A number of volunteer, professional, academic and business groups are working together contributing to various activities of the McGee! Project.
… has been providing Irish theatre and entertainment to Ottawa and other audiences since 1976. Typically each season, the company presents three plays with Irish themes or connections, and has also staged Irish Evenings of music, poetry and dance. Tara has won awards at various theatre festivals and successfully hosted the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival in Ottawa in 2002. The Company has provided valuable experience to many volunteer actors, directors, producers, stage hands, set designers, set makers, costume and make up artists, lights and audio technicians, and publicity and web agents. Casts and crews have developed and enjoyed the many aspects of traditional and modern theatre.
Tara Players, a not-for-profit registered cultural community organization, has the primary responsibility for the funding and production of the McGee! Project. By participating in elements of the Project, Tara Players volunteers are continuing the tradition of cultural contributions to the community.
…make videos, documentaries and television programs; stage theatre plays and special events and concerts; and develop communications strategies and community initiatives. Owned by Robert Rooney and Brenda Rooney in Wakefield, Quebec, the company has helped craft and bring together many elements of the McGee! Project.
…produces editorial content, publications, interpretive plans, communications and outreach strategies and research services for a variety of clients that include Parks Canada, the Heritage Foundation of Canada, the National Capital Commission, the Archives of Ontario, the County of Lennox and Addington, the Archdiocese of Kingston, Queen’s University, the National Arts Centre, and other private and public organizations. It is an editorial vendor of record for the Province of Ontario. Owned by Frank Edwards, it may contribute to the many educational and communications aspects of the McGee! Project.
...can be heard weekly on Ottawa/Gatineau’s ethnic radio station. The two hour program typically consists of an hour of magazine format interviews with actors, musicians, writers, politicians, diplomats and other interesting guests. The second hour consists of music and presents a selection of Irish and other styles. Broadcasts are available live or through the website. Austin Comerton is the founder and champion of the program which provides a listening post for those with an interest in Irish affairs and events…such as the McGee! Project.
… is the home of the National Irish Canadian Cultural Centre. This heritage building was built as a church in the Ottawa Byward Market area in 1890 and was recently saved and converted into an entertainment centre designed for art exhibitions, plays, screenings, concerts, wedding receptions and different size parties.
…has been serving students of Irish culture in Canada for over thirty years. An annual Conference is held which features scholars, poets, writers, musicians, actors - all in a spirit of inquiry and conviviality. The 2010 Conference was hosted by Padraig O Siadhail, the D’Arcy McGee Chair of Irish Studies at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. The Conference featured the first screening of the McGee! video.
…offers courses in the languages, literature, history, music, folklore, art and archaeology of the peoples of Ireland, Scotland and other Celtic areas. Professor David A. Wilson has published the definitive book “Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Volume 1, Passion, Reason, and Politics, 1825-1857” and is working on “Volume 2, The Extreme Moderate, 1857-1868”.
…is held each year in Miramichi, New Brunswick and includes a week-end of Irish music, dancing, competitions, workshops, gift shops, exhibitions, family gatherings…and just good times. President of the Festival, Elaine Jimmo, invited a screening of the McGee! video as part of the Cultural Events of the 27th Irish Festival.
…are Irish hospitality meeting places throughout the Nation's Capital, which include eight unique pubs in four prime locations. Pat Kelly and Larry Bradley, who started the group, have been patrons to many organizations and initiatives of the Irish communities since 1992.
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