the Montreal Scottish Festival (Highland Games)

August 2, 2009

Mark August 2nd on your calendars for the 2009 edition of the Montreal Scottish Festival (Highland Games). The Festival takes place on the grounds of the George Springate Sports Centre, located directly behind the Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School. The school is on Pierrefonds Blvd., one street east of boul St. Jean (click on ‘directions’ for a map).

Over the past 32 years, the Montreal Scottish Festival (Highland Games) has become one of the ‘premier’ events on the North American highland games circuit. The Montreal Festival is always held on the Sunday following the Maxville Games, which makes a double header for pipe bands, athletes, highland dancers and spectators. (Among competitors this has become known as the M&M weekend.)

The ten to twelve athletes that participate in the seven heavyweight events are the elite of their sport. It is truly thrilling to see them throwing the hammers, weights, sheaves and cabers. This year we will have two athletes from Scotland.

The Montreal Scottish Festival traditionally attracts between 40 and 50 pipe bands, which makes this one of the largest pipe band competitions in North America. Last year we added grade 5 bands to the competition and this will bring more groups to the competition field and swell the ranks for the opening and closing massed bands. The sight and sound of these bands playing together at the opening and closing ceremonies will stir the blood of absolutely everyone in the park.

The grace and precision of the highland dancers is a beautiful thing to watch. Whether you are a knowledgeable expert or novice spectator, these dancers will impress everyone.

In addition to the competitive events, there are demonstrations of Scottish fiddle playing and Scottish Country Dancing. One can also visit the Clan Society kiosks and more than 60 boutiques selling everything from haggis and kilts to hamburgers and Montreal smoked meat sandwiches. The refreshment tent offers a number of imported ales as well as domestic brews. There is hand clapping, foot stomping music all afternoon to go along with your cool beverage.

The Scottish Festival is always a real family event, and the kiddies have not been forgotten. The kiddies’ corner features inflated bounce rides, pony rides and other activities designed especially for them. The Girl Guides offer a changing and nursing facility for babies and their mothers. All these activities for the children are free.

For those wishing to attend the Festival in ‘style’, look into the Patrons’ Package. The perks offerd by this plan are turely remarkable for the price.

There is an admission cost of $15.00 for adults, however children under 12 years old are admitted free of charge. The Festival also supplies free round trip transportation to the site from HURLEY’S IRISH PUB, 1225 CRESCENT STREET, MONTREAL starting at 9:00am. The last bus leaves the Games site at 8:00PM, returning to the Crescent Street terminus. The former pick-up and drop-off spot outside the Lionel Groulx Metro will NOT be available.

Please navigate around the site for additional information. A map is available HERE .

Schedule for Highland Games
8:30am Competitions start, Highland Dancing, Solo piping & Drumming
Concessions set up

9:00am Concessions open
Shuttle bus service from Hurley’s Irish Pub on Crescent Street starts (stops at 8:00PM)

10:00am Athletic competitions start on the main field
11:00am Beer Tent opens
VIP (Patrons’ tent) opens Food and drink available for invited guests only.
Scottish fiddle demonstrations start.

12:30pm Opening ceremonies start
Official party goes to stage for ceremonies and speeches

1:30pm Afternoon competitions start; athletics, pipe bands, highland dancing.
Entertainment in the beer tent starts.

5:30pm (approx.) Bands assemble for closing ceremonies. Trophy presenters should be in stage area and be ready to make presentations. VIP tent closes.
7:30pm Close beer ticket sales booth.
8:00pm Shuttle bus service to Hurley’s stops.
8:30pm Beer tent closes


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