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Bruce Campbell Pìobaireachd Workshop at the 2014 Mòd

March 28, 2014 in News by randy


a one day workshop in two halfs


Morning session

Let’s blow away the cobwebs of half-truths, ‘black art’ and mystery to expose what is really a fascinating and most enjoyable subject.
In this session I’ll explain the structure of Piobaireachd and how understanding its make-up makes both memorising and playing much easier.
This session is also suitable for those who just want to gain an appreciation of the art without actually wanting to tread the competition boards while for performing pipers it will establish a framework which will transform your playing to new heights.
Phrasing, stress (wrongly known as ‘accent’) as well as cadences and other embellishments (including the Crunluadh) are all put under scrutiny as well as how to appreciate a good tune.
The session will be capped by musical performances to illustrate the talk.
At the end an open forum will encourage questions from the floor. 

Afternoon session

This is a performance-related segment but one which is designed for all levels of player from novice upwards.
Hands-on practice chanter work will take you through the best way to learn embellishments and tunes.
That will set up a practical look at a couple of Piobaireachd (notation is supplied).
Finally, an ‘on-instrument’ session will look at the need for a top class pipe sound (help is given here) and the opportunity to play in concert.  
If there is time a problem solving session will finish the day off.
Bruce Campbell   email:
Early-bird prices (Until Saturday, May 3rd) are:
morning session is $25, full day is $50
Workbook will be sold at ½ price (Cost TBA)
Register now at:
NOTE: If you register after May 3rd, prices will be morning session will be $35 and full day $70

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Monthly Ceilidh Series

January 24, 2014 in News by randy

A h-uile duine,

We have launched our 2014 monthly ceilidh series.

The Comunn Gàidhlig Ottawa monthly ceilidh takes place the 3rd friday of every month at 28 Granville Ave, Ottawa between 7-9pm.

Please RSVP at to let us know you are coming. All are welcome.

Come out and practice your Gàidhlig, sing-along with Gàidhlig songs, hear/play traditional tunes and enjoy Gàidhlig hospitality.

Le gach deagh dhùrachd,


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CGO working with Jim Sutherland on the Struileag initiative

January 29, 2013 in News by randy

There is a VERY exciting initiative unfolding in Scotland called Struileag, and we have been called to participate.
Struileag is quite an obscure word, explains Sutherland, himself a Gaelic learner, Ive been asked what it means by quite a few native speakers. It refers to an imaginary boat which was used in storytelling sessions, a bit like pass the parcel. When somebody had taken their turn at a storytelling ceilidh they would pass on the struileag, the boat, to the next storyteller.
2014 is the year of Homecoming in Scotland for all of the Gaelic/Scottish diaspora around the globe. The group has started to gather stories, photos, videos, recipes and culiminate in special performances in Inverness likely the week before the Mò is unfolding into a very big deal with lots of coverage and is already in motion....and a fit that couldn't be more perfect for Ar n-Òran, Na Cuileagan Lasraich and Comunn Gàidhlig Ottawa.
Are you Scot or a descendant of one?
Culminating in an international large scale event, Struileag is a forward looking, multi-faceted, culturally ambitious project that will reach out around the world to the people of the Gaelic Diaspora, in an inspiring and poignant exploration of the collective, experiences and aspirations of the Gael.Struileag brings specially commissioned poetry, music and song together with film in an internationally streamed show that explores the universal links between language and culture. It will be surprising, magical, and revelatory, and above all it will be brave. Incorporating 15 musicians, 8 singers and an internationally raised youth orchestra the 2014 Show will push the boundaries of culture and style to create a nationally significant highlight of the year of Homecoming 2014. Extensive community engagement will form a substantial cornerstone of the project which will deliver poetry competitions, talks & discussions, concerts, workshops and finally an international touring show. There will be a lasting legacy in the form of a book of poetry and song, a commercially available recording, a DVD and a film.
An Sgioba / Artistic Team Jim Sutherland Artistic Director / Composer Kevin MacNeil Director of Poetry Dan Ayling Director of Show Douglas McKinnon Director of Film
I will be collecting, compiling, and forwarding our input to the team in Scotland in participation and preparation for this wonderful initiative.
So, where to start and what can you do to help...
* I would like to ask all of you who are Scots or descendants to participate in a recorded interview. (Either audio or audio-video)
    - Interviews can be in Gàidhlig, English or a mix of both.
    - We will explore questions like:
        - When did you, your family or your ancestors emmigrate from Scotland to Canada?
        - Where did they come from in Scotland?
        - Why did they leave Scotland?
        - Did they have Gaelic?
        - Where did they settle in Canada? Where do you live now? How was their life when they moved here?
        - What do you/did your ancestors do?
        - Do you have any family history, photographs, recipes or other things you'd like to share?
        - If so, is Gaelic still spoken or was any of the language, culture or music passed on, or when did it die off?
        - What does Scotland and/or Gaelic mean to you?
        - How do you connect with Scotland? Other Gaels?
        - Do you have any Gaelic?
        - Do you study Gaelic, the music, the culture? Why?
        - What does Gaelic mean to you? Do you feel passion, loss, etc?
        - What does "home" mean to you?
        - What makes you feel Scottish/Gaelic pride?
* I would like to provide interviews to Struileag and post them on our CGO YouTube page as I believe it is of relevance and value to both the initiative and to our membership.
I hope I have piqued your interest. Now's our chance to speak out about and put our history, story and thoughts where they'll be heard. You can check out Struileag on FB at:  on Twitter at: @struileag and shortly on it's own website which I'll forward when I have the URL
I'll need about an hour or so of your time to interview/record those who are interested.
Interested? Please contact me ASAP and we'll book a time to start gathering information.
Le gach dhùrachd,
Randaidh Waugh
Cuinn-suidhe / President of Comunn Gàidhlig Ottawa (Home of Mòd Chanada, Ar n-Òran Gàidhlig and An Cuileagan Lasraich Choirs), Canada
Ar Cànan 's Ar Ceòl / Our language, our music
Làrach-Lin / Website:
Post-d / Email:
Fòn / Phone: 613-286-1003
Seòladh / Address: 3M Arnold Drive, Nepean, Ontario, Canada, K2H 6V6
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Comunn Gàidhlig Ottawa lending library

