Events

Gaelic Awareness Month

 

May 2, 9, 16, 22 and 29

10:00 a.m.

A cup of tea and Gaelic conversation, free admission

An Drochaid Museum, Mabou

Come and join us for a cup of tea and Gaelic conversation at the museum in Mabou every Monday in May. Join in the conversation or simply listen to the Gaelic being spoken. This is a very informal session. Everyone is welcome.

Sponsor: Mabou Gaelic and Historical Society.

Margie Beaton, 945-2790 mberiskay@gmail.com

 

May 5-8

2016 Conference of the Celtic Studies Association of North America (CSANA)

St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), Antigonish

The Department of Celtic Studies at StFX is delighted to host the next CSANA conference from May 5-8, 2016. StFX last hosted CSANA in 1992, the first time the conference was held in Canada.
https://csana2016.wordpress.com/

 

May 6

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

MacDonell/Nilsen Lecture in Celtic Studies at StFX by Dr. Rob Dunbar, free admission

Hall of the Clans Reading Room, Angus L. Macdonald Library, StFX

Dr. Rob Dunbar, Professor of Celtic Languages, Literature, History and Antiquities at the University of Edinburgh will give a talk on “Waulking Songs in the Scottish Gaelic Tradition: Continuity and Change

Sponsor: Dept of Celtic Studies at St. Francis Xavier University

Michael Linkletter 902-867-3632 mlinklet@stfx.ca

 

May 6

8:00 10:00 p.m.

Nova Scotia Céilidh

Piper’s Pub, Antigonish

Celtic Studies at StFX welcomes the public and visiting members of the Celtic Studies Association of North America to a cèilidh at Piper’s Pub. There will be an open mic, so please come and contribute with a song, dance, or tune on your instrument of choice!

Sponsor: Dept of Celtic Studies at St. Francis Xavier University

Michael Linkletter 902-867-3632 mlinklet@stfx.ca

 

May 7

2:00 p.m.

A Meaning in Every Song, free admission

Antigonish Heritage Museum, 20 East Main St. Antigonish.

Scottish Gaelic singer, Fiona MacKenzie, will share songs and stories.  She works for the National Trust for Scotland as Canna House Archivist. She will share information on the life and work of John Lorne and Margaret Fay Shay Campbell of Canna.

Sponsors: Heritage Association of Antigonish and Antigonish Heritage Museum

Jocelyn Gillis, 902-863-6160, antheritage@parl.ns.ca

 

May 7

2:30 p.m.

Step dancing with Leanne Aucoin, free admission

Tantallon Library, Tantallon

Come and learn some traditional Cape Breton-style steps. This non-competitive form of dance is fun and great exercise. For families.

Sponsor: Sgoil Ghàidhlig an Àrd-bhaile, http://www.halifaxgaelic.ca/

nmaclean@eastlink.ca

 

May 8

2:00 4:00 p.m.

Mother’s Day Concert featuring the Scotia Highland Dancers

St. Andrews Consolidated School, St. Andrews

The Scotia Highland Dancers will be hosting a Scottish youth ceilidh to highlight some of the wonderful young artists in and around Antigonish and Inverness Counties.

Jennifer MacDonald (902) 863-3379 jenfiomacd@gmail.com

 

May 8

2:00 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate Mother’s Day in Gaelic Song, with Fiona MacKenzie, free admission

McCulloch Heritage Centre, Pictou

Sponsor: McCulloch House Museum & Genealogy Centre www.mccullochcentre.ca
Michelle.Davey@novascotia.ca 902-485-4563

 

May 8

2:00   5:00 p.m.

Sunday Ceilidh featuring Shelly Campbell and friends, $8

Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, 5471 Hwy 19 Judique NS

info@celticmusiccentre.com (902) 787-2708

 

May 10

7:30 p.m.

The Campbells: A Meaning in Every Song,

$5 or donation to Canna House.

An Drochaid/Mabou Gaelic and Historical Society, Main Street, Mabou

Mod Gold Medallist and Canna House Archivist, Fiona J Mackenzie presents a ‘song lecture’ about the life and work of well-known folklorists John Lorne and Margaret Fay Shaw Campbell of Canna. In this 59 minute presentation, Fiona describes their lives spent collecting and researching Gaelic song from the Outer Hebrides and Nova Scotia. Fiona will use photographs, many of them unseen by audiences till now, taken by Margaret on her trip with John to Nova Scotia in 1937 and she will also include clips of some of John’s original archive sound collection, also recorded in 1937.  Fiona will also sing her own favourite songs from the Canna Collections and hopes you will all join in too!

