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All entertainment will be held in front of the Grandstand unless otherwise noted.
Bob Collins Wrap Up Ceilidh (Beer Garden)
Join multi-talented and versatile Celtic performer Bob Collins in the main beer garden for the “après-Games” ceilidh. Bob was born and raised in Mt. Pearl, Newfoundland and is steeped in an east coast Celtic music tradition that has been delighting audiences for years. Bob has performed at the BC Highland Games in past years and is a big crowd-favourite. We are very glad to have Bob back on our stage and helping to wrap up the Games in true Highland style. Bob can also be found around town doing solo gigs when not charming audiences with his acoustic duo ‘Chapter 11‘.
Join us in front of the grandstand at 4pm as we begin to wrap up the 85th BC Highland Games in Highland style with the day’s winners and performers who will be on hand for a grand finale that showcases the best pipers, drummers, dancers and performers from the Games. The grand finale concludes with the thundering sound of the massed pipe bands.
As the Finale concludes, follow the bands and performers to the beer garden for the “après-Games” Ceilidh with Bob Collins and all the performers, volunteers, pipers, drummers and more.
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Introduction of Dignitaries
This “Official” part of the Games includes recognition of the Chieftain-of-the-Games, our patrons, our supporters, and the various groups who work together to make this event a success each year; as well as the ‘National Anthem’, and a ‘Lament in Honour of Past Participants’. The ceremony ends with the Declaration of the Games and the firing of a cannon salute by the 78th Fraser Highlanders.
Four talented Celtic musicians, all with a love for singing, playing and telling stories, got together in 2013 to form the group Kailyarders. The band’s varied musical backgrounds come together to play high-powered and thought-provoking original songs that have entertained crowds around BC and Canada. The group, comprised of Collin Wade, Chris Williscroft, Bruce McKillican and Nicole Ensing, has produced two CD’s since their formation, “King of the Jolly”, their first CD, followed by a recent release “The Black Well”. The band will be our featured group as we wrap up the entertainment stage prior to the Grand Finale’
Feel the ground rumble as hundreds of pipers and drummers march onto the field together for the final soul-tingling massed pipe band performance. This event wraps up the 2016 BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival and is, for many, the highlight of their visit to the Games.
Pipe Band Competitions Grades 2 & 1
The two top levels of pipe band competition take place in front of the main grandstands. BC is fortunate to be home to some of the best pipe bands in the world, and a great system that trains some of the pipers and drummers to become world champions. Listen for commentary from Pipe Sgt. Shaunna Hilder of the Dowco Triumph St. Pipe Band (not competing at the 2016 Games).
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society – DANCE SCOTTISH
Hark to the irresistible rhythm of the music and watch the patterns unfold of the simple social dances of Scotland. No partner is required in this dance that is an unbelievably affordable way of staying fit and alert for everyone. See why Scotland promotes this wonderful activity as “Fun, Fitness and Friendship”.
An informal assembly of dancers from local area Scottish Country Dance Clubs, organized by Mary Murray, illustrates this activity for your enjoyment. All are welcome to join one of the local clubs in the Lower Mainland area.
The RSCDS Demonstration Team, augmented by guest dancers from the Tam O’Shanter Dancers of White Rock, provide a spectacle of energy and skills in performing the more formal choreographed reels and strathspeys. Enjoy the grace, energy, and precision of the dances inspired by the clans of Scotland.
This will be Sarah Ann Chisholm’s first appearance at the BC Highland Games, and she is thrilled to be on-stage. The versatile singer, songwriter, producer and actor is originally from Broadway, Nova Scotia and has been performing for years. She was recently awarded a monetary prize from Glor na nGael (The Voice of the Irish) for the Celtic theme song “Ó A Ghrá Mhín (Oh Gentle Love)” that she co-wrote. Sarah Ann has also performed with the Victoria Symphony, at the St. Francis Xavier University X-Ring ceremony and singing in the backup choir for Josh Groban, with David Foster. She will bring a taste of East Coast music to the Games. Sarah Ann is currently working on a Celtic-music recording.
Shot of Scotch was formed as a venue for experienced, premier-level competitive Scottish highland dancers to continue to dance with the high level of precision and technique they have trained for so many years to achieve. Primarily focused on performance, many members are certified highland dance instructors. Shot of Scotch brings innovation, showmanship, and a passion for highland dancing to the stage for your enjoyment!
In another first for the BC Highland Games, we welcome the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra to our festival. The VFO combines traditional and contemporary approaches to Scottish music and continues the tradition of live dance music for Scottish Country Dancers. The orchestra is also an outlet for musicians interested in pursuing the traditional Scottish music genre. The VFO is under the leadership of Janet Wright and has performed at dances and concerts throughout the Pacific Northwest since 1990.
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