Chrysalis 2012

Chrysalis May 26, 2012

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What: Chrysalis with host Missy Burgess
When: 8pm Saturday, May 26
Where: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill at Byron
Admission: FREE (pass-the-hat)

The chrysalis symbolizes rebirth–often moving from an “ugly” state to rebirth in a beautiful form. (“ugly” would refer to the cocoon state)

I like to refer to the “rebirth” of a song (thus, the name Chrysalis) when someone other than the writer performs it. For 9 years now many Ottawa singer/songwriters have been getting together once a year to perform each others’ works in and amidst the work of others from the Ottawa valley.

There is no better way to promote talent from the Ottawa pool than to cover each others’ songs.

So, once again, you are asked to learn 2 songs from any musician from the Ottawa valley (alive or dead) and be prepared to perform them on Saturday, May 26th at The Masonic Hall in Westboro (430 Churchill Ave. at Byron Ave). The show begins at 8 p.m.

Please contact me at (http://missyburgess to identify the song(s) you will be performing along with the author(s) by May 13th. It’s going to be another great night. Be sure and sign up as early as possible as the number of performers has a limit of 15 people.

Invite friends to come and enjoy an evening of surprising twists to songs you have heard from local artists. The show is free and I will be passing the hat to raise money for future musical events, workshops etc.

It will be a most enjoyable evening.

Looking forward to seeing you.

As always
Missy Burgess

20th Anniversary Great Canadian Song-Along
March 9 and 10, 2012

It’s hard to believe but the Great Canadian Song-Along is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Song-Along is Ottawa’s annual songwriting and performance event. The event is organized by Writers’ Bloc and presented by the Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society.

Here’s the deal:

  • Write a NEW song on one or more of the topics below, and
  • Sign up to perform that song and one other song of your choice

The event will be held at the funky new Le Michel-Ange Café, located at 35 Laurel. Le Michel-Ange Café is a coffee roasting warehouse / café located in Little Italy. Check it out at (http://www NULL.lemichelange

Performance dates are Friday March 9 and Saturday March 10, starting at 7:00 pm

Now…the topics for 2012

  • (something/someone) that gets you through
  • turning the page
  • out in the rain
  • a campfire or cowboy song

…plus three bonus anniversary topics…

  • a hat (a topic from Year 1)
  • any colour but blue (the most popular of all past Song-Along topics)
  • a number (because this is the 20th Song-Along)

I hope you are inspired. If you would like to participate, write a NEW song on any of these topics, and contact:

  • Tony Turner 613-798-0365 / , or
  • Greg Kelly 613-680-6163 /

Make sure you tell us the night you would like to perform. Feel free to collaborate in songwriting / or your performance. If the performer is someone other than the writer, that’s fine. Just let us know closer to the event.

That’s it. We hope you can join in.

Happy writing!