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Shirt Tearing Boys

Shirt Tearing Boys

8:00 PM Sat Feb 21, 2015

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
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Tickets $20 available online here… (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=HVMC2JWBGEDNN)

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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.

Leila Goldberger and Brian Loyer

The Next Stage is presented in cooperation with The West End Well

Leila Goldberger and Brian Loyer

8:00 PM Fri Dec 05, 2014

At West End Well Co-op, 969 Wellington Street West

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Leila Goldberger
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Copyright_LGoldberger_8bsoft218_highres_0219120822092_16x9_620x350An award-winning singer, songwriter and emerging artist on the Canadian music scene, Ottawa’s Leila Goldberger has been writing and performing her own songs since high school and is currently working on her debut album. A published poet and formally trained fine artist, Leila is inspired by the simple things in life, and believes that creating music is about being yourself and having fun. She notes that her writing process usually involves her dog, Juniper, who always proves to be a captive audience.

Brian Loyer

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01521Brian started playing the guitar and writing songs as a youth, and his style has evolved and matured into a unique improvisation of jazz, country, folk, and original pieces. His natural musical talent extends to other stringed instruments – mandolin, acoustic bass, and the fiddle, as well as vocals.

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Jolliest Jinglebell Hootenanny

Jolliest Jinglebell Hootenanny

11:00 AM Sun Dec 14, 2014

At City Hall – Jean Piggot Hall, 110 Laurier Ave.

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Goal: To beat the world record of the most people singing & ringing Jinglebells set as 488 on December 12, 2012 in Albany New York

  • 11 am Welcome / Vivian speaks / More to Life Than You Can See
  • 11:05 am -11:20 am Seventh Exit
  • 11:20 am – 11:35 am Francis Eugene
  • 11:35 am – 11:55 am Ottawa Folklore Centre guitar choir led by Kurt
  • 11:55 am – 12:00 pm announcement and start of break
  • 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm set up for shout Sister DJ TUNES by Mo
  • 12:15 pm – 12:30 pm Shout Sister starts their set and gives time for EVERYONE to gather into Jean Piggot Hall AND tentative short speech by Mayor Jim Watson
  • 12:40 pm – 1 pm Shout Sister continues their set
  • 1:00 pm – 1:20 pm Kristine St Pierre
  • 1:20 pm = 1:35 pm Mark J. Nyvlt
  • 1:35 pm – 1:50 pm Heather Adeney
  • 1:50 pm – 2:10 pm Nigel Harris
  • 2:10 pm – 2:25 pm Kery Peterson
  • 2:25 pm – 2:40 pm Pat Moore
  • 2:40 pm – 2:55 pm Geoff johnson
  • 2:55 pm – 3:00 pm thank you’s

This event is organized by SoR member Vivian Sollows. Contact: viviansollows@gmail.com

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Durham County Poets

Durham County Poets

8:00 PM Sat Oct 18, 2014

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
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Durham-poster-WEBOnline tickets $20 available now!!
This 5-piece band grew out of the lively music scene of the Chateauguay Valley. Centered in historic Ormstown, Quebec, the band’s first performance was at the Ormstown Branches and Roots Music Festival in the fall of 2011.  Kevin Harvey’ s rich voice and nuanced delivery covers the scope of life…. with ballads and blues-inflected originals, some swing and genial humour. Guitarist David Whyte’s guitar solos are pure grace. The Poets  will get you dancing in the hallways, laughing, and feeling those blues.  Their new Cd will be available for sale at the concert.


Lead singer Kevin Harvey started singing in a blues band, Blind Lemon Pie, and later on sang with Bollweevil Accoustic Band and Clarksdale Moan.

Guitarist David Whyte teaches both guitar and saxophone and has played in many bands over the past 40 years, including Hog Wild.

Guitarist Neil Elsmore is a chef and artist and played in Bollweevil Accoustic Band and church gospel groups with Kevin.

Bassist Carl Rufh plays in many bands including The Echo Hunters, Jimmy James, Sonja Ball, Grouyan Gombo and others.

