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Scottish Cultural groups are invited
to encourage history students to
participate in our Essay Contest.

 

The James McCowan Memorial Social History Society
In Cooperation With
The Scarboro Heights Record
Presents

The Janet McCowan
Community Studies Essay Competition


Your Community
In a World History Context

The James McCowan Memorial Social History Society is offering a prize for the best essay on the following subject:

Discuss the impact of the agricultural revolution in Lowland Scotland on the development of rural Scottish communities in pre-Confederation Canada.

Lesson Plans

Exercises

Learning Objectives -- Building A Country

  • To identify some signs and effects of over-population
  • To identify some of the forces that can initiate socio-economic change
  • To recognize that value systems evolve over time
  • To acknowledge that value systems contribute to community-building

Essay Contest entries from across Canada are welcome. Our on-line source subject matter will particularly appeal to students interested in Toronto history and to the history of Scots in southern Ontario.


Coming to a Burns Supper Near You...

Rabbie Burns and The Lowland Clearances
Contact B. McCowan, P. Eng.

416-447-4895

  • Speaker: Scarborough Board of Education, English as A Second Language Program: The Scottish Immigrant Experience
  • Speaker: "In Search of Learning", Owen Sound, Evolution of Values with Respect to Relief from Stresses in the World of Work
  • Speaker: Scottish Studies Conference, University of Guelph, Lowland Emigration to Scarborough, 1797-1850
  • Speaker: Sky Garden Seniors, Two Hundreds Years of Scots in Scarborough
  • Speaker: Agincourt Community Services Association, Volunteer Recognition Evening: The Scots as Volunteers
  • Speaker: Etobicoke Genealogy Group, The Value of Genealogy in the Context of Scottish Economic History
  • Speaker: Toronto Public Library, Toronto: One Family's Story
  • And many other speaking engagements on local history in Toronto and Scottish history, including: Scarborough Public Library Board; United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada; Ontario Genealogical Society Hamilton Branch; East York Board of Education Community Services; Scarborough Historical Society; Lesmahagow Parish Historical Association (Lanarkshire, Scotland)
  • Speaker: Queen's University CIRQUE+ '97 Conference on Industry and Resources, Engineers and Standards in the Innovative Product Implementation Cycle

Available (with a month's notice) to give a guest lecture at Greater Toronto area schools on any of the topics in our World History Lesson Plan, "Immigrant Values -- Building a Country".

Our classroom lessons may be used to show that socio-economic change in Lowland Scotland had significant impact on the development of rural Scottish communities in pre-Confederation Canada. This lesson plan for history will help students appreciate that Canada's heritage is the sum of the histories of Canada's diverse native and immigrant peoples.


Now Available from The McCowan Society...

"The Lowland Clearances": The Book, by Peter Aitchison and Andrew Cassell -- more of the data that was gathered for the acclaimed three-part BBC Radio Scotland Series -- Including interviews with descendants of Scarborough's Scottish families (Tuckwell Press) $29.00. Order a copy...

This publication is a followup to the BBC-Radio Scotland series this past spring. The McCowan Society was pleased to help with this exciting investigation into a little-known socio-economic disruption in Scotland.

 


 

Scottish Heritage Days
In the City of Scarborough, 1996

Organizations and vendors that participated in Scottish Heritage Days in the City of Scarborough, July 5-7 1996, include:

Bell Family Clan Cameron
Clan Forsyth Society Clan MacKenzie
Clan McNeill Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada
Crafts By Degree Finlay Scottish Dancers
Forth Art James McCowan Memorial Social History Society
Joy Allen Highland Dancers Kennedy Family
Like Magic Productions Little Darlings Highland Dancers
McCowan Family McDougall Clan
Milligan Memorial Pipe Band St. Andrew Over-40s Soccer Club
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Scarborough St. Andrew's Society of Toronto
Scarboro Heights Record Scarborough Celtic Supporters Club
Scarborough Rangers Supporters Club Scarborough Scottish Heritage Society
Tartan Time Thomson Family Group
Toronto Branch OGS Cemetery Committee Toronto Branch OGS Places of Worship in York County Committee
Toronto Toe Tappers Weir Family
White Heather Scottish Bakery

 

Many thanks to:

