Play It Forward - A FREE Concert Celebrating COVID-19 First Responders

Event Dates:
  • Sat March 11, 2023 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Event Cost: Free

You’re invited to a FREE concert! Join the Penticton Scottish Festival for a Celtic thank you to our COVID-19 first responders on March 11, 2023 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm at the Cleland Theatre in Penticton. Let’s celebrate our amazing honoured guests with a Celtic flair.

Our honoured guests will be invited from Penticton and RDOS (Regional District of Okanagan-Simiklameen), BC Ambulance, Fire Departments, Penticton Regional Hospital, BC Interior Health, Indigenous Health Departments, and RCMP Detachments from within the RDOS. These invited guests will be given first priority for tickets.

General community requests for tickets 

Visit our website to register for FREE tickets to this amazing concert.

Guests will be notified via email when they are available for pick-up.

These requests will be distributed on a first come/irst served basis and notified after February 28, 2023. 

Thank you to Heritage Canada and the Government of Canada for their financial support. Because of their funding, this event is FREE to our community.

 About Honour Ranch

All funds raised at this event through our cash bar and donation baskets will be given to Honour Ranch.

Located on 120 acres of rolling hills that overlook the South Thompson River, Honour Ranch is a tranquil retreat, a place of education and personal growth. Here, members of our Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans, Emergency Services Personnel, and their families can discover cutting edge strategies in the treatment of operational stress injuries including anxiety, depression, and PTSD. The goal: empower these heroes so they are better equipped to navigate the often debilitating emotional and physical stresses of selfless commitment to service.


Six-Time World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band

The six-time World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band will take to the stage at the Cleland Theatre on March 11. This is a rare opportunity to experience an evening of exhilarating music with the world-renowned pipe band that has filled venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and the Sydney Opera House.

The past 41 years has seen the band push the boundaries of the pipe band world and bring it to new heights in both the competition arena and the concert stage. Most recently, the SFU Pipe Band captured ‘the sash’ in August 2022 – the prize at the World Championships awarded to the best drum corps. The band is one of only four from outside of the United Kingdom to have captured the prestigious title of World Champions. Having done so a staggering six times makes SFU the most successful pipe band outside of Britain.

But SFU is much more than a competition pipe band – they have performed concerts around the world and have produced twelve albums to date. The band has always delivered on its promise to blow away audiences with their combination of technical skill and unmatched creativity in their presentation of Scotland’s traditional music.

The Malarkeys

The Malarkeys are a Celtic folk rock band from Kelowna, B.C.. Since their debut show
in Salmon Arm on St. Patrick’s Day in 2007, they’ve performed at Vancouver’s
CelticFest, Canmore’s Highland Games, and continue to entertain audiences up and
down the Okanagan Valley. Their popular album “Bloody Brilliant” has been featured on numerous podcasts and internet radio stations from Vancouver to Cork.
Serving up a mixture of favourites that are immediately familiar to fans of popular Celtic music, plus original songs from their album and singles, this creative three-piece band features arrangements that vary from neo-traditional to cheeky mash-ups, always with an emphasis on melody and harmony.

Our Community Favourites:

  • High Water Drum Group
  • Castilla Irish Dance School
  • Emily MacDonald School of Highland Dance
  • Vale United Pipe Band

We can’t wait to see you there!