The Scottish Society of Ottawa presents Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate To celebrate the bicentennial of Canada’s first prime minister, the Scottish Society of Ottawa launched the first Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate on January 31, 2015   Across Canada, this proved to be one of the coldest days of the winter; nevertheless, the event was a huge success with hundreds of skaters in kilts, tartans and other Scottish wear taking to the ice in five cities: Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Calgary.   READ MORE

The SOSBA Bottles a Single Malt Whisky: The Scotian

In 2013, the Executive Board were looking for ways to make the upcoming 2015 Grand Camp in Victoria B.C. very special.  A Celtic Concert was planned, along with a Charity Golf Tournament, but the Board was looking for something to make this event memorable.  A few months earlier, some of the Executive Board members had visited a newly-opened distillery in Campbell River on the northern part of Vancouver Island called Shelter Point Distillery.  We were most impressed with the facility, especially the fact that they had purchased their stills from Scotland. They planned to make a single-malt whisky using the …
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Fort York is hosting upwards of 20,000 visitors across four days from 2 – 5 July 2015. Featuring world class chefs, Toronto’s top restaurants and over 70 exhibitors, this is foodie heaven.   Click here for more info    

Montreal Tartan Day

Montreal District #14 held their Annual Tartan Day Social on Saturday, April 11th at the Scottish Centre of Montreal. The evening opened with Address to a Haggis by WC John Rodger and piped by Grand Secretary-Treasurer Robert Stewart. A dinner of beef steak pie with trimmings was served. The entertainment included highland dancing by members of the Montreal Highland Dancing Association and music by the Black Watch Association Pipes and Drums.  

Tartan Up 2015

Recently Robert Stewart, Grand Secretary-Treasurer and Brian McQueenie, Executive Board Member visited Victoria, BC to finalize some of the events scheduled for September.  While on their visit they met up with James Green of “go! Island” on Shaw TV!  Below is a link to that interview!

Montreal District #14 6th Annual Fundraiser for Black Watch Cadets

On Saturday, October 18th, Montreal District #14 held their 6th Annual Fundraising in support of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) Cadets, Pipes and Drums at the Scottish Centre. Once again the evening was very successful with over 60 in attendance. All monies from ticket sales and the raffle will be presented to the Black Watch Cadets, with the Executive Board matching our funds which is a very important revenue for the purchase of band equipment. The Black Watch Cadets has been operating for over 50 years, providing boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 the opportunity to learn thepipes and drums, under the tutelage …
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BC Tartan Walk

On Sunday, June 24th members of BC District 16 continued their commitment and support to the fund raising efforts of the BC Branch of the Kidney Foundation. Seven years ago members gathered at Trout Lake in Vancouver for the first Tartan Stroll and raised six thousand dollars. The Stroll has continued to grow in both participants and money raised.  For the past three years we have joined with the Kidney Foundation in their Walk for Life Program and combined the Tartan Stroll with their Vancouver Walk. This year, at the Athletes Village on False Creek in Vancouver, we continued to …
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Michael Jackson’s Robert Burns songs to be released Singer’s collection of showtunes inspired by Burns’s poetry could be donated to a Scottish museum by David Gest

A Scottish museum may soon be home to one of Michael Jackson‘s unreleased albums. More than a decade after Jackson and David Gest recorded songs based on the poetry of Robert Burns, Gest reportedly intends to donate the recordings to the poet’s official museum in Ayrshire. In a career of peculiar projects, it remains one of the singer’s strangest: a collection of showtunes inspired by Burns’s life and work. The songs have never been made public – it was either overlooked or forgotten in the Jackson estate’s search for unreleased material. Now, after a visit to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Gest has reportedly agreed to …
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Why we wear poppies on Remembrance Day

Each Remembrance Day millions of people around the world wear a poppy in remembrance of all those who fell in World War I — The Great War. It all comes from a poem, In Flanders Field, written by Canadian Army Medical Corps Lt Colonel John McCrea of Guelph Ontario on May 3, 1915. McCrea wrote the poem after officiating at the funeral service of his good friend Lt. Alexis Helmer, Canadian Artillery, who was killed at the Second Battle of Ypres. A story of the time says he was not happy with the poem and threw it away. Fortunately it …
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