AGENDA | Annual General Meeting, May 7, 2017


  1. Treasurer’s financial review
  2. Election of officers
  3. Volunteer positions to fill:
    • Webmaster
    • Secretary
    • Membership Coordinator
    • Archivist (for past posters, publicity material, etc)
    • Artistic Director – Further discussion: It has been suggested that if a search for an AD is not successful in next months, that a small committee be formed as an interim solution, to arrange the Featured Artist lineup for the first part of 2018.
  4. Inventory
    • Purchase of accounting Software for financial updates
    • Purchase of vocal mics and large speakers from Hollis
    • Acquisition of CD duplicator and printer for small runs
  5. Vision, discussion on where does SoR go from here?
    •  Expand, contract or status quo?
    •  Relationship with Folkrum ?
    •  Youth initiative – so far not successful.
    •  Venues – the Montgomery Legion now home to Folk Jam
    • What about The Next Stage, Rasputin’s Beard, Chrysalis, Songalong
  6. Other Business

2017 Spirit of Rasputin’s JAM/AGM

A jam followed by our Annual General Meeting
Sunday, May 7, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave. N. at Byron

Bring your guitars, ukes, kazoos and voices for a fun jam session. Then we will hold our Annual General Meeting; an important item on the agenda will be the election of new Directors to replace the three whose terms are about to expire. If you are willing to serve on the Board, please let me know at (president null@null rasputins or speak to me at the meeting.

There are currently several important roles to be filled (whether by Board members or other volunteers):

The Secretary keeps the minutes of our Board meetings.

The Treasurer keeps financial records, manages cheques and signatures, and every year arranges for an audit, presents financial statements at the AGM and files tax returns.

The Membership Coordinator promotes and accepts memberships at our events, keeps a directory of members, and tracks membership fees.

The Webmaster maintains and updates our website, including calendars of events and news announcements, and handles email addresses and forwarding. The skills required are WordPress administration, image manipulation, basic programming skills in PHP, HTML and CSS, understanding of web hosting, and handling of an FTP application.

These are important jobs because they keep Spirit of Rasputin’s running. Please get in touch with me (president null@null rasputins if you’d like to know more, or if you know anybody who might be interested — even someone who is not now among our Rasputin’s membership.

2017 Sing-Along Songwriting Contest Now Open for Entries

The Gil’s Hootenanny 2017 Sing-Along Songwriting Contest is now open for entries.

April 1st is the deadline to submit your song to the Gil’s Hootenanny “songs of hope and protest” Sing-Along Songwriting Contest. Linked to May Day celebrations, this contest has given rise to some excellent musical creations from Canadian songwriters such as Tony Turner, who won in 2015 with his legendary song, Harperman.   Continue reading

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


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 (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: (http://www NULL.gilshootenanny

Facebook event: (http://www NULL.facebook

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 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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