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Course registration and OFC event tickets can be reserved over the phone with a credit card or in person at the store. All registration deadlines are two days before the start date of the course. Registration is final with absolutely no refunds with the unique exception being a course that is cancelled due to low enrollment. Phone : 613-730-2887 extension 3.


1 Nov 2014 Music In Motion (for Kids 2-5 Years Old)
Connor McGuire
This course is designed to introduce kids to the very basics of counting and singing songs, as well as giving them the opportunity to get their hands on some instruments from around the world. Every week, little ones will re-visit the basics of music to assist in developing a good sense of rhythm and tone. Facilitated by Connor McGuire, fun loving musician and young at heart dad! Instruments are provided by the Ottawa Folklore Centre. Saturdays, 10:15-11am, 4 weeks, starting Nov. 1, $40 member price, ($48 for non OFC Members). MM.11.14
4 Nov 2014 Introduction to Ukulele Song Accompaniment
Joel Jacques
Come find your musical voice through learning to sing and play the ukulele. This introduction to the Ukulele is for those picking up the ukulele for the first time. Students will learn to play as an accompaniment to voice and sing popular songs together in a group setting. We’ll cover a variety of accompaniment techniques to get you playing interesting and fun versions of songs you know and love. At least one song per week will be covered (yes, we can get you playing a song in a week!!!). Though the focus will be on playing songs together in order to learn the basic techniques of the ukulele, certain fundamentals of music will be introduced and worked through so that the ground is broken for future musical study, whether through further courses or through independent study. Students will need a Ukulele! (an optional 4 week extension is always offered at the end of each 4 week session, same time, same place) Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00pm, 4 weeks, starts Nov. 4th, $68 OFC Member price, ($80 non Members), max. 14 students. IU.11.14
4 Nov 2014 Continuing Ukulele Class
Joel Jacques
Continuing ukulele with Joel Jacques is for those who have already learned to play a few songs and can change easily between several basic chords and now wish to further explore the musical possibilities of our adopted four stringed friend. A certain amount of time each class will be dedicated to examining the way various artists have used the ukulele in popular music throughout the 20th century. We’ll apply this to the repertoire we tackle together each week in class. We will begin to explore the relationships between melodies, scales and chord progressions and some basic fundamentals of music theory will be covered and applied to our arrangements. Tuesdays, 7:15pm-8:15, 4 weeks, starts Nov. 4th, $68 OFC Member price, ($80 non Members), max. 14 students. CU.11.14
9 Nov 2014 Merle Travis Fingerpicking Workshop
Ryan Cook
oin us for a workshop on the basics of Travis Picking! Merle Travis’ unique fingerpicking style inspired the great Chet Atkins and generations of country, folk, bluegrass and rock guitarists. This workshop will cover: – self accompaniment using the Travis picking style – thumb independence – picking melodies – alternating bass (thumb) notes – new uses for open and barre chords Ryan Cook is an award-winning singer/songwriter who has toured with Dwight Yoakam, Travis Tritt, and Roseanne Cash. Dylan Watts performs with the Chaffey Brothers and other local artists. Sunday Nov. 9th, 1-3pm, $20 OFC Member Price ($25 Non). MTFP.11.14
29 Nov 2014 Rise-Up and Sing with Arthur McGregor
Arthur McGregor
Here’s an opportunity to just sing! Using the book RISE UP SINGING, Arthur McGregor will lead and sing with his guitar. Singers call out the song they wish to sing and the page number and if Arthur knows it (he bats about 95%!) we sing it. If he doesn’t, the caller teaches us the song! It’ll last 2 hours and we’ll break in the middle for coffee and munchies. The Ottawa Folklore Centre will loan copies of Rise Up Singing or you can bring your own. Saturday, November 29th, 10am-Noon, $5 (Free admission with the purchase of a CFMA Full Access Pass). CFMA.RISEUP.2014
29 Nov 2014 Can-Folk Ukulele Jam
Garett Barr
Join local uke teacher Garett Barr for a Canadian Folk music themed Ukulele Jam! This jam will feature songs by your favourite Canadian Folk Songwriters such as Stan Rogers, Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell just to name a few! Everyone is welcome to join, no matter what playing level. Saturday, November 29th, Noon-1pm, $5 (Free admission with the purchase of a CFMA Full Access Pass). CFMA.UKEJAM.2014
29 Nov 2014 Songwriting Workshop with CFMA Nominee Shari Ulrich
Shari Ulrich
Shari Ulrich will discuss all aspects of the craft of songwriting using the work of the participants as a spring board. Shari will cover lyric structure, song structure, what makes songs work, performance, and other elements of songwriting for novice, experienced, professional and performing songwriters. Shari is nominated for English Songwriter of the Year for the 2014 CFMA’s. Saturday, November 29th, 1-3pm, $20 (Free admission with the purchase of a CFMA Full Access Pass). CFMAWKSHP.SHARI.2014
29 Nov 2014 Singing Beatles Harmony with CFMA Nominees Gathering Sparks
Gathering Sparks
Travel beyond the frontiers of normal harmony. Together we will explore and sing some of The Beatles’ most unique and surprising vocal arrangements. We’ll be learning parts by ear; previous experience with harmony is beneficial, but not necessary. Join us in some of the most beautiful music ever written—all you need is love! Gathering Sparks is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year for the 2014 CFMA’s. Saturday, November 29th, 3-5pm, $20 (Free admission with the purchase of a CFMA Full Access Pass). CFMAWKSHP.SPRKS2014
11 Jan 2015 Play O Canada at an Ottawa 67’s Game
Arthur McGregor
Come play O Canada at an Ottawa 67’s game (versus the Kingston Frontenacs) Sunday January 11th. All you need is a ukulele and a voice! The first 60 sign ups get a FREE ticket (with purchase of additional $15 ticket). Want to bring more than one guest? Extra tickets are available for $15 each.

Friday Featured E-Store Item

Friday Featured E-Store Item: Kala Banjo Ukulele Kala Banjo Uke

Kala’s Soprano sized Banjo Ukulele boasts a bright sound that will project over other instruments in ensemble settings and features an open back design for vintage tonality, fiberskyn head, 6″ hoop diameter, classic satin black finish, maple bridge with ebony cap, deluxe geared tuners with chrome buttons and comes with a free gig bag.


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  • Ottawa Folklore Centre
    1111 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3X4
    613.730-2887 | 1-800-385-FOLK (3655)

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  • Monday-Friday  10 am to 9 pm
  • Saturday  9:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Sunday  12:00pm-5:00pm

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