2019 War in the West Strongman and Strongwoman showcases the best and brightest athletes Canada has to offer. This contest is a qualifier for this year’s “Pro Canada’s Strongest Woman” and will be a battle to watch!

The strongmen will be battling for the prestigious title of “War in the West Champion”.

Come out to see how diverse strongmen and strongwomen can be in a contest that not only requires unbelievable strength but speed, stamina and the mettle required to win.

City of Regina Pipe Band - 25th Anniversary Reception

The Prairie Piping Invitational is taking a year off, and this year you are invited to join the City of Regina Pipe Band at a reception celebrating the band’s 25th anniversary. We’ll have some music and memories, a cash bar, a few stories, and mostly just a chance to socialize before the start of the Games.

Date: Friday, May 19, 7:00 pm

Where: The Saskatchewan Suite, Hotel Saskatchewan

Admission is free. All are welcome!

Children’s Activities

Heavy events for kids at the Games!
Heavy events for kids at the Games!

We have fun activities and entertainment for the whole family, and we love to get kids involved! SATURDAY 11:00 am - Children’s Caber Toss - go to the Scottish Athletics area where we have Caber toss, putting the stone, and other fun athletic events suitable for kids! There is a “kid-size” caber and other equipment, and lots of fun to be had with the professional athletes guiding them through the events.

12:00 - 6:00pm - Music and dance on the Knotted Thistle Festival Stage

1:00pm - Children’s bouncy castles - we have some great jumping fun for kids, and it’s FREE! Let the kids jump it out, and the Victoria Park playground is right next to it, so there’s a lot of free fun and activity on the go.

1:30 pm - Children’s Caber Toss - go to the Scottish Athletics area where we have Caber toss, putting the stone, and other fun athletic events suitable for kids! There is a “kid-size” caber and other equipment, and lots of fun to be had with the professional athletes guiding them through the events.

We’ll have information soon about the PHOTO BOOTH and possible ARCHERY for kids!

SUNDAY

1:00pm - Children’s bouncy castles - we have some great jumping fun for kids, and it’s FREE! Let the kids jump it out, and the Victoria Park playground is right next to it, so there’s a lot of free fun and activity on the go.

Be sure to check our fun PHOTO BOOTH at the Games, and get into the roles!

We'll have a visit from
We’ll have a visit from “Merida,” the plucky Scots lassie from the hit movie BRAVE.


INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR CHILDREN INVOLVED?

Be sure to take the kids to see some great young performers at the Highland dancing and solo piping and drumming area. Kids their ages are performing at a high level and having a great time doing it! There are opportunities to find out how your children can be involved in Highland Arts. Ask at the dancing registration table, and find the Conservatory of Performing Arts tent at the Games to find out more about learning music and dance.

Prairie Piping Invitational Event

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Adjudicator


Dr. Terry Lee
Vancouver

As the Pipe Major of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, Terry led the band to winning the World Grade 1 Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland six times! He has been the leader and musical director at the band’s concerts in many of the World’s best-known venues, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Centre in New York City, the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall, The Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City and many others. In 2013, Terry and his brother Jack were presented with Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Simon Fraser University for their exemplary work with the Pipe Band. Terry’s accomplishments as a solo piper have been overshadowed by his pipe band involvement, but as a young man he was the winner of many of the prestigious west coast awards including the MacCrimmon Cairn for piobaireachd at the B.C. Pipers Indoor Meet.

Terry retired as Pipe Major of the SFUPB and has become a member the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Adjudicator’s Panel.

Terry quit dancing at seventeen but he had, by that time, made quite an impact being the winner of the many SOBHD Championships in the US and Canada, a “top six” at Cowal and the highlight of being presented to Queen Elizabeth II as an aggregate winner at the famous Braemar Gathering. At seventeen, he made a recording for Highland dancing “Piper & Dancer” which was one of the first to be produced for Highland dancing and proved to be extremely popular.

