It is time to remind of the Ceilidh Dance next Friday April 28, 2017.  It will be super to see you all there – Oh I know some of you are not available, are going away, are sick or whatever; but – if you can come do so.  A large attendance for the final Ceilidh Dance of the season is needed.

Don’t forget to put the Ceilidh Dances on your 2017 (and now 2018) calendars – April 28; then another season starting September 29; October 27; November 24 and in the spring of 2018 January 12; February 23; March 30 and closing with April 27.  They are all on Friday evenings and where possible the last Friday of each month – the exceptions are December (as we never schedule one) and January.   Come to the Ceilidh  Friday, April 28 the last one of the season and have lots of fun for next to nothing!

Achmelvich Beach, Sutherland



Holy Isle, Arran


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Canada has fewer people than Tokyo’s metropolitan area.


Bannaminn Beach, Burra Isle, Shetland



 For sale: Long skirt and matching sash from Claire Charles of Pitlochry. Ancient Douglas tartan (blue and green). Length 31.5”. Size “Easyfit.” Perfect for Heather Ball and TAC balls. Brand new. Please contact Rosemary at 604-298-6552 or


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The next regular Ceilidh Dance is the Last Friday of the month!! – That is Friday, April 28, 2017 and I sure hope you can come and bring lots of friends.  


I have updated the calendar with known dates at this time including Inverglen’s annual concert- see the Upcoming Events tab.

Frances reminds me that registration for Summer School is open and filling up fast.  It is being held in our own back yard at the University of British Columbia.  This Scottish Country Dance school is for all levels not just advanced dancers.

Hi Everyone,

I know we are looking forward to the warmer weather – it’s coming sooooon.

 I want to remind you that registration for Summer School and the Teachers’ Weekend is already available on-line.   There is a lot of information on the web site – many “pull-down” pages providing you with information about classes, teachers, musicians, special events etc.  Please take a minute to look at the site and then register.   There are over 125 people already registered and the site has only been open four weeks.  We would hate you to miss out. 

 If you or any of your dancers are interested in participating in the Dancing Achievement Program could you please let me know – after you’ve told them about this new and interesting opportunity.  So far we have two Vancouver dancers who will participate and in early July we will organize a couple of classes to help them learn these dances. Of course you could also slip a few of these into your regular classes and that would help everyone become familiar with them. The list of dances and all the details are on the Summer School web site.  We look forward to hearing that you’ve registered.

Fran C.




During WWII, Canada gave out buttons to people who tried to enlist but were refused due to medical reasons to show their willingness to fight.


Thanks to Steve at the Celtic Treasure Chest there is now an online list of all the Celtic societies as well as a calendar of events:


The Celtic Treasure Chest on Dunbar has new owners.  Come and meet the new owners and stock up on all your favourite foods.  

Celtic Fashions on E-Bay – go to 


The Scottish Cultural Centre is a pretty unique and wonderful asset and space is available for rent to anyone or any group. The Centre does not run itself but is actually run by the United Scottish Cultural Society (USCS). Memberships in this Society are for individuals only and presently cost $10 annually. Membership Application Forms may be obtained either at the Centre or on the USCS website – . The cost is only $10.

Any person may join USCS and Scottish Country & Ceilidh Dancers are encouraged to show their support by doing so. If any USCS member would like to be more involved, then, Darryl Carracher, the Manager at the Centre, will be pleased to give you further information.


Bluebells on the side of the road



Cairndow, Loch Fyne


The next Ceilidh Dance is Friday, April 28, 2017 – that is next Friday.  That will be the seventh one for the season and the fourth one of 2017.  There is lots of time for you all to get yourselves and your friends organized to come along for another fun, filled evening. Come and dance, it is lots of fun and really easy. Everything is taught from scratch – you won’s be the only newbie!  


Doug Smith is on his deathbed and knows the end is near.  His nurse, his wife, his daughter and 2 sons, are with him.  He asks for 2 witnesses to be present and a camcorder be in place to record his last wishes, and when all is ready he begins to speak:

“My son, Bernie, I want you to take the Mayfair houses.
“My daughter Sybil, you take the apartments over in the east end.”
“My son, Jamie, I want you to take the offices over in the City Centre.
“Sarah, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings on the banks of the river.”

