Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Highland Storm--The Journey


It's that time of year again...we are in the second week of rehearsals of Highland Storm--The Journey! We are extremely lucky to have the talented Christine Gallant and Trevor Profitt back on keyboard, fiddle and harp. Joining Christine is her husband Peter on guitar and Patricia Murray on bodhran and vocals. The fabulous Ryan MacNeil has made the journey from South Africa to direct the show! Gaelic songs, new music, new choreographies and the voice of the late Scott MacAulay...we will take you through the journey of our core disciplines and the College. From amphitheatre, to tent and into the Scott MacAulay Celtic Performing Arts Education Centre...the future is bright at the College!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Piobaireachd Challenge

Pictured are all of the first place winners for the light music and piobaireachd events (photo credit to Rick Crawford).

A huge thank you to everyone who came and competed, supported, sponsored and volunteered at the 2017 Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge this past weekend. We were extremely honoured and privileged to have Bill Livingstone as our judge and workshop facilitator. Thank you to our sponsors:
the Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association, the PEI Police Association, Dr. Angus MacArthur, MacLeod Highland Outfitters, the MacIsaac Kiltmakers, the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada and L&M Highland Outfitters. Thank you to Ryan Simpson for doing a great job stewarding, Tiber Falzett for being the reader for the piobaireachd event and to Rick Crawford, ACPBA Chief Steward, who made sure that the event ran smoothly and for also taking photos. It was a great day of learning at the workshop the following day! Please see below for all of the results. 

Piobaireachd:
Pewter Medal (Grade 5):
1st place: Conall Gibson
Copper Medal (Grade 4):
1st place: Dalton Faulkner
2nd place: Patrick Pickles
3rd place: Carl Brydon
Bronze Medal (Grade 3):
1st place: Gillian Blaney
2nd place: Calum MacKinnon
3rd place: James Gendron
Nickel Medal (Grade 2):
1st place: Brady Webb
2nd place: Calum Brydon
3rd place: Doug Hamilton
Silver Medal (Grade 1):
1st place: Kenneth Garson
Gold Medal (Professional):
1st place: James MacHattie
2nd place: Amy Garson
Light Music:
Grade 4 March:
1st place: Patrick Pickles
2nd place: Dalton Faulkner
3rd place: Rob McKay
Grade 3 MSR:
1st place: Gillian Blaney
2nd place: Calum MacKinnon
3rd place: James Gendron
Grade 2 MSR:
1st place: Brady Webb
2nd place: Calum Brydon
Grade 1 MSR:
1st place: Kenneth Garson
Professional MSR:
1st place: James MacHattie
2nd place: Amy Garson

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Happy National Volunteer Week!


This week is National Volunteer Week and at the College, we are blessed with some of the best volunteers around! As a not-for-profit and a registered charity, volunteers are the very heart of our organization. We are extremely lucky, fortunate and privileged to have a dedicated team of extraordinary people who volunteer their time here. Over the years there have been many, many, many people who have spent time pitching in and helping to make the College what it is today. Young and old work together to help make this place better. From taking personal time to prep the grounds for the Highland Gathering and Highland Storm, to volunteering in the gift shop in the evening during the winter months, mowing the back field and front lawns, to greeting, ticket taking, assisting and serving in the concession stand during Highland Storm, to building the Highland Storm set, to putting the amphitheatre roof on…the list could go on for miles. We are truly blessed with the best volunteers in the world. A huge thank you for all that you do because we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without you! Thank you!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tartan Day!


Happy Tartan Day!  May your day be filled with lots of tartan!  


 The Millenium Tartan that our pipe bands wear at the College

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Congratulations!


A huge congratulations to Jane Michael on winning the College of Piping Pipe Band $2500 Travel Voucher Raffle! Piping instructor, Kylie MacHattie and drumming instructor, Chris Coleman present Jane with her voucher. Thank you for your support of our pipe bands! Photo Credit to Sue McGiveron.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Thank You!

