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.


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
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“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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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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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 missyburgess.com (http://missyburgess NULL.com/contact-me/) 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 www.lemichelange.ca (http://www NULL.lemichelange NULL.ca)

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 / tony@tonyturner.ca , or
  • Greg Kelly 613-680-6163 / grgr2swtr@yahoo.ca

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!