Spring 2016 Community Events

Every spring we produce or co-produce a series of community events here’s the schedule this year:

24th Annual Great Canadian Song-Along

Co-produced with Writers’ Bloc.
Two nights!! Fri-Sat Apr 15 & 16. Starting at 7:00 PM
The Happy Goat Coffee Co., 35 Laurel St, Ottawa
At Song-Along songwriters are tasked to compose songs to specific topics. Highly entertaining for both musicians and the general public. This years topics are:

  • Last word(s)
  • Whoop-de-doo
  • Trust me – you can dance
  • Deep end
  • Words unspoken

This is a pass-the-hat event for the audience.  There’s more info here on how to register to perform…

7th Annual Gil’s Hootenanny

Co-produced with The Gil’s Hootenanny Committee
Sunday May 1st (ALWAYS on May 1st of course!!)
The Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue, Ottawa
Featuring Sharon and Bram (of Sharon, Lois and Bram fame)
TWO SHOWS!!

13th Annual Chrysalis

Sat May 28, 2016 7:30 PM
Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill at Byron, Ottawa
At Chrysalis songwriters are tasked to sing other Ottawa area songwriters’ songs! The intention is to give songs a re-birth (hence the name of the event).
This is a pass-the-hat event for the audience. There’s more info here on how to register to perform…

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

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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…

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!

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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.

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.

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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.

 

Ron Hynes

Ron Hynes

8:00 PM Sat Mar 14, 2015

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
There is a map at the bottom of this event.

Tickets $30 available online here… (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TYEHVDCPREXKQ)

SoRPoster-RonHynes-webOne of Canadas premier singer-songwriters, Ron Hynes has created beautifully crafted signature songs for more than 35 years. He has crafted a collection of remarkable songs that not only echo a life in Newfoundland and Labrador, but resonate with people everywhere.

Best known for his folk classic Sonnys Dream, Ron Hynes’ songs have been recorded by artists world-wide including Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Christie Moore, Denny Doherty, Murray McLauchlan, John McDermott, Prairie Oyster, The Cottars, Hayley Westenra and many more.

RonHynes3With eight solo albums and numerous collaborative projects to his credit, Ron Hynes is a six-time East Coast Music Award winner, a Genie Award winner, and a past JUNO, CCMA and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee. He was recipient of the 2008 SOCAN National Achievement Award for songwriting career success, and holds an Honorary PhD from Memorial University for his contributions to the cultural life of his beloved Newfoundland and Labrador.

RonHynesIn the words of author, Donna Morrisey, Ron Hynes is a grand voyeur in this rough, sweet life, a melody writer of the first order, a story teller, a philosopher, a poet and a kick-ass performer.

 

Tickets $30 available online here… (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TYEHVDCPREXKQ)  the door or at the Ottawa Folklore Center at 1111 Bank Street.

 

Shirt Tearing Boys

Shirt Tearing Boys

8:00 PM Sat Feb 21, 2015

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
There is a map at the bottom of this event.

Online Tickets $20 are SOLD OUT!!! Thank you!
A few tickets will still be available at the door. Please arrive early to obtain any of these.

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A Woody Guthrie memory from the early 20’s – carefree schoolboys escaping the heat and boredom of summer, shedding garments as they race to a cool, refreshing swimming hole. An innocent image from an era when lonesome country tunes spilled out of muffled tube radios. Acoustic blues channeled the pain of hard working folks. And jazz-infused tunes filled crowded Saturday night dance halls with laughter and hope.

Cool, refreshing musical moments of the last century are the heart and soul of Shirt Tearing Boys. Toe-tapping little gems picked up along the dirt roads of our collective past. The Boys (and Girls) dust off tunes penned by likes of Loesser, Tillman, Wills and Walker. Mixed with a dash of original tunes for good measure and infused with lively, fun spirit creates a refreshing musical blend that transports listeners to an almost forgotten, yet very familiar place.

