The Montreal Highland Games are back for a 38th year
Pipes and Drums, Highland Dancers, Athletics, Celtic bands and much more!
Montreal, June 29th 2015—The Montreal Highland Games are proud to announce they are returning to Arthur-Therrien Park in Verdun on Sunday August 2nd with full Highland pageantry. The day will include pipe band, highland dance and heavy weight competitions including the caber toss, sheaf toss, hammer throw and putting the stone. Highland bands such as The Prince Charles Pipe Band are coming-in from San Francisco to compete. Scottish comedian Darren Henwood will be hosting the Celtic entertainment tent where bands including The Peelers, Salty Dog, Kitchen Party and Squid Jigger will be performing in the afternoon and evening program. Ted Bird and Sylvain Jetté will co-animate the athletics and municipal officials will be in attendance.
The Montreal Highland Games have been held since 1976, carrying on the tradition of the Caledonian Games that took place between 1856 to 1973. Over the past 38 years, the Montreal Highland Games has become one of the premier events on the North American Highland Games circuit. The Montreal Highland Games are always held on the Sunday following the Glengarry Highland (Maxville) Games, which makes it a “double header” for pipe bands, athletes, highland dancers and spectators. Among competitors this has become known as the M&M weekend.
Scots have long and historic ties in Québec. They were instrumental in building the Lachine Canal which turned Montreal into one of the most important and prosperous ports in North America. Scots constructed the first bridge across the St-Lawrence River and notable Scot, Henry Morgan, built the first department store in Canada. Not to mention the numerous philanthropists of Scottish descent that are responsible for funding various institutions such museums, universities and hospitals such as James McGill, Peter Redpath, and David M. Stewart all of whom have shaped our province’s cultural landscape.
However, celebrating Scottish culture doesn’t require Scottish roots. It only requires you bring a little heart to the Games by bringing cheer and enthusiasm to an event that aspires to be the best family and community fun day.
In this year’s program, you can expect…
For the kids:
For the first time, kids will have their own mini games and Highland costumes to try on. There will be bouncy castles, face painting and medieval battles by trained professionals. This is, of course, in addition to all the Highland Games events where children are competing, namely, in the Highland dance competitions, as well as the band competitions.
For the adults:
The Celtic village will feature an array of Celtic merchants with clothing, musical instruments, jewelry, baked goods, culinary delights and Scotch sampling, along with pipe band, fiddle and harp performances, Scottish Clan displays, highland dancing and many more activities!
A very special traditional tug of war benefitting the Children’s Wish Foundation will take place. Opportunities to participate and donate are still welcomed.
Foodies will be delighted to have the opportunity to experience Haggis, traditional shortbread cookies, highland beef dishes and more…
Date: Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
Time: 8:00 – 21:30
Location: Arthur Therrien Park in Verdun. De L’Église Metro.
Cost: $12.50 online
$15 at the gate (12 and under free)
ABOUT THE HIGHLAND GAMES:
Over the past 38 years, the Montreal Highland Games has become one of the premier events on the North American highland games circuit. The Montreal Highland Games is always held on the Sunday following the Glengarry (Maxville) Games, which makes it a double header for pipe bands, athletes, highland dancers and spectators. Every year, the Montreal Highland Games brings together Montrealers of Scottish and all other cultural backgrounds to celebrate Highland games, music and culture. The Games remind us of the importance of human and social interaction and represent a wonderful opportunity for participants and visitors alike to discover the treasures, legends and history of the rich Scottish culture.
For more details or to buy discounted tickets online, visit the event webpage www.montrealhighlandgames.qc.ca
Or to join the Facebook page, go to: www.facebook.com/montrealhighlandgames