Monday, 30 November 2015

Celtic Songs and Carols - 13 Dec 2015

An evening of carols and winter songs from the Celtic countries and from Canada, offered by the Ottawa Celtic Choir. This is part of St. Luke's Anglican Church 2015-2016 Recital Series.

Doors Open at 7 pm
Entry: donation at the door

760 Somerstreet W.

For more information: (613) 235-3416

Irish Movie: Brooklyn (Bytowne Cinema, 1 Dec 2015)

Late entering this piece but tomorrow night (1 Dec at 6:35) the Ottawa European Union Film Festival's entry for ireland screens at the Bytowne Cinema. The film's title is "Brooklyn". Information about the film can be found at the Bytowne website.

If you miss tomorrow's opportunity, the film begins a run outside of the EUFF on December 11.

More information on this 30th Aniversary of the EUFF can be found at the EUFF webpage.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Ceili this Saturday Night (21 Nov 2015)

The monthly ceili (Irish social dance), organised by the local branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (translated as "the gathering of the musicians of Ireland"), will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church Hall, 194 Fourth Ave. at Percy St. (in the Glebe). Ceili's are normally held on the 3rd Saturday of each month. (Note: however, the December ceili is Dec 12)

Live music is provided by the Ottawa Ceili Band, Gold medal winners in the last two years at the Oireachtas in Tamworth, Ontario. A whole night of ceili and set dancing, entertainment, with free home-baked snacks (Irish soda bread!) with tea, at 9 PM.

Also, donations of warm items of clothing (such as new hats, scarves, mittens, socks...) for those less fortunate in our community as the weather gets colder will be accepted at the November and December céilís. Cash donations to the charity are also gladly welcome.

No experience necessary for dancing (people will help you). A lot of fun and at a great price! $15 non members, $10 members, $5 registered students, 12 and under free. This is a very family-friendly event.

A cash bar with alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages is available.

We hope to see you all there!!

Further information on CCE:

Concert: Bright Beautiful Isle - Songs and Dance Tunes from Ireland, 4th Dec.

Ellen MacIsaac, Traditional Singer
Susan Toman, Harp
Ross Davison, Uillean Pipes and Whistle

Includes reception after the concert.

Tickets at the Door: $20

RSVP by Dec 1: 613-552-3964

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Concert: "All Hands on Deck" - Friday Dec 4th

Next up on the Old Sod Concert Calendar is a rollicking evening of chanteys, ballads and traditional dance music from the Great Lakes and The Seven Seas. This show, entitled "All Hands on Deck" features the fertile imagination and great musicianship of veteran Canadian folk musician and maritime lore buff, Ian Bell, coupled with the vocal energy of the young Toronto-based accapella chantey sextet, Pressgang Mutiny, some of whose members are on shore leave from the Lemon Bucket Orkestra.

The show will feature powerful unaccompanied harmony singing with lots of opportunities to join in on choruses. Ian and the mutineers also pack a small arsenal of instruments ranging from concertinas, and button accordions to banjos, fiddles and mandolins, so there are bound to be a few jigs and hornpipes along the way! Their repertoire includes little known songs of Great Lakes sailors along with the very best of the salt-water chanteys all delivered with excitement and passion.

A special feature of the concert will be projections of Ian's large collection of vintage photographs of Great Lakes schooners, sailors and ports that are arranged to accompany the songs and instrumental selections.

Heave to and drop your anchor - It'll be a good evening!

Date: Friday Dec 4, 2015
Time: 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm)
Location: Rosemount Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave (Google maps link)
Tickets: $20, available from or at the door.