Author Archives: Mike Chisholm

About Mike Chisholm

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

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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The rise and follies, highs and lows of a Vancouver bagpiper

TweetIt’s no fun when you are booked to play at a wedding ceremony – and you’re the only one who shows up. It happens and it stinks after taking the time out of your day, driving to a venue and getting the … Continue reading

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SFU “Piping up for Cancer” to support Vancouver bagpiper Andrew Bonar

TweetThe SFU Pipe Band is proud to announce a fundraising concert and ceilidh in support of Andrew Bonar with all proceeds going to the BC Cancer Foundation for brain cancer care and research. The concert will take place at 6:00 … Continue reading

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An inkling of spring and the promise of bagpiping in the great Vancouver outdoors

TweetI learned many year ago not to boast about the often great weather in Vancouver. It first dawned on me soon after I arrived in Vancouver that not everyone gets excited about a sunny, 15 degree day in February.  The realization … Continue reading

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Bagpipers around the world helping out a piper in need.

TweetGreat story from Summerside, PEI about pipers helping out others.  Check it out. Pipers helping each other

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Ewan McGregor on wearing the kilt, OBE’s and bagpipes

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Calling non-competitive pipe bands in the Lower Mainland

TweetFrom the world’s largest, to North America’s oldest, there are many great Scottish highland games around the world. To name just a few, the largest is the Cowal Highland Gathering in Scotland; in the US, there are the Pleasanton Games in California … Continue reading

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