Gil’s Hootenanny is a community sing-along event that takes place each year on May 1st, May Day, the international workers’ holiday. Musicians from a range of backgrounds take turns leading the audience to sing songs of protest and songs of hope. Continue reading
Inspired by the legacy of Gil Levine, Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 will mark the 9th year for Ottawa’s Gil’s Hootenanny, the annual community sing-along celebrating the stories, struggles and victories of working people.
Gil Levine spent his life working for social justice and was the founding Director of Research at the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). A great lover of folk music and an enthusiastic supporter of folk musicians, Gil believed in the collective power of song to bring people together to speak up and sing out for change.
First presented in 2010, the annual Hootenanny has seen increasingly larger audiences who join featured artists and the house band in singing along with new and traditional songs of hope and protest. The featured artist in 2018 is Eve Goldberg (http://www.evegoldberg.com). Returning co-hosts for this year’s Hootenanny are Karen Flanagan McCarthy and Tony Turner. The Hootenanny band will comprise members of the Elizabeth Riley Band.
The 2018 Hootenanny will take place at 7:30pm in the Clarke Room at the RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive. Staffed by UNIFOR members, the RA Centre is accessible, has loads of parking and is well serviced by OC Transpo.
Tickets are $10, kids are free.
Stay tuned for further information.
Gil’s Hootenanny Sponsoring Free Workshops
Collaborative Sing-Along Songwriting
Gil’s Hootenanny will be offering a set of free songwriting workshops in April 2018 for songwriters who are interested in a collaborative approach to writing sing-along songs of hope and protest.
A rainy May Day 2017 did not dampen the enthusiasm at Gil’s Hootenanny.
Bringing together a wide range of talented musicians and an enthusiastic audience that likes to “sing along” made for a fine evening of “songs of hope & protest.” Video below by Andrew Hall:
Thanks to Jake Morrison for a fine album of images to remember the 2017 Gil’s Hootenanny. There are more posted on his website…