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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

Robbie Burns Dinner






On Saturday, January 26, 2019, The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada will host a celebration of the life and works of Robbie Burns at their annual Robbie Burns Fundraising Gala.  The funds raised from this event will go towards the operational expenses of The College and directly supporting the operational mission statement of “Empowering students to realize their full potential through Celtic Performing Arts”.  There are step dancing, highland dancing, piping and drumming classes every week as an after school program.  In addition, The College of Piping has three competition pipe bands and a dance company.  As well, there are summer programs, weekend workshops, ceilidhs, concerts and recitals throughout the year.  Students and faculty of The College are involved in the community on a very regular basis doing parades, piping, drumming and dancing at events. Students also spend lots of time traveling to pipe band competitions, highland and step dance competitions and highland gatherings in the summer.  It’s an organization that students excel not only in the Celtic Arts, but within themselves.  The programs foster personal growth and confidence and teach goal setting.

The 8th annual Robbie Burns Fundraising Gala will take place at Credit Union Place starting at 6:30 pm featuring a Scottish Ceilidh with students and faculty performing traditional and contemporary choreographies.  Come enjoy the music of Robbie Burns along with piping, drumming, fiddling and dancing.  A three course roast beef dinner, with haggis, will be served.  Tickets are $100.00 per person with a $75.00 tax receipt being issued.  Tables will be set for 8 and will be eloquently decorated. A complimentary shuttle, is offered from Charlottetown to Summerside (& return) for the event.

Robbie Burns, born in Alloway, Ayrshire, in 1759 to William Burness, a poor tenant farmer, and Agnes Broun, Robert Burns was the eldest of seven. He spent his youth working his father’s farm, but in spite of his poverty he was extremely well read. At 15 Robert was the principal worker on the farm and this prompted him to start writing in an attempt to find “some kind of counterpoise for his circumstances.” It was at this tender age that Burns penned his first verse, “My Handsome Nell”, which was an ode to the other subjects that dominated his life, namely scotch and women.

Burns contributed songs to the likes of James Johnston’s “Scot’s Musical Museum” and George Thomson’s “Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs.” In all, more than 400 of Burns’ songs are still in existence.

The last years of Burns’ life were devoted to penning great poetic masterpieces such as The Lea Rig, Tam O’Shanter and a Red, Red Rose. He died aged 37 of heart disease. On the day of his burial, more than 10,000 people came to watch and pay their respects. However, his popularity then was nothing compared to the heights it has reached since.

On the anniversary of his birth, Scots both at home and abroad celebrate Robert Burns with a supper, where they address the haggis, enjoy music and dance and perhaps some whisky. A celebration which would undoubtedly make him proud.

For more information on The College of Piping’s events, please call (902) 436-5377 or 1-877-BAG-PIPE.


Sue McGiveron

Special Events Coordinator

The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada

619 Water Street East

Summerside, PE   C1N 4H8

Phone:(902) 436-5377

Fax: (902) 436-4930

Email: sue.mcgiveron@collegeofpiping.com