The Boney Music Memorial Invitational is an annual piping competition and recital to benefit brain cancer research. The competition was initiated in 2016 by BCPA Life Member Andrew Bonar and is being continued by BCPA at Andrew’s request following his passing in October 2017.
The top five pipers in the annual BCPA Open Piping Grand Aggregate standing and the previous year’s winner of the Boney Music Memorial Invitational will each perform a medley of various musical styles. The best performance will receive the Boney Music Memorial Invitational trophy.
NEW for 2020: The event will be held in the Anderson Room of the Seaforth Armoury in Vancouver with the support and assistance of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Pipes & Drums and the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Regimental Association.
2020 Boney Music Memorial Invitational Information
Date and Time: Saturday February 15 at 6:00 pm, Doors open at 5:15 pm
Price: Admission by donation. A donation of $10 per person is recommended. All donations will go toward brain cancer research at the BC Cancer Foundation. Free Admission for BCPA Junior Members
BCPA is accepting donations for the event and will issue Canadian charitable tax receipts for donations of $20 or more. Donations may be made at https://bcpipers.wildapricot.org/page-1157926 and enter “Boney Music Memorial Invitational” in the “What you desire your gift to support” field.
2020 Competitors: Jori Chisholm (2019 winner), Alastair Lee, Zephan Knichel, Alan Bevan, James Beaumont, and Gordon Conn.
Location: Anderson Room, Seaforth Armoury, 1650 Burrard St, Vancouver BC (located at Burrard Street and West 1st Ave)
Please note: There is a strict restriction that no headdresses can be worn in the Messes at the Armoury; please abide by this.
Free Parking: Please park in the on-site parkade. In the event that the parkade is full, there is also metered and non-metered street parking in the immediate area.
Here is an overhead map view of the lot on which the Armoury is situated.
The yellow X marks the parkade, while the red arrow shows parkade entrance.
The red X indicates where the Boney Music Memorial will take place, at the corner of 1st Avenue & Burrard Street:
Food and Bar Service: There will be bar service available at the venue in the Sergeants and Warrant Officers Mess and the Officers Mess, which are directly adjacent to the Anderson Room. There is no food service planned.
The bars accept cash, credit, and debit. Please note, there is no ATM on site.
To provide the opportunity for people around the world to watch the event and donate to the cause, the event will be live streamed starting at 6:00 pm on the BC Pipers’ Facebook Live page
Players will play a 20 minute recital of tunes of their choice. However, within the 20 minutes, players must include the following:
• At least two tunes written by Andrew Bonar played at any point during their recital. Both of these tunes must be in different idioms
• Ground of a piobaireachd
Players may tune as often and as long as they feel necessary, and they may address the audience. However, the longer the player tunes and/or speaks, the less time that the player has to perform, as this tuning/ speaking time is included in the recital time limit of 20 minutes.
2019 Winner Boney Music Memorial Invitational
2019 Bellingham SG Piobaireachd
2019 BC HG 2nd prize MSR
2019 BCPA Open Piping Grand Aggregate
2019 Victoria HG Piobaireachd, 2nd prize MSR and Jig
2019 Bellingham SG 2nd prize MSR
2019 BC HG Aggregate, Piobaireachd and Hornpipe & Jig
2019 Penticton SF 2nd prize Hornpipe & Jig
2019 Kamloops HG Aggregate, Piobaireachd and Hornpipe & Jig, 2nd prize MSR
2019 Portland HG Aggregate, MSR and Hornpipe & Jig, 3rd prize Piobaireachd
2019 Pacific Northwest HG Aggregate, Hornpipe & Jig and Jig, 2nd prize MSR
2nd overall 2019 BCPA Open Piping Grand Aggregate
2019 BCPA Annual Gathering CPA B Grade Piobaireachd, 2nd prize Jig
2019 Victoria HG 2nd prize Piobaireachd, 3rd prize Jig
2019 Bellingham SG 3rd prize MSR
2019 Penticton SF 2nd prize Piobaireachd, 3rd prize MSR and Hornpipe & Jig
2019 Portland HG Piobaireachd, 2nd prize MSR, 3rd prize Hornpipe & Jig
2019 Pacific Northwest HG 2nd prize Piobaireachd
3rd overall 2019 BCPA Open Piping Grand Aggregate
2019 BCPA Annual Gathering Aggregate, MSR and Jig, 3rd prize Piobaireachd
2019 BC HG MSR, 2nd prize Piobaireachd
2019 Penticton SF Aggregate, MSR, Piobaireachd and Hornpipe & Jig
4th overall 2019 BCPA Open Piping Grand Aggregate
2019 Bellingham SG Aggregate, MSR, 2nd prize Piobaireachd
2019 BC HG 3rd prize, Piobaireachd
2019 Penticton SF 3rd prize Piobaireachd
2019 Kamloops HG 2nd prize Piobaireachd and Hornpipe & Jig, 3rd prize MSR
2019 Pacific Northwest HG MSR, 3rd prize Piobaireachd
5th overall 2019 BCPA Open Piping Grand Aggregate
2019 BCPA Annual Gathering 3rd prize Jig
2019 BC HG 2nd prize Hornpipe & Jig
2019 Penticton SF 2nd prize MSR
2019 Kamloops HG MSR
2019 Pacific Northwest HG 2nd prize Hornpipe & Jig and Jig, 3rd prize MSR