Canadian Celtic Arts Association

Events 2018

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Last updated September 15, 2018


Tuesdays Ceili Cottage, Queen and Leslie, Toronto ON

Thursdays Dora Keogh Pub, 141 Danforth Ave., east of Broadview, Toronto ON

Thursdays The Black Swan Session, 154 Danforth Ave., Toronto ON - 9 pm

Saturdays Dora Keogh Pub,141 Danforth Ave., east of Broadview, Toronto ON

Sundays Dora Keogh Pub, 141 Danforth Ave., east of Broadview, Toronto ON

Irish Set Dancing


Monday, September 10, 2018 - Mississauga

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - Hamilton

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - Toronto (Emerald Isle Seniors Centre)

Contact Maureen Mulvey O'Leary at for full details.

September 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018 HIA Irish Language Session

Irish Club of Hamilton

389 Concession Street, Hamilton ON


7 pm to 9 pm  

Beginners will learn the Irish National Anthem, which will be broken down into small sections and through practice and repetition a few verses perfected over a few sessions. No knowledge of Irish is required. A few reasonably fluent speakers will attend. 

Please email Norah Rosen at for more information. Slán go fóill

Saturday, September 22, 2018 Oakville Feis Irish Culture Day

Toronto Rock Athletic Centre

1132 Invicta Drive, Oakville ON

10 am - 2 pm

 Join in the fun at the first annual Oakville Irish Culture Day. Invite the family and bring your friends. Highlights include: hurling clinic on the outdoor field, beer tent (Cameron's Brewery), kids activities, face painting, crafts, Irish Wolfhounds, DeLorean car on display. Raffle for a chance to win a ride! Great food truck options and much more.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 St. Pat's Football Club Annual Golf Day

Hidden Lake Golf Club

1137 1 Sideroad, Burlington, ON

10 am

$125.00 per person (includes golf, meal and cart)

In memory of Kieran Byrne

Contact Lorraine Morley 416.997.9227

Sunday, September 23, 2018 Sudbury Irish Arts 

Celebrating the Passing of Summer to the Autumn Equinox Moose Lodge

212 Frood Road, Sudbury ON

Brunch: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Ceili: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Brunch and ceili:  $22    

Brunch only:  $12

Ceili only: $10   

Children 5 – 14: $7. / Children under 5: free.  

Reserve tickets by calling Bridgit 705.855.3364 or Eileen 705.522.8012 by September 16.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Celtic Studies Speakers Series

Senior Common Room

Brennan Hall east side

81 St. Mary Street, St Michael’s College, Toronto ON

(enter from the little park which is located at the west side of St Basil’s Church between the church and Brennan Hall)

6 pm

Free admission, all welcome, no registration required

“From Spanish Inquisition to Spanish Louisiana: Irish clerics and their overseas entanglements 1558-1829”

Professor Thomas O’Connor

National University of Ireland Maynooth


Thomas O’Connor teaches European history in National University of Ireland Maynooth and is currently director of the Arts and Humanities Institute there. He edits the history sources journal, Archivium Hibernicum, is a member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission and sits on the board of the Fondation irlandaise, Paris. His latest publication, jointly edited with Liam Chambers, is College communities abroad: education, migration and Catholics in early modern Europe (Manchester University Press, 2018).

For more information, contact or phone 416-926-7145.

Saturday, September 27, 2018 Comunn Gàidhlig Thoronto Annual General Meeting 

The Estonian House

958 Broadview Ave. (north of Danforth Ave.)

Toronto ON

Lunch: 2 pm - 3 pm (soup & sandwiches)

Business meeting: 3 - 4 pm

Entertainment: 4 - 5 pm

At the business meeting, the names of nominees for the Board of Directors will be announced and nominations from the floor will be accepted. In order to hold office, applicants must prove that they are paid-up members. At this point in time, the offices of Treasurer and Webmaster are vacant and we are actively seeking members to fill those roles. If you are interested, please contact our Chief, Chris MacAulay Bateman to discuss at From 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm we will have entertainment and dancing, and everyone is welcome!

The Estonian House is within easy reach of the TTC from Broadview Station. If driving, it is on the west side of Broadview, between Browning and Mortimer. There is free parking available at the back of the building. 

To renew your membership or to join CGT, see

September 28 - 30, 2018 Arnprior Irish Immersion Weekend

398 John Street North

Arnprior ON

Cost: $250 adults, $200 students

Irish learners and speakers alike practise their Irish in a no- stress environment in classes, cultural workshops, and céilís. 

All activities, meals, and lodging included in the price. 


October 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018 Julie Fowlis in concert

Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, 

Kingston ON

7:30 pm

$39 / Student $16 / Queen's Faculty/Staff $32

Julie Fowlis is an award-winning Scottish Gaelic singer nominated as ‘Folk Singer of the Year’ at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and ‘Best Artist’ at the Songlines World Music Awards 2015

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Kevin and Samantha Kennedy

Dora Keogh’s 141 Danforth Ave. (east of Broadview)

Toronto ON

8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Saturday, October 13, 2018 Hamilton Irish Arts 10th Anniversary Celebration

Homewood Suites Hotel by Hilton

40 Bay St. S., Hamilton ON

Hamilton Irish Arts is celebrating their 10th anniversary by hosting the Canada East Region Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann AGM and Canada East Music Hall of Fame honouring Des Quinn and Family.

