off to Canada
The Southland Times
January 27, 2001
' Hot , the City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band's
annual stage production, will make its international debut
in Canada later this year.
President Peter Wards yesterday confirmed the band had
invitation to stage the show in Vancouver on June 14.
Pipe major David Pickett said this was a huge opportunity
for the show which, in the past five years, had sold 17,000
tickets in Southland and Otago.
The pipe band was initially approached to take part in
a week-long Bandfest after organisers heard it would be
performing at the Nova Scotia International Tattoo in
Halifax, on Canada's east coast, from June 28 to July
Connecting flights meant the band had to pass through
When the Bandfest organisers learned about Pipin ' Hot
, they asked for i t to be the top billing, Mr Pickett
The festival has only been running for about three years
centre-stage acts had been the world champion Simon Fraser
University Pipe Band and Scotland's famous Pipes and Drums
of the 1st Battalion The Highlanders.
"It's very exciting. It's something that's Southland
born and bred that's come of age," he said.
Pipin ' Hot will be staged in Invercargill from May 16
This year's theme of Voyages is fitting for the progress
the band has made in the past few years but also representative
of the spread of Scottish people and influences.