Tony Turner, creator of the song “Harperman”, has been active in the Ottawa folk music scene since joining the Writer’s Bloc songwriter’s collective in 1994. Since that time, he has performed at numerous concerts and festivals, won several songwriting contests, and served as musical director for the Lakeside Players theatre group. Tony has released 2 albums, with a third to be released later this year.
After majoring in geography at the University of Alberta, Tony worked in the area of satellite imagery and mapping. “I find I’m often considering the big picture, whether it’s through maps of the earth or thematically in song”. His subsequent work as an environmental consultant has confirmed his commitment to preserving the environment and living in harmony with nature.
Tony’s sing-along anthem entitled “Circle of Song” has been selected for inclusion in the “Rise Again” songbook being launched this fall. Tony’s website is www.tonyturner.ca.
Andrew has 20 years experience as a print, radio and TV journalist, followed by 16 years of work as a videographer/producer of educational videos for Canada’s central bank. He now runs his own video production company and is a busy grandfather. Andrew claims he has voted for all three major parties at one time or another over the past 45 years, and wants the federal election this fall to be a joyous affirmation of Canada’s strengths. Andrew’s website is www.andrewhallproductions.com.
Chris co-founded the Ottawa Folk Festival in 1993 and served as Artistic Director for 16 years. An event organizer, choir director, teacher, songwriter and radio host, Chris has served on the board of many volunteer-driven arts organizations, including Folk Music Ontario, the Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society, Writer’s Bloc and Mayworks. He is also a founding board member of the Home Routes national house concert network. Chris produces and hosts Canada’s longest-running folk music radio program, “Canadian Spaces” on CKCU FM. Website: www.folkzone.ca