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Ottawa City Ceilidh
Dom Polski Hall
Ottawa, ON
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Ottawa City Ceilidh
Join us on April 29 for a night of traditional music and dance that will entertain and inspire you. Fiddles, pipes, dancers... all the good stuff!

We are a group of highly accomplished artists collaborating to host a unique evening to bring together members of Ottawa's Scottish/Celtic/Maritimer-in-exile community. Our performance will be followed by an after-party reception where you will have the chance to meet the performers, and chat with friends old and new. Support us in keeping traditional culture alive in our city!

Artists (bios below):

-Fiddler Anna Ludlow, lead fiddler in the acclaimed Nova Scotian production DRUM!, with Tyson Chen, Celtic pianist
-Alexis MacIsaac, former fiddler in Riverdance, with Calum MacKenzie, Gaelic speaker, piano player, and fiddler originally of Mabou, Cape Breton
-Change of Step highland dance company: 4-time World Highland Dance Champion Marielle Lespérance, along with champion dancers Kayleigh Jean Armstrong and Janine Lespérance, performing original choreography
-Ian Clark, guitarist and accompanist well-known in the local trad scene
-Ross Davison, highland bagpiper with the Ottawa Police Service Grade 1 Pipes and Drums

Come for the show, stay for the party... and maybe share a step or a tune yourself, under the shimmering light of the disco ball (yes, there's a disco ball).


Dom Polski Hall  379 Waverley Street, Ottawa, ON  
doors 7:30 pm - show 8pm - after-party ~10:00pm

++ limited tickets available: $20 advance, $25 door ++
++ cash bar ++

Thanks to St-Ambroise- McAuslan Brewery, the Scottish Society of Ottawa, the Cape Breton Club of Ottawa, and the Ottawa Cape Breton Session for their support of this event.

Artist bios:

ANNA LUDLOW has been captivating audiences across North America ever since her performance debut as a teenager in rural Nova Scotia in the late 1990s. Annas talent has taken her beyond Nova Scotias rich music scene, to share stages with the likes of The Beach Boys, Blue Rodeo, Charlie A'Court, Lennie Gallant, Matt Mays, and Ron Hynes. She has been the principle fiddler for the critically acclaimed production DRUM! since 2005, and has taught fiddle privately for over 17 years. Now based in Ottawa, Anna puts on a high-energy show, fusing the style of the traditional Maritime Kitchen Party with a contemporary flare that will have you on your feet.

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ALEXIS MACISAAC is from Ottawa and has been playing fiddle since the age of ten. A lover of many styles of traditional playing, she has been influenced by Cape Breton, Scottish and Irish traditions. Alexis has performed throughout North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United Arab Emirates with acts such as Riverdance, The High Kings, and The Paperboys. Alexis and her husband, Calum MacKenzie, are in the process of recording and producing their debut album together.

CALUM MACKENZIE lives in Ottawa but was born and raised in Mabou, Cape Breton. Growing up in a home where Gaelic was the language of choice and where he was surrounded by traditional music, Calum took up the piano and the fiddle at a young age. Calum's father hails from South Uist in Scotland and his mother from Back Street in Mabou, and both cultures influence his playing. Calum has been fortunate to play with and accompany many local Cape Breton artists both at home and abroad as well with many well-known international musicians at festivals in Canada, Scotland and the Caribbean.

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CHANGE OF STEP highland dance company was formed in Fall 2014 by six passionate dancers from Ontario and Nova Scotia, brought together through the initiative of 11-time Canadian Champion and 4-time World Champion Marielle Lespérance. With the objective of breathing new life into Scottish highland dancing, Change of Step performs intricate choreography that highlights the grace, musicality, and athleticism of highland dancing. Change of Steps dancers have won numerous provincial, national, and international championship titles, and have performed in diverse prestigious venues, including Parliament Hill on Canada Day, the Vancouver Olympics, the Dollywood Festival of Nations in Tennessee, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and the finals of So You Think You Can Dance Canada.

Change of Step dancers JANINE LESPÉRANCE, KAYLEIGH JEAN ARMSTRONG, and MARIELLE LESPÉRANCE will perform on April 29.

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IAN CLARK is a well-known guitarist in the world of Celtic music, particularly in the Ottawa Valley. Ian has played many concerts accompanying champion fiddle players, such as Pierre Schryer, Shane Cook, Louis Schryer, and Ray Legere, and he has been involved in several CD recordings featuring Celtic music.  Ian also plays regularly at contra dances as part of The Old Sod Band, a dance band he has played with for over 20 years.

ROSS DAVISON plays with the Ottawa Police Services Pipes and Drums Grade 1 pipe band, is a Grade 1 soloist, and is a former Pipe Major of the Glengarry Pipe Band. Ross has completed a Masters in Education as well Bachelor Degrees in Music Performance  Saxophone and Music Theory and History. Apart from highland bagpipes, Ross performs on Uilleann Pipes, whistles, and bodhran. He has performed with the Chieftains, Wolfstone, Paddy Kelly, Ellen MacIsaac, Susan Toman, Greg T. Brown and others. Ross is a dedicated teacher and frequent performer at events throughout Eastern Ontario.

TYSON CHEN is a pianist, accompanist, and piano teacher who spends his time between Ottawa and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Having studied classical and popular music when growing up in Ottawa, he later immersed himself in Celtic piano, living and breathing the vibrant Scottish culture in Cape Breton, and becoming a popular piano accompanist among fiddlers. He has played for festivals  including the renowned Celtic Colours International Festival-, theatre productions, and countless square dances, ceilidhs, and community events. He is currently studying jazz piano at Carleton University and tours with piping/fiddling duo Ben Miller and Anita Macdonald. Tysons passion for music has inspired him to create a fulfilling life of musical adventures!

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Dom Polski Hall (View)
379 Waverley Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0W4


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Music > Celtic

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Change of Step
On BPT Since: Feb 18, 2016
Janine Lesperance

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