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.

Ringing in the New Year at 4 & Midnight

TweetIt can be a lot of fun piping in a new year in British Columbia, especially at 4 o’clock on New Year’s Eve. When the clock chimes 4 pm in BC, it’s rings midnight in Scotland. And when Scotland celebrates, so too do folks … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day bagpipes in Vancouver

TweetOn Remembrance Day, 2015, the people of our country will pause to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. As I have for many years, I will play the piper’s Remembrance Day lament at a number of ceremonies, including … Continue reading

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Why you should never play pipes in public until you are ready.

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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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