So, it looks like I’m going to the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, as well as the Montreal Highland Games next weekend! I haven’t been to either, but this year looks to be the year to do it! Thousands of people attend, and an incredible 57 bands will compete in the North American Pipe Band Championships on 30 July in Maxville, Ontario.
There are events ranging from military tug-of-wars, sheep dog demonstrations, whisky tasting, heavyweight competitions and live Celtic music and more!
The Glengarry Highland Games has announced Jody Mitic as their 2016 Guest of Honour. Jody is a 20-year Canadian Armed Forces veteran and Sniper Team Leader. He lost both his legs in 2007 when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan on his 3rd tour of duty overseas. After only a few months of rehabilitation, Jody was up and walking again. A year after his injury, Jody made national media headlines when he completed the Achilles 5km run on two prosthetic legs, following that, he completed the Canada Army Run half marathon. Pretty incredible.
On Sunday the 31st, I’ll head to Montreal for The Montreal Highland Games at Arthur Therrien Park in Verdun. The Montreal Games have been held since 1976, picking up from the Caledonian Games that had taken place between 1856 to 1973.
Can’t wait to see my pal and world-famous bagpiper Craig Weir – now a NYC Tartan Week regular - from Dundee, Scotland, who will be coaching with The Montréal Pipes and Drums for the weekend. Craig is the Pipe Sergeant of the Arbroath Pipe Band and front man for Celtic rock band Gleadhraich. He has been involved in a large number of musical projects from performing for the Dalai Lama and The Queen, to joining Babyshambles, Queen, The Bay City Rollers and the Kaiser Chiefs on stage!
If you’ll be at either games, let me know! I hope to see you there! (Audrey, don't forget to pack your drinking shoes!)