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News: March 9th PDQB Deadline and (many) Community Announcements and Events!

Thanks again to everyone that took part in our events last Saturday. We had a record turnout for the day (150+). We’re grateful for your support!

PDQB Examinations

Expressions of interest due March 9th

The next round of piping PDQB examinations will take place April 25th and 26th. We are also taking expressions of interest for drumming at this time, with a future date to be determined based on interest.

To proceed, interested candidates must familiarize themselves with the process, the material, and submit an expression of interest by March 9th.

Learn more about the process here.


Ottawa Indoor Highland Games

Register for the May 9th solo and band contests by April 25th

Registration for the Ottawa Branch Indoor Highland Games is open!

The games will take place in Kemptville on Saturday, May 9th.

Entries will close two weeks in advance (Saturday, April 25th).


  1. PPBSO Champion Supreme points for morning solos

  2. Band competition challenging up

  3. Juvenile contest


A message from the Ottawa Highlanders:

OHPD is recruiting!

“The band is looking for pipers, snare drummers and tenor drummers of all levels.

The organization is composed of competitive Grade 3 and Grade 5 bands, who perform in and around the National Capital Region and compete on the Ontario PPBSO circuit. Free piping, snare drumming and tenor drumming lessons are available from beginner to advanced levels, open to all ages.

  1. For information on piping, contact Greg at

  2. For information on drumming, contact Scott at

You can also connect with us on Facebook or come out to see us at Vimy Brewing Company on Thursday evenings (6:30-7:30pm for beginners, Grade 5 practice from 7-9pm) or Sunday afternoons (Grade 3 practice from 12:30-3:30pm). We look forward to meeting you!”


Glengarry Pipe Band presents Drumming for Drinks!

May 2nd in Ottawa

The Glengarry Pipe Band is partnering with Innovation to host Drumming for Drinks in Ottawa on May 2nd! The event will be emceed by Tyler Fry. More details will be out soon!


Fred Morrison is coming back to Ottawa!

Buy your tickets for May 12th


Scottish multi-instrumentalist and composer Fred Morrison is coming back to Ottawa on May 12th!

Fred Morrison was born and raised near Glasgow, but it’s the celebrated Gaelic piping tradition of his father’s native South Uist, in the outer Hebrides, that forms the bedrock of his intensely expressive, uniquely adventurous style.

It’s been a few years since Fred last dazzled a sold-out crowd in Ottawa. His outstanding technical prowess saw him winning many top competition prizes while still at school, meanwhile being inspired by pioneering acts like the Bothy Band and the Tannahill Weavers. Although his first-love instrument remains the great Highland bagpipes, over the years his mastery has expanded to encompass whistles, Scottish smallpipes, or reelpipes – Morrison being a pivotal populariser of this once-rare variety – and Irish uilleann pipes.

Back by popular demand! MACISAAC AND MACKENZIE will be opening for Fred!

Alexis MacIsaac and Calum MacKenzie are a wife and husband duo who have established a unique musical partnership that combines Cape Breton piano playing with a modern approach to Celtic fiddle. While Calum’s musical approach has been heavily influenced by his Hebridean roots and his native Cape Breton culture, Alexis’ playing is a multi-faceted harmonization of Irish, Scottish, and Cape Breton styles.

Show Starts: 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM

Location: Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, Kildare Room (entrance on Cumberland Street), 310 St. Patrick Street

Tickets: $22 per person

All ages welcome. Cash bar.


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