Thursday, 8 August 2013

The new season is starting!

The Ottawa Celtic Choir is beginning it's 2013-2014 season on September 10th, 2013!

The OCC is a non-auditioned community choir that sings songs from the seven Celtic nations, as well as from strongly Celtic-influenced areas (such as the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, Ontario, Appalachia, etc.).  We sing in the six Celtic languages as well as English, French, and Galician dialect Spanish.  A grounding in the languages is not necessary; translations and pronunciation guides are provided for all songs not in English or French. 

While an ability to read music is an asset, it's not necessary either; mp3s of all parts are provided on a website where choir members can go to download and learn their parts.  The group is good fun and has a strong sense of community.  We encourage laughter in rehearsals, as the same muscles you use to laugh are the ones you use to sing! 

We rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9pm, at St. John the Evangelist Church on the corner of Somerset and Elgin.  We rehearse upstairs in the choir room. 

We plan on at least two major concerts a year (usually Christmas and Springtime) as well as competing in Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada, an Irish-language festival near Kingston in late June.  This year we may also be performing at the Almonte Celtfest!

For more information, please contact Ellen MacIsaac at ellen at


  1. I should clarify: it's not Galician dialect Spanish, it's Gallego, a formally-recognized regional dialect more closely related to Portuguese than Spanish.

  2. Hi Ellen
    I've put a link to this post on our October Link up Please feel free to link any of your other posts too :)