Hogman-eh! – New Year’s Eve, Scottish Style! The Scottish Society of Ottawa (SSO) invites you to its 5th annual Hogmanay Celebration! Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park, 1000 Exhibition Way 5:00 p.m. – Midnight FREE admission Join us where it’s warm inside!Bring your dancing shoes – our live music program is sure to inspire you to kick up your heels. Dress code is anything you want to wear, from casual...Read More
Join our great volunteer team for Hogman-eh! 2016, a Scottish New Year’s Eve Celebration to be held Saturday, December 31st, 2016 at the Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park. Come share the experience, help out the SSO and make new friends! “The Scottish Society of Ottawa thanks you for your past, present and future commitment and support!” – Jackie McKeown, SSO Volunteer DirectorFirst...Read More
Scotland’s contribution to the world comes to Ottawa December 31, 2016 to January 25, 2017 As part of the North American tour, the Scottish Society of Ottawa will proudly host the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry pre-exhibit at Hogmanay, followed by the full exhibit at the Metcalfe Branch, Ottawa Public Library through the month of January 2017 – Scottish Month in Ottawa. The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry – a project...Read More
The Scottish Society of Ottawa presents the 3rd Annual Sir John A’s Great Canadian, with hardy souls from across Canada invited to join in the celebration of the birthday of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. For full details, or to organize a skate in your city or town, visit KiltSkate.com. In January 2015, some 200 hardy souls joined us in Ottawa on the Rideau Canal Skateway to celebrate...Read More
As well as our Major Sponsors ( see right hand side) we would like to thank the following Event Partners: Milestones, Mastermind Event Rentals as well as The Lord Elgin Hotel, LaMarche Electric, Kettlemans, McEwan, RJW Gem Campbell,Visit Scotland, and Lindt .Please support all our sponsors. Thanks...Read More
Welcome to the Scottish Society of Ottawa (SSO). We’re a not-for-profit organization that celebrates the links between Scotland and the National Capital Region, Eastern Ontario and all of Canada. We were founded in 2012 to revive and rejuvenate the historic ties between Canada and Scotland. We use special events and educational programs to highlight Canada’s and Scotland’s shared history and connect to the continuing development of Scotland.
More than five million Canadians claim Scottish heritage. In the early 1800s, Scots helped settle eastern Ontario and built vibrant communities named after the places they left behind – Glengarry, Lanark, Perth and Renfrew, to name just a few. The waves of immigration that created a blood link between Canada and Scotland crested in the 1960s and 1970s. The Scots brought their love of Scottish music, dance, history, sport and literature, and the SSO keeps alive those Celtic connections.
The SSO’s flagship event is an annual, free New Year’s Eve party – Hogman-eh! It was first held December 31, 2012, as a Hogmanay street party at Ottawa City Hall. Over 5,000 people enjoyed our rendition of the excitement of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay on the world famous Royal Mile.
Throughout the calendar year, the SSO also celebrates Rabbie Burns Day, commemorates St. Andrew’s Day, hosts a Scottish Breakfast in the spring, and organizes Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate, an event which began in 2015 to celebrate Sir John A. Macdonald’s bicentennial and is spreading to other cities across Canada. The SSO also promotes itself through SSO-sponsored Whiskey Tastings, key sporting events (Scottish Day at the Senators, The Ottawa Fury etc.), The Perth Kilt Run (June) and the Glengarry Highland Games (August). In April, 2017, it plans to participate in Tartan Day, a global celebration of Scottish culture.
General membership to the SSO is free. VIP membership entitles people to a 10% discount and first access to all SSO hosted, ticketed events. The cost is $20 for individuals or $30 for families (in the same household) per year. Join hereRead more