Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Music for the Future Ottawa Fundraiser and Instrument Drive - 1 Oct 2016

Saturday October 1st, 7pm
Loyalist Orange Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave, Ottawa, Ontario

Tusarnaarniq Sivumut Association (TSA) - Music for the Future presents the 2nd annual Ottawa Concert Fundraiser and Instrument Drive!

Greg Simm, and Kim De LaForest are back to entertain you and bring a little of Canada's Northern music culture to your ears, all while increasing awareness of the TSA's mission in Canada's North.

And they are bringing a friend!  This year, they are joined by traditional Inuit Drum maker and Dancer, David Serkoak!

NEW:  Greg is arranging for students who have graduated from the TSA program and who are now studying in Ottawa to perform in the show!  More details to come!

Buy Tickets In Advance:
Adult:  $20
Child (16 or under):  $10
A small service fee will apply

Buy Tickets At the Door (if available)
Adult: $25
Child: $15

Make a Financial Donation
(Tax receipts available)

Donate an Instrument
Contact local Ottawa organizer Graham Crate at gcrate @ rogers . com

Fiddles will be set up and distributed to students where the TSA teaches.
Other instruments will be auctioned to raise funds to purchase new fiddles

About the TSA
Tusarnaarniq Sivumut Association, which from Inuktitut translates to "Music for the Future," has been sending music instructors, to communities on Baffin Island since 2009. The TSA's mission is to, on a volunteer and non-profit basis, seek to promote music among youth in the North in order to increase self-esteem, teamwork, leadership, and a healthy and positive lifestyle.


All funds raised will go towards the music workshops in Nunavut allowing us to meet the growing interest in our program.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Makem and Spain - Centrepointe Theater 17 Sept 2016

In case you haven't heard, Makem and Spain are coming to Centrepointe Theatre this coming week. Look forward to a night of great song and story.
"Rory Makem along with Mickey and Liam Spain will be bringing their blistering live show to Centrepointes Theatre.

Rory Makem (son of the Irish phenomenon Tommy Makem) along with Mickey and Liam Spain have created the most exciting Irish Ballad Group since the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem electrified the word wide folk revival of the 1960’s.

They showcase their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists bringing a rousing flavor to brand new songs, old favourites as well as serving up a night of great music, rowdy songs. Rebel songs and sweet sad memories."

The 2016-2017 Season of the Ottawa Celtic Choir is underway!

We're getting underway for an exciting new season! And if you've ever thought about joining a choir, now's the time! We're an un-auditioned community choir with a focus on making great music while having fun and building community. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the choir, we're interested in hearing from you!

The first rehearsal of the season was on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 7:15 pm at St. John the Evangelist Church on the corner of Somerset and Elgin Streets.

As always, if you have questions about the choir, please don't hesitate to contact our choir director at ellen@laughingbrook.ca!

See you there!


Friday, 19 August 2016

Friends of Fiddler's Green - Friday, 9 Sept 2016

The always popular Friends of Fiddler's Green will kick off our 2016-2017 concert series in fine style, with their entertaining blend of laughs and great music, at The Mill Road Community Space in Chelsea, QC, on Friday, September 9th.

"The Friends" boast six versatile musicians, five singers, three songwriters, a brilliant joke teller, the occasional fiery dragon, one Order of Canada, two Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medals and one of the longest track records in Canadian Folk Music. This totally uncategorizable collection has been together, with a few personnel changes, since their inauguration at Toronto's Fiddler's Green coffeehouse in 1971. Nobody, not even the Friends themselves, can predict what might happen during one of their concerts, but it always includes humour, powerful vocal harmony, great musicianship, social commentary and an irresistible urge to dance.

"The Friends" were recipients of the 2003 Estelle Klein Award, given by the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals for service to folk music in Ontario. This year they celebrate 45 years of song and laughter.

When: Friday September 9, 2016 at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)

Where: Mill Road Community Space (Chelsea United Church),
8 Chemin Mill, Chelsea, QC (Google maps link)

Tickets: $20 in advance from www.ottawacontra.ca, or $25 at the door.

More on the Friends/recordings here: www.ianrobb.com/FOFG

Listen: https://soundcloud.com/ian-robb-210579724/sets/fofg

Watch/listen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA4M216Wtd0

See you in September!

Monday, 18 July 2016

UK duo Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley - Saturday 23 July 2016

The fine young UK duo Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley, is happening next Saturday, July 23rd, at the Rosemount Hall in Hintonburg. Alex & Nicola are an exciting accordion & fiddle duo performing both songs and tunes from around England. They are both recent graduates of the Newcastle University Folk and Traditional Music Degree and were New Roots Finalists in 2014.

Alex and Nicola have just released a new CD, "Across the Water" and should have it in hand, hot off the press, at the concert. They will be on their way to play the Millrace Festival in Cambridge, Ontario, and we're very pleased to have diverted them to Ottawa for this show.