Two of Summerside's finest police officers present the cheque on behalf of the PEI Police Association to drumming instructor, Chris Coleman

A huge thank you to the PEI Police Association for their sponsorship of the 2017 Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge which is in partnership with the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada.  This year the Piobaireachd Challenge takes place on April 29th with the workshop being held on April 30th at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside.  Returning this year is the march contest for Grade 4 and Grade 5 and an MSR contest for Grade 3 to Professional.  You can register for the workshop up until the day of (which is April 30th).  To find the workshop form, please follow this link: https://collegeofpiping.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-Piobaireachd-Challenge-Entry-and-Workshop-Form.pdf.  This year we have the legendary Bill Livingstone as our judge and workshop facilitator. We hope to see you for a weekend of great playing and learning!

Monday, April 3, 2017

We Have A Winner!

The Winning Ticket!

The winner of the College of Piping Pipe Band $2500 travel voucher is Jane Michael! A huge thank you to the island hotels and golf course for their generous donations! Please see below for the full list of winners (and sponsors)! Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket and supported our pipe bands. We really, really, REALLY appreciate the support! Thank you!
Grand Prize of $2500 Travel Voucher: Jane Michael
One night at the Holman Grand Hotel: Dave Buell
One night at the Delta Prince Edward + Breakfast: Carter McBean
Green Fees for two for Andersons Creek Golf Course: Chris Higginbotham
The College of Piping Gift Shop Gift Certificate: Linda Chowen
Highland Storm Tickets for four: Tina Mundy
Highland Storm Tickets for four: Ian LeBlanc
Holman's Ice Cream Parlour Gift Certificate: Nick vanOuwerkerk

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Happy Hump Day!


There are still tickets available for our April 7th pub night! Treble with Girls perform a delightful mixture of Celtic, Maritime, Folk and Country favourites along with original songs and fiddle tunes.  Band members Jolee Patkai, Maxine MacLennan, Sheila MacKenzie and Norman Stewart bring a lot of fun and laughs to their shows, which are highlighted by amazing vocal harmonies. Treble with Girls are very active in the community and support fundraising initiatives whenever they can, and have set a goal to raise $10,000 for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation! Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  Don’t wait to book your tickets, our last three pub nights have sold out!  Doors open at 6:30pm and the performance will begin at 7:15pm. For more information, or to book your tickets, please call 902-436-5377 or email us at: info@collegeofpiping.com.


The entry form for the Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge is now available on our website (https://collegeofpiping.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-Piobaireachd-Challenge-Entry-and-Workshop-Form.pdf).  It will take place on April 29th with a workshop the following day on April 30th. This year's judge and workshop facilitator is the legendary Bill Livingstone. It is an event that is not to be missed for any piobaireachd enthusiast! Even if you aren't super keen on piobaireachd, there will be a light music event in the afternoon! 

And some hump day wisdom:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy March Break!


It's started and appropriately on the first day of spring! The construction for the new Scott MacAulay Performing Arts Education Centre is well underway and we are extremely excited here at the College! To learn more about this fantastic project, please follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0VzKz4oHTQ&t=31s.  Scott MacAulay made a huge impact on so many of our students, parents, volunteers, the community of Summerside, the province of PEI, the Maritimes and in the piping and drumming world. We are thrilled that his legacy on the island will carry on. Here are to new beginnings and remembering a larger than life piper who made such a difference to so many!


At the end of June, the biggest highland dance competition in the world will be held in the capital city of Canada's smallest province, Charlottetown. The competition is set for Canada Day weekend at the P.E.I. Convention Centre. The College's highland dance instructor, Marielle Lesperance, will be looking to defend her Canadian Championship title in the adult section.  Good luck to all of the participants! 


Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Irish Pub Night! It was a sold out show and lots of laughs and good tunes were had! Our next pub night is April 7th and will feature Treble with Girls. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors open at 6:30pm and all the fun starts at 7:15pm. For more information, or to book your tickets, please call (902) 436-5377 or email us at: info@collegeofpiping.com. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

College Closing at 5pm Due to Impending Storm


Due to the impending snow storm, Grade 5 band practice has been cancelled for this evening and the College will be closing at 5pm. If you have a class after 5pm, it has been cancelled. Stay safe and warm! Keep practicing!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Happy Monday!

