Titles of all prescribed pieces will be published annually in a Mòd Syllabus Supplement

GENERAL RULES AND CONDITIONS

NOTE: Where songs are not prescribed, two copies (words and music) one with English translation, MUST accompany the entry along with a completed adjudication sheet. In advance of the Mòd is preferable and appreciated.

(1) In all competitions, the decision of the adjudicators is final.

(2) Competitors are required to be ready to appear according to schedule and when called.

(3) Songs are to be sung/played without accompaniment, except in Competitions 15 and 19.

(4) All song performances (solo and choral) will be limited to 28 lines of lyrics. This applies to all levels of competitions (7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14, 15,16,17,18)

(5) The number of prizes may be reduced to ONE in the case of any competition in which the number of competitors is less than FOUR.

(6) No prize will be awarded in any competition in which the standard of performance is judged to be unsatisfactory.

(7) Winners of first or other prizes including medals, shields and ribbons presented at the Mòd Concert must be available to perform at the Mòd Concert at the end of the day.

(8) Competing choirs should consist of between ten and twenty-six voices

(9) For the Mòd Concert – choirs and instrumentalists should practice the annual prescribed tune which is named in the annual syllabus supplement.

(10) Date of entry and special conditions are as stated in the Mòd Syllabus Supplement.

(11) Ribbons will not be awarded more than once to any competitor, and they may not they be awarded in any year when fewer than THREE eligible competitors.

(12) Competitors will not offer as their own choice any of the PRESCRIBED songs in the Mòd Canada Syllabus Supplement.

(13) Competitors may be allowed to consult books or music during competitions, however doing so will likely result in a lower overall scoring.

(14) All Shields can be retained by the winners for one year and must be returned to the Comunn Gàidhlig Ottawa Secretary not later than 15th October annually.

(15) Competitor Levels:

J – in the Junior Section must be within the prescribed age group on 1st October of the current Mòd Canada. This is the class children should enter (Under 12 years old).

B – Any competitor 12 years of age or more on the 1st May of the current year’s Mòd Canada and who has been formally studying Gàidhlig or their respective instrument or dance for less than two years is eligible to compete at the Gaelic Beginner level for competition providing entry qualifications are met.

I – Any competitor 12 years of age or more on the 1st May of the current year’s Mòd Canada and who has been formally studying Gàidhlig or their respective instrument or dance for more than two years is eligible to compete at the Gaelic Intermediate level for competitions, providing entry qualifications are met.

A – Any competitor 12 years of age or more on the 1st May of the current year’s Mòd Canada and who is fluent or close to fluent in Gàidhlig or their respective instrument or dance is eligible to compete at the Gaelic Advanced level for competitions, providing entry qualifications are met.

(16) Where songs are not prescribed, two copies (words and music) one with English translation, MUST accompany the entry along with a completed adjudication sheet. In advance of the Mòd is preferable and appreciated.

(17) RECITING POETRY FROM MEMORY (2J/B/I/A), RECITING PROSE FROM MEMORY (3J/B/I/A), GAELIC CONVERSATION (4J/B/I/A), GAELIC STORYTELLING (5J/B/I/A), GAELIC JOKETELLING (6J/B/I/A) competitions will be in Gaelic only with a time limit of 3 minutes. English translation sheets for some of the material will be available for those interested in following in English.

(18) Morning Adjudication sheets will be available shortly after the event category has finished and been adjudicated by the adjudicator.

(19) A competitor who has won the overall gold medal in any category for two years in a row is not eligible to win the overall gold medal for the following two years.

(20) All prescribed pieces will be emailed/mailed to competitors once they have registered for the Mòd.