Monday, September 29, 2014

Please Vote For Us!

Aviva Insurance believes that to truly make a difference, insurance companies and brokers must understand it is the little things that matter the most to our customers. That's why we stand behind brokers as the best choice to help Canadians protect their homes, cars and businesses. Brokers are involved in and champion local causes in their community, and the Aviva Community Fund competition is simply another way to harness this support and help the communities where we live and work.

Aviva is once again offering $1 million to encourage Canadians to lead, empower and support community initiatives across the country. They have already provided over $4.5 million in funding to 91 charities and community groups including youth programs, animal shelters, public schools, camps and centres for those affected by disabilities or illness. In the competition's first five years, Canadians overwhelmingly answered the call proposing over 7,500 ideas and casting more than twelve million votes in support of causes from every province and territory.

The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada has submitted an “idea” for the Aviva Competition. We are hoping to access some funds to upgrade our aging amphitheatre by having a new roof made, new walls and more comfortable cushions on the benches. By changing our existing venue through the purchase of upgraded materials and equipment, we will be able to create an environment that is safer and more modern, thus helping to enhance the experience for both our performers and visitors.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!! This competition is won by votes and we need each and every one of you to assist us in the voting process. Please go on line and cast your vote.  Registering to vote only takes a minute of your time!  Please reach out to all of your friends and family and colleagues and ask them to support our project by way of a vote. Our idea name is The College of Piping Inspiring Excellence Venue.

Our Idea Number: ACF19453
You can only cast one vote per day for us, but you can vote every day!

Put it in your phone calendar to remind you!  It’s important to vote soon and continuously to get to the next round.  See to understand how it works.

Let’s Do This!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Some Very Sad News

This past Saturday the College lost one of its most ardent supporters, Hazel Halliday.  She was truly a remarkable lady who would always greet you with a huge smile on her face.  In my short time at the College, Hazel became like family. James and I moved to the island with no acquaintances or family on the island.  Hazel made us feel welcome and treated us like long time friends.  She loved to drum and took lessons from our drumming instructor, Chris Coleman, until she had to give it up.  She was often seen at pipe band fundraisers and it wasn't unusual for her to be seen in the crowd numerous times over the summer at Highland Storm.  She will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her at the College.  Below is her obituary as it appears on the East Prince Funeral Home website.

Hazel May Halliday:

The death occurred peacefully at the Prince County Hospital, Summerside, P.E.I. on Sunday, September 21st , 2014 of Hazel May Halliday (nee Pringle) of Summerside, P.E.I. and formerly of British Columbia, aged 84 years. Hazel was born in Port Colborne, Ontario to her late parents John and Estella (nee Leslie) Pringle.

Beloved wife of the late Norman Halliday. Special aunt to nephews Evan Grabell (Brenda) and Tim Morgan (Evelyn) of Port Colborne, ON.. She is also survived by many other nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and her husband, Hazel was predeceased by her brothers Reginald, Douglas and Donald and her sisters Geraldine, Marguerite and Jean.

Resting at the East Prince Funeral Home, 245 Pope Road, Summerside until Saturday, September 27th for a Memorial Service in the funeral home chapel at 11:00 a.m. Interment to take place in the Oakwood Cemetery, Port Colborne, ON. at a later date. Memorial donations in Hazel’s memory to the College of Piping and Performing Arts, Summerside would be greatly appreciated. By personal request there will be no visiting hours held.

If you would like to send a condolence to her family, please click Online Condolence on the East Prince Funeral Home website or send them directly to:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Happy Friday!

Well, it's feeling decidedly more like fall out there today and less like summer.  Blustery, cold and the leaves are starting to turn from their lovely green to more reds and yellows.  Fall means the new teaching season which started this past week (band practices including the developmental band will start next week).  It was great to see new and familiar faces coming through the front doors of Charlottetown, Cornwall and the College in Summerside.  Please remember to fill out your registration form (if you haven't already done so) and return them to either Sue or your instructor. Piping and drumming students, please make sure that you have filled out and returned your Doug and Debbie Hall Pipe Band Scholarship Waiver form to your instructors.  This must be signed by you and a parent/guardian to be able to stay on the Doug and Debbie Hall Pipe Band Scholarship.

