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Jolliest Jinglebell Hootenanny

Jolliest Jinglebell Hootenanny

11:00 AM Sun Dec 14, 2014

At City Hall – Jean Piggot Hall, 110 Laurier Ave.

There is a map at the bottom of this event.

Goal: To beat the world record of the most people singing & ringing Jinglebells set as 488 on December 12, 2012 in Albany New York

  • 11 am Welcome / Vivian speaks / More to Life Than You Can See
  • 11:05 am -11:20 am Seventh Exit
  • 11:20 am – 11:35 am Francis Eugene
  • 11:35 am – 11:55 am Ottawa Folklore Centre guitar choir led by Kurt
  • 11:55 am – 12:00 pm announcement and start of break
  • 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm set up for shout Sister DJ TUNES by Mo
  • 12:15 pm – 12:30 pm Shout Sister starts their set and gives time for EVERYONE to gather into Jean Piggot Hall AND tentative short speech by Mayor Jim Watson
  • 12:40 pm – 1 pm Shout Sister continues their set
  • 1:00 pm – 1:20 pm Kristine St Pierre
  • 1:20 pm = 1:35 pm Mark J. Nyvlt
  • 1:35 pm – 1:50 pm Heather Adeney
  • 1:50 pm – 2:10 pm Nigel Harris
  • 2:10 pm – 2:25 pm Kery Peterson
  • 2:25 pm – 2:40 pm Pat Moore
  • 2:40 pm – 2:55 pm Geoff johnson
  • 2:55 pm – 3:00 pm thank you’s

This event is organized by SoR member Vivian Sollows. Contact:

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AGM 2012: Strategic Decisions Made

At the Annual General Meeting on March 18, which included much lively and thoughtful discussion, two strategic resolutions were passed. The first resolution enables the board of directors to examine the impact of becoming a charitable organization and, if deemed appropriate, to apply for charitable status for The Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society. A second resolution was passed to establish a fund for the potential establishment of a permanent venue. These two resolutions together constitute a move toward a financially stronger, more secure future for Spirit’s activities and will have a strategic influence on its role in the Ottawa folk community. The AGM also established a new “Family Membership” to encourage the participation of families with children. The complete wording of all the resolutions will be available when the minutes of the AGM are posted.

The members concluded the AGM by re-establishing the board of directors at five members following the expiry of three one-year terms. By acclamation, Pat Moore was welcomed back for a second term along with new board members Carol Noel and Alrick Huebener. They join continuing board members Hollis Morgan and Mark Evenchick who are mid-way through their two-year terms.

2011/2012 Spirit of Rasputin’s Concert Lineup

As a member you get first notice! And a bonus!

In mid-August the SoR calendar will be updated with the concert lineup details and on-line tickets for the general public at our e-Store. In the meantime, you can click the Buy Now link beside each concert item below to purchase tickets in advance. You can also logon to the website and find the concert tickets on the Pay My Dues page (logon required) in the For Members menu.

The Bonus!

For Spirit of Rasputin’s members (that’s you!!), a package price for all Saturday concerts is available for $130. That is a saving of $20, or the equivalent of one free concert. Click here to buy the Rasputin’s Concert Package. (https://www NULL.paypal (It’s also available in the For Members area of the website.)

The 2011/2012 Concert Series

Kate Morgan, our Artistic Director, has arranged a diverse concert series focussing on rising local and regional talent as well as two nationally acclaimed groups. Most concerts will again be presented at the Westboro Masonic Hall with three exceptions. Two shows, both big acts, will be at the First Unitarian Congregation at 30 Cleary Ave because we expect to need the extra space. One show, Gil’s Hootenanny, will be at the NAC Fourth Stage. All concerts are on Saturday evenings and start at 8 pm except the May Day hootenanny, which is on a Tuesday this year and will start at 7:30.

We are also planning a holiday season “twist” on the Rasputin’s Beard concept we are calling Santa’s Beard planned for December 17. Sponsored by PSAC, this will be a fund raising event for an as yet unnamed charity. With PSAC’s support, this will be the first Beard where the musicians actually get paid.