 Michael Pendergast and Andy Doucette performing at the Irish Pub Night

Andy Doucette Irish Step Dancing!

 Michael Pendergast teaching Orion Rousseaux Bridle the charades for the Unicorn song

 Orion and his sister, Isla, conducting the audience in the Unicorn song

Step dance instructor, Samantha MacKay, dancing 

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our sold out Irish Pub Night this past Friday evening! There was lots of laughs, great storytelling, good tunes, fantastic limericks, great dancing and best of all, friendship! The next pub night will be April 7th and the evening's entertainment will be provided by Treble with Girls. Don't wait to get your tickets--the last three pub nights have been sell outs!


O'Leary Community Sports Centre is in Western PEI and is in the top 10 for Kraft Hockeyville! If they win they could host an NHL® Pre‑Season Game and receive $100,000 in arena upgrades. This is the hometown of one of our past employees and long time volunteer, Lex!! It is the only community in the Maritimes in the running! Please vote if you have the chance...you can vote as many times as you'd like. There are just under 12 hours left in the voting process, so, don't wait!!  Follow this link to cast your vote:  http://www.khv2017.ca/en/nominations/profile/oleary-community-sports-centre-7/.  

Friday, March 10, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day!

Today is International Women's Day and the College is happy to celebrate it with all of our female students, instructors, staff, volunteers, supporters and the greater community (locally, nationally and internationally). We are extremely lucky that there are so many positive female role models in the Celtic arts community. Celebrate today and every day!


Monday, March 6, 2017

Busy, Busy, Busy!

It was quite the weekend for the College over this past weekend. Piping and highland dance competitions and celebrating a milestone anniversary!

Brianna Pineau, Jacqueline Moase, Austin Trenholm, Kiley Kitts and Alyson MacLean helped Credit Union Place celebrate their tenth anniversary!  Not many people can say that they performed in an igloo! Congratulations, Credit Union Place, on ten fabulous years!

 Alyson MacLean 

 Austin Trenholm

 Brianna Pineau

Jacqueline Moase

Kiley Kitts performing with Austin Trenholm and Alyson MacLean


It was a busy highland dance weekend for Alysha Trenholm! Alysha was 2nd Runner-Up in Premier 16 & under 18 at the Ship Hector Championship on Saturday and then on Sunday, she had some great prizes at the Debbie Robson Memorial Competition. Well done, Alysha!  

Alysha with her second runner-up trophy

In Halifax, our piping students were busy at the Citadel at the second of three Halifax Regimental Mini Gatherings. Carl Brydon was first in the grade four piobaireachd, Calum Brydon was first in the grade two march/strathspey/reel and fourth in the grade two piobaireachd and Clare Henderson was second in the grade piobaireachd. 


The entry form for the Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge is now available on our website (http://collegeofpiping.com/events/piobaireachd-challenge/). It will take place on April 29th with a workshop the following day on April 30th. This year's judge is the legendary Bill Livingstone. It is an event that is not to be missed for any piobaireachd enthusiast! Even if you aren't super keen on piobaireachd, there will be a light music event in the afternoon! 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Save the Date!


Local troubadour Michael Pendergast will draw extensively on his Irish roots to create a fitting tribute to the music of Ireland in his upcoming appearance at The College of Piping in Summerside. With a wide selection of Irish songs, ballads and ditties, a “good time will be had by all” with clap a long numbers and some lively jigs on the accordion. Expect some surprises from The College along with Michael’s entertainment and some Irish beer behind the bar! Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and are on sale now. Don’t wait to book your tickets as our last two pub nights were a roaring success! Get your green on and get a head start on St. Patrick’s Day at The College of Piping!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Here we go again...

Due to the blizzardy weather, the safety of our students and staff, accessibility and the RCMP advising people to stay off of the roads, the College will be closed today. All classes and the grade two band practice have been cancelled. The College of Piping Pipe Band Gold Rush 50/50 draw will be postponed until tomorrow afternoon. Thank you for your understanding as the safety of our volunteers is extremely important to us! 

A great way to blow off some storm stayed energy is by coming to our Acadian Pub Night tomorrow evening! There are a limited number of tickets still available. It promises to be a great evening of toe-tapping, er, step dancing, fun!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

College Closed Today!

