TIKI Room at the TRANZAC Club
Robyn Carrigan presents
A Gaelic Song and Music Night
Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
Concert, Seisean and Song Workshop
with very special Guests
Tickets online at Eventbrite & the door
A full evening of Gaelic Music Culture starts with a song workshop, followed by a Gaelic concert and ending with an open jam session. Workshop is included in the cost of the Concert ticket. Audience members are invited to bring instruments for an after concert seisean.
Gaelic Concert: Robyn Carrigan 8:30-10pm
with Jennifer Melvin McIsaac - fiddle/harp, Pat Simmonds-button accordion and Michele Breslin-vocals/bass
Robyn Carrigan, award winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, offers a unique and authentic window into the world of the Gaels. She is a direct descendant from the chain migration from Gaelic Scotland and Ireland to Nova Scotia (New Scotland). Her commitment to maintaining the vibrancy of Gaelic culture is at the heart of her performances. She continues to uphold the traditions of her lineage by working as a Gaelic artist, through musical collaborations and by teaching and organizing Gaelic song and language workshops in North America and Europe.
Over her extensive career exploring traditional music, folk-roots country, punk, art-song, jazz and Indian ragas, she has worked with many of Canada’s top artists, recording, touring and performing internationally with Grammy award winners. Her critically acclaimed original folk-roots band Bottleneck signed to Black Hen Records/ Universal released two CD's; 'Bottleneck' and 'Late Nights, Early Mornings'.
Scottish Gaelic Songs Workshop: 7:15-8:15pm
Get your Gaelic on and sing a few easy songs from our beautiful Gaelic language. Observers welcome. No experience with Gaelic or singing required! Robyn Carrigan is a very experienced and gentle song leader of absolute beginners. Learn a little about the different styles of song and take home some examples and links to help you continue. All are welcome. Workshop is included in the Concert ticket.
Gaelic Jam Seisean: 10-10:30pm (or when we run out of steam)
Bring your instruments and songs along. After the Gaelic concert Robyn will host a trad. session and all are welcome to join.
The Gaelic Society of Toronto is delighted to have this well-known Gaelic teacher/singer/actor offer workshops at the Estonian Centre, 958 Broadview Avenue, Toronto on the afternoon of Wednesday, 08 August 2018 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Not only is Gillebride MacMillan a native Gaelic speaker, born and brought up in the Island of South Uist, but he is also a Professor of Gaelic at Glasgow University. In the popular “OUTLANDER” television series, from the books of renowned author Diana Gabaldon, Gillebride portrays the character of Gwyllyn the Bard. He is a renowned Gaelic singer and composer and will perform in a one-man concert at the same venue on the evening of 08 August at 7:30 p.m. Reservations for either or both can be made on The Gaelic Society of Toronto website www.gaelicsocietytoronto.com and payment can be made by PayPal. Telephone inquiries to Moira Billard at 905-252-2755 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop Fee: Adults - $25
Students - $15
Concert Ticket: Adults - $30
Students - $20
Tickets for Both: Adults - $45
Students - $30
Come and join us at our Spring Fling
Come for tea and goodies and a story or two, or even three. Perchance some music to celebrate the end of winter, at long last !!!
Wear your fanciest head gear. Bring you best friend, your sister, your aunt, your mum, your cousin. Gentlemen welcome as well.
On Saturday, May 26, 2018
At the Estonian House, 958 Broadview Avenue, East York, Toronto
Parking available, ten minutes from the Broadview subway station
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Students and children under 12 are free
The advance registration price for Canan agus Oran goes to April 21 2018.
After that it will be full price.
Take advantage of the savings now !
The Gaelic Society of Toronto and the University of Toronto Celtic Studies Program will be holding a day of Gaelic language and song for learners of Scottish Gaelic on Saturday May 5th 2018.
The guest teachers for this date are as follows:
The Canan agus Òran day will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Alumni Hall, 121 St. Joseph Street (Saint Michael’s College, University of Toronto), Toronto Ontario. The day will comprise of language classes and a song workshop.
Classes will be offered at the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Should there be enough interest, a Beginner II (between beginner and intermediate) session will also be offered.
Please plan to join us afterwards for a social/ceilidh, location TBD.
General: $40 – earlybird fee of $27 by April 21 2018
Non-U of T students: $20 – earlybird fee of $15 by April 21 2018
U of T students and native Gaelic speakers: FREE
If you're a U of T student attending for free, please fill out the registration form so we can accommodate you properly!
How to register:
1. Print off form here and mail completed form with cheque
2. Fill out online registration form here and pay via credit card or PayPal
For more information: Contact Lorrie at (905) 844-4908 or email email@example.com
* Please note: Small processing fee has been added for online payments
We held our winter gathering of food, fun and friends on Saturday, 03 February 2018.
More than 40 people and children showed up for the festivities. We had a new venue this year, Estonia House, on Broadview Avenue, in Toronto. It has onsite parking, which is a real blessing when you are bringing in supplies and walking through snowy weather. The building is narrow on the street side, so it took a few tries for some people to find it, as they drove right by. Once in though, everyone found it to be a spacious and welcoming place and the staff were helpful and enthusiastic about having a new group using their facility.
The afternoon began with piper Kayleigh Johnstone, followed by Gaelic songs from Filina MacLean, Zachary Wallace, Matthew Chisholm and Nathaniel Harrington.