When: Saturday, July 23rd at 8pm (doors open 7:30)
Where: Rosemount Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave., Ottawa
Tickets: $18 in advance from www.ottawacontra.ca or $20 at the door.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Learn to play a traditional instrument at Almonte Celtfest! (8-10 July 2016)

"Celtfest is a fun weekend of Ottawa Valley and Celtic entertainment, performed in the natural amphitheater of Gemmill Park in the heart of Almonte. It is a time to share the historical Celtic traditions with today’s local performers. Celtfest also presents a select group of unique artisans and vendors of specialty goods with a Celtic flair. Donations are welcomed at the gate."

This is a great opportunity to channel your inner Celt this coming weekend at the annual Almonte Celtfest, Saturday "Celtic College."

There is a fine assortment of workshops on offer for all ages, mostly for beginners.

The workshops will run from 10:00am to 11:30am on Saturday, July 9 2016, at the Almonte Old Town Hall. Registration is $25.

Workshops include:
Learning to Love the Fiddle (Beginners) – Cindy Thompson
Taking the Fiddle to the Next Step (Intermediate) – Chrissy Crowley
Advancing your Mandolin Technique (Intermediate) – Darren McMullen
Stepping up Your Dance Game – Rachel Davis
The Key to Accompanying Tunes (Piano) – Jason Roach
Whistle – Graham Lindsey
Bodhran Primer – Perfect for Beginners and Novice Players

And don't forget to check out the great big lineup of performers! 

Thursday, 30 June 2016

House Concert with Paddy Keenan and Brian Taheny (Kingston, ON), 8 July 2016

If you can, don't miss this golden opportunity to see and hear the living legend . . . Paddy Keenan, founding member of the Bothy Band.

Paddy Keenan was born in Trim, Co. Meath, to John Keenan, Sr. of Westmeath and the former Mary Bravender of Co. Cavan. The Keenans were a Travelling family steeped in traditional music; both Paddy's father and grandfather were uilleann pipers. Paddy himself took up the pipes at the age of ten, playing his first major concert at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, when he was 14. He later played with the rest of his family in a group called The Pavees.

Paddy's flowing, open-fingered style of playing can be traced directly from the style of such great Travelling pipers as Johnny Doran; both Paddy's father and grandfather played in the same style. Although often compared to Doran, Paddy was 19 or 20 when he first heard a tape of Doran's playing; his own style is a direct result of his father's tutelage and influence Paddy Keenan, YouTube Paddy Keenan Biography

Brian Taheny is one of the absolute best mandolin players of Irish music around. Brian immigrated to Toronto from County Sligo about 25 years ago and is a multi-instrumentalist playing mandolin, fiddle, guitar, bouzouki, cittern, tenor banjo and more but he has a particular love for the mandolin. He plays at warp speed with incredible lift and constantly changing ornamentation and knows more tunes than anyone I have ever met. He has recorded on over 70 albums, but the only CD on which he plays exclusively mandolin is one called Mando Lore with Andrew Collins. As Brian has a day job, he is not as well known as he should be. Brian Taheny, youtube

202 Main Street, Barriefield
Friday, July 8, 2016, 7:30
$20 advance (until July 4, $25 at the door)

Byrne and Kelly, at Live on Elgin, 10 July 2016

What started out as Celtic Thunder's Ryan Kelly and Neil Byrne performing a live show together called "Acoustic by Candlelight" has now developed into the recording of their Billboard World Album Chart #1 "Acoustically Irish" and three years of touring North America and upcoming tours of Australia and Canada. The Irish Music Association of America awarded Ryan and Neil with "Best Duo" in a Concert, Pub, Festival and "Best New Album" in 2013 for "Acoustically Irish". In addition to the Billboard Chart #1 position, "Acoustically Irish" was an iTunes US, Canada and Australia World Album Chart #1, Amazon US World Album #1 and Celtic Album #1 and a CD Baby Global Chart #1. In March 2016, Ryan and Neil released their first ever originals album, "Echoes", which debuted at the top of Amazon's World Music "Traditional Folk" and "Traditional Celtic Folk" charts as well. To find out more about "Byrne and Kelly" check out their website http://www.byrneandkelly.com

July 10th
220 Elgin St., 2nd Floor
Doors at 12:30pm ; Showtime at 1pm
Tickets available at: www.byrneandkelly.com

Concert info:

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Reminder - Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham, 4 July 2016


A reminder that we have the first of two extra summer concerts coming up on Monday July 4th with Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham, and tickets are available from our website.

As long time stalwarts of the Derbyshire folk scene they are well known in England and great ambassadors for English music wherever they tour. Both fine singers and concertina players, they bring a repertoire of great songs--old, new and timeless--to each performance.