The nurse and witnesses are blown away as they did not realize his extensive holdings, and as Doug slips away, the nurse says, “Mrs. Smith, your husband must have been such a hard-working man to have accumulated all this property”.

The wife replies, “The old coot had a paper route.”


Michelle has very kindly made up a Facebook event page for the Ceilidh but you need to “Search for Vancouver Ceilidh on Facebook and “Like” us to receive updates on upcoming Ceilidhs and other events”. Then, if you “Like” the Vancouver Ceilidh FB page (do as described above), you too will receive updates AND be able to share those updates and events on your personal Facebook page to your friends and ask that they “Like” and “Share”, etc. Ceilidh Dances are great ways to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries etc. Invite all your friends to come and join you at the Ceilidh. You are welcome to bring your own cake and we’ll even sing for you!!


The Eiffel Tower was almost temporarily relocated to Canada in 1967.


You can join the e-mail list of the SFU Scottish and Celtic Society; the club connecting you to all things Scottish and Celtic at SFU and the community. As members of this mailing list, you will receive updates on events and learning opportunities. All are welcome to participate and enjoy. Facebook Group: As of today, our new Facebook Group is launched and available to join. It is an ‘Open’ group. Anyone can join and invite their friends. We will create Facebook ‘Events’ for all our occasions. Join today at this link:


Some fun and interesting sites: – note if you have a link to something you think others will enjoy send me the link.

Sound On; Full Page:-

 Now I’ve Seen Everything

A 3-year old’s take on Easter

Easter: A Scottish three year old’s take…

BBC Scotland

I had no idea this place looked like this!!!

COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS:  Note – please check the Branch website for and last minute changes.

Apr 22 Deep Cove Spring Dance – St. Catherine’s Anglican Church, 1058 Ridgewood Drive, North Vancouver at 7:30 pm – admission $20 – music by Mary Ross
Apr 22 Change of date —  see April 29
Apr 22 Vancouver Island Spring Fling
Apr 22 North Shore Celtic Ensemble, are excited to invite you to the NSCE 6th Annual Spring Ceílí Dance on April 22nd at Highlands United Church in Edgemont Village, North Vancouver! The North Shore Celtic Ensemble will be playing their high-energy brand of Celtic music.
Apr 23 Langley Area Mostly British Motoring Club  Hosting the 12th Annual St. George’s Day British Motoring Show in downtown Fort Langley. St George’s Family Board Game and Afternoon Tea hosted by the Royal Society of St. George
Apr 28 Ceilidh Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver – no partner or experience required – live music with Calanais – refreshments available – class from 7 – 8 p.m. followed by dance from 8 – 11 p.m. – all dances walked, talked and called – admission at the door $12 (students $10)
Apr 29 NEW DATE —    Nanaimo Spring Dance
Apr 29 Vernon One Day Workshop & Dance with teacher Bernadette Thill, Edmonton and musician Mary Ross, Victoria.  Information and registration form
Apr 30 The Bellingham Scottish Country Dancers are hosting a Ceilidh from 2-5pm in Mt Vernon at the Littlefield Celtic Center, please pass this news on to everyone you know who might be interested!   for location and directions:    There will be refreshments and you can encourage your club to bring something to share as we usually do at our dances.   $5 per person $10 per family. You can also look on our website for all the details:
May  7 Come and “Celebrate Canada” with us at the White Rock Annual Spring Tea Dance – Star of the Sea Hall, 15262 Pacific Avenue, White Rock with music by the Tartan Players – Doors open at 3:30 pm Dancing starts at $ pm – Refreshments to follow.  The programme will have a Canadian theme with dances from all over Canada
May 10 White Rock last class of season
May 28 Fort Langley Voyageurs Whisky Tea Dance
May 29 Highland Games Mass Demonstration Rehearsal
June 5 Highland Games Mass Demonstration Rehearsal
Jun  9 Inverglen Scottish Dancers present their annual recital – “A Scottish Fancy”    7.30 p.m. Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.  Highland, Scottish Country and Step Dancing.   Piping by Kevin Watsyk and Gaelic Singing by Caity Rose Gordon.   Tickets available at the door at 7 p.m.  Adults: $15.00 Children and Seniors $10.00
Jun 12 Highland Games Mass Demonstration Rehearsal
Jun 17 B.C. Highland Games & Scottish Festival
Jul  1 Canada Day Parade – come & help celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday
Jul 23 – 30 TAC Summer School at UBC Vancouver – online registration opens February 15 – school is open to all levels (beginner to advanced) – Dancers unable to attend the entire TCW Weekend or entire SS Week will have opportunities to attend part-time.  See Registration Information 2017 for information and dates on which reservations can be made.


