We want to tell you about upcoming events, and take stock of the year that was.


Let’s start with what’s new and exciting.



Save the date for THE BIG CHILL on Friday, January 20th, 2017 at La Nouvelle Scene Gilles Desjardins.



(Download the poster in English or French.)


According to Canada’s senior climatologist David Phillips, January 20th is officially “the dead of winter” and, on average, one of the coldest days of the year. If that sends chills down your spine and makes you want to escape on the next flight to Florida, you’re not alone. But another way to make it through the dead of winter is to embrace it. That’s right, rather than trying to escape the inevitable, why not wrap your arms around that polar vortex and give it a big warm hug!


Come in from the cold on January 20th downtown at Ottawa Community Music Venue’s first event of the year in Ottawa’s most beautiful new theatre, La Nouvelle Scene.


Our friends Kristine St-Pierre, Joan Harrison & Roddy Ellias, and The Jivewires will treat you to some hot tunes. Chef Kevin McCarthy will serve up some tasty treats and you can break the ice at the cash bar. Just to make it a little more fun, we’ll give out some door prizes and roll out some nice merchandise at the silent auction.


Tickets are limited so RSVP to folkrum@bell.net asap to reserve a spot. Tickets will be online soon at www.folkrum.com. Please help us get the word out by sharing the attached poster with your networks.



2017 will be a busy year for our Board members, advisors and collaborators.


Lynne Hanson will perform with local jazz great Petr Cancura at the NAC on January 14th. [https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/14569]


Greg Kelly will launch his new album Ghosts at the Black Irish Pub on January 28th.


Every Saturday afternoon, you’ll find Greg Kelly and friends at the Black Irish pub for Tunes After Noon featuring local and touring artists, including an open stage.



It has been a year of development and disappointment.


Your continued involvement in our mission to build a mid-sized music venue  programmed by the community and operating all day, every day of the year is not only appreciated, it’s absolutely essential if we hope to achieve our shared goal.


In August, we were poised to enter into a lease for our temporary venue space at the Eastview Mall. In September, we learned that we lost out to a bigger offer. This was, to put it mildly, a major disappointment for us and for our collaborators. But we are undaunted and continue our property search and fundraising efforts to build momentum and capital.


Opportunities and connections for local artists


In the meantime, we continue to provide connections, opportunities and paying gigs for local artists.



Youth Music Showcase

We held our 2nd annual showcase on December 3rd at the Black Irish Pub. This year, we offered a free concert featuring Ottawa’s young and emerging artists. It was a blast. Chantal Hackett and her students at Sing House Studios opened the show with covers of popular tunes. Emerging artists Emma Lamontagne and Jillian Kerr performed solo sets. Guitar duo Justin Duhaime & Andrew Tesolin turned everyone on to vintage gypsy jazz. The evening was capped off with a blistering performance by multi-instrumentalist trio Old Man Grant (above), who left everyone asking “Who ARE these guys!?”


First Annual East Feast / Festin de l’est


In September, we were invited to provide live music for Ottawa’s newest Beechwood Avenue street festival, East Feast/Festin de l’est (above). Gareth Pearson, Mackenzie & Ben Dimillo, and Nile Groove performed. Thanks to Chris Penton and the Vanier Community Association, and Councillors Mathieu Fleury and Tobi Nussbaum for helping to make this possible. We hope to do it again in 2017.


On October 27th we presented our artists-in-residence Saturnfly during the annual Artinis Fundraiser at the Shenkman Arts Centre.


In the summer months, we presented the Bytown Ukulele Group, Linda Barnes and Paul Spafford at The Beechwood Market.



We are an entirely volunteer driven organization. We have so many volunteers and collaborators to thank for their generosity and continued support in 2016.


So here’s a heartfelt thanks to…


❤︎ All of our volunteers and collaborators.


❤︎ Our Board and Advisory group (http://www.folkrum.com/board-advisory.html).


❤︎ 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, the Vanier Community Association and the Beechwood Market for creating more gigging opportunities for Ottawa’s artists.


❤︎ Councillor Mathieu Fleury.


❤︎ Derek Marcotte and the Black Irish Pub.


❤︎ Architect Christopher Simmonds.


❤︎ Siegfried Margies.


❤︎ 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.


❤︎ OttawaJazzScene.ca