2017 BC Highland Games Entertainers & Performers

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KNACKER’S YARD is a six-piece Celtic folk band with members from Victoria, Saanich, Metchosin and Sooke, BC. Formed in Victoria in 2012, the band performs traditional Celtic and English folk songs, instrumentals and ballads dating from the 1600’s up to the 1960’s. Their repertoire includes songs made popular by voices such as Ewan MacColl, Shirley Collins, Luke Kelly, Ronnie Drew, Enoch Kent, Andy Irvine, Paul Brady and well-known musical groups such as the Dubliners, The Pogues, Corries, The Wolfe Tones, Planxty, De Danaan, and the Bothy Band to name a few. The band plays a selection of ballads and instrumentals.


Sarah Ann Chisholm: Originally from Broadway, Nova Scotia, Sarah Ann Chisholm’s talents span singing, theatre, film, community/social services, and science/academia. She was 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. This song was translated into Irish Gaelic by Scoil Gaeilge Vancouver and woven throughout the score of the short film MADNESS, which has gone on to win over 30 awards. Her music has received radio play on the Maui Celtic Radio show which airs on Blues and Roots Radio in Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and Glasgow, Scotland and her one hour performance at MUSIC AT THE CANNERY concert series in Steveston was televised on SHAW TV.  Other singing highlights include, recording on the soundtrack for A. Keith’s NS Brewery Tour, soloing with the Victoria Symphony, singing in the CCPA backup choir for Josh Groban accompanied by David Foster at the David Foster Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Miracle Concert of Giving Celebration, and booking festivals such as CelticFest Vancouver and the BC Highland Games.  She recently was a recipient of a demo recording grant from FACTOR/Government of Canada.

 Bob Collins  North Gazebo & wrap up beer garden ceilidh

6:00-8:00 PM
Bob Collins originally hails from St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador where he began playing guitar and singing at age eight. Now, a few years later, he is retired from his day job and plays music fulltime. He performs around Vancouver as a solo act and as part of two duos, Chapter 11 and Lucky Penny’sand can often be found at the Wolf & Hound Pub in Vancouver. Bob Collins is no stranger to Scottish ceilidh’s, Burns suppers, highland games, St Patrick's Day celebrations and Irish pubs. Bob has spent many years at the BC Highland Games and in the past few years has spent time on the main stage and the beer garden entertaining and delighting crowds with his music and singing.  

Games Official Opening Ceremony

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 Officers of the Honourable Guard, a march past and salute from the Delta Police Pipe Band, and a massed band performance (tentative).


Kailyarders are from BC’s Lower Mainland area, playing original and crowd-pleasing cover tunes by Great Big Sea, The Pogues, Navigators, Gaelic Storm, Spirit of The West and others.  The band formed in 2014 after the demise of Three Row Barley, when Collin Wade (voice/guitar) and Chris Williscroft (bass/mando) joined up with Bruce McKillican voice /bodhran /whistles /accordion).  With the recent addition of Shamma Shabir (voice/fiddle), the music has taken on new depth. Joining Kailyarders for his debut show will be Paul Fowles (voice/percussion). The band has been a regular at the BC Highland Games, entertaining the crowd with their Celtic music. They have also performed at the 2017 Vancouver Celtic Festival, Surrey Fringe Festival, weddings, in Whistler, at the quay in White Rock and in innumerable pubs and other events.



Shot of Scotch Highland Dancers, Vancouver, BC                                   

Shot of Scotch was first formed in February 2011 in New York City as a venue for experienced premier level competitive Scottish Highland dancers to continue to dance with the high level of precision they have trained for so many years to achieve. Under the Artistic Direction of Susan Nase, Shot of Scotch Vancouver strives to create new, exciting, contemporary dance pieces while maintaining a high standard of technique, but also remaining true to the deep Scottish roots of the centuries old art form of Highland dance



The Royal Academy of Bhangra is the first Academy in Canada to offer a formal Punjabi Folk Dances education with a syllabus consisting of three grade levels & master classes. Our dance director, Hardeep Singh Sahota, was key in the development of this Bhangra syllabus program for all Canadian dance teachers in BC. The Academy offers qualified programs to students of all ages wishing to receive a fun and quality education in Punjabi Folk Dances; Bhangra, Jhoomer, Giddha, Luddi, Sammi, Jindua, Dandas and Malwai Giddha.


Grande Finale

Join us in front of the grandstand at 4:30pm as we begin to wrap up the 86th BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival in Highland style. The RCMP E. Division Pipe Band will again lead off the Grand Finale, which will also include the best pipers, drummers, dancers and performers from the Games.  We will also have special guests on hand for the full kilt raffle and the 50/50 draw. 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.

Massed Bands

Massed Pipe Bands

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.

Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra

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.

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 2017 Games).

Highland Games Scottish Country Dancers

The RSCDS Demonstration Team 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.


Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

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.