January 29, 2013 in News by randy

Comunn Gàidhlig Ottawa Lending Library


Donated by Gil Waugh, CGO president and founder, CGO’s Gaelic lending library consists of hundreds of books, CDs, DVDs, periodicals, comics, music and research material for children, adolescents and adults in many genres.

Many library holding are available for members to borrow, and CGO has a physical spot where those wishing to conduct research at CGO head office can book time to do this.
Our webmaster is researching different plugins that will allow signout/signin via an interface to this site. Please stay tuned.

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Piobaireachd Adjudication 2014

July 29, 2012 in Mòd, Mòd 2013, News by admin

Bruce Campbell, Pipe Instructor, Piper, Historian

Pipe Major Bruce Campbell will adjudicate piping at Mòd Chanada 2014, and will also deliver a seminar series on Pìobaireachd/Canntaireachd.

To read Bruce's bio, please click somewhere on this line.

Please contact us to register for Bruce's amazing seminar series.

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New Piobaireachd Competition

July 29, 2012 in Mòd, Mòd 2013, News by admin

Comunn Gàidhlig Ottawa set to introduce an all new Piobaireachd Piping competition at Mòd Chanada 2014

Interested in Piobaireachd?

Check out Duntroon's new Piobaireachd publication at: Click Here

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Mòd Chanada – Pictures

July 29, 2012 in Mòd, News by admin

Pictures from Mòd 2012 are available here. Many thanks to Pictor Photography!

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Mòd Chanada – Results

July 29, 2012 in Mòd, News by admin

Ladies overall Gold medalist - Krista Grant

Mens overall Gold medalist - Mike MacKay
Senior Choir Gold medalist - Ar n-Òran

Junior Choir Gold medalist - Na Cuileagan Lasraich
Junior Duet Gold - Noah Yateman & Adriana Moscardi
Junior Solo Gold - Owen Yateman

Practice Chanter Gold medalist - Shahna Summer

Small Pipes Gold medalist - Donald MacDonald
Fiddle Gold medalist - Krista Grant

Female Solo Gold medalist -  Krista Grant
Male Solo Gold medalist - Mike MacKay
Duet Gold - Fiona McDonald & Krista Grant
Singing with Self Accompaniment Gold - Krista Grant
Folk Group Gold - Krista Grant, Stacey Matthews & Julie Desrosiers
Art Junior Gold medalist - Cairistìona Waugh

Art Youth Gold medalist - Justin Lehman-Billard

Art Senior Illustrated Story - Angus MacLeod

Art Senior Gaelic theme - Olga Waugh
Drama - Michael Bleakney and Randaidh Waugh

Sgeulachd Gold medalist - Cathleen MacKay

Bàrdach Gold medalist - Mike Mackay

***Frank Schilder and Pictor Photography*** have already got Mòd Chanada 2012 pics ready for about an amazing photographer and company to work with.

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New website on its way!

July 29, 2012 in News by admin

Comunn Gàidhlig Ottawa is thrilled to announce that Rhoda Meek, IT Development & Design at Deiseal Ltd, Ùlpan teacher and Gaelic activist has started work on improving the CGO website. Rhoda brings a wealth of Gàidhlig and IT experience to our organization and we are very pleased to be working with her on the "new and improved" face of CGO. Rhoda has been involved in CGO since it's inception in 2009.