A buffet lunch was enjoyed by all and people were able to socialize with friends while they shared the food and the lovely desserts.
A raffle was going on throughout the afternoon, where people purchased tickets and put them in the paper bag accompanying the article they wanted.
Then, the big entertainment of the afternoon began with highland dancers, including three little boys kitted out in kilts and bonnets. They were from the Sheryl Joyner School of Highland Dance and, from what I could see, everyone loved them. The 14 dancers worked hard to please us, and having a stage for them to perform on in the room made all the difference, as everyone had a good view.
Then came the moment of truth for the raffle winners, who walked away from the display tables with their winnings in their arms, obviously happy with the results.
The afternoon was winding down. Donnie MacLean played several accordion numbers. A group of us played games which the games committee had organized. A favourite was the caber toss, with pool noodles. As the ceiling in the auditorium is high, folks were able to give their caber a good go.
Thank you so much to all the helping hands. It was a team event, and your contributions are much appreciated.
I know that a number of people had to cancel their attendance due to illness, especially this nasty flu. We missed you, and hope you are on the mend.
It was a successful event, and I look forward to next year.
Everyone arrived on time for this year’s thoroughly enjoyable Young Piper’s Championship, despite the snowy weather. All of the pipers were excited to get started and proceeded to impress us with the high quality of their playing.
Ian K. MacDonald, our esteemed judge for the event, told all six entrants that they had done a good job.
The audience certainly enjoyed them and an added bonus was that we had a couple come to hear the event who were not part of the family or friends’ group, but who had read about the event on the website and thought it sounded interesting.
Appreciation is extended to Calvin Gordon who stepped up and assisted us as Steward for the day.
This was a nice reminder that everyone is welcome to attend all events and if you don’t know many people when you arrive, you will by the time you leave!
The results of the competition are as follows:
The winner of The Gaelic Society of Toronto Grade 3/4
Scott MacAulay Memorial Trophy and first place in his division:
Caleb Macpherson, Oshawa
The winner of The Gaelic Society of Toronto Grade 1/2
Captain Iain Macdonald Memorial Trophy
1st place - Colin Johnstone, Aurora
2nd place - Kayleigh Johnstone, Aurora
3rd place - Liam MacDonald, Wellesley
4th place - Michael Malish, Oshawa
5th place - Rachel Gordon, Toronto
On behalf of the Toronto Gaelic Society, Congratulations everyone on a job well done. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.
Farpais Phìobaireachd Òigridh / Young Pipers Championship - Saturday February 10, 2018
Comunn Gàidhlig Thoronto / The Gaelic Society of Toronto is pleased to be hosting our annual Young Pipers Championship . The Championship is open to all Pipers 21 years and under and according to Grade.
Date: Saturday February 10, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. - Doors open for Pipers to sign in and warm up
2:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Competition begins. Social time to follow
Location: The Seargeants' Mess - 48th Highlanders of Canada - Moss Park Armoury
130 Queen St. E., Toronto ON Canada
Cost: $20 per Piper (plus $1.25 processing fee - includes 2 spectator tickets); $5 per additional ticket at the door
Would you like to help spread the word for this event? Download a poster here!
Registration is now closed.
1. Please review the details below carefully!
2. Fill out the form here.
3. Pay registration fee at the link at the top of this page.
If any questions or assistance required, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Order of play :
1. Colin Johnstone
2. Michael Malish
3. Rachel Gordon
4. Liam MacDonald
5. Kayleigh Johnstone
1. Caleb Macpherson
Judge: Ian K. MacDonald - Toronto Police Pipe Band
Steward: Rick Culver
1:00 p.m. - Doors open
2:00 p.m. - Judging commences
Awards & Requirements
A' Chiad Fharpais / Event One: The Gaelic Society of Toronto Captain Iain Macdonald Memorial Trophy
An Dàrna Farpais /Event Two: The Scott MacAulay Memorial Trophy
List of Tunes
An Eala Bhàn (The White Swan) – Composer: Donald MacDonald of Coruna
2017 Winners - Event One:
1. Gavin Mackay - The Gaelic Society of Toronto Captain Iain Macdonald Memorial Trophy
2. Colin Johnstone
3. Mark McLennan
2017 Winners - Event Two:
1. Harrison Little - The Scott MacAulay Memorial Trophy
2. Rachel Gordon
3. Michael Malish
4. Matthew Parsons
A Social Event of Scottish Music and Dancing!!
WHEN: March 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
WHERE: Angus Glen Golf and Country Club
10080 Kennedy Rd
Markham, ON L6C 1N9
Doors open at 6:30 PM
Tickets available at the door - CASH ONLY
Please join us for our winter holiday celebration for an afternoon of Fun, Friends and Food.
Saturday February 3, 2018
1:30pm to 5:30 pm
958 Broadview Avenue
East York, Toronto
There is parking available behind the building. Easy TTC access.
There is an elevator at the front of the building for wheelchair/ handicap access
$25.00 for members (+ $1 online processing fee)
$30.00 for non members (+ $1 online processing fee)
$15.00 for students (+ .50 online processing fee)
PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE SO WE CAN PROVIDE SUFFICIENTLY FOR EVERYONE - TWO WAYS:
1. Register and pay in advance - enter your info and pay via the payment button below.
2. Register and pay at the door - send an email to email@example.com and provide us with the name(s) of who is attending!
SEE YOU THERE!
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