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.

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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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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