Berris Reid, Videographer Barb and Steve Hopkins of United Players Theatre
Larry Westlake of Like Magic Productions Office Place
Select Press Ingils Gray

 

For their assistance at our Media Reception, we wish to thank:

Ken Cole, Piper Darby O'Gills Restaurant and Pub
Hiram Walker Distilleries T.F.B and Associates, Distributors of McCowan's Highland Toffee
White Heather Scottish Bakery



Prize donors during Scottish Heritage Days, the Muir Dinner and Media Reception include:

Corby / Hiram Walker Distilleries White Heather Scottish Bakery
Clan Cameron Tartan Time
Crafts By Degree MacNeil's Scottish Imports
Chapters Incorporated Natural Heritage Books
Eatons Knob Hill Farms
Zellers Shoppers Home Health Care
Business Depot City of Scarborough
McCowan Society Japan Camera
Fergus Scottish Festival Dempsey-Rand
Sheraton Toronto East Hotel and Towers British Overseas Gifts

 

Very special thanks to our Grand Prize donors:

Forth Art Scotland
Arran Sunset by Dick Forsythe
Consumers Gas
Barbecue


At our Alex Muir Supper, thanks to those behind the scenes and for entertainment:

Nancy McCowan Presbyterian Women of St. Andrew's
Bob Keith Robert Stewart
Donna Milliken Stuart Gray
Bill McCowan Roberta Corey
Master of Ceremonies Glenn Cochrane Guest Speaker Shirley Drummond
Kelly Biduke School of Highland Dancing Milligan Memorial Pipe Band
Tenor Eric McKeracher Pianist Joanne McLennan

 

In addition, the following organizations took a very helpful interest in the BiCentennial publication of When the Ground Fails: An Economic Watershed.

Clan Forsyth Society of Canada, c/o Kenneth J. Forsyth, President, at 905-578-3469 or Andre Lien, Secretary, at 416-425-5437
Members from all Provinces enjoy dual membership in the Canadian and Scotland Societies. Family membership is $15 per year;  single is $10 per year. Motto: Restorer of the Ruins.

Clan Hunter, c/o Tom Hunter, Clan Officer, Canada, 61 Downing Cres.,
London, Ont., N6C 3C7, Tel and Fax 519-681-4101
The aims of the Clan Society are to satisfy a growing interest in the origin of the family and to provide a medium for social contact.

Like Magic Productions, c/o Larry Westlake, President, 157 Woodville Ave., Toronto, Ont., M4J 2R4, 416-467-1280
On July 5 1996, Like Magic will perform With I Hope a New Face: The Story of a Newcomer to a New Land. This is the true story of Scottish immigrants, James and Margaret McCowan, and their entrepreneurial ideals. Like Magic, a non-profit theatre group, performed A Scarboro Tale at "Scarboro Fare Fair 1994", again, in cooperation with the McCowan Society.

Clan Macpherson Association, c/o Mr. and Mrs. James McPherson, 17 Medonte Ave., Scarborough, Ont., M1L 1Z2, 416-755-6625
To preserve and strengthen the traditions of Clan Macpherson and to gather and preserve historic Clan documents and relics. The Association owns an attractive Clan House in Newtonmore, Inverness-shire, and publishes an annual magazine, "Creag Dhubh".

Milligan Memorial Pipe Band, c/o Pipe Major Stuart Gray, 177 Regent Rd., Toronto, Ont., M3K 1H6, Tel. 416-630-3732
Founded in 1994, the Band was named after the late Harry Milligan of Dreghorn, Scotland. Harry was a well-known piper and piping tutor in the Toronto area. The Band meets Thursday evenings at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 617. The band teaches the basics of piping and drumming to young and old, male and female, of diverse ethnic origins.

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 115 St. Andrew's Rd., Scarborough, Ont., M1P 4N2, 416-438-4100
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church was founded in 1818 as the Presbyterian Congregation of Scarborough in connection with the Church of Scotland. It is among the oldest Presbyterian congregations in Ontario and has recognized its strong Scottish roots through the years. St. Andrew's has been the focal point for the celebration of Scottish achievements in Scarborough during the city's Bi-Centennial in 1996 and is pleased to count many Scarborough folk of Scottish ancestry in its membership.

