The Scottish Studies "Oor Club" is generally held at noon every month as advertised on the Foundation website. Guest speakers give presentations on a variety of topics about the things which Scots are getting up to in Canada. The presentations usually last about an hour (pronounced "oor" in Scots), hence the name. Meetings are not restricted to members of the Scottish Studies Foundation. Everyone is invited to attend as the meetings are open to all. [The venue has moved to the second floor at the Duke of York pub on Prince Arthur Avenue.]
The Scottish Studies Foundation website states, "The idea came from Scottish folk singer and artist Enoch Kent 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 on 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."
. . . 1. CLICK HERE for January 9, 2009 ... a tribute to Tom Weir by David McConnell Hunter.
. . . 2. CLICK HERE for April 5, 2019 ... why Scotland should join Canada by Bruce Simpson.
. . . 3. CLICK HERE for May 3, 2019 . . . the Mikey Network project by Hugh Heron.
. . . 4. CLICK HERE for September 6, 2019 . . . Lowland bagpipe presentation by Rory Sinclair.
. . . 5. CLICK HERE for October 4, 2019 . . . Maggie McEwen's talk on the rebuilding of a Clan MacEwen. Maggie is currently the V.P. of the Scottish Studies Foundation.
. . . 6. CLICK HERE for November 1, 2019 . . . Norman White's presentation about the Glasgow tenements where he lived before coming to Canada.
. . . 7. CLICK HERE for January 3, 2020 . . . David Campbell's delivery of the "Address to a Haggis".
. . . 8. CLICK HERE for February 7, 2020 . . . Scottish songs sung by Stewart Bennett of Port Perry.
. . . 9. CLICK HERE for March 6, 2020 . . . Ken McGoogan's Immortal Memory (from a recent St. Andrew's Society Brurns Dinner).