Welcome Session (Friday night): 9 pm - midnight, hotel bar

Set Dance (Saturday): 10 am - noon, Hamilton East room Facilitator: Maureen Mulvey-O'Leary

Sean nos Dance (Saturday): 1 pm - 3 pm, Hamilton East room Facilitator: Marilyn Abraham

Fiddle (Saturday): 10 am - noon, Corktown Room

Facilitator: Saskia Tomkins

Flute/tin whistle (Saturday): 10 am - noon - Beasley Room Facilitator: Steafan Hannigan

AGM (Saturday):1 pm - 4 pm

Banquet (Saturday): 5:30 pm (reception), 6 pm (dinner) 

Cost is $50 for banquet/dance. 

Canada East Music Hall of Fame honouring The Quinns 

award presentation, followed by entertainment by The Quinn Family and a ceilí dance. 

For more information and / or to register, contact Ann Gorman- McKinney,  CCÉ-Hamilton Irish Arts,  Runaí-Secretary and CCÉ Canada East PRO  905.549.9867

Hamilton Irish Arts

Saturday, October 13, 2018 Annual Cork Association Dinner Dance

St. Bonaventure Church Hall

1300 Leslie Street, Toronto ON

Tickets: $65 each

5-course meal, music,Hugo Straney, fab prizes, cash bar

For more information  call John Cawley 647.285.0866

October 18 - 21, 2018 Lúnasa tour dates in southern Ontario

October 18 - Guelph (River Run Theatre)

October 19 - Toronto (Koerner Hall)

October 20 - Port Hope (Port Hope United Church)

October 21 - St. Catharines (First Ontario Performing Arts Centre)

Thursday, October 18, 2018 In Conversation: Roddy Doyle With Emma Donoghue

The Toronto International Festival of Authors 

Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto 

 80 Queen's Park, Toronto ON

7:00 pm

Tickets: $18

IFOA Boxoffice

Book Signing, Interview, Q & A, Reading

Saturday, October 20, 2018 Ottawa Irish Arts Monthly Céili

194 Fourth Avenue

Ottawa ON

7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Cost: $15 guests / $10 members of CCÉ / $5 students

children under 12 free 

Mini dance workshop from 7 pm - 7:30 pm, dances take place  right after. Cash bar, soda bread complimentary. Live music by  Ottawa Céilí Band.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018 In Conversation: Ian Rankin With Linwood Barclay

The Toronto International Festival of Authors

Fleck Dance Theatre 3rd Floor

Queen's Quay Terminal 207 

Queens Quay West, Toronto ON

7:00 pm

Tickets: $18

IFOA Boxoffice

Book Signing, Interview, Q & A, Reading

Saturday, October 27, 2018 Ceili dance 

hosted by the London Irish Folk Club

The German Canadian Hall

1 Cove Road, London ON

8:00 pm - 12 am   

Tickets: $15.00 / $12 with $10 annual membership

Kids 12 and under: free. 

 Cash bar.

Music by Traddicted

All dances instructed by Maureen O’Leary. No dance experience necessary. Everyone welcome!

For more information call 519.660.8547 or 519.471.9007 or email

November 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018 Ottawa Irish Arts Monthly Céili

194 Fourth Avenue

Ottawa ON

7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Cost: $15 guests / $10 members of CCÉ / $5 students

children under 12 free 

Mini dance workshop from 7 pm - 7:30 pm, dances take place  right after. Cash bar, soda bread complimentary. Live music by  Ottawa Céilí Band.


Thursday, November 15, 2018 Celtic Studies Speakers Series

Robert Madden Hall, St Michael’s College, Carr Hall

100 St Joseph Street, Toronto ON

6 pm 

Free admission, all welcome, no registration required

“Making Sense of the Molly Maguires: Irish Immigrants and Class Conflict in the United States”

Kevin Kenny, New York University


Kevin Kenny, Professor of History & Glucksman Professor in Irish Studies at NYU, is one of the world’s leading historians of Irish emigration, American immigration and global migration. He is the author of Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction, which examines the origins, meanings, and utility of a central concept in the study of migration; Peaceable Kingdom Lost: The Paxton Boys and the Destruction of William Penn’s Holy Experiment, an inquiry into the encounter between Ulster colonists and Native Americans in the eighteenth century; The American Irish, a standard history of the field; and Making Sense of the Molly Maguires, which considers how traditions of Irish rural protest were translated into an American industrial setting. He served as contributing editor for Ireland and the British Empire, which launched The Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series and he has published articles about Irish migration and the category of diaspora in such venues as Irish Economic and Social History, the Journal of American History, and the Journal of American Ethnic History.

For more information, contact or phone 416-926-7145.