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
Karen Flanagan McCarthy & Tony Turner
Gil’s Hootenanny’s is delighted that its 2017 emcees are two familiar voices and faces from the Ottawa music scene: Karen Flanagan McCarthy and Tony Turner. Continue reading
Singer-songwriter Mark Evenchick will be one of the featured performers at Gil’s Hootenanny 2017. He is expected to perform a new song, It’s Not Funny Anymore, about the political situation south of the Canadian border.
The winner of the 2016 Hootenanny songwriting contest, Mark’s love of music started when he was 13 and learned three chords on his sister’s guitar. Those few chords led Mark on a decades-long musical voyage that includes performing, songwriting & recording. Continue reading
Versatility, originality and activism are the hallmarks of this year’s Hootenanny Band. All four members are singer-songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and vocalists from the Elizabeth Riley Band who bring a raw, contagious energy to their music that captivates and inspires audiences:
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 8th 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
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).