The next Ceilidh Dance is Friday, April 28th, 2017.   Same time, same place, same price, same amount of fun and entertainment. Now it is up to you all to help by planning on coming along and bringing loads of friends, family, acquaintances, etc. We need to improve the attendance to make the dances financially viable. Please do your best to spread the word. Let me know if you would like a poster to put up.

Carsaig Bay, Mull


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Castle Hill, Edinburgh

Come Scottish Country Dancing – it is lots of fun. Just ask anyone who came along to the Dancing in the Park. We had great audience participation so I hope you will all come along and join one of our great classes or at least come to one of the Ceilidh Dances.

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The next Ceilidh Dance is next Friday, April 28, 2017 with live music by Calanaish.   This is the fourth dance of the year and we need another huge attendance with everyone coming along for a really fun evening.

Col Mor with views of Cul Beag, Stac-Pollaidh & the Summer Isles

You still have time to spread the word about all the Ceilidh Dances as that is the best (and cheapest) form of advertising. It is great exercise and fun, for all ages, too. Here is a link where you can watch a short video of a Ceilidh Dance: and here is a link to the Facebook advert: The format for all of the regular monthly Ceilidh Dances will be the same with the class from 7 – 8 p.m. and the dance from 8 – 11 p.m. and all dances will be walked and talked through.

They are all held at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver. The price is only – $12 or $10 for students which, for what you get is a super bargain – everyone is welcome. No partner is required and you should wear FLAT, comfy shoes and loose clothing. Children are also welcome but should be prepared to dance with other people as some of the dances require a change of partner. Don’t forget to bring a few extra $$$$ to help defray the cost of the refreshments which are otherwise free.


The Branch has opened a Facebook Page at “RSCDS-Vancouver” – check it out there are some good pictures etc. There is a link on both our website and the Branch website


Scottish Country Dance (SCD) classes are nearing the end of another season but it is never too late to join in.  Check out the class locations and come along – see the “Classes” tab.  

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Come to a class  – You will be made very welcome. Many classes have a policy that the first night is FREE! Plan to come along to try out a class in the new year. There are classes all around and on different nights so GIVE IT A GO!   Go to either or www, for a list of class locations and times.St patrick's Day Dancers

For those who don’t know SCD is a fabulous pastime (much better and lots more fun than golf!!) and is super exercise for body and mind. SCD is, naturally, rooted in Scotland but there are groups in almost every country so you can learn here and then dance with other groups when you vacation or travel. SCD is not to be confused with Highland Dancing which is more solo dancing. SCD is usually done with a partner in groups or sets however you do not need to come with a partner. It is more akin to Square Dancing.

It takes a year or two of classes, workshops, etc. to learn the basics then you can hone your skills in advanced classes. You start by learning the steps and formations. Dances (of which there are over 13,000) are made up of these formations so a good grounding will give you the ability to learn a new dance fairly quickly. SCD has its HQ in Scotland and is known as the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) and there is a Vancouver Branch of the RSCDS under which there are many clubs throughout the Province (there is also a Branch in Seattle).

