A Juno Award-nominated band will headline this year’s ScotFestBC in Coquitlam.
The Nova Scotian ensemble Beolach will be at Town Centre Park for the BC Highland Games, which marks its 90th festival on June 17 and 18.
Ticket-holders will also be able to see the Grade 1 SFU Pipe Band competing before it heads to the Worlds in Glasgow in August, as well as massed bands, pipers, drummers and Highland dancers.
And new to this year’s gathering will be a Heritage Stage featuring multi-cultural acts such as the Royal Academy of Bhangra plus African and First Nation dancers, and Asian and Brazilian performers.
“The Heritage Stage is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate our shared Canadian identity, while honouring our varied heritages,” said executive director and Coquitlam resident Mike Chisholm in a news release.
“This is an example of Highland hospitality at its best, where all neighbours and friends are welcome to our event.”
The festivities start on Friday night, with free entry for the public to see the Pipes in the Park performance on the Main Stage, an open Piobaireachd on the Heritage Stage and Beolach on the Ceilidh Stage.
There will also be a ticketed event to sample whisky and oysters.
And on Saturday, June 18, the solo and competition events are on for the bands and performers from across the Pacific Northwest; heavyweight athletes will also demonstrate their skills during the day-long party, which is ticketed.
For advance tickets or to help volunteer, go to ScotFestBC.com.