News & Events


The Bronson Centre has advised us that they will not be offering a lease to Folkrum for exclusive use of the Community Hall. This means that our plans to open a venue at the Bronson Centre will not go forward.


We are deeply disappointed about this change in plans, both for ourselves and for the artists and communities we serve.


Until further notice, we are not accepting proposals for programming.


For those of you looking for temporary spaces for your events, there is a new online tool hosted by the Arts Network Ottawa that is free for all to use. It’s called SpaceFinder. Check it out at





Past News & Events

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




Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Music for Figureworks

We're helping our friends at Figureworks celebrate visual art of the human form with a little music by Joan Harrison (cello) and Roddy Ellias (guitar)

Free admission.



Saturday, September 9th

East Feast Street Festival on Beechwood Avenue

This year, we'll be featuring guitar master Gareth Pearson, aka The Welsh Tornado, Justin Duhaime's gypsy jazz duo and Nile Groove. Free and fun for the whole family starting at 5pm!



December 2016 Newsletter

We take a look ahead and a look back at the year that was in our December Newsletter.





An evening of soul with Rebecca Noelle

Special guest: The Commotions



On May 19, 2017, we presented Rebecca and The Commotions to a sold out crowd at Greenfield's in Barrhaven. It was a night of high energy music and good vibes.

Rebecca Noell website:



Music Thursdays at the Black Irish Pub

From jazz, blues and classical, to youth choirs, song writing, and “meet the artist,” Music Thursdays feature a mix of local artists, musical genres and themes, and social activities that reflect OCMV’s (Folkrum) ongoing commitment to support local music in the Ottawa region.


See the complete schedule.



The Big Chill / Le grand frisson

Friday, January 20th - 7:30pm
at Ottawa's beautiful new theatre - La Nouvelle Scène

333 King Edward Avenue


Cash bar. Silent auction. Door prizes.

Complimentary artisinal appetizers prepared by chef Kevin McCarthy.


Youth Music Showcase

Free concert and fundraiser with Ottawa’s finest young artists.


Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 from 3pm to 10pm


Free Admission - All ages welcome

A small donation is appreciated, with proceeds going to support the Ottawa Community Music Venue initiative. Drop in any time after 3pm.


At The Black Irish Pub

15 Selkirk St., Vanier

In the Eastview Mall

Corner of Montreal Rd and North River Rd

Free Parking. Bus Routes: 12, 14, 18.





Sing House Studios

Chantal Hackett and the kids sing popular songs




Emma Lamontagne

Winner of the Ottawa Bluesfest “She's The One” contest



Justin Duhaime

Vintage gypsy jazz



Jillian Kerr

Winner of the 2015 Musik Ottawa Singer Songwriter Contest




Old Man Grant

A multi-instrumental trio, blending bluegrass, folk, and blues influences







Free Concert - Saturday, September 10th, 2016


The Vanier Community Association and Ottawa Community Music Venue invite you to le Festin de l'est / East Feast on Beechwood Avenue from 5pm to 10pm on Saturday, September 10th. Come enjoy great food, community activities and music at Ottawa's newest street festival. We'll be providing the music for the festival.


We're proud to present 3 great acts.


5 pm - Guitarist Gareth Pearson (aka The Welsh Tornado)


6:30 pm - Mack & Ben


8 pm - Nile Groove


Gareth Pearson

Guitar phenomenon Gareth Pearson, aka The Welsh Tornado, is already considered a virtuoso in the guitar world. He's developed a distinctive style to his playing that has earned him the greatest accolades from world renowned players and music critics. Gareth has been called a genius by Jan Akkerman, and Tommy Emmanuel was inspired to write a song about him which he named The Welsh Tornado. (


Mackenzie and Ben Dimillo

Young and powerful vocalist Mackenzie Dimillo and her brother Ben (guitar and keyboards) will perform original pop and rock tunes with an infectious and soulfull vibe that will make you smile.


Mackenzie, a Bachelor of Music student and graduate of Canterbury High School's Vocal Performance Program, brings soulful melodies and sweet, heartfelt lyrics to the group, while Ben, Graduate of the Mechanical Engineering program at Carleton University, pulls beautiful rhythms and complex harmonies out of his guitar, keyboard, and voice, to compliment them perfectly. You may already know Mack and Ben as part of a larger band called Monday I Retire.


Nile Groove

The 6-piece Reggae, R&B, and Funk band has been grooving up the music scene with its unmistakeable sound and style, performing fresh, energizing, and infectious original and cover music since 2012. You won’t be able to stop dancing to Nile Groove. (




Ottawa Community Music Venue (OCMV) “Amps Up” with Musical Showcase November 27-29, 2015

On the weekend of November 27th, 2015, Folkrum brought together local musicians, audiences, and community groups for a 3-day musical event showcasing a variety of local talent and activities to suit all age groups and tastes.


The event took place at Folkrum’s temporary location at 21 Selkirk St. in Vanier (entrance via Eastview Mall—corner of Montreal and N. River Roads, at the foot of Cummings Bridge). In addition to a full range of musical programming—from pop, folk, blues and roots to jazz, world, and classical—Folkrum also hosted a range of creative and participatory activities for music lovers, local youth, seniors, and other community groups.