Drum roll please….here’s the lineup:

September 17, 2011 (no cover, pass-the-hat)
Rasputin’s Beard (our traditional season opener)
Featuring: “Fumblin’ Fingers (http://www NULL.fumblinfingers“, “Steel Moon (http://www NULL.steelmoonsound“, “Pouch Cotatoes”, and “Lost Colt (http://www NULL.myspace

October 22, 2011 $20 Buy Now (https://www NULL.paypal
“Hats ‘n Spats” Gala with Sheesham and Lotus
A Tribute to Dean Verger with surprise guests and music by Sheesham & Lotus (http://www NULL.sheeshamandlotus )
Here’s a Youtube of Sheesham and Lotus (http://www

November 19, 2011 $20 Buy Now (https://www NULL.paypal
Missy Burgess (http://www NULL.missyburgess and Keith Glass
Our very own “Missy” has a new CD. This is the official “CD Release Concert”

December 17, 2011 (no cover, pass-the-hat)
Santa’s Beard sponsored by PSAC
Featured performers will be announced in the fall

January 21, 2012 $20 Buy Now (https://www NULL.paypal
Anders Drerup (http://www NULL.myspace with special guests Kelly Prescott (http://www NULL.myspace and Adam Puddington (http://www NULL.adampuddington

February 4, 2012 $20 Buy Now (https://www NULL.paypal
Lynn Hanson (http://www NULL.lynnehanson )
Winner 2010 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award

March 10, 2012 $25 Cancelled
The Creeking Tree String Quartet (http://www NULL.myspace
Twice Juno Award Nominated
Location: First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Street, Ottawa

April 21, 2012 $20 Buy Now (https://www NULL.paypal
John Bowman and Amanda Rheume (http://www NULL.amandarheaume
A shared evening with two excellent local acts.(Youtube Amanda (http://youtu (Youtube John (http://youtu

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 7:30pm “MAY DAY” $10

John Bowman
will be featuring songs from his debut CD,Beach on the Ocean. In the late 70’s John began to perform as a solo singer/songwriter and wrote a large number of songs. Since moving to Ottawa from Vancouver he adopted the Rasputin’s Open Stage and other open mics around town as his sounding board. He is also a consistent contributor to Writer’s Bloc.

Amanda Rheume’s
musical journey has taken her to Lilith Fair, alongside Sarah McLachlan, the Dixie Chicks, Indigo Girls and Sheryl Crow. Her music has spanned the musical landscape of rock, pop, folk, and roots. She has returned to her roots and what makes all this extraordinary is that “Light of Another Day” is Amanda Rheaume’s first full length album.

Sultans of String,
“Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity,” thrill their audiences with their global sonic tapestry of Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and French Manouche Gypsy-jazz, celebrating musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar while a funk bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance.

The end of a wonderful season

Members: 71 and still growing!!

In this message:
1. What a year…but hold on to your hats!!
2. Season Finale “Hot Summer – Cold Potluck” this Saturday

What a Year…but hold on to your hats!!

We have had a very encouraging and enjoyable season of concerts, open stages, jams, and special events due almost entirely to our engaged and supportive membership (that would be you), and our hard working and active volunteers. Spirit of Rasputin’s members, through their financial and moral support, and the volunteers, through their time and effort have all made this season a true success. You deserve a collective pat-on-the-back!

Spirit continues to grow through increased membership and increased concert attendance. In fact, three events planned next season will require much larger capacity than the 120 seat Westboro Masonic Hall. The final contract negotiations for next season are almost complete and the lineup will be announced to you, the members, in July to afford you first opportunity to reserve tickets. At this time I can tell you about the new venues we will be using for the three largest concerts.

  • The May Day Songs of Protest Songs of Hope, a.k.a. The Gil Levine Hootenanny, continues to grow exponentially. Next season it will move to the NAC Fourth Stage (capacity: 180). I’m sure it will continue to be packed to the rafters just as it was at the WMH seven weeks ago and at the Elmdale the year before. The cabaret atmosphere at the 4th Stage is really suitable for this event. CUPE and the Levine Family will continue as major sponsors.
  • Two of our feature concerts will take place at the First Unitarian Congregation at 30 Cleary Ave just east of Woodroffe. Their gorgeous and comfortable Worship Hall seats up to 250. Acoustically, this hall is well suited to folk, chamber and classical music…just our style!! You will be delighted with the two acts our artistic director, Kate Morgan, has chosen for this venue. We will also have full use of the adjoining Fellowship Hall, kitchen, and dining area for refreshments.