St. Andrew's Society of Toronto, c/o John A. Hutchinson, Second Vice-President, 463 St. Clements Ave, Toronto, Ont., M5N 1M2, 416- 482-0447
To provide charitable assistance through contributions to other charitable organizations. To serve as a focus for Scottish social and cultural activities.

 


More Scottish History Web Sites
Useful for Our Essay Contest
"The Lowland Clearances" and Our Lesson Plans

www.nls.uk: The National Library of Scotland

www.scottap.com/family/Lanark: Lanarkshire, Scotland: genealogy, transcriptions, places etc.

www.scan.org.uk: Scottish Archive Network

www.friendsofscotland.gov.uk: Friends of Scotland

http://britishhistory.about.com/cs/agriculturalrev/#m: The agricultural revolution in Britain.

"Annals Of Lesmahagow"
www.lanarkshirefhs.org.uk or
www.lesmahagow.com/history
Portions of this classic transcribed.
The Weir family of Scarborough, Ontario underwrote a much-valued re-print of The Annals some years ago.

Ayrshire History
www.ayrshirehistory.org.uk

The Statistical Accounts of Scotland (1791-99 and 1845)
http://stat-acc-scot.edina.ac.uk/stat-acc-scot/stat-acc-scot.asp
A vital resource for Scottish Studies.

Other Reviews of the Lowland Clearances Program include ...

  • Dundee Courier, May 20 2003, feature article by Vicky Birmingham. "...the result ensures that the Lowland Clearances will no longer lie forgotten in history."   http://monikie.org.uk/lowland-clearances.htm
  • West Highland Free Press, May 16 2003 "Clearances in the Lowlands -- A Lost History" "Echoes of a familiar story: James McCowan (inset) was forced from his Lowland smallholding and arrived in Canada 200 years ago with nothing but his family, their clothes and their bible. Within a century, the McCowan farm near Toronto (pictured) ran to over 800 acres"  (West Highland Publishing Company Ltd.)    www.whfp.com/1620/focus.html   (Note that the inset photo incorrectly identifies Robert McCowan Jr. as his grandfather, James, who immigrated in 1833 carrying, in fact, many bibles as well as other books and letters. His three sons had about seven different farms totalling very close to 800 acres.)

 


More Scottish Cultural Groups
And Related Organizations
(In Toronto Unless Otherwise Noted)

Note: For Burns Suppers
Please go to this page
Burns Suppers

Dance

RSCDS Toronto Scottish Country Dance Association
Scottish Country Dancing celebrates the traditional dances of Scotland. There are no swords, no flings, just elegant strathspeys, fast jigs and lively reels. Since 1923, the traditions of country dance have been preserved by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. Over 21,000 RSCDS members worldwide enjoy the social interaction, physical exercise and pure pleasure of dance. The 500 member strong Toronto Scottish Country Dance association welcomes new members. On the second Saturday of each month, there is a monthly dance held at Crescent School, 2365 Bayview Avenue. There are social groups throughout the greater Toronto area that meet on a weekly basis and we have classes for children of all ages. We hold workshops for all levels of dancers and our association runs classes for dancers from beginner to advanced levels. The highlight of our season is the Annual Tartan Ball where dancers put on their finest and enjoy an evening of dining and dancing (February 19 2005 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto).  In the spring of each year, "Dancing in the Park" gives everyone an opportunity to watch and join in the dancing outdoors at Edwards Gardens. For information on all our activities, call 416-410-7078 or visit www.rscdstoronto.org.

