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For over 25 years, the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts has provided a world-class education to students within our community and around the world.

Building on the vision of our late founder Scott MacAulay, the College now enters into a new era of excellence. We have already raised initial funding of $2,700,000 and designed a modern facility that will provide new opportunities for enhanced learning, culture, and community.

The new Performing Arts Education Centre is equipped to facilitate the growing needs of students, faculty, and programming. Each space is carefully designed to invite hard work, inspire dedication and provide opportunity to o er more programming — and to more students — than ever before.

We invite you, our neighbors, to join us in a combined e ort of public, private and corporate partnership to make this project a reality. Let’s work together and empower generations to come. Let’s work together and build the Performing Arts and Education Centre.

Questions? Call us for more information.

Business Manager
The College of Piping and Performing Arts of Canada
619 Water Street East
Summerside, PEI C1N 4H8

Office: (902) 436-5377
Email: roger.downie@collegeofpiping.com

Upcoming Events

Unforeseen – Friday, July 30th

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

On Friday, August 30th, 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 30th and doors will open at 7pm.

The Lumber Jills – Aug 24th

Celebrated ‘Old Time’ Fiddlers – The Lumber Jills – Coming to Summerside!


Where will you be on Saturday, August 24th, 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.


Dave Gunning – Sept 13th 

Dave Gunning is 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.  For more information, visit our website www.collegeofpiping.com or our Facebook page – Celtic Performing Arts Centre.

Emergency Animal Response Team Present:

Heather Rankin  – September 28 


The Emergency Animal Response Team (EART) is proud to present an evening with one of Atlantic Canada’s most well-known and favourite entertainers, multiple Juno and ECMA award winner Heather Rankin. Heather will be performing a benefit concert for us on September 28th, 2019 in the Celtic Performing Arts Centre at The College of Piping. Along with the concert, there will be a Silent Auction and raffles, including a draw for 2 round trip tickets to any regular WestJet destination. Proceeds from the evening will go towards the operation of EART’s emergency and disaster animal rescue and shelter operations across the Maritimes. Come out and enjoy a fantastic evening of entertainment and meet the volunteers behind this amazing organization. For more information, visit their website: www.emergencyanimalresponseteam.com  or like them on Facebook at Emergency Animal Response Team.


Highland Storm – Summer 2019


Highland Storm courtesy of Lee Dodson, Skygate Videography Inc.

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!




Upcoming Sing-alongs!


Oct 25th, 2019 – Rocky Horror Picture Show

Dec 2019 – Sound of Music

Dec 2019 – Frozen


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