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Saturday, September 24, 2011

A new Year and a new attitude



Well another successful year has gone by
We have made many kilts this season and started construction on our new work space for kilt making .
We met Diana Gabeldon, and a few of the bands that played at Kincardine and Fergus highland Games were wearing Canadian Casual Kilts ( CCK) a special thanks to all those people who are supportive to us,the ones we call friends, we work hard to make a exceptional kilt for you .
On a business note in no way shape or form do Canadian Casual Kilts and Custom Celtic Kilts have any kind of relationship they have the same initials as us but are a completely separate identity we are the original CCK(Canadian Casual Kilts) often imitated but never duplicated thats right we make a DAMN FINE KILT.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tartan Day Fergus Ontario 2011

Hi all its been a while since I blogged lots of going on .
Frist off my son Andrew was born on the in March very excited, the Black Isle has been in made in poly/viscose by us at Canadian Casual Kilts pics to follow true stunning tartan, and to top it off Tartan day in my home town of Fergus this weekend April 10 from 12-5 promises to be exciting and rich with bands and tours etc.
here is some info

Downtown Fergus is painting the town tartan! You can’t keep a good highlander quiet for long and they’ll be out in droves on Sunday April 10 celebrating the 3rd annual Tartan Day. In partnership with the Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games, six pubs and restaurants and downtown Merchants have joined forces to help celebrate our Celtic roots.


Festivities take place from 12-5pm both inside and out. New this year and kicking off the festivities is the Kilted Kilometre run hosted by Grand River Running. All are welcome to join in with a donation to the Centre Wellington Food Bank and a kilt is a requirement! First place woman, man and youth under 16 wins a free weekend pass for this year’s Fergus Scottish Festival. Runners can preregister at Grand River Running in the Fergus Marketplace, race starts at high noon. Refreshments for all runners compliments of Frabert’s Fresh Foods.


Also a first for Tartan day is the free historical walking tour where costumed characters will help you discover hidden treasures of the rich, colourful and Scottish past of this Grand town. Tour meets in front of Fergus Library at 2pm.


There will be three (count ‘em) wandering pipe bands to tilt yer kilt to: Fergus Pipe Band and Grand Celtic Pipe Band return along with newcomers Men with Small Pipes (easy now!). Join the kilted krawl and let the pipers parade you to all 6 venues en route. Performing at each venue will be well known favourites of the festival: Bob McLean, Celtic guitarist will be at the Breadalbane Inn; foot stomping, kilt flinging Tommy Leadbeater and friends will perform at the other end of town at the Brewhouse; also at the east end local favourites Janice Howie and Nick Gush will serenade you at Van Gali’s; David Leask, well known Scottish singer and songwriter along with James McKie will entertain at O’Briens; additional Celtic performers will leave you dreaming of the highlands at D’s Sports Bar and Grill, and expect an electrifying performance from CeltRock Folk legends The Rogues at the Goofie Newfie.


“It’s a tri-umphant celebration!” says Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games volunteer, Deb Dalziel. “It brings together the Festival, the downtown core and connects us to the international Tartan Day celebrations – three wonderful reasons to celebrate.”


It’s a great way to step proudly out of winter and into a kilt, get “oot and aboot”, enjoy our vibrant downtown and celebrate all things Celtic. So tilt yer kilt, it’s Tartan Day!


Tartan Day is a weeklong celebration in Scotland and is also recognized here in North America. Scots and Scottish descendants join together to celebrate their heritage by proudly wearing their clan’s tartan and sharing in Scottish fare, songs and stories from their homeland. Tartan Day in Fergus will be Sunday April 10th from 12-5pm. For more information on Tartan Day and the Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games visit www.fergusscottishfestival.com


Hope to see you all out there

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cambridge Scottish and Highland Games

