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…

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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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

Featuring…
Magoo

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
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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.

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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.

 

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Canadian Labour Congress

Public Service Alliance of Canada National Capital Region

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Canadian Union of Public Employess

Canadian Union of Public Employess


Canadian Union of Postal Workers

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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
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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.

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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


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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
or
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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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
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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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