Relax to the sound of local musicians while enjoying freshly-made food and beverage delights at The Britannia Coffeehouse. Drop by on your visits to the Ottawa River and Mud Lake conservation area, or as a ‘reward-and-rest’ stop on your walking or running route. Sundays from 1:00 pm at The Britannia Coffeehouse and Beachconers, 273 Britannia Rd. No cover charge / pass the hat. Vegan, gluten-free and decaf options available.

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Calendar of Musicians

  • October 6: Jamie Anderson 1:00 to 3:30 PM. Singer-songwriter Jamie Anderson has played her unique original songs in hundreds of venues in four countries including forty-seven US states. Proficient on guitar, ukulele and mandolin, this musician with an expressive soprano is folk without the Birkenstocks, country without the big hair, pop without the meat dress, and jazz without the weird chords. Her eleven recordings include the 2019 release The Truth Appears.

  • October 13: Linda Vanderlee 1:00 to 3:30 PM. Linda's singing connects us to ourselves and the world around us. Along with a few musical friends, she will share an eclectic mix of originals and covers. Ferron, Sarah Harmer, Natalie Merchant, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen have all had a hand in shaping her style of songwriting.

  • October 20: Walk on the Wire (Anne Hurley and Jim Videto) with Jack Pyl - 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Heartfelt original music reflecting images of nature and a range of styles, emotions and experiences)

  • October 27: Chris White and Sid Ameen (1:00 to 3:30 PM. Chris White writes clever, positive songs, that are sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching – sometimes both. He has released three albums of original songs, and loves connecting people with music through concerts, community choirs and his 'Canadian Spaces' radio show. He co-founded the Ottawa Folk Festival in 1993 and served as Artistic Director for 16 years. Sid Ameen was 6 years old when he joined The Sparrows, Chris White's music group for home schooled students. Now age 13, Sid is an accomplished guitarist in a variety of music styles. He has performed in concerts and music videos, and contributed vocal and lead guitar parts to Chris' recent album entitled "Music All Around".

  • Nov. 10: Greg Kelly 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Greg's songs speak to life situations: heartbreak, triumph and small towns, with the odd love song thrown in for good measure. He is a seasoned singer-songwriter and coordinator of both a monthly songwriters' forum and a weekly open mike night in Ottawa.

Past Acts have included:

  • September 29: Jeff Belanger. 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Jeff’s sound is a mix of James Taylor, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. He is also influenced by Murray McLauchlan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn and Bruce Springsteen. Jeff will play a combination of original tunes and covers dealing with love, family and loss.

  • September 22: Two Acts: John Glennie and Paul Spafford 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. John plays acoustic folk and rock covering tunes from Bob Dylan, Neil Young, James Taylor and others as well as original songs. Paul is a minimalist folk blues musician, who plays mandolin and tenor banjo, and sings mostly old blues songs from before the 1950s. He is the organizer of the Spirit of Rasputin's weekly Folk-Along Tuesday song-circle-jams.

  • September 15: Kenny Hayes 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. A self-accompanied, award-winning, folk/pop/musical-theatre-style songwriter that will surely have you singing along!)

  • Sept. 1: Mark Bornais 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Smooth jazz, blues and alternative rock played with an electric guitar over relaxing, dreamy backing tracks. One listener described Mark's music as “Beautiful playing, on a really splendid guitar, set up to yield sounds of exceptional purity ... echoes the Singing Bowls from Nepal used in meditation.”

  • August 25: Linda Vanderlee 1:00 to 3:00 pm Linda's singing connects us to ourselves and the world around us. Along with a few musical friends, she will share an eclectic mix of originals and covers. Ferron, Sarah Harmer, Natalie Merchant, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen have all had a hand in shaping her style of songwriting.

  • August 11: Alan Sandeman and John Hanson. 1:00 to 3:30 PM. Alan's songs range from deeply emotional reflections and memories to hilarious….and from rock to reggae, music designed to appeal to a wide range of ages and interests. His first CD entitled “Proclivity” is a testament to that musical latitude. John has an equally diverse repertoire, which he describes as 'good time music.' Each is a guitarist and songwriter; together they weave a rhythmic tapestry of finger picking fun.

