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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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…

Alan Bevan wins Boney V, the 2020 Boney Music Memorial Invitational

Alan Bevan captured “Boney V”, the newly coined term for the 5th annual Boney Music Memorial Invitational Piping Competition and Recital, held in the Anderson Room of the historic Seaforth Armoury, the home of many BC Pipers’ Association competitions decades ago. The event raised over $2,800 for brain cancer research for the British Columbia Cancer…

Boney Music Memorial Invitational and other major BCPA events this long weekend February 15 to 17, 2020

This long weekend February 15 to 17 offers a significant array of events that will be of interest to many pipers and drummers.. Boney Music Memorial Invitational Piping Competition and Recital The 5th Boney Music Memorial Invitational Piping Competition and Recital takes place on Saturday February 15 at the Seaforth Armoury, 1650 Burrard St, Vancouver.…

2020 BCPA Annual Gathering Online Entry and Tickets is OPEN

Online entry and band contest tickets for the 2020 BCPA Annual Gathering are now open here Please read the 2020 Annual Gathering Information Guide first before entering events or purchasing tickets as there are new events and updated information.. Payment for entries and tickets must be completed within 15 minutes of registering or registration is…

2020 Feb BCPA Mini-Gathering Schedule

The schedule for the February 15, 2020 BCPA Mini-Gathering is now posted here The Mini-Gathering will once again be held at Pitt River Middle School, 2070 Tyner Road, Port Coquitlam, BC, V3C 2Z1 and starts at 11:00 am EXCEPT GRADE 3 and GRADE 2 PIOBAIREACHD WHICH START AT 10:30 AM. Other details are located in…