Arts and Culture

Irish culture in Ottawa takes on many forms. Throughout the National Capital Region, several organizations are working to maintain this vibrant culture.

Almonte Celtfest

Celtfest is a fun weekend of Ottawa Valley and Celtic entertainment, in the natural amphitheater of Gemmill Park in the heart of Almonte. It also presents a select group of artisans and vendors of goods with a Celtic flair.

BIFHSGO – British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa

Founded and incorporated in 1994, the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) is a not-for-profit genealogical organization. Their mandate is to encourage and facilitate family history research, and its dissemination, by people with ancestry in the British Isles (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands).

Celtic Canada

Celtic Canada is a quarterly, high-gloss magazine which connects expatriates to all the fashion, lifestyle, culture, travel, politics, sports and entertainment news that is of paramount importance to the Celtic Community in Canada.

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Ottawa
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is an international organization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of traditional Irish music, dance, language and culture. The organization offers a wide variety of activities that include céilís (dances with live traditional music), music sessions, Irish dance workshops, celebrity concerts, music lessons and Irish language classes. The Ottawa Branch was founded in 1975.

Comunn Gaidhlig Ottawa

Delivering Scottish Gaelic services in the Ottawa Valley and beyond. Comunn Gàidhlig Ottawa exists to promote Gaelic language, music and culture. Comunn Gaidhlig Ottawa participates at as many events as possible to raise awareness of the rising vitality and relevance of Gaelic in Canadian society and around the world.

Irish Film Festival Ottawa

Every March-April in Ottawa as part of Irish week celebrations.

Irish Music Ottawa

This not-for-profit webpage provides links to primarily Ottawa Valley, and Irish Traditional Music (ITM), activities in, or within a few hours of the Ottawa / National Capital Region of Canada.

Irish Society of the National Capital Region

The Irish Society has been active in the greater Ottawa-Gatineau area in various forms since 1957. The Society’s main objectives are the promotion of Irish / Irish-Canadian culture and heritage, and the strengthening and support of the Irish / Irish-Canadian community in the Ottawa region.

The Irish Women’s Network of Ontario

The Irish Women’s Network of Ontario (IWN-ON) was founded on Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Christmas) January 6, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario.IWN-ON believes that it has the potential to tap into a reservoir of knowledge and experience of Irish women by creating opportunities for networking, conversation and mutual support. The network is volunteer based, membership driven and is open to all women of the Irish Diaspora.  Membership is free. Volunteers and ideas welcome.

Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre

The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland’s largest and longest running festivals, celebrating 57 years in 2016. The heart of the festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee which brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to County Kerry, Ireland for a global celebration of Irish culture. The festival also includes street entertainment, carnival, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks and Rose Parades.

Saint Brigids Centre for the Arts

In honor of the church’s rich Irish history, members of the Ottawa’s Irish community purchased the heritage building in 2007 to establish Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, home of the National Irish Canadian Cultural Centre. The space is now used for various social and cultural events, such as musical concerts, art exhibitions, fundraisers, conferences and private functions, as well as a variety of Irish cultural programming.

The Heart & Crown Irish Pubs

In 1992, 2 Irish immigrants took a chance on a dream… The Heart & Crown in the ByWard Market has been in operation since April 1992. It opened with a 50 seat restaurant and a 30 seat patio. 5 years later in 1997, the company doubled in size when the Snug Pub opened attached to the Heart & Crown. In 2001, the company quadrupled in size when the Mother McGintey’s and Black Rose pubs were added and connected to the other 2 pubs. The Irish Village now stretches a city block in the Historic ByWard Market in the heart of Canada’s greatest city, Ottawa. The Irish Village (as some started calling it) consisting of 5 pubs now has a capacity of 490 people indoors and when all of the patios are open, the total capacity is 960 people.