Tartantown Ltd

Fourth in our company profile series is Tartantown Ltd Tartantown Ltd was originally started as a convenient location for highland…

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Long & McQuade

Second in our series of company profiles is Long & McQuade Long & McQuade Musical Instruments has been serving Canada’s…

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McCallum Bagpipes

First in our series of company profiles is McCallum Bagpipes McCallum Bagpipes was formed in 1998 by existing partners, company…

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Meet the suppliers and sponsors of the BCPA

The BCPA Annual Gathering takes place at Easter time each year, this year was not the case. However, before COVID-19 all kicked off we had sponsors ready to provide prizes and show their support to the piping and drumming community of the BC Pipers’ Association region. The BCPA wanted to show our support for them…

No solo or pipe band competitions this year at ScotFestBC – The British Columbia Highland Games

The BC Pipers’ Association, which administers, manages, and runs the solo piping, solo drumming and pipe band competitions at ScotFestBC: The British Columbia Highland Games, has decided that there will be no piping, drumming, or pipe band competitions at ScotFestBC this year. While it is likely the Games will be cancelled, there has been no…

Penticton Scottish Festival Postponed for 2020

  The following is a statement from the Penticton Scottish Festival. The Penticton Scottish Festival Society has made the difficult decision, based on current BC Health Officer directives, to postpone it’s 7th Annual Penticton Scottish Festival until July 3, 2021. Our top priority is the health and well-being of festival competitors, participants, volunteers, spectators and…

Portland Highland Games Cancelled for 2020

Portland Cancelled for 2020

These are unprecedented times. With the COVID-19 virus relentless march across this country, and the world, the Portland Highland Games Association has decided to postpone the 2020 Games, scheduled for Friday, July 17 & Saturday, July 18, 2020, at Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR until July 2021. This was not an easy decision to…

Campbell River Highland Gathering Cancelled for 2020

Campbell River Highland Gathering logo

The 2020 Campbell River Salmonfest including the Logger Sports Competitions and Highland Gathering has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The annual event was due to take place Aug. 8 to 10, 2020. The decision to cancel was a difficult one. The Heavy Games were to host the Canadian National Amateur Championships this year.…

Skagit Valley Highland Games Cancelled for 2020

Skagit Valley Cancelled for 2020

Due to concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Board of Directors of the Celtic Arts Foundation have regrettably determined, in the interest of health and safety, to cancel the 26th annual Skagit Valley Highland Games. Vendors and Clan representatives will be contacted to discuss refunds or credits applied toward the 2021 event. We regret…

Pacific Northwest Highland Games Cancelled for 2020

PNWHG Cancelled for 2020

To all of our SSHGA members, I find myself bearing the unfortunate news that the Board of the Seattle Scottish Highland Games Association has voted to cancel the 2020 games in Enumclaw. Decisions like this are very difficult to make and require a lot of thought and care. Please know that we didn’t take this…

Update for Easter and BCPA Education Series Spring 2020 – YouTube

April 10th and 11th would normally be the 2020 Annual Gathering on the Easter weekend, but the COVID-19 virus has changed plans for us this year. We would like to report on a few developments. 2020 Annual Gathering Refunds By now all the players, pipe bands, band contest admission ticket purchasers, and souvenir program advertisers…

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,…