Bluegrassers The String Masons join musical couple Azalea at Westboro Masonic Hall on Saturday, October 21

Gilles Leclerc & Paul Roberto

Benjamin & Mia Hackett

Saturday, October 21 at 8:00 pm
Westboro Masonic Hall
430 Churchill Ave. N. at Byron, Ottawa
Tickets $20

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Bluegrass duo The String Masons will share the bill with husband-and-wife folk-pop team Azalea.

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From the President

Welcome to Spirit of Rasputin’s, Ottawa’s folk music society. We’re an active group of music lovers — including many musicians and songwriters — whose tastes include not only folk but many other kinds of music as well.

Our Monday night Open Stage brings together singers, instrumentalists, reciters and fans for an evening when you’re as likely to hear a Celtic harp or a didgeridoo as guitars and mandolins. You’ll hear folk, blues, country, pop, standards, poetry, original songs and works in progress. It starts at 7:00 pm Mondays at the Whispers pub at 249 Richmond Rd. in Westboro.

Whether learners or seasoned performers, everyone is assured of a warm welcome from their fellow performers and the music lovers who come just to listen.

If you’d like to jam with your fellow musicians, try our Tuesday night Folk-along Jam, which starts at 7:00 pm every Tuesday at the Montgomery Legion Hall at 330 Kent St. Players of all instruments and of any skill level are welcome to join in.

Our name Spirit of Rasputin’s is a tribute to the original Rasputin’s, the beloved Bronson Avenue folk club that closed in 2008 after a fire. A community group resolved to keep the spirit going, and we’re proud of the role we’ve continued to play in Ottawa’s musical life.

Each year we produce our Featured Artists Series, which brings headline artists to local audiences. We’re now lining up some outstanding talent for our 2017-2018 season, which will begin in the fall.

Spirit of Rasputin’s is a presenting partner in the annual Great Canadian Song-Along, a songwriting challenge, and in Gil’s Hootenanny, the May Day festival of songs of protest and songs of hope.

For news of all our doings, watch this website (which we’re currently renovating) and fill out the form to the right of this message to get on the mailing list for our newsletter.

If you have questions or comments, I’m at (president null@null rasputins and I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Susan Sweeney Hermon
President, Spirit of Rasputin’s

Missy Burgess Canada Day House Concert

Selected Events Around Town:
Missy Burgess Canada Day House Concert

Missy is in town!

In Constance Bay: Saturday, July 1 at 3pm

Optional pot luck party and musical jam to follow.

At the Home of Three Dogs & Marilyn Stratton-Zimmer: 144 Lane Street in Constance Bay located on a swimmable sandy beach.

Anyone wishing to participate in the post-concert pot luck party is welcome to do so. Please bring a dish and any beverages you wish.

Feel free to bring a musical instrument. Call 832-4033 to reserve your ticket.

Doug McArthur and friends In Concert | Paul Roberto Opening

When: Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave – Ottawa

Opening: Paul Roberto

Tickets $20 at the door or online at PayPal here… (https://www NULL.paypal

Veteran singer-songwriter Doug McArthur will feature songs from his new CD Tears Like Rain in a concert on Saturday, June 10, at Westboro Masonic Hall in Ottawa. The opening artist will be Paul Roberto, lead singer and guitarist of the award-winning Canadian bluegrass band The Dusty Drifters. Doug will be backed by Pat Maher on bass and bouzouki, Brian Dubbeldam on guitar and mandolin, and Bob Webb on Dobro and banjo.

Doug McArthur (http://dougmcarthur is continuing a long and colourful career on the folk scene as singer, writer and festival organizer. His songs have been performed and recorded by artists including Valdy, Stan Rogers, Garnet Rogers, Colleen Peterson and Nancy White.

His song “Tears Like Rain” was performed by Randy Bachman in the early days of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and now re-emerges as the title track of Doug’s new CD. Reviewer Mike Regenstreif recalls hearing Doug’s own performance at a Montreal coffeehouse in the 1970’s: “It had opening lines, ‘Mr. Conductor, your train runs too slow, I paid for my ticket, I’m ready to go’ and a chorus, ‘Oh Lord, tears like rain, Linda’s got the blues again,’ that have stuck with me as an earworm for about 45 years.”

