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SFU's Robert Burns Marathon



The 3rd Annual Marathon Recitation of Burns's Poetry and Song 2014

WE DID IT!!  Simon Fraser University's Centre for Scottish Studies set another world record for the recitation and singing of Burns's works: 6 hours!! Thanks so much to all volunteers and all the participants who came down to read and cheer us on! Special thanks to Tricia Barker for co-ordinating the event! 

Here are a few media links for the day:

CKNW The Shift with Mike Eckford (at 20:00) https://soundcloud.com/cknwnewstalk980/the-shift-thursday-jan-23 

Global BC (at the 15:43)  http://globalnews.ca/video/1108717/news-hour-jan-25-3 

CKNW TWTW with Sean Leslie (at 16:50)  https://soundcloud.com/cknwnewstalk980/twtw-saturday-jan-25-hour-3


The 2nd Annual Marathon Recitation of Burns’s Poetry and Song 2013

Over 80 participants and an over–flowing audience joined together on Robbie Burns Day, January 25, 2013 to celebrate in a way that is quickly becoming a tradition: a marathon performance of Burns’s work.  The Centre for Scottish Studies organized the event, and it was a tremendous success!!  A real testament to Burns’s legacy and proof of the continuing power of face to face community.

The new record now stands at 5 hours, 41 minutes and 57 seconds!

A great thanks go out to all the people who took the time to read, sing and cheer on the participants.  And to all our wonderful volunteers, we could not do this without you.

Here are the names of a few of our special guests who appeared throughout the day:

Laurie Anderson – Executive Director, SFU
John Craig - Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, SFU
Leith Davis – Director, Centre for Scottish Studies, SFU
Helen Webster – Scotland Development International
David Lunny – St Andrews & Caledonian Society
Andrew Mockler – UK Singer
Christopher Gaze – Artistic Director, Bard on the Beach
Duncan Fraser – Actor, Bard on the Beach
Georgia Nicols – Writer, Syndicated Astrologer, The Province
Brendan Meyer – Actor, Mr. Young (YTV/Disney TV show)
Teresa Margaret King – Relative, Robbie Burns
Hal Wake – Artistic Director, Vancouver Writers Festival
Alma Lee - founding Artistic Director, Vancouver Writers Festival / founding Executive Director of the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Writers’ Trust of Canada
JAIAquarian – Spoken Word Performer
Todd Wong – Founder - Gung Haggis Fat Choy

And a very special thank you to our sponsors!!
Men In Kilts www.meninkilts.com
Auld Country Tours www.auldcountrytours.com
Sherlock’s - The British Store www.thebritishstore.ca

Here are a few of the media links from the day:

Global TV
News 1130 : http://www.news1130.com/2013/01/25/sfu-celebrates-robbie-burns-day/
Vancouver Sun http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Bring+poetry+whisky+haggis+Robbie+Burns/7871743/story.html
Vancouver Courier  http://www.vancourier.com/news/Burns+notice/7775084/story.html

SFU's 2nd Robert Burns Marathon 2013

Marathon Reading of Burns’s Poetry for Burns Day, 2012

The Burns Day 2012 marathon reading was a wonderful event! It was held on the "Bard's" birthday, January 25, at SFU's Harbour Centre.  There were about 250 people who came by for it at different times, and the event was featured on a number of media: CBC TV, CTV, CityTV, News 1130, 650AM, etc.  We set the record for  the longest continuous recitation of Burns: 4 hours, 12 minutes and 27 seconds!

(Left to right) Christopher Gaze (Artistic Director, Bard on the Beach), Jen Scott (Graduate Student, English, SFU), Leith Davis (Director, Centre for Scottish Studies, SFU), David Lunny (Past President, Vancouver St Andrews and Caledonian Society), Bobby Lenarduzzi (President, Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Teresa Margaret King (Robert Burns Relative), Andrew Petter (President, SFU), Tony Breen (President, Vancouver St Andrews and Caledonian Society) 

Click here to view photos from the event (photo gallery requires Adobe Flash Player)

Music courtesy of SFU Pipe Band
Produced by Radio Dial Entertainment

David Lunny's Address to A Haggis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeUWf1UBnKU&feature=relatedhttp://www.scottish.sfu.ca/themed/surrey8/img/link_ext.gif

CTVBC News Report: http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120125/bc_robbie_burns_marathon_120125/20120125/?hub=BritishColumbiaHomehttp://www.scottish.sfu.ca/themed/surrey8/img/link_ext.gif

BCIT Magazine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEOIU3WeKh0http://www.scottish.sfu.ca/themed/surrey8/img/link_ext.gif.

News1130: http://www.news1130.com/news/local/article/323011--sfu-attempts-world-record-for-robbie-burns-dayhttp://www.scottish.sfu.ca/themed/surrey8/img/link_ext.gif

News1130: http://www.news1130.com/news/local/article/323711--sfu-breaks-record-on-robbie-burns-dayhttp://www.scottish.sfu.ca/themed/surrey8/img/link_ext.gif

Miss 604 Article: http://www.miss604.com/2012/01/robbie-burns-marathon-reading-at-sfu.html#comment-134808http://www.scottish.sfu.ca/themed/surrey8/img/link_ext.gif