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About Felix Rufus 

Felix Rufus Music brings music and people together for mutual benefit

Some say Felix Rufus was one of the last of the old-time bluesmen, plying his trade in juke joints and coffeehouses, playing the songs that made a difference to him and that the audience seemed to like.

Some say Felix Rufus is a wild animal, roaming the continent, living its life and entrancing those lucky enough to see it.

Who’s THIS Felix Rufus?

Folk and Roots music brought home


Coming Attractions


Stay on the Rufus Radar

Felix Rufus believes that great music deserves to be heard by great people.


Behind Felix Rufus

Felix Rufus grew out of BobCat House Concerts, a 10-year-old concert series in Ottawa, Ontario. House concerts gave the Bob half, Bob LeDrew, the music bug bigtime. From working with Folk Music Ontario to helping some artists with promotion to speaking at conferences to making radio, he’s now branching out to producing concerts “out of the house,” keeping the same intimate vibe but expanding the scope just a little.  

bobcat resting

Felix Rufus has big ears, the better to hear great songs with.

What’s on the Felix Rufus agenda


Photo: Michelle Valberg

April 3, 7:30 “The Northwest Passage in Story and Song, with David Newland and Friends”

Cobourg-based David Newland‘s been playing and writing music for decades — and he’s been traversing this country for about as long, in every imaginable way.

In addition to being named a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for his “determination to build, courage to explore and steadfast love of country”, David’s found his recent travels in the North a catalyst for new songs and a new passion for telling the stories of our North.

Those songs and stories will come together April 3 at the Westboro Masonic Hall as David and friends present “The Northwest Passage in Story and Song”, the first concert produced by Felix Rufus Music.

In addition to songs and stories from David, you’ll be treated to thoughts from historian Season Osborne, music from inveterate explorer and musician Ian Tamblyn, throat-singing by children from the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre, and images from Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.

It will be an evening full of wonderful sights and sounds. Tickets are $25, purchased through Eventbrite.

This concert is sponsored by:

Adventure Canada


and by CKCU-FM.



April 10, 1:00 pm Ukulele workshop and concert with BC’s Ralph Shaw 

Ralph ShawHe’s a showman with a style inspired by British Music Hall and a witty raconteur with an infectious joy of performing. And as a gifted songwriter, Ralph Shaw‘s songs bring characters and situations to life with brilliant wordplay. Whether he’s singing about a village vicar, a brothel handyman or embodying an evil cat, his hilarious and sometimes tender songs thrill audiences with music and laughter. As well as traveling to entertain audiences at international festivals and ukulele clubs, he also leads a monthly get-together of 140+ ukulele strummers in his home town of Vancouver. In 2013, he released two new albums called Love and Laughter.

As Canada’s King of the Ukulele, Ralph’s workshops are a tour de force, helping new and experienced players get to grips with their instrument and performance technique. With a catalog of five solo albums, four teaching DVDs and an acclaimed book, Ralph Shaw has played a crucial role in creating the current ukulele boom.

Felix Rufus Music is proud to present:

clocktowerA Ralph Shaw Concert and Workshop Sunday, April 10 at:
Clock Tower Brew House, 575 Bank Street, Ottawa

1:00-2:30, Ralph presents his “Infinite Strums” workshop.
Tired of the same old chunka-chunka? Ralph’s ready to teach you strumming techniques that will complement and enhance the songs you love to play. Players of all levels welcome.

3:00-4:00, it’s Ralph in concert
A rollicking set of ukulele tunes with everything from George Formby to the Clash to hilarious originals, delivered in Ralph’s warm, entertaining style.

Workshop only: $25
Concert only: $10
Concert & Workshop: $30
Students: $25 (C & W)

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