Sunday, 30 October 2011

Award-winning Irish comedy opens 2 Nov at The Gladstone Theatre

You've heard of Dr. Phil... now meet the unforgettable Dr. Fell!

I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell
by Bernard Farrell

Hot on the heels of his smash-hit sucess Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps...

Director John P. Kelly returns to the Gladstone with a hilarious, award-winning Irish comedy.

Set in Dublin in the 1970's, six group therapy patients find themselves locked in a room and embark on a journey of self-discovery through fearless, honest confrontation, pillow fights and group hugs.

And it might just have worked too... were it not for Dr. Fell!

An outstanding cast of Ottawa actors has been gathered for the production:
Stewart Matthews, Richard Gelinas, Kelly Rigole, Tim Oberholzer, Robin Guy, Lawrence Evenchick, and Kathi Langston.

Please join us for this entertaining dark comedy laced with mystery and thrills.
I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell opens this Wednesday and runs November 2nd -19th.

Special Preview: Tuesday, November 1st.

All performances at The Gladstone
Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM
Saturday matinees at 2 PM

Please visit or call 613-233-4523 (GLAD)

Paddy Keenan Ticket Purchase - reminder

As a reminder, the Paddy Keenan concert is on Saturday evening of 26 November, at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Ave, about 1 km west of Westboro Village. You can now buy tickets wherever you have an internet connection and a browser.  Click the link here: ONLINE ticket sales, which are heavily discounted compared to the 'At the Door' price of $25. I encourage you to buy the advance tickets. Students have it really good this time, at only $15 (and IMO absorbs the transaction fees). Also, if you have kids 12 and younger, they get in for FREE.

Please support live Irish music in Ottawa.

Paddy Keenan is presented by Irish Music Ottawa and the Almonte CeltFest, and the media partner is The Gaelic Hour with Austin Comerton.

Almonte Celtfest - The McGee Band - Next Week, and also appearing in Toronto

For anyone interested in catching this show in Almonte (fund raiser for Celtfest) on the 6th November at 2 pm in the afternoon and for Toronto on the 10th follow the link below:

Hope to see you there ,


Saturday, 29 October 2011

I Do Not Like Thee Dr. Fell - Nov 2 to 19 at the Gladstone

Before there was Dr. Phil… There was Dr. Fell…

I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell – the award-winning Irish Comedy is set to open at the newly rejuvenated Gladstone Theatre.

Ottawa – OCTOBER 26, 2011. The Gladstone Theatre's new artistic team is on a roll! Hot on the heels of their successful 39 Steps and Speed-the-Plow comes the Irish sensation I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell – the award-winning Irish comedy, written by Bernard Farrell, and Directed by SevenThirty Artistic Director John P. Kelly.

I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell is a hilarious dark comedy laced with mystery and thrills. Set in Dublin in the 1970's, six group therapy patients find themselves unexpectedly locked in a bare room and embark on a journey of self-discovery through fearless, honest confrontation, and group hugs. To say they get more than they bargained for would be an understatement.

An outstanding cast of Ottawa actors has been gathered for the production: Stewart Matthews, Richard Gelinas, Kelly Rigole, Tim Oberholzer, Robin Guy, Lawrence Evenchick, and Kathi Langston.

I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell runs November 2-19 (preview on Nov. 1) at 8 pm.

For more information please visit or call 613-233-4523 (GLAD)

Box Office, The Gladstone
910 Gladstone Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1R 6Y4
613-233-4523 (613-233-GLAD)

2011 Fall Season: The 39 Steps (Sept), Speed-the-Plow (Oct), I Do Not Like Thee Dr. Fell (Nov), The Shadow (Dec)

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Monday, 24 October 2011

The Ottawa Celtic Choir - Performance - 27 Oct 2011

The Ottawa Celtic Choir will have their first performance of the season on October 27, 2011 at Ottawa University, as part of the 20 Years of Teaching the Irish Language conference:

The concert is open to members of the general public.

Admission: $30.00

For this you will be regaled by the Celtic Choir, watch a play (in Irish, but a synopsis is available in English) , based on an award-winning production (Oireachtas 1979) and directed for us by award-wining director, John P. Kelly, and performed by local actors, from Ottawa, Brockville, Kingston and Montreal. There will also be the book launch of Padráig O' Siadhail's new novel.

Any musicians who come are welcome to join in the siamsa that we will have at the end of the evening.

There will be a cash bar and free snacks available.

