Toronto Knockout 2017

The Toronto Knockout is back for 2017 – our ninth year in the current format. The Knockout is a series of piping and drumming competitions, held on six evenings or afternoons from October through February. All events take place at Moss Park Armoury in Toronto. Competitors in the Professional, A and B Divisions compete multiple times throughout the series, with different tune requirements each month. The top six competitors in each monthly event collect points, which are added together to determine the cumulative top six competitors in each Division. Those six then play in a final round at the beginning of March 2017. We also have a C Division for pipers only, which has one event in January, and no final round.

Entry fee for competitors: $10 per event
Admission fee for spectators: $5



October 1 2016

Piping - B Division
2/4 March (4 parts)
Judge: John Elliott
2:00 PM

Piping - Professional
Two 6/8 Marches (submit four, play two in any order, all tunes minimum 4 parts, 4 minute tuning limit)
Judge: John Elliott
3:30 PM
Recitalist: Glenn Walpole
(The recitalist gives a short performance after the contest)


November 26 2016

Piping - A Division
Two 6/8 Marches (4 parts each, 5 minute tuning limit)
Judge: Trish Kirkwood
1:30 PM

Drumming - B Division
2/4 March (4 parts, one 4-part, two 2-parts, or one 2-part twice through)
Judge: Graham Kirkwood
1:30 PM

Drumming - A Division
March, Strathspey, Reel (March in 2/4 time, all tunes minimum 4 parts)
Judge: Graham Kirkwood
2:00 PM

Drumming - Professional
March, Strathspey, Reel (March in 2/4 time, all tunes minimum 4 parts)
Judge: Graham Kirkwood
2:30 PM
Recitalist: Nick Hudson


December 3 2016

Piping - B Division
Slow Air (2 parts), 6/8 March (4 parts)
Judge: Glenna Mackay Johnstone
2:00 PM

Piping - Professional
Slow air (own choice), Hornpipe & Jig (submit 3 of each, all tunes minimum 4 parts, 4 minute tuning limit)
Judge: Jim McGillivray
3:30 PM
Recitalist: Ian K. MacDonald


January 14 2017

Piping - C Division
One two parted March, once over
Judge: Peter Aumonier
1:00 PM

Piping - A Division
Hornpipe Jig (4 parts each tune, 5 minute tuning limit)
Judge: Peter Aumonier
2:00 PM

Drumming - B Division
Strathspey & Reel (minimum 4 parts each)
Judge: Ken Constable
2:00 PM

Drumming - A Division
Hornpipe & Jig (minimum 4 parts each)
Judge: Ken Constable
2:30 PM

Drumming - Professional
Hornpipe & Jig (minimum 4 parts each)
Judge: Ken Constable
3:00 PM
Recitalist: Callum Armstrong


February 4 2017

Piping - B Division
Strathspey (2 parts) & Reel (4 parts: one 4-part, or two 2-parts, or one 2-part twice through)
Judge: Tom Bowen
2:00 PM

Piping - A Division
March, Strathspey, Reel (submit 2 Marches, 1 Strathspey, 1 Reel, all tunes minimum 4 parts, 5 minute tuning limit)
Judge: John Cairns
2:00 PM

Piping - Professional
March, Strathspey, Reel (submit 3 of each, all tunes minimum 4 parts, 4 minute tuning limit)
Judge: John Cairns
3:15 PM
Recitalist: John Cairns


March 4 2017
Final Round

Piping - B Division
Medley, own choice (3-5 minutes)
Judge: Glenna Mackay Johnstone
6:00 PM

Piping - A Division
Medley, own choice (4-6 minutes, 5 minute tuning limit)
Judge: Angus MacColl
7:00 PM

Piping - Professional
Medley, own choice (4-6 minutes, 4 minute tuning limit)
Judge: Angus MacColl
8:00 PM

Drumming - B Division
March, Strathspey, Reel (March in 2/4 time, all tunes minimum 4 parts each)
Judge: Doug Stronach
6:00 PM

Drumming - A Division
March, Strathspey, Reel, Hornpipe & Jig (March in 2/4 time, all tunes minimum 4 parts)
Judge: Doug Stronach
7:00 PM

