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“A festival by the people, for the people…in memory of Phil Ochs…celebrating inclusion, empathy and human rights”

Saturday, December 10, 2016
(International Human Rights Day)
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Southminster United Church
15 Aylmer Avenue at Bank
in Old Ottawa South


Southminster United Church is an accessible venue.
Ochsfest is a dementia-friendly event.

Please contact the Ochsfest Accessibility Team with any questions or concerns —
Chris White, chris@folkzone.ca, 613-327-9621.

We respectfully acknowledge that Ochsfest takes place on unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin Nation.


(Tickets for the 3:00 pm concert featuring Garnet Rogers and Lynne Hanson are $25 at www.folkzone.ca)

  • 9:00 am — “Planning to Plant” — A garden planning workshop.
  • 9:00 am — ” Making 1,000 Paper Cranes” — Participatory origami workshop for all ages and abilities.
  • 9:00 am — “Sound Amplification 101” — This hands-on workshop explains the fundamentals of sound amplification for music events. This is very good to know if you’re planning to be a sound technician or stage hand — or if you’re a performer who wants to know how to communicate with sound technicians and get the best results from a sound check — or if you’re just curious about how people use sound systems. Workshop facilitator:  Dave O’Heare
  • 9:00 am — “A Musical Tribute to Phil Ochs”Phil Ochs (1940-1976), after whom Ochsfest is named, was a highly committed and influential American “topical singer” whose brilliant and moving songs of inclusion, justice and human rights will live forever. This year marks the 40th anniversary of his untimely death at age 35.For information about Phil Ochs, please see www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Ochswww.web.cecs.pdx.edu/~trent/ochs and articles on this website.December 10 is International Human Rights Day, a fitting occasion for this musical tribute.
  • 10:00 am — “Build Your Own Bilele” — Make your own fully functional two-stringed ukulele in this 90-minute workshop. All ages and abilities are welcome to participate or just observe. If you participate, $60 fee for materials, payable at the workshop to cover the cost of materials. Workshop facilitator: Mike Leeworthy
  • 10:00 am — “The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin” — The musical duo called Apparatchiks (Aalya Ahmad and Mike Palecek) will play, sing and chat in this celebration of Canadian labour songs. “The Ballad of Ginger Goodwin” is a song written by Richard von Fuchs about coal miner and labour activist, Albert “Ginger” Goodwin, who was killed in Cumberland, BC in 1918 at the age of 31 years. Other songs in this session include “Canning Salmon” by Linda Chobotuk and “The Lingan Strike” by Maria Dunn. Hear some of the labour history context for these powerful songs, and join in on the easy-to-sing choruses.
  • 10:00 am — “What Does Reconciliation Look Like?” — A community forum about protecting sacred Algonquin territory on the Ottawa River. An excellent forum was held on this topic at Ochsfest 2015, hosted by Michael Desautels. Please see the videos from that forum at:www.equitableeducation.ca.
    The late Algonquin Eldest Elder, Grandfather William Commanda, long ago articulated a vision for a healing and peace-building centre on those lands The vision calls for the creation of a fully inclusive park, historic interpretative site, conference centre and Aboriginal centre. World-renowned architect Douglas Cardinal has created a site design. However, two large private corporations (Windmill and Dream Inc.) are currently claiming ownership of this land and are proceeding to develop condos and commercial buildings on it. Aside from the fact that this land is unceded in the first place, key portions of the property are currently designated as Crown Land and can only be transferred to private “ownership” by Act of Parliament. The Stop Windmill citizen’s coalition is working to ensure that this does not happen (see www.stopwindmill.ca).  Other supportive organizations are listed at www.freethefalls.ca/projects
  • 11:00 am — “Northern Lives” — A demonstration of Inuit throat singing, drumming and games.
  • 11:00 am — << your session here >> — This Ochsfest session is available for *your* idea. Please contact Chris White with your suggestion – chris@folkzone.ca, 613 327 9621.
  • 11:30 am — “Jolliest Jinglebells Hootenanny” — This is the third attempt to set a new world’s record for the number of people singing “Jingle Bells” and ringing bells at the same time! Bells will be provided. The current world’s record – 488 people – was set in Albany, New York in 2012. This session is organized by Vivian Sollows, a local musician who is working towards creating both an accessible music program and a new not-for-profit organization called Think Accessible. Facebook event description: www.facebook.com/events/193700167700817
  • 12:30 pm —“Circle of Song” — A *global* grassroots sing-along of “Circle of Song”, an anthem of inclusion, empathy and respect written in 1994 by Ottawa songwriter, Tony Turner (www.tonyturner.ca). Here is a video of “Circle of Song”. See www.ochsfest.ca for the lyrics and chords (in the key of B flat!), as well as a choral arrangement for piano and voices.
    This session will feature participation from other local songwriters who have written amazing sing-along songs that celebrate our human-ness and our interdependence, including Tom Lips (“The Far Saskatchewan”) and Mark Evenchick (“Light of a Much Brighter Kind”) — see www.tomlips.ca and www.markevenchick.com.
    December 10 is International Human Rights Day, as established by the United Nations in 1948 (www.ohchr.org/EN/AboutUs/Pages/HumanRightsDay.aspx). For more information about the “Circle of Song” events taking place around the world on the same day, see www.circleofsong.ca
  • 1:00 pm — “Family Fun Concert” — Stories, songs and dances for kids and adults, featuring Super-Pamplemousse (Chris White and Jack Hui Litster), The Sparrows home schooled children’s choir, and Antigonish-raised fiddler and songwriter Anna Ludlow.
  • 1:00 pmBook Launch featuring Garnet Rogers (“Night Drive”) and Lynne Hanson (“friday haiku”). Presented in conjunction with the Ottawa International Writers Festival and Perfect Books. Admission is free.