Christmas Concert - CONCERT de NOËL

November 30th, 7:00 p.m. le 30 novembre, 7h 00
189, rue Archambault St. Gatineau (Our Lady of the Annunciation)
St. Brigid's Session Group
Don Kavanagh Maura Volante Mary Comerton Kristina DaCosta Violette Khodabakashi Denis Lanctôt & Jim Hunter
Hosts / Animateurs : Pat Cassidy & John MacKillop
Goûter Prix de presence Billets 15$ 819-778-2827
Door Prizes
Tickets $15 819-778-2827
P. Cassidy

Acacia Lyra - CD Release Concert NAC December 3

ACACIA LYRA, CD Release Concert

PERFORMERS: Harp and Voice Duo with Janine Dudding and Susan Sweeney Hermon

PLACE: National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage

DATE/TIME: Saturday December 3, 7:30 pm

TICKETS: $22.00

NAC Box Office 613-947-7000

Ticketmaster 613-755-1111


Susan Sweeney Hermon 613-749-2519

ACACIA LYRA is not just your average harp and voice duo. Janine Dudding and Susan Sweeney Hermon sing in English, French, Spanish and Gaelic, accompanying themselves on Celtic harps and guitars.

The duo will launch their third CD at the NAC Fourth Stage December 3rd. This latest CD, entitled Silver Sun, is a unique offering of original material and their own arrangements of seasonal and Christmas music from around the world.

The duo will be joined by storyteller Gail Anglin, and guest musicians on flute, violin, cello, and percussion.

Susan and Janine's music is a beautiful melding of voices, instruments and spirit. A true friendship in music.

Sharlene Wallace, harpist-composer

Fógraí Gael-Cheanadacha/Gaelic-Canadian Announcements

Upcoming events from now and into 2012.

The first event on the list is the Irish Language Immersion Weekend in Montreal, which is approaching soon, and the registration deadline is Oct. 26, 2011. See below for details.
The second event is the Irish Language Conference at the University of Ottawa from the 27th to the 28th of October 2011.

Gaelic-Canadian Announcements

1. Comhrá, Montreal. Irish Language Immersion Weekend. 4 – 6 November 2011. $260. Beautiful and scenic Auberge Val Carroll resort:

Registration Deadline, 26 October 2011
contact Clare Cooney,
2. Irish Language Conference, University of Ottawa, 27 - 28 October 2011,
The Next 20 Years: Research and Teaching of the Irish Language in North America

3. Saturday, 26 November 2011. Work day, North American Gaeltacht, Tamworth/Erinsville, Ontario.
Followed by Strategic Planning Meeting in Verona. Contact Stiofán,

4. Irish Language Immersion Weekend, 13 - 15 April 2012, Kingston, Ontario. Contact Aralt,
5. TEG Preparation Course, University of Ottawa, 18 - 20 May 2012. Contact Síle,
6. TEG A1 Examination ( New York City. 26 May 2012.
Contact Aisling (Ireland) and Hilary (New York)
7. Irish Language Immersion Weekend, June 2012, Keswick (just north of Toronto).
Contact Allyson,, or Cindy,
8. 6 - 8 July 2011, Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada, North American Gaeltacht, Tamworth/Erinsville, Ontario.
9. Summer Immersion Week, 12 - 18 August 2012. North American Gaeltacht, Tamworth/Erinsville, Ontario.
Contact Stiofán,
10. Submissions accepted for the Literary Competition of Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada 2012. Contact Aralt,
11. Nominations for "Irish Language Learner of the Year". Contact Michelle,


Fógraí Gael-Cheanadacha
1. Comhrá, Montreal. Deireadh Seachtaine lán-Ghaeilge. 4 – 6 Samhain 2011. $260. Ag ionad saoire, scéimhe agus álainn, Auberge Val Carroll.

Spriocdháta Clárúcháin, 26 Deireadh Fómhair 2011

teagmháil: Clare Cooney,
2. Comhdháil Gaeilge, Ollscoil Ottawa, 27 - 28 Deireadh Fómhair 2011,
An 20 Bliain atá Romhainn: Taighde agus Teagasc na Gaeilge i Meiriceá Thuaidh
3. Dé Sathairn, 26 Samhain 2011. Lá Oibre, Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir, Tamworth/Erinsville, Ontario.
Agus Cruinniú Pleanála Straitéiseach ina dhiaidh i Verona. Teagmháil: Stiofán,

4. Deireadh Seachtaine lánGhaeilge, 13 - 15 Aibreán 2012, Kingston, Ontario. Teagmháil: Aralt,

5. Cúrsa Ullmhúcháin TEG, Ollscoil Ottawa, 18 - 20 Bealtaine 2012. Teagmháil Síle,

6. TEG A1 Scrúdú ( Cathair Nua Eabhrac. 26 Bealtaine 2012.
Teagmháil Aisling (Éire) agus Hilary (Nua Eabhrac)
7. Deireadh Seachtaine lán-Ghaeilge, Meitheamh 2012, Keswick (achar gearr ó thuaidh ó Thoronto).
Teagmháil Ailísín,, nó Cindy,
8. 6 - 8 Iúil 2011, Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada, Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir,
Tamworth/Erinsville, Ontario.