Keith and Sylvia sing mainly English traditional and traditionally influenced contemporary songs and work extensively all over the UK, Europe and across the globe. Both have very wide ranging repertoires, strong voices and uncannily compatible and complimentary styles of delivery, affording an exciting enhancement in duo and between them produce a striking acapella harmony sound. With a formidable 40+ years history of performing experience behind them, their recorded work is matched only by their live gigs which are always a vocal and musical revelation as well as a hoot! They also frequently accompany themselves and play lively dance tunes on three different systems of the only English invented musical instrument – the Concertina.

Come listen and sing along with two of the best! Here are the details:

Monday July 4th, 8pm. Doors open 7:30

Rosemount Community Hall, 41 Rosemount.
Tickets $18 in advance from www.ottawacontra.ca,
or $20 at the door.

Celtic Folk Night (CFN) New Venue

The Celtic Folk has found a new venue as of Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, from 7 - 10:30 pm at the Oh So Good cafe, 261 Richmond Road, Ottawa.

The cafe is licensed as well as serving coffee, tea, juice, sandwiches, meals and desserts. Parking is available at the side and rear of building, as well as on Richmond Road. Their website is https://ohsogood.ca/

The venue is owner/family run, in business since 1994. Kevin D. is a regular customer there! Given the CFN recent experiences with pubs, Kevin, as host, believes this new venue should be supported in the spirit of the CFN - please pass the word.

Kevin D.
Host, CFN

Monday, 16 May 2016

Irish Duo CAITLÍN & CIARÁN - Wed 25 May 2016

A real Irish Traditional Music gig in Ottawa, not too many of those these days, so get out and support this gig!

Irish Fiddle, Concertina and Dance music played by two musicians at the top of their game. From fast and furious reels to airs that tug at the heartstrings to marches into battle.  Caitlín & Ciarán cover the wide breadth of Irish traditional music.

“Ciarán has that Donegal fiddlers’ knack of being technically exact, fearless and free. Caitlín’s concertina is no less thrilling as she expands perceptions of the instrument.

May 25th 2016 at 7:30 PM
Kildare Room, Entrance on Cumberland St.

Ciarán Ó Maonaigh – fiddle -  Donegal.
Caitlín Nic Gabhann – concertina / dance - Meath

At $10, this is a great deal. Join your friends for a pint in the adjoining pub, St. Brigid's Well, and bring your drink into the show.

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Crab a beverage, relax and enjoy the music.

Ottawa Celtic Choir - Celtic Spring, Saturday 28 May 2016

Join Ellen MacIsaac and the Ottawa Celtic Choir for another memorable choral performance!

Atlantic Voices celebrates Cape Breton's own Allister MacGillivray - Sunday 29 May 2016

Atlantic Voices celebrates a gentle giant among Canadian songwriters, Cape Breton's own Allister MacGillivray. Best known for 'Song of the Mira', MacGillivray is also the composer of 'Away From the Roll of the Sea', 'Song for Peace', 'Here's to Song', and 'Coaltown Road' which are fixtures on choir concerts around the world. We are pleased to present a selection of his most popular songs, as well as other treasures from the MacGIllivray songbook, newly arranged especially for this concert. Featuring special guess Ciarán MacGillivray of The Cottars. Pre-show music by the Fumblin' Fingers starts at 2:15.

Parking at Glashan School, and at several paid lots on Catherine St. from O'Connor St. to Kent St.

Atlantic Voices: The Newfoundland and Labrador Choir of Ottawa is a community choir located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

"Remembering Ron" - 29 May 2016, Montgomery Legion

The Royal Canadian Legion, Montgomery Branch #351, 330 Kent St, Ottawa, plays host to a Celebration of Life for the Late Great Ron Hynes warmly referred to as "The Man of a Thousand Songs" who passed away November 19th 2015 just weeks shy of his 65th birthday.

The Show is Titled "Remembering Ron" and will feature upwards of 10 incredible artists honouring the Life and work of one of Canada's Greatest Singer/Songwriters.

The Night will also mark the release of Ron's last piece of work a CD entitled "Later That Same Life" which was recorded at a very small out of the way studio in the Kawartha Lakes.

The CD is brilliant and captures Ron the way his fans enjoyed him most just simple and bare with minimal accompaniment Just Ron and the beautiful bass playing of Dennis Pendrith and the addition of former Wonderful Grand Band mate Glenn Simmons doing acoustic lead on "Marie".

So Please come out and join us in celebrating this incredible artist and his contribution to the arts.

The lineup will include, Missy Burgess, Lynne Hanson, Ken Tizzard (The Watchmen) Anders Drerup, Neville Wells, Chris White, Rebecca Campbell, Graham Lindsey, Norman Doucette and Anna Ludlow.