Eastern Canada Highland Dancers Alliance
The Eastern Canada Highland Dancers Alliance was formed approximately 50 years ago by a few local area teachers. The Association organized annual competitions. Families were to become members in order for their dancers to compete in these competitions. Most of the competitions that were organized some 50 years ago are still up and running. There are still perpetual trophies in circulation which dancers are still winning to this day with names of dancers from way back. Some trophies had to be referbished. The following are annual competitions which the ECHDA hold. -- 3rd Sat. in January, last Sat. in Feb., 3rd Sat. in March, 2nd Sat. in May, July 1st, 2nd Sat. in Sept. and 3rd Sat. in October. All of these competitions have been going for many years. At all the competitions the dancers must be members of the association. However, the May competition is a Scottish Official Board Highland dance sanctioned Championship which are for Premier dancers only and you do not have to be a member of the Association to compete in this. This championship brings dancers from all over Canada and the US. When a dancer wins a Championship they receive a certificate from the SOBHD in Scotland stating this championship win. Ontario dancers also have an Oscar for the dancer who wins the most championships throughout the year in 4 different age groups. The Ontario association has just started in the past 2 years a 'gala' night in February where we honor these Oscar Winners. There are many dance Associations in Ontario and throughout the world. Ontario is known to have an enormous amount of talent. In 2003 at the World Highland Dancing Championships in Scotland, the winners of the Jr., Sr. and Adult world championship were all from Ontario. For the past 9 years the reigning adult Champion who holds the record for the most World Championships in a row, is from Ontario. So highland dancing is very strong and growing in Ontario. There are over 100 highland dancing schools in Ontario alone. Dancers compete yearly at the different indoor competitions, the summer outdoor highland games, and many travel yearly to Scotland in August to compete in the Commonwealth and World Highland Dancing Championships.
Contact Joy Tolev (Joy Allen School of Highland Dancing - Toronto, Ont.) 416-752-9473.
www.echda.com

Cairngorm Club
Cairngorm Club Toronto have been doing Scottish dancing since 1924. They meet at the Latvian Centre on Credit Union Drive, every first Wednesday of the month.

Newtonbrook United Church
Need a few lessons before you hit the floor? Newtonbrook United Church (53 Cummer) have adult scottish country dancing classes on Monday evenings and childrens’ classes on Saturday mornings.

Sandy MacIntyre teaches Cape Breton fiddling and step dancing in Toronto on Monday and Tuesday evenings. The celtic sound of "Steeped in Tradition" is heard Sunday afternoons at the Bow and Arrow Pub (1954 Yonge).

Touch of Tartan -- Production of Mother Tongue
An evening of traditional and new Highland dance, Mother Tongue runs for two nights at the Betty Oliphant Dance Theatre, Thursday, October 6th and Friday, October 7th, 2005 at 8 pm. Touch of Tartan (ToT), a professional highland dance performance collective since 1997 in Toronto, will perform traditional Highland dances that connect audiences with roots and new highland-influenced choreographies that express the culture that endures as a result of these roots. Touch of Tartan's professional and champion dancers perform well-loved traditional dances (e.g. the Sword Dance) and our new choreographies have had crowds clapping along in Ontario and Nova Scotia. Mother Tongue is ToT’s second full-evening of performance in a dance theatre, our first such show, Fresh Haggis, was staged at the Winchester Street theatre in 2002. As a result of the interest that followed after Fresh Haggis we have begun to teach children who were in attendance and requested classes. ToT has performed at many events in the GTA noteworthy are the City of Toronto Street Festival, the Toronto Police Tattoo and Pageant and Mississauga's Canada Day celebrations for the last two years running. ToT has held fund-raising performance events in various venues. We look forward to continuing to build our connection to the Toronto audience, sharing new dance creations with our loyal audience and supporters. The goal of this production is to increase the visibility of Highland Dance and Highland Choreography by staging it in a professional setting. This will allow us to continue to promote Scottish tradition and cultural life and to contribute to Toronto’s multi-cultural fabric. We invite you to buy a Patron Ticket to Mother Tongue. Please call 416-856-6220 to reserve your ticket. Or please write to Mary Fleur Hanlon, Director, Choreographer, Touch of Tartan 1042 Davenport Rd. Toronto, Ontario, M6G 2B9.

Language

The highland Scots were one of several Indo-European peoples known as Celts. The Canadian Celtic Arts Association encourages members to explore, celebrate and preserve the art, literature, music, dance, history -- and language -- of the Celts. Gaelic is still spoken in some communities in highland Scotland -- and, yes, in Toronto too! The Toronto Gaelic Learners Association will hold Scottish Gaelic classes this winter at St. Michael’s College on Saturday mornings. The Gaelic Society of Toronto will have a Scottish Gaelic Language and Song Workshop on April 2 (121 St. Joseph St). They also hold "ceilidhs" on the first Saturday evening of the month from October to May. There are numerous other Celtic events in Toronto including speakers, concerts and theatre. The University of Toronto Celtic Society and the Canadian Celtic Arts Association will co-host a Robbie Burns Night on Jan 21, at Charbonnel Lounge, St. Michael's College, 81 St. Mary Street.
www.geocities.com/torontogaelic
www.geocities.com/canadiancelticarts

Save Gaelic
www.savegaelic.org

Arts, Culture and Music

The main objective of the Association for Scottish Traditions and Arts is to promote and preserve the best of Scottish culture. They are having a workshop on March 19 at Streetsville Seconday School.