9. Campa Samhraidh lánGhaeilge, 12 - 18 Lúnasa 2012. Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir, Tamworth/Erinsville, Ontario.
Teagmháil Stiofán,

10. Glacfar taiscthe do Chomórtas Liteartha Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada 2012. Teagmháil Aralt,

11. Ainmniúchán "d'Fhoghlaimeoirí Gaeilge na Bliana". Teagmháil Michelle,


Thursday, 20 October 2011

Paddy Keenan with Andy Hillhouse Concert tickets - now on sale!

Until the concert is past, the main Irish Music Ottawa webpage will tease you with information about the Paddy Keenan concert on 26 November, at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Ave, about 1 km west of Westboro Village. The webpage will direct you to the ONLINE ticket sales, which are heavily discounted compared to the 'At the Door' price of $25. I encourage you to buy the advance tickets (way better for my stress!). Students have it really good this time, at only $15 (and IMO absorbs the transaction fees). Also, if you have kids 12 and younger, they get in for FREE. The concert space is quite nice, and it's a formal concert, so all concert goers will appreciate parental control over your excited kids while the music is playing. I just thought it was time to encourage young kids to hear some great live Irish traditional music, and as a side benefit give the parents a break from arranging and paying for babysitters. I have tried in the past to arrange food and drinks for the break during the concert, but to make a long story short, it's difficult, so make sure you have a meal beforehand. You brain will be firing on all cylinders once Paddy fires up 'the octopus' and Irish whistles - you're going to need the energy.

I can't stress enough that Irish Music Ottawa is a not-for-profit and entirely volunteer driven endeavour. These concerts cost 'real money,' and I strive to bring you top notch entertainment within my humble means. I hope that you will help me spread the word about attending this fantastic evening of Irish traditional music, song, and humour. Successful concerts breed MORE concerts. I can't be any more honest with you than that. It's really that simple.

Thank you!

Monday, 17 October 2011

Andy Hillhouse to accompany Paddy Keenan - Nov 26

Well folks, it's finally official, the accompaniment for the Irish Music Ottawa Paddy Keenan concert, 26 Nov, First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, will be Andy Hillhouse!  Andy did a stellar job playing with Pierre Schryer in Ottawa in 2009. His talents on vocal and guitar playing were a definite crowd pleaser for which I received many positive comments afterwards.  Andy has an amazing breadth of musical knowledge. What a perfect fit for playing with Paddy Keenan. I invite you to visit Andy's Myspace page.

Here are some highlights from Andy's Myspace page:

...from touring Mexico playing Mariachi music, to performing on main stages at major folk festivals, to singing as a soloist in European cathedrals. He is the founder of the popular Canadian celtic funk band Mad Pudding, played with the innovative fiddler Jaime RT (their latest duo CD "Spark" nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award), and provided the driving rhythm guitar behind The McDades (whose latest CD "Bloom", on which he played, has won two Canadian Folk Music Awards and a Juno Award for Best Folk/Traditional Group) from 2005-2007. Andy was a member of the Juno-nominated vocal collective Musica Intima from 1994-2005, is former director of the Universal Gospel Choir (1993-1999), and has directed the Youth & Concert choirs at the Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach. Andy has taught workshops on Celtic guitar for the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, the Sunshine Coast Summer School of Celtic Music, and the Saltspring Fiddle Camp. He has been on the faculty of Vancouver Community College. He currently plays regularly with Pierre Schryer, one of Canada's finest fiddlers.

Andy plays tenor banjo and the cavaquinho and is currently studying Brazilian percussion with Alan Hetherington as part of the Toronto Escola de Samba. He takes fiddle lessons from Patrick Orceau.
Wow! The king of the pipers, Paddy Keenan, and Andy Hillhouse, this is a serious gig!!

(tickets on sale soon)

Media partner: The Gaelic Hour, with Austin Comerton.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Youth Contra Dance - November 5, everyone under 30 is FREE!

