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Chris MacLean

Chris MacLean

Chris MacLean is an award-winning singer-songwriter and engaging performer. Her experience onstage and in the recording studio is extensive and includes; as a dynamic solo artist; as vocalist with Indo-Canadian ensemble, Galitcha; as one of Frida’s Brow, a folk trio nominated for Canadian Folk Music Vocal Group of the Year (2008) and as a backup singer with renowned folk artist, Ian Tamblyn. She has 2 solo CDs of original songs and has recorded with many others. Her career spans 20+ years of composing and performing folk, world, jazz and old-time music and has taken her across the globe. In 2012 she traveled to South Africa for an intensive 7-month training in Voice Movement Therapy, an expressive arts therapy that primarily focuses on the voice as a vehicle for greater self-expression. Chris invites anyone desiring a stronger, more expressive & confident voice to work with her.

Wendy Moore

Wendy Moore

As well as now being the Director of The Ottawa Folklore School of Music, Wendy performs over 100 shows a year nationally and internationally with her group, The Celtic Rathskallions and duo, Celticity, with Arthur McGregor.

A graduate of Queen’s University with a B. Music and a B. Education, Wendy has taught piano, recorder, theory, tin whistle and oboe for many years.

Wendy is also a published writer – her children’s storybooks Maddie’s Moon and A Tune For Maddie, and her music book, Maddie’s Beginner Whistle Method are available at OFC Music.

Alex Moxon

Alex Moxon

Alex Moxon is a professional guitarist based in Ottawa. Though his greatest love has always been jazz music, Alex enjoys listening to and performing in as many styles as possible. That fact is plain to see: he’s clocked many hours in the studio on rock, folk, jazz, fusion, afrobeat, big band, and funk recordings. Alex […]

Catriona Sturton

Catriona Sturton

Catriona Sturton has been playing the harmonica for 19 years and got her start as a teenager in Ottawa, studying from Larry “The Bird” Mootham. She has given workshops for libraries, folk festivals and universities across Canada.  Catriona has studied harmonica in New Orleans, Mississippi, Indiana and Port Hope.

Salah Adam

Meet Salah Adam, our new hand drum (djembe) instructor at the Ottawa Folklore Centre

  Salah has fostered a love for music and percussion from a very young age.  His exposure to world music has shaped his own style of percussion playing, particularly in his specialization of djembe, conga, and drums.  As a hand and drum kit percussionist of many acts and local bands, including Afrobeat Project and Nile […]

Alicia Borisonik

Alicia Borisonik

Alicia has built a career around composing, teaching and performing. She plays accordion and keyboards, and is a vocalist, composer, and arranger for her band ‘ALICIA BORISONIK AND THE ARGENTINIAN PROJECT” Alicia has received numerous grants for her research of Argentinian music. (Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec, […]

Ann Downey

Augusta Sun Banjo

Ann Downey, a long-time Ottawa musician, started playing on her brother’s banjo at sixteen, and found her way to Appalachian style clawhammer banjo by age twenty. Shortly thereafter, she won first place in an Austin Friends of Traditional Music Old-Time Banjo contest. She enjoys standard old-time banjo tunes, and less standard ones as well (“you […]

Lisa Goodnough


Lisa Goodnough holds a Bachelor of Music, Honors Degree from Carleton University. This bubbly musician has been studying and performing vocally for nearly 15 years. Lisa’s knowledge ranges from classical to popular. Being classically trained she likes to emphasize the importance of fundamentals to all her students; having them understand that learning these fundamentals will […]

Michael Grewal

Michael G

Michael is a classically trained pianist who also shares an interest in rock, pop, blues and jazz genres. He began formal piano and music theory lessons with the Royal Conservatory of Music at the age of 11 in Toronto, and during this time he joined concert and jazz bands within the school. Michael then moved […]

Connor McGuire


Connor McGuire was raised by super intelligent bears who were able to play Elvis Presley records for him in their cave.  He possesses an inordinate amount of knowledge regarding electronics, Russian history, and Randy Bachman.  When he isn’t teaching his son Finn how to scoop honey from a jar, Connor is creating acoustic arrangements of […]

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

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