Subcribe to the Gaelic Nova Scotian Litir-Naidheachd | January 13th 2016

Below is a link to a newsletter (or Litir-Naidheachd) that Shay MacMullin, a member of the Gaels’ community in Nova Scotia, puts together. Scroll to the bottom to subscribe and keep up to date with news and current events celebrating and sharing Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia.

Click here to read and subscribe to the Litir-Naidheachd.

Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac – Piping Live with Cathy Porter (BBC) | January 12th 2016

In August, Mary Jane and Wendy went to Glasgow, Scotland for Piping Live with Cathy Porter.

They were lucky to have Ross Martin join them for the week on guitar and Finlay MacDonald on pipes and whistle join them for this BBC recording. Super fun playing with these guys!!

Take part in a day of Gaelic language and song on December 5th in Toronto | December 3rd 2015

The Gaelic Society of Toronto and the University of Toronto Celtic Studies Program will be holding a day of Gaelic language and song for learners of Scottish Gaelic on December 5, 2015.

Mary Jane will be a guest teacher, alongside Oighrig Keogh, a long-time Gaelic educator from Benbecula, Scotland and Rachel Redshaw, a graduate of Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic college on the Isle of Skye.

The day will comprise of language classes and a song workshop. Classes will be offered at the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Should there be enough interest, a Beginner II (between beginner and intermediate) session will also be offered. There is a social/ceilidh at The Foxes’ Den afterwards.

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Alumni Hall, 121 St. Joseph Street (Saint Michael’s College, University of Toronto), Toronto, Ontario
Cost: $40; $20 for non-UofT students; free to UofT students and native speakers

While you may register at the door, it is strongly encouraged to register in advance so that the workshop can be prepared accordingly. To register and pay for the workshop and for more details, please visit the website below:

Nursery Rhymes & Lullabies | July 10th 2015


The Nova Scotia Read to Me Program recently launched a new collection of music for babies featuring an amazing array of talented artists, including Mary Jane Lamond, David Myles, Measha Brueggergosman, Jill Barber, Amelia Curran, Rose Cousins, Ronald Bourgeois, Charlie A’Court, Jamie Junger, Asif Illyas and Ian Sherwood! Hickory Dickory Dock features lively nursery rhymes, soothing lullabies and original songs that babies and families will love listening to.

Every baby born in Nova Scotia receives a free Read to Me! bag containing baby books and reading resources. The bag is available in English, French, Arabic, Chinese and Mi’kmaw. Special materials are also available for families who are hearing and visually impaired. Learn more at

Singing Gaelic in the Mojave Desert | March 27th 2015

“Here is a video I took of us singing a Gaelic song while driving through the Mojave Desert in California last year. After the weeks of snowstorms and shoveling it seems so strange to think that this past fall, we were singing a Gaelic song in the Mojave Desert.” -Mary Jane

Communities, Culture and Heritage now accepting applications for Gaelic Language Bursary Program in Scotland | February 2nd 2015

Isle Of Skye - National GeographicNova Scotians are getting the opportunity to further their study of Gaelic language and culture in Scotland.

This bursary program is funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Gaelic Affairs. Now in its third year, the program supports Nova Scotians attending language training in Scotland with travel, meal and accomodation costs or distance learning costs.

“The program provides further opportunity and motivation for Nova Scotians to acquire Gaelic language and cultural skills through international travel and study or distance learning,” said Gaelic Affairs Minister Randy Delorey. “The province appreciates the Scottish Government’s support and is pleased to help promote this program through Gaelic Affairs and its community partners.”

Recipients will enroll in Gaelic-language study at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a national centre for Gaelic language and culture on the Isle of Skye, Scotland and attend formal classes. Recipients may also enroll in a distance learning course.

“This scheme stands as one of the many strong links between Scotland and Nova Scotia,” Dr. Alasdair Allan, Minister for Scotland’s Languages, The Scottish Government. “I encourage Nova Scotians to apply and to contribute to strengthening both Gaelic language and the links between both our communities.”

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and permanent residents of Nova Scotia to qualify for the bursary. The deadline for applications is Feb. 20.

Please see attached information on the Gaelic Bursary established thanks to support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the Scottish Government.

Please receive attached criteria for submitting applications as well.

To obtain further information you may e-mail [email protected] or call 902-424-4298.

Gaelic Affairs
A Division of Communities, Culture and Heritage
Government of Nova Scotia

Gaelic Language learning Bursary – Press release

Bursaraidh airson Togail na Gàidhlig- Sanas-naidheachd

Bursaraidh 2015 comharraidhean