New Brunswick Scottish Cultural Association
www.nbscots.com

If you can’t get out, two Toronto-area radio stations play Scottish music.  An Hour of Scotland (CHKT 1430 AM) is Saturdays from 10 to 11 am. A Little Breath of Scotland
(AM740) is Sundays from 4 to 6 pm.

 

Philanthropy and Holding the Social Safety Net

Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association
40 Eglinton Ave. E., Suite 202, Toronto, ON, M4P3A2
The Sons of Scotland is primarily a fraternal benefit association providing insurance coverage for members. However, charitable giving is also part of their mandate. Toronto’s Sons of Scotland have recently given to Sick Children’s Hospital and other local charities. Toronto meetings are typically the first Thursday of the month at Christchurch Deer Park.
416-482-1250 or
1-800-387-3382

Scottish Studies Foundation
The Scottish Studies Foundation, a charitable organization, is raising funds for a Chair of Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph. Several fund-raising events are held in Toronto every year:
* Burns Supper; this year, to be held on Friday 21st January 2005, at the Granite Club.
* The prestigious Tartan Day Celebration, held at Casa Loma on or close to 6th April, celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. Each year at the Tartan Day Celebration, the "Scot of the Year" Award is presented to a Canadian who has achieved distinction through their contribution to Canadian society and the international community at large. Past Scots of the Year include: tenor, John Mc Dermott, author Dr. Alastair MacLeod, businessmen "Red" Wilson, John Cleghorn and Hal Jackman, politician Donald MacDonald, TV presenter Lloyd Robertson, Justice Bertha Wilson and MGen Lewis MacKenzie.
* A Scottish Cruise every Labour Day Sunday, on the Tall Ship, Empire Sandy, celebrating the arrival of the Hector with the first Scottish Settlers at Pictou, Nova Scotia in September 1773.
Each event is packed with Scottish Music, Dance and excellent Scottish Fare! Details can be found on the Foundation's web site www.scottishstudies.ca or by calling Paul Thomson at (905) 278-5022.

St. Andrew's Society of Toronto
Almost 170 years ago the St. Andrew’s Society of Toronto was founded to help Scottish immigrants get their footing in Canada through re-payable loans. Today the Society donates to established charities for the immediate needs of any disadvantaged person in Toronto, regardless of background. The Society is also involved directly in several special charitable projects such as "Haggis for Habitat" (in support of Habitat for Humanity).

Spinal Tap Mixed Bonspiel
Curling is still very popular with Scottish Canadians. On the heels of the 13th Invacare Spinal Tap Mixed Bonspiel, which was a phenomenal success raising almost $23,000 for spinal cord research, I am excited to announce Saturday, March 5th, 2005 as the date for the 14th Invacare Spinal Tap Mixed Bonspiel. We are very pleased that Invacare will be our title sponsor again this year, and thank them very much for their generous support. Our 13 year total now stands at over $120,000 raised. With your support we hope to break the $150,000 barrier. This year’s Spinal Tap promises to be another great day, which includes a dinner and dance, the popular Celebrity Wheelchair Challenge, and over $6,000 in great prizes. Be sure to enter early, as the last year’s bonspiel was full over a month early, and ended up with a waiting list. For more information, please log onto http://shootforacure.org/Curling. You may also contact Ryan Durham, 1-800-361-4004, ext 224, or Thornhill Country Club, 905-881-3000.

