The 2017 Hootenanny Band

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Versatility, originality and activism are the hallmarks of this year’s Hootenanny Band. All four members are singer-songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and vocalists from the Elizabeth Riley Band who bring a raw, contagious energy to their music that captivates and inspires audiences:

For Jen, Patricia, Sarah and Carmel, playing in Gil’s Hootenanny is a natural extension of their identity, as equity, social activism and social justice, combined with audience participation, are central to their performance style. As Jen says: “Our songs are routed in personal, social and political realities and infused with women’s lived experiences.”


2017 Gil’s Hootenanny

  • When: 7:30pm, Monday, May 1st
  • Where: Clarke Room,  RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON.

Inspired by the legacy of Gil Levine, Monday, May 1st, 2017 will mark the 8th year for Ottawa’s Gil’s Hootenanny, the annual community sing-along celebrating the stories, struggles and victories of working people. As usual, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, tickets are only $10.      To purchase tickets and more information:
Please click on the Link……….

Have a listen: CKCU interview memories…

While y’all (and we all) are off vacationing, how about a little listen to our December 2014 CKCU interview with Chris White on Canadian Spaces…. Chris plays a few tracks from our EP, Felt through the bone.

Click on our image to hear our interview with Chris White:


We love CKCU, Canadian Spaces, and Chris White!!!


You can buy your very own Elizabeth Riley Band CD!

Gabrielle's Elizabeth Riley Band CDA big THANK YOU to everyone who comes out to our shows and keeps up with us online! Also, thanks for buying our CD 🙂

If you haven’t got your own copy yet, our CD, Felt through the bone, is available online on iTunes and bandcamp …or in your hot sweaty hands at one of our shows or by contacting us through this webpage or on Facebook!.

We will even personalize it for ya (see pic – thx Gabrielle for sharing it with us!!!)

Thanks for your support! Follow us on Twitter! Check out our Youtube channel!

❤ Love yez…

Westfest MainStage!!!! Sunday June 14 2:15 pm :)

We are incredibly happy to be part of the Westfest MainStage show this year! Westfest is an amazing FREE community festival in the Westboro area of Ottawa. The musical lineup is superlative, including some of our personal favourites, Sarah Harmer, Lynn Miles, Rae Spoon, Craig Cardiff, The Acorn, Terry Gillespie… and there are all kinds of great activities and community stages, bring the whole family!

Here is a picture of the Westfest poster:


Here is a close up of Elizabeth Riley Band ‘s name ON the Westfest poster:


Can you tell we are EXCITED???!!!!

New gigs! May 9 and May 23 – both at Pressed!

So – thanks for singing along with us on May Day! We had a hoot at Gil’s hootenanny! But if you didn’t get enough of us… never fear, as long as you can get yourself down to Pressed Cafe (corner of Arthur and Gladstone in Ottawa!) this Saturday (May 9) and also May 23rd!

May 9th we are thrilled to participate in a benefit for Arts Health Network Ottawa! Many other wonderful artists will perform that night too. Hint: Doors open at 7, music starts at 8, and we are kicking off the evening of music, our set will go from approx 8:00 to 8:30. There will be a silent auction and of course a HIGHLY interesting and eclectic crowd!!!

And May 23rd at Pressed will be a real treat… a TRIPLE treat, in fact. The amazing Heather Lynn Song invited us and the legendary Erin Saiorse Adair to share the bill that night! That’s right, a whole night of female musicians sharing original songs! (…and some fun covers of course….) NOT TO BE MISSED!!!! The Triple Treat poster is below – share, tweet, google plus it, tell all your peeps 🙂


Searchlight, press, gigs – so much news!

Spring is around the corner and we have some upcoming Ottawa performances in the works, including MainStage at Westfest on June 14! We are super excited!!! See below for a full list of our gigs.

As well – we entered the CBC Searchlight competition! voting starts March 30! Check out our entry, Running on Empty. Listen, vote, share with your friends!

AND we had some nice coverage in FASS News, the newsletter for Carleton University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: have a look!

This is how spring is shaping up for us:

April 17: Our very own amazing Carmel Whittle is a featured performer at a fundraiser for Aboriginal Arts at Gallery 101, address, here’s the Facebook event.

May 1:  Gil’s Hootenanny, a sing-a-long event for activists and radicals! Location, 1st Unitarian Church in Ottawa. We are thrilled to participate – click the link for details.

May 9: Participating in a benefit for Arts Health Network at Pressed Cafe – more info to come…. check this space again.

May 23: Triple Treat (get it?) a show with us, Heather Lynn Song, and Erin Saoirse Adair at Pressed Cafe – really looking forward to our set!

June 14: Westfest, MainStage, yo … and this year the stage will be in front of Clocktower on Richmond Road. IT WILL BE EPIC.

That’s all for now – check back for updates!

Elizabeth Riley Love beaming out in your direction – hope to see you there 🙂