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Ring in the New Year with Scots and Scotch at Hogmanay

By Eva Morin on December 30, 2013

For the second year in a row, the Scottish Society of Ottawa will be holding a Hogmanay to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, Scottish Style. The event will be taking place at Ottawa City Hall, where party goers can enjoy live music, traditional Scottish food, Scotch tasting, entertainment for children, skating on the Rink of Dreams, and fireworks at the stroke of midnight. What’s more, Hogmanay is completely free, except for food and alcohol, which certainly beats hefty cover fees usually charged anywhere else on NYE.

Founded by John Ivison and the late Canadian Senator Doug Finley, the Scottish Society of Ottawa aims to “promote all things Scottish” and “celebrate the national capital region’s links with Scotland”. And what better way to celebrate than with a grandiose New Year’s Eve soirée?

Following last year’s success, “we tried to be a little more ambitious, and I think the lineup is a little more tailored to what people want”, explains Ivison. “There will be a big dance, called a Ceilidh, and a lot of different types of dancing.” Crowds will be able to bust a move to the tunes of Poor Angus, from Hamilton, Ontario, Ecosse, from Wakefield, Quebec, and headliners Wolfstone, flown directly from Scotland for the Hogmanay.

The bands will take the outdoor stage starting at 9pm, but the event begins inside City Hall a few hours earlier at 6pm, where party goers can take part in traditional dancing, and families can find all-ages entertainment. The Hogmanay really has something for everyone, and Ivison promises a high-energy event. “When people come out, they’re going to want a show. And we’re going to put on a show.” Don’t forget your dancing shoes!