Tickets are Available online or by phone 613 267 6817 or 800 518 2729
for online sales please go to http://shadowfax.on.ca/store/show-tickets-page/

It will certainly be a Grand evening of Song and Celebration

Friday, 29 April 2016

Thursday, 21 April 2016

COMMEMORATION of 100th Anniversary of 1916 Irish Rebellion

SUNDAY, MAY 1st, 2016  at  7:30 pm
Heart & Crown Snug Pub
353 Preston Street, Ottawa

Traditional Irish music, songs, poetry & readings, hosted by 
“Celtic Folk Night Group”

Formal programme followed by Celtic Folk Night (Rebel Songs)

No Cover ~ All Welcome ~ Info 613-726-7583

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Darkness into Light - 5k Walk/Run (Pieta House, Ireland) - 7 May 2016

There will be a 5 kilometer walk/run in support of Pieta House, Ireland. Pieta House is a crises centre for those experiencing self harm or thoughts of suicide.  This year the event has expanded to include Ottawa.

Starting eight years ago, the first event saw several hundred people in Dublin's Phoenix Park, now it has grown to thousands upon thousands upon thousands of people across over 80 locations and four continents in May of last year, Darkness Into Light in aid of Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of suicide and self-harm, has grown beyond all expectations.

Formore information about this event visit the link:

For general information on the Pieta House walk/run, please visit:

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Mac Piarais i bPictiúir / Pearse in Pictures (Live Theatre) - Wed. 20 April 2016

Join Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, Ottawa Branch, who are proudly sponsoring Fibin's stage production of the play "Mac Piarais i bPictiúir / Pearse in Pictures," written and devised by Harry McGee and Dara McGee. Fibin are arriving direct from Co. Connemara, Ireland, to perform this play in a select number of venues in Ontario. Fíbín was nominated for the Irish Times / ESB Theatre Awards in 2005; a rare feat for a company in its formative years and again in 2011. We were also the 2005 winners of the Galway County AIB Theatre Awards. This is a very special and rare opportunity!

Pearse in Pictures is a striking re-imagination of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, the insurrection led by a small group of idealists resulted in a heavy defeat with all the leaders executed. However, it was the spark that lit the bonfire that culminated in an independent Irish. The performance focuses on five leading figures of the 1916 Rising with a dramatic unexpected twist at the end.

This event is a fundraiser for the Ottawa Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ Ottawa). You can enjoy Irish theatre, Irish music and contribute to its continuation in Ottawa.

Prior to the play, theatre goers may gather for some socialising in Brigid's Well, the new pub in St. Brigid's Centre (Cumberland Street entry), which opens at 4 PM. The play starts at 7:30 PM. After the play, you can meet the actors, and listen to live Irish traditional music!

The play will be performed at St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts, 310 Saint Patrick St. on the periphery of the Byward Market. Please use the Cumberland Street entry for the pub and the play. Street parking and parking garages are within one block of the Centre.

$20 – Adults
$15 – valid Student ID
All tickets $25 at Door
More info: call 613-912-3664 (leave msg and return number)

Fibin are travelling with the support of Culture Ireland.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

1916 Remembered - St. Brigid's, 17 April 2016

The 1916 Rising commemorations continue!

Sunday 17 April – 2.00pm. 1916 Remembered: A commemoration of the events of 1916 through a weave of Irish song, music, narration and literature. St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts. No charge but please RSVP to Kay – kayohegarty@sympatico.ca   (613) 829-8467

Event Link:

Alex Kehler and Nicholas Williams CD release concert 15 April 2016

Alex Kehler (Skye Consort, Les Siffleurs de Nuit) and Nicholas Williams (Genticorum, Crowfoot) will be performing a CD release concert next Friday, April 15th at Southminster United Church.

These multi-instrumentalists weave tunes rooted in Scandinavian,Quebecois and Celtic traditions accompanied with rich vocal harmonies. Nyckelharpa, flute, piano accordion, fiddle, piano, guitar, and låtmandola are all featured in their repertoire which includes lively numbers but also tunes that approach the subtlety of a chamber music ensemble.

Watch here - https://vimeo.com/151731560

Date: Friday, April 15th, 8:00pm (doors open 7:30)
Venue: Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave. at Bank (Galt St. entry)
Tickets: $15 advance (www.ottawacontra.ca) & $18 at the door

Official information here:

Monday, 4 April 2016

Irish writers at Ottawa International Writers’ Festival - 14-15 April 2016

Thursday 14 April & Friday 15 April - Four Irish writers at Ottawa International Writers’ Festival. Supported by the Embassy of Ireland, Culture Ireland and the Ireland Literature Exchange.
Tickets & info: http://www.writersfestival.org/

Thursday 14 April - Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St.

6:30pm: SAFE AND SOUND with Paul Lynch, Abdourahman A. Waberi and Carol Daniels.

Dublin’s Paul Lynch is the author of The Black Snow, which Booklist describes as "so starkly brutal and so beautiful that it is impossible to look away.” He takes the pastoral novel and--with the calmest of hands---tears it apart. With beautiful, haunting prose, Lynch illuminates what it means to live through crisis, and puts to the test our deepest certainties about humankind.

