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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.