Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Almonte Celtfest Fundraiser and Good time - Curling Bonspiel - Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Almonte Celtfest Committee is sponsoring a fundraiser bonspiel on January 14 to support the Almonte Celtfest. This is a fun curling event that is limited to 16 teams. The cost is $80 / team or $20 per player. If you do not have a team, let us know and we can slot you into a team.

The location is the Almonte Curling Rink. It starts at 10:30 am and ends about 6:00pm. Each team is guaranteed 3 games. All skill level are welcome! The event will also include Celtic entertainment, so if you are musician, bring your instrument(s).

Registration forms can be picked up at Baker Bob's or downloaded off the Celtfest webpage - or they can send me an e-mail and I will forward it to them. (

All registration forms can be submitted to or dropped off at Baker Bob's in Almonte.

There will some prizes and for sure, a chilli lunch. The curling lounge bar will be open.

Spots will be limited! It was hugely popular last time. Many of the teams last year, wore incredible costumes and other fun team paraphernalia. You may want to do the same this year. You will want to put January 14, 2012 in your calendar of necessary things to do.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Stairwell Carollers - Great blog for Christmas in Ottawa

Of course, it's a great blog at all times of the year, but particularly now as we approach Christmas it should be on your blog reading list.

Here is some key information to whet your appetite, before you go and devour their blog with your reading senses:

The Stairwell Carollers are a charitable a cappella Ottawa choir, who sing sacred and secular renaissance music, as well as settings of traditional and contemporary Christmas carols.
Winner of the 2010 OMFA provincial competition, this non-profit group has raised over $40,000 for local Ottawa/Gatineau charities,through the sale of concert tickets, CDs and cookbooks.
Recently winning 2nd place in the National Music Festival 2010, they are now ranked amongst the best of Canada's choirs.
Written by Holly Massie, one of the founding members, this Blog trains a magnifying glass on the 35 year life of our charitable choir, The Stairwell Carollers.
Occasional posts will be on related topics and local events, but most content is original -- focused on the Stairwell Carollers genesis and continuity.
It is a lovely looking blog with all sorts of videos, and information on their cds.

You can also follow them on Twitter: @StairwellChoir

or RSS feed, or Podcast....!

Irish Music Awards - Voting will close on January 12th

Dia daoibh. For those of you who are members of the Irish Music Association, here is a notice of voting for the Irish Music Awards.
-Chris G.

Irish Music Awards voting is open until January 12th.

Voting for the 2011 Irish Music Awards will be open until January 12th. If you have still not placed your vote please go to: and login with your username and password. If you have forgotten your username or password you can recover it at:

Public voting is at:

Full Member voting is at:

Remember that Full Member votes are weighted. If you have not yet joined the Irish Music Association click here.

If you need any help please feel free to contact us at

Irish Music Awards 519 Brookside Independence, MO 64053
Copyright (C) 2011 Irish Music Awards All rights reserved.

Ottawa Celtic Choir - A Tribute To The Extraordinary Women Of The Celtic World

Saturday 28th January, 2012
Saint Brigid's Eve

An Evening Of Music And Song - Music And Songs In Irish, Scots, Welsh And Manx

The Ottawa Celtic Choir under the direction of Ellen MacIsaac.
Mary Muckle Voice & Harp.
Kirsten Carlson, Flute And The Welsh Penillion Singers, Cantorion Cerdd Dant.
Also Featuring Musical Group, Daughters Of Brien.

TIME: 7:30 p.m - CASH BAR

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Call (613) 244-7373 or (613) 222-0710