Saturday | August 22nd 2020 | 8:30am – 7pm
N.L.A.S. Fairgrounds in Almonte, Ontario
Celebrate the Scottish culture and heritage of the Ottawa Valley at the 37th annual North Lanark Highland Games in Almonte, Ontario. The Games offer a traditional format and size attracting about 3,000 visitors. Twenty pipe bands, a hundred dancers and champion heavyweight athletes combine to present what is recognized as one of the Ottawa Valley’s premier summer events.
With Mini-Highland Games and free admission for kids 11 & under, and the picturesque Mississippi River as the backdrop, the Almonte Games have a reputation not only as having the prettiest site but also as being the friendliest Games on the Ontario circuit.
2019 Guest of Honour
From humble beginnings in rural Lanark, Ontario and the middle of three children, Arlene found her voice at the age of five when she received her first guitar as a Christmas gift. Arlene began writing her own songs at the age of eleven and as a teenager began touring with her own band Arlene Quinn and Ramblin’ Rose. At the age of 18, Arlene was one of Ottawa Valleys highly sought after and most established female vocalists which gave her the honor of opening shows for Grand Ole Opry stars Johnny Duncan, Stonewall Jackson, Charlie Walker, Tommy Cash, and whispering Bill Anderson throughout Ontario and Quebec. After receiving great advice and support from her Grand Ole Opry heroes she committed to a full time career as a recording and performing artist.
After opening a show for Bobby Helms (My Special Angel) in Cornwall, Ontario she gained the attention of a management team who would develop her artistry to another level. Arlene’s quest to improve her craft led her to work with sought after Nashville vocal coach Robin Wiley (Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears) and Canadian Colleen Peterson. After polishing her songwriting skills and vocals Arlene went on to win several regional song writing and singing competitions. This was a precursor of the success to follow.
Recognition and accolades from these competitions gave Arlene the opportunity to open shows for many American and Canadian country music stars. Arlene has shared the stage with Lorrie Morgan, Terri Clark, Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Faron Young, Jeannie Seeley, Tammy Wynette, as well as Patricia Conroy, Dallas Harms, Anita Perras, Family Brown, Blue Rodeo, Carol Baker, Colleen Peterson, and Gordie Tapp. This gave Arlene the confidence to hit the studio to record her debut cd entitled ‘NO DOUBT”. Her title track and debut single received extensive airplay across Canada and Europe. It was at this time that Arlene’s music career came crashing down around her as she was stricken with chronic pain and fatigue. She was forced to take time off from her music career to tend to her health. It was her love of music and songwriting that got her through this time in her life. After three years of tests and searching for answers she was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia. She has found ways of dealing with this auto immune disease and even though she struggles with it she chooses not to let it define her or hold her back from her dreams. She continues to inspire many others to do the same through awareness and fighting back.
Fast forward to August 2015, Arlene reentered the country music world with her brand new single entitled “NO WHERE TO GO BUT UP”. NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP is heard on radio stations around the world! Arlene was named Music Road Radios #1 artist in 2016 for holding the #1 spot for 12 weeks in a row! Arlene was also nominated for four WOBA awards being held during CMA week in Nashville Tennesse and took home two awards including Top Song and Top Female Artist. Working with the finest musicians and songwriters from Nashville Arlene released her next single entitled LIFE IS GOOD in September 2016 and it can be heard on radio in 12 countries around the world.
Arlene spent 2017 and 2018 in Nashville performing and writing with hit songwriters. The lead single from her new EP “Jackpot” is reached #3 on the International Country Music Chart and has entered the Nashville Music Row chart at #92 and continues to climb! Arlene has just finished a US radio tour where she was invited to perform live at the worlds most famous country music station WSM Radio (home of the Grand Ole Opry) in Nashville! Arlene will be performing for the first time at CMA Fest in Nashville this year and looks forward to coming home for her EP release show in October 2019!
2019 Duty Band
The Ottawa Highlanders Pipes and Drums (OHPD)
The Ottawa Highlanders Pipes and Drums (OHPD) was founded as a competitive Grade 3 band in the summer of 2017, under Pipe Major Christopher Reasbeck and Lead Drummer Jim Bush. Members of varied experiences and backgrounds came together to create a band that is competitive (yet welcoming), family friendly, and constantly pushing the musical boundaries.
In the fall of 2018, due to great interest in what they were trying to accomplish, they grew and created an additional Grade 5 band under the leadership of Pipe Major Iain MacLellan and Lead Drummer Scott Forest – who will be making their competitive debut at this year’s North Lanark Highland Games.
In the 2019 season, the Grade 3 band will have already competed in Georgetown, Almonte, Cambridge and Maxville and it is both an honor and excitement for the bands to come together and perform as this year’s duty band. In addition to its regular duties, the band is looking forward to displaying its members’ talents on other instruments with its ceilidh band!