Due to the weather, accessibility and safety concerns, the College will remained closed for today. All classes and grade five and practice have been cancelled. Stay safe, stay warm and keep practicing!

Monday, February 13, 2017



Due to the blizzard that is currently on outside, all classes have been cancelled for today BUT Skype lessons are still on with James and Kylie. Due to the worsening conditions in town, the College will be closing at 2pm. Stay safe, stay off the roads and stay warm!

Friday, February 10, 2017

College Closed for Today!

Due to the wintry conditions, the College is closed for today however all Skype lessons with James and Kylie MacHattie are still on! Stay safe and stay warm!

Here is something to help get the toes tapping on this blustery and blizzardy day!  A great tune by the band Gnoss.  Enjoy! https://youtu.be/fjLr7nD1dls.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tonight

The College is open today and all classes are still scheduled to go ahead this afternoon.  Grade Two band practice has been cancelled due to the impending storm this evening.  Stay safe, stay warm and keep practicing!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Happy Hump Day!

Well, it's been a crazy weather day but the College is bustling with activity! Another storm is predicted for Thursday afternoon and into the evening, so please keep your eyes peeled to the blog, local media and our Facebook page for all of the latest College information!


Every year Dean MacDonald, a stalwart band member and volunteer extraordinaire, puts together a much anticipated video of College of Piping highlights. Dean outdoes himself every year and this year is no exception! Enjoy our year in review which is entitled "Marching to the Line". It's a look at what it takes to get a band from practice to "the line" in competition!  Follow this link for Dean's latest production: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJaueyvTI3U.


Congratulations to Ten Strings and a Goat Skin for their Juno nomination! The College has had the privilege of having Ten Strings and a Goat Skin perform at our Summerside Highland Gathering beer tent and at a pipe band fundraiser! Well done, congratulations and good luck at the Junos! Here is a link to Ten Strings and a Goat Skin playing at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival last year. If you jump to the 23 minute mark they play a tune called the Lament for Buckles which was written for the deceased pet bunny of College of Piping grade two members Sarah Simpson and Sam Ramsay. It is quite a beautiful piece written for a special furry friend:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYXM02rprQE&t=1719s.  


What an opportunity for a young piper and drummer in Northern Ireland! I remember wearing out my cassette tape from this original concert! It inspired this piper and years later when I stood on stage and played Journey to Skye with the 78th Frasers and Bill Livingstone, I had to choke back the tears. I can't imagine playing with them in this exciting re-enactment! For information to nominate deserving players in Northern Ireland, please follow this link:  http://www.rspbani.org/.

The College is Open!



Well, the weather outside is frightful but that won't stop us from spreading the Celtic Arts love! All classes are on for this afternoon but Grade 4 band practice has been cancelled due to the expected slippery conditions later this evening. 

Delayed Opening Today

Due to a cranky Old Man Winter, the College will be delayed in opening until noon.  Watch this space, local media and our Facebook page for further announcements should they be necessary.  Stay safe and keep warm by practicing!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Happy Tuesday

Every year Dean MacDonald, a stalwart band member and volunteer extraordinaire, puts together a much anticipated video of College of Piping highlights. Dean outdoes himself every year and this year is no exception! Enjoy our year in review which is entitled "Marching to the Line". It's a look at what it takes to get a band from practice to "the line": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJaueyvTI3U.  

Piping student, Peter Allen

Piping student, Calum Brydon

Piping student, Clare Henderson 

The first of the Halifax Regimental Association Mini Gatherings took place at the end of January.  The College had three students competing. Calum Brydon was first place in grade two and Peter Allen was second in grade one. That evening the College took part in the first of three Pipers Club Atlantic sessions. Peter Allen was the featured amateur player and the College’s Principal, James MacHattie, was the featured professional soloist. The College’s Grade Two Pipe Band also had a trio perform of Peter Allen, Ian Luddington and James MacHattie. It was a lovely evening of fun, friendship and toe-tapping music! A huge thank you to the Dartmouth and District Pipe Band for putting on the Pipers Club Atlantic and to Bruce Gandy and his crew of volunteers for a great day of piping at the Citadel. The next mini gathering and Pipers Club will be on March 4th

 College of Piping Grade Two Pipe Band Trio: Ian Luddington, Peter Allen and James MacHattie

 Peter Allen's solo

James MacHattie's solo

Friday, January 27, 2017

Finally, It's Friday!



Our first Highland Pub Night made quite the impression on Guardian Journalist, Todd MacLean! Today's Guardian featured a lovely article on our inaugural event. We are so pleased that he enjoyed himself!  To read the article, please follow this link: http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/living/entertainment/2017/1/26/college-of-piping-s-pub-night-was-a-real-blast.html 



The College of Piping is pleased to present its first Acadian Pub Night on Friday, February 17th.  We are looking forward to welcoming talented artists, Caroline Bernard, Patricia Richard and Remi Arsenault into our main hall for an evening of toe-tapping entertainment. Tickets can be purchased in advance through The College of Piping for $15 by dropping by during business hours or calling 902-436-5377.  If tickets remain on performance night, they can be purchased for $20 at the door.  Space will be limited, so don’t wait to book your ticket. Doors into the hall will open at 6:30pm and the performance kicks off at 7:15pm. Caroline, Patricia and Remi are musicians that are quite familiar to many Islanders.  They are all very talented and have performed in many groups and theatrical performances all over PEI and beyond.  Caroline has an intrinsic stage presence and provides haunting vocals in her songs that share stories of love, life and all things in between.  Patricia is a multi-instrumentalist and also does traditional Acadian step dancing.  She most recently appeared in Lenny Gallant’s hit musical “Searching for Abegweit”.  Remi grew up in a very musical family and was named Musician of the Year by Music PEI in 2010 and started playing drums, bass and guitar before he was 10 years old. We look forward to welcoming you to our Acadian Pub Night, it should be a lot of fun!


Not sure what to do this Saturday night in Halifax? Why not come out to the Pipers Club Atlantic! The first one is featuring our own Principal, James MacHattie and a quartet will play from our College's Grade Two Pipe Band. All the fun is taking place at the Old Triangle Alehouse. Come on out for some great tunes! For information on the event, please follow this link: https://www.pipesdrums.com/article/pipers-club-atlantic-starts-up-in-nova-scotia/.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Thank You!



Due to the freezing rain warning this afternoon and into the overnight, the College is cancelling all afternoon classes and Grade 5 band practice this evening. Stay safe!


Thank you, thank you, thank you! This past weekend was an extremely busy one but it was successful. Our Highland Pub Night, band practices, video shoot and our annual Robbie Burns Fundrasing Gala...it was a busy one!

Our January Highland Pub Night Sold Out! Tickets are available for our February Acadian Night!

Our first ever Pub Night was a success! It was sold out and we had to unfortunately turn people away at the door. A huge thank you to the extremely talented Courtney Hogan and Keelin Wedge for providing the evening's entertainment! Our next one will be on Friday, February 17, 2017 which will feature entertainment from Caroline Bernard, Patricia Richard and Remi Arsenault! It's our Acadian Pub Night! Reserved tickets are $15.00 and tickets at the door will be $20.00. Join us for a fun evening of music and dance where the sounds of Acadia will take you on a journey of Island heritage and culture! Doors open at 6:30pm and all the fun starts at 7:15pm! See you there!



Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the College at our annual Robbie Burns Fundraising Gala!  It was great night celebrating all things Robbie Burns!  The haggis was addressed by Andrew Campbell, the College's bands and dancers performed and Dr. Michael Linkletter said the Gaelic blessing. It was even featured in the local newspaper, the Journal Pioneer: http://www.journalpioneer.com/news/local/2017/1/22/robbie-burns-fundraising-gala-raises-local-spirits-saturday-nigh.html.

The College's grade two pipe band hard at work

If that wasn't enough, all three of our pipe bands practiced over the weekend. Our grade two and four bands spent Saturday and Sunday working hard at the College and our grade five pipe band spent Saturday morning diligently practicing for the upcoming season!

I feel like I now need a nap!