Drumming - Professional
March, Strathspey, Reel, Hornpipe & Jig (March in 2/4 time, all tunes minimum 4 parts)
Judge: Doug Stronach
8:00 PM
Recitalist: Angus MacColl
Knockout Points 2017



Points – Knockout

Piping – Professional Oct 1 Dec 3 Feb 4 total qualified for final round
Ian K. MacDonald 6 6 6 18 Y
Glenn Walpole 5 3 5 13 Y
Tyler Bridge 4 5 4 13 Y
Brendan Culver 3 2 5 Y
Aidan Bowen 1 3 4 Y
David McDougall 4 4 Y
Tyler Harris 2 1 3
Dylan Whittemore 2 2
Piping – A Division Nov 26 Jan 14 Feb 4 total qualified for final round
Charles-David Mitchell 3 4 6 13 Y
Colin Johnstone 2 6 1 9 Y
Liam Melville 4 4 8 Y
Mitchell E. Arnold 6 2 8 Y
Mark McClennan 1 5 6 Y
Alex Klausnitzer 5 5 Y
Conor Cooper 5 5
Kayleigh Johnstone 1 3 4
Stephen Arsenault 3 3
Peter Fleming 2 2
Piping – B Division Oct 1 Dec 3 Feb 4 total qualified for final round
Harrison Little 6 5 6 17 Y
Henry Paluch 1 6 5 12 Y
James Dennison 4 3 7 Y
Rachel Gordon 3 3 1 7 Y
Alison Andrews 5 1 6 Y
Michael Malish 4 4 Y
Roy Huang 4 4
Graham Stanley-Paul 2 2
Angus MacRae 2 2
Sebastien Love 2 2
Drumming – Professional Nov 26 Jan 14 total qualified for final round
Kyle Wardell 5 6 11 Y
Neil Birkett 6 5 11 Y
Drumming – A Division Nov 26 Jan 14 total qualified for final round
Madelyn Neil 5 4 9 Y
Brody Duncan 2 6 8 Y
Matthew Page 6 6 Y
Brian Turner 5 5 Y
Tom Litherland 3 2 5 Y
Paul Arsenault 4 4 Y
Tom Cuming 3 3
Drumming – B Division Nov 26 Jan 14 total qualified for final round
James Berry 5 6 11 Y
Cameron W. MacDonald 6 6 Y
Aprille Holmes 4 4 Y


Moss Park Armoury

Moss Park Armoury is located at 130 Queen Street, at the corner of Queen and Jarvis. Entry is through the front door. On-street metered parking is available, and public parking lots are at Queen and Mutual (one block west, approx $6) and at Jarvis and Shuter (one block north, approx $8).

 

Rules

The contest has three divisions. Competitors should enter in the proper division for their abilities.

  • Professional includes solo players eligible to compete at that level with the PPBSO or an affiliated association.
  • Division A includes solo players eligible for grades 1 or 2.
  • Division B includes solo players eligible for grades 3 or 4.
  • Division C (piping only) is an entry level contest for solo players in grade 5.
  • Players must enter online if they wish to compete. Order of play will be posted on Thursday evening before the Saturday contest.
  • Players must wear appropriate highland attire.
  • C division has one contest, and no final round.
  • The 6 competitors with the most points in Professional, A and B divisions after the fifth round in early February will compete in a final round at the beginning of March. In the event of a tie for the last qualifying place(s), the results of the most recent contest in which at least one of the competitors performed will break the tie.
  • All players who qualify for the final round must confirm their participation by email to ppbso_toronto@hotmail.com minimum 3 weeks before the event, otherwise the spot will be offered to the next person on the points list.
  • The winners of the final round in the Professional, A, and B divisions will be the year’s knockout champions.
  • If a prize sponsor donates a cash prize, it will be paid to the top three competitors. In the event three or fewer players compete in a contest with a cash prize, it will be paid to one fewer than the number of competitors (i.e. a contest with 3 competitors would have a cash prize paid to the top 2 competitors)

 

In the preliminary rounds (October to February), A and B division points will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st place – 6 points
  • 2nd place – 5 points
  • 3rd place – 4 points
  • 4th place – 3 points
  • 5th place – 2 points
  • 6th place – 1 point