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Party Central: The Barrack Hill Balladeers debut at D'Arcy's

Journalists, Hill staffers, lobbyists flock to D'Arcy's to hear Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tandt perform before Christmas holidays.

Embassy News Photograph by Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.

There were plenty of full beers Wednesday night, and soon to be many full bellies thanks to the debut of the Hill’s newest musical act; a folk and country ensemble calling themselves the Barrack Hill Balladeers. The group, a play on the Bytown days term for Parliament Hill, is made up of gallery members Postmedia News’ Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tandt as well as Donovan Allen, Celeste Côté, Mark Fraser, and Eve-Laurence C. Gasse, and the evening included special guest performance by and Robert Watt. The evening of music, mingling and mixed drinks was a fundraiser for the Ottawa Food Bank and by night’s end Party Central heard from a friendly face at the door, Embassy News and Ottawa CAJ’s Laura Beaulne-Stuebing that there was one $100 bill in the jar, so kudos to all who chipped in. Hostesses or emcees for the night’s festivities were winter solstice season birthday babies, CBC’s Kady O’Malley and Global News’ Laura Stone of Global, who brought her boyfriend Steve St. Pierre.

HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

"We raised more than $500 for the Ottawa Food Bank and shared non-partisan good cheer," said Mr. Maher. 

Mr. Maher told Party Central the group had been practising for a while in the lead-up to their debut performance and the crowd seemed to love them. Over the course of the evening, the band played Old Duff’s Blues a take on a Johnny Cash song; Jean Leloup’s I Lost My Baby; Galway Girl by Steve Earle; Basement Apartment by Sarah Harmer; the Hank Williams Sr. tune I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry; The Pogues’ Sally MacLennane and Broad Majestic Shannon; and Stan Rogers’ Barrett’s Privateers.

Among those who came out on a school night to hear their friends and colleagues play and support a good cause, were The Ottawa Citizen’s Glen McGregor and Michelle Lang Fellow Dylan Robertson; the CBC’s Laura Payton; The National Post’s John Ivison and Andrew Coyne, who is the Post's new comment editor; The Toronto Star’s Alex Boutilier; The Hill Times’ Kate Malloy, Mark Burgess, and yours truly; The Globe and Mail’s Josh Wingrove; Huffington Post Canada’s Althia Raj andThe Halifax Chronicle Herald’s Paul McLeod; CPAC’s Andrew Thompson; Global News’ Mike Le Couteur; iPolitics’ Cynthia Münster, Kirsten Smith, James Munson, and Matt Gumley, who is now a former employee studying at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the U of T. Mark Bourrie, journalist and author of the upcoming Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper's Attack on Your Right to Know, and Ottawa Citizen crime reporter Gary Dimmock were also there. CTV's Richard Madan was fashionably late.

Among the GR and PR crowd were Alex Maheu, manager of government relations and policy at the Canadian Urban Transit Association; Jason Kerr, director of government relations at the Automotive Industries Association of Canada; Greg MacEachern, vice-president of government relations at Environics Communications; Ewald Friesen, writer and strategist at Media Style; consultant Andrew Balfour; and design consultant Kelly Mounce.

Politicos in the audience included a heavy dose of New Democrat staffers, including Beisan Zubi, a NDP staffer in NDP House Leader Peter Julian’s office; Marc-André Viau, a NDP press secretary; Darlene Parsons, who does communications in the NDP research bureau; NDP press secretary in the OLO Emily-Anne Paul and Kiavash Najafi with his wife Jordan. Mr. Najafi also hopped up on stage to perform a Leonard Cohen classic, Hallelujah, with Ms. Côté, who also played at his wedding this summer. The PM's deputy chief of staff Howard Anglin was also another late arrival. 

Other familiar faces spotted were Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser and Chris McCluskey, director of communications to Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford. Mr. McCluskey was a manager of sorts for the evening, was there from start to finish and although the music ended around 10, the party was still going strong after 11 and surely long into the night for some, as many Hillites had just overcome the hump day in the week before Christmas holidays.

raiello@hilltimes.com

The Hill Times 

 


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Party Central: The Barrack Hill Balladeers debut at D'Arcy's

Journalists, Hill staffers, lobbyists flock to D'Arcy's to hear Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tandt perform before Christmas holidays.

