New two-day July Northern Canadian Championships coming to Edmonton

Published: April 30, 2011
(Page 1 of 1)

A new two-day festival of piping, drumming and Celtic arts has been created in Alberta, marking the first weekend-long event the region has seen on its Highland games schedule. The Northern Canadian Championships will take place July 9-10 this year at Fort Edmonton Park in Edmonton, the sixth contest on the Alberta Society of Pipers & Drummers’ schedule of events.

“This will be the  the first two-day festival, extending beyond the typical pipe band competition,” said Ross Wilson of the ASPD. ” Within Alberta games are typically confined to one-day events, and usually limited to traditional pipe band competitions, meaning solo piping and drumming events and pipe band events. From our perspective the festival will represent a very different undertaking with respect to promoting the Highland arts, and should help to illustrate how diverse they are.”

In addition to piping, drumming and pipe band competitions, the festival will place equal emphasis on non-competitive events, hoping to attract a wider audience. The “Celtic gathering and festival weekend” is a joint effort between the Celtic Gathering Foundation and Fort Edmonton Park.

Wilson said that the first-ever two-day event for Alberta will also include a string of live performances on the Saturday night by Celtic rock bands, folk acts and pipe bands “performing outside of the traditional competition setting making it much more of ‘music festival’ atmosphere. From our perspective the festival will represent a very different undertaking with respect to promoting the Highland arts, and should help to illustrate how diverse they are.”

The addition of the event comes at a time when many Canadian Highland games are struggling to attract new audiences. Some have moved away from working with piping and drumming associations due to the expense and perceived low return on investment.

The schedule of ASPD 2011 competitions:  

  • Ogden Legion Indoor Competition May 14th

  • Red Deer Highland Games, June 25th

  • Edmonton Scottish Society Highland Gathering, June 26th

  • Northern Canadian Pipe Band Championships, July 9th

  • Foothills Highland Games, August 27th

  • Calgary Highland Games, September 3rd

  • Canmore Highland Games, September 4th

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 4.3/5
VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0

GET THE MOBILE APP!
The new pipes|drums app offers the same publication with a streamlined experience. Get the latest news optimized for your smartphone.
Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play
THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
February 21, 1972Glasgow Skye Pipe Band holds concert to raise funds to compete in Toronto.
MOST RECENT POST
  • Term limits
    Tue, 23 Jan 2018
    Have you ever wondered why change is so slow to come with the rules, regulations, policies and practices of piping and drumming organizations? One cause could be term limits – or the lack of them – for elected executives and … Con …
Read more »
UPCOMING EVENTS February 24, 2018More Ceol Mor! Piobaireachd WorkshopToronto

February 24, 2018Toronto Knockout Final RoundMoss Park Armoury, Toronto, Ontario

February 24, 2018Boney Music Memorial Invitational Piping Competition & RecitalHalpern Centre, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia

March 3, 2018Uist & Barra Solo Piping CompetitionCollege of Piping

March 3, 2018Redding Bagpipe CompetitionRed Lion Hotel Redding, California

TIP OF THE DAY
Don’t remove your drone-reeds and place them in a box , they must remain in the bag .
Patrick Molard, Brittany

FROM THE ARCHIVES