About Kate and Hollis

President, Webmaster; Concert Stage Manager musician: guitar, banjo, dobro, lap steel, composer skills: audio engineering, website programming, database management

We Have a New President !

Susan Sweeney Hermon

Susan Sweeney Hermon

At its first meeting Spirit of Rasputin’s new board of directors accepted the resignation of Hollis Morgan as president and welcomed Susan Sweeney Hermon as Interim President pending a seach this fall for a new permanent president.

Thanks, Susan, for stepping up to guide the organization through the next months. Hollis will continue to volunteer and sit on the board.

Hollis, who served as president for six years,  indicated it was time for a change and that regular renewal is always healthy for a community based organization. Susan Sweeney Hermon, a member of acclaimed harp duo Acacia Lyra, is an active participant at Rasputin’s Open Stage and has been a member of the board since 2015.

SoR Board Meeting July 14 2016 Minutes

 

2016 Annual General Meeting of Members

Previously the date was announced as May 8, then May 15, but due to certain critical reports not being available on time the date has been pushed to Sunday June 12. This time we’re sticking to it!

Sunday, June 12, 2016,
3:00 p.m.
Westboro Masonic Hall
430 Churchill Ave, Ottawa, Ontario

Agenda:
– Opening song
– Reports from officers
– Election of Two Directors
– General discussion
– Closing song
– Jam session

Two directors’ terms end this year, one of whom is not standing for re-election. Please consider throwing your hat in the ring. Sitting on the Board of Directors is not a lot of work but it is important work for the health and guidance of the organization.

If you wish to table a specific topic for discussion or an amendment to the by-laws please send an email to board@rasputins.ca with details.

If you cannot attend but wish your vote to count simply assign your vote by proxy to someone else. A signed handwritten note stating to whom your vote is assigned will suffice.

Membership renewals and new memberships will be available at the start of the meeting.

Spring 2016 Community Events

Every spring we produce or co-produce a series of community events here’s the schedule this year:

24th Annual Great Canadian Song-Along

Co-produced with Writers’ Bloc.
Two nights!! Fri-Sat Apr 15 & 16. Starting at 7:00 PM
The Happy Goat Coffee Co., 35 Laurel St, Ottawa
At Song-Along songwriters are tasked to compose songs to specific topics. Highly entertaining for both musicians and the general public. This years topics are:

  • Last word(s)
  • Whoop-de-doo
  • Trust me – you can dance
  • Deep end
  • Words unspoken

This is a pass-the-hat event for the audience.  There’s more info here on how to register to perform…

7th Annual Gil’s Hootenanny

Co-produced with The Gil’s Hootenanny Committee
Sunday May 1st (ALWAYS on May 1st of course!!)
The Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue, Ottawa
Featuring Sharon and Bram (of Sharon, Lois and Bram fame)
TWO SHOWS!!

13th Annual Chrysalis

Sat May 28, 2016 7:30 PM
Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill at Byron, Ottawa
At Chrysalis songwriters are tasked to sing other Ottawa area songwriters’ songs! The intention is to give songs a re-birth (hence the name of the event).
This is a pass-the-hat event for the audience. There’s more info here on how to register to perform…

2016 Sing-Along Songwriting Contest

Put on your creative thinking caps!

The 2016 Sing-Along Songwriting Contest is open for new entries. was won by Mark Evenchick with his song “Believe Again”. This is the third annual contest and as in past years the theme remains “Songs of Protest Songs of Hope”.

Raise Canada’s community consciousness through group singing! Last year’s winner, Tony Turner, achieved national and international attention. What issues call to your creative spirit?

Find out how to enter here…

Featured Artists, Winter 2016

Lotus Wight with Aiken & Beggs opening

Saturday March 19, 8:00 PM
Tickets $20 …online here… or at the door
Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill

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Lotus Wight – Aiken & Beggs

Lotus Wight (of Sheesham and Lotus) is touring a solo show, with a new solo album.

‘”Lotus seems to have the potential to be a satisfactory student, despite his tendency towards daydreaming. He has developed what seems to be a wasteful obsession with the singer John Lee Hooker and his guitar playing. Lotus’ school performance could be greatly improved if he would learn to focus himself on the sixth grade curriculum, and leave his instruments at home.” – Mr. Galonska, Vice Principal

Thank goodness he did not take Mr. Galonska’s advice! Come experience Lotus Wight: banjo picker, bluesman, performer par excellance. More info…

Friday December 11, 7p – 10p
Spirit of Rasputin’s Members, Volunteers and Friends
“Seasonal Celebration”

Come join us for a seasonal celebration and open stage sing-along. We are trying out a new space at The Olde Forge, 2730 Carling Avenue. Bring an instrument. Bring seasonal treats if you wish. We’ll supply coffee and hot chocolate. We will have an Open Stage with the usual SoR open stage rules. Sign up starts at 7p.
Everyone is welcome. The Olde Forge has some parking and additional parking is available on the side streets.TheOldeForge

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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!

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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.