Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Road Trip!

Tomorrow, in the wee hours of the morning, two buses will leave for Maxville, Ontario where the North American Pipe Band Championships are taking place.  All three College pipe bands are making the trip to compete against North America's best.  With more than 60 pipe bands and over 200 soloists, there will be some stiff competition.  We wish our bands and soloists well as they make the long journey to Ontario. Good luck!

Congratulations to all of our dancers, pipers, drummers and bands that competed at the New Brunswick Highland Games this past weekend in Fredericton.  All results have been posted on The College's website.  Please follow this link to check them out:  Keep your eyes peeled to our photo gallery page as photos from the contest will be posted soon (please follow this link for photos:  In the meantime, watch our Grade 3 College of Piping Pipe Band and their winning medley selection that they competed with on the Sunday of the Highland Games.  Please follow this link to watch the video:  Please see below for some pictures from the New Brunswick Highland Games.  All of the awesome photos were taken by The College's unofficial/official paparazzi, Susan Topping.  Thank you, Susan!

Ryan Simpson accepting his Piobaireachd Challenge Award

Shanae Rogers accepting the Grade 4 Medley award

Caitlin Campbell accepting the Amateur Drummer of the Day award

Have you seen the all new Highland Storm yet?!  Next week the show will run Tuesday through Thursday as our bands are returning from Ontario on Monday (normally the show runs Monday through Wednesday).  If you haven't been yet, you are missing out.  Watch this clip for a wee taste of the show:  If that doesn't entice you to come, I don't know what will!  Our mini show has been revamped for this year's Highland Storm and it's even funnier!  For a peek at last year's mini show, follow this link:  See below for pictures of this year's show (thank you to Susan Topping for all of the fantastic photos)! Did you know that you can order tickets to Highland Storm from the comfort of your own home?  You could even order them wearing your pyjamas!  To order tickets on-line, please follow this link:  It's that easy!   

Thursday, July 25, 2013

It's hard to believe that the last full week of July is upon us.  In just over one week all three of our College of Piping Pipe Bands will be leaving on two buses to make their way to Maxville, Ontario for the North American Championships.  Where has the summer gone?!

The New Brunswick Highland Games are being held this weekend and The College wishes all of our highland dancers, pipers, drummers and pipe bands the best of luck.  It is a two day festival in the heart of Fredericton in a very picturesque setting by the river.  Good luck and safe travels!

Lacey Fischer in the front row, second from the left

Our very own Lacey Fischer has been highland dancing in the Basel International Tattoo in Switzerland these past two weeks but never fear, she will return to Highland Storm on Monday.  In the meantime, we wish Lacey well in her dancing adventure!  

Monday, July 22, 2013

Happy Monday!

It's anything but the dog days of summer here at The College!  July has been a whirlwind of activity with our summer production, Highland Storm (have you seen the all new show yet?!) and our highland dancers, bands, pipers and drummers who have been away every weekend travelling around the Maritimes to all of the various Highland Games.  Two more very busy weeks to go and then things will calm down...a little bit! To keep tabs on how our current students and alumni are doing at all the contests (not only in the Maritimes but all over the world!), please check out the results page as it is updated frequently (you can do that by following this link: We also try to keep our photo galleries up-to-date with photos from all of our events and contests (you can find those by following this link:  If you have any photos or videos from any of our events, please do not hesitate to send them in!  

A huge thank you to everyone who came out and supported our College of Piping Dance Company and College of Piping Pipe Bands at their fundraising concert on July 20th.  The community support was fantastic to see.  There was a lively cake auction, a competitive silent auction, fancy footwork and toe-tapping music. Thank You!  

Congratulations to our three pipe bands and all of our piping and drumming soloists who took part in the New Glasgow Festival of the Tartans this past weekend.  It was a sweltering day with temperatures ranging in the mid forties with the humidity.  The weather didn't melt the spirits of The College crew.  Our Grade Three and Four bands took top honours by taking both firsts in their events and the Grade Five band captured two seconds in their events. Devin Paynter was drummer of the day and our Grade Three midsection won best bass and tenor!  Well done to all!  Check out our results page to see how our students fared:    

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Don't Forget!!!

