Recipients Overview

The Canadian Folk Music Walk of Fame is located in Old Ottawa South, on Bank Street between the canal and the river.

This mural (right) showing Bruce Cockburn, Sylvia Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell is now in place at the SE corner of Bank & Sunnyside.

This new mural shows Jean Carignan


FOLKWALK Supporters : The City of Ottawa, Councillor Clive Doucet, The Ottawa Folklore Centre, Alloy Foundry Company Ltd., Primus Canada, CBC Radio One, CBC Radio Two, Radio Canada International, Canadian Musician Magazine, The Ottawa Folk Festival, Penguin Eggs Magazine, folkwaysAlive!, Pansy Village, Wunderdog Creative, RJW Stonemasons

FOLKWALK is privileged to announce that Samuel Gesser received a brass plaque in the FOLKWALK. Mr. Gesser's early association with Folkways Records in the 1950's allowed him to record Canadian Folk Musicians like Helene Baillargeon, Jean Carignan, Jacques Labrecque, Monique Leyrac and Alan Mills. His work as an impressario brought many non-Canadian folk musicians, as well as players in other musical genres, to tour Canada.

He was responsible for 49 seminal Canadian recordings between 1951 & 1963 including works by Alan Mills, Jean Carignan, Tom Kines, Karen James, Helen Creighton, E. Fowke, and Wade Hemsworth. SEE LIST

Sam Gesser, 1930 – 2008

Sam passed away April 1, 2008 in Montreal.
We mourn the loss of such a spirit, a man of many friends and many accomplishments.

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