Regenstreif also cites as a highlight of the CD “The Big Canoe”, “a spokenword piece set against atmospheric music that draws on folkloric legends (or perhaps imagined folkloric legends) inspired by the river that runs through Wakefield, Quebec, the village north of Ottawa where Doug lives, and the Algonquin indigenous people who traditionally lived in the area.”

Pat Maher, accompanying Doug on bass and bouzouki, was raised in Shannon, a small Anglo-Irish town near Quebec City. He soaked up many musical genres, playing tenor banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and bass guitar. Now living in Wakefield, he plays bass with artists including Ian Tamblyn, Chris MacLean, Bobby Watt and Ecosse as well as Doug McArthur. Pat is a member of bands The 2 Paddys, The Adorables and Tractor. He also mentors local youth in the “Be in the Band” program sponsored by RBC Bluesfest.

Brian Dubbeldam has been playing guitar since he was 12, when he chose it because everyone else in his family played piano. Along with bassist Pat Maher he backs up singer-songwriter Chris MacLean. Brian also operates an instrument-repair business in Ottawa. He will play mandolin as well as guitar.


Dobro and banjo player Bob Webb is a member of The Pie Plates, a band specializing in Americana, bluegrass and country. His father, brother and uncles were all musicians and fans of old country music. Bob played for many years out west, winning awards for his songwriting and performing.


Opening artist Paul Roberto, in addition to his work with The Dusty Drifters, plays with bandmate Gilles Leclerc as The String Masons. Originally from Belleville, Paul has been living in Ottawa for the past several years, making his mark on the bluegrass and traditional music scene. Singer-songwriter Lynn Miles has praised him as one of her all-time favourite singers and guitarists. This concert provides a rare opportunity to hear Paul as a soloist.

Doug McArthur poster rescheduled

Folk-along Jam is Moving!

Our Tuesday evening Folk-along Jam is moving from its former location at the Georgetown Sports Pub on Bank St. Starting on Tuesday, May 9, the Jam will now be held at 

           Royal Canadian Legion, Montgomery Branch
           330 Kent St. at MacLaren

            in the Montgomery Lower Hall
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AGENDA | Annual General Meeting, May 7, 2017


  1. Treasurer’s financial review
  2. Election of officers
  3. Volunteer positions to fill:
    • Webmaster
    • Secretary
    • Membership Coordinator
    • Archivist (for past posters, publicity material, etc)
    • Artistic Director – Further discussion: It has been suggested that if a search for an AD is not successful in next months, that a small committee be formed as an interim solution, to arrange the Featured Artist lineup for the first part of 2018.
  4. Inventory
    • Purchase of accounting Software for financial updates
    • Purchase of vocal mics and large speakers from Hollis
    • Acquisition of CD duplicator and printer for small runs
  5. Vision, discussion on where does SoR go from here?
    •  Expand, contract or status quo?
    •  Relationship with Folkrum ?
    •  Youth initiative – so far not successful.
    •  Venues – the Montgomery Legion now home to Folk Jam
    • What about The Next Stage, Rasputin’s Beard, Chrysalis, Songalong
  6. Other Business

2017 Spirit of Rasputin’s JAM/AGM

A jam followed by our Annual General Meeting
Sunday, May 7, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave. N. at Byron

Bring your guitars, ukes, kazoos and voices for a fun jam session. Then we will hold our Annual General Meeting; an important item on the agenda will be the election of new Directors to replace the three whose terms are about to expire. If you are willing to serve on the Board, please let me know at (president null@null rasputins or speak to me at the meeting.

There are currently several important roles to be filled (whether by Board members or other volunteers):

The Secretary keeps the minutes of our Board meetings.

The Treasurer keeps financial records, manages cheques and signatures, and every year arranges for an audit, presents financial statements at the AGM and files tax returns.

The Membership Coordinator promotes and accepts memberships at our events, keeps a directory of members, and tracks membership fees.

The Webmaster maintains and updates our website, including calendars of events and news announcements, and handles email addresses and forwarding. The skills required are WordPress administration, image manipulation, basic programming skills in PHP, HTML and CSS, understanding of web hosting, and handling of an FTP application.

These are important jobs because they keep Spirit of Rasputin’s running. Please get in touch with me (president null@null rasputins if you’d like to know more, or if you know anybody who might be interested — even someone who is not now among our Rasputin’s membership.