Category Archives: Archived

Posts from past years that need to be removed from the home page but still available in the archives.

Blowin’ in the wind: How to write a good protest song

Published on: February 5, 2017 | Last Updated: February 5, 2017 8:17 PM EST

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.

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Gil’s Hootenanny 2017 Sing-Along Songwriting Contest Now Open for Entries

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).

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2017 Gil’s Hootenanny

  • 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. As usual, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, tickets are only $10.




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Thank you!

2016 bread and roses

2016 bread and roses

Both the Family Singalong and All-Ages Singalong in 2016 were well attended and together smashed our previous attendance records. A great hootenanny was had by all. Thanks to all who attended, to our artists, to the volunteers, and to our sponsors for making this year’s Gil’s Hootenanny a great success. This year’s event was attended by over 600 people. And thanks to Jake Morrison for the photographs.

Family Singalong (11am)
(more photos on Jake’s site here…)

All-Ages Singalong (2:30pm)
(more photos on Jake’s site here…)

2016 Bread Recipe

Hollis’ Hovis Bread

Hovis is a contraction of the Latin phrase hominis vis meaning the strength of man. A dense and nutritious loaf.

  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp margerine
  • 5 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast

Make dough as usual. Shape to a round loaf and bake 30 minutes at 420 ° or until crust is quite dark.

2016 Sing-Along-able Songwriting Contest Finalists

Congratulations to the composers of the four songs chosen by our judges as “finalists” for the Gil’s Hootenanny 2016 “Sing-Along” Song Writing Contest. In no particular order the finalists are:

The Journey Begins (composers: Anne Hurley, Jim Videto)
Keep Your Feet Moving (composer: Erika Kulnys)
Believe Again (composer: Mark Evenchick)
Stand Up (composer: Mary Moore)
 
Finalist songs will be performed at Ottawa Grassroots Festival on Sunday April 24 on the Community Stage in Fellowship Hall starting at 2:30pm.