Competitors


Andrea Boyd
Ottawa, ON

Andrea Boyd - Competitor - Prairie Piping InvitationalAndrea Boyd was born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. From a family and community strongly steeped in piping tradition, she began piping at the age of nine and has received tuition from Scott Williams, John Walsh, Bruce Gandy, and Robert Wallace. Andrea played with the Antigonish Highland Society Pipe Band from 1994 – 2001; Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia from 2003-2006; St. Laurence O’‘Toole Pipe Band from 2006-2011; and Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band from 2013-2017. Andrea currently receives solo tuition from Willie McCallum. She counts the Rankin Family, Howie MacDonald, Paul K. MacNeil, Doug Boyd, The 78thFraser Highlanders, and Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band as formative musical influences. Her favourite pipers are Angus MacColl, Fred Morrison, Stuart Liddell, and Terry Tully.

Andrea’s piping achievements include winning the Young Piper of the Year, Benbecula, Western Isles in 2006; B March and B Strathspey & Reel at the Argyllshire Gathering in 2006; the Silver Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering in 2008 and the World Pipe Band Championships with St. Laurence O’Toole in 2010. In 2015, Andrea was named Professional Piper of the Day at the Georgetown and Glengarry Highland Games and she was placed 3rd in 2014 and 5th in 2016 in the Gold Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering. In 2017, she won the Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal (Canada) at the Glengarry Highland Games and was the overall winner of the A grade solo piping at Cowal Highland Gathering.


Brad Davidson
Waterloo, ON

Brad began his association with the Highland bagpipe in his early teens in Winnipeg as a member of The Lord Selkirk Boy Scout Pipe Band. He later received tuition from Garth Neel while they both attended The University of Winnipeg. After graduating from U of W, life took Brad to southern Ontario (Kingston and then Waterloo, where he still resides) and where he benefited from instruction from Colin MacLellan, Bob Worrall and Willie Connell. In the 1980’s and early 1990’s he was active as a solo competitor and with pipe bands, and won prizes in piobaireachd and light music on the Highland Games circuit in Scotland over several seasons. In 1992 he won The Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal (Canada) and retired (for the first time) from competition in 1994. He never lost his love of the music, but it wasn’t until September 2017 that he summoned the courage to retrieve his pipes from the back of his closet and mount another campaign as a solo competitor.


Raphael Mercier
Saskatoon, SK

Raphael started piping in Saskatoon with the 96th Highlanders, and played with the band there for a number of years, including a trip to Scotland where the band made the final of their Grade 4 contest at the World’s. Raphael joined the City of Regina Pipe Band in fall 2010, and has been a member of the band since that time, and competed and performed with the band at games in Canada and Scotland.

A prolific amateur prizewinner, Raph has won awards at games across Canada, including high-profile events such as the BC Pipers Annual Gathering and Maxville Highland Games, where he did very well in a strong class at the Grade 1 level. Since moving to professional piping, Raph has won prizes at Games across the prairie provinces, including a top-three finish in the Prairie Piping Invitational, and also won the “Audience Favourite” his first time in the event.

In 2017, Raph won many prizes in regional games, and later travelled throughout Scotland in the summer, where he featured in many prizes lists at top games, including a 2nd in piobaireachd at the Aboyne Gathering.

Raphael has an Engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and is currently computer science.


Alex Rasmussen

Regina, SK

Alex Rasmussen.
Alex Rasmussen.

Alex started piping in Lumsden, and later joined the Fraser Pipe Band, where he played for a number of years. After a short stint in the grade 4 band, Alex joined the City of Regina Pipe Band in 1998, and has been a member ever since.

Over the years, Alex has performed with the band at contests and concerts in Canada, the USA and Scotland, and continues to be a contributor to the band on a number of levels.

After many years off for good behaviour, Alex jumped back into solos a couple of years back, and won a considerable number of prizes at the Grade 1 level at Highland games in this region and at Maxville Games in Ontario. He made his pro debut two-years ago at the Winnipeg Scottish Festival last year, where he was the overall winner of the light music.

