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HIGHLAND HEAVIES - a 2008 dvd release

From the "Outdoor Adventure Canada" Series

"Outdoor Adventure Canada" is a series of 26 programs celebrating Canada's outdoor heritage that were shot all across Canada. Programs for the series won an astonishing 80 international television awards, including 29 Gold & Silver medals, at leading American Film & Television Festivals.

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HIGHLAND HEAVIES
The Highland Games: a Canadian Tradition
Canada's Scottish heritage is explored through the keen participation by people of all ages in the traditional Highland Games, once the preserve of brawny Scottish men, but now enjoying the enthusiastic participation of women "heavies" and men of all ethnic backgrounds. (DVD Cover, left)
VIEWER COMMENTS

"Words can't describe my appreciation of the Goldi's flawless work producing Highland Heavies. Works such as this are invaluable to help preserve part of our rich Scottish Heritage both within our community here in rural Southwestern Ontario and nation wide ..... Your expertise in capturing points of interest from a broad range of both female and male competitors and your wonderful footage ..... was breathtaking! We at the Scottish Festival Board congratulate you on your fine efforts and wish you all the best."
- Deb Dalziel, Fergus Scottish Festival Board, Fergus, ON

Traditional Scots are still at it but glad to welcome "new age Scots" like overall champion Ryan Vierra, of Portuguese background, sizing up his caber (left).
A growing number of women are participating, from the very young (right), to those like Jackie Denny getting last minute pointers on caber tossing from her father. Say the old timers, "You don't have to be Scottish. We welcome everyone, but you do have to wear a kilt, be a Scot for a day!"

Jackie Denny (right, on left) and Shelley Maitland share a laugh as they watch a competitor prepare for the Sheaf Toss (right), before Shelley takes her turn throwing the weight (below left) and Jackie takes her turn throwing the hammer (below right).

If caber tossing, (below right, by champion Jim McGoldrick), throwing weights and stones of various kinds, or tossing the hammer are not for you hundreds of pipers compete in dance and bagpipe competitions during the day and night, keeping these equally important heritage events alive.
Everyone takes time out to "march in the clans" (left), and in a candlelight parade remember those, who, in days gone by, brought flames from an old hearth, to a new one in a new land.
  • BRONZE PLAQUE AWARD
    Worldfest Flagstaff AZ, International Film & Video Festival

  • BRONZE APPLE AWARD
    National Educational Media Network Awards, Oakland, CA

  • 3rd/CERTIFICATE OF CREATIVE EXCELLENCE
    US International Film & Video Festival, Chicago, ILL

  • 3rd/HONOURABLE MENTION
    Columbus International Film & Video Festival, Columbus, OH

  • FINALIST AWARD
    New York International Television Programming Festival

  • FINALIST AWARD
    Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival, Yorkton, SK

  • FINALIST AWARD OF MERIT
    Worldfest Houston (TX) International Film & Video Festival

  • CERTIFICATE OF MERIT
    International Communications Film & Video Competition, Chicago IL
 
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