Hosting Kilt Skates for 2018

Winter is coming! And plans are underway for what is expected to be the biggest and best kilt skate season ever.  The events will be more tightly organized this year, with new requirements for those partners who will receive funding to help organize kilt skates in their cities.


Once again the Scottish Society of Ottawa has approached the Scottish Government for sponsorship to support kilt skates across Canada in celebration of Scotland's contribution to Canada, and the birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald.

Toronto 2017.jpg

The Scottish Government was very generous in its support for the kilt skate last year.  With its help, kilt skates were organized in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Calgary.  

2017 Ottawa baby.jpg

While the specific terms of this year's funding are being worked out, it became clear in discussions over the summer that certain expectations should be met in return for the money.

2017 Ottawa 3 pipers.jpg

As a result, the amount of funding from the Scottish Government and other sponsors will depend on the size of the event and the opportunity it provides to showcase the sponsors.  For 2018, there will be three different categories of participation in Sir John A's Great Canadian Kilt Skate.

Calgary 2017.jpg

Tier A cities will receive the most funding.  The sponsorship will support the organization of opening ceremonies that feature local dignitaries, who can deliver messages from the Prime Minister, the Premier, the Mayor, and so on, as well as a spokesperson from the Scottish Government or from Visit Scotland.  

2017 Ottawa ceremonies.jpg

Those who attended the kilt skates in Ottawa and Toronto last year will recall how the opening ceremonies added to the festive atmosphere of the event.  

2017 Toronto ceremonies.jpg

Tier B cities will receive enough funding to support a birthday party for Sir John A. -- complete with birthday cake, hot chocolate, and lots of bunting and swag courtesy of the Scottish Government. The Tier A cities will also host this kind of party.

2016 Ottawa cake2.jpg

Tier C cities will be those who will receive support from the organizers of the event, but no sponsorship funding. After all, anyone can celebrate Scottish heritage by wearing tartan and strapping on a pair of skates! 

2017 Ottawa cool.jpg

If you want to host a kilt skate in your city, let us know.  We'll promote your event on this website.  Last year, for example, Lloydminster organized a kilt skate inspired by the events in nearby Saskatoon.  When we heard about it, we helped them celebrate!

Lloydminster 2017.jpg

Each of the societies that hosts a Tier A or B kilt skates will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Scottish Society of Ottawa and the national organizers of the event, who will be responsible for administering the funds. The "national organizers" are Don Cummer and Sue MacGregor, who will be familiar to our kilt skate partners from previous years. 

2017 Ottawa three amigos.jpg

That's us in the picture, along with the Scottish Government's Chris Maskell.  Watch for more details about sponsorship funding in the near future.

2015 poster.jpeg