8:30pm: RADICAL EMPATHY with Sara Baume, Sunil Yapa and Joan Crate.
Cork’s Sara Baume is the author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither, a captivating story, told over the course of four seasons, of a misfit man who adopts a misfit dog, praised in The Irish Times for its "astonishing power with language [and its] touching and inspiriting sense  of empathy, that rarest but most human of traits.”

Friday 15 April - Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St.

6:30pm: ALL IN THIS TOGETHER with Farzana Doctor, Monique Schwitter and Christine Dwyer Hickey .
The Lives of Women, by award-winning novelist, playwright and short story writer Christine Dwyer Hickey, was an Irish Times Book Club pick and was praised for "an uncompromising portrayal of the suburbs and the cruelties brought about by the demands of respectability."

8:30pm: THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT with Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Kris Bertin and Danielle McLaughlin
Dinosaurs on Other Planets by Cork’s Danielle McLaughlin, includes two stories published in The New Yorker and was heralded by The Irish Examiner as "a remarkable first collection from a distinctive and extremely gifted writer on the brink of major recognition.”

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Call of the Forest: the Forgotten Wisdom of Trees - Mayfair Theatre - 14 April 2016

Diana Beresford-Kroeger (originally from Cork) is premiering her documentary Call of the Forest: the Forgotten Wisdom of Trees at the Mayfair Theatre on Thursday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m.
“Every breath we take is because of a tree’s ability to create oxygen. No other organism or invention can do what the tree does. Trees are entirely unique in our galaxy, quite possibly the universe –so with every breath you take, thank a tree. We want you to plant trees and fix your forests.  We need your help to do this and on the journey, I will tell you why.  The story is the ancient secret of the forest.  We will unfold this secret with science.  We will all go on the greatest adventure of our lives.  And we will come home to a different understanding of ourselves when we realize the importance of the forest.  You will never look at a tree in the same way again.  Trust me in this.”
– Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Link to the Mayfair Theatre description:

Further information on the film is here:

Friday, 1 April 2016

Ottawa Gaels Annual Spaghetti Fundraiser - Saturday night, 9 April 2016

The Ottawa Gaels, our local GAA club, have their annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser this  Saturday,

St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts.

The fundraiser gets underway at 5:30pm.

Only $10 for adults and $5 for kids.Saturday.

More details here!

Monday, 28 March 2016

Irish Film Fest Ottawa - 1-3 April 2016

The second Irish Film Fest Ottawa will take place at the Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, over the weekend of 1-3 April (Fri-Sun) 2016.

I attended most films last year and found it to be a very enjoyable weekend. Given all the attention Irish cinema has been getting recently this is a great opportunity to get your fill of the best there is. Please go and support this new venture by and for the Irish in Ottawa!

Program and Tickets Here


Sharing Our Choral Art - 2 April 2016

The Ottawa Celtic Choir is proud to welcome Near North Voices, the University-Community Choir from North Bay, to Ottawa for a concert of Celtic and folk music that is not to be missed!

Saturday, April 2 - 7:30 PM

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Monday, 21 March 2016

The Carpenters of Song - Music and Poetry of Wales, Brittany, Scotland and Ireland - 17 April 2016

"The Carpenters of Song- Music and Poetry of Wales, Brittany, Scotland and Ireland" with Mary Muckle, harp & harpsichord; Julie Leduc, harp; Marilyn Jenkins, voice; Loyda Lastra, flute; The Ottawa Youth Harp Ensemble and the Welsh singers, Cantorion Cerdd Dant.

Takes place Sunday, April 17, 7.30 pm at St. Luke's Anglican Church, 760 Somerset St. W.

The concert is a part of the St Luke's recital series.

Admission is by donation.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Paddy's Day Irish Session at Daniel O'Connell's Pub - 17 March !

Irish Traditional music musicians who aren't otherwise engaged are welcome to come join us for an afternoon of REAL Irish music, a few pints, and complimentary stew afterwards. Patrick Laplante will be hosting.

Daniel O'Connell's Irish Pub
1211 Wellington st. W, Ottawa, Ontario

Thursday, March 17, 2 PM - 6 PM

Monday, 7 March 2016

Saint Patrick's Dinner and Irish Dance - 12 March 2016

If you are looking for a great family evening, or a night out with your best friend(s), to celebrate the coming of Saint Patrick's Day (Thursday 17 March, a work day and night!), then why not consider going to the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) annual Saint Patrick's Dinner and Dance? This is the closest you will get to a real Irish ceili in Ottawa. Dress is casual. What is a ceili?

