Tony Turner, Greg Kelly and Pat Moore sing
in celebration of Softtie winner Bob Nesbitt
Ottawa Grassroots Festival founder and producer Bob Nesbitt has won the Spirit of Tony Turner Award (the “Softtie“), which will be presented on Sunday, November 18 at 7:30 pm at a song-circle concert at Westboro Masonic Hall. Tickets are $20.
The song-circle performers will be previous winners Greg Kelly and Pat Moore, along with Tony Turner himself. Broadcaster Tonya Price, host of CKCU FM’s “Friends with Benefits”, will MC the event.
The Softtie honours an individual who has devoted their time and talent to creating opportunities for musicians in the Ottawa community.
The award is named for singer-songwriter and musical organizer Tony Turner, who will present the award. Tony played a key role in the Ottawa musical community for many years before his recent move to British Columbia. “I’m humbled and honoured to have this award bear my name,” he says.
Tony is best known for his protest song and video “Harperman”, which sparked 50 simultaneous sing-along events in communities across Canada on September 10, 2015, and led the Folk Alliance International organization to honour him with a “Spirit of Folk” Award in 2016. His anthem “Circle of Song” appears in the popular “Rise Again” songbook. In Ottawa he led the Writer’s Bloc songwriting forum and organized annual events including “The Great Canadian Song-Along” and “Christmas Goose”.
Singer-songwriter Greg Kelly was the initial winner of the Spirit of Tony Turner Award in 2017. He has three CDs to his credit and is the organizer of many open mic events, including “Tunes After Noon”, a Saturday afternoon series featuring local and visiting musicians. Greg is a past facilitator of Writer’s Bloc, and for the past ten years has co-hosted “The Great Canadian Song-Along”. For three years he hosted “Chrysalis”, an event in which Ottawa performers present works by other Ottawa songwriters. Spirit of Rasputin’s will be bringing “Chrysalis” back in 2019. Greg is a director of FOLKRUM, an initiative that is creating a new community music venue in partnership with the Bronson Centre.
Pat Moore, the second winner of the Softtie, is an Ottawa musician, event organizer and radio host. She performs and records with the bluegrass band Maple Hill, as well as with the Monroe Sisters, the Vinyl Frontier, and Moore & Doucet. Pat has released two internationally-acclaimed albums of original songs: “The Time’s Never Been Better” and “Take it to Heart”. She produces the annual “Christmas Goose” concert for the benefit of the Ottawa Food Bank; for many years she produced the “Ottawa Opry”, a fundraiser for Amnesty International. She is a host of the “Saturday Morning” show on CKCU FM, and is a former Artistic Director of Spirit of Rasputin’s .
The Spirit of Tony Turner Award Concert
Sunday, November 18 at 7:30 pm
Westboro Masonic Hall