Castle Stalker near Oban.

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The next Ceilidh dance is next Friday May 31 – the last Friday of the month and yes it is an extra Ceilidh dance requested by you the dancers and as it is not advertised we really rely on all of you to spread the word. It will be the fifth one of the year and the last one until September so you will all want to come and enjoy a great evening of dancing, fun and social interaction.

The dances are held in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver which is a block north of SW Marine between Granville & Oak in Marpole.  The evening starts with a free class from 7 – 7:45 and the dance with the live music of Calanais follows from 8 – 10:30.  Admission is $15 (students $10) and there are refreshments available but remember it is CASH ONLYRemember to bring some extra cash so you can donate towards the cost of the beer/cider/soft drinks/cookies etc.

If you are interested in moving to the next level up from Ceilidh dancing you should try Scottish Country dancing which is more refined than Ceilidh dancing but still lots of fun.  Weekly classes are nearing the end of the season but you could look them up and find one near you.   To help everyone find a convenient class here is a link to all the classes in and around Vancouver and the start time if known;

2023-24 Class List

Of course there are the Scotfest BC Highland Games in June – – and it is hoped that Dancing in the Park (DITP) will be on again but negotiations with the Parks Board are continuing –   Check out these events.



the beautiful gardens at Bargany Estate near Girvan


Tunes for your listening pleasure

Bonnie Dundee                              Blackthorn                         Singing the Travels






Blackness Castle Linlithgow



Danny Bhoy


stag near the Cobbler in Arrochar


How many Aussies does it take to move a tree.




the Fairy Bridge in Argyll


Here is another tune for you to enjoy

Selection of Strathspeys  Bobby Brown & Flying Scotsmen  Any good dance Any good tune

the Old Man of Stoer in Sutherland



Vancouverites will relate to this one.  Both the first one and then the narrated version.  A few changes in Vancouver over the years since 1907!


The next Ceilidh dance is by the dancers request and it will be held on Friday, May 31st.  The same admission prices but Remember it is Cash Only both for admittance and for the refreshments.

Ceilidh dances are held in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.  There is a free class at 7 pm then the dance follows from 8 – 10:30 pm with live music by Calanais.  All easy dances that are taught and called and everyone has lots of fun and great exercise.  Tell your friends and make it an outing – it only costs $15 ($10 for students) and there are refreshments (including cider & beer) for a donation. Remember it is “cash only” both for admittance and the refreshments. Mark your calendars now and make plans to join the fun.  Check the website for more details.

The 2024 Ceilidh Dance dates are all on the last Friday of the month –

May 31
September 27
October 25
November 29

If you have a group of 8 or more then the cost is $1 less for each of you.  You have to choose a password, make sure everyone in the group knows what it is then contact me at at least two days before the dance & let me know you have a group and what the password will be, then you do not need to all arrive together.


It’s a digital world…

Amazing! Remember all those sets that movie companies used to build and then transport to Florida to turn into theme parks? Well, no more. And, will they no longer present an Oscar for best makeup artist because there is no makeup – it’s all done digitally. It’s a new world.

Get ready to never believe any picture or video you see again. It’s incredible how much of every scene in this link is created by computer graphics. A good reason to be skeptical of what you see on-line!



The Japanese gardens in Cowden near Dollar.



If you’re wondering why HP and others are dropping desktops etc….It’s called GLASS.

The future is almost here with Corning glass, and the ideas are mind boggling!

You gotta see this – click on glass



lonely rowing boat on a dreich day in South Harris.


Another good tune

May’s 100th           Marian Anderson & her Band            The Other Kangaroo Paw




An explosion of colour in front of a foreboding sky along the Crinan canal at Cairnbaan.


The 2024 season for Ceilidh Dances are scheduled (all on Friday evenings) as follows:-

May 31
September 27
October 25
November 29

Mark your calendars now!

The dances will be will be held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.  The class will be held in the large hall from 7:00 – 7:45 then we will all exit to give the band a chance for a sound check etc. and the dance class will run from 8:00 – 10:30 with live music by Calanais.  Alison will continue to be your teacher/caller so you are guaranteed to have a great evening.  No change to the admission – still $15 with students $10.

Help us spread the word – I am not into social media but I am sure somebody can promote the Ceilidh Dance(s) there for me especially out at the Colleges and Universities.  Tell all your friends to come along – it really is a fun (and cheap!) evening.  DON’T FORGET IT IS CASH ONLY.

a calm summer scene at Loch Lomond near Luss Pier.


the Aurora above Eilean Donan Castle.  20 May 2024
NEXT CEILIDH DANCE IS ON Friday, May 31, 2024
alert all your friends and acquaintances.
Hope to see many of you there 

May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more,
and may nothing but happiness come through your door.

Duncan MacKenzie