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
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.
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. Continue reading
Gil’s Hootenanny’s is delighted that emcees Karen Flanagan McCarthy and Tony Turner will be returning to host the 9th annual Gil’s Hootenanny. Continue reading
Anyone lucky enough to see Eve Goldberg perform is captivated not only by her talent and charisma but also by the obvious depth of her musical background and influences.
Gil’s Hootenanny’s 2018 headliner, Eve grew up in the Boston area, where her multi-instrumentalist, activist mom took her to see folk legends such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Pete Seeger and Doc Watson. Eve acknowledges that as a child, she did not initially appreciate these performers, though they would later have a significant influence on her song writing and performance repertoire. Continue reading
When Gil Levine died at 85 in 2009, three words in his obituary, “… plan a hootenanny”, started an Ottawa tradition that is now into its 9th year and getting stronger.
Held each year on May Day, this annual celebration of the collective power of song was inspired by Gil, who was the founding Director of Research at the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and a great lover of folk music and supporter of folk musicians. Gil demonstrated his love of folk music in many ways, including hosting annual hootenannies at home for decades. Continue reading
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…