2nd annual May Day
Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope
(Gil’s Hootenanny)

Gil Levine at "For Pete's Sake" May 2009. Click to enlarge.

What:  Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope (Gil’s Hootenanny)
When: Sunday, May 1, 2011 (May Day) 7:30 pm
Where: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave. (at Byron), Ottawa

Tickets now available ($10)
– online at the e-Store (http://www NULL.rasputins NULL.ca/e-store)
Starting April 1 at
– the Ottawa Folklore Centre (1111 Bank)
–  Collected Works (1242 Wellington)

An evening of song and celebration, featuring…

  • Alex Sinclair
  • Missy Burgess
  • Lyndell Montgomery
  • Phil Jenkins
  • Tamara Levine
  • Arthur McGregor
  • Jeremy Owen
  • Pat Moore
  • John Lloyd
  • Gail Anglin
  • Mary Gick
  • Tom Lips

…with hosts Stan Marshall and Pat Moore
in cooperation with…The Canadian Union of Public Employees

This annual event is inspired by the memory of Gil Levine (1924-2009), the founding Director of Research at the CUPE national office, a long-time trade unionist and a great lover of folk music. Songs of protest and songs of hope were a huge part of Gil’s life. He knew that the struggle is better when you’re singing songs that tell the stories of ordinary people’s lives. Creating the power of song together and celebrating May Day were part of Gil’s vision of a better world, complementing his work in the labour movement, his passion for social justice and his love of folk traditions.

May Day has a long history of being celebrated around the world as a day for working people everywhere to get together, speak up and sing out.  The following resolution was adopted at the International Socialist Congress in Paris in 1889… “International May Day: A great international demonstration shall be organized for a fixed date in such a manner that the workers in all countries and in all cities shall on a specified day simultaneously address to the public authorities a demand to fix the workday at eight hours and to put into effect the other resolutions of the International Congress of Paris.  In view of the fact that such a demonstration has already been resolved upon by the American Federation of Labor at its convention of December 1888 in St. Louis for May 1, 1890, that day is accepted as the day for the international demonstration. The workers of the various nations shall organize the demonstration in a manner suited to conditions in their country.”

The Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society would like Gil’s Hootenanny to serve as an example that encourages other communities across Canada to hold their own “May Day Hootenannies” in the future.

Get involved: This event is all about participation! To maximize your involvement and your enjoyment, consider volunteering. Volunteers are welcome in areas such as publicity, postering, hospitality, concert setup and technical support. For details, please contact Chris White at 613-327-9621, cdwhite@sympatico.ca.

“Gil’s Hootenanny: Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope” is sponsored by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).



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