Our 2015-2016 season ended in May. Talks will resume in September.
The Scottish Studies "Oor Club" is held each month (usually the first Friday of the month) at noon at the Duke of York pub in Toronto (steps from the St. George subway station). Guest speakers give presentations on a variety of topics of interest to members of the Scottish Studies Foundation and others interested in the things that Scots in Canada and overseas are getting up to. The presentations usually lasts about an hour (pronounced "oor" in Scots), hence the name. Everyone is invited to attend as the meetings are open to all.
The idea came from Scottish folk singer and artist Enoch Kent (see video below) who now resides in the Toronto area. The original Oor Club was one where people met in two old tenement houses next door to one another in Duke Street in Glasgow back in the 1700s. The wall between the two tenements was knocked down with one house forming the speakers' room and the other the bar. Notable speakers were invited to speak on a topic on which they had expertise, with a set time limit of no more than one hour. Legend has it that that Robert Burns paid a visit to the original club.
The cost to attend Oor Club is by way of a $5 donation to the Scottish Studies Foundation. Wide selections of pub lunches are available, typically costing between $5 and $15. The gathering begins at about 11.30 am and usually ends by about 2 pm. Everyone is welcome and pleased be assured that you do not have to be Scottish to attend!
For more information please telephone Pearl Grieve-Nixon at 416-926-7233. or email the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jimmy Nairn introduces an evening of Scottish dancing and vocal performances with Jimmy Blair and his band, Sheila Paton, the Clydebank Lyric Choir and the STV Country Dancers.
The show also features a young Enoch Kent singing with The Reivers folk group (at approx.11:15). Enoch is on the left. The other group members are Josh MacRae, Rena Swankie and Moyna Flanagan.
From the first broadcast of the Scottish Television show "Jig Time," January 1, 1958.