  • 1:30 pm — “Take Back the Night” — An artistic celebration of the beauty, strength, health and power of our “darker” emotions. Workshop leader: Kelly Greene
  • 2:00 pm — Concert featuring Mike Littledog (Mike Patterson). Join his “World Going By… Tour” at www.patreon.com/user?u=2471340
  • 2:00 pm — “Hip Yer Partner” — Square dancing, circle dancing and line dancing for everyone… featuring a live band!
  • 2:00 pm — “Free Your Voice” — A fascinating group experience led by “vocal life coach”, Barclay McMillan — see Voice Emergent
  • ** 3:00 pm **  Garnet Rogers and Lynne Hanson in concert.
    Tickets $25 at www.folkzone.ca

    This concert is a fundraiser for the Ottawa Grassroots Festival taking place April 20-23, 2017 at Southminster United Church —

Live Community Radio and Folkbooth Video Broadcasts

  • Live radio broadcasts throughout the day on CKCU FM 93.1 and www.ckcufm.com
  • Live video broadcasts throughout the day on “Facebook Live” and on the “Folkbooth” app available for Android and iOS devices
    — Download the Folkbooth app at www.folkbooth.ca
  • Live Video broadcasts on Facebook
    — Follow www.facebook.com/folkbooth —

    All of the above audio and video broadcasts will be archived online for post-festival listening, viewing, commenting and sharing.

Snacks and Beverages at Ochsfest

Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase throughout the day, courtesy of The Wild Oat Bakery and Café.

The book launch and concert featuring Garnet Rogers and Lynne Hanson will feature beverages from Beau’s All-Natiral Brewing Company.

Ochsfest2 partners include:

  • Ottawa Grassroots Festival
  • Ottawa International Writers Festival
  • Perfect Books
  • The Wild Oat Bakery and Café
  • Folkzone
  • Folkbooth
  • Beau’s All-Natiral Brewing Company
  • Southminster United Church
  • CKCU FM 93.1 and www.ckcufm.com
  • CHUO FM 89.1 and www.chuo.fm