Embassy News Photograph by Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.

There were plenty of full beers Wednesday night, and soon to be many full bellies thanks to the debut of the Hill’s newest musical act; a folk and country ensemble calling themselves the Barrack Hill Balladeers. The group, a play on the Bytown days term for Parliament Hill, is made up of gallery members Postmedia News’ Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tandt as well as Donovan Allen, Celeste Côté, Mark Fraser, and Eve-Laurence C. Gasse, and the evening included special guest performance by and Robert Watt. The evening of music, mingling and mixed drinks was a fundraiser for the Ottawa Food Bank and by night’s end Party Central heard from a friendly face at the door, Embassy News and Ottawa CAJ’s Laura Beaulne-Stuebing that there was one $100 bill in the jar, so kudos to all who chipped in. Hostesses or emcees for the night’s festivities were winter solstice season birthday babies, CBC’s Kady O’Malley and Global News’ Laura Stone of Global, who brought her boyfriend Steve St. Pierre.

"We raised more than $500 for the Ottawa Food Bank and shared non-partisan good cheer," said Mr. Maher. 

Mr. Maher told Party Central the group had been practising for a while in the lead-up to their debut performance and the crowd seemed to love them. Over the course of the evening, the band played Old Duff’s Blues a take on a Johnny Cash song; Jean Leloup’s I Lost My Baby; Galway Girl by Steve Earle; Basement Apartment by Sarah Harmer; the Hank Williams Sr. tune I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry; The Pogues’ Sally MacLennane and Broad Majestic Shannon; and Stan Rogers’ Barrett’s Privateers.

Among those who came out on a school night to hear their friends and colleagues play and support a good cause, were The Ottawa Citizen’s Glen McGregor and Michelle Lang Fellow Dylan Robertson; the CBC’s Laura Payton; The National Post’s John Ivison and Andrew Coyne, who is the Post's new comment editor; The Toronto Star’s Alex Boutilier; The Hill Times’ Kate Malloy, Mark Burgess, and yours truly; The Globe and Mail’s Josh Wingrove; Huffington Post Canada’s Althia Raj andThe Halifax Chronicle Herald’s Paul McLeod; CPAC’s Andrew Thompson; Global News’ Mike Le Couteur; iPolitics’ Cynthia Münster, Kirsten Smith, James Munson, and Matt Gumley, who is now a former employee studying at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the U of T. Mark Bourrie, journalist and author of the upcoming Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper's Attack on Your Right to Know, and Ottawa Citizen crime reporter Gary Dimmock were also there. CTV's Richard Madan was fashionably late.

Among the GR and PR crowd were Alex Maheu, manager of government relations and policy at the Canadian Urban Transit Association; Jason Kerr, director of government relations at the Automotive Industries Association of Canada; Greg MacEachern, vice-president of government relations at Environics Communications; Ewald Friesen, writer and strategist at Media Style; consultant Andrew Balfour; and design consultant Kelly Mounce.

Politicos in the audience included a heavy dose of New Democrat staffers, including Beisan Zubi, a NDP staffer in NDP House Leader Peter Julian’s office; Marc-André Viau, a NDP press secretary; Darlene Parsons, who does communications in the NDP research bureau; NDP press secretary in the OLO Emily-Anne Paul and Kiavash Najafi with his wife Jordan. Mr. Najafi also hopped up on stage to perform a Leonard Cohen classic, Hallelujah, with Ms. Côté, who also played at his wedding this summer. The PM's deputy chief of staff Howard Anglin was also another late arrival. 

Other familiar faces spotted were Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser and Chris McCluskey, director of communications to Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford. Mr. McCluskey was a manager of sorts for the evening, was there from start to finish and although the music ended around 10, the party was still going strong after 11 and surely long into the night for some, as many Hillites had just overcome the hump day in the week before Christmas holidays.

raiello@hilltimes.com

The Hill Times 

 

  

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