There are more bagpipers in Canada than in Scotland… but are there more kilt wearers?
Police Pipe Band, Rob McDonald kiltmaker, Tyler + Todd (above) in front
of the Newfound Land flag. – photo Todd's camera
Kilts Night is a social event that brings together wearers of kilts to enjoy fine conversation, cameraderie, and often to enjoy Celtic and Celtic-Canadian music. This was our first Kilts Night at Atlantic Trap & Gill at 612 Davie and Seymour St., since 2004. It's a lovely Canadian Martime themed pub, which proudly displays all the flags of the Maritime provinces such as Newfound Land, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Kilts Night is a regular social event for the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team, which actively celebrates BC's Chinese-Scottish-Canadian history by paddling dragon boats, wearing kilts, eating deep-fried haggis won ton at team parties, and attending Kilts Night and Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year events.
The first Kilts Night I ever attended was at the Atlantic Trap & Gill, back in 2004. Kilts night then was attended by bagpipers Dr. Nathan and tatoo artists such as Vince Hemingson.
We would meet on the 1st Saturday of each month at “The Trap.” But one day in January, we discovered that “The Trap” was closed on New Year's Day. Standing outside in the cold, we pondered our possibilities, and quickly ended up at Doolin's Irish Pub. There we discovered all the waitresses were wearing kilts and Kilts Night moved to Doolin's.
BC has a long tradition with Scottish culture. The first governor was James Douglas, born in Guyana of a Scottish father and Creole mother, but edcuated in Scotland. Canada's 1st and 2nd Prime Ministers were Sir John a. MacDonald and Alexander Mackenzie were both respectively born in Glasgow and Dunkeld, Scotland. The first Vancouver mayor was Malcolm Alexander MacLean, born in Tiree Scotland.
I met Allan this year when he was playing bagpipes on Robbie Burns Day for Rock 101's Brother Jake show. Allan came to Vancouver City Hall for our Tartan Day proclaimation in City of Vancouver with Mayor Sullivan and councillors. Allan also participated in our kilts night picture for Vancouver Sun: The next celebration.