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.

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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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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