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 http://www.readtome.ca/

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 Lewis.MacKinnon@novascotia.ca or call 902-424-4298.

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

Gaelic Language learning Bursary – Press release

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Clean The Air | August 31st 2014

Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac will be performing in the Clean The Air concert on September 9th in Pictou. It is an incredibly important cause that they believe very strongly in. The best thing you can do is be informed, so please head over to the Clean The Mill website to find out what is happening and how you can help.


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Summer is the best time to be Gaelic! | July 22nd 2014

Summer is the best time to be Gaelic…or to wish you were Gaelic!

There is so much going on in Nova Scotia right now, from museum tours to traditional music performances. Mary Jane and Wendy have been all across the province and have even more summer dates lined up for fans:

Storas a’ Bhaile at Highland Village Museum, Iona NS, August 11-12
Cloggeroo Island Folk Festival, Georgetown PEI, August 23

Click <a href=”http://maryjaneandwendy.com/shows/” target=”_blank”>here</a> for more show details.