PIPE BANDS. DANCERS. SINGERS & MORE
Uxbridge Legion Pipes & Drums
We are delighted to welcome back the Uxbridge Legion Pipes and Drums band. Currently in their 55th year, the band is going strong, playing at a variety of venues and parades throughout the year. For more information, please visit their website UxbridgePipeBand.com
Cobourg Legion Pipe Band
We extend a warm welcome back to the Cobourg Legion Pipe Band. You may have seen them this year at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Toronto. Last year they put on a fantastic show and we look forward to this year’s Festival. You can find more information about this band on Facebook
Barrie Pipes & Drums
This year we are delighted to welcome back the Barrie Pipes & Drums. Wearing the City of Barrie tartan, this band has received many accolades over the years. In 2016, they were promoted a to Grade 4 level for the season. You can visit their website BarriePipesAndDrums.com
to learn more.
Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment Pipe Band
The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment Pipe Band is a volunteer band that serves the music needs of this Canadian Armed Forces reserve army regiment and local communities. Stationed in Peterborough, Ontario. Wearing the traditional Black Watch tartan and Canadian Armed Forces tunics, the “Hasty P’s” pipe band has attended a wide range of military and civilian engagements each year for over three decades. You can visit their Facebook
page for more information.
Beinn Gorm Highlanders Pipes and Drums
The name of the band, Beinn Gorm, reflects the area surrounding Collingwood and welcomes members and interests from a large area. Beinn Gorm means “Blue Mountain” in Gaelic, Beinn meaning mountain and Gorm – blue. Locals will recognize the name as that of the largest ski resort and hill in the area (indeed, in all of Ontario), Blue Mountain Ski Resort, as well as an adjacent township, the Town of The Blue Mountains. As early as 1832 the as yet unformed local townships of Sunnidale, Nottawasaga, Osprey and Collingwood were known as “The Blue Mountain Country”. You can visit their website BeinnGormHighlanders.com
for more information.
Scottish Dog Exhibition
Hosted and organized by the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of Canada
you will discover the fascinating history of the first named Terrier – the Dandie Dinmont and other scottish breeds.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has been a distinct breed for so many centuries in the Border country between England and Scotland that its origins are shrouded in mystery, myth and legend. In the 17th century farmers kept Dandies to rid their property of badgers, foxes, weasels and otters. Unlike other terriers, whose job it was to enter the lair and bark incessantly at the prey, Dandies were bred for stealth. Their job was to bravely go underground and remove the animal from its lair. As a result, the Dandie is very quiet and relaxed.
Local favourite, Claidhmor will be performing on the main stage. You are sure to have your feet tapping and your hands clapping as they sing Celtic songs. Visit their Facebook
page for more information.
Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Deanna has been playing fiddle for over 30 years and is trained in Ottawa Valley Step Dance. She competed in fiddle and step dance in the Ontario Contest Circuit for many years, retiring in 2000. She has trained with various instructors across Ontario and also attended the Ceilidh Trail School of Celtic music in Cape Breton.
Deanna released her own independent album in 2002. She played for over a decade with the band “Celtic Powerhouse” with fiddle, step dance, keys, and backup vocals. She has been a guest performer and has appeared on recordings with various other artists and groups. She performs all over Canada during the year, often seen with the Metis Ensemble Nicely Put Together Band since 2017.
Deanna currently teaches predominantly group lessons of all ages, and has over 100 students across East-Central Alberta.
Please visit Deanna’s website for more information.
(Photography credit: Randy Pond Photography)
The Dukes Durham Ukulele Klub
The Dukes are an informal group of Ukulele players who regularly meet to share their love of music, and play the Ukulele. The “DUKES” offer a fun, inclusive environment, to jam, sing and occasionally perform at community events.
To learn more about The Dukes, please visit their website DukesUkuleleKlub.com