March 31, 2001

Archie Dewar Memorial Knockout Goes to Grey

Toronto, Ontario – March 17, 2001 – The annual Archie Dewar Memorial Professional Piping Knockout competition was held at Fort York Armoury here today, and Michael Grey of Dundas, Ontario, came away with the first prize of C$1000. Nine pipers competed for a total purse of C$1600, and over 150 people attended the event.

Second prize and $300 went to James McHattie, third to Alan Bevan, and fourth to Ian K. MacDonald, all currently living in the Toronto area.

There are three rounds to the event. All competitors started with a March, Strathspey & Reel, from which four went to the second round Hornpipe & Jig, with pairings in which one gets “knocked out.” In the final, the two who weren’t knocked out in round two played for first and second prize, the others for third and fourth. All four played a medley of tunes of each piper’s choice lasting between five and seven minutes.

Judges for the event were Willie Connell of London, Ontario, and Ed Neigh of Wellesley, Ontario.


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