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Durham County Poets

Durham County Poets

8:00 PM Sat Oct 18, 2014

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

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
There is a map at the bottom of this event.

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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The Beard – Lost For Words – June 14

Lost for Words

8:00 PM Sat Jun 14, 2014

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

SoR has decided to put on a full concert with “Lost For Words” with a $10 admission at the door instead of the usual Beard.  Half of the proceeds will go to The Spirit of Rasputin’s Scholarship Fund.  The Rasputin’s Beard will resume to its natural state September 20th.

Bruce Barton, Pippa Hall and John Henderson are Lost for Words

Pippa Hall on vocals, mountain dulcimer, and fiddle; John Henderson on vocals, guitar, and claw hammer banjo; and Bruce Barton on vocals, guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, and tenor banjo are Lost for Words.

Hall and Henderson have been playing as a duo for many years with a varied repertoire of traditional and topical folk music from both sides of the Atlantic. Their blend of voices and harmonies, whether a capella or accompanied by a variety of instruments, has entertained audiences at clubs and festivals. Barton got hooked on folk and traditional music during university days and has performed for many years since in folk groups, oldtime bands and Celtic ensembles.

Together, as Lost For Words, these three musicians provide an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary songs and ballads, as well as some toe-tapping Irish/Celtic, Appalachian and Québecois tunes, at times accentuated with some energetic Appalachian clogging. Their warm vocal arrangements of songs ranging from traditional folk and gospel to modern topical songs provide an inviting environment where the audience is encouraged to sing along.


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John Carroll – May 24th

John Carroll

8:00 PM Sat May 24, 2014

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

Tickets $20 online here…

John Carroll is a singer, songwriter, with three albums to his name.  His unique, jazzy blues style of Dobro playing and raspy voice keeps your toes tapping throughout his entire show.


Whether its performing for national broadcast on Canada Live with his band (CBC Radio One & Two, 2008), or traveling to the many music houses across Canada, John’s music treats his audiences to the vibrational equivalent of coming home.

John will be joined by Gilles LeClerec (mandolin), Phil Charbonneau (upright bass), Catriona Sturton (harmonica), and Birdie White (banjo). And…a perhaps a couple of surprise guest vocalists!!

Tickets are $20 at the door, on line or they can be purchased at the Ottawa Folklore Centre at 1111 Bank Street.

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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
There is a map at the bottom of this event.

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
There is a map at the bottom of this event.

“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
There is a map at the bottom of this event.

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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