Sponsor: Comunn Gàidhlig agus Eachdraidh Mhàbu/ Mabou Gaelic and Historical Society

Margie Beaton 902-945-2790 mberiskay@gmail.com

 

May 11-14

Gaelic Immersion $140 (includes tea & meals)
Celebrate the Month of the Gaels in beautiful Pictou County.  Shay MacMullin will instruct a 4-day immersion. Gaelic will be taught in a relaxed, fun, and supportive environment.  Games, songs, and activities will be utilized.  Bring a recorder, some family photos, outdoor gear for walking.
 To register & for more info, email:  sobaidh@ns.sympatico.ca

 

May 11

1:30 3:00 p.m.

The Campbells, A Meaning in Every Song, free admission

Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University, Sydney

Mod Gold Medallist and Canna House Archivist, Fiona J Mackenzie presents a “song lecture” about the life and work of well-known folklorists John Lorne and Margaret Fay Shaw Campbell of Canna. Fiona describes their lives spent collecting and researching Gaelic song from the Outer Hebrides and Nova Scotia. Fiona will use Margaret’s photographic collection of the Hebrides and of Nova Scotia to illustrate and many of the Nova Scotia photos are unseen by audiences till now. These were taken by Margaret on her trip with John to

Nova Scotia in 1937. Fiona will also include clips of some of John’s original archive sound collection, also recorded in 1937 as well as others recorded in the Hebrides. Fiona will sing her own favourite songs from the Canna Collections and hopes you will all join in too!

Fiona is the new archivist for the National Trust for Scotland in Canna House and took up post in May 2015. She now lives on Canna with her husband and collie dogs. Fiona describes her job as “a dream come true” and is excited at the prospect of helping to increase awareness of the Canna Collections of Song and Folklore. Before taking up post, Fiona worked for 6 years as a freelance Gaelic performing artist and tutor and before that as the Gaelic Song Fellow for Highland Council. She has visited Cape Breton on several occasions previously, to perform and teach Gaelic song.

Catherine_arseneau@cbu.ca

 

May 11

6:00 7 :30 p.m.

Harboustone Céilidh featuring Fiona MacKenzie, free admission

Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility, Kenwood Dr. Sydney

Presentation by Fiona MacKenzie, Gaelic singer and archivist for Canna House Archives on the Isle of Canna, Scotland. These archives include early wax cylinder recordings of Gaelic song in Cape Breton. Tea and Gaelic songs to follow the presentation. All snacks will be provided in accordance with food regulations.

 (902) 562-7407  macdermida@eastlink.ca or morrisonb@mac.com

 

May 11

7:00 p.m.

Archives Movie Night, donations appreciated

Join us for a fun and relaxed evening of videos on the big screen from our archives. Bar available.

Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, 5471 Hwy 19 Judique NS

info@celticmusiccentre.com (902) 787-2708

 

May 12

7:00 8:15 p.m

Gaelic Concert, Donations accepted at door.

Bayview Education Centre, Port Hood

Skits, songs, music and dance performed by students in the core Gaelic program at Bayview

Bernard Cameron 902-787-5220 bernard.cameron@srsb.ca

 

May 15

2:00 5:00 p.m.

Sunday Ceilidh featuring Kinnon and Betty Beaton, $8

Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, 5471 Hwy 19 Judique NS

info@celticmusiccentre.com (902) 787-2708

 

May 15

2:30 p.m.

Square dancing with Wendy MacIsaac & friends, free admission

Alderney Gate Library, Dartmouth

An opportunity to learn the square dance basics with your family.  Lots of fun for all ages, great exercise and an opportunity to engage with traditional Gaelic style fiddling Square Dancing. 

Sponsor: Sgoil Ghàidhlig an Àrd-bhaile, http://www.halifaxgaelic.ca/

nmaclean@eastlink.ca

 

May 16-19

Herring and Potatoes 

Various schools.