About these fine musicians:

Ann Downey

Singer extraordinaire with Ottawa trio Finest Kind and accomplished on upright bass & claw hammer banjo, Ann can be heard live and on recordings with Sneezy Waters, The Old Sod Band, among many others.

Fred Guignion

Fred doesn’t like to talk about music in the past tense (Fat Man Waving, Ian Tamblyn, Hammerheads, Lynn Miles, et al). He just plays the dobro…beautifully.

Sally Robinson

Once an essential ingredient of the Toasted Westerns, Sally is known around town for her smokin’ jazz and blues backing herself on keyboards, accordion and clarinet – but not all at once. Quirky, sad, irreverent and blissed out – experience the many moods of Sally.

Charlie Sohmer

Banjo-ist, songwriter (six albums and over 500 songs), teller of tall tales. Please don’t laugh at his stories – it only encourages him.

Tony Turner

Melodic stories delivered with his bari-tony voice are the stock & trade of singer/songwriter and guitarist Tony, now with two CDs under his belt and many more tunes in his head.

George Laing

Folks may know George from his Black Donnelly days or currently mining Tin Pan Alley and early jazz favourites with the Lazy River Swing Band.  George serves up delicious fiddle riffs along with tasteful harmonica pieces to surprise & delight the senses.

 

Tickets are $20.  Purchase online from this website, at the OFC or at the door.

Door open at 7:30pm.  Show starts at 8pm.

Come along for a magical evening and support our very talented local performers.

 


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Durham County Poets

Durham County Poets

8:00 PM Sat Oct 18, 2014

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
There is a map at the bottom of this event.

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This 5-piece band grew out of the lively music scene of the Chateauguay Valley. Centered in historic Ormstown, Quebec, the band’s first performance was at the Ormstown Branches and Roots Music Festival in the fall of 2011.  Kevin Harvey’ s rich voice and nuanced delivery covers the scope of life…. with ballads and blues-inflected originals, some swing and genial humour. Guitarist David Whyte’s guitar solos are pure grace. The Poets  will get you dancing in the hallways, laughing, and feeling those blues.  Their new Cd will be available for sale at the concert.

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Lead singer Kevin Harvey started singing in a blues band, Blind Lemon Pie, and later on sang with Bollweevil Accoustic Band and Clarksdale Moan.

Guitarist David Whyte teaches both guitar and saxophone and has played in many bands over the past 40 years, including Hog Wild.

Guitarist Neil Elsmore is a chef and artist and played in Bollweevil Accoustic Band and church gospel groups with Kevin.

Bassist Carl Rufh plays in many bands including The Echo Hunters, Jimmy James, Sonja Ball, Grouyan Gombo and others.

Percussionist James Preimel is the latest addition to the band and plays with Coyote Yodel and other bands.


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Terry McLeish with Terry Tufts

Terry McLeish with Terry Tufts

8:00 PM Sat Nov 15, 2014

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
There is a map at the bottom of this event.

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Online tickets $20 available now!!
Singer/songwriter Terry McLeish is an Ottawa Valley icon whose songs have won international acclaim and have been recorded and performed by others.

Raised in a military family and growing up in the 60’s, Terry couldn’t help being influenced by the great songwriters of the era and as well , the often humorous trials and tribulations of those who just want to live their lives their own way.

His songs reflect those battles that include cowboys and cowgirls, hobos and misfits, small towns and folks who just can’t win for losing. Having just got off a recent two-year stint with The Stone Fence Theatre, Terry is currently performing and writing for his second album to be released in the coming year.

Accompanying Terry McLeish will be Terry Tufts, legendary Canadian songwriter, performer and guitarist. Tufts continues to wow audiences with his songs and guitar playing and has been performing with McLeish for two years.

Grant Tomkinson, bass player extraordinaire, has been making a living solely as a musician for over 30 years. Grant’s playing is in great demand by some of Ottawa’s best bands including his own outfit, The Rockerfellas.

Tickets are $20.  Doors open at 7:30pm.  Show starts at 8pm.


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