Silvana Di Tosto

Burns Day event coordinator – and honorary Scot – Silvana Di Tosto in ceremonies and events has a drawer full of $2 “I wear plaid for the pipe band” buttons for sale in Strand Hall.

Don yer kilt for Robbie Burns Day

January 10, 2008

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It’s that time of year again, lads and lassies, when SFU celebrates the birth of Scotland’s national poet—and its own Scottish heritage—with Robbie Burns Day celebrations taking place Friday, Jan. 25 at all three campuses.

Get in the spirit beforehand with your very own $2 “I wear plaid for the pipe band” button, in support of the SFU Pipe Band. They’re available at SFU bookstores and at the ceremonies and events department in Strand Hall.

Then join the Mcfestivities, which kick off with SFU’s traditional Burns Day procession, marshalling outside the Surrey Central SkyTrain station (10:45 am) for a march to the Surrey campus ceremony in the Dale B. Regehr Grand Hall (11:00 am).

From there, the plaid-mad party continues via SkyTrain to the Burnaby campus and a bagpiper-led march from Strand Hall (12:15 pm) to the main program at the Highland Pub (12:30 pm).

The procession resumes after lunch at the Vancouver campus at Harbour Centre (2:45 pm) for the final ceremony in the Teck gallery (3 pm).

Not enough bag piping, poetry, haggis eating and general Mcfoolishness? Then join the four-time world champion SFU Pipe Band and the Robert Malcolm Memorial pipe bands later on for the annual Robbie Burns dinner and silent auction.

The immensely popular fundraiser for the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band organization (the junior band) will feature performances by the SFU Pipe Band, the RMM pipe bands, highland dancers and other entertainment.

Doors open at 6 pm with dinner and haggis at 7 pm and dancing to follow. Contact Dorothy McLean for tickets ($70 each) at 604.463.3421; email Or order tickets at

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