Alex’s other musical pursuits include piano, guitar, reelpipes and uilleann pipes, and is a member of the Cape-Breton-inspired band “West of Mabou” which has just released its second recording. He is a teacher by profession.


Stewart Smith

Calgary, AB

Stewart Smith - Competitor - Prairie Piping Invitational
One might say that Stewart Smith was born to pipe. As a 3rd generation piper, Stewart is the youngest of three brothers to have played in the Alberta piping scene.

He is an accomplished player and has gained many top prizes at competitions throughout North America in solo and band competitions. After playing with the Alberta Caledonia Pipe Band from 1996-2007, Stewart was lucky enough to play with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band when they won the World Pipe Band Championship in 2008. Stewart was the 2015 Prairie Piping Invitational Champion.

Stewart is also an accomplished uilleann piper and can be heard playing at various Irish music sessions around Calgary.

Stewart lives in Calgary with his wife and son.


Sean Somers
Calgary, AB

A consistent prize-winner in professional piping contests throughout North America, Sean is also a former winner of the Prairie Piping Invitational in 2013. As the pipe-major of the Grade 2 Rocky Mountain Pipe Band, the RMPB has established itself as one of the premier competitive bands in Western Canada under Sean’s leadership. Sean has led the RMPB to win the North American Pipe Band Championship (2017), the BC Indoor Annual Gathering (2017, 2018), many consecutive Alberta Provincial Championships, multiple Northern Canadian Championships, and many other top prizes at local Highland Games throughout Western Canada. With many appearances in the Grade 1 finals at the World Pipe Band Championships, he is also the former pipe-sergeant of the Grade 1 Alberta Caledonia Pipe Band, and former key member of The 78th Highlanders (Halifax) Pipe Band where he won both the Canadian and North American Championships in Grade 1. Sean spent his formative years with The City of Regina Pipe Band and credits his former teacher, P/M Iain MacDonald (Regina)and his wife Barb MacDonald as major influences on his piping career.

Sean is the former Principal Piping Instructor at the College of Piping (PEI), and has since continued to teach regularly at workshops and at summer schools. More recently, Sean has enjoyed opportunities to lecture and give recitals in addition to his teaching in both Canada and the United States.

An award-winning composer, Sean has been commissioned to write music to commemorate special events, and dozens of his tunes have been published in several contemporary collections of bagpipe music. His music has been played and recorded by some of the world’s best pipe bands.

Sean has been Chair of the Music and Judging Committee for the Alberta Society of Pipers and Drummers, Past President of the Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association and member of Music Initiatives Advisory Committee with the Alliance of North American Pipe Band Associations.

An accredited member of the Alberta Society of Pipers and Drummers adjudication panel, Sean has judged solo and band competitions throughout North America. Stops include British Columbia, the Canadian Prairies, the Maritimes in eastern Canada, as well as the Pacific Region, the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and Eastern Seaboard of the United States.

Over the years, Sean has also been a contributor to pipes|drums, the world’s most popular magazine for pipers and drummers, with feature articles, reviews and opinion.

Sean has also assisted in the development of a bagpipe making business, which manufactured highland bagpipes, practice chanters and accessories.

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Sean is married with a young son and daughter. A civil servant in “real life”, he manages the Department of Transportation’s Communications team with The City of Calgary.

Vendors Market

Looking for that unique Scottish gift or item? Come to the games and browse the merchant tables setup at our Vendors Market. We attract Scottish-themed vendors from across the prairies as well as Ontario.

Application Form

2019 Vendor List

2019 Food Vendors

Register for Vendor Booths

If you are a vendor and would like to register a booth at the games, please contact Sharon Schmidt.

Schedule

Friday, May 17, 2019

Location: TBA

Tickets: TBA

Time Event
7:30pm Prairie Piping Invitational

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Location: Victoria Park [directions]

Tickets: Ticket and Pass Prices

Time Event
8:00am Registration Begins for Queen City Highland Dance Championship in Hotel Sask Ballroom
8:30am Queen City Highland Dance Championship in Hotel Sask Ballroom
9:00am Solo Piping & Drumming
9:00am Scottish Athletics Championships
10:00am Demonstration dancing at main dance stage
12:30pm “War of the West” - strength competition [TBA]
1:00pm Saskatchewan Pipe Band Championships
2:00pm Registration for Pre-Premier Afternoon Dancing
2:30pm Pre-Premier Afternoon Dancing at Victoria Park Dance Stage
5:30pm Massed Pipes and Drums and Awards

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Location: Victoria Park [directions]

Tickets: Ticket and Pass Prices

Afternoon Highland dancing registrationAfternoon Highland dance registration

Time Event
8:00am Registration for Prairie Valley Premiership
8:30am Prairie Valley Premiership Dancing Begins at Victoria Park Stage
8:30am Scottish Heavy Athletics
9:00am Solo Piping & Drumming
Highland dancing competition
12:00pm Beer Tent Opens
12:30pm “War of the West” - strength competition [TBA]
12:30pm Registration for Pre-Premier Highland Dancing
1:00pm Pre-Premier Highland Dancing begins
1:00pm Parade Band Competition, then pipe bands
4:30pm Massed pipes & drums and awards


SHGCF Beer Tent(s)

Stay tuned for a new look in 2019. We’re working on a plan to bring music back to the beer tent, and to continue having a “satellite” tent so you can wet your whistle close to the Games action!

Knotted Thistle Beer Tent
Knotted Thistle Beer Tent

Results

Highland Dancing

Heavy Events

Piping & Drumming

Prairie Piping Invitational

Scottish Heavy Athletics

Location: Victoria Park

Photos: View Photos

The Saskatchewan Highland Gathering and Celtic Festival is proud to host the Western Canadian Scottish Open/Amateur Athletics Championship at this year’s Festival. The heavy events are well known staples to the highland games around the world. Precursor to modern strongman competitions and two Olympic track and field events (shot put and hammer); these feats of strength and athletic ability are rich in tradition and truly are the ‘original extreme games’!

Stay tuned for more information and entry in the near future!

SHGCF Scottish Athletics

Open Stone

Precursor the to the modern Olympic shot put, the Open Stone is a well-recognized event. Within the rectangular throwing area, the athletes build up momentum for a powerful release. Quick feet and functional strength are the keys to a good throw in the Open Stone, and those who try to over muscle it usually wind up disappointed. Track and Field athletes have an advantage here, but a good all round Highland gamer can keep pace with the best of them.

Games Record- 53’ 10.5” 55’ 2.5”

Braemar Stone

Without question, this event is the most ancient of Highland games heavy events. A true test of brute strength, the Braemar Stone is a heavy field stone weighing up to 28 pounds and thrown with one hand from a standing position. A good throw in this event will put an athlete in a good position for the rest of the competition.

Games Record- 43’ 6.5”

Hammer throw

The Scot’s hammer is a 16 or 22 pound ball at the end of a rigid 50” handle. Unlike the Olympic hammer, athletes must throw the traditional hammer with feet firmly planted, relying on strength and power rather than momentum and speed to hurl the implement as far as they can. These two events are the longest of them all.

Games Records- light hammer: 139’ 4.5” Heavy Hammer: 111’ 8.5” 113’ 5”

Caber Toss

Gaelic for “tree,” the caber toss event is just that—flipping a tree end for end and it is the most recognizable event of the Highland games. The name of the game is accuracy and the athlete who can flip the caber the straightest (closest to 12:00on a clock face) will win the title.

Weight Over Bar

A staple to strongman competitions, the weight over bar is a true test of strength. Putting this event in perspective, picking up a 5 gallon pail full of water and throwing that one handed into a second story bedroom window would be very close…all you would need is another gallon to make it a full 56 pounds!

Games Record- 17’ 1”

Sheaf Toss

In the sheaf you will see these athletes throw is a burlap bag filled with twine resembling a sheaf of wheat, and the goal is to throw it as high as possible over a bar. The Canadian record holder will be on hand at the Western Canadian Championships hoping to eclipse his record toss of over 34 feet high.

Games Record- Heavy Sheaf: 34’ 3” Light Sheaf: 40’

Light Weight for Distance

The light weight for distance is truly remarkable to watch. This weighted ball at the end of an 18” chain is thrown for maximum distance with one hand similar to the Olympic discus event. The only difference is the light weight outweighs the disc by over 23 pounds!

Games Record- 82’ 2.5”

Heavy Weight for Distance

Take that same pail of water in the weight for height and spin 920° to gain momentum for a throw for maximum distance, and you have the heavy weight for distance. A four stone or 56 pound weight at the end of an 18” chain is thrown by these athletes. Requiring more skill and strength than any other event, look for the winner of the heavy weight for distance to win the Western Canadian title.

Games Record- 45’ 10”


For heavy events information, contact:
rhfa.games@gmail.com

Queen City Open Championship & Prairie Valley Premiership

(Sanctioned by Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing)

Thanks to Tartantown Ltd. for being our Highland Dance Stage Sponsor!
Thanks to Tartantown Ltd.
for being our Highland Dance
Stage Sponsor!


Results

One of the largest contests in all of Saskatchewan, this event attracts many dancers from across the Prairies, Ontario and British Columbia.

Location

The Hotel Saskatchewan, Regency Ballroom (Saturday morning) and Victoria Park (all other events).
Directions

2019 Judges

Christa Mackie, ON

Mary Munro, BC

Jennifer Stephenson, QC

Pipers:
TBA

Photos

View Photos

For dancing information, contact:
SHGCF Highland Dance:
SHGCFhighlanddance@gmail.com

Prairie Piping Invitational Event

The Prairie Piping Invitational features top professional pipers playing entertaining tunes in a free-for-all event that always provides a great night of piping.

Date: Friday, May 17, 7:00 pm

Where: TBA

2018 competitors, L-R: Alex Rasmussen, Sean Somers (3rd), Andrea Boyd (1st), Stewart Smith (2nd), Raphael Mercier, Brad Davidson.
2018 competitors, L-R: Alex Rasmussen, Sean Somers (3rd), Andrea Boyd (1st), Stewart Smith (2nd), Raphael Mercier, Brad Davidson.

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Tickets:

Complete ticket information and purchase will be available in April 2019.

Tickets are available here online, or available at the door. Cash Bar service.


2019 Invitees:

TBA

2019 Adjudicator:

TBA

Requirements: players will entertain with an 8-10 minute selection of their own choice. The selection must include the ground of a piobaireachd, and one tune composed by a Canadian.


Prize Money: $300 - $150 - $75

Prairie Piping Invitational Flasks - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Engraved flasks for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placings


Audience Ballot: Audience members will each have one ballot to vote for the “Crowd Favourite,” and piper with the most votes will receive a special prize donated by Reelpipes.com

​Photos

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Directions

Victoria Park
Regina, SK
Canada

Parking

SaskPower’s lot is be available for free, and the Impark lot across from the Legion on Cornwall Street is $2 all day. See the map below.

SHGCF Parking
SHGCF Parking

Regina Hotel Association

Piping and Drumming Events

2019 Order of Play (TBA)

Catch the afternoon pipe band competition, sponsored by Regina Hotel Association. Bands will compete in various events to see who will be victorious. Expect to see some very innovative and musical performances.

The Pipe Band contest is one of the larger attractions at this year’s games. Over 15 bands attend regularly from all areas of the province as well as from outside Saskatchewan. The contest itself is adjudicated by world class judges in attendance from across Canada. There are four levels of competition that bands can compete in at the games—Grade Two, Grade Three, Grade Four and Grade Five. Grade Two is the highest level of competition at the games. Be sure to attend the closing ceremonies at 5:30 PM where the winners of the pipe band events will be announced.

Throughout the morning, over 200 individual pipers and drummers will compete in solo competitions. Competitors will play various pieces of music ranging from marches, strathspeys and reels, to the classical music for the bagpipes—Piobaireachd (pee-brock).

2019 Confirmed Judges

Andrew Berthoff, Toronto

Dave Hicks, Calgary

John Fisher, Victoria

Prizes

Saturday, May 18
1st
2nd
3rd
34. Grade V March Selection
$150
$100
$50
35. Grade IV March Selection
$200
$100
$75
36. Grade IV Medley
$200
$100
$75
37. Grade III M/S/R
$300
$150
$100
38. Grade III Medley
$300
$150
$100
39. Grade II M/S/R
$400
$200
$150
40. Grade II Medley
$400
$200
$150
Sunday, May 19 - Queen City Pipe Band Championship
1st
2nd
3rd
20. Grade V March Selection
$150
$100
$50
21. Grade IV Medley
$200
$100
$75
22. Grade III Medley
$300
$150
$100
23. Grade II Medley
$400
$200
$150
Open - Best Parade Band Trophy

Results

Scholarships

The Saskatchewan Highland Gathering and Celtic Festival offered two scholarships to Sound Advice 2019, each one valued at $475. The scholarships went to “The Most Promising Piper and Drummer” of the day, as chosen collectively by the judges.

Rules

General & Pipe Band

  1. Online entries accepted only. Entries submitted after the end date must pay an additional $10.00 late entry fee.
  2. Money submitted for entries and tickets is non-refundable.
  3. As part of a joint effort to minimize administration labour all money, entry forms and inquiries for the Regina Highland Games can be directed to Sharon Schmidt.
  4. All competitions are subject to the Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association rules. (available online at http://www.saskpipebands.org)
  5. Bands must be registered with their local piping and drumming association for 2019.
  6. Bands must submit a copy of their official nominal roll along with their entry form.
  7. Bands may challenge up a grade but will not be eligible for prize money in the higher grade. Entry fees are calculated according to the event entered. (updated Apr. 5/05)
  8. Bands must participate in the massed band performance to collect prize money.
  9. Order of play for bands will be drawn in advance and posted on the morning of the competition. It will be based on first to enter, last to play.
  10. The judges decision is final.
  11. The Saskatchewan Champion designate can be awarded to only those bands registered directly with the SPBA.
  12. The Tim Dixon Memorial Trophy for Best Drum Corps will be awarded to the best sounding drum corps out of all the grades.
  13. A Best Mid-Section Award will be picked for each grade (no entry fee required).

Solo Piping & Drumming

  1. An order of play sheet will be posted for each event. Specific times will not be allotted.
  2. The order of play list will be posted on the website (www.saskhighland.ca) a week prior to the competition and it will be emailed to those entrants who provide an email address with their entry form.
  3. Competitors are responsible for checking in with the platform steward at least 30 minutes prior to the competitor’s estimated playing time. This is important so that competitors are aware of who is playing and when it is their turn to play.
  4. The judge has the right to disqualify a competitor if the competitor does not show up according to the order of play list.
  5. Solo competitors must appear in Highland Dress to collect prizes during massed bands.
  6. Grade IV Piping: Competitors may submit two 2-parted tunes or one 4-parted tune for the 2/4 March and 6/8 March events.
  7. Grade I Piping: Judges will choose tune combinations for the MSR and J/H events from the list of tunes submitted by the competitor.
  8. All 2/4 marches are at least 4 parts unless otherwise stated.
  9. All competitors are required to be current members (2019 year) of the Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association or an ANAPBA member association. Non-SPBA members, please supply a photocopy of your current membership card, or similar proof with your entry. Solo competitors must enter the grade designated by their home association and playing up is NOT permitted.
  10. Piobaireachd placings and light music placings will be combined to determine an aggregate grade winner.
  11. No ties are permitted for individual events.
  12. For all solo events, prizes will be awarded based on the number of competitors.
Competitors < 3 3 4-10 11-15 16-20 >20
Prizes 1 2 3 4 5 6

For piping/drumming information, contact:
Iain MacDonald
iainmacd@sasktel.net