NEWS ARCHIVE - Apr-Jun, 2014

June 10/14 - ALLAIRE SHOW SUMMER REDUX - Announcing 3 Summer ALLAIRE SHOWS to keep you going through the hot months! Sat. June 28th with guest John Carroll, Sat. July 19 with Terry McLeish and Sat. Aug. 30th with White Coals! No cover!!
John Allaire Summer Redux

Apr. 15/14 - "Minimum Wage" accolades keep pouring in - The John Allaire/Terry McLeish song "Minimum Wage" has garnered some critical acclaim since its release in Novermber 2013. It was a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition out of Nashville, beating out some 9,000 other songs in the Americana category. This time it's a little closer to home. Gil's Hootenanny and Writers' Bloc are proud to announce the finalists in the 2014 Sing-Along Song Writing Contest on the topic - Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope. The finalists in no particular order are:

Keeping the Faith (Christina Marchant)
Eighteen Cents an Hour (Mark Evenchick)
#TarFree613 (Julie Comber, Kevin Guerette, Rebecca Lantz)
Minimum Wage (John Allaire, Terry McLeish)

All the composers will perform their songs on Sunday afternoon April 27th between 3 and 4pm at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival in a "Sing-Along Song-off". The winner of that day will also perform at Gil's Hootenanny on May 1st at the Glebe Community Centre. Congratulations to the finalists and well done to all who submitted their songs!

Spirit of Rasputin's Arts Society is Ottawa's largest and most active community of folk music enthusiasts. Songwriters have been publishing and performing critical political commentary as far back as the British broadsides of the 16th century. In that tradition Spirit of Rasputin's, Gil's Hootenanny and Writers' Bloc are proud to announce the finalists in the 2014 Sing-Along Song Writing Contest on the topic Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope.

Hear the song here. Buy the album "Peace, Love and Understanding Vol. 1" here!

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