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Folkrum and the Bronson Centre Launch Pilot to Deliver Arts and Culture Programming


September 28, 2018 - Under the terms of a Letter of Intent signed this week, Folkrum will begin community-based musical programming and other cultural activities starting in January 2019. Folkrum will conduct the pilot program in the Bronson Centre’s community hall (Mac Hall) and adjacent spaces, and occasionally in the Theatre. The community hall meets Folkrum’s requirement to provide a mid-sized accessible space for up to 250 guests, while the Theatre offers opportunities for Folkrum to access a larger stage for audiences of up to 600 when needed. Other rental spaces at the Bronson Centre will provide flexibility for Folkrum’s additional programming needs.


“Since 2014, Folkrum has been working across the city to showcase and nurture local talent, while searching for a permanent home to offer community programming,” says Folkrum Director Kim Lymburner. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work within the walls of the Bronson Centre to continue our mission.”


“The Bronson Centre is delighted to work with Folkrum, as we continue to solidify our mission as a community-based cultural hub in the Ottawa region,” says Corey Mayville, Executive Director of the Bronson Centre.


FOLKRUM OTTAWA COMMUNITY MUSIC VENUE (OCMV) is working towards the creation of a unique space where the full spectrum of activities associated with music creation, performance, and community involvement can take place seven days a week. Folkrum supports all genres of music, along with other forms of artistic expression. More...







A new way to find space for your programming

Our search for a permanent venue space will continue this year. For those of you looking for temporary spaces for your events, there is a new online tool hosted by the AOE Arts Council that is free for all to use. It’s called SpaceFinder. Check it out at


Ottawa in 2018

We’re looking forward to what should be a pivotal year for the arts in Ottawa, with The Ottawa Music Industry Coalition ( and the City preparing Ottawa’s first music strategy, at the same time as the Ottawa Cultural Alliance ( oversees the preparation of a feasibility study on ways to advance the cultural sector. This, combined with the completion of the Arts Court and Ottawa Art Gallery renovations, and the arrival of the Light Rail Transit system, promise to transform our city in powerful ways.



Opportunities and connections for local artists

Although it was largely a year of reflection and regrouping after a disappointing ending to our search for a venue space in 2016, we continued to provide connections, opportunities and paying gigs for local artists.


Our mid-winter fundraiser The Big Chill / Le grand frisson

On January 20th we held our mid-winter fundraiser in Ottawa’s most beautiful new theatre, La Nouvelle Scene.


The Jivewires, led by Steve Berndt


Our friends Kristine St-Pierre, Joan Harrison & Roddy Ellias, and The Jivewires performed to a full house while Chef Kevin McCarthy served up a selection of “chilly chilies” and other gourmet treats to chase away the winter chills.


Music Thursdays at the Black Irish Pub

In February and March, we treated music lovers to a free concert every Thursday evening at the Black Irish Pub. The diverse lineup included young pop singer-songwriter Malak, Carleton U keyboardist Kurtis Adamus with Jona Thomas, Carol Goodman, aka Eniid, performing a nostalgic set of Joni Mitchell tunes, songwriter and teacher Jamie Anderson with friends Sally Robinson and Bruce Wozny, blues artists Al Wood and the Woodsmen, Jack Pine with Kristine St-Pierre and Sean Tansey, Rebecca Noelle, Chantal Hackett and the kids from Singhouse Studios, and The Rockphiles.


Malak (photo: Brian Cote)


Al Wood and the Woodsmen belt out some high energy blues.


Jack Pine leads a song circle with Kristine St-Pierre and Sean Tansey (photo: Brian Cote)


Chantal Hackett and Rebecca Noelle share their experiences with young performers (photo: Brian Cote)


The Cheeta Bellas of Singhouse Studios entertain the crowd at Music Thursdays (photo: Brian Cote)


Councillor Mathieu Fleury offers words of encouragement at Music Thursdays.


A night of soul in the Haven

In May, we presented soul singer Rebecca Noelle at a sold out evet at Greenfields in Barrhaven.


Rebecca Noelle backed by the Commotions at a sold out event at Greenfields in Barrhaven


Second Annual East Feast / Festin de l’est

In September, we presented guitarist Gareth Pearson, Justin Duhaime’s Gypsy Muse and Nile Groove. We hope to do it again in 2018.


These young music lovers crash the stage during Gypsy Muse’s set at East Feast.


At Figureworks

In November, we celebrated the visual art of the human form with a little music at the Figureworks 2017 vernissage at St. Brigids Centre for the Arts. Our friends Roddy Ellias (guitar) and Joan Harrison (cello) provided musical accompaniment. Figureworks is an annual juried art prize and celebration of the art of the human form.


Joan and Roddy at Figureworks



Carleton University’s annual competition for singer-songwriters features some of Ottawa’s finest emerging artists. I was proud to be invited to be a part of the jury.





We are an entirely volunteer driven organization. We have so many volunteers and collaborators to thank for their generosity and continued support in 2017.


So here’s a heartfelt thanks to…


❤ All of our volunteers and collaborators.


❤ Our Board and Advisory group (


❤ The music loving public who attend our events.


❤ Ottawa’s dynamic and talented musicians, who do so much to make Ottawa a great place to live.


❤ Chris Penton, organizer of the Beechwood Market and East Feast for creating more gigging opportunities for Ottawa’s artists.


❤ Chef Kevin McCarthy


❤ AOE Arts Council.


❤ La Nouvelle Scene, Ottawa’s finest new theatre.


❤ Councillor Mathieu Fleury for his ongoing support.


❤ Derek Marcotte and the Black Irish Pub.


❤ Ubiquitous Photographer Brian Coté.


We are also grateful for Ottawa’s many community organizations that support the local music industry. A special thanks to


❤ Ottawa Music Industry Coalition


❤ The Arts Ottawa East Arts Council.


❤ Carleton University Music Program and intrepid developers of local talent James Wright and Giselle Minns.


❤ CHUO and CKCU community radio.


❤ The Grassroots Festival.


❤ Ottawa Beat.


 ❤ The folks at Ottawa Jazz Scene, who somehow manage to cover every jazz event in the city