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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

Lotus Wight - Aiken & Beggs

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


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!


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.

Gil’s Hootenanny: Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope

Gil’s Hootenanny – Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope

When: 7:30 PM Fri May 01, 2015
Where: First Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave

The Elizabeth Riley Band​ will be leading this beautiful, powerful song – “Bread and Roses” – at Gil’s Hootenanny. Practise singing with the video, and then come out and sing along on Friday, May 1st at the First Unitarian Congregation.

6th annual
Gil’s Hootenanny
A May Day Sing-Along Event

Friday, May 1
7:30 pm

First Unitarian Congregation
30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa
Off Richmond Rd. east of Woodroffe. Bus #2


The Elizabeth Riley Band
(Jen Gilbert, Sarah Ryan, Patricia Reynolds, Carmel Whittle)

Gil’s Hootenanny Band
(Erin Saoirse Adair, Lyndell Montgomery, Élage Mbaye, Chris White)

Mark Evenchick

… and winners of the 2nd annual
Gil’s Hootenanny Songwriting Contest
Tickets $10 at www.rasputins.ca (no service charge), the Ottawa Folklore Centre (1111 Bank), and at the door. Admission is free for accompanied children under 16 years.

Note: Online ticket sales are processed through the Spirit of Rasputin’s PayPal account.

Website: www.gilshootenanny.ca (http://www NULL.gilshootenanny NULL.ca)

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/1571815849729058 (http://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/events/1571815849729058)

Gil’s Hootenanny is a community sing-along event that takes place each year on May Day, the international day of working people. Invited musicians lead the audience to sing along on songs of protest and songs of hope.

Magoo is a much-loved recording artist, song leader and catalyst for positive change who hosts of the legendary Blue Skies music festival each year. The Elizabeth Riley Band (Jen Gilbert, Sarah Ryan, Patricia Reynolds and Carmel Whittle) recently released “Felt Through the Bone”, an album of inspired and inspiring songs about love and justice. Gil’s Hootenanny Band is a “sing-along super-group” consisting of Erin Saoirse Adair, Lyndell Montgomery, Élage Mbaye and Chris White. With a wealth of individual performing and recording experiences, they have joined forces to lead the community in singing songs of social and environmental change.

Again this year, Gil’s Hootenanny Songwriting Contest is inviting people to create new songs of protest and hope that people can sing along with easily. Presented in partnership with the Ottawa Grassroots Festival and Writer’s Bloc, last year’s contest led to the creation of 22 new songs. Several songs from this year’s contest will be performed at the Hootenanny.

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

For information and interviews, please contact:

Chris White chris@folkzone.ca 613-327-9621

The 2015 Sing-along Songwriting Contest is now open!! Submit your entry here…
The deadline for submitting entries to this year’s contest has passed.  Come to the Montgomery Legion (330 Kent Street at Somerset) on Sunday, April 26 at 4:00 pm to cheer on the finalists (free admission).  And come to the Unitarian Congregation (30 Cleary Avenue) on Friday, May 1 at 7:30 pm to hear the winning songs at Gil’s Hootenanny.


Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

Public Service Alliance of Canada National Capital Region

Public Service Alliance of Canada National Capital Region

Canadian Union of Public Employess

Canadian Union of Public Employess

Canadian Union of Postal Workers

Canadian Union of Postal Workers

Greg Kelly and the Shards

Greg Kelly & The Shards

When: 8:00 PM Sat May 23, 2015
Where: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave

Tickets: $20 available online here… (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=PRN7BZBQSTJ62), at the door or at the Ottawa Folklore Center at 1111 Bank Street.

SoRPoster-GregKellyGreg’s songs are somewhere within the folk and country music spectrum, with an emphasis on storytelling whether it be victory, defeat, love found, love lost, or life in general, always heartfelt and genuine.

If you listen carefully go Greg’s “to the side” banter between songs you become thoroughly entertained with his spur of the moment quick wit and sense of humour.  No matter where Greg performs he gets the audience laughing, tapping their toes, in tears and dancing.


GregKellyJoining Greg on stage will be Hollis Morgan on Dobro and banjo,  Dave O’Heare on bass, and Jamie Gullickson on drums and percussion.


Greg is one of Ottawa’s most prolific singer songwriters who has two wonderful CDs, Broken Windows and Slow Horses.  He will be working on a new CD as soon.


BrokenWindowsCoverTickets: $20 available online here… (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=PRN7BZBQSTJ62), at the door or at the Ottawa Folklore Center at 1111 Bank Street.