Burns Supper

An evening to celebrate Robert Burns

The 2015 Burns Supper will be held Friday, the 23rd of January 2015 at the University Club.

Dr. Ken MacKenzie is our Guest of Honour and will deliver the Toast to the Immortal Memory


Ken grew up in Halifax, where he was taught the bagpipes at the age of 11, subsequently playing pipes throughout his teen-age years, in the high-school pipe band and occasionally with regimental bands.  He moved to Montreal in 1967, first to play at EXPO 67 as a member of the well-known dance troupe Les Feux-Follets, then to begin his graduate studies at McGill.  He has been at McGill as a mathematics instructor from 1969 to the present time, but has also done teaching stints at Concordia, Vanier College, Marianopolis College, Kahnawake Survival School, and as an exchange lecturer from McGill  in Pakistan.

Scottish music has always been Ken’s hobby, on big and small pipes, and tin whistles.  He has played at Mariposa and several other Folk Festivals across Canada, and appeared for 28 years at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival in Vermont.  His partners in music have included Brahan Seer from 1981 to 1986, Jean Carignan, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Gilles Losier, and Les Sortilèges.

Ken is well-known in Quebec piping circles from having been pipe-major of the Pierrefonds Pipes and Drums on and off from 1973 to 1983, and pipe-major of the Rawdon Pipes and Drums from 1995 to 2010.  He has participated from the beginning of the Montreal Highland Games as the member in charge of the Fiddle tent.

Ken has always been in a highland Scottish milieu, even though his family left Scotland for the Maritimes around 200 years ago. He was brought up on the writings of Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott, and, of course, Robert Burns.  During his youth Gaelic was spoken in his house, as it was the mother tongue of many of his grandparents’ generation.  If you catch him at an unguarded moment you may even  hear him sing some of the Gaelic songs he learned as a child.



Traditional Scottish Cuisine

Chef Alain Monod, Chevalier du mérite agricole and recipient of the 2011 Quebec Thistle Council Auld Alliance Award for Scottish Cuisine, will be officially retiring on January 29, 2015.  Though he has already handed the kitchen over to his successor, Chef David Capel, Alain is coming back one last time especially for us to plan and oversee our Burns Nicht Supper which will, as always, include Haggis and traditional Scottish fare. The Haggis will be given the full honors and address.  This is an occasion not to be missed!

2015 Menu 

Club’s chips, crudite

Findrum Speldings Pate, Beets & Herb Salad,
Oatmeal Soda Bread,
Cock-a-Leekie Soup,
Haggis with Neeps and Tatties,
Farm Chicken Breast Bonnie Prince Charlie, Drambuie Sauce,
McIntosh Apples and Braised Spiced Red Cabbage,
Raspberries Tipsy Laird,
Scottish Assorted Cookies,
Coffee and Tea.

 Click here to listen to the CBC interview with Chef Monod

Time: Friday, January 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Place: The University Club of Montreal, 2047 Mansfield, Montreal,Quebec.
For more information: 514 842-2030

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Norma King
(514) 842-2030
1195B Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1H9