Author Archives: Mike Chisholm

About Mike Chisholm

Bagpiper, writer, fisherman and father born and raised in Nova Scotia, now living in Vancouver area.

Bagpipes, bagpipers & pipe bands in Vancouver

TweetThere’s nothing like a room full of bagpiper and drummers to get your heart – and a season underway. The first competition of the piping season in the Pacific Northwest was successfully launched last weekend in Surrey.  The BC Pipers’ … Continue reading

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Shamrocks, four leaf clovers and bagpipes: St. Patrick’s Day in Vancouver

TweetThe plaid is a sure sign of spring in British Columbia. Starting this weekend, the French Canadian community in the Lower Mainland is the first to host a festival that has been going strong for 40 years.  The Festival du … Continue reading

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Bagpiping in Vancouver, the Indoor and outdoors

TweetAfter more than a month of non-stop rain and grey skies, the sun has returned (temporarily, I’m sure) to the lower south west corner of British Columbia. And that means only one thing – spring is around the corner. Already, … Continue reading

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Ringing in the New Year at 4 & Midnight

TweetIt can be a lot of fun piping in a new year in British Columbia, especially at 4 o’clock on New Year’s Eve. When the clock chimes 4 pm in BC, it’s rings midnight in Scotland. And when Scotland celebrates, so too do folks … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day bagpipes in Vancouver

TweetOn Remembrance Day, 2015, the people of our country will pause to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. As I have for many years, I will play the piper’s Remembrance Day lament at a number of ceremonies, including … Continue reading

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Why you should never play pipes in public until you are ready.

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Bagpiping & golf: the sounds of Scotland in the New World

TweetOn a windswept piece of landscaped rough, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and its pounding surf, as golfers and guests gather to wrap up their day and reminisce about their drives and putts, they witness a beautiful sight and sound as … Continue reading

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Seven great 2015 Scottish highland games & festivals near Vancouver

TweetLooking to satisfy that summer urge for piping, kilts and haggis? British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest is the place to be in 2015. It all starts this weekend with the annual Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival which kicks … Continue reading

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