The Highland Village in-class cultural experience brings presentations of Nova Scotian Gaelic folkways to public schools. Our Sgadan’s Buntata program is a great way to increase awareness of the material culture of Gaelic Nova Scotia, and give students an amazing experience and introduction to Gaelic language and customs. Up to three sessions can be arranged for a school on the same day. A nominal fee of $2 per student will be charged to help defray presentation costs. Book early for maximum availability. To schedule a class visit, or for more information, please contact us at highlandvillage@novascotia.ca or by phone at Phone: (902) 725-2272, 1-866-4GAELIC (1-866-442-3542)

 

May 17

3:15 p.m.

The songs of Bean Shandaidh Sheumais (Mrs Sandy Gillis, Gillisdale), with Carmen MacArthur, free admission

The Alexander Doyle Public Library, Dalbrae Academy, Mabou

Sponsor: Gaelic Affairs

Frances.maceachen@novascotia.ca

 

May 17

6:30 8:30 p.m.

Spooks from Kingsville/Glendale Cape Breton

Fr. John Angus Rankin Cultural Centre, Glendale

Jeff MacDonald will tell local ghost stories and ones from Scotland that were preserved here, and teach beliefs and traditions that the elders in the area had and still have about the other-world.

Sponsored by Comunn Gàidhlig is Eachraidh a’ Bhràigh

Jeff MacDonald 870-6837 macdojdz@gov.ns.ca

 

May 17

6:30 p.m.

Home Remedies with Shay MacMullin, free admission

Woodlawn Library, Dartmouth

Some home remedies will be discussed as practiced by Gaels using common ingredients; though some may surprise you!!

Sponsor: Sgoil Ghàidhlig an Àrd-bhaile, http://www.halifaxgaelic.ca/

nmaclean@eastlink.ca

 

May 18

6:30 p.m.

Gaelic Fiddling with Leanne Aucoin, free admission

Woodlawn Library, Dartmouth

A ceilidh with lots of Gaelic fiddling.

Sponsor: Sgoil Ghàidhlig an Àrd-bhaile, http://www.halifaxgaelic.ca/

nmaclean@eastlink.ca

 

May 19

7:00 p.m.

A Place, A Tradition and A People, free admission

Àite nan Gàidheal, Highland Square Mall, New Glasgow

Lecture by Lewis MacKinnon on the history of the Gaels in Nova Scotia.

Sponsored by Féis na h-Aibhne Móire.

Debi Sobey, sobaidh@ns.symaptico.ca

 

May 20

11:00 a.m.

Milling Frolic with Mary MacLean and friends, free admission

Central Library, Halifax

Enjoy the tradition of a milling frolic with Mary and her friends as she demonstrates the tradition of shrinking newly woven wool as it comes off the loom.  Gaelic songs are sung in rhythm as the cloth is pounded on the table.  Today the milling frolic is performed for enjoyment as families can participate in Gaelic singing and meet Gaelic singers.  Srùbag (tea and oatcakes) provided. 

Sponsor: Sgoil Ghàidhlig an Àrd-bhaile, http://www.halifaxgaelic.ca/

nmaclean@eastlink.ca

 

May 22

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

The Torch of the Soul - Catholic Gaelic Traditions, free admission

St. Mary of the Angels Church, Glendale

Jeff MacDonald will teach about Highland Catholic Traditions, Gaelic saints and Gaelic prayers.

Sponsored by Comunn Gàidhlig is Eachdraidh a' Bhràigh

(902) 870-6837, macdojdz@gov.ns.ca

 

May 22

2:30 p.m.

Square Dancing with Wendy MacIsaac & friends, free admission

Keshen Goodman Library, Halifax

An opportunity to learn the square dance basics with your family.  Lots of fun for all ages, great exercise and an opportunity to engage with traditional Gaelic style fiddling and Square Dancing

Sponsor: Sgoil Ghàidhlig an Àrd-bhaile, http://www.halifaxgaelic.ca/

nmaclean@eastlink.ca

 

May 22

2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Sunday Ceilidh featuring Donna Marie DeWolfe and Friends, $8

Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, 5471 Hwy 19 Judique NS

info@celticmusiccentre.com (902) 787-2708

 

May 24

3:15 p.m.

Ghost Stories from Kingsville/Glendale area with Jeff MacDonald, free admission

The Alexander Doyle Public Library, Dalbrae Academy, Mabou

Jeff MacDonald will tell local ghost stories and ones from Scotland that were preserved here, and teach beliefs and traditions that the elders in the area had and still have about the other-world.

