Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Happy Tuesday!

July is coming to a rapid conclusion!  It's hard to believe that in a little over seven weeks regular classes will start back up again for another year.  The Atlantic Canada Highland Games circuit wrapped up this weekend in Fredericton and on Thursday all three of our pipe bands head off to Maxville, Ontario for the North American Championships.  It's been a whirlwind summer so far!


If you haven't seen Highland Storm yet, you are in luck!  The show is running until August 20th!  For show dates and times, please check out our website at:  www.collegeofpiping.com. You can even book tickets from the comfort of your own home!  You can even purchase them in your pajamas!  To get your tickets now, please follow this link: http://www.collegeofpiping.com/highlandstorm.php. Don't miss out on one of the island's best shows!

All three pipe bands at the New Brunswick Highland Games.
Photo courtesy of Susan Topping.

That's a wrap!  The Atlantic Canada Highland Games season has come to a finish.  The last games of the year was the New Brunswick Highland Games and The College had a fantastic weekend.  All three bands marched off from massed bands together on the Sunday as they were all the first place winners in their respective categories.  Calum Brydon, Danielle Chiarotto, Sarah Simpson, Austin Trenholm, James MacHattie and Devin Paynter had a successful weekend in their solo events. To check out all results from the weekend, please follow this link: http://www.collegeofpiping.com/competitionresults.php.  Photos from the Antigonish Highland Games and the New Brunswick Highland Games have also been added to the photo gallery.  They can be found by following this link: http://www.collegeofpiping.com/photogalleries.php.  All photos are courtesy of the extraordinarily talented Susan Topping. Well done, everyone!


Have you got your ticket yet?!  Only 750 tickets are going to be sold, so get yours soon!  You could win a three year lease on a RAV4 XLE AWD or $10,000 cash!  All proceeds are in support of the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada.  Tickets are $100.00 and only 750 tickets will be sold! Call or email The College to get your ticket at (902) 436-5377 or sue.mcgiveron@collegeofpiping.com.  Help support The College!  Get your tickets now!   

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The College has been in the news a lot lately!  From the highland dancers' trip to London, Ontario to the Lobster Festival Parade and an upcoming interview with CBC, we've been busy!


Our highland dancers were featured in a Journal Pioneer article this past Monday detailing their trip to the ScotDance Canada Championship Series in London, Ontario which took place earlier in July. The girls worked hard on and off the competion field.  They fundraised hard and practiced even harder.  As our highland dance instructor, Kearsney Smith notes, " it was our second time attending the championship as a group.  Everyone did much better than the first time, and everyone represented extremely well."  To read more from the article, please follow this link: http://www.journalpioneer.com/News/Local/2015-07-20/article-4220484/College-of-Piping%26rsquo%3Bs-Highland-Dancers-competed-at-the-Ontario-ScotDance-Canada-Championship-Series%0D%0A%26nbsp%3B/1.  Well done, girls!


The pouring rain couldn't dampen the spirits of our pipe bands or parade attendees at this past Monday's Lobster Festival Parade.  There was a great crowd turnout despite a crabby Mother Nature. We're half way through the Lobster Festival week but there are still loads of fun activities to be found!  To find out what is happening for the remainder of the week, please follow this link: http://summersidelobsterfest.com/.  To read about the Lobster Festival Parade and a quote from our Director of Education, James MacHattie and a picture of our soggy bands, please follow this link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/summerside-lobster-festival-gets-off-to-spirited-start-1.3161375.


Don't forget to check in to our results and photo gallery pages on our website.  They are updated on a regular basis.  Keep up with our students and staff at various provincial and out-of-province and country events! to find those two pages, please follow these links: http://www.collegeofpiping.com/photogalleries.php and http://www.collegeofpiping.com/competitionresults.php.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Happy Soggy Monday!

Sue McGiveron crossing the finishing line at the Tri-Lobster Triathlon

Cole Hemphill and Sue McGiveron 

Sue all smiles after the race!

It's a wet one out there today!  The pipe bands were busy today at the Lobster Festival Parade in downtown Summerside. The instruments and kilts may have been a bit damp but the spirits of the band members were still high!  While today may have been official beginning of the festival, yesterday saw the Tri-Lobster Triathlon take place under equally wet skies. You may have spotted a familiar face or two in the race.  Our very own special events coordinator, Sue McGiveron and grade 5 pipe band snare drummer, Cole Hemphill, competed in the triathlon.  Both had outstanding finishing times and by the looks on their faces in the picture above, they had a great time!  Well done to both Sue and Cole!


