Traditional Irish Music Sessions

Come and check out one of these monthly Irish music sessions in Saskatoon. Sit and listen, or bring an instrument and join in. You're in for a good time no matter what!

These sessions are for musicians at all levels, for singers, for dancers, and for the enjoyment of anyone who chooses to come. These are not "open stages" for individual performers but are sessions for playing music as a general group, learning new tunes, and good company. If you're new to the sessions and interested in joining in, there are some tips for getting started here.

Bon Temps Cafe

223 2nd Avenue South ·


First Sunday of the month, from 2 till 4PM. All ages welcome.

For 2019:

January 6th May 5th September 1st
February 3rd June 2nd October 6th
March 3rd July 7th November 3rd
April 7th August 4th December 1st

Amigo's Cantina

806 Dufferin Avenue · (306) 652 4912 ·


Second Saturday of the month, from 2 till 4PM. All ages welcome.
This is our "slow session" - geared toward beginners or those trying to get back into it, we’ll slow things down, repeat the pieces more than the usual number of times... whatever works to help more players out to enjoy the sessions with us. Seasoned session musicians are welcome to come, too, and not only share their talent and expertise with newer musicians but also learn a few more tunes themselves so that we can expand what has become "standard" session repertoire! Bring your instrument and join in the fun!

For 2019:

January 12th May 11th September 14th
February 9th June 8th October 12th
March 9th July 13th Nov. 9th
April 13th August 10th December 14th

Amigo's Cantina

806 Dufferin Avenue · (306) 652 4912 ·


Third Saturday of the month, from 2 till 4PM. All ages welcome.

For 2019:

January 19th May 18th September 21st
February 16th June 15th October 19th
March 16th July 20th November 16th
April 20th August 17th December 21st

Annual General Meeting

This is an opportunity to come and see what Comhaltas is all about. We are always looking for new members! The Annual General Meeting is held in September or October of each year. Call Hugh Brennan at 975 0551 for more information.

Ceilis and Concerts

Ceilis are parties featuring live traditional music and Irish social dancing (ceili dancing) which can be learned on the floor. Ceilis are held whenever there is enough interest; usually there are at least two each year: one in autumn and one in spring.

Concerts include performances by local musicians, by out-of-town performers, and periodically the "Echoes of Erin" North American tour of champion musicians and dancers from Ireland.

Additional Music Information


Some of the musicians that gather at Comhaltas sessions also play professionally and accept performance bookings. Click here for more information.

Music Instruction

Some of the musicians that gather at Comhaltas sessions also offer instruction in the playing of various instruments. Click here for more information.

Irish Dance

Irish Country Dance

Irish Dance Schools

There are four schools of Irish dance in Saskatoon:

The Blakey - Saskatoon School of Irish Dance

Phone: (306) 373-0088

River City School of Irish Dance

Phone: (306) 249-1517

Saskatoon Academy of Irish Dance

Phone: (306) 665-5585

Queen Maeve School of Irish Dance

Phone: (306) 931-7620

Brady Academy of Irish Dance Saskaton


phone: (306) 934-8902

Irish Language Classes

If you are interested in learning or practicing your Irish in a community of other Saskatoonians, please consider joining the Facebook group "Learning Irish in Saskatoon". It's a closed group, so you'll have to wait until we accept your request, and then you will be welcome to join in on discussions and find out when and where we're meeting next. These meetings will be quite informal, filled with games, conversation practice, books, songs... whatever the participants are interested in! For those interested in a more academic approach, we follow the textbook "Gaeilge gan Stró" ("Irish without Stress"). Meetings are suitable for all levels - from complete beginners to fluent speakers! If you are not on Facebook, or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Meaghan Haughian ( or 306-281-8847).

If you are interested in Irish but don't have the time to take a class, here are some online resources to get you started (and then be sure to come out to our sessions and ceilis to practice!):

Erins Web Page

a really great learning tool with structured lessons to teach you Irish!

Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge

a site for those interested in being tested against the European Language Standards in Irish. Lots of resources, recordings, etc.

Daltaí na Gaeilge

Translation: Students of Irish. An excellent website with forums, resources, etc.


Irish TV. With English subtitles!

Raidió na Gaeltachta

Irish radio. Even if you don't understand it all, leave it on as you're doing dishes or something, just to get the sounds of Irish in your ear!