Kamloops Highland Games Cancelled for 2020

Kamloops Cancel 2020 Games

Just announced on the Kamloops Highland Games Society Facebook page. Due to the global Covd-19 pandemic, the Kamloops Highland Games committee have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Kamloops Highland Games. The health and well-being of all our competitors, volunteers and organizers is our number one priority. We are committed to coming back…

Celtic Arts Foundation Celebrate National Tartan Day “Westering Home”

Westering Home

The Celtic Arts Foundation is pleased to offer a way to celebrate National Tartan Day from home with a free viewing of “Westering Home,” featuring some of the world’s greatest bagpipers, Scottish drummers, and Cape Breton fiddlers. Tune in and enjoy a behind the scenes documentary featuring musical performances and interviews with the artists. This…

Bands play on in the face of the novel coronavirus

In the bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens of the members of the Northwest Junior Pipe Band, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 may have shut down in-person practices in Washington State, but the band plays on. Around the Pacific Northwest, the novel coronavirus pandemic is reeking havoc among pipe bands preparing for the upcoming competition season, but…

Balcony Pipes and Drums

Members of the Saanich Peninsula Pipe Band have started a “Balcony Pipes & Drums” initiative from their homes, similar to the quarantined balcony singers in Italy that have appeared in the news. They are encouraging pipers and drummers across British Columbia & the Pacific Coast to follow their lead by playing on their front porch,…

BCPA Update 4 on Response to COVID-19 novel coronavirus – Mar 22 2020

Communications with Highland Games on the BCPA circuit As movement restrictions to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus are being rapidly implemented by governments and health authorities around the world, the impact is significantly affecting decision making by the highland games on our circuit. In the past week, BCPA has reassured highland games organizers…

Victoria Highland Games Cancelled for 2020

On March 20, the Victoria Highland Games Association announced that due to the Provincial Health Officer banning all gatherings of more than 50 people until May 30 to address the COVID-19 virus situation, the Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival, originally scheduled for May 16 & 17, 2020 will be postponed until late summer. Further…

BCPA Update 3 on Response to COVID-19 novel coronavirus – Mar 16 2020

No Annual Gathering for 2020 Two meetings this past weekend with pipe bands leaders and other Annual Gathering stakeholders came to the decision to not hold the Annual Gathering this year. It was felt that the further disruption in people’s and families lives of trying to hold a major event in a time period when…

BCPA Update 2 on Response to COVID-19 novel coronavirus – Mar 13 2020

At the March 12, 2020 daily briefing by the BC Health Ministry on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, BC Minister of Health Adrian Dix directed all event organizers to cancel any gathering larger than 250 people effective immediately. As of today we are directing all event organizers to cancel any gathering larger than 250ppl.…

BCPA Update 1 on Response to COVID-19 novel coronavirus – Mar 12 2020

Like many event planning organizations, BCPA officials have been closely monitoring trustworthy news sources and government public health agencies communications for information influencing decision-making for events involving large numbers of people in the current COVID-19 novel coronavirus environment. Based on an analysis of their current information, risk-based guidance and recommendations applied to the BCPA Annual…

2020 Campbell River Highland Gathering Online Entry is OPEN

The Campbell River Highland Gathering on August 8, 2020 in Campbell River, BC on north Vancouver Island, is a BCPA sanctioned competition this year. Entries are now being accepted through Eventbrite at the link below: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/campbell-river-highland-gathering-pipes-and-drums-competition-registration-91914959117 The 2020 Campbell River Highland Gathering will be held at Nunns Creek Park, 1465 16th Ave, Campbell River, BC…

The Passings of PM Brian Porter and PM Dave Rutherford

The BC piping community recently lost two pipe band leaders with the passings of Pipe Major Brian Porter and Pipe Major Dave Rutherford. Brian Porter started piping at St. Thomas More high school in Burnaby and joined South Burnaby Legion Branch 83 Pipe Band under Tom Binnie in the early 1970s. He served as PM…

2020 February BCPA Mini-Gathering Results and Aggregates

The results of the 2020 February BCPA Mini-Gathering are now posted on the Results page. Photos from the 2020 February BCPA Mini-Gathering are posted on the BCPA Photo Gallery. Our thanks to the White Spot Pipe Band for running the food concession, and all the compilers, stewards, adjudicators, and organizers who helped to put on…