Are you wondering what Highland Storm is all about?  Are you concerned that we may be a little biased in our opinions of this fabulous, entertaining show?  CHECK THIS OUT!  #highlandstorm is what it's all about from our audiences perspective.  Throughout the summer, audience members will be sharing their photos, videos and opinions about Highland Storm using the hashtag #highlandstorm!  If you have been to The College and want to let the world know about your experience, please put it up on TripAdvisor!  To read reviews of The College or post your own, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g155024-d2219596-Reviews-The_College_of_Piping_and_Celtic_Performing_Arts_of_Canada-Summerside_Prince_Edwa.html.   



Have you got your ticket yet?!  Only 750 tickets are going to be sold, so get yours soon!  You could win a three year lease on a RAV4 XLE AWD or $10,000 cash!  All proceeds are in support of the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada.  Tickets are $100.00 and only 750 tickets will be sold! Call or email The College to get your ticket at (902) 436-5377 or sue.mcgiveron@collegeofpiping.com.  Help support The College!  Get your tickets now!         

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Highland Storm Returns Tonight!


Tonight marks the return of Highland Storm on The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada's stage. It's going to be a great night for the performance, sunny and warm. We hope that you will join us for a performance this week! Highland Storm runs July 14, 15 and 16 this week!
For further information about Highland Storm, please visit our website: www.collegeofpiping.com/highlandstorm.php.  

Friday, July 10, 2015

That's A Wrap!

What a week!  The ScotDance Canada Championship Series in London, Ontario, the combined piping school between The College and The National Piping Centre and now our bands are off to Antigonish for the weekend to compete.  The high pace of activity will continue next week.  The College will have the Cobourg Legion Pipe Band here for two days of intense lessons and workshops.  Top that off with summer school students and the introduction to dance week, there is no slowing down!

College Highland Dancers in London, Ontario

A huge congratulations to our highland dancers on a very successful week at the ScotDance Canada Championship Series in London, Ontario.  The girls not only represented The College extremely well but also Summerside and PEI. They proved that our small isle is a force to be reckoned with among the national and international competitors.  They have worked tirelessly throughout the year not only practicing but fundraising to make it to the competition.  Please see below for the latest results and keep you eyes peeled to The College's photo gallery for all of the pictures from the week. Well done girls on not only a great week of dancing but the dedication to practice and fundraising that it took to get there! We are so proud of all of you!  


Shelby Lynne Dalziel
Premier 16 Years Highland
Seann Triubhas:  2nd

Laura Johnston
Restricted Premier 16 Years Highland
Seann Triubhas:  4th
Half Hullachan:  5th

Allanna Lee Dalziel
Restricted Premier 18 to Under 20 Years Highland
Seann Triubhas:  5th

Maggie Burns
Beginner 12 Years and Over
Scottish Lilt:  4th  
Flora MacDonald's Fancy:  4th

Sherra Rogers
Novice 14 Years and Over
Half Hullachan:  2nd
Scottish Lilt:  1st
Flora MacDonald's Fancy:  1st  
High Aggregate Winner

Laura Johnston
Restricted Premier 16 Years
Highland Laddie:  3rd
Flora MacDonald's Fancy:  4th


Shelby Lynne Dalziel
Premier 16 Years
Sailor’s Hornpipe:  6th


Happy Summers School Students and Instructors

It was a fantastic week of playing pipes and drums! Lots of tunes, hard work and laughs were had by all. Today was the final day of the combined National Piping Centre and College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada 2015 Summer School. A huge thank you to all of the students who attended and another huge thank you to The National Piping Centre's instructors, Finlay MacDonald and John Mulhearn, on a great week! See you next year!  It was a blast!

Calum Performing

Chelsey and Emma Performing

Our dancers, pipers and drummers weren't the only ones busy this past week. You may have noticed some familiar faces performing at the Montague Days last weekend.  Our own step instructor, Chelsey Sanderson, Grade 4 piper and Grade 5 pipe major, Calum Brydon and Highland Storm singer, Emma Doucette took to the stage to perform!  

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Busy Week!

It's a busy week this week for the students and faculty at The College.  Our highland dancers are representing their province and The College extremely well at the ScotDance Canada Championship Series in London, Ontario.  It's also been busy on the island with day number three well underway for the joint piping school between The College and the National Piping Centre (Glasgow, Scotland). With the Antigonish Highland Games this Saturday and Sunday, there is no slowing down!

Top Picture:  (L-R) Sherra Rogers, Maggie Burns, Shakira Gallant and Brae Myers
Bottom Row Pictures:  (L-R) Laura Johnston, Allanna Lee Dalziel, Shelby Lynne Dalziel and Siobhan Doyle

Our dancers had an amazing day of dancing yesterday at the ScotDance Canada Championship Series.  They have been practicing hard throughout the winter and spring and it certainly showed in the results.  To add to the 4th place choreography finish, please see below for the latest results. Congratulations to all of you!  All of us here at The College are so proud of you!