November 24th, 2015 - Article by Peter Simpson, Ottawa Citizen

Folkrum tests new space for live music with weekend showcase

Folkrum is about to christen, with live music, the space that could become its permanent home.

The non-profit and would-be “community music venue” will hold a showcase of local music and workshops from Friday, Nov. 27 to Sunday, Nov. 29.

The acts scheduled span the spectrum of popular and locally made music...

Read the full article


November 18, 2015 - Article by Alayne McGregor,

Folkrum to preview new concert space with jazz and more November 27-29

A new larger concert venue may be on the way for Ottawa. Folkrum is previewing a new venue with a weekend of live music and free community programming November 27-29.


The Ottawa non-profit group has been searching for a permanent location for a community music hub for almost two years, and has found a possibility in Vanier, just east of the Cummings Bridge. On November 27 to 29, they'll showcase local musicians in that space in three evenings of music, as well as in free daytime shows. The music will cover many genres, including soul/R&B, singer-songwriter, rock, indie, and jazz.


Read the full article







Lynne Hanson, left, and Kim Lymburner, shown in Lymburner's home studio in Ottawa, are among the directors working to establish Folkrum, a new music venue in the city. (Darren Brown/Ottawa Citizen)


March 20, 2015 - Article by Peter Simpson, The Ottawa Citizen


Folkrum will be a new and unique place for music and art


"The National Capital Region has a ton ofᅠphenomenalᅠmusical talent, and artists are always looking for opportunities to perform and develop,” says Lynne Hanson, who grew up in Ottawa. “I'm really excited to be part of Folkrum's efforts to create a dedicated community music venue in our city, and to playing a role in helping to make it happen."


As Folkrum moves toward a permanent location and a capital fundraising campaign, the Advisory serves as a sounding board for its plans, provides expertise and advice, and helps Folkrum to expand its networks and make important community connections.


"We are grateful to this diverse group of community leaders who will help us achieve the vision of a community music hub in Ottawa, says Folkrum Director Kim Lymburner.


--> Download the news release.






Saturday October 18th at Dean Watson's Studio Gallery: CD Launch Party. Pre-order the album - Read more...

September 13: The Ottawa Folk Festival


Lynn Miles & Lynne Hanson with Keith Glass

Our first big concert in our temporary home at the Draft Pub featuring the two Lynn(e)s with Keith Glass took place on May 30th.


April 4th, 8pm - Friday Night Four Play with host Greg Kelly

Our Director of Programming Greg Kelly hosted an intimate evening of music and song in support of local artists and FOLKRUM at the Draft Pub on Friday, April 4th. Joining Greg in song were emerging local singer-songwriters Christina Marchant, award-winning artist Chris MacLean, John Hanson and one of Ottawa's finest guitar instrumentalists, Alain Morier. In addition to entertaining us, the show provided an opportunity to test out the space and prepare for the big launch concert scheduled for May 30th.


March 28th, 8pm - The RockPhiles and friends at the Brass Monkey

Our Director of communications and media relations, Jonathan Lareau, performed in a special concert on March 28th at the Brass Monkey, 250 Greenbank. The event featured the RockPhiles, performing in their first public rock concert, singer-songwriter Andrew Schofield and garage band the Free Radicals. It was a huge success. A big thank you to Jonathan and friends!!


Open House

We held our first open house on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 from at the Draft Pub, 801 King Edward Avenue, Ottawa.


CKCU Interviews

FOLKRUM's Director of Operations, Kim Lymburner and Greg Kelly, Director of Programming were guests on CKCU Radio 93.1 FM, Canadian Spaces with Chris White at approximately 11am on Saturday, February 22nd. Listen to the live stream - go to and click on the "Listen Live" button.


Kim was a guest on CKCU Radio 93.1 FM on Wednesday, February 12th. Listen here -> at CKCU On Demand starting at the 1:24:50 mark.


CBC interview

On January 29th, FOLKRUM Director Kim Lymburner was interviewed about the initiative on CBC Radio's Morning Show. An article and the interview were placed on the CBC website along with a poll asking readers whether they think a community music centre is needed in Ottawa.


Article in The Charlatan

Read a recent interview about FOLKRUM here:


Reception and info session

We held our first public reception on January 30th, 2013. We had a great turnout and had a chance to meet a wide range of artists and people who support the Ottawa music scene.


2013 concert and fundraiser

Whiskey Western was a concert and fundraiser in support of SAW Video Media Arts Centre and FOLKRUM.


Whiskey WesternThe Ottawa country band Ball and Chain & The Wreckers performed, DJ Lefty McRighty spun tunes and local comic Greg Houston served as emcee for the event. The audience was treated to some great music and door prizes. A silent auction was held between sets with a variety of great products from local businesses, including a beautiful KALA spalted maple ukulele contributed by Elmside Studios and the Ottawa Folklore Centre.


It was a great first step for FOLKRUM. We are grateful to SAW Video, the City of Ottawa and to the local businesses that provided swag for the silent auction for their support and collaboration.