Tartan Up 2015

Recently Robert Stewart, Grand Secretary-Treasurer and Brian McQueenie, Executive Board Member visited Victoria, BC to finalize some of the events scheduled for September.  While on their visit they met up with James Green of “go! Island” on Shaw TV!  Below is a link to that interview!

Montreal District #14 6th Annual Fundraiser for Black Watch Cadets

On Saturday, October 18th, Montreal District #14 held their 6th Annual Fundraising in support of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) Cadets, Pipes and Drums at the Scottish Centre. Once again the evening was very successful with over 60 in attendance. All monies from ticket sales and the raffle will be presented to the Black Watch Cadets, with the Executive Board matching our funds which is a very important revenue for the purchase of band equipment. The Black Watch Cadets has been operating for over 50 years, providing boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 the opportunity to learn thepipes and drums, under the tutelage …
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BC Tartan Walk

On Sunday, June 24th members of BC District 16 continued their commitment and support to the fund raising efforts of the BC Branch of the Kidney Foundation. Seven years ago members gathered at Trout Lake in Vancouver for the first Tartan Stroll and raised six thousand dollars. The Stroll has continued to grow in both participants and money raised.  For the past three years we have joined with the Kidney Foundation in their Walk for Life Program and combined the Tartan Stroll with their Vancouver Walk. This year, at the Athletes Village on False Creek in Vancouver, we continued to …
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Michael Jackson’s Robert Burns songs to be released Singer’s collection of showtunes inspired by Burns’s poetry could be donated to a Scottish museum by David Gest

A Scottish museum may soon be home to one of Michael Jackson‘s unreleased albums. More than a decade after Jackson and David Gest recorded songs based on the poetry of Robert Burns, Gest reportedly intends to donate the recordings to the poet’s official museum in Ayrshire. In a career of peculiar projects, it remains one of the singer’s strangest: a collection of showtunes inspired by Burns’s life and work. The songs have never been made public – it was either overlooked or forgotten in the Jackson estate’s search for unreleased material. Now, after a visit to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Gest has reportedly agreed to …
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Why we wear poppies on Remembrance Day

Each Remembrance Day millions of people around the world wear a poppy in remembrance of all those who fell in World War I — The Great War. It all comes from a poem, In Flanders Field, written by Canadian Army Medical Corps Lt Colonel John McCrea of Guelph Ontario on May 3, 1915. McCrea wrote the poem after officiating at the funeral service of his good friend Lt. Alexis Helmer, Canadian Artillery, who was killed at the Second Battle of Ypres. A story of the time says he was not happy with the poem and threw it away. Fortunately it …
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Simon Fraser University Sets Burns Record

On Friday, January 25, 2013, Burns Day, The Centre for Scottish Studies at Simon Fraser University’s Downtown Campus four members of the Sons of Scotland helped set a new record for the continuous reading and singing of Burns works. The readings began at 9:30 am and continued for 5 hours and 41 minutes and featured a number of Vancouver media personalities and representatives from all the Scottish Societies and Burns enthusiasts in the Greater Vancouver Area. Fraser Glen Past Chief Brian Campbell “Skyped” from his home in Agassiz to read “To a Mouse” while Fraser Glen Member Chris Peterson pulled …
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Pick a Day – Any Day. A Day Like Today: February 16th

Pick any day in the history of this country and you will find a Scotsman or his descendant involved in the history of this nation and quite often one of them will be a member of our Association. It was on February 16, 1746 that government forces under Lord Louden attempted to capture Bonnie Prince Charlie at Moy Hall, home of the Clan Mackintosh Chiefs. Lady Anne Farquarharson-Mackintosh, a Jacobite supporter, was hosting Prince Charles Edward Stuart when she learned that government forces were on their way to capture him. She arranged that four of her men were to hide …
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