SoR Presents Gil’s Hootenanny

When: Wed May 01, 2013 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Where: Glebe Community Centre

175 Third Ave. (See map at bottom of page)

Tickets $10. Buy online here… (https://www NULL.paypal

Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope

A May Day Sing-Along Event


  • Maria Dunn – Edmonton-based musical storyteller
  • Three Little Birds – Three gifted young women singing their minds
  • Mighty Popo (Jacques Murigande) – Musical grooves from around the world
  • Kristine St-Pierre – Une chansonnière au coeur voyageur
  • Terry Tufts – Exceptional guitarist, writer, singer and humanitarian
  • Shout Sister – Powerful, joyful women’s choir led by Jody Benjamin

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,, 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

For information and interviews with organizers and musicians, please contact:

Chris White 613-327-9621

Sponsored by CUPE, Canadian Union of Public Employees

and by The Public Service Alliance of Canada.

Public Service Alliance of Canada

Maria Dunn is a Juno-nominated, Edmonton-based singer-songwriter who tells the stories of working people in song. A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, Maria is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and her unvarnished songs about the lives of working men and women. Maria has released five CDs: “Piece By Piece” (2012), “The Peddler” (2009), “We Were Good People” (2004), “For A Song” (2002) and “From Where I Stand” (1998). Website:

Three Little Birds (Erin Adair, Amelia Leclair and Angela Schleihauf) were recognized with a 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination as one of Canada’s hottest up-and-coming acts. The group is a fusion of three distinct young women who candidly sing their minds on social and political issues. Drawing on a variety of musical influences, their songs combine everything from Balkan-styled harmonies with reggae beats to country-flavoured melodies with Tin Pan-era arrangements. Website:

Mighty Popo (Jacques Murigande) grew up in Burundi hearing contemporary and traditional musicians from East and Central Africa on the street, in clubs and in people’s homes, while radio and recordings played music from the whole African continent and beyond. Since moving to Canada, Popo has performed and recorded many types of music, including blues, reggae, R&B and many African styles. He won a Juno Award in 2004 as a member of the African Guitar Summit. Popo uses the power of music and dance to engage youth and animate communities. Website:

Kristine St-Pierre is a “chansonnière with a travelling heart”. Her bilingual 2012 album “Call Me Crazy” moves smoothly from English to French through a range of musical styles. A natural singer with clear, strong voice, Kristine has a repertoire that includes delicate finger-picked melodies and rollicking toe-tapping songs. Auteure-compositrice à la voix claire et puissante, Kristine navigue sans heurt entre chansons aux mélodies folk délicates et celles mariant le blues et le country. Website:

Terry Tufts is a superb guitarist, songwriter and singer who has toured extensively and has six albums to his credit. He has also worked as an accompanist for a wide range of artists, including Tom Paxton, David Francey, Colleen Peterson, Laura Smith, Wayne Rostad, Susan Aglukark and George Fox. The only two-time winner of the Ontario Council of Folk Festival’s “Songs from the Heart” competition, Terry is widely admired for his musical virtuosity and his commitment to social justice. Website:

Shout Sister provides a place for inexperienced singers to sing with has no auditions and no sheet music. The focus is on relaxing and having fun while singing a wide range of popular music. Developed by award-winning blues and jazz singer Georgette Fry, the approach has proved very popular. There are currently 15 Shout Sister choirs in Ontario, including two in Ottawa led by Jody Benjamin of Ball & Chain fame. You are welcome to attend a practice at any time with no obligation, and new members are always welcome. For choir times and repertoire, see

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