Gil’s Hootenanny

What: Gil’s Hootenanny,
aka: Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope
When: 7:30pm, Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
Where: NAC Fourth Stage
Tickets: Ottawa Folklore Centre, NAC box office, Ticketmaster

Held each year on May 1st — May Day — Gil’s Hootenanny is an annual sing-along event that is organized by the Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society. 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. Gil’s vision of a better world included bringing people together to celebrate the stories, struggles and victories of working people through the collective power of song.

Gil’s Hootenanny features an array of artists performing “songs of protest and songs of hope”. All attendees receive a souvenir songbook, and everyone is encouraged to join in and sing along.

This year’s line-up includes Eve Goldberg ( (http://www NULL.evegoldberg, Ian Robb ( (http://www NULL.ianrobb, Break Syndical ( (http://www NULL.breaksyndical, song historian Stephen Richer and more special guests to be announced. Community radio station CKCU will be broadcasting live excerpts from the concert on 93.1 FM and online at (http://www NULL.ckcufm


For more information about Gil’s Hootenanny contact Chris White —, 613-327-9621.

Gil’s Hootenanny is sponsored by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), CUPE Local 1979, Solidarity Against Austerity, the Levine Family, and CKCU FM 93.1 community radio.

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