  • August 4: 1:00 to 3:30 PM.Knock on Wood. Lili, Kevin and Jack are Knock On Wood, a musical trio who describe their eclectic sound as Gypsy Worldbeat. Drawing from such diverse sources as seductive Europop, festive Caribbean party music and lightly seasoned with Lili's thoughtful original songs, Knock On Wood confound expectations and delight audiences with their arrangements on guitar, flute, percussion and vocal harmonies.

  • July 28: Milady and Treville 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Roy van Hooydonk and Rebecca Laviolette play and sing an eclectic mix of jazz, blues and classic hits as well as original songs in a variety of genres.

  • July 14: Howie Hooper. 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Recognizable by the Hat, performing songwriter Howie Hooper draws from the deep well of emotions and paints images of real and fictional characters who tear at your heart and bang on your funny bone. During live performances expect these carefully-crafted works to be hung up on the air only for a minute, but pieces of his art will inevitably become part of a shared experience and be remembered. Come out and feel the music with Howie.

  • July 7: Ron Kassner 1:00 to 3:30. A sampling of Ron’s music influences include Willie P. Bennett, Little Feat, Lyle Lovett, and Tom Waits. He will also play several of his own upbeat songs, telling stories to make you smile. Musical friends will join in, adding voices and guitars.

  • June 23: Paul Weber(1:00 to 3:30. Paul Weber is a Canadian singer, songwriter, storyteller and guitarist who has performed across Canada in various incarnations. Currently, Paul is performing a show of original songs about Ottawa, past and present, on topics such as a famous bouncer, local tragedies and how to survive an Ottawa winter.  

  • June 16: Arthur McGregor (1:00 to 3:30. Arthur has been playing guitar for most of his life. In the past couple of years, he has become a full-time musician, touring a kid’s show, the Celtic Rathskallions, and a ‘grown-up’ show, Moore and McGregor, both with his partner, Wendy Moore. He has been a solo performer as well, having opened the Ottawa Folk Festival for over 15 years with his ragtime version of ‘Oh Canada’. He plays guitar, autoharp, banjo and dulcimer, presenting his own songs and tunes along with songs from his favourite players.)

  • June 2: Noreen Sullivan and JP Lacroix (1:00 to 3:30 PM. Country meets soul in Noreen Sullivan’s unique voice. Her steady acoustic guitar rhythm sets the background as she delivers her interpretation of many of the classics. JP Lacroix has a way with the guitar, he has honed his craft over the years playing solo and in bands. His trademark style incorporates country, rock, jazz and classical influences. Noreen and JP are both fans of Jim Cuddy and Blue Rodeo, so expect to hear plenty of their blue country ballads, along with many other great tunes from a variety of genres.

  • May 26: The Wolf You Feed (1:00 to 3:30 PM. Singer/songwriter Helen Abbott, backed by exquisite harmonies and gutsy guitars. Lyrics stolen from dreams, melodies designed for harmonies, songs as sad as humanly possible.)

  • May 19: Kym and Craig (1:00 to 3:30 PM. A husband-and-wife duo covering a wide range of artists - such as Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, Blind Pilot, and Milk Carton Kids - and singing many originals, accompanied by guitars, banjo and ukuleles.)

  • May 12: Paul Rainville. (1:00 to 3:30 PM. Born and raised in Ottawa, Paul has worked as an actor from coast to coast. Early musical influences include Red Shea (Gordon Lightfoot’s guitarist) and those Joni Mitchell chords. They got Paul chasing all kinds of sounds and idioms. He writes in many genres from folk to jazz, to blues and art-songs, and all with a dash of whimsy. He has a new CD of original tunes, produced by Ian Tamblyn, featuring a stellar group of Ottawa musicians.

  • May 5: Two Acts. 1:00 to 3:30 PM (1) Lauren Stratton and Mischief Alley (aka J.P. Lacroix and Jack Pyl) and (2) Fred Dell’Amico. (Lauren and Mischief Alley will play Lauren's originals and some covers. Lauren once sang jazz standards regularly in Ottawa venues and is now getting back in front of audiences again. J.P. Lacroix is a stellar guitarist (a finger-style master) with decades of solid experience in multiple genres and Jack Pyl is a talented multi-instrumentalist who will play bass guitar, flute, and who knows what else. Fred Dell’Amico accompanies himself on 4-string tenor guitar while regaling audiences with quirky, funny, tender, insightful, and poignant tales and social commentary in song with an original yet old-timey feel.