Tickets Here (deadline Thursday midnight)

Doors open at 5:30, and dinner starts to be served at 6:00. This year they are offering a sumptuous Irish Stew served with homemade Irish soda bread, a staple in the Irish kitchen, followed by cake and coffee and tea. This year CCE features a price for kids (12 and under), $5 for the food and the entire evening of fun and dance. While the event is not a 'kids' event, it is very children friendly and everybody is welcome with the warmth of traditional Irish hospitality. Non-members pay $25 for the dinner and the night of dancing. Also included at about 9:30 is the traditional snack time, complimentary (donations accepted) soda bread with cheese and jams, and tea.

Cash bar!
The bar will be open from 5:30 to 10:00pm. (Drink responsibly, or designate a driver.). Non-alcoholic beverages also available.

Your door ticket may get you prizes from random draws. TD Place tickets, cds, DVDs, and offereings from Blakey Design's, who will be back vending their lovely Irish and Celtic themed jewellry and art (cash or cheque only). There will also be a 50/50 draw!

As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Irish Easter Uprising, a short commemoration will be held after the meal to honour the fallen. This will include readings in English and Irish of the Proclamation, and the singing of the Irish national anthem.

When the dancing starts, simple ceili dances will be briefly instructed and called for the beginners by expert teachers. Set dancing will also be featured (Irish 'square dancing' to awesome Irish music). The musical backdrop to this evening will be the award winning Comhaltas Ceili Band, which will jigs, reels and polkas till you drop.

During the break period of the evening, the Trillum Academy of Dance dancers will delight you and your family with demonstrations of precision Irish step and solo dancing. Songs may be sung in Irish as well. How often do you hear a song in the old language of Ireland?

TICKETS are ONLINE ONLY, and there are no door sales. Call 613-912-3664 if you cannot buy online. A vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, chili option available (and it's really tasty, just let us know!).
Buy Tickets Here.

Concert: Celtic Knox, 11 March 2016

Join Ellen MacIsaac (voice, and director of the Ottawa Celtic Choir), Susan Toman (website) on harp and Ross Davison (also of The Trousers) on uilleann pipes and whistle fora fine Celtic music performance. They will be presenting a concert of Celtic songs and tunes, many of which will be in either Irish Gaelige or Scots Gaidhlig (i.e. Gaelic!).

"Celtic Knox" is on March 11, at 7:30 pm. Call Ellen at 613-552-3964 for tickets.

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The Trousers, Old Ottawa South Concert at Black Squirrel Books - 13 March 2016

The Trousers are an instrumental duo that play traditional Irish and Cape Breton music. Area music teachers Ross Davison and Karson McKeown serve up a fresh batch of toe-tapping jigs, reels, and Adele covers (just kidding, sort of). Their current sound features Uilleann (Irish) bagpipes, Whistles, Fiddle, Guitar, and Bodhran.

Come enjoy some great tunes, hear a few stories, and learn more about Cape Breton Music/The Irish pipes.

There is no ticket fee for the concert, but we will be passing the hat.

13 March, Sunday at 7 PM

Black Squirrel Books & Café
1073 Bank St., Ottawa, 

Blogger's notes: 
1. Some serious talent here, make it out if you can!
2. Like them on Facebook, frig sakes!

Irish Night at the Log Drive Café - 11 March 2016

Come kick off Irish Week with a performance by Irish musician and writer Kevin Dooley, accompanied by his daughter, Deirdre Dooley in an evening of songs, tunes and stories.

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Kevin sings a wide variety of traditional Irish songs from rebel anthems to ancient ballads in the sean nos style, highly ornamented and hauntingly beautiful. He also plays traditional jigs, reels and airs on the Irish flute and whistle. In addition, he has a lot to say about Irish history and culture, and will link the songs together with spoken word.

Kevin Dooley has been in Canada for many decades, moving to Ottawa in 1999. Since then he has been involved in local causes such as the commemoration of the thousands of workers (many of them Irish) who lost their lives in the building of the Rideau Canal. He is also a tireless promoter of the Irish language and Irish culture in general. He has spearheaded many musical gatherings over the years and is currently the host of Celtic Folk Night at the Heart & Crown Pub on Preston Street, a song/tune session every Wednesday evening, in which all are welcome to share songs and tunes of celtic derivation. Kevin is also a writer, with a new novel published last fall, called A Dog’s Breakfast.

Deirdre Dooley also sings Irish songs, and plays solid percussion ranging from bodhran and snare to various other drums. She has been accompanying her dad for many years, and has a great sensitivity to his material and style. Those of you who caught her show at the Log Drive Café in February can attest to her ability to find just the right percussive sound for the song.

The Log Drive Café is a traditional music venue, held on occasional Friday evenings, featuring local and visiting folk singers and musicians in a coffee-house setting, in which the audience is welcome to sing along.

Tea, coffee, cold drinks and baked goods are available.

Abbotsford House is a wheelchair accessible recreation centre focused on older adults; however, the Log Drive Café is an all-ages event.

