Posted : Sat, Feb 22, 2014 10:46 am
Filed under : Celtic person of the year award

10th Anniversary

CelticFest Vancouver

March 8 – 16, 2014




CelticFest Vancouver is pleased to announce that the recipient of the second annual Celtic Person / Organization of the Year Award is The Irish Sporting and Social Club (ISSC), celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2014. The Award will be presented to the organization at the CelticFest 10th Anniversary Gala at the Vogue Theatre on Friday, March 14. The evening’s musical lineup features Newfoundland’s The Once, two-time JUNO winning banjo maestro Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, Irish sensations Hermitage Green in their Canadian debut, and JUNO winners The Paperboys. The ISSC will also serve as the Honourary Grand Parade Marshall for the 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 16 starting at 11 am along Howe Street (starting at Davie) in downtown Vancouver.




The Celtic Person / Organization of the Year award recognizes outstanding contributions made to the local Celtic community and the community at large by both groups and individuals of Celtic heritage. The award’s inaugural recipient, Catholine Butler of The Celtic Connection, was honoured in 2013.

Celtic Fest Vancouver Society Chair Harry Cussen says, “The Irish Sporting and Social Club has been a dynamic and positive force in the local community since 1974. On the occasion of their 40th year of activity and good work, we are pleased to honour this outstanding organization. Their record of service and achievement, and the important role they play in the local Celtic community and beyond, deserves both our recognition and our thanks.”

The Irish Sporting and Social Club began in 1974 with the aim of bringing the local Irish community together socially, and to promote the playing of Gaelic football, Hurling and Soccer.  It has evolved from being a social outlet solely for Irish immigrants to a 200-member organization that includes a mix of Celts, Canadians and many other nationalities.

The Club runs and supports a number of successful teams including the Vancouver Harps and Vancouver Celts in Men and Ladies Gaelic football teams, and J.P. Ryan’s Hurling and Camogie Teams. They promote youth development in all the core sports. The ISSC has a strong social element as well, hosting a variety of activities through the year. They also serve as a point of contact for the large number of newly-arrived Irish immigrants in Vancouver, offering help and support to this expanding community.

Current Irish Sports and Social Club President, Jonathon Kavanagh, will attend the March 14th Gala to accept the award on behalf of the organization, with club past-presidents also in attendance.

Tickets for the Friday, March 14, CelticFest Gala at the Vogue Theatre are $30 (advance), $35 (door), and available at and the Vogue Theatre Box Office (Northern Tickets)

Phone: 604-569-1144 | 1-855-551-9747 | In-person: Vogue Theatre Box Office, 918 Granville Street

CelticFest Promotions

Posted : Mon, Feb 10, 2014 12:22 pm
Filed under : promotions

There already a variety of amazing deals and promotions you can take advantage of to enhance your CelticFest experience!

Ticket-holders for A Whisky Kiss will receive a 20% discount coupon to enjoy a meal at Doolin’s Irish Pub before or after A Whisky Kiss on March 12. Ticket-holders will be contacted by Doolin’s with information about how to redeem this offer.Get your tickets HERE.


There is a fantastic promotion currently being offered with our hotel partners. Perfect for those traveling from out of town or make a mini getaway of your Celticfest experience! Save 50% on your tickets to the 10th Anniversary Gala when you make a booking at one of the following participating hotels!


Pick up the most recent, February edition of The Celtic Connection, for a chance to win tickets two tickets to The Irish Edge concert. Enter by February 21st!


Stay tuned to our Facebook page for upcoming contest and promotions!

Tickets are on Sale!

Posted : Wed, Jan 29, 2014 12:09 pm
Filed under : Ceilidh > Celtic > Festival Updates > March events > entertainment

Last week tickets went on sale for the biggest Celtic events in music to hit Vancouver this year! We are beyond thrilled about the performers that we will have the pleasure of hosting for our 10th Anniversary year. From big international names, to revered local talent and a plethora of bustling events in between - we are hoping to make this our biggest year yet!

Here’s your roundup of the festival events you mustn’t miss!

Hermitage Green

Performing at the CelticFest 10th Anniversary Gala & The Irish Edge.

There are a multitude of reasons why we knew this band was a shoe-in for our 10th anniversary year! Just to start… Hermitage Green have sold out shows in Ireland, the UK, France, the Middle East, South Africa, the US and Australia! September 2012 saw the band release their debut EP, The Gathering, which rocketed straight into number 1 in the iTunes chart. Not to mention, they have graced stages with the likes of critically acclaimed acts such as Mumford and Sons and Josh Ritter. Hailing from Limerick, Ireland, Hermitage Green will be in Vancouver for their first Canadian performance on our stage! Why are we so excited to see them live? Their live shows are an energetic, hard-hitting good time and if their YouTube videos are any indication, we are months away from seeing a majorly talented group of artists.

More info on Hermitage Green here and ticket info here.

CelticFest Ceilidh


For the perfect mix of local talent and a reeling good time Ceilidh will be the place to be! We want you to get a chance to see the best of Canadian Celtic talent, all in one place. Talk about a jam-packed lineup… this is going to be a celebration of music and instrumentation sure to be remembered!

The evening will included performances by Crikey Mor with their take on traditional Irish tunes, Punter’s Reunion’s Scotland natives Nellie Quinn and Chris Meredith collaborating for a fun night of Celtic fiddling, two-time Juno winning banjoist Jayme Stone with his Lomax Project and Mad Pudding with their distinct Celtic flavor.

Would you like to attend? More info here.

A Whisky Kiss Scotch Tasting


Where else will you get a taste of Celtic culture itself in the form of a smooth whiskey? High-end whiskeys will be the drink of the evening at The Cellar on March 12th, 2014 for scotch tastings of Jameson, Keith Trusler and Glenlivet.

More info & tickets available here.

Ringing in 2014 - Celtic Style

Posted : Mon, Dec 30, 2013 10:45 am
Filed under : Celtic > vancouver pubs

Why not ring in 2014 with a whole lot of fun and a touch of Celtic traditions? We are taking a look at a few historic Irish New Years customs as well as the most festive of local Vancouver happenings!

The Irish can be a superstitious bunch with traditions steeped in symbolism. They like a clean house, but especially on New Years. The Irish believe it symbolizes the importance of starting fresh. On New Year’s night, Irish families gather together to remember those who have passed away the year before by setting a place for them at the dinner table and leaving the door unlatched.

For all of you single ladies and gents – as the story in Ireland goes, hang some mistletoe on your door this New Year’s, and you may end up meeting your new wife or husband in the new year.

One Irish tradition that we can definitely relate to is the gathering of family and friends for a large supper signifying prosperity and plenty of food for the coming year. Although the official Celtic New Year festival, known as Samhain, is celebrated on the 31st of October, if you’re planning to ring in 2014 on December 31st with the rest of us Vancouverites, we’ve got you covered! Check out some of the local events our friends are putting on:

Doolin’s Irish Pub is having a huge Irish party featuring DJ Shakespeare! Sure to be a fun time with champagne, party favours and pizza at midnight! Grab your tickets online here:

Doolin’s New Years 2014 Event

Mahony & Sons is hosting a laid back event with performer Johnny Leroux live at their Burrard Landing location! So stop on by to see some great live music while enjoying a pint or two. No cover charge or ticket purchase needed.


Ceili’s Irish Pub has a host of events at their locations to kick off 2014. With a variety of live music at each one, you’re sure to find something to suit your fancy. Featuring a three course dinner option as well as acoustic live music and a DJ to party through past midnight. Event listings for each location and tickets available at: