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Operating for over 40 years, the Ontario Knights of Columbus Charity Raffle is now known as “Charities Lottery”. We are pleased to announce that this year’s lottery will support Special Olympics Ontario, Arthritis Society and various other Charities. All proceeds of commissions for selling these tickets will be donated to our Parish and Community as well!

The Knights of Columbus who have been there from the beginning will continue to help promote a healthy and active lifestyle through sport to improve the well-being of individuals with disabilities. We will also continue to support the Arthritis Society, to help fund research to cure this horrible and debilitating condition.

Knights of Columbus local councils participating in the sale of tickets also receive a portion of the funds to help support a local initiative or charity in their area. To encourage maximum participation of our Councils the Knights of Columbus have instituted a number of incentives dedicated to the growth of this worthwhile program. In addition, let us remind you that it’s a wonderful way to show support for programs that directly impact our local community. Since the lottery program began, the Knights of Columbus Ontario Charities Foundation has donated over 10 million dollars to local non-profit organizations across Ontario.

This year there are 500 prizes with a grand prize of $ 200,000 cash!!! Other prizes include a 2020 Ford Mustang Convertible, a 2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab 4WD, a 2020 Princecraft Vectra 19’ Pontoon Boat, a 2020 Harley Davidson Road King Motorcycle, A 2020 Jayco Flight SLX trailer and a number of cash prizes. Chances are 1:40 of winning!

Tickets are only $5.20 for each, plus $1.60 for postage. The $1.60 shipping is a flat rate per transaction; even if you buy more than 1 ticket at once- just $1.60 will be the charge to ship all tickets.

The draw will now take place on October 30, 2020 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre, Burlington, ON. The Charities Lottery is provincially licensed under the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Commission and is administered by the Ontario State Office under the authority of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. This is a true grassroots charity and your chance to help out!

Tickets are now available for sale here. Please note: that each ticket you purchase will be randomly selected by the council and will be mailed to you. The stub portion of your ticket will be retained by the council for the draw. An example of the ticket and stub is below. We have also included the revised poster and Lottery License from AGCO. Paypal, Credit cards are accepted. Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery. We are available as always to answer any questions you may have.

St Andrew’s Ceilidh 2018

On November 24, 2018

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus St Patrick’s Basilica Council 12158 Ottawa. Guests may expect:

Scottish stew (meat and vegetarian), salad and dessert – complete with toast to the Haggis ceremony by Ron Roach and Flag march of the kids.

Concert, sing-along and set dance music by Fraser in the Celtic music tradition of the Maritime provinces and particularly that of Scotland and Cape Breton. (Fraser,pictured here, photo credit Lois Siegel.)

Ceilidh square dancing – Cape Breton Style for all to enjoy – calling by Beth MacGillivray

Sounds of the Pipes and drums of the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band of Ottawa – Canada’s oldest civilian band, under the direction of Pipe Major Bethany Bisaillion.

Highland dance demonstration by the Celtic Cross Dancers of Ottawa

This is a kid-friendly event – children 12 and under have free admission.

Cash bar


Fraser is a 3 person Celtic Music group:

Ernie Fraser is a professional fiddler and guitarist from Cape Breton island. He began his musical career as a guitarist specializing in Blues, R&B and Jazz. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Music Degree, he developed a keen interest in fiddling that was introduced to him by his famous grandfather, Little Simon Fraser from Meat Cove, Cape Breton.

Ernie is joined by Marietta Fraser on piano and guitar, and by Diane Fraser on bodhran and vocals. Marietta, a multi-instrumentalist, is from the Glengarry region of Ontario and has extensive experience in accompaniment for fiddlers playing many different styles, as well as playing fiddle, banjo and guitar. Diane is well schooled in the folk music tradition and has been active in R&B music in Ottawa and with choral music with the a cappella group The Stairwell Carollers.

This trio of musicians brings together a combination of musical nuances that highlight the Scottish and Irish Celtic music tradition of the Maritime provinces and particularly that of Scotland and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

The Sons of Scotland Pipe Band, Ottawa Canada

“The Sons” just returned from their hugely successful 4th Royal Performance at Balmoral Castle, Scotland for Her Majesty the Queen August 22 2018.

Canada’s oldest Civilian Pipe Band, founded in 1896. They are the first Pipe Band to be heard in the Nation’s capital on Burns night, January 25,1896.
Under the direction of Pipe Major Bethany Bisaillion, the Sons of Scotland compete at all the local Highland Games and perform in some 50 concerts and parades throughout the year. We are committed to developing the talent of each of our members, producing quality music, and having a great deal of fun. More info may be found at

The Celtic Cross Dancers is a group of Ottawa dancers who perform a mix of traditional and contemporary choreographies.

With decades of experience in Highland, Irish, and Ottawa Valley Step dancing as teachers, performers, competitors, and choreographers, Celtic Cross members have performed for Irish ambassadors, British high commissioners, and members of the Royal Family; have shared the stage with the likes of Ashley MacIsaac, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Sons of Scotland, Ottawa Police, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pipe Bands, and with countless Celtic bands including Jiggs Boson, the Lyon Street Celtic Band, Occasional Pudding, and the Rockwood Ceilidh Project; have appeared on CTV, City TV, and other networks; and have performed and competed across Europe and North America.

Celtic Cross shows are a lively blend of all three dance styles and are a mix of traditional solo and group dances as well as original choreographies. The groups repertoire is suited to any venue or event from festivals to pubs to live concerts to wedding receptions and anything in between.