It's not too late to purchase a ticket (or tickets!) to the College of Piping Pipe Bands and the College of Piping Dance Company for a fundraising concert on July 18th at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside! It will be a fantastic evening of music and dance with the students and instructors of the College of Piping. There will be a silent auction and a cake auction (and who doesn't love cake?!). It will be a great evening of entertainment for the whole family. Tickets are $10.00 and children under 6 are free. Purchase your tickets by either calling The College (436-5377), emailing us at or by following this link: See you there!

Miss Manners wouldn't approve of the bragging but I really do think that this year's Highland Storm is our best show yet!  New numbers, new choreography, new costumes, new really is a brand new show! Have you been yet?! If not, you've been missing out on some of the Island's best summer entertainment. Highland Storm was recently featured in the Guardian newspaper. To read about it, follow this link:  Come see the show that everyone has been talking about!  To purchase tickets you can either email our registrar, Jane Magee, at or call The College at 436-5377 or you can even order tickets from the comfort of your own home (you can even wear your pajamas while doing it!).  To order online, please follow this link:      

Monday, July 15, 2013

In the thick of it!

Phewf!  What a couple of weeks it's been and it's not slowing down any time soon.  We're in the thick of the competition season with a Highland Games every weekend.  The College's bands and dancers have been trekking around the Maritime circuit and the latest stop was in Antigonish this past weekend.  It was their 150th anniversary and The College was honoured to take part in the festivities.  For pictures and results (soon to be posted), don't forget to check out our results page ( and photo gallery page (  Well done to all of our students who competed in the extremely hot weather.  They are tough conditions when you are swathed in wool from head to toe!  Our Director of Education, James MacHattie, found a unique way to cool of from the hot humid weather.  See below for the picture!  Well done to everyone for their perseverance and good spirits in such trying conditions!

James' unique cooling off methods in Antigonish.

Last Saturday, July 6th, our three College of Piping Pipe Bands participated in the Lobster Carnival Parade in Summerside.  It was another very hot, hot day and all members made it to the end of the parade route! The bands were delighted to find out that they were the top winners in the best performance entry-musical/acting.  Congratulations!      

Join our College of Piping Pipe Bands and the College of Piping Dance Company for a fundraising concert on July 18th at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside!  It will be a fantastic evening of music and dance with the students and instructors of the College of Piping. There will be a silent auction and a cake auction (and who doesn't love cake?!).  It will be a great evening of entertainment for the whole family.  Tickets are $10.00 and children under 6 are free.  Purchase your tickets by either calling The College (436-5377), emailing us at or by following this link:  See you there!   

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Happy Wednesday!

"We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes."
John F. Kennedy

It was a long winter and spring of fundraising but our Highland Dancers did it!  They raised the required amount to go to Montreal to compete at the ScotDance Championship Series Canadian Championships.  They were a small but mighty group of nine dancers and they proved that determination, hard work and perseverance pays off.  The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada couldn't be prouder!  They left in the early hours last Tuesday morning and returned home this past Sunday evening and they didn't return home empty handed!  Our Highland dancers did an outstanding job representing The College, Summerside and Prince Edward Island.  This is the biggest Highland dancing competition in the world and our dancers proved themselves amongst the best. Results and photos will be posted shortly and can be found by following these links: and  Well done to Kearsney Smith, Sherra Rogers, Shanae Rogers, Siobhan Doyle, Laura Johnston, Brae Myers, Briana Pineau, Hayley Porter and Shakira Gallant!  A huge thank you to Susan Topping, photographer extraordinaire, for the pictures below!

Bus arriving back under The College arches.

The weary but happy travellers. 

Step Dancer, Highland Dancer AND Piper, Shanae Rogers. 

Happy travellers!

If you "like" and "share" our Jeep Wrangler photo on facebook, you'll be automatically entered to win 2 tickets to Highland Storm (close to $70 value!).  To enter yourself in this contest, please follow this link: Highland Storm is our summer production which is directed by Ryan MacNeil (you know....from those Barra MacNeils!).  We're in our second week of shows and it runs until the end of August.  To purchase tickets to this highly acclaimed show, please follow this link:       

Hint:  Look for this poster on our facebook page!  "Like" and "Share" to be eligible!

