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.

Calling non-competitive pipe bands in the Lower Mainland

TweetFrom the world’s largest, to North America’s oldest, there are many great Scottish highland games around the world. To name just a few, the largest is the Cowal Highland Gathering in Scotland; in the US, there are the Pleasanton Games in California … Continue reading

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Remembering the fallen, with bagpipes in Vancouver and beyond

TweetWhen the bagpiper plays the lament this year at cenotaphs in Vancouver and around the country on November 11, it will a poignant moment for many. As most Canadian are well aware, we lost two soldiers recently on our own shores. … Continue reading

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A memorable day in Abbotsford

TweetThe sun shone again, for the 16th time in the 17 year history of the BC Law Enforcement memorial, commemorating those officers of the RCMP and all other police forces who lost their lives in the line of duty in … Continue reading

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This bagpiper from (New) Scotland would have voted “Yes”

TweetIf you wear a kilt and play the bagpipes for thousands of visitors from around the English speaking world, you can expect to be on the receiving end of a lot of questions about Scotland’s drive for independence. As the bagpiper for … Continue reading

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Bagpipes & grand piano’s: Welcome to Vancouver’s Rocky Mountaineer.

TweetFor the past four years during the summer months, I have been fortunate to play pipes for the Rocky Mountaineer Rail Company. The tourist passenger train with the amazing views takes travellers through the spectacular Rocky Mountains to Banff and … Continue reading

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Thwarting US border guards on high alert for “ivory” bagpipes.

TweetBob Gillies classic bagpipes are safe and sound – and back in British Columbia. In the fall of 2013, retiree Bob and his wife took a leave of absence from the Delta Police Pipe Band.  They packed their RV for a … Continue reading

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Antigonish Highland Games Reunion Pipe Band hits the street again

TweetAfter a very successful 150th anniversary celebration of the Antigonish Highland Games, the AHG Reunion Pipe Band returned to the streets of Antigonish, Nova Scotia for another stroll down Main Street. For pipers and drummers in the region, this is … Continue reading

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A great evening of bagpipes … by the beach

TweetIn the world of pipe bands, there are only a few occasions when both competitive and performance pipe bands play together. The June 14 “Bagpipes by the Beach” in West Vancouver is one of those occasions. In the Lower Mainland … Continue reading

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