  • April 14: (one week early to avoid Easter) Two Acts (1:00 to 3:30 PM. Featuring Alan Sandeman, with up-tempo covers of well known songs to sing along to, thought-provoking original ballads, and many songs with laugh out loud lyrics.) Lorne Weiner is an Ottawa songwriter who has written a diverse mix of tunes over the last 10 years - everything from love ballads to 21st century protest and blues songs.)

  • April 7: Two Acts. Greg Kelly and Rick Hayes (1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Greg's songs speak to life situations: heartbreak, triumph and small towns, with the odd love song thrown in for good measure. He is a seasoned singer-songwriter and coordinator of both a monthly songwriters' forum and a weekly open mike night in Ottawa. Rick Hayes is a Newfoundlander who has lived in Ottawa the past 20 years and writes some incredible songs)

  • March 10 Don Bray. (1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Don has been playing guitar and writing songs longer than most of us have been alive. He has been influenced by Bruce Cockburn, Jeff Beck, Leo Kottke, the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, and James Taylor. These days you’ll find him playing his songs on guitar, hollowneck lap slide and mandolin. “A keen observer of the human condition, with sensitivity and wit. A brilliant songwriter... poetry married to an unsurpassed guitar style... lyrics clear as water," according to Juno award winner David Francey.)

  • Feb 17: Joni and Friends (1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Come and sing or sway along as Joni Feldman is joined by various musical friends for an afternoon of eclectic folk songs.)
  • Feb. 3 Two Acts. (1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Jill Jeffrey is a song writer who opens her heart, inviting us to share moments that are vulnerable, at times hilarious and often poignant. Expect to laugh, cry, be encouraged and even sing along as she shares her journey of good and bad choices, ridiculous encounters, gratitude and loss, faith, love and the unexpected. Sjef Frenken has been making up songs for seventy years, and he isn’t going to stop now. He started appearing at Rasputin’s Open Stages in 2004, and is currently co-organizer of the Spirit of Rasputin’s weekly open-mike.)

  • January 20, 2019:  Two Acts. (1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Jay and Rita are a husband-wife duo, with fine vocal harmonies accompanied by acoustic guitar ... a wide range of folk and popular tunes from the 40s onwards, including some requests, sing-along songs and originals. Susan Sweeney Hermon is half of the popular Ottawa harp duo Acacia Lyra. She sings original and trad songs in many languages, accompanying herself on Celtic harp and guitar.)

  • December 16, 2018: Two Acts (1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Melissah Hucul, Jack Pyl and Don Bray are Flootweed Mick, a cover band featuring rich vocal harmonies, guitar, flute, percussion, and a sense of humour. And then there's Phaat Chants. With his African kalimbas, Jack invites YOU to time travel through popular music, making the familiar strange and the obscure accessible.) Phaat Chants:

  • November 18: Guy Major (1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Originals, and singer/songwriter classics)

  • November 4: Two Acts (1:00 to 3:00 PM Fred Dellamico sings original quirky, endearing songs with stories to tell. From funny to insightful to tender. Four string tenor guitar and "old time" feel. Noreen Sullivan is an interpreter of songs, with wide-ranging musical interests drawing from folk, country blues and pop. She has a unique voice and guitar style.)

  • September 30: (1:00 PM to 3:30 PM) Two singer-songwriter acts. (1) Mark Evenchick (a prodigious writer of stories in song, with well over one hundred songs penned) and (2) Clarissa Fortin (original lyrical odes to spiders, birds, turtles, and occasionally humans; remarkably sweet voice)

  • September 16: 234 Strings (1:00 to 3:30 pm) Feel the calm, emotional power, and tranquility created by this talented classical trio: Patrick Kline (cello), Reiko Lokker (violin), and Sylvia Goodeve (piano). Featuring piano trios by Haydn, Piazzolla, Fauré, and more contemporary new age classical by Ludovico Einaudi.

  • September 9, 2018: Terry Tufts is an award-winning, professional singer-songwriter and finger-style guitarist, member of the Algonquin Ensemble, session musician, and sideman for a variety of artists. He has seven solo albums to his credit and is part of many compilation albums. He blends a well-traveled personal history into music without boundaries.

Musicians please direct inquiries to:
Jay Kassirer at (613) 224-3800,

Find out about Rita and Jay's song circles, held regularly in the west end of Ottawa: