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Cape Breton Ceilidh|Dance
Montgomery Legion Hall Third Floor
Ottawa, ON
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An evening of Cape Breton-style fun for everyone. Fiddles, pianos; square dancing and stepdancing all in one big blast. If you've ever been to Cape Breton for vacation you'll enjoy this evening that lets you relive the music, dance, fun and friendliness of Cape Breton.

Adult: $15 in advance online only. At the door tickets $20 cash only.
Youth: (16 and under accompanied by an adult) $10 anytime.

Family-friendly and wheelchair accessible, cash bar.

Start time: 7:30 pm
Location: Montgomery Legion, Kent St.

DARA SMITH-MACDONALD, was born and raised in Antigonish, but has strong family roots in Inverness. She now resides in Port Hawkesbury. She has been playing the fiddle for over 20 years with a style that is strong, lively and traditional. Dara has played for concerts, ceilidhs, and dances throughout Cape Breton, mainland Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario and the United States. She has performed for the Antigonish Highland Games, the Acoustic Roots Festival, Kitchenfest and Celtic Colours. For the past 15 years, she has been teaching fiddle to students at St. Anns Gaelic College, as well as to many students in her home and around the world via Skype. Dara is a musical director and a board member of the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association.

ADAM YOUNG is a sought-after pianist from the community of French Road. His unique style adds depth, solidity, and a joyful forward motion to the music. He created and directed the Louisbourg Playhouses popular music and comedy revue, Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, which has seen over 350 performances since it began 15 years ago. He regularly plays at concerts, ceilidhs, square dances and sessions throughout Cape Breton, and has showcased his talents in Scotland and Ireland, across Canada and in the United States. He can also be heard on recordings by Dara Smith-MacDonald, Colin Grant, Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter, Eric Angus Whyte, Jason MacDonald and Marilyn MacDonald-MacKinnon.

If you're planning to visit Cape Breton this event will give you a good taste of the culture you can expect to see. If you've already been there and love the island this will warm your heart. If you are from Cape Breton this will be a taste of home, bring your children/grandchildren to connect with their Cape Breton roots. All ages welcome, cash bar.

Wondering about the square dancing? Cape Breton square sets aren't actually square and they're not complicated. As long as you know your right hand from your left and can count as high as four you'll do just fine! There will also be callers in each set to guide you through the motions and make sure you stay on course. In addition to square sets there will also be waltzes for round dancing and some step dancing too. And of course you can always just sit back and enjoy the music too.

Sat. April 20- 10am-noon Jigs and Reels - fiddle workshop for slow jammers
Sat. April 20 1:30-3:30 Fiddle workshop - advanced level.
Contact Gary at for more information and to register.

Friday Apr. 19 7-9 pm in Kanata. Contact Gary at for more information and to reserve a seat.
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Montgomery Legion Hall Third Floor (View)
330 Kent St.
Ottawa, ON K2P 2H3


Music > Celtic
Music > Folk
Music > World
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Ottawa Cape Breton Session
On BPT Since: Oct 11, 2014
Ottawa Cape Breton Session

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