Shelby Lynne Dalziel
Premier 16 Years
2nd place Seann Truibhas
Allanna Lee Dalziel
Restricted Premier 20 Years
5th place Seann Truibhas
Laura Johnston
Restricted Premier 16 Years
4th place Seann Truibhas
5th place Half Hullachan
Sherra Rogers 
Novice 14 Years and Under 16
3rd place Highland Fling
2nd place Sword Dance
1st place Seann 
Truibhas
High Aggregate Winner

John Mulhearn leading a workshop in canntaireachd

Day two of the joint piping school was a great day of piping and drumming!  The summer school students have been kept busy with three one hour classes a day, a half hour private lesson with an instructor and then workshops in the evening. John Mulhearn led a successful workshop last night on canntaireachd.  There was lots of singing and even some drones were heard!  All three College bands are still busy with practices which the students have popped in to listen to.  Lots of tunes and learning!  Finlay MacDonald will be hosting a workshop tonight on folk music playing.  Attendees are encouraged to bring other instruments as well as pipes – fiddles, guitars, and whistles for example.  There will be a mix of learning tunes together and discussions of the ins and outs of playing with other instruments, and we’ll hear pipes other than the Great Highland Bagpipe!  Don't miss out on a fantastic evening of learning!  You do not have to be a summer school student to take part in the workshop.  All are welcome!  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Happy Monday!

Finlay and John enjoying a lobster supper in New Glasgow

Day one of the combined summer school between the National Piping Centre and College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada has begun!  There have been plenty of chanters, pipes, drums and singing heard today and it's not over yet!  Yesterday saw John Mulhearn and Finlay MacDonald arrive at The College along with our eager summer school students.  Don't forget that there are hour long seminars taking place every evening starting at 7pm and you don't have to be a student of the summer school to attend these.  Thursday night will round up the week with an instructors' recital.  It promises to be a great week!



Siobhan Doyle, Laura Johnston, Allanna Lee Dalziel, Shelby Lynne Dalziel, Alysha Trenholm, Sherra Rogers and proud instructor, Kearsney Smith are all smiles after their fourth place finish in the Small Group Choreography. 

Today was also day one of the ScotDance Canada Championship Series and our dancers are already proving that The College is a force to be reckoned with!  Congratulations to Siobhan Doyle, Laura Johnston, Allanna Lee Dalziel, Shelby Lynne Dalziel, Alysha Trenholm and Sherra Rogers on your fourth place finish in the Small Group Choreography!  We are all very proud you!!!   Keep your eyes peeled to this space, the College's facebook page and our website for all of the latest results and photos from the week.  Good luck to all of our dancers competing this week!


Have you got your ticket yet?!  Only 750 tickets are going to be sold, so get yours soon!  You could win a three year lease on a RAV4 XLE AWD or $10,000 cash!  All proceeds are in support of the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada.  Tickets are $100.00 and only 750 tickets will be sold! Call or email The College to get your ticket at (902) 436-5377 or sue.mcgiveron@collegeofpiping.com.  Help support The College!  Get your tickets now!   

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Good Luck!

Back Row (L-R): Laura Johnston, Sherra Rogers, Brae Myers, Shakira Gallant, Alysha Trenholm, Maggie Burns, Siobhan Doyle, Briana Pineau
Front Row (L-R):  Highland Dance Instructor, Kearsney Smith, Shelby Lynne Dalziel, Allanna Lee Dalziel and Hayley Porter

Best of luck to all of our Highland Dancers!  They left in the wee hours of this morning to compete at the ScotDance Canada Championship Series which is held this year in London, Ontario.  For the next five days they will be competing with the support of Highland Dance Instructor, Kearsney Smith, mentor/support, Hayley Porter and six very nervous parents!  Keep your eyes peeled to this space and also to the College's facebook page for all of the latest results and photos.  Everyone back at The College is rooting for you!  Good luck!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Marielle Lespérance

Welcome to The College of Piping, Marielle!  Please see below for all of the exciting details!  

Marielle Lespérance

Marielle Lespérance will be joining The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada faculty team on September 8, 2015.  Marielle Lespérance is the current Adult Ontario, Canadian, Commonwealth and World Champion in highland dancing. She is a 3-time World Champion, 5-time Commonwealth Champion, 10-time Canadian Champion and 11-time Ontario Provincial Champion. Marielle has performed with various groups throughout Canada and the United States, including with DRUM! at Dollywood in Tennessee, and with the Squid Precision Drummers in Jacques Cartier park for Canada Day. Marielle’s passion for highland dance also extends to teaching. She is a member of the British Association of Teachers of Dance and has taught dance workshops across Canada.

