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@rasputins.ca (president null@null rasputins NULL.ca) and I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Susan Sweeney Hermon
President, Spirit of Rasputin’s


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