Please bring indoor shoes as no outdoor footwear is permitted in the performance space.

Parking: There is a small lot at the front, but if that is full and you can’t find anything close on the street, you can park at the underground lot at Lansdowne Park and pay only $2 (exact change) to Pat at Abbotsford. She will validate your ticket. (Some people who came early were turned away at the underground lot last time but those who arrived after 7:15 had no trouble. We hope it won’t be a problem this time because there is no hockey game on March 11.)

Contact Maura Volante with further questions:

maura.volante@gmail.com • 613 277 9208
Or call Abbotsford House: 613 230 5730

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Cape Breton Concert and Dance with Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald - 27 Feb 2016

On Saturday, February 27, if you're looking for an evening of great music and tons of fun that will NOT cost you an arm and a leg, then just grab a couple of friends and come on down to the Montgomery Legion in Ottawa. Anita MacDonald (fiddle, vocals, step dancing), Ben Miller (pipes) and Tyson Chen (piano) will be giving a short concert and then cranking out tunes for a Cape Breton dance! Our own Ernie Fraser will also be playing some celtic guitar in between sets, too! And no need to worry about not knowing how to do the Cape Breton square set dances - there will be lots of people there who will be MORE than willing to help show you! Hope to see lots of you folks there!!
(from Diane Fraser)

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Monday, 15 February 2016

Concert: Carleton Goes Celtic - Sunday 6 March 2016

Enjoy a concert of Celtic music put on by the teachers and students at Carleton University's new Celtic Music Performance Programme, along with a few special guests. We're looking forward to showcasing some great young talent in the Ottawa area! "Carleton Goes Celtic" is taking place at Live on Elgin, Sunday March 6 at 2 pm. Tickets are available from Live on Elgin.

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Concert: Allison Lupton Band - 12 March 2016

The Allison Lupton Band will be delighting concert goers on March 12th at the Rosemount Hall. Once again you can save $5 by purchasing your ticket in advance.

Traditional and contemporary musician Allison Lupton is an Ontario native who got her start playing folk music with Windsor-based band Killiecrankie.

She is a featured performer at various festivals and venues including Mariposa, Lunenburg, and CBC's Vinyl Cafe. Most recently, Allison's "One More Day" was the English overall winning song in the 2015 Folk Music Ontario's Songs From the Heart competition. Her most recent recording is "Half My Heart".

Allison's band is composed of a stellar group of musicians, including renowned veteran of the Canadian folk scene Ian Bell, acclaimed bass player Denis Rondeau, Grand North American Fiddle Champion Shane Cook, and CCBA's Mandolin Player of the Year Andrew Collins.

Delighting listeners with their beautiful renditions of traditional and original songs and tunes, the group features exquisite, three-part vocal harmonies and captivating arrangements highlighting flute, fiddle, guitar, accordion, mandolin, banjo and acoustic bass

Date: Saturday Mar 12, 2016
Time: 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm)

Location: Rosemount Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave (Google maps link)

Tickets: $20 when purchased at http://www.ottawacontra.ca/ or $25 at the door

Website: www.allisonlupton.com and VIDEOS.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Irish Trivia Night Fundraiser - Thurs 4 Feb 2016

Join fellow Ireland and Irish enthusiasts at Patty Boland's Pub in the Byward Market, 101 Clarence St., this Thursday night at 7pm, for an evening of fun questions and answers on the people, places, music, and history of Ireland. The event is a fundraiser for the Ottawa Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (English translation is "Gathering of the Musicians of Ireland"). There will be prizes available. Entry is only $10 per person, and teams of up to 4 people are allowed. A wide variety of topics have been chose, so everybody should have a chance at a few points over the night. Bring a friend!

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Canada, The Irish Language and the Easter Uprising 1916

Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh, founding chair of the North American Gaeltacht, is working with the Irish Embassy to organize a commemorative conference at the Ambassador’s Residence on 19/20 February about the 1916 Uprising – see the announcement below, and the conference poster that is attached. You are strongly encouraged to attend. Click on the poster to enlarge.

During the conference reception on Friday 19 February, at the Ambassador's residence, Bríd Guglich, a well respected and loved member of the Ottawa Irish community, is being honored by investiture as the President of Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada. The poster concerning that investiture is also attached. Click on the poster to enlarge.


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Republic of (Gerald) Doyle: Old-time Songs of Newfoundland - Saturday 24 Jan 2016

B'ys, your gonna wanna go see dis one 'ere. Click on the poster so ya's can read it proper.

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Sunday, 10 January 2016

Concert: Join Canadian Celt rockers the Mudmen - 6 February 2016

Join Canadian Celt Rockers the Mudmen, Saturday Feb 6 at the Shenkman Arts Centre, in Orleans, Ottawa. Show starts at 8 PM. For a lot more information on the band, their accomplishments and accolades, and to purchase tickets go to this link.

