The walk is along city sidewalks. There is a bit of a hill on this stretch of Bank St.
There are a couple of steps up to Stella Luna Cafe.
Ottawa has been 'Folk City' since the 1950s. Coffee houses like Le Hibou, The Wasteland, The Kitchen Cinq, Le Monde, and Roosters have highlighted some of Canada's finest talent, a good portion of it local. Currently, Ottawa is the home of the Ottawa Folklore Centre, The Ottawa GrassRoots Festival, The Ottawa Folk Festival, The Canadian Folk Music Awards (celebrating its 10th anniversary this year in Ottawa), Folk Music Ontario (with their annual folk Conference) and the Canadian Folk Music Walk of Fame, aka 'Folk Walk'.
Come spend an afternoon in the neighborhood that hosts the Folk Walk and hear about the current plaques, the folk murals, and the state of folk music in our city. There will be participatory live music.
We will meet at the Ottawa Folklore Centre at 1111 Bank St, then head south on Bank St, stopping at each Folk Walk Plaque and discussing the person on the plaque. I will lead a song relevant to each person honored in the Folk Walk. A song sheet will be given out for people to sing along, along with a short history of each Folk Walk star. We will complete the journey at Stella Luna for gelato!
Arthur McGregor is a performer, founding director of the Canadian Folk Music Awards, a founding sponsor of the Ottawa Folk Festival, a promoter of Folk Music in Canada, and is owner and founder of the Ottawa Folklore Centre on Bank St.