The League of Canadian Poets and The Caledonian present a traditional Burns supper with a touch of poetry. Join us for a wonderful evening of food, fun, celebration! Your ticket price includes a full show featuring highland dancers and pipers, a traditional burns supper and a whisky flight and tasting, complete with guidance from Ian Logan, international Whisky expert and representative for Aberlour and curator for the Glenlivet Whisky School.

As you enjoy your dinner, you’ll be treated to live poetry readings and original poetry works from Kate Marshall Flaherty, George Elliot Clarke, Robbie O’Byrne, and Anna Yin. The evening will be filled with singing, entertainment, and excellent patter (plus, draws, door prizes, and more)! As a bonus, you’ll be helping to raise funds for the League, so we can do even more for poetry in Canada.

The League of Canadian Poets celebrates Robbie Burns Day 
Monday, January 22nd, 2018
The Caledonian Scottish Pub
856 College Street, Toronto
416 577-7472
Doors open: 6pm
Tickets: $65 plus tax 
Tickets to this event can be purchased by contacting the Caledonian directly at 416 577-7472. Groups that purchase tickets together can be seated together upon request.
(Please note, if you already purchased your tickets at a price of $95 before the Caledonian generously offered this discount, you can contact the pub directly to be refunded the difference)

Please note, tickets to this event sell out FAST so if you’d like to join us, make sure to call and book your spots today!


The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered artist in song, drama, fiction, screenplay, essays, and poetry. Now teaching African-Canadian literature at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard. He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada. His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry, the Premiul Poesis (Romania), the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award. Clarke’s work is the subject of Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke (2012), edited by Joseph Pivato.

Kate Marshall Flaherty’s recent books are “Stone Soup,” Quattro Books, and “Reaching V,” Guernica Editions, and her poetry manuscript about her healing journey through cancer, “Radiant,” will be published with Inanna Press in 2018. She’s been published in journals such as CV2, Descant, Grain, Malahat Review and Vallum, was Shortlisted for Descant’s Best Canadian Poem, the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize and Robert Frost Poetry Prizes. She was a “Random Acts of Poetry” Poet for three years, is presently Writer in Residence for the Heliconian Arts and Letters Club and Toronto Rep. for the League of Canadian Poets. She guides StillPoint Writers’ Retreats; writing is her lifeline.


Ronnie O’Byrne was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and started his working life as an apprentice in the engineering industry in 1972. For the past 30 years he has worked for the Israeli engineering technology company – ISCAR Ltd. Ronnie’s interest in Robert Burns started in his late twenties – and has developed into a passion…..Ronnie is a Board Member and Canadian Director of the Robert Burns World Federation Ltd – a member of Halton Peel Burns Club – The Niagara Falls Burns Club and an active member of The Robert Burns Association of North America. Ronnie has performed at Burns Suppers and Burns Events in the UK, Ireland, Europe and North America – as a speaker on a wide range of Burns and Scottish topics – and as a performer of Burns poetry and song. He is also a published poet and a past winner of the Tam O’Shanter recital trophy held annually at the Globe Inn, Dumfries, Scotland. In 2016 became the inaugural winner of the Jack Hume Poetry writing competition hosted by Robert Burns Association of North America.

He has been married to Susan for 38 years – they have two grown up sons – and live in Vineland, Ontario.

Anna Yin was Mississauga’s first Poet Laureate and has authored four poetry collections. Anna won two MARTY Awards, 2016/2017 WCU Poetry Conference scholarships and three grants from OAC. Her poems have appeared on Arc Poetry, The New York Times, China Daily, CBC Radio, World Journal, The Parliamentary Poet Laureate site etc. She teaches Poetry Alive at schools, colleges and libraries. Her website: