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!