Author Archives: Mike Chisholm

About Mike Chisholm

Official Piper: Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours. Pitt River Resort. Exec. Dir. BC Highland Games & Scot. Fest. Director, BC Pipers' Assn. Former journalist, Nova Scotian, Dad.

Gearing up for 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Bagpiping in Vancouver

TweetSt. Patrick’s Day in Vancouver can be one of the busiest weeks of the year for a Scottish bagpiper – and it’s not even a Scottish celebration. As a Nova Scotian Scot, I find it amusing in Vancouver that there … Continue reading

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Piping in the Grey Cup

TweetOk, it’s not the Stanley Cup, but it’s just as old. The Cup is amazing. Dented, beat up and losing a bit of its shine. It’s absolutely perfect. Thanks to the SFU football alumni for inviting me to lead in … Continue reading

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A look back at June 2018

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Wrapping Up 2018 Bagpiping in Vancouver

TweetIt’s been a great 2018. As both the bagpiper for Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours and the chair/executive director of the BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival, we have had a very busy year. The Rocky Mountaineer season is wrapping up … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountaineer Vancouver Bagpiper on the job

TweetIt’s a busy year at the Rocky Mountaineer. Record number of guests from the US, UK, India, China and many other countries are discovering the luxury train through the mountains. I am pleased to be playing for my 8th season … Continue reading

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Shamrocks and Thistles, bagpipes and bodhran’s in downtown Vancouver

TweetIt may be St. Patrick’s Day, but when the Celtic nations get together for a party, it’ll be tough to miss the Scots. Downtown Vancouver will resonate with music this weekend as the 2017 Vancouver Celtic Festival kicks off on … Continue reading

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The End of an Era at Vancouver’s Bagpipe Repair Shop

TweetWe all knew it was coming, and now it’s official. After a long career as Vancouver’s go-to bagpipe doctor, Mike McDonald is retiring. In a letter to customers, he says he is going to  “try to take advantage of the … Continue reading

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First ivory restrictions on bagpipes. Now African blackwood.

TweetThere’s a good reason forward-thinking countries have banned or tightly control the over-the-border movement of products that contain ivory, such as bagpipes. A proper certificate for an ivory/silver set of pipes is a hassle, but worth it if it slows … Continue reading

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