They say September is the new January, and it feels like that with all the new courses beginning! If you've always wanted to learn Gaelic but weren't sure where to start, here's a list of in-person (or digital) Gaelic langauge learning opportunities...
August 2017 was a banner month for Comunn Gàidhlig Thoronto! Between concerts, games & the big leadership conference, our volunteers were happily busy building the bonds of community across the GTA!
Join the Gaelic Society of Toronto
On Saturday, September 16th
From 2pm - till you go home!
At Lake Couchiching Park, Orillia
This is a chance to meet members and share in our rich Gaelic Culture.
You will learn a few Gaelic phrases, sing Gaelic songs, dance to traditional music, and compete for prizes in friendly games.
Bring 'your kit' and enjoy a swim in the lake. Also bring chairs, food, portable BBQs, and musical instruments.
This is a FREE event!
GILLEBRÌDE Mac 'IlleMhaoil / GILLEBRÌDE MacMILLAN
Presented by Comunn Gàidhlig Thoronto / The Gaelic Society of Toronto
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 ~ The Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St, Toronto, ON M5A 2W6
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Join Gillebride MacMillan for an intermediate/advanced Scottish Gaelic class. Phrases, idioms, vocabulary and specific grammar points will be covered in this interactive session. There will also be plenty of time for Gaelic conversation. Siuthad!
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Gillebrìde MacMillan will teach a range of traditional Scottish Gaelic songs. Pronunciation tips, translations and historical background of the songs will be provided. No previous knowledge of Gaelic required - just a willingness to sing with gusto! Siuthad!
On the evening of Thursday, 22 June 2017, Michael MacMillan and his wife, Cathy Spoel, welcomed us warmly to their home in Forest Hill, Toronto.
Bella, their Westie, was excited to introduce herself to us all while Michael immediately offered us a glass of wine from his own orchard, Closson Chase, in Prince Edward County.
We made our way to their back patio where we were met by gorgeous silver trays of dainty sandwiches, canapes, vegetables and fruit trays plus delectable pastries.
Our 2nd Annual Young Pipers Championship was held at Moss Park Armoury Sergeant’s Mess on April 1st. Our Adjudicator was Peter Aumonier of the 78th Fraser Highlanders, who did a fine job on our behalf by all accounts and had a good rapport with the competitors. Congratulations to all the young Pipers who participated. All Pipers were presented with a copy of the book “Gaelic Names of Pipe Tunes” courtesy of author Colin Blyth, Past Chieftain of the Gaelic Society.
Prizes awarded as follows:
Steeped Tea Fundraiser & Book Sale
We held a Steeped Tea event and book sale on Saturday March 4th hosted by Steeped Tea rep and Gaelic Society member Kim Graham. We tried tasty teas and browsed books! $172 in Gaelic language resources were purchased and thanks to our volunteer tea sellers, $216 was raised for the Comunn Gàidhlig Thoronto. Thanks to Kim and to our tea merchants!e to edit.
Congratulations to all participants - Prize winners in each competition posted below
Comunn Gàidhlig Thoronto / The Gaelic Society of Toronto is pleased to host our annual Young Pipers Championship in the spring of 2017. The Championship is open to all Pipers 21 years and under and according to Grade.
We’ve certainly been busy having a great time at the Highland Games this summer with our Gaelic Language Resources Booths and workshops. We’ve been to Georgetown, Kincardine, Cambridge, Maxville, and Fergus, with just the Beach Celtic Festival to go in September. It’s always such a pleasure meeting new folks, sharing your stories and tunes, and seeing enthusiasm for Gaelic language and culture across the province.
We hope you’ve been able to get out and enjoy the festivals, as well as the many language learning opportunities that have been available this summer. The fall is almost upon us, and with that, many more opportunities - in person and online, abroad and here at home - to keep up with learning Gaelic. Read up on what’s available here.
Keep in mind we’ve several events coming up this fall, and are eager to see you out at them! We’ll be having a picnic in Couchiching Park in Orillia (Due to weather forecasts the picnic has been CANCELLED), hosting the annual Young Pipers Championship in Toronto, and holding our AGM where we will discuss Society business and elect this coming year’s new Board of Directors.
Comunn Gàidhlig Thoronto is pleased to announce a bursary for the Ontario School of Piping and Drumming (OSPD) Gaelic Immersion course to be held at the Mohawk College Campus July 3-8 and taught by well-known instructor Angus MacLeod. Levels are Beginner or Intermediate/Advanced. Bursary amount is $500 in total or in part. Deadline to submit applications is May 25th. The successful applicant(s) will be notified by end of day May 31st.
We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity for Gaelic Language Learning here in our own area. Click here to download and complete application. Please fill out and email to email@example.com - if any questions, contact us!
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