Music and fun for springtime from Spirit of Rasputin’s and friends

Welcome to Spirit of Rasputin’s! Here are some musical dates for your calendar.

Sunday April 8 & Sunday April 22
Free songwriting workshops sponsored by Gil’s Hootenanny
These two workshops will be led by singer-songwriter Jamie Anderson at the Black Irish Pub in the Eastview Plaza at Montreal Rd. and North River Rd. between 2:00 and 4:00 pm on Sunday April 8 and Sunday April 22. Participants must sign up for both sessions. Songs developed at the workshops will be performed at the Grassroots Festival on Saturday April 28. Info and signup here (http://www NULL.signupgenius

Friday April 13 & Saturday April 14
The Great Canadian Song-Along
Writer’s Block and Spirit of Rasputin’s host The Great Canadian Song-Along 2018. Ottawa songwriters are now invited to create songs on their choice of four topics: Packing Up, The Moon, Open Water and Only Going to Show You Once. Songwriters who’d like to take part should go to the Facebook event Song-Along 2018 (https://www NULL.facebook and register their preference for performing on Friday or Saturday. They should do this soon because the slots fill up quickly. The performances will take place on Friday April 13 and Saturday April 14, both at 7:00 pm at the Black Irish Pub in the Eastview Plaza at Montreal Rd. and North River Rd.

Thursday April 26 through Sunday April 29
Ottawa Grassroots Festival
This annual family-oriented celebration of folk music, dance and spoken word will be held from April 26 through April 29 at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave. More information here (http://ottawagrassrootsfestival

Tuesday May 1
Gil’s Hootenanny: Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope
Gil’s Hootenanny is a community sing-along event that takes place each year on 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. The event 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. The headliner this year is singer-songwriter Eve Goldberg. Tuesday May 1 at Clarke Hall in the RA Centre. More information and tickets here (http://gilshootenanny

Saturday May 12
Spirit of Rasputin’s presents The Shoe Drops
Our Featured Artists Series continues with a concert by The Shoe Drops, an Ottawa-based band who are veterans of the folk scene. They’ll perform at the Westboro Masonic Hall on Saturday May 12 at 8:00 pm. Watch this newsletter and for more information.

Each Monday night at 7:00 pm we hold our Open Stage at the Whispers pub in Westboro. And on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm it’s the Folk-along Jam at the Vimy Brewing Company.

Questions or comments? Write (comms null@null rasputins

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