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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 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

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Gil’s Hootenanny 2019
10th Anniversary

Gil Levine

Gil Levine

Inspired by the legacy of Gil Levine, Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 will mark the 10th anniversary 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.

Maria Dunn

Maria Dunn photo by David Williamson

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 artists for the 10th Anniversary Hootenanny are Maria Dunn (http://www.mariadunn.com) and Maria Hawkins (http://www.mariahawkins.ca) with a special presentation by Dr. Stephen Richer, who will pay homage to Pete Seeger for the 100th anniversary year of his birth. The Hootenanny Band will comprise members of the Elizabeth Riley Band.

Maria Hawkins

Maria Hawkins photo by Kate Morgan

Gil’s Hootenanny will take place at 7:30pm in Clark Hall 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.

For information and advice on how to organize a May Day sing-along event in your community, contact info@gilshootenanny.ca.

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!

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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 http://rasputins.ca/events/gils-hootenanny/