 

Pipes and Drums

Scarborough Red Hackle Pipes and Drums
The Scarborough Red Hackle Pipes and Drums was formed in May 1978 by a group who had been taking piping and drumming lessons at Agincourt Collegiate under Sandy Dewar and Pat Mulvenna. We picked up a few experienced pipers and drummers. The original Pipe Major was John Leith, the Pipe Sargeant was John Reid, and the Drum Major was Al Downer. Over the years the Band has performed at many Highland Games around southern Ontario, with a couple of forays into New York State and even one to Denmark. Individual members have performed in Scotland. We perform at community events such as the Canada Day Parades, Caravan, Warrior's and Labour Day at the CNE. We practice at Royal Canadian Legion  Branch 10 at Pape and O'Connor. Our 2005 Burns Supper is Sunday afternoon January 16, co-hosted by R.C.L. Branch 11 (Danforth and Dawes Rd.). Two members assisted with the "1834 Celebration of Robbie Burns".

Highland Creek Pipes and Drums
The Highland Creek Pipes and Drums was formedi n the fall of 1954 by employees of the Dowty Iron Works of Ajax. The Tartan is MacDonald of the Isles. A new home had to be found, so in 1957 was affiliated with Branch 258 Royal Canadian Legion in Highland Creek. In 1979, after 22 years with the legion, the band became an independant organization. Under the name of Highland Creek Pipes and Drums, the band registered as a non profit organization in 1988. There have been only two pipe majors with the band. The first was Bob Dunbar.  Then in 1967 Bill Fodor took over and still serves to-day. All monies earned at various functions are channeled towards upkeep of uniforms and instruments. The Highland Creek band is one of the few remaining bands to wear the full traditional British Highland uniform with feather bonnets: the pipe section wearing the green doublet, and the drums in red. The band's purpose is to teach, preserve, and enjoy the rich musical heritage of the Scottish pipes and drums and pass on that pleasure to an audience of every age and background. We perform for many local gatherings throughout the year, and are presently getting ready for our Robbie Burns Night (Jan. 29 2005), which we hold and run ourselves. We get around 500 attendees at this night -- it is the biggest gathering around. After Robbie Night, we get right into reherarsals for our spring concert at Scarborough Civic Center on April 17th. This is a free two hour concert including dancers.
416-261-4622.

Scarborough Pipe Band
www.scarboroughpipeband.ca

 

Food and Drink

ButnBen Bakery
ButnBen Bakery was established in 1966 and is now the longest family-operated Scottish Bakery in Ontario. Bread, rolls, potato scones, meat pies, steak pies, sausage rolls, bridies, a wide variety of cakes, haggis, sausage, blackpudding and bacon are our most popular items and are delivered all over Ontario every week. We are the 5th generation of bakers and soon the 6th will be taking over and operating in our traditional manner.
1601 Ellesmere, Scarborough 416-438-4214
Pickering 

White Heather Scottish Bakery
209 Dundas St. E., Whitby, 905-666-4827
White Heather is a  Patron of the James McCowan Memorial Social History Society.

Mrs. Bridge’s British Bakery
322 Eddystone, Toronto, 416-661-8663

The Village Tea Room
2967 Kingston Road, 416-267-3855

 

Museums

Toronto Museums with a Scottish connection:
The McCowan Log House Museum reminds us of a humble and industrious Scottish farming presence (Brimley north of Lawrence, 416-338-8807).
At Campbell House (160 Queen St. W., 416-597-0227) you’ll see how Chief Justice William Campbell lived in the 1820s.
Gibson House (5172 Yonge St., 416-395-7432) depicts the middle class reformer lifestyle of Scottish land surveyor David Gibson in the mid 19th century.

For a little social history of a Scottish farming community in Toronto, there are Walking Tours, typically at the end of May and September.

Scottish Tartans Museum
www.scottishtartans.org

 

Clans

Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada (CASSOC)
A Clan is basically a collection of family surnames that may have had a feudal or tribal connection with a "superior" many centuries ago.

Clan Douglas Society
www.clandouglassociety.org

Clan Hamilton Society
www.clanhamilton.org

Clan MaDougall
www.macdougall.org

Clan MacFarlane Society
www.macfarlane.org

Clan MacLeod
www.clan-macleod.com

Clan MacNicol
www.clanmacnicol.org

Clan MacRae Society of North America
www.clanmacrae.org
One of the most well known McCraes is Dr. John McCrae, author of In Flanders Fields.

