The 2017 Hootenanny Band

Gils Hootenanny 2016_back view

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???!!!!