Author Archives: Mike Chisholm

About Mike Chisholm

Official Piper: Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tours. Pitt River Resort. Exec. Dir. ScotFestBC: The British Columbia Highland Games, Director, BC Pipers' Assn. Former journalist, Nova Scotian, Dad.

Catching my breath after a busy Remembrance Week

TweetI played on the beaches, on the land, at sea, hospitals and senior homes.  It was a busy Remembrance week in the Lower Mainland of BC. As usual, I was the piper at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club 8-Bells service … Continue reading

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The end of Alan’s adventures

Tweet I lost a good friend recently. As did many in the Canadian and global bagpiping and highland dancing world. He was a wee man but he carried a big pipe. And that pipe took him on a lifetime of … Continue reading

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Celebrations of Life for Lost Loved Ones

Tweet(Click here to contact Mike directly) It has been a brutal 15-months. For families who lost loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic, the sense of loss can be overwhelming. Losing isolated family members and unable to be by their bedside … Continue reading

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Ten Reasons to Hire a Vancouver Bagpiper

Tweet   The bagpipes are a versatile instrument that can impact many occasions. For example… Birthday and surprise parties: “Happy birthday” on the bagpipes is a sure-fire way to make your birthday memorable…to you and all your guests. It’s well … Continue reading

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Lament for the 2020 BC Highland Games

TweetIt was a dreary day to hold a highland games. I’m kinda glad we didn’t. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, all large gatherings, including the 89th BC Highland Games, have been cancelled for 2020. This decision was made in May … Continue reading

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Canada Day Backyard Bagpiper in Vancouver

TweetIt will definitely be a different Canada Day in 2020. But it doesn’t have to be. After years of playing for new Canadians at Vancouver’s Canada Place, the citizenship ceremony this year is, like everything else in Canada, cancelled for … Continue reading

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Birthdays, Bagpipes & Pandemics – in Vancouver

TweetIn a world turned upside down because of Covid 19, it’s good to know that music can help comfort some of those isolated in their homes, condos and retirement residences around the Lower Mainland. That’s what I did this past … Continue reading

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Bagpiping in Vancouver, Bagpiping in Cape Breton

TweetIt was a great week of Celtic music. Lots of piping, fiddling, Gaelic singing and plenty of dancing. The 23rd Celtic Colours International Festival, held from October 12-19 all over Cape Breton Island drew sell-out crowds to all the official … Continue reading

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