Sunday, 18 June 2017

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, The East Pointers, July 2017

Two great gigs coming up!

Natalie MacMaster
A Canadian Fiddle Celebration
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 7:30 pm 

And a FREE concert by a great East coast (Canada) traditional music band who have been touring the world make their second ever (I think...) stop in Ottawa:

East Pointers Jul 5
Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 6:00 pm 
In the new NAC ATRIUM

Greenbridge Celtic Folk Fest - 25-26 August 2017

Being held just this side of Peterborough, this is a pretty serious looking festival, with top talent on the playbill including Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy (Cape Breton, need no further introduction), Dervish (world famous from Sligo Co., Ireland), Rhonda Vincent ("bluegrass queen"), and others as listed on the above promotional image.

Information and tickets:

Almonte Celtfest 7-9 July 2017

Another great year for the Almonte Celtfest is nearly upon us. An affordable outing for families (donations for entry), a full days of musical entertainment await you in a natural setting, not too far from Ottawa.

See the schedule here:

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

A celebration of Ireland in Canada as part of Ottawa 2017: Press Release


A celebration of Ireland in Canada as part of Ottawa 2017

Ottawa Welcomes the World: Ireland

Friday, 16 June 2017; Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa; 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

In this landmark year for Canada, the Embassy of Ireland, together with Irish community organisations across Canada, is proud to present a celebration of the deep and strong bonds of friendship that Ireland and Canada have long enjoyed as part of the "Ottawa Welcomes the World" series of free events at Lansdowne Park.

Ireland is delighted to showcase a day-long programme of Irish music, dance, and theatre. A warm Irish welcome awaits visitors as they take an exciting journey through Ireland's stunning scenery, and explore the vibrancy of the Irish community in Canada, taking in Gaelic sports, film, and crafts along the way. 

June 16 is Bloomsday, the day on which James Joyce's celebrated novel Ulysses is set and which is observed annually around the world. Visitors are invited to meet some of his characters, find out more about Joyce and his work, and enjoy some Joycean music and excerpts.

The children's programme includes a wide range of interactive activities for all ages. Families will have the opportunity to listen to our resident story‑tellers, learn about some traditional crafts, and try some Gaelic football and hurling, as well as to learn some phrases in Irish and some dance steps, or how to play some Irish music.

Embassies and high commissions will showcase their country's culture in a series of world‑class free events at Lansdowne Park. As part of the Ottawa 2017 signature event series, more than 75 countries and international partners will celebrate their culture through food tasting, musical celebrations, artistic performances and more! This celebration of Canada's diversity and rich multicultural heritage will promote and strengthen ties between nations on the occasion of Canada's 150th anniversary. For more information, visit

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