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Welcome to the Scottish Society of Ottawa (SSO). We’re a not-for-profit organization that celebrates the links between Scotland and the National Capital Region, Eastern Ontario and all of Canada. We were founded in 2012 to revive and rejuvenate the historic ties between Canada and Scotland. We use special events and educational programs to highlight Canada’s and Scotland’s shared history and connect to the continuing development of Scotland.
More than five million Canadians claim Scottish heritage. Scots helped settle eastern Ontario and build vibrant communities named after the places they left behind – Glengarry County, Perth & Renfrew. But the waves of immigration that created a blood link between Canada and Scotland crested in the 1960s and 1970s. The emigrants who brought their love of Scottish music, dance, history, sport and literature are growing fewer and with them fades the Celtic connection. Our mission is to better promote an awareness and appreciation of Scottish culture, and its significant contribution to the fabric of Canadian society and identity through widespread public engagement among as many Canadians of all backgrounds as possible.
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The SSO’s flagship event is an annual, free New Year’s Eve party – Hogman-eh! It was first held December 31, 2012, as a Hogmanay street party at Ottawa City Hall. Over 5,000 people enjoyed our rendition of the excitement of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay on the world famous Royal Mile.
Throughout the calendar year, the SSO also celebrates Rabbie Burns Day, commemorates St. Andrew’s Day, hosts a Scottish Breakfast in the spring, and organizes The Great Canadian Kilt Skate, an event which began in 2015 and is spreading to other cities across Canada. The SSO also promotes itself through SSO-sponsored Whisky Tastings.
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