Her newest venture is the formation of the highland dance performance group, Change of Step, with several other accomplished highland dancers. Marielle has been instructed by Ellen Cameron since the age of 10, and by Janice Macquarrie while completing her Bachelor of Science in Physics at St. Francis Xavier University. Marielle also holds a Master’s of Science in Medical Physics from Carleton University.

To check out some Change of Step videos, please follow these links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f-PrLc4lrk and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIpzfrYKW7E.  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

I have never been good at goodbyes and I think the note below says all that needs to be said. You will be dearly missed, Kearsney and Ryan but you will both always be a part of The College family.

To all my College Family,

This is not an easy letter for me to write. After 4 and a half years at The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada, and in Summerside, I have decided that this will be my last summer. As some of you know, I have been studying for a Bachelor of Education through the University of South Africa and with a four-month practical module that I need to complete before I graduate, I can only do that in South Africa. Ryan and I have decided that, with that in mind, it will be best to move back so I can complete my degree. As newlyweds, we thought that now is a good time to begin this new chapter together.

So although that was the decision-making process, it was definitely not an easy decision to make. I have called PEI my home from the minute I arrived here, and The College being that reason why. I consider each and every one of you family as you have all gone out of your way to make this girl “from away” feel so welcome in a very close-knit community. No words can express my gratitude for all the help and support and love I have received over the years. It is unlike anything else I have experienced! My family always knew I was well looked after and it made being so far away from them so much easier.

To my dancers: you are all the reasons why making this decision was the most emotional and mental battle I’ve ever had to face. You have all been such an inspiration to me and I am a better instructor and person from everything I have learnt from you. Your hard work, dedication, motivation, and love of dance has made the last 4 years the most exciting and enjoyable time of my life. You have made me laugh, learn, and love dance even more. You each hold a special place in my heart and I will carry that with me through this time.

I feel like I am letting you down most of all but my silver lining is that you will be learning from the best of the best, Marielle Lespérance. It's one thing to be an Ontario, a Canadian, a Commonwealth, and a World Champion, but it’s another thing to be an amazing instructor as well. This is what Marielle is, and I feel confident knowing that you are in the hands of someone as phenomenal as she is. I’ve taken you this far, but Marielle will take you further than you could ever imagine. Her knowledge of dance is beyond anything, and this will be a tremendous step up for you and for The College. Here is Marielle’s bio:

Marielle Lespérance is the current Adult Ontario, Canadian, Commonwealth and World Champion in highland dancing. She is a 3-time World Champion, 5-time Commonwealth Champion, 10-time Canadian Champion and 11-time Ontario Provincial Champion. Marielle has performed with various groups throughout Canada and the United States, including with DRUM! at Dollywood in Tennessee, and with the Squid Precision Drummers in Jacques Cartier park for Canada Day. Marielle’s passion for highland dance also extends to teaching. She is a member of the British Association of Teachers of Dance and has taught dance workshops across Canada. Her newest venture is the formation of the highland dance performance group, Change of Step, with several other accomplished highland dancers. Marielle has been instructed by Ellen Cameron since the age of 10, and by Janice Macquarrie while completing her Bachelor of Science in Physics at St. Francis Xavier University. Marielle also holds a Master’s of Science in Medical Physics from Carleton University.

I know this will be a transition for everyone but I rest assured knowing that Marielle will carry you even further in your dancing, and that you will all be as wonderful to her as you have been to me. I would not have gone through with this unless I knew my dancers were well looked after once I leave. Marielle will do this and I have no doubt about that. I hope you feel excitement through this change and that you will take this opportunity to work harder and keep that love of dance alive!

I want to thank each and every one of you for all the great memories. I hope you cherish them as you continue your journey with The College of Piping and continue to create new ones as you go. I wish I had had such a wonderful institution and group of dance friends growing up – it’s a one-in-a-million kind of place! I look forward to seeing you ALL at the ScotDance Canada Championship Series in Charlottetown 2017, where you will be Marielle’s dancers and making her as proud as you have made me. It’s definitely not “goodbye”, it’s “see you again!”

Yours in Dance Always,


Kearsney

Happy July!

The College's pipe bands on parade in Rustico

I hope everyone had a fantastic Canada Day!  Yesterday saw the College's pipe bands in North Rustico for their Canada Day celebrations.  A jubilant crowd made for a great parade!

Kiersten accepting her award

A huge congratulations to Kiersten Richards!  Kiersten was named 2015 Youth of the Year for the town of Kensington. This award is presented annually to a youth member of the community.  She was selected through a process of public nomination.  Kiersten is a tenor drummer in the College's grade 4 pipe band.  To see more pictures, please follow this link: http://www.collegeofpiping.com/photogalleries.php?id=55952223d259bWell done, Kiersten, on such an outstanding achievement!