Stewart Society
www.stewartsociety.org

 

Retail

Richardson's Tartan Shop
3435 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, M4N2N1
416-922-3141
www.toronto.com/tartan

Hector Russell’s Scottish Imports
1825 Avenue Road, Toronto, ON, M5M3Z4
416-782-5227
www.hector-russell.ca

The Scottish Company
1989 Leslie St., Toronto
416-223-1314

The Beach Celtic Festival
Kew Gardens,  Toronto
Including "Kids in Kilts and Tots in Tartan" -- great fun for the little highlanders. Many vendors of all things Celtic as well as Pipe Bands, Scottish Country Dance and other entertainment.
www.sandygrahamproductions.com or www.thecelticfestival.com
416-699-4238
Sept. 24 2005, Noon to 7 pm

 


 

Scottish Festivals and Highland Games
Weekend Jaunts In Southern Ontario, 2005

Scottish Music, Highland and Scottish Country Dancing, Vendors, Clan Displays, Pipe Bands, Athletics / Tests of Strength, Military Tattoo, Ceilidh and quite often much more.

Here is our theory for the origins of the caber toss (a 125 pound pole over 20 feet long...)

Scottish Studies Spring Colloquium Family History Day
At Knox College, 59 St. George St., Toronto
For info call 519-824-4120 x 53209
Apr. 23 2005

Annual Spring Dinner
Of the St. Andrew's Society of Toronto
Canadian Forces Command and Staff College
215 Yonge Blvd, Toronto
Fri., June 3 2005

Brockville Celtic Festival
Celtic Festival Office
613-341-8884 P.O. Box 70,
Brockville, Ontario, K6V 5T7
www.brockvillecelticfestival.com
June 10-12, 2005

Georgetown Highland Games
Georgetown Fairgrounds
519-853-4958
June 11, 2005

Summer Solstice Party -- A Celtic Celebration
1859 Kingston Road
416-698-7322
www.scarborougharts.com
Friday June 24, 2005, 7 pm

Hamilton Highland Games
Ancaster Fair Grounds, Ancaster
http://hhg.sphosting.com/
June 25 2005

Embro Highland Games
Embro / West Zorra Community Centre Embro
355644 35th Line Embro, Ontario N0J 1J0
July 1, 2005

Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Victoria Park, Kincardine

Kincardine Scottish Festival & Highland Games
P.O. Box 441, Kincardine, Ontario N2Z 2Y8
Toll Free: 1-888-232-7952
www.bmts.com/~kinscotfest/
July 1-3, 2005

Cobourg Highland Games
Donegan Park, D'Arcy St. South
Cobourg, Ontario
Cobourg Highland Games Society
Box 424, Cobourg
Ontario, K9A 4L1
July 2, 2005

Tartan Sertoma Chatham-Kent Supreme Highland Games
Tecumseh Park, Chatham
www.tartansertoma.ca/
July 8- 9, 2005

Medieval and Renaissance Scottish Language and Literature Conference
www.brocku.ca/scot2005/home.html
July 10-15 2005

Cambridge Highland Games
Churchill Park
www.cambridgehighlandgames.org
July 15-16, 2005

Midsummer Celtic Night
Featuring Sarah Kyle and Joe Likuski
Wesley United Church (Woodbine / Aurora Sideroad), north of Toronto
July 21 2005, 7 pm

Highlands of Durham Games & Celtic Festival
Port Perry Fair Ground and in Uxbridge
www.highlandsofdurhamgames.com
July 23-24, 2005

Glengarry Highland Games
Kenyon Agricultural Society Fairgrounds
Maxville Fairgrounds, near Ottawa
www.glengarryhighlandgames.com
P.O. Box 106 Maxville, ON, K0C1T0
July 29-30, 2005

Goderich Celtic Roots Festival
Box 171, Goderich, N7A 3Z2
www.celticfestival.ca/
Aug 5-7 2005

60th Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games
398 St. Andrew St. W.
Fergus, Ontario, N1M 1N9
www.fergusscottishfestival.com/
August 12-14, 2005

Sarnia Highland Games
Centennial Park
Sarnia
www.rivernet.net/highlandgames
August 19-20, 2005

North Lanark Highland Games
Almonte (near Ottawa)
www.almontehighlandgames.com
August 20, 2005

