Highland Dance Competition

When: Saturday July 7th, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Where: Victoria Park Dance Stage
(Rain Location: Arts Centre Theatre - 707 Queen Street)

Organized and sanctioned by the Highland Dancers Association of Ontario, our Highland Dance competition includes the five progressive levels of Highland Dance: Primary, Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, and Premier. Originally Highland Dance was done by men as preparation for war. In more recent times it has become more graceful and artistic, and done by women and men. A very old form of dance, both square dancing and ballet have their roots in this dance form. Dancers are judged on timing, technique and deportment. The younger group awards will be given after the morning competition. The older group awards will take place after the afternoon competition.

Pas de Bas/Pas de Bas Hi Cuts

Is one of the first dances taught in Highland Dance. This dance is exactly the same as the first step of the Sword Dance, but is danced to the front without the use of swords. It is usually taught to young dancers who are not yet prepared to learn the entire Sword Dance

Highland Fling

One of the oldest traditional dances. Originally performed by male warriors as a victory dance over a tang (shield).


Special Fling

A unique addition created for our competition, for Premier dancers aged 15 and under. All the dancers dance together and one award is given to the dancer judged with having the best fling.

Sword Dance

Dating back to 11th Century, this is a victory dance where the victorious warrior places his sword over that of the defeated. Touching or kicking the sword results in a deduction or disqualification.


Sean Truibhas

Used to depict the Scottish displeasure at being forced to wear trousers by the English. Dancers’ movements show pleasure at shedding the trousers and donning the kilt.

Barracks

(Wilt thou go to the barracks, Johnny?) Is a national dance in Highland dancing, and was originally a recruitment dance for the Royal Scottish Army. This dance represents the strength, agility, and determination the soldier received while going through training.


Irish Jig

A Scottish take on an Irish jig in which a washerwoman is angry with her erring husband. A heeled shoe is used in this dance. Male dancers play the erring husband and dance with a shillelagh.

Sailor’s Hornpipe

Adopted from the English Hornpipe. Dancers wear a sailor’s suit and depict everyday movements in a sailor‘s life.

Pipers & Pipe Band Competitions

Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario (PPBSO)
Solo Piping Competitions
When: Saturday 8:30am to 12:00noon
Where: Various stations along Princes Street, Durham Market and Russell St. as well as within Victoria Park.

Solo pipers will be competing at stations set up along the streets of neighbouring Victoria Park. The cooperation of our neighbours with their stately Victorian homes and lush gardens makes this unique to Scottish Festivals. Visitors are welcome to walk and watch as hundreds of pipers strut their stuff for the judges.

Piobaireachd Competition
When: Saturday 8:30am
Where: Kincardine United Church
(immediately east of Victoria Park on Princes Street)

The Piobaireachd or Great Music is a music genre associated primarily with the Scottish Highlands that is characterized by extended compositions with a melodic theme and elaborate formal variations. It is currently performed principally on the Great Highland Bagpipe and is also increasingly played on the Scottish fiddle and the wire-strung Gaelic harp or clarsach, among other instruments, as part of a recent revival.

Pipe Band Competitions
When: Saturday 12:00noon to 5:00pm Awards at 5:30pm
Where: Band Circle, Victoria Park, Grades 5 to 1 Pipe Bands

The Competition is governed and sanctioned by the Pipers and Pipe Bands Association of Ontario Pipe Bands are graded from Grade 5 up to Grade 1, Grade 1 being the highest.

Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band Saturday Night Parade

Every Saturday night in the summer, the Kincardine Scottish parade down the main street to the delight of locals and visitors, many of whom join in and march behind them. With 109 years of tradition behind them, the Kincardine Scottish is as much a part of Kincardine as the harbor, the lake, and the lighthouse. Festival weekend is no exception. The Festival goes on pause at 8:00pm Saturday, when a crowd of thousands gathers behind the Kincardine Scottish. Marching with the Kincardine Scottish on Festival weekend is an experience never to be forgotten. The parade travels down Queen Street several blocks to Quinn Plaza, has a wee break and then returns to Victoria Park where they perform in concert in the Pipe Band Circle. Look for the Kincardine Scottish Piping and Drumming 101 booth on Sunday, July 9th. Members of the Kincardine Scottish will be there to give you an introduction to piping and drumming and what it takes to be a member of a Scottish Pipe Band.

Heavy Events Sponsored by Ontario Power Generation

Sanctioned by the Canadian Scottish Athletic Federation Where: Robinson Park, Russell Street
When: Saturday July 7th, 9:00am - 4:30pm
9:00am - 10:30am: Amateur and Women’s Competition Caber Toss, Hammer Throw, Weight Over Bar, Stone Throw, Sheaf Toss
1:00pm - 4:30pm: Professional and Master Competition

Highland Games were held long ago by the clans of Northern Scotland, but have their origins far earlier with the Celts of Ireland in Roman times. Some credit the 11th century Scottish king, Malcolm Canmore, with initiating the first Highland Games. Contests in running, leaping, vaulting, wrestling, lifting heavy weights and putting stones (as one sees today) were begun more than a thousand years ago. Sporting contests called “wappinschaws” were held by the various clans. The clans’ warriors needed to test their physical prowess in much the same way as modern soldiers engage in physical training. It was at one of these in 1574 that “tossing of ye barr” (caber-tossing) first appeared on record. The first games were held in the 11th century under the reign of the Scottish King Malcolm of Canmore. In 1057 the King held a crude form of Scottish athletics to lift the morale of his troops before battle. The strongest men were chosen as the King’s personal body guards and the fastest became his couriers. Implements used were those found around the blacksmith’s shop and available to the early Scotsman.

Stone Throw

A stone is thrown in a style similar to the modern shot-put for maximum distance. The modern Track and Field shot-put has, in fact, its roots in the Heavy Events.

Weights (For Distance)

These weights are metal with a chain and ring handle. The weights include Light (28lb) and Heavy (56lb) with the overall length of each implement being 18 inches. The athlete has a 9’ run up and must throw the weight with one hand. The object is to throw the weight as far as possible.

Weights (Over the Bar)

The weight is thrown one-handed over a bar set at increasing heights. The weight is attached to a metal ring handle. The thrower has three tries for each height (12-25 lbs).

Hammer Throw

The hammer head is metal, and the shaft is wood (rattan or bamboo),or plastic eg. PVC pipe. The total weight of each hammer is 16 lbs (light) and 22 lbs (heavy). The length of the hammer can be no longer than 50” overall. The hammer must be thrown with the feet in a fixed position, but a competitor may move his feet after the hammer is released.

Sheaf Toss

A pitchfork is used to hurl a burlap bag stuffed with straw (161 lbs) over a horizontal bar. The contestant gets three tries to clear the bar without touching it. The bar is raised higher and higher each time.

Caber Toss

There is no standard size or weight of a caber but the caber is wood and typically of a length and weight so half the competitors can turn it. The caber is ‘stood-up’ for the athlete, with the heavy end on top. The attempt begins when the caber is lifted from the ground. The thrower may take any length of run they wish and may toss the caber from where they choose, but the caber must pass through the vertical position in order to count as a turned caber. The “clock face” method of judging is used, as opposed to distance, such that a perfect toss will flip over and land with the small end pointing directly at 12 o’clock away from the competitor.