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2017 Gil’s Hootenanny

  • When: 7:30pm, Monday, May 1st
  • Where: Clarke Room,  RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON.

Inspired by the legacy of Gil Levine, Monday, May 1st, 2017 will mark the 8th year for Ottawa’s Gil’s Hootenanny, the annual community sing-along celebrating the stories, struggles and victories of working people. Continue reading

Blowin’ in the wind: How to write a good protest song

Published on: February 5, 2017 | Last Updated: February 5, 2017 8:17 PM EST

You can’t go to any major city these days without tripping over a crowd of people waving placards that say unflattering things about Donald Trump.

That’s why Gil’s Hootenanny thought the time was right to run a singalong writing workshop to teach would-be protest songwriters about the power of song. Led by Jamie Anderson, the workshop delved into what makes a good protest song and where to find inspiration, and then jumped into group songwriting.

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Gil’s Hootenanny 2017 Sing-Along Songwriting Contest Now Open for Entries

April 1st is the deadline to submit your song to the Gil’s Hootenanny “Songs of Hope and Protest” Sing-Along Songwriting Contest. Linked to May Day celebrations, this contest has given rise to some excellent musical creations from Canadian songwriters such as Tony Turner, who won in 2015 with his legendary song, Harperman.

Now open for entries, the contest encourages sing-along song submissions from songwriters in two categories:

  • “Open” (19 and over), and
  • “Young Composer” (18 and younger).

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