Coco Love Alcorn: “Musical Spark Plug”

Coco Love Alcorn will headline Gil’s Hootenanny 2023, bringing her distinctive performance style to the 14th annual May Day sing-along.

​Alcorn is a perfect fit for Gil’s Hootenanny with its focus on the collective power of singing together. Last year’s Gil’s Hootenanny headliner James Keelaghan has called Alcorn a “musical spark plug”, noting “I have never seen another performer able to bring people together like Coco does”.

​Recently awarded the 2021 Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Contemporary Singer of the Year, Alcorn’s music combines diverse musical influences including jazz, R&B, pop, folk, and Gospel. Her love of improvising, and willingness to engage fearlessly with the audience has made Alcorn an established presence on the Canadian music scene. Alcorn’s career has spanned more than 25 years, 9 solo albums, cross-Canada tours, collaborations, festival appearances, and award nominations. Her original songs have been used widely in TV and film and have been sung by choirs around the world. Alcorn also leads the Wonderland Singers, an online community choir and creative singing workshop series with hundreds of regular members from across Canada, the United States and beyond.

​Gil’s Hootenanny is also sponsoring an April 30 Alcorn-led vocal workshop entitled Let’s Sing! Let’s Play! which will explore the joy of singing through melody, harmony, rhythm, creativity, improvisation, and ideas in a spirit of soulfulness, playfulness, and fun. The two-hour workshop will take place at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 30 at the Westboro Masonic Hall. All voices are welcome!

​Gil’s Hootenanny will take place at 7:00 pm on May Day, Monday, May 1, at 30 Cleary Avenue, the campus of the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa. The venue is accessible, has ample parking and is serviced by OC Transpo. 

​Tickets for the hootenanny will be $20; kids can attend free of charge. 

Workshop tickets will be $20.  

Tickets to both the hootenanny and the workshop will be discounted to $35.

Stay tuned for further information about ticket sales.