Good luck to all of our pipers, drummers, band members and highland dancers who are making the trek to Antigonish this weekend.  The Antigonish Highland Games is the oldest Highland Games in North America and they are celebrating their 150th anniversary this year.  Keep your eyes peeled to the results page and photo gallery page for all of the most up-to-date happenings of our students!   

A huge College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada welcome to all of our summer students this year.  Welcome to the island and welcome to The College!  We look forward to meeting and teaching you!  If you are at The College, please do not hesitate to poke around and introduce yourself!  Happy learning!   

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Heat is On!

Hold on to your seat, this is going to be quite the blog posting!  A lot has happened in the last couple of weeks of June and now we're in July and time is just flying by.  As the old proverb says, "time and tide wait for no man."  This blogger has some serious catching up to do!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who attended and also participated at the Summerside Highland Gathering.  The weather co-operated and the rain held off for the weekend.  The inaugural Celtic Idol was a great success with 10 entries.  The judges had a hard time picking their winners but congratulations to Nick vanOuwerkerk, Sam Ramsay and Devin Paynter as they came out on top.  Congratulations are also in order to Jordan Chowen for winning the most creative prize.  It was a diverse entry with a tuba, singing, dancing and much more.  Well done everyone!  Keep your eyes peeled to the results ( and photo gallery ( pages of The College's website as photos and results will be posted soon!

Highland Storm opened with a bang on June 28th to a fantastic crowd.  The soggy weather didn't dampen the spirits of the audience or the cast.  While Highland Storm is on hiatus this week as our Highland dancers are competing in Montreal, it will start back up on Monday (July 8th) and run until the end of August.  It's not too late to purchase tickets! You can do that by simply following this link: or by calling The College at (902) 436-5377.  It's that easy!  We've brought back the duelling pipers act after the original one has almost two million hits on YouTube!  To give you a taste of what's in store for you when you come to a show, follow this link:  See you there!

Gord Perry was the winner of the early bird draw for the Jeep Wrangler and by simply buying a ticket, he won $1000.00.  It's not too late to purchase your Jeep ticket!  The draw date for the Wrangler will be Thursday, August 22, 2013 at an event that will take place in the Mary Ellen Burns Amphitheatre at The College of Piping. There will be an elimination draw – first ticket drawn to receive $1,000.00, every 50th ticket drawn will receive $100.00, the third last ticket is for $300.00, second last ticket is $500.00 and the last ticket drawn receives the Jeep Wrangler. During the elimination draw process, we will be providing entertainment. Tickets are $100.00 and all proceeds are in support of The College of Piping’s educational mission …“Inspiring excellence in Celtic Performing Arts through quality educational programming.”

Executive Director, Karen Hatcher, receiving the award from Summerside Mayor, Basil Stewart

Executive Director Karen Hatcher accepted the Ross C. MacKenzie Award during the July 1st Canada Day celebrations here in Summerside on behalf of The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada!  The award, established in 1968, recognizes an individual or group whose every day actions serve as a positive example to others, who makes outstanding contributions to the well being of the community and exemplifies outstanding character in daily life.  For pictures from this ceremony please follow this link:  We are honoured to be presented with the award this year! 

On the road to Montreal!

Our Highland dancers left in the wee early morning hours this past Tuesday to compete at the Canadian Highland Dance Championships in Montreal.  This part of the ScotDance Championship series.  Early results are in and our Highland dancers are doing fabulously! A huge congratulations to Shakira Gallant (Beginner 9 Years) who placed third in the Fling, Brae Myers (Beginner 10 & Under 12 Years) who placed 5th in the Sword and 4th in the Seann Triubhas, Sherra Rogers (Beginner 12 Years & Over) who placed 2nd in the Fling and 3rd in the Sword and Shanae Rogers (Beginner 12 Years & Over) who placed 4th in the Fling and 6th in the Seann Triubhas.  Outstanding dancing ladies!  Well done!!!  There is still more dancing to be done.  We're cheering you on from The College.  Good luck!

(L-R) Brae Myers, Shanae Rogers, Sherra Rogers, Briana Pineau and Shakira Gallant