Sponsor: Gaelic Affairs

Frances.maceachen@novascotia.ca

 

May 25

6:30 p.m.

Kitchen fest, various artists, free admission

Central Library, Halifax

A sampling of musical highlights of the annual Kitchen Fest taking place in Cape Breton during the ends of June and first week of July in various venues.

Sponsor: Sgoil Ghàidhlig an Àrd-bhaile, http://www.halifaxgaelic.ca/

nmaclean@eastlink.ca

 

May 25

7:00 p.m.

Archives Movie Night, donations appreciated

Join us for a fun and relaxed evening of videos on the big screen from our archives. Bar available.

Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, 5471 Hwy 19 Judique NS

info@celticmusiccentre.com (902) 787-2708

 

May 25

7:00 8:30 p.m.

McConnell Library, Sydney

Drs. Peter MacIntyre (psychology), Susan Baker (psychology) and Heather Sparling (music) present early results from their research examining the role that traditional musicianship may play in motivating people to learn the Gaelic language.

Heather_sparling@cbu.ca (902) 563-1242

 

May 28

10:00 a.m.

Spinning and Weaving demonstration, free admission

Spinners and Handweavers

Tantallon Library, Tantallon

Spinning and weaving have long been an integral part of our heritage.  Come and interact with members of the Atlantic Spinners and Handweavers as they demonstrate the spinning and weaving process from fleece to finished product.  There will be a floor loom and a variety of spinning wheels in use, as well as a display of finished products and books.  Come, watch, ask questions and maybe even try your hand at this historic craft.

Sponsor: Sgoil Ghàidhlig an Àrd-bhaile, http://www.halifaxgaelic.ca/

nmaclean@eastlink.ca

 

May 29

2:00 5:00 p.m.

Sunday Ceilidh featuring Leeanne Aucoin and Friends, $8

Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, 5471 Hwy 19 Judique NS

info@celticmusiccentre.com (902) 787-2708

 

May 30

6:30 p.m.

The Gaels and Cultural Appropriation with Lewis MacKinnon, free admission

Halifax Central Library, Lindsay Children’s Room, 2nd floor

Exploring Cultural Stereotypes

Sponsor: Sgoil Ghàidhlig an Àrd-bhaile, http://www.halifaxgaelic.ca/

nmaclean@eastlink.ca

 

May 31

3:15 p.m.

Presentation by Effie Rankin, free admission

Dùthaich an Àigh—Fr. Archie Campbell’s visit to Nova Scotia in 1907.

The Alexander Doyle Public Library, Dalbrae Academy, Mabou

Sponsor: Gaelic Affairs

Frances.maceachen@novascotia.ca

 

May 31

6:30 p.m.

Book launch – Scottish Gaelic Tattoo Handbook with author Emily McEwan, free admission

Central Library, Halifax

So you want to get a Scottish Gaelic tattoo to honour your family or roots, or because you’re in love with the language? The author will give a brief history of Gaelic in Nova Scotia and Scotland, show real-life examples of mistakes that people make when trying to get a Gaelic tattoo, and give tips on how to avoid common problems when incorporating Gaelic words or phrases into a tattoo design. The presentation will be followed by a book signing. During the event, Halifax Henna will provide free temporary henna art “tattoos” with Gaelic words recommended in the book

Sponsor: Sgoil Ghàidhlig an Àrd-bhaile, http://www.halifaxgaelic.ca/

nmaclean@eastlink.ca

 

May 30

6:30 8:30 p.m.

Gaelic Songs from Kingsville/Glendale Cape Breton, donations at the door.

The Fr. John Angus Rankin Cultural Centre, Glendale

Jeff MacDonald will sing and teach Gaelic songs which were composed in Bràigh na h-Àibhneadh and area, as well as Old Country songs (from Scotland) that were sung in the area.

Sponsored by Comunn Gàidhlig is Eachraidh a’ Bhràigh

Jeff MacDonald 870-6837 macdojdz@gov.ns.ca

 

May 31

7:00 8:00 p.m.

Gaelic Storytelling at Sydney library

McConnell Library, Sydney

Storytelling from the Gaelic tradition by local Gaelic enthusiasts

Ann MacDermid, macdermida@eastlink.ca  tmacneil@nssc.library.ns.ca