Percussionist James Preimel is the latest addition to the band and plays with Coyote Yodel and other bands.

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Terry McLeish with Terry Tufts

Terry McLeish with Terry Tufts

8:00 PM Sat Nov 15, 2014

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
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Online tickets $20 available now!!
Singer/songwriter Terry McLeish is an Ottawa Valley icon whose songs have won international acclaim and have been recorded and performed by others.

Raised in a military family and growing up in the 60’s, Terry couldn’t help being influenced by the great songwriters of the era and as well , the often humorous trials and tribulations of those who just want to live their lives their own way.

His songs reflect those battles that include cowboys and cowgirls, hobos and misfits, small towns and folks who just can’t win for losing. Having just got off a recent two-year stint with The Stone Fence Theatre, Terry is currently performing and writing for his second album to be released in the coming year.

Accompanying Terry McLeish will be Terry Tufts, legendary Canadian songwriter, performer and guitarist. Tufts continues to wow audiences with his songs and guitar playing and has been performing with McLeish for two years.

Grant Tomkinson, bass player extraordinaire, has been making a living solely as a musician for over 30 years. Grant’s playing is in great demand by some of Ottawa’s best bands including his own outfit, The Rockerfellas.

Tickets are $20.  Doors open at 7:30pm.  Show starts at 8pm.

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Bruce Wozny and Pete Bugden and Chris Lok

Bruce Wozny and Pete Bugden and Chris Lok

8:00 PM Fri Nov 07, 2014

At West End Well Co-op, 969 Wellington Street West
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Bruce Wozny

Sept17 2011 030Bruce Wozny is an Ottawa singer-songwriter with a fondness for great songs of any genre.  He is currently a member of originals country rock band Lost Colt and of The Rose Trio, a Celtic-based intrumental group.  Some of Bruce’s songwriting heroes are Gillian Welch, Tom Waits, John Prine, Dave Frishberg, Roger Miller and Duke Ellington.

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Pete Bugden and Chris Lok

SEVENTH EXIT – Peter Bugden and Chris Lok
Seventh Exit is an acoustic roots project, started by Peter Bugden and Chris Lok in 2014 that features mostly original material peppered with a few special covers that showcase their acoustic roots and blues style and vision.

Peter Bugden
Peter is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, where his first guitar was picked out by Jim Henman, a founding member of April Wine. After a few years, he ended up as a singer/song writer playing solo and in duos around the city. He co-founded and fronted a jump blues band called the Floorboards where he shared the stage with the likes of Jeff Healy, Carson Downey and the Joe Murphy Blues Band. He then took time to raise a family and develop a technical career which took him to Europe as well as the bottom of the Arctic Ocean in a three man submarine. In there somewhere was a move to Ottawa, Ontario where he now resides.

A love of music and performing could not be held down forever. After joining several song writing circles, Peter started performing as a singer/song writer yet again. He has been invited to several writer’s show cases around the city to present his material and the story continues. Current projects include a fledgling roots band called Seventh Exit and an audio production company utilizing his home studio where he works on producing demos and other sundry projects for local song writers. Peter plays guitar, bass, slide guitar, mandolin, ukulele and is a drum and synthesiser programmer.

Chris Lok
Chris hails from Vancouver, British Columbia, where his first guitar was picked out by his mom. She, alas, was not much of a musician and, as Chris soon discovered, his new steel stringed acquisition – with its 1 inch action – was more an instrument of torture than one to make music with. Nonetheless, he persevered and at the ripe old age of 12, in Cairo Egypt, he had his first gig. He continued to play in various rock and folk groups throughout his teens and into his early 20’s.

As he raised his own family, and pursued a profession which took him to all corners of Canada, Europe and Asia, music took a back seat. But eventually the call of the muse grew too strong and he began performing again as a solo artist in Vancouver. After moving to Ottawa he began writing and performing his own material and developing his skills in digital audio recording. It was there that he and Pete crossed paths. After accompanying each other at a few gigs, they launched Seventh Exit. Chris plays acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, Weissenborn-style slide guitar and mandolin.

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