Back in 2008, James P. and I were honoured to be asked to play in the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band (see original blog post). During the week of the Worlds, the band was followed around by John MacDonald and his film crew. With money from his own pocket and furious work to edit and produce this documentary, On The Day was finally released to Canadian audiences in 52 Empire theatres last night! Such a wonderful feat as there has never been a film of this subject featured at major movie theatres throughout an entire country before.
On The Day is about the Grade 1 Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band's lead up to the the 2008 World Pipe Band Championships which the band qualified for the Grade 1 final contests and finished eleventh overall. The band has not performed as a whole since. But thanks to the movie, it's like living it all over again!
The Victoria, BC showing of On The Day was well attended with SilverCity Tillicum being about two-thirds full of mostly pipe banders from in and around the Island. Everyone stayed rooted in their seats until the credits were done and pleasantly amused by the outtake from Simon McKerrell (did you see it?!). There was lots of great feedback, excitement and support. The movie aired at 7pm on the 9th throughout Canada and there will be a second showing on Sunday the 13th...check online for times and tickets.