Anna Ludlow - 16 January 2016

Anna Ludlow IS IN THE HOUSE!!

SATURDAY January 16, 7pm

Since her performance debut as a teenager in rural Nova Scotia in the late 1990s, Anna has been captivating audiences across North America.

She has been blessed to play with some of the best talent the East Coast has to offer, which allowed her the opportunity to travel all over North America.

She's been the principle fiddler for the critically acclaimed Halifax production DRUM! since 2005, has shared the stage and collaborated with many artists including the Beach Boys, Matt Mays, Charlie A'Court, Lennie Gallant and Irish Mythen, and she has taught fiddle privately for over 17 years.
In 2010, Anna released her debut album Reel to Reel. The album drew nominations from both Music Nova Scotia and the East Coast Music Awards. In the years to follow, Anna musical style continued to develop, fueled by her curiosity about surrounding cultures, as she thrives on new influences.

In the Spring of 2016, she will release her much anticipated, self-titled second album which showcases the wealth of experience she has accumulated. The album is set to highlight her as a force to be reckoned with, proving that the power in her bow and the passion in her voice make her talent as a truly gifted

Anna puts on a high energy show, fusing the style of the traditional Maritime Kitchen Party with a contemporary flare that will have you on your feet.

Anna Ludlow is not to be missed.

$20 suggested minimum donation --  Seating is limited – All proceeds go directly to Anna

To reserve you seats and concert address, email Graham at gcrate@rogers.com

Light refreshment will be available during intermission (BYOB).

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Irish social dances in Ottawa - the ceili

When most people think of Irish dancing what often comes to mind is the highly athletic dancing as seen in the large shows like Riverdance. This solo dancing, or solo dancing adapted to large professional groups requires years of practice and dedication as do all form of performance.

Luckily, for the the mere mortals of us out there we can still enjoy Irish dancing without the fear of needing to compete on that level. For centuries Irish people of all ages and a wide range of physical abilities have been dancing at social gatherings.

The easiest form of social dance are the 'ceili dances', in which a large number of men and women, boys and girls, dance simple somewhat repetitive moves. It is common for these dances to be performed in large circles, or in lines. In nearly all cases these dances are 'progressive'. This means that as the music plays, you dance with one partner, and within a minute, you're probably dancing with somebody new. If the music plays long enough, you will come back around to your original partner.

Requiring more knowledge and practice, another form of social dance is the 'set dance.' In terms of North American dance terms, one might refer to this as Irish 'square dancing'. In Irish 'set dancing' four couples form in a square (a 'set') and move according to a preset sequence of standard moves. A dance is usually comprised of 4 or 5 sets. Each set in the dance is accompanied by a particular kind of Irish music, such as polkas, jigs, reels, etc. For many people, particularly those that have not grown up with set dancing, it can be difficult to remember the sequence of steps in the set. For this reason it has become more common to hear dances 'called', and many events will have brief lessons before the dance evening, or they will provide quick instruction between each set.  This latter method is what is done in Ottawa, at the monthly ceili hosted by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE).

If you've never tried attending a real Irish ceili, you should try out the CCE ceilis. They are very beginner friendly, and people of ALL ages participate. Nobody is there to compete, it's all for the craic! (fun!). Ceilis are generally held on the 3rd Saturday of each month (check www.ottawacomhaltas.com to confirm) at 7pm to 11pm, Blessed Sacrament Church, 194 Fourth Ave, in the Glebe. They have a cash bar and offer free snacks and tea later in the evening. Kids 12 and under get in free, making it an attractive option if you want to bring the kids and avoid the babysitting fees.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

New trad jams and sessions in Ottawa region

Great news! There are two new jams of traditional acoustic music in Ottawa and Gatineau (I only recently heard of them, so they are new to me). The first is the Ottawa Celtic Kitchen Party, and the second is the Jam Trad Outaouais.

Ottawa Celtic Kitchen Party

Whether it be in the Maritimes, Quebec, the Ottawa Valley or the Western Provinces, the party often ends up in the kitchen, with lots of foot stompin’ music, singing and step dancing. The Ottawa Celtic Kitchen Party showcases live Celtic music from these regions of Canada. The primary focus is to give talented musicians and singers, joined by high level accompaniment, a chance to showcase their music. The events mainly feature a variety of instrumentalists, including fiddle, guitar, bagpipes, banjo, tin whistle, bodhran, flute, uilleann pipes and piano, with the occasional vocal tune thrown in for good measure. Our performances take place the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, at the Royal Oak at Bank and MacLaren. Hope to see you all there at some point!

Jam Trad Outaouais

Groupe sur Facebook en lien avec les jam sessions de musique traditionnelle qui se déroule partout en Outaouais. aussi site web.: http://jamtradoutaouais.jimdo.com/

Wednesday, 9 December 2015