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Full Steam Ahead! A Message From Arthur


On July 28, hundreds of folks gathered in Southminster church to celebrate and support the Ottawa Folklore Centre. Over 600 wonderful people paid $25 dollars to listen to some of the best music ever to come out of the nation’s capital. Sneezy Waters, Lynn Miles, Chris MacLean, James Keelaghan, Terry Tufts, Kathrine Briggs, Finest Kind, Bill Garrett, Doug McArthur, Paul Hornbeck, James Stephens, Rebecca Campbell and, of course, wee Rowan Meyer, our busking piper. We had a silent auction that raised thousands of dollars. Friends of the Folklore Centre donated more through buying virtual tickets and just sending in cheques.

I was, am and will always be so overwhelmed by your offerings…all of you.

OFC Closed for Labour Day Mon. Sept. 1st

labour day hours

OFC will be closed Monday Sept. 1st for Labour Day. Starting Tuesday Sept. 2nd, we will be open 7 days a week:

Mon-Fri: 10am-9pm
Saturday: 9am-5:30pm
Sunday: Noon-5pm

Attention Music Teachers: We’re Hiring!

We're Hiring

We’re looking for teachers for the following instruments:

- Banjo (bluegrass)
- Accordion
- Mandolin
- Piano
- Harp
- Music for young infants (0-2 yrs old)

Karson McKeown

Karson McKeown

Karson McKeownKarson is a well rounded fiddler and violinist. He began studying fiddle music at age 10 and later started classical violin at Canterbury High School. Canterbury led him to further study music at a post secondary level. Karson Graduated from Charlottetown’s Holland College Music Performance program in 2014. It was here that he studied many genres of music including jazz, latin, blues, country, rock and celtic.

OFC Presents: Shawna Caspi CD Release Concert

OFC Presents: Shawna Caspi

Celebrate the hometown CD release of Shawna Caspi’s third full-length album, “Apartments for Lovers” at the Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset St W, Ottawa) w/ special guest Andrea Simms-Karp!
$10 cover, doors at 8pm, show at 9pm.

After School Beginner Guitar

After School Beginner Guitar

This class will focus on building a strong foundation in learning to play the guitar. No prior knowledge of the guitar is needed. By the end of the course we will explore 10 songs that focus on essential guitar skills such as strumming, picking, finger picking and learning where the notes & chords fall on the fretboard.

Mondays 4-5pm, 8 weeks, starting Sept 22nd, $136 member price ($156 non-members).

Friday Featured E-Store Item

Friday Featured E-Store Item: Earl’s 5th String Suspender Capo Earl's 5th String Suspender Capo

A fantastic alternative to railroad spikes or other fifth string capos, Earl’s 5th string capo wraps around the back of the banjo neck via an elastic strap (aka suspender). It holds on to the fretboard near the 1st string and has a rubberized foot that pins the fifth string down wherever you want it.


Reach us | Nous joindre

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

Hours | Heures

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

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