Gil’s Hootenanny Original Sing-Along-Songs

Scheduled during the free daytime programming,
Saturday April 28, 4:00 pm – 4:50 pm, Room 7 (upstairs)

Building on the long tradition of working together to create melodies and lyrics for protest songs, Gil’s Hootenanny is hosting a unique event that will feature recent, collaboratively-created, original “Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope” at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival.

In preparation for “Gil’s at Grassroots”, Gil’s Hootenanny is sponsoring an innovative, collaborative songwriting workshop led by singer-songwriter Jamie Anderson. The aim of the Workshop is to generate original and sing-alongable songs of hope and protest, sharing and celebrating the stories, struggles and victories of working people. The workshop will bring together established and novice songwriters to craft, finesse and finalize musical and lyrical ideas for songs. Gil’s Hootenanny is honoured to present the new songs at the “Gil’s at Grassroots” event on April 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

Hosted by Tamara Levine, other performers at “Gil’s at Grassroots” will include Jamie Anderson, the Elizabeth Riley Band, Chris White, Mark Evenchick and Clarissa Fortin.

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 will mark the 9th year for Gil’s Hootenanny, Ottawa’s annual community sing-along. Inspired by the legacy of Gil Levine and first presented in 2010, the 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 artist in 2018 is Eve Goldberg ( The MCs for the 2018 Hootenanny will be Tony Turner and Karen Flanagan McCarthy.

The 2018 Hootenanny will take place on Tuesday, May 1st at 7:30pm in the Clarke Room 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.