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THE SCOTTISH STUDIES SOCIETY

 





 

 





2007 marks the 21st anniversary of the Scottish Studies Foundation and in recognition of this we have planned a very special Tartan Day Celebration on April 18th with an open invitation to all.

The venue for this year's event will be Toronto's famous Casa Loma in which we will be creating the unique Scottish atmosphere of a Highland castle.

Upon arrival at the castle you will be greeted by the stirring sounds of the pipes after which you will have time to get acquainted with your surroundings and your fellow guests at a cocktail reception in the elegance of Casa Loma's spectacular Conservatory.

After this, our pipers will lead you through to the magnificent "Grand Hall" for a pre-dinner concert featuring Scots-Canadian tenor Peter McCutcheon and Scottish Gaelic mezzo-soprano Cathy Ann MacPhee in a tribute to the music of Scotland and Nova Scotia.

Next on the agenda is the actual dinner itself, which will be served amidst the luxurious surroundings of the "Library", built for Casa Loma's founder Sir Henry Mill Pellatt.

During the meal we will be presenting our annual "Scot of the Year Award" which was initiated in 1993 to honour individuals with a Scottish connection who have achieved distinction through their contribution to Canadian society or the international community at large. This year's recipient will be Jean Watson from Nova Scotia. Jean is the person whose unrelenting efforts succeeded in establishing the concept of Tartan Day which is now celebrated all over the world.

After dinner it will be time to return again to the Conservatory for refreshments and evening of dancing with a special Scottish flavour.

In keeping with the occasion, the dress code for the evening will be formal. However, as it is a Scottish event with an emphasis on tartan, we are looking for as much innovation as possible. This is your chance to dress up for one of the most sophisticated events in the Scots-Canadian calendar.

We do hope you will be able to join us for this memorable evening, the proceeds of which will go to support the Scottish Studies Foundation. We are hoping that 2006 will mark the year in which the Foundation's pledge of $1 million to the University of Guelph will be completed. This key pledge, along with funds from private donors, was instrumental in the establishment of a permanent Chair in Scottish Studies in 1994 - a first in North America.

For more information, please contact David Hunter
by telephone at 416-699-9942 or by e-mail at: