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Piper Sarah Forsyth. Photo: Lucy Martin
Piper Sarah Forsyth. Photo: Lucy Martin

Bagpipes--love 'em or hate 'em--return to Maxville

There's no shortage of pipe and drum bands across Canada, in communities large and small. Sarah Forsyth pipes as a civilian volunteer with Ottawa's Air Command Pipes and Drums, the longest continuous serving Air Force Pipe Band in the Canadian Forces.

It's a major commitment. Roughly 40 members practice weekly and perform in parades or public events at home and abroad. Forsyth says the right band feels like a second family--that works hard and has fun together.

Lucy Martin caught up with Forsyth at the famous Glengarry Highland games in Maxville, Ontario, in August 2010. Bagpipes fall into the love 'em or hate 'em category. The piper told Lucy she caught the bug when she was five.  Go to full article
John Sullivan piping the haggis in Burritts Rapids, Ontario
John Sullivan piping the haggis in Burritts Rapids, Ontario

Heard Up North: John Sullivan, piper

Not all pipers start young - and they aren't all Scottish either.

John Sullivan came to Canada from England back in 1952. Today he lives in Ottawa and pipes in neighboring Kemptville. Sullivan took up bagpipes later in life, almost on a whim. This past Wednesday, he helped pipe in the haggis for a Robbie Burns luncheon held in Burritts Rapids, Ontario.

Prior to reciting the traditional "Address to a Haggis", Sullivan told Lucy Martin how he reached this point. Sullivan is today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

Glengarry Highland Games return July 29-30

This summer, for the 64th year, the farming community of Maxville, Ontario will host one of North America's biggest highland games.

The theme for 2011 is: "The Year of the Clans". Those with family tartans are encouraged to come and march. And everyone is welcome to learn more about Scottish culture and heritage.

This year's games will take place on Friday and Saturday (July 29-30). Maxville, Ontario is 45 minutes north of Cornwall, or an hour east of Ottawa.

The old favorites will be back: competition, displays, and day-into-night music, dance and athleticism. This year organizers have added a harp workshop that's open to all. The musical guests include a well-known family group from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia: The Barra MacNeils.

Lucy Martin brings us a sampler from last summer's games (2010).  Go to full article
Piper Sarah Forsyth
Piper Sarah Forsyth

Heard Up North: Bagpipes, love 'em or hate 'em

There's no shortage of pipe and drum bands across Canada, in communities large and small. Sarah Forsyth pipes as a civilian volunteer with Ottawa's Air Command Pipes and Drums, the longest continuous serving Air Force Pipe Band in the Canadian Forces. It's a major commitment. Roughly 40 members practice weekly and perform in parades or public events at home and abroad. Forsyth says the right band feels like a second family--that works hard and has fun together. Lucy Martin caught up with Forsyth at the famous Glengarry Highland games in Maxville, Ontario. Bagpipes fall into the love 'em or hate 'em category. The piper told Lucy she caught the bug when she was five.  Go to full article

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