There are a great many classes and the ones in the Vancouver area are listed on the website. Come along – check us out – the first night is usually free and thereafter it will average about $6 a night and that’s for a 2 hour class!  You will find many friendly people who will be eager to help you and welcome you to their club. You never know you actually might like it!! Check the list of classes at either at or Note that the latter website has the latest updates to temporary changes to times and locations.


as well there are classes all up and down Vancouver Island, a number of the Gulf Islands, the Cariboo, Okanagan, etc. etc. and there are various groups all over this great Province, Country, World and who knows where else! Check the Branch website for all these details –


Cromlix House, Stirling



For upcoming events see and

Other announcements etc:
Seattle Branch
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The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on   Friday, April 28th., 2017 in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, (73rd & Hudson which is between Oak & Granville), Vancouver,

We need everyone to help us get as many new comers (as well as former Ceilidh Dancers) as possible to come and join us. The Ceilidh Dances are a great way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Invite all your friends along. Contact me if you will have a group of 8 or more and we can give them a discount!!!

We Really NEED YOUR HELP to advertise the Ceilidh Dances!!!! It only costs $12 ($10 for students) – it is worth so much more in fun, exercise and camaraderie. Use any access to free adverts etc. You can also use things like the YouTube link or the Face-book page

Suggestions to improve our advertising are always welcome. Don’t forget to tell them about the website and get them to “subscribe” to the newsletter.

Most of you have been to at least one Ceilidh Dance so you know how it goes. You don’t need a partner; you don’t need any experience; you should wear FLAT soft soled shoes; we walk, talk, and call every dance and you should come to have fun and have a good evening of exercise and entertainment and maybe even to learn!

There is a FREE class from 7 – 8 p.m. and the dance from 8 – 11 p.m. with music by Calanais. Remember to bring some extra cash so you can make a donation towards the cost of the refreshments. Without these donations we will have to increase the price of admission again!!

The schedule for the 2016/17 season shapes up as follows:
All on Fridays of course —

April 28

September 29
October 27
November 24

Come along and get some great exercise while also having lots of fun. We hope to have lots of new Ceilidh dancers. Remember to bring your smiles and wear flat shoes.
Please do your best to assist us in letting as many people know as possible. Use Face-book, e-mail, telephone or even word of mouth and tell everyone you know what a fun night it is.

We would like to attract more young adults and students from Universities and all the colleges. Somehow we have to get word out to these students etc. Please do all you can to help us. Come one, come all to the same place (Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver) and the same time (7 p.m. for the class and 8 – 11 p.m. for the dance) and the same amazing price ($12 or $10 for students.)

Cuillins from Roag

You should check the website – – from time to time as you can find various pages listing “Ceilidhs and Events;” Classes:” Duncan’s List;” etc. On these pages you can check all the upcoming events, where all the classes are located, times, etc. and some places to find Scottish things or some local trades, etc. I will continue to highlight the more current events in each week’s newsletter but, as stated, the calendar of all events will be available on the website.

You should also have a look at the Vancouver Branch website from time to time – – as there is always useful information on it and it is a very good-looking site.

If you have any questions regarding the Ceilidh Dances send them to me at Please check the website – for updates, pictures and news.

Dance – it is good for your health.

Keep sending jokes, pictures and info you wish to have included. Don’t forget to look at our web pages at If you know of anyone who would like to be on the mailing list please send them the web address – and ask them to subscribe.

If anyone has good pictures from the Ceilidh Dances please send them to me so I can put them on the web page. If you have any announcements please send them to me preferably in Word; Times New Roman 12pt format with a layout similar to the one used in this newsletter. I occasionally hear of an event somewhere in our beautiful Province, on the Island or in the Interior, but don’t know all the details.




This newsletter reaches out to some 369 subscribers from all over the Province, Country and to many other countries as well, so please send me the details of your event and I will only be too happy to include them.



Drum Castle


Enjoy yourselves – come Scottish Country Dancing – for it is good for your health and you never know you just might …..!

See Coming Events on the website for info – and come to the Ceilidh Dance on Friday, April 28!!

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

Duncan MacKenzie