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

Rick Fines, Lynn Miles, Megan Jerome, Tom Lips – SOLD OUT

Fantastic Song Circle: Rick Fines, Lynn Miles, Megan Jerome, Tom Lips

8pm, Saturday Jan. 21, 2017
Westboro Masonic Hall
430 Churchill at Byron

SOLD OUT!! Thank you !
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Rick Fines and Lynn Miles, two of Canada’s most accomplished singersongwriters, will team up with outstanding Ottawa talents Megan Jerome and Tom Lips at Westboro Masonic Hall in Ottawa on Saturday, January 21. Folk, blues, roots and jazz sounds will be on the menu as the four artists share the stage to trade songs in song-circle format. This will be the first event of 2017 in the Featured Artists Series of Ottawa’s folk music society Spirit of Rasputin’s.

Rick Fines (www.rickfines.ca (http://www NULL.rickfines NULL.ca)) brings his signature vocal growl and guitar chops to original songs that show the influence of blues, juke joint folk and dockside soul — genres that he both embraces and defies. A veteran of the North American blues and folk circuits, he has won multiple awards as performer and songwriter. “A musician from the Great White North won the hearts of the festival audience … won the top prize with his unique guitar styling, sly tongue-in-cheek humor and a distinctive voice.”Greenville Advocate, Alabama

Lynn Miles (www.lynnmilesmusic.com (http://www NULL.lynnmilesmusic NULL.com)) creates music of unbridled feeling and open vulnerability. She has to her credit 12 albums, a Juno Award for Roots and
Traditional Solo Album of the Year, and multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards including 2011 English Songwriter of the Year. Her “Three Chords and the Truth” was recently chosen as the closing song on the popular BBC TV series “Case Histories”. “Lynn Miles is one of the most acclaimed songwriters to cross the border since Joni Mitchell.” – Dallas Morning News

Ottawa’s Megan Jerome (www.meganjerome.com (http://www NULL.meganjerome NULL.com)) began her musical life with family singsongs and went on to train in classical and jazz piano. Her songs have
been described as bold, intimate and full of light. She brings a singular artistic voice to her performances whether with a full band, in small combos or as a soloist. “Megan wears her heart on her sleeve when she sings but is not afraid to look you in the eyes as she does it.
Her songs, her lyrics and her performance tell stories that draw you in.” – Petr Cancura, Ottawa Jazz Festival

Tom Lips (www.tomlips.ca (http://www NULL.tomlips NULL.ca)), also from Ottawa, is a deepvoiced singer-songwriter who has created more than 300 songs in an eclectic mix of styles, varying in mood from heartbreak to hilarity. He is also a dynamic storyteller of both traditional and original tales rich in humour and fantasy. His poetry has appeared in The Fiddlehead and Descant. “Tom Lips is a soft-spoken, well read and romantic songwriter whose imagery gets inside one and paints a picture richly textured with beauty.” – Dean Verger, Rasputin’s

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Bowser and Blue

Bowser and Blue
(tickets $30 ea.)
8pm Saturday, Nov 19th
Westboro Masonic Hall
430 Churchill at Byron
Advance tickets are sold out to 95% capacity. Thank you! A few tickets will be available at the door between 7 and 7:30pm.
Bowser and Blue poster

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Hispania!

Hispania posterThe second of our 2016-17 Featured Artist concerts is coming up October 29th with HISPANIA! a concert of beautifully unusual and rarely performed repertoire of Medieval and Renaissance Spain. Soulful ‘Romances’ of the Sephardic Jews are interwoven with songs of courtly love and tragic loss, and in the second half, you are invited to cross the ocean to hear a variety of rhythms of the Spanish diaspora in South America.

The performers are a blended group of Ottawa musicians with singer Sylvia Larrass, Greg Weeks on cello and tabla, Graham Lindsey on percussion and flute,
and Celtic harp duo Acacia Lyra, with Janine Dudding and Susan Sweeney Hermon.

Mark your calendar ! October 29th. Tickets $20:




Featured Artist Series – Fall 2016

September 17
Tony Turner Trio

  • 8.00 pm  Sat. September 17 (Doors open 7.30 pm)
    Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill at Byron
Ann Downey, Tony Turner, Sarah Hill

Ann Downey, Tony Turner, Sarah Hill

The Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society is kicking off its Featured Artist concert series for 2016-17 this coming Saturday September 17 with the Tony Turner Trio.

The trio is a blend of three dynamic and seasoned musicians – our very own Tony Turner, now of national Harperman fame, Ann Downey on bass and Sarah Hill, violin.  Tony is an engaging performer whose songs, delivered in a warm rich voice, will have you slapping your knee or wiping a tear away.  Ann Downey and Sarah Hill are first-class musicians with enviable reputations in their own right. You can expect an evening of plentiful and diverse music with these three on stage. We look forward to this event, and to seeing you too! More info…

Tickets, $20.00  can be purchased online through Paypal (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=PXM9X26Y45TEQ) or at the door on the day of the concert.


October 29
Hispania

  • Sat Oct 29 2016 8:00 PM
    Westboro Masonic Hall

Hispanic and Sephardic songs across the ages and continents.

Featuring:
Acacia Lyra, (harp duo with Janine Dudding and Susan Sweeney Hermon), Sylvia Larrass (soprono), Greg Weeks (cello), and Graham Lindsey (flute, percussion).

Haunting early Spanish and Sephardic music, as well as traditional and contemporary songs of Latin America.

Tickets, $20.00  can be purchased online through Paypal (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VZ8WZ2TGPQDD8) or at the door on the day of the concert.


November 19
Bowser and Blue

  • Sat Nov 19 2016 8:00 PM
    Westboro Masonic Hall

Bowser and BlueGeorge Bowser and Rick Blue write and perform music and comedy. In 2011 their latest work; “Schwartz’s – The Musical”, inspired by Bill Brownstein’s best-selling book about the Montreal Delicatessen, ran for nine sold-out weeks at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre.

They appear in theatres and concert halls across Canada, and from 2007 to 2012 they headlined the Canadian Snowbird Extravaganza concert series, both in Canada and the United States, returning again in 2013 / 2014. More info…

Tickets, $30.00  can be purchased online through Paypal (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WSEL2F9M7RHWL) or at the door on the day of the concert (if not sold out!!).

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…