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Pete Seeger’s Life in Song

If I Had a Hammer: Pete Seeger’s Life in Song Lecturer: Dr. Stephen Richer The year 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the most influential and beloved troubadours of protest songs: Pete Seeger. To celebrate this folk singer and social activist’s legacy, banjo-playing sociologist Stephen Richer is giving lectures in […]

The Log Drive Presents Folk Old and New with Stephen Hardy Palmer and Clarissa Fortin

The Log Drive Café presents Folk Old and New with Stephen Palmer and Clarissa Fortin Since landing in Ottawa a little while back Stephen Palmer has been making the rounds playing nearly every folk music spot in the city and gathering a following on the way. He’s an entertainer, hard-traveling troubadour and one-hundred percent genuine […]

Gil’s Hootenanny 2019

Gil’s Hootenanny returns to the RA Centre on May 1 for its 10th anniversary edition, co-presented by Spirit of Rasputin’s. It’s the annual community sing-along celebrating the stories, struggles and victories of working people. The Hootenanny was inspired by the legacy of Gil Levine (1924-2009), the founding Director of Research at the Canadian Union of […]

ZINNIA + Tariq Anwar at Bar Robo

ZINNIA returns to Bar Robo hot off the release of their debut singles Lupins and Bullets. With an opening set by Ottawa’s own Tariq Anwar, we bring you a bedazzled night of genre-crossing experimentation and synthpop glamour. 8pm Doors // $10 Cover ZINNIA is the Toronto-based synthpop project of Rachael Cardiello. With layered synth and […]

Lennie Gallant

Poised and poignant, Lennie Gallant is recognized as one of Canada’s best performing singer-songwriters. Over 12 pristine albums of finger-picked folk, Gallant has told a thousand tales, and won countless awards and nominations along the way: from the JUNOs and Les Eloizes, to winning the 2017 ECMA for Entertainer of the Year. Lennie returns to […]

Ellen Braun – Bar Robo

Ellen Braun has been a singer-songwriter since she first began singing from the tops of trees on Broadway, the street she grew up on in Ottawa. These days, she is best known as one half of the Canmore folk duo, Trundled. Seized in the embrace of the Rockies, her lyrical canvas has stretched to allow […]

Sjef Frenken & Friends

Ottawa’s folk music society Spirit of Rasputin’s presents a musical evening with Sjef Frenken & Friends on Saturday, March 23. Sjef (pronounced “shef”) is a writer, poet, musician, composer, broadcaster and great-grandfather. He’s worked with local artists on many music and poetry projects. Joining him will be the harp duo Acacia Lyra (Janine Dudding & Susan Sweeney […]

Moonfruits at the Log Drive Café

On Friday February 22, the Log Drive Café is happy to present Moonfruits in the intimate gallery space at Ecclesiax. Fronted by partners Alex Millaire and Kaitlin Milroy, Ottawa-based Moonfruits are makers of art-folk bilingue. In a forest of banjo, guitar, kalimba and glockenspiel, their voices burrow and soar. Here is a reverie, tender and […]

Sean Oliver w/ Ray Harris

Sean Oliver (Alt-Country – Ottawa) Sean Oliver is an Ottawa-based country singer-songwriter who bridges traditional americana vocals with contemporary folk-rock instrumentation to create a modern honky tonk sound that has become his signature. Ray Harris (Americana – Ottawa) A veteran of the Ottawa music scene, Ray Harris is a prolific and likeable singer/songwriter/storyteller who describes […]

The Log Drive Café Presents Brian Loyer

The Log Drive Café is happy to present Brian Loyer on Friday January 25. It will be a great evening of Bluegrass, Gospel and a hint of Country from one of the finest guitar pickers in town. Come sing along. Brian has played Bluegrass and Gospel for 40 years. He also plays in a country […]

Sean Oliver w/ Steve Stacey

Sean Oliver (Alt-Country – Ottawa) Sean Oliver is an Ottawa-based country singer-songwriter who bridges traditional americana vocals with contemporary folk-rock instrumentation to create a modern honky tonk sound that has become his signature. Steve Stacey (Country – Ottawa) Steve Stacey and the Stump Splitters are a throwback to the days of storytelling in song, contemplating […]

Paper Beat Scissors | Tanya Davis | Nathanaël Larochette at Pressed

Paper Beat Scissors (solo) (Montreal) “Stunning chamber folk” (NOW, Toronto) “Tim Crabtree, has a voice that never fails to cut through and take hold.” (CBC) Tanya Davis (Montreal) Nationally-beloved poemsonger Nathanael Larochette (Ottawa) Member of Musk Ox and The Night Watch

Christmas Songshare at the Log Drive Café

The annual Christmas tradition at the Log Drive Café is an evening of carols and seasonal songs. Everyone is welcome to bring a song to share. We will have lyric sheets for singalongs. $10 or PWYC in support of the Parkdale Food Centre