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
- 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
Tony Turner, winner of the 2015 Gil’s Hootenanny songwriting contest, has been featured in a February 14, 2017 article in the National Observer.
Moonfruits, the 2017 Gil’s Hootenanny headliners, were featured in a St. Valentine’s Day article in MetroNews.
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.
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).