Sir John A. Macdonald (Matthew Donovan) will be attending The Scottish Society of Ottawa`s Hogmanay Party on New year`s Eve.
The Commission is very excited to announce that Sir John A. Macdonald will be making an appearance at The Hogmanay Party, in the form of SALON Theatre Company actor Matthew Donovan. When asked to describe his role in the evening’s festivities, Sir John replied “There will be bands playing, while pipers come a piping, dancers do a step or two and fiddlers do their playing. There will be food and craft and wares for sale. And of course I will be at the centre of it all, acting as our ad hoc master of ceremonies. I will share a tale, ruthlessly make fun of people when introducing them, and try and run up some good Scot backing for my next run for prime minister.” Some things never change, isn’t that right Sir John?
New Year’s Eve 2012 marks the Society’s inaugural New Year’s Eve Hogmanay that they hope will become an annual event in Ottawa. The party aims to replicate the excitement of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile as the clock strikes midnight, with an impressive fireworks display and rendition of Auld Lang Syne, which Sir John reminds us, “that this the most famous of New Years songs, was composed by none other than Scotland’s own Robbie Burns.”
So for those who plan to be in our country’s capital city this New Year’s Eve, The Scottish Society of Ottawa’s traditional Hogmanay street party, featuring distinguished guest Sir John A. Macdonald, would be a perfect way to ring in the New Year (for free, no less). When we asked Sir John how he is preparing for such a party, he answered “I prepare for this event like I do any other. I read a lot and I drink a lot.” Well said, good sir!