Hebridean Baker Book Launch Video
In case you missed it, here are some highlights from the event last month. What a wonderful evening!
Scottish stories, music, singing, prizes, and more with the best-selling author The Hebridean Baker, Coinneach MacLeod
Date and time: Sat, 18 March 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Location: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 344 1395 Lake Shore Boulevard West Toronto, ON M6K 3C1
Tickets are selling fast so buy yours before they are gone
The contest welcomes international entrants
There are 2 categories: Intermediate and Advanced - Advanced category welcomes both learners and native/fluent speakers
There is no fee for the first entry. Additional entries are $10 CAD each, a maximum of 3 entries per person (see payment button below)
(Note, you do not need to enter the contest to participate in the class. Likewise, participation in the class does not require you to enter the contest.)
All of the details are available here!
Oidhche nam Bàrd
Please join us on Friday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. EST for Oidhche nam Bàrd during our Friday Night Online Ceilidh with our special guest Fear an Taighe and resident poet, Dr. Nathaniel Harrington!! It will encompass all things bardic, so be sure to wear brown and black and prepare your Gaelic songs, stories, and of course, poems!
A Cèilidh is all about community and coming together! If you have a story, a song, or an instrument you play, we invite you to contribute - skill level is not the important thing at a Cèilidh, so simply join and tell, sing or play! Most of all, we invite you to contribute with your presence and join us!
Simply fill out the form at gaelicsocietytoronto.com/friday-night-ceilidh.html and we will send you the Zoom link to join in online and the (toll) phone # to call in.
If you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us on Friday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. EST for our Friday Night Online Christmas Ceilidh with our special guest Bean an Taigh, Cathy Ann MacPhee!! It will encompass all things St. Nick, so be sure to wear your red and greens and prepare your Gaelic Carols, songs, stories and poems!
"Catherine-Ann MacPhee is a Scottish Gaelic singer from Barra in the Hebrides, now resident in Canada. She has worked in the theatre and broadcasting as well as giving musical performances in Scotland, England, Canada, and elsewhere. After a period living in Ottawa, she moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2017."
Need some inspiration? Check out this amazing Christmas Carol booklet put together by one of our members:
You can download a pdf file of the carols here.
Annual General Meeting - 2022 / 2023
Comunn Gàidhlig Thoronto / The Gaelic Society of Toronto's 142nd Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 29th, 2022. Members will review initiatives of the previous year, set priorities for the upcoming year, address Society business, and vote in a new Board of Directors.
Online via Zoom (due to Covid-19)
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. approximately
2:45 - 3:00 Log in and get settled
3:00 - 4:00 (approximately) AGM - Annual Reports, Final Nominations and Voting - List of Nominees can be found here.
Please see the attached Q&A regarding the process for the nomination and election of the Board of Directors.
Registration is required. Please do so here.
Chi sinn ann sibh! See you there!
Join us Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. EST
BYOB - Bring Your Own Bottle
Join us for another Isle of Harris Distillery Tour, Tasting & Cèilidh. Our own Chrissie Drake will take us on a tour of the distillery, there will be wonderful musical talent for your listening pleasure, and of course, there will be a lot of gin. Slàinte Mhath!
Fill out the form to register and we will send you the Zoom link to join in online and the (toll) phone # to call in.
If you have any questions, email us at email@example.com
The Gaelic Society of Toronto would like to announce the winner from the fall class.
We proudly present The Gaelic Society of Toronto Matthew Chisholm Memorial Award to the Senior level Gaelic student who has gained the greatest fluency in the Gaelic language: Seonnaidh - John Tohill
MATTHEW CHISHOLM was a member of The Gaelic Society of Toronto and served as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors in the year 2017/18. He studied Gaelic to the degree that he was totally fluent and also sang Gaelic songs beautifully. Sadly, Matthew passed away too young at the age of forty. In his honour, The Gaelic Society of Toronto is proud to recognise the student who, in the opinion of the instructor, has gained the greatest fluency in our advanced level Gaelic class by presenting them with a Certificate of Achievement and free tuition for one subsequent course.
Fèis Chomunn Gàidhlig Thoronto
Fèis Chomunn Gàidhlig Thoronto! October 15-16
We are hosting a Fèis weekend (traditional Gaelic arts and culture festival) October 15-16. Due to the pandemic, the Fèis will be online again this year. The event will start off with the Annual General Meeting on Friday the 15th, followed immediately by a traditional Friday Night Ceilidh. The ceilidh will be hosted by Gaelic Singer, Robyn Carrigan, and David Livingston-Lowe will present a Gaelic Whisky toast. The AGM and Ceilidh are free to attend, as always. Bring your tunes, stories, poetry but most of all, bring yourself!
Saturday morning will kick off from Scotland with Gaelic Consultant, Àdhamh Ó Broin, presenting a workshop on Gàilig Latharn - the Gaelic dialect of SW Caithness. SpeakGaelic hosts, Calum MacLean and Joy Dunlop, will then take the virtual stage to share all the exciting details about the recent launch of this new program for learning Gaelic. After lunch, former Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia President, David Rankin, will host a presentation on Gaelic History in Canada, and Gìllebrìde MacIllemhaoil / Gillebride MacMillan will finish off the afternoon with 'Tha òran annad', a contemporary original Gaelic song lecture and workshop.
Saturday evening, there will be a free virtual screening of Pelicula Films and BBC ALBA’s film, As an Eilean, to close out the weekend.
For full details and to register, please click here.
Summer Spotify Playlist
ATTENTION MUSIC LOVERS!
We have compiled a Summer Spotify Playlist from your requests! Click here to check it out and be sure to save it to your library. If you want to add more music, simply fill in this short form and we'll add your favourite songs to the playlist.
Tapadh leibh / Thank you for helping us with this compilation of the best Scottish Gaelic songs available!
"Thig crìoch air an t-saoghal, ach mairidh gaol is ceòl,
The world will end, but love and music will endure"
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