with organizers and musicians, please contact:

Chris White cdwhite@sympatico.ca 613-327-9621

The Great Canadian Song-a-Long

7:30 PM Fri Apr 11, 2014
7:30 PM Sat Apr 12, 2014

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
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“22nd Annual” The Great Canadian Song-a-Long

Songwriters are invited to compose a song to one of several predefined set of topics. They may also perform a second song either on-topic of off-topic. This year’s topics TBD.

Register to participate with:

Tony Turner 613-798-0365 / tony.turner@rogers.com
Greg Kelly 613-680-6163 / grgr2swtr@yahoo.ca

The four topics for 2014

  • In a Dream

  • Faded Picture

  • Caught in the Act

  • Old Folks

This is a Pass The Hat event.  Doors open at 7pm.  Show from 7:30pm – 10:30pm.


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Open Stage Venue Shift for March 17

The Open Stage is making room for a big St. Patrick’s Day party at Whispers Pub and moving for one day only. On March 17, 2014 the Open Stage will be at the home of Ruth and Dean Verger 236 Breezehill Ave S. (Map here… (https://maps NULL.google NULL.ca/maps?q=236+Breezehill+Ave+S,+Ottawa+Ontario&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&channel=fflb&hnear=236+Breezehill+Ave+S,+Ottawa,+Ontario+K1Y&t=m&z=16)) The first set will be at the usual 7pm time.

House Rules: Socks and slippers only!! Please!!

March 23, 2014 Annual General Meeting of Members

AGM The Spirit of Rasputin’s Annual General Meeting

2:00 PM Sun Mar 23, 2014

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
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All are welcome to attend!  Musicians feel free to bring your instruments and voices for a jam afterward.  Munchies, tea and coffee will be available.

NOTE: Our by-laws provide a 45 day grace period for memberships. Therefore memberships valid on January 30, 2014 or later are eligible to vote on all items. Non-members are welcome to observe and comment. Everyone is welcome at the Jam after the business is concluded. The AGM is an excellent opportunity to renew or purchase memberships and add your voice to the organization’s planning.

2:00pm – 3:30pm AGM Business
3:30pm – 5:30pm Open Jam Session modeled on the Folk-along Jam format

AGM Business agenda

  1. Welcome song – and opening remarks
  2. Business arising from 2013 AGM
    1. Charitable Status Committee Report
  3. Officer’s Reports
    1. President
    2. Auditor
    3. Treasurer
    4. Volunteer Coordinator
  4. Committee Reports
    1. Membership
    2. Artistic Director
    3. The Beard – Music Scholarship Fund
  5. Resolutions or discussion items from the floor
  6. Election of Board Members
  7. Adjournment song

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The Next Stage

Fellow (Tyler Roy) and Shirt Tearing Boys

3:00 PM Sun Feb 02, 2014

At Pressed Urban Gourmet Sandwich Bar, 750 Gladstone Ave
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Fellow (Tyler Roy)


Tyler Joseph Roy is an Ottawa-based indie-folk singer, originally from North Bay. He first moved to Ottawa in 2010, founding his band “Fellow” in 2012. Known for his melodic, and soft voice — Tyler blends his love of catchy rhythms, story-telling lyrics, and ragtime guitar in his music. He draws inspiration from artists such as Joel Plaskett, Iron & Wine, and classics like Simon and Garfunkel.

Bandcamp… (http://fellowmusic NULL.bandcamp NULL.com/)
Facebook… (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/fellowband)

Shirt Tearing Boys


Shirt Tearing Boys is an all acoustic band that plays jazz, blues and country tunes from various decades of the 20th century along with original songs.  The band features Charlie Sohmer (banjo, vocals), Tony Turner (guitar, vocals), Fred Guignion (dobro) and Ken Kanwisher (bass & cello).

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Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson

3:30 PM Sun Dec 15, 2013

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
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Show starts 3:30pm.  Doors open 3:00pm.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.  Ticket price: $10

Touring since the eighties, singer-songwriter-parking lot attendant Jamie Anderson has played her warm and witty songs in hundreds of coffeehouses, concert halls, colleges and festivals in four countries and forty seven states. She has ten recordings including her newest Dare.This will be a CD release show with Ken Kanwisher joining her on bass.

Her music has been featured on Good Morning America, the Dr. Demento radio show, NPR’s Car Talk, and stations all over the world. Jamie loves being a musician, so she doesn’t really park cars, but her mama said she should have something to fall back on.  http://jamieanderson.com/

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