Ottawa Valley Culture

The Arts

Fiddling and Step Dancing

Irish immigration shaped the history of communities throughout the Ottawa Valley including Carp, Renfrew, Fitzroy Harbor, Shawville and Bristol. The Ottawa Valley Irish culture became extremely distinctive. As contact with Ireland decreased, it merged with French Canadian and other settler cultures. This cultural milieu created various distinct linguistic dialects that can only be found in the Ottawa Valley. It also led to a distinctive Ottawa Valley style of step-dancing, fiddling and song.

Barney Macaffery

Barney McCaffrey was an Ottawa Valley icon, storyteller, musician, and much more. His recent passing is a lost to the region. May he be remembered for his everything he has done.

Log Driversí Waltz

A young girl who loves to dance and is ready to marry chooses a log driver over his more well-to-do, land-loving competition. Driving logs down the river has made him the best dancing partner to be found. This lighthearted, animated tale is based on the song The Log Driver's Waltz by Wade Hemsworth. Kate and Anna McGarrigle sing to the music of the Mountain City Four.