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Gil’s Legacy | Changing the World A Song at a Time

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

On May 1st, Come Sing With Us!


Please join us for Gil’s Hootenanny, an evening of “Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope,” hosted in Ottawa by the Spirit of Rasputin’s.

Every year since his death in 2009, Ottawa’s folk community has honoured the memory Gil Levine, a a local activist, staunch trade unionist, lover of folk music, hootenannies and May Day.

Gil’s Hootenanny will take place on Wednesday, May 1st at 7:30pm at the Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave.

This year, Kristine St-Pierre, Mighty Popo, Three Little Birds, the Shout Sister choir, Maria Dunn, and Terry Tufts will bring us together in song. The Hootenanny is hosted by the Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society and is sponsored by CUPE and PSAC National Capital Region. All funds raised once the artists and expenses are paid will go to Spirit of Rasputin’s programming throughout the year.

Come sing with us and bring your friends.

Tickets are $10 each (kids 16 and under are free) and are available at the Ottawa Folklore Centre or on-line at