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Our Celtic culture meetup is open to anyone who would like to learn more about Celtic writing, history, and music! Monthly meetings are held in Toronto and revolve around a book club and cultural outings. We discuss Celtic-themed prose and poetry and also the future of Celtic cultures both in Canada and western Europe.

The group is intended in part as a heritage meetup for those with Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Canadian Maritimes or other Celtic ancestry but there is no background test for membership. Anyone of any heritage who has an interest in learning about Celtic culture is welcome!

You will especially like our meetings if your cultural interests are more bookish, such as historiography and linguistics. We do liven things up with trips to the pub, cinema, and Gaelic music nights!

Upcoming events (4)

St. David's Day - Welsh Choir

Runnymede United Church

Celebrate St. David's Day with an evening of male choral music with the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir and the Burlington Welsh Male Chorus. Tickets available online at welshchoir.ca and at the door. Admission is $25.

Celtic Film Club

TIFF Bell Lightbox

Film lovers mark your calendars as we are visiting the Toronto Irish Film Festival on Sunday, March 3! We will meet before noon in the lobby of TIFF Bell Lightbox for a screening of In the Shadow of the Glen. In this documentary, director Seán Ó Cualáin tells the plight of his village as he follows a year in the life of the people of Loch Con Aortha. Understanding that the Gaelic civilisation to which they belong to has disintegrated, they strive to protect and preserve their identity. (In English & Gaelic). All screenings are in CINEMA 3 of TIFF Bell Lightbox. After the screening we will grab refreshments at Fynn's of Temple bar five minutes west on King. • IMPORTANT: Please buy a movie ticket in advance. Tickets go on sale at 10 am on Thursday February 14th. Visit: http://toirishfilmfest.com/buy-tickets/ See you at the movies!

Celtic Book Club: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Join the Celtic Book Club for our latest reading adventure in March! Dublin youth Stephen Dedalus aspires to the life of a writer. James Joyce published his somewhat autobiographical first novel in 1916. In this work he develops the modernistic style that he would fully realize in ULYSSES, in which Dedalus is a character. He aims "To discover the mode of life or of art whereby [his] spirit could express itself in unfettered freedom." To mark St. Patrick's Day, we're doing this as a joint event with the Classic Book Club.

Beltane (May Day) Park Walk and Poetry Reading

The summer half of the Celtic calendar begins this year on May 1st, the traditional date of the festival of Beltane. We will celebrate on Beltane Eve, Tuesday, April 30th. The ancient Celts traditionally marked the day from sundown. Sadly, the city will not allow us to light large bonfires and leap over them as in Beltane past! Instead we will take a sunset walk through High Park. With luck the cherry blossoms will be in full bloom. The walk will begin at 6:30 pm and last about an hour. This is a friendly stroll and you are welcome to bring others. Afterwards we'll check out Whelan's Gate Irish pub near Keele for refreshments. Please bring a poem for a reading with the group. You are free to bring your own composition or one you enjoy! Whelan's Gate also hosts live music on Tuesday nights, which we will stay to listen to afterwards.

Past events (16)

Celtic Book Club

Dora Keogh

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