Sept. 11, 2016

Hello Fellow Writers!
Writer’s Bloc starts up again this Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
We have secured the upstairs room at the Carleton Tavern again this year….Parkdale & Wellington.
Bring whatever you’re working on.
See you Sunday!

24th Annual Great Canadian Song-Along 2016

The Great Canadian Song-Along – now in its 24rd year!

Here’s how it works:

  • Write a NEW song inspired by one or more of the topics below, and,
  • Sign up to perform that song and one other song of your choice

Performance dates are Friday April 15 and Saturday April 16, starting at 7:00 pm. Song-Along will be held at the Westboro Masonic Hall. The address is 430 Churchill Ave. (at Byron).

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Writer’s Bloc has found a new home!

With heartfelt thanks to Arthur McGregor for allowing Writer’s Bloc to meet at OFC, since, well….forever. We were always made to feel welcome, and an integral part of Ottawa’s folk community. Nothing but well wishes for you Mr. McGregor.

Starting Sunday, September 13, 2015, Writer’s Bloc will be meeting on the second floor of the Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong St., beside the Parkdale Market.
It’s a good sized room, and plenty of privacy. There will be no server, but you can bring a beer up if you so choose.
We will be meeting at 2:00 pm once again, and go til 4 – 4:30.

Looking forward to seeing everyone, and hearing some fabulous new songs!


What is Writers’ Bloc?


Writers’ Bloc is an open group of songwriters based in Ottawa.  We meet once a month to share the songs we’ve written and offer gentle suggestions for their improvement.

Usually people write to one of four topics chosen in the last meeting.


The meetings are at the Ottawa Folklore Centre, a.k.a. OFC Music, at 1111 Bank Street.
Writer’s Bloc will be meeting on the second floor of  the Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong St., beside the Parkdale Market.


Writers Bloc met at the Folklore Centre for un-numbered years until it closed in August 2015 – huge thanks to the generosity of Arthur MacGregor and all the staff there for the support they gave WB in many many ways.

Many thanks also to the Carleton Tavern for stepping up and offering a new home for WB.


WB runs from 2:00p to 4:30p the second Sunday of each month – except for the summer – in recent years we haven’t met in July and August.


Usually about 6 to 12 people turn up and we can take 10 to 15 minutes per song, which is enough time to get acquainted with it.  Normally, people bring copies of the lyrics to aid the discussion – sometimes people don’t hand them out till after they’ve played the tune. There is no “criticism” but people offer reactions and, if welcome, suggestions.


Most people bring guitars but you can borrow one.