The College of Piping Dance Company will be kicking, er, stepping into high gear on October 8th when practices for the Highland Dancers will begin again.  Rehearsal time will be from 6:30-7:30pm at The College in Summerside.

Come and support The College's highland dancers, step dancers and pipe bands in their joint fundraising car wash.  This will be held at Hemphill GM in Summerside (on Water Street) on Sepemtber 27th and will take place from 9am until noon. Why not start fall with a shiny, clean car and help The College's dancers and bands while you're at it?!

You may have noticed a familiar face on the cover of the Journal Pioneer this past Thursday.  Our Director of Education, James MacHattie, was part of an article on the Scottish referendum.  He gave his views on it after spending the month of August in Scotland.  You can read that article by following this link:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Welcome Back!

What time is it?  It's lesson time!  That's right...lessons start back up today in Summerside and Charlottetown.  Band practices do not return until next week (September 22nd and this includes the developmental band). It's time to get back to a routine of daily practice and lessons.  It's also time to start setting goals for what you would like to accomplish this year. The sky is the limit!  Remember:  "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."  (Zig Ziglar)

Congratulations to all our Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association Champion Supreme Winners!  The College was well represented on the Atlantic circuit this year.  Well done to:  the Grade 4 and 3 bands (and Gr 3 Dress and Deportment), James MacHattie (Professional Piping), Devin Paynter (Gr 1 Drumming a Sr Am HJ), Austin Trenholm (Gr 4 Drumming), Mairi Brydon (Drum Pad), Sarah Simpson (Gr 1 Piobaireachd), Peter Allen (Gr 2 Piping), Trevor Profitt (Gr 3 Piobaireachd), and Danielle Chiarotto (Gr 5 Piping and Piobaireachd).  For the complete list of all the College Champion Supreme winners, please check out our results page by following this link:  For all full list of all the Atlantic Canada Champion Supreme winners, please follow this link:  Congratulations to everyone on a great season! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

And so it begins again!

Where has the time gone?  It feels like just last week that the bands were headed off to Scotland and Highland Storm was in full swing.  Now the leaves are falling off of the trees and school has begun once again.  Classes at The College begin next week (September 15th) and band practices start up the week after that (September 22nd).  It will be great to see new and familiar faces return once again for another year at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada!

College Alumnus, Iain Speirs, winner of the 2014 Clasp

The adventures of James and Kylie have now come to an end.  It was a great trip and one that won't soon be forgotten.  The weary travelers have returned home.  The rest of their contests had their ups and downs but when you're part of a pack of pipers who are at the top of their game and top pipers in the world, it's an honour to be able compete alongside them.  A huge congratulations to College alumnus, Iain Speirs, for winning the coveted Clasp contest at the Northern Meeting.  He is now eligible to compete at the prestigious Glenfiddich contest in October at Blair Atholl Castle.    

Allana Lee Dalziel (on the far left)

A huge congratulations is also in order for the College's own Allana Lee Dalziel for winning the 2014 PEI Youth Talent Provincial Championship!  You may recognize Allana from our summer production, Highland Storm, where she was a step and highland dancer in the show.  Well done, Allana!

If you have been away this summer and want to know what we've been up to at The College, check out our photo gallery and results page on our website.  It has all of the up-to-date photos and results of what our students and staff have been keeping busy with.  If you're on facebook check out our facebook page and don't forget to check our twitter page for the very latest!     

The College of Piping Pipe Bands were featured in the Journal Pioneer soon after they returned from Scotland.  They were ninth and fifteenth in their respective categories.  It was a great trip and every single band member should be very proud of themselves.  Each band had to qualify and earn their way to the final. Not an easy feat.  To read the article, please follow this link:  To watch the Grade 3 band's performance in the final, please follow this link:  A huge thank you to the City of Summerside, the province of Prince Edward Island and our supporter from all over the country and world. The bands couldn't have made it to Glasgow without your support.  THANK YOU!!!