Time: Saturday: November 5 · 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Location: Churchill Rec Centre, 345 Richmond Road, Ottawa

Invite your under-30 friends for a fantastic dance with incredible talent! And in case you were wondering, all you 30+ folks are welcome too. : )

What is contra dancing you ask? ...
It's a hot community dance experience!
It's for young and old, hipsters and folkies.
It ALWAYS has fantastic live music.
No partner is necessary & beginners are welcome!

If you've never done contra, show up at 7:30pm for the 1/2hr beginners lesson!

For more information, check out

Irish Bastards concert at La Grange de la Gatineau - 15 October

The Irish Bastards will be playing at La Grange de la Gatineau on October 15 at 8pm. 
$20 plus tax (includes one beverage).
Add a 3 course gourmet dinner including wine for $30 plus tax (dinner at 6:30pm).

Reservations required: or 819-827-3164
80 Chemin Summer, Cantley Qc J8V 3J3

Travel to the heart of Ireland with this lively quartet that is sure to raise the rafters of La Grange de la Gatineau. Let the party begin!

These four talented and energetic musicians will treat you to a range of music from Celtic to traditional Quebec music and bluegrass. The Irish Bastards are Jean-Philippe Goupil (voice, guitar, tenor banjo), Dylan Perron (banjo and voice), Lisa Demay (violin and voice) and Alexandre Veillette (mandolin, voice, guitar and podorhythm). These musicians, from different parts of Quebec, have only been playing together for a year, but they are all experienced and recognized musicians in their own right.

It's a show with an Irish flavour and especially Irish drinking songs, with influences including The Dubliners, The Pogues, The Chieftains, The Irish Rover and The Planxty. But they can't resist the rich roots of music from Quebec and America, and offer up a few home-style jigs with a tinge of bluegrass. It's all their way of getting their audience up singing and dancing and laughing – and the audience at the Grange will be no exception!

Music West Concert Series - October 21, Kingston

Music West Concert Series with Sharlene, (Celtic and Classical harps) and Susan Piltch (flute, piano). Anticipation: Sharlene and Susan. 2 musicians. 3 instruments. Classical, Celtic, South American, contemporary and original music. Anticipate the expected… and… the unexpected!
Friday October 21st at 7:30pm at St. Andrew's By-the-Lake United Church, 1 Redden Street, Kingston.

Tickets: $15 / $12 senior/students / $7.50 children under 13
(available at church office weekday mornings or at the door)

Friday, 7 October 2011

The Guard - Bytowne Cinema - 7-13 October

Now playing at the Bytowne Cinema, Rideau St., Ottawa. Irish cinema! 

Popping with glorious, bright colour and off-colour jokes, The Guard is an Irish comedy and almost incidental thriller, though mostly it’s something of a bait and switch. The tasty bait (and reluctant buddies) are Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, two of the best utility players in contemporary English-language cinema. Alone or together, they can be reason to see any movie. Even when they’ve been self-consciously set off against each other for maximum quirk, as they are here, these are performers who can dig a little deeper than their material. More description at the Bytowne site.

Directed by:
John Michael McDonagh
Screenplay by:
John Michael McDonagh
Brendan Gleeson
Don Cheadle
Mark Strong
Liam Cunningham
David Wilmot
Fionnula Flanagan
96 min.

Rated 14A; Coarse Language, Sexual Content, Violence.
Official site:

Fri, Oct 7, 9:15pm
Sat, Oct 8, 4:45pm
Sat, Oct 8, 6:55pm
Sun, Oct 9, 7:00pm
Mon, Oct 10, 2:00pm
Mon, Oct 10, 8:30pm
Tue, Oct 11, 6:50pm
Wed, Oct 12, 6:50pm
Thu, Oct 13, 4:45pm
Thu, Oct 13, 9:10pm

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Makem and Spain in Concert - 29 Oct 2011


Saturday, October 29, Centrepointe Theatre, 8 p.m.

The Makem and Spain Brothers, the powerhouse Irish vocal group of their generation, are returning to Ottawa for another rousing concert.

It was 50 years ago this year that the Makem Brothers' legendary father Tommy hit the big time with the Clancy Brothers, bursting onto the North American scene with their record-breaking appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The folk scene would never be the same as Ireland's fab four dominated Irish music in the 1960's with their rousing songs of rebellion, drinking, fun and mischief. Their influence continues to this day.

Today, Shane, Conor and Rory Makem, teamed with Mickey and Liam Spain, are keeping the song tradition alive. They are roaring out their own compelling versions of boisterous Clancy/Makemclassics, while bringing superb new songs of their own to the fore. Their live performances have been described as a wall of sound, enchanting audiences across North America and Ireland.

