I was, am and will always be so overwhelmed by your offerings…all of you. For the past 38 years, I have run an inclusive, open-hearted, relevant, and ethical business that offers opportunities for everyone to discover music in their lives and to share it with anyone who comes through the doors. A business that has drawn to it people with musical ability, creativity and generosity of spirit. A business that is considered a value to the community and has done so for decades. The result?
Evidently a business that,when it goes though a rocky patch, can ask for help and receive it in spades.
The Ottawa Folklore Centre's accumulation of debt over the years and particularly slow sales had put us in a position where we felt we had to reach out to the community. With the benefit concert production leadership of my friend Bill Garrett and Borealis Records, your support got us through.
So, what are our plans to maintain this wonderful energy and momentum?
Our school of music is offering more courses than ever for everything from autoharp lessons to Zambian marimba classes. We have after school clubs for kids (uke and fiddle), daytime classes for stay-at-homes and retirees (uke, singing), adult evening courses, an expanded fiddle program, new choir opportunities, and so much more.
We are expanding our on-line lessons and streamed instruction to help you fulfill your musical dreams.
We are also planning a concert series that will feature artists in support of the Ottawa Folklore Centre.
We have introduced our 'Heart Strings' program to invite you to pay lessons forward to expand our existing scholarship program.
With all this and more, we plan to remain Ottawa’s best school of music and the music store that provides the same level of service that has got us to our 38th anniversary.
Friday September 12- Jack de Keyzer
Saturday September 27- JW Jones
Sunday September 28- The Distillery
Saturday October 4- Ross Neilsen Band & Papa Shango
Friday October 24- Chris Antonik
Friday November 7- The 24th Street Wailers
Friday November 14- John Primer
Friday November 28- David Gogo
More to be confirmed!!!
Also, for this occasion, we've decided to create 30th Anniversary Passes. Still tweaking the details, but ought to be available by September 1st.