Season Finale “Hot Summer – Cold Potluck” this Saturday

All members are invited to a potluck dinner this Saturday at the Westboro Masonic Hall. This will preceed the season’s wrap-up concert: Rasputin’s Beard. To make things manageable, there are a couple of guidelines:

  1. Doors open at 5pm, dinner will “happen” between 6 and 7;
  2. Try to bring picnic-style cold food items. There is limited capacity for heating food items;
  3. Please bring your own plates and utensils if you can (Blue Skies style);
  4. Remove all personal food items and personal utensils from the hall and kitchen by 7:15 to allow the venue to be setup for the 8pm concert.

Please bring sufficient food for you and your family and perhaps a little more so we can share among us. There are plates and utensils available in the kitchen, but it would be kind on the kitchen staff to not rely on them for clean-up.

Remember, the Beard is a “no-cover” pass-the-hat event suitable for the entire family. This is a nice opportunity to celebrate the end of this concert season.

Hollis Morgan
President, Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society
(613) 832-9235

P.S. Don’t forget that the Open Stage every Monday at Whispers and the Folk-along Jam every Tuesday at the Georgetown will continue right through the summer months.

A Lively and Effective First AGM!

Last Sunday, 16 members were called to order at 2:15pm by A/GM Lynn Stevenson for our first ever Annual General Meeting. Eight members were also represented by proxy. That meant two thirds of the entire membership were represented. What followed was a thoughtful and reasoned discussion around the resolutions and recommendations that will shape our organization in the coming years. We followed Roberts Rules Revised,  as well as a bunch of old folkies could, under the careful guidance of our Secretary, Edgar Schmidt. The meeting was adjourned shortly after 5pm.

Lynn’s opening remarks, Retrospective on an Amazing Year, provided a thorough and impressive recap of the past year. It is a non-stop list of achievements and events. If you weren’t there, it’s on the home page of the website for all to read. Edgar’s excellent minutes are also on the website in the Members area (you’ll have to log on to see them). Those who attended  should review it for accuracy and report any factual errors by replying to this email.

Here is a brief run down of some of the decisions taken:

  • 2011 dues were set at $20;
  • The number of directors was fixed at five;
  • The offices of General Manager and Assistant General Manager were  removed;
  • The offices of President (a board member) and Volunteer Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator were created;
  • The 2011 Audit Committee composed of Paul Slater and Sylvia Bogusis was approved;
  • An Artist Development Program was recommended to give more focus to developing local talent; and
  • A new board of directors was elected consisting of Mark Evenchick, Pat Moore, Hollis Morgan, Edgar Schmidt, and Chris White.

A number of other items were passed to the board for consideration (read the minutes!). Also, tributes and appreciation of the First Directors, and in particular, the contribution of George Laing were expressed. The consolidated By-laws will be posted on the website in the Members area as soon as they are ready.

Following the AGM, the new board held its first meeting where it elected Hollis Morgan as President. The board also concluded that the office of vice-president was a necessary backup to the president and appointed Pat Moore as Vice-president. The board members decided that Hollis and Mark Evenchick would serve the required two year terms with the rest of the board serving one year terms. Mark Evenchick was confirmed as Treasurer for another term, as was Edgar Schmidt as Secretary. The search is now on two fill the roles of Volunteer Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator.

Other roles confirmed were Chris White in the new role of Organizational/Community Liaison (with a view to obtaining support in various ways from other businesses and organizations) and Kate Morgan as Artistic Director. Kate will be able to draw support from past AD’s as well as from Chris.

There were a number of other administrative issues dealt with as well and, once they are approved by the directors, the minutes of will posted to the members area of the website.

The only sad part of the day was there wasn’t enough time to jam!! The discussions were well thought out and many members needed more time to express their views. Next year, we need to plan a real party. How about an hour or so of business followed by a pot-luck supper and an open stage? That sounds like The Spirit to me.

See you at the David Woodhead show on Saturday.


Hollis Morgan

President, Spirit of Rasputin’s