Since forming in 2002, the Makem and Spain Brothers have issued four superb CD's, all flawlessly produced, with their powerful vocals backed by musical prowess on banjo, mandolin, bazouki, guitar, bass, flute, and whistle.

Their new album, Up the Stairs, is delighting their fans. One of the songs, The Lightkeeper, has impressed the experts, earning it a well-deserved Grammy nomination.

Don't miss this exciting concert. Get your tickets now. $40 all inclusive. ; 613-580-2700. Also see

Saturday, 1 October 2011

CCE Regional AGM - 16 October 2011 - Kingston ON

Friday Night - There will be a session/siamsa at BEN'S PUB Street in downtown Kingston (please note that it no longer is at the RCHA Club). It will run from 7:00 to 11:00 or so. A group of us will be having dinner at Ben's Pub - 105 Clergy Street East (Good reasonably priced pub grub) at 6:00 but you can get food there up until about 9. Steafan Hannigan will be there to help lead the session.

Accommodation has been arranged at the Peachtree Inn 1187 Princess Street at a discounted rate of $79 + tax. You must ask for the CCE rate to get the discount. They will only hold this rate until October 1 so you should book right away. They have said that if there are lots of rooms available after the first they will still honour the discount but they will not guarantee to. To avoid missing out you should book right away. Telephone number is 613-546-4411.

There are other hotels in the area but they are all over $100. The Peachtree is clean and comfortable and close to the seniors' centre. We use it for the Irish Language Weekend. They serve a complimentary continental breakfast as well. I would recommend using Expedia or another internet booking service if you don't want to stay at the Peachtree. The Travelodge (moderate price) and Best Western Fireside Inn (more expensive) are good facilities in the area.

Saturday - All events are at the Seniors Centre at 56 Francis Street.


10:30 to 12:00
- set dancing (Maureen Mulvey)
- woodwinds - flute, whistle uillean pipes (Steafan Hannigan)
- fiddle(Saskia Tomkins)
- Bodhran (Jack Hickman)
- Introductory conversational Irish Language

1:00 to 2:30
- woodwinds - flute, whistle uillean pipes (Steafan Hannigan)
- fiddle(Saskia Tomkins)

Workshops will cost $15 per morning or afternoon session.

We will serve a sandwich/cookie/veggie/luncheon from 12:00 to 12:45.

The AGM will be from 12:45 to 4:30.
We will have an attitude adjustment/personality development break with a cash bar (beer and wine) from 5:30 to 6:00.

Dinner will be from 6:00 to 7:15 at the seniors centre. Delegates, East Region Executive and the award recipients will be complimentary. All others will be charged $25 ($20 for Comhaltas members).

We plan on making the 60th anniversary awards presentations between 7:15 and 8:00 so as not to interfere with the ceili. There are a lot of awards so we felt that it would be better to have the presentation as part of the dinner. It is our regular ceili night and to take an hour out of it for the awards could put a damper on the ceili for non-Comhaltas members who regularly attend our ceilis. The dinner will be a more intimate setting anyway in our groups opinion. Anne McConnell-Strong invited the Irish Ambassador to present the awards and he has accepted.

The ceili will go from 8 to 11:00 or 11:30 and admission is $10 ($8 for Comhaltas members). Steafan & Saskia will provide the music along with any other musicians who would like to play with them and are comfortable playing for dancers.

Please note that the dinner charge does not include admission to the ceili. There will be separate tickets for each.

The main thing we need to know as soon as possible is numbers for the dinner. The seniors centre will need fairly definite numbers by the 10th or 11th so people need to commit prior to that date. We can accommodate about 100 for dinner in the dining room and there will be some additional standing room if people are going to come just for the awards. If you are going to come for the dinner, please confirm with Julie or myself at ASAP so we can hold a place for you before we reach capacity.

This will be a great weekend with lots of music, dance, workshops and the opportunity to help continue the work of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, so plan on attending and please spread the word to members of your group and particularly to the recipients of the award!!

Slan tamall

CCE Ottawa Branch AGM - Monday 3 Oct 2011

Just a reminder that you are all encouraged to attend the CCE Ottawa Branch Annual General Meeting this Monday evening Oct 3 at 8PM at Blessed Sacrament Church, 194 Fourth Ave Ottawa.

This is your chance to have your voice heard by the executive and general membership...all welcome!!

Note: The AGM is open to interested individuals but only members are allowed to vote. Interested people may be interested in becoming members.