Friday, June 12th - Sunday, June 14th
Gàidhlig Adjudicator - Carina MacLeod
(Fonn fonn fonn / Carina's Comedy Couch) (Scotland)
Carina MacLeod is originally from the Isle Of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides & has worked professionally the Gaelic Media for the last 20 years.
She discovered her love of acting whilst taking part in a Gaelic Drama Summer School in 1989, although she had started performing much earlier in life, partaking in the local Mod at the tender age of seven, following in her mother’s footsteps by singing solo & performing poems as well as being the member of her school choir.
Her first professional theatre job was with Tosg Theatre Company in 1996 and since then has performed in numerous Gaelic theatre productions, including John Murray’s “An Teas Fàd”, Iain F Macleod’s “Atman” & Theatre Hebrides production of Kevin MacNeil’s “The Callanish Stoned”. Carina has also performed in the Irish Gaelic production of “Love Matters” which toured Belfast & Dublin in 2012. Not being able to speak Irish did not deter Carina from auditioning for the part and after securing the role, learned her lines phonetically to such a high level that her audience thought she was fluent Irish speaker.
Her television career started in 1995 when she took part in the ground breaking Gaelic comedy sketch show RanDan, as well as having her own travel show slot of children’s programme “De A Nis?” She also starred in Machair, Comadaidh Òir, Eilbheas & is currently team captain on BBC ALBA’s new music quiz show FONN FONN FONN.
Carina has also lent her voice to numerous cartoons, voicing over the likes of The Jungle Book, Peppa Pig, Wallace & Gromit , Squiglet & Hannah’s Helpline to name but a few.
Carina is currently Scotland’s only bilingual stand up comedian, performing in English throughout the Scottish Comedy Circuit as well as performing in Gaelic at such events as the Scottish Gaelic Awards & also The Royal National Mod.
She is delighted to have been asked to participate at The Mod in Ottawa and is so excited to be taking her first trip across the Atlantic Ocean in June.
Piping Adjudicator - Craig Munro
(Red Hot Chilli Pipers / Wallace Bagpipes) (Scotland)
Comunn Gaidhlig Ottawa is pleased to announce Craig Munro, our 2015 piping adjudicator.
Craig Munro is the Director of Wallace Bagpipes, Glasgow, Scotland as well as an instructor for The College of Piping and The National Piping Centre, teaching at their workshops all over the world.
Craig has played in Grade 1 now for a total of 12 years after joining Shotts & Dykehead at the age of 15. He has since played with Dys...art & Dundonald, The Clan Gregor Society and was Pipe Major of Clydebank Pipe Band coming runners up in the Grade 3A Scottish, European, Cowal and World Pipe Band Championships in 2008 who were promoted to Grade 2 after his first year in charge. He then returned to play with the House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band, which would turn out to be Robert Mathieson’s final year as Pipe Major of the band. Craig says “Standing beside Robert on his farewell performance as Pipe Major will always be one of the highlights of my piping career”. He now plays with the 2010 World Pipe Band Champions, St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band and is also a member of the world famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
Craig travels in demand all over the world entertaining audiences and leaving them amazed at how much goes into a set of bagpipes behind the scenes with his “Understand & Appreciate Your Bagpipes” lecture that takes you on a journey back to the first African Blackwood seeds being planted in Tanzania, through to the harvesting and manufacturing stage.
Some of Craig’s notable performances out with the competition circuit have been playing on the BBC Hogmanay Live Show, performing as the finale piper at T in the Park to a crowd of 50,000 and recording soundtracks for the Disney Pixar’s movie ‘Brave’ & DreamWorks ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’.
On September 18th, 2013, our lives changed forever with the loss of founding choir and Comunn Gàidhlig Ottawa member Michael Bleakney. Mike was with us through all of the formative stages of Ar n-Òran, Comunn Gàidhlig Ottawa, Mòd Chanada and so much more. He gladly took part and was involved in virtually all of our activities. He was a stalwart dedicated man with a wonderful sense of humour that left an indelible mark on all who knew him. Michael Richard Bleakney, August 1st, 1956 - September 18th, 2013
DONATE TO Mike's bursary fund here: http://gaidhligottawa.ca/store/?catid=6
'S ann do neach sam bith aig a bheil ùidh ann an Gàidhlig na h-Alba a tha Comunn Gàidhlig Ottawa.
Comunn Gàidhlig Ottawa exists to promote Gaelic language, music and culture. Tha Comunn Gàidhlig Ottawa ann gus cànan, ceòl agus cultar na Gàidhlig a bhrosnachadh. We organize and help to grow a Canadian National Capital Mòd in co-ordination with other Mòd organizations, which fosters and promotes Gaelic language, singing, dancing and piping activities. Bidh sinn a' cur Mòd Chanada air dòigh an cois buidhnean eile. Bidh Mòd Chanada a' brosnachadh cur-seachadan Gàidhlig, mar chànan, seinn, dannsa agus pìobaireachd. We also provide information, contacts and facilities for Gaelic choirs, musical learning and other Gaelic music related activities. Tha fiosrachadh againn cuideachd mu chòisirean Gàidhlig, ionnsachadh ciùil agus gnothaichean eile aig a bheil ceangal ri ceòl Gàidhlig. We would love to hear from you. Bhiodh e fìor mhath cluinntinn bhuat. Email (post-d): email@example.com Phone or text message at (fòn no teacs gu): 1-613-286-1003