Upcoming Events – The College of Piping And Celtic Performing Arts of Canada

Mini Concerts

Monday thru Friday, until August 30th
11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm

Mini concerts are a 30 minutes demonstration and explanation of the Highland Bagpipes, snare drum, Highland and Step dance.
Price $8.00 including HST

Highland Storm - Directed by Peter Gallant

August – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 10 – 11 – 12 – 13 – 14 – 15 – 16

Presented by The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada along with the Confederation Bridge:

This exhilarating evening of Celtic music and dance will captivate audiences with a stunning display of Highland and step dancers and breathtaking sounds of pipes and drums. Combined with haunting melodies of beautiful traditional songs and the consuming fire of the fiddle, you WILL be moved by this authentic experience. Prepare to sit tight and hold on. There’s a Storm coming!

The Lumber Jills

August 24th, 2019

Where will you be on Saturday, August 24 th , 2019? If you said at The Celtic Performing Arts Centre at The College of Piping in Summerside, then you will be in for a spectacular evening of fiddling and dancing that will have you tapping your toes and clapping your hands in time to the beat of The Lumber Jills!

A celebrated touring cast of ‘Old Time’ Fiddlers, pianists and step dancers from Moncton, NB, The Lumber Jills – Amélie de Arcos, Janelle Melanson, Martha Pitre and Machaela Osowski, honour the vintage style of fiddling that was once very prominent across their home province. Since 2014 they have represented their genre and The New Brunswick Old Time Fiddle Company, under the direction of Stacey Read. Having toured Northern Ireland, The HebCelt Festival in Scotland, Schots and Zilleghem Folk Festivals in Belgium and in June 2019 The National Celtic Festival of Australia; they’ve also appeared closer to home at The Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Lunenburg Folk Festival and Festival of Small Halls.

Showing their technical strokes; the show is a presentation of beloved tunes, discovered melodies, flying bows and feet; and tender sweet waltzes, harkening back to another time. Their debut self-titled album was released in May 2019 and has received a wonderful response and much praise!

The College of Piping’s new state-of-the-art Celtic Performing Arts Centre lends itself well to all types of music and there isn’t a bad seat in the house. If you haven’t attended a show in this amazing venue, now would be the time to visit.

The Lumber Jills will take the stage at 7:30pm and doors to the venue will open at 7pm. The Celtic Performing Arts Centre is located at The College of Piping – 619 Water Street East in Summerside. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketpro.ca or through the Box Office at 902-436-5377.


August 30th, 2019

Pays Tribute to some
of the Best Rock ‘n Roll Musicians!


On Friday, August 30 th, the “Unforeseen” concert experience will land on the main stage at the Celtic Performing Arts Centre at The College of Piping in Summerside. This event will showcase the greatest rock ‘n roll hit songs from yesteryear and will include songs from: Elvis, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Jerry Lee Lewis, CCR, Elton John, Billy Joel and many more.

“Unforeseen” is a high energy, unique and unforgettable experience featuring blind pianist Shelby Murray, who audiences adore. The band is a select group of premiere musicians, who are associated with the acclaimed acts known as Glamour Puss, 1755 and Dutch Mason. The musician’s talents have been endorsed by Gordon Lightfoot and recognized by the iconic rock group, AC/DC & other notable folks.

This is a performance where you will know the words to the songs and will be humming the melodies as you leave the theatre with a smile on your face! The new state-of-the-art Celtic Performing Arts Centre at The College of Piping lends itself well to all types of music and there isn’t a bad seat in the house. If you haven’t been into the new venue, this is the time to visit Summerside and experience this show and get lost in the music!

The Celtic Performing Arts Centre is located at 619 Water Street East in Summerside. Tickets are available through Ticketpro.ca or by calling the Box Office at 902-436-5377. Curtain time is at 7:30pm on August 30 th and doors will open at 7pm.

Dave Gunning

September 13th, 2019

Best defined as a master craftsman


Over the course of 23 years and 11 earlier albums, the Nova Scotian folk singer/songwriter has diligently sharpened his skills, developing into a poetic storyteller and emotionally convincing singer with few equals.

The fruits of those labours are now vividly on display in his latest collection of songs, Up Against The Sky. The relaxed and intimate feel of the record reflects its method of creation. “I focused a lot on tones and the vibe, rather than strategic parts on this one. Many of these tunes were sung and played at the same time, and that prevented me from being able to go back and edit, forcing a little more honesty.”

The sessions in Dave’s home studio were co-produced by Gunning and Jamie Robinson. Gunning contributed the bulk of the instrumentation, including all the bass parts and even drums on every song but one. Musical guests include his close musical comrade J.P. Cormier on fiddle on “Celebrate The Crop,” and Andrew Alcorn on horns on “In The Time I Was Away”, while the Atlantic String Machine added subtle yet atmospheric strings on four tracks.

Along with richly-deserved peer respect, Dave Gunning has earned a shelf full of music industry honours. That tally currently stands at eight East Coast Music Awards and two Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus a 2012 Juno Award nomination in the Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year category for his album … a tribute to John Allan Cameron, a compelling homage to another of Dave’s Maritime musical heroes.

His songwriting skill has also been internationally recognized, with tunes scoring victories and high placings in major international songwriting competitions. As a fervent hockey fan, Dave was also thrilled to win the CBC’s hotly-contested Hockey Night In Canada Song Quest in 2014 with ‘A Game Goin’ On’, a co-write with David Francey. Gunning has also remained in demand as a producer working with many artists.

The College of Piping is thrilled to be welcoming Dave to the stage of the Celtic Performing Arts Centre on September 13th. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketpro.ca or the box office at 902-436-5377.

The College of Piping hosts a Scotch Tasting and Cocktail Experience Fundraiser Presented by Key Murray Law

First event: The College of Piping in Summerside on September 19th

Second event: Charlottetown in the Penthouse Suite at the Holman Grand Hotel on September 20th.

Celebrating the Scottish whiskey tradition along with a few new spins on fine custom whiskey and bourbon, The College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts of Canada invites you to a tasty evening that involves unique food pairings with the selected beverages.  This fundraiser is one of Fall Flavours’ Culinary events and is presented by Key Murray Law along with The College of Piping.

Two events will be held, the first at The College of Piping in Summerside on September 19th and the second in Charlottetown in the Penthouse Suite at the Holman Grand Hotel on September 20th.  Both events begin at 7pm and the evening will begin with a bagpiper and will feature Celtic music throughout the evening.

Featuring selected Scotch & Bourbon tastings as well as a cocktail experience, Doug Hall, a whiskey expert and Founder/CEO of Brain Brew Custom Whiskey will host the evening.  Learn some history of the traditions of scotch manufacturing and aging processes while you sample Island flavours along with each beverage tasting.

We hope that if you have a kilt or Highland wear, you will want to don it to celebrate Scotland and Scotch.  A touch of tartan brings any beautiful outfit to life as well!

As a fundraiser for The College of Piping, a portion of the ticket price will be returned to you as charitable tax receipt.  Tickets are available through the Fall Flavours website www.fallflavours.ca or through their ticket agent www.Ticketpro.ca.  For more information, call The College of Piping at 902-436-5377.

The College of Piping is located at 619 Water St East in Summerside and the Holman Grand Hotel is located at 123 Grafton St in Charlottetown.