Yesterday was the 35th Cambridge Scottish festival and Highland Games. We were part of the festivities as vendors and it was a success day for us .
  The festival itself was fantastic, from great pipe bands to the heavy events, I was able to watch some of the solo competitions and it gave me the courage to want to compete . I t was a great day full of very positive people. Canadian Casual Kilts were very well received by the crowd at the Games this year I was really busy with folks chatting about our kilts and how they differ and what makes them such a good option . One of the best parts of the day came when a an older customer came by to say hello and he was wearing one of the kilts I have made him and he told a potential customer of how much he loved his kilt and how it has been through the ring and kept its shape etc, well that potential customer is now a customer and is excited about his kilt . The other great thing about Cambridge was how my wife and I were working as a team selling kilts and giving information it was the first time in a long time, our daughter who is now 4 was keeping herself busy but later on, wanted to see the pipers play funny at home she yells for me to stop piping but out at the festival she sat and watched the mass band and was dancing ,  and enjoying herself she, is she trying to tell me something ?
  Also we had a large number of people really interested in the Black Isle tartan that we are weaving in the poly/viscose it will be ready by September, If your interested in purchasing a custom made kilt in the Black Isle contact me Mach@canadiancasualkilts.ca be one of the first to wear this new concept in tartan fashion .
 Well folks heres some of the day its hard to get pics as I am busy running my booth enjoy for now.


 Cheers MacH

Friday, July 9, 2010

Kincardine Scottish and Highland Games




Well the weekend of the july 2,3, and 4 was amazing, Canadian Casual Kilts was in Kincardine for their Scottish Festival and let me tell you it was amazing and successful to us .
Kincardine is a beautiful place and the games itself is held at Victoria park . The festival is small but has many things to offer for the on looker , this year had 29 grade 1 pipe bands were competing , heavy events and lets not forget the entertain , great acts like the Glengarry Bhoys ( we make kilts for Ewan and Darcy) the Throgs local group play Scottish and Irish tunes , Poor Angus, from Hamilton giving there spin on a few classics, and from Dallas Texas NeedFire ther fusion of blues and jazz mixed with modern celtic music.
I didn't get a chane to take any reaaly good pics as I was really busy in my booth with customer and people just asking question about Canadian Casual Kilts. We were so pleased to be apart of the Kincardine Scottish Festival and Highland games, and can"t wait till next year.
On another note we at Canadian Casual Kilts would like to introduce something new to our line of tartans this Tartan is called the Black Isle it is a black on black tartan the tartan we are having it woven in our poly/viscose that we did the Canadian Maple Leaf ,and the Isle of Skye . We sre super excited about this one and we are now taking pre orders for this tartan if you reading this blog and are interested please contact MacH at mach@canadiancasualkilts.ca .
Well its off kilt making we will be in Cambridge in July 17 for their games and then Fergus second weekend in August come by and say hello I love to meet people.
Cheers MacH

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tartan Day Fergus and other goings on

Well this weekend was eventful !!!!!!!!!!
Saturday I was asked the pipe in the dignitaries for a Haiti relief concert in Orangeville Ontario it was an amazing event tons of talent were there to perform and I was well received there and was given the nickname "Peter Piper" by the host of the evening . I was glad i was able to add to their event.
Sunday was tartan day in my home town of Fergus all the pubs in town had bands playing and folks were wandering from pub to pub .
The Owner of the Goofie Newfie Rebecca, and myself put together a raffle and we raffled off one of my kilts to raise money for charity, for it being the first time we ever worked together on a project it went really, we raised money and people loved it the lucky gentlemen was extremely happy to have won , the kilt will be in the Canadian Maple tartan.
Thanks folks
MacH

Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter Weekend


Hello all
Easter weekend is upon us and getting ready to have a huge dinner with my family.
I would like to extend a happy easter to all you out that have been ready my blog let me know if you are.
Today was a great day , the kind of day that makes me love being a kilt maker .
A customer asked me if I would be able to make him a kilt in the Irish Saffron I was able to having the fabric already in the the workshop in our 11oz polyviscose from the United Kingdom wonderful stuff. This customer is a return customer he had ordered a kilt in the Donegal Tartan before Robbie Burns and I was able to make it for him, he was very pleased with how well it was constructed it had sentimental value because his mother just recntly passed away and he promised her he would wear it , so he was able to keep his promise. Now just last week we were speaking and he mentioned the Saffron kilt and i said to him no problem let me know when you want it he needed it by friday April 2 . Kilt completed by the scheduled time here is my favorite part he picks up the kilt and is totally loving it he is beside himself with excitement and says to me that he can't believe how amazing my work is , I thank him humblely and he goes on is way home to enjoy his new kilt .
I love when I can do this for a person it's really great to see the persons face when they get their kilt and examine it and see them fall in love.
Hope you all out there have a wonderful easter and we see u in a couple days
MacH