The free, online Zoom event begins with BCPA Life Member Bill Elder announcing the winners from the Easter weekend annual gathering competition, followed by a ceilidh hosted by BCPA directors Mike Chisholm and Alisa Corscadden. Joining the ceilidh will be folk singer Mike Viens, Nova Scotia traditional (and former NS champion supreme) piper Barry Shears, contributions from BC piping families Bevan, MacNeil and McTaggart, SFU piper Zephan Knichel hosting a trivia contest and band videos from White Spot, Northwest Jr., City of Regina, RCMP and Kenmore & District. There will also be a tribute to ACDC with Jamie Troy.
To register, click HERE. Registrants will be emailed a Zoom link the night before the ceilidh.
Prizes for the award ceremony include:
Piping Hot Tuition: A tuition scholarship to the 2021 Piping Hot Summer Drummer Summer School (donated by Piping Hot Summer Drummer) will be awarded to the Most Promising Piper as jointly determined by the adjudicators of the Grade 5 Piping events.
Celtic Arts Foundation Winter School Tuition: A tuition scholarship to the 2022 Celtic Arts Foundation Winter School (donated by the Celtic Arts Foundation) will be awarded to the winner of the Grade 2 Piping aggregate. A tie for the tuition scholarship shall be broken on Piobaireachd, then March, Strathspey & Reel preference.
Lee & Sons Bagpipes is offering a pipe bag to the winner of both piobaireachd Grade 1 and Grade 2 classes.
TyFry is offering tenor sticks to the winner of each tenor class.
Winners of the Beginner, Grade 2 and Grade 1 snare class will receive a lesson from SFU Pipe Band Leading Drummer Reid Maxwell. Winners in Grade 3 and Grade 4 will receive a lesson from Grant Maxwell.
Jori Chisholm from BagpipeLessons.com will award one of his products to each of the amateur solo piping aggregate winners. Winners can choose from
- Tone Protector™ Chanter CapPipes|Drums Runner-Up Product of the Decade
- Tone Protector™ Reed CasePipes|Drums Product of the Year
- Bagpipe Gauge™
- Piper’s Ultimate Reed Poker
- Piper’s Advantage™ Bagpipe Phone Mount
- ‘Foundation’ Reed— A BagpipeLessons.com Exclusive Product
Ceilidh prizes include a full size McCallum blackwood practice chanter with engraved sole, bowl, ferrule and mouthpiece and a $50 gift certificate from The British Store in Surrey.