Scottish Sailing Cruise on the Empire Sandy
Toronto
www.scottishstudies.ca
Sunday Sept. 4 2005
11:30 am and 2 pm departures

Owen Sound Celtic Festival
OSCVI Auditorium, Owen Sound
Owen Sound Celtic Festival, 808 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, ON N4K 2H4
September 16-18, 2005

The Beach Celtic Festival
Kew Gardens,  Toronto
Including "Kids in Kilts and Tots in Tartan" -- great fun for the little highlanders. Many vendors of all things Celtic.
www.sandygrahamproductions.com or www.thecelticfestival.com
Sept. 24 2005, Noon to 7 pm


 

Scottish Festivals and Highland Games
Weekend Jaunts In Southern Ontario, 2004

Scottish Music, Highland and Scottish Country Dancing, Vendors, Clan Displays, Pipe Bands, Athletics / Tests of Strength, Military Tattoo, Ceilidh and quite often much more.

Brockville Celtic Festival
Celtic Festival Office
P.O. Box 70,
Brockville, Ontario, K6V 5T7
www.brockvillecelticfestival.com
June 4, 5, 6, 2004

Georgetown Highland Games
Georgetown Fairgrounds
June 12, 2004

Windsor Celtic Festival
Civic Terrace, Windsor
The Capitol Theatre and Arts Centre
519-253-8065
June 18-20, 2004

Hamilton Highland Games
Ancaster Fair Grounds, Ancaster
http://hhg.sphosting.com/
June 26 2004

Embro Highland Games
Embro / West Zorra Community Centre Embro
355644 35th Line Embro, Ontario N0J 1J0
July 1st, 2004

Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Victoria Park, Kincardine
Kincardine Scottish Festival & Highland Games
P.O. Box 441, Kincardine, Ontario N2Z 2Y8
www.bmts.com/~kinscotfest/
July 2-4, 2004

Cobourg Highland Games
Donegan Park, D'Arcy St. South
Cobourg, Ontario
Cobourg Highland Games Society
Box 424, Cobourg
Ontario, K9A 4L1
July 3rd, 2004

Tartan Sertoma Chatham-Kent Supreme Highland Games
Tecumseh Park, Chatham
www.tartansertoma.ca/
July 9-10, 2004

Orillia Scottish Festival
Couchiching Beach Park
705 325 8442
July 17, 2004

Cambridge Highland Games
Churchill Park
www.cambridgehighlandgames.org
July 17, 2004

Highlands of Durham Games & Celtic Festival
Port Perry Fair Ground and in Uxbridge
www.highlandsofdurhamgames.com
July 24-25, 2004

Glengarry Highland Games
Kenyon Agricultural Society Fairgrounds
Maxville Fairgrounds, near Ottawa
www.glengarryhighlandgames.com
P.O. Box 106 Maxville, ON, K0C1T0
July 30-31, 2004

Goderich Celtic Festival & College
Box 171, Goderich, N7A 3Z2
www.celticfestival.ca/
Aug 6-8 2004

Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Fergus & District Community Centre
550 Belsyde Ave. E., Fergus
Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games
PO Box 25, Fergus, Ontario, N1M 2W7
www.fergusscottishfestival.com/
August 13-15, 2004

Sarnia Highland Games
Centennial Park
Sarnia
www.rivernet.net/highlandgames
August 20-21, 2004

North Lanark Highland Games
Almonte (near Ottawa)
www.almontehighlandgames.com
August 21, 2004

The Beach Celtic Festival
Kew Gardens,  Toronto
Including "Kids in Kilts and Tots in Tartan" -- great fun for the little highlanders. Thirty vendors of all things Celtic.
www.sandygrahamproductions.com
Sept. 18 2004, 11 am to 7 pm

Owen Sound Celtic Festival
OSCVI Auditorium, Owen Sound
Owen Sound Celtic Festival, 808 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, ON N4K 2H4
September 17-19, 2004

Downsview Highland Games
Downsview Park, Toronto
416-952-2222
Oct. 2 2004

Royal Ontario Museum Celtic Celebration Family Sunday
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON, Canada
416-586 5797
Every March

Check www.scottishbanner.com as well.

 


Other

Camanachd Association
The  ruling body of the ancient and unique stick sport of shinty.
www.shinty.com

 

 

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