Workshops On The Point, curated by the Ottawa Folklore Centre, is the place to go for all sorts of hands-on music making fun!
The workshops include music instruction, performances, and interviews with artists!
Download the Workshops On The Point schedule here or read below for descriptions of our exciting events!
Terry Penner Festival Choir — The choir, named after a Folklore Centre founder, is directed this year by the Fabulous Lee Hayes. Participants are expected to attend at least two of the three practices, as well as the final performance. The only requirement is a love of music, and the desire to sing in a choir! Join us in a Folk Festival tradition!
Intro to Ukulele — Join The Little Stevies (all the way from Australia) for this hands-on instructional workshop! (A limited number of lender instruments will be available on a first come, first served basis.)
Banjo Basics — This is an introduction to clawhammer banjo technique! (A limited number of lender instruments will be available on a first come, first served basis.)
Don’t you put it in your mouth? — Noseflutes, penny whistles, jaw harps, kazoos! Andy Daub will lead an enlightening hands-on lesson on these pocket-sized music makers. (A limited number of free and lender instruments will be available on a first come, first served basis.)
I’ve Got Rhythm — Don Gibbons will explain the structure of rhythm, focusing on a variety of African rhythms. A limited number of hand drums will be available for use at the workshop. (A limited number of lender instruments will be available on a first come, first served basis.)
Judgement Day: Collision Course for Performers — Vance Gilbert’s Collision Course Workshop offers you the opportunity to take an instructive, simultaneous look at your performance skills and your songwriting in an open stage setting. Vance has worked with everyone from rote beginners to David Wilcox. So why not come and give yourself and your music the gift of being heard at your best!
Music Olympics — Who will reign as the Fiddle Fling champion? The Pick Flicking king? The Trivial Trivia master? Lynn Miles and Keith Glass will host this battle of bards, where performers, festival staff, and audience members will showcase their grit and their wit!
Old Traditions, New Songs — Rick Fines hosts this performance workshop where artists will revisit their roots.
Song Maps — Performers share songs that reflect the traditions, culture, and people of places they have travelled. Take a trip around the world in 45 minutes!
Intro to Contra Dance — You don’t need to bring a partner or any dance experience. Tom and Myra will have you contra dancing in no time!
Storytelling & Mythology — Through prose and ballads, performers weave tall tales!
Bang! — Join the members of Street Drum Corps as they explain the creative process behind their music while performing with recycled and found objects. This is an extension of the KidZone!
Bluebird North — Presented by the Songwriters Association of Canada, this workshop showcases songwriting in an intimate performance setting.
Intro to Cajun Dance — Learn to dance to the high energy, seductive rhythms of cajun music. We’ll recreate a cajun dance hall right here at the Ottawa Folk Festival – you don’t need to bring a partner or any dance experience. Tom and Myra will have you two-stepping and waltzing like a real cajun in no time.
Intro to Harmonica — Learn the basics of harp playing in this hands-on workshop. (A limited number of free instruments will be available on a first come, first served basis.)
Sea Shanty Sing-Along — Chris Ricketts brings his unique versions of traditional folk songs and sea shanties to Ottawa.
Accordion — Local songstress and experienced instructor Megan Jerome will demistify the squeeze box in this intimate workshop.
Delta Blues Basics — Rick Fines presents the building blocks of playing delta blues style guitar. BYOG, or come early borrow one of a limited number of lenders! (A limited number of lender instruments will be available on a first come, first served basis.)
Cigar Box Guitar — TJ Wheeler demonstrates the powers of the cigar box guitar in this participatory jam-a-long session.
The Write Way — Ever wonder where and how and why songwriters craft their tunes? Get the scoop from a diverse group of artists.
My Home Town — Artists from across the continent share songs about the cities and towns they call home.
Sirens with Strings — Tenor guitar, fiddle, mandolin, six-string, charrango, hammered harp: more strings than you can count on your hands and feet!
Southern Folk — Performers explore their ties to southern music traditions such as blues, bluegrass, gospel, country, and more!
Together & Apart — Join a number of groups who will share their experiences working together and going it alone.