What is a Tattoo?

The Tattoo started with a drumbeat and the skirl of the pipes on June 28, 1979. First held to celebrate the International Gathering of the Clans (and opened by The Queen Mother) the Tattoo quickly became a beloved event on the summer calendar and has evolved into a week-long spectacle proudly supported by the Canadian Armed Forces, the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, the City of Halifax, Sobeys, and many corporate partners.  

 This two-and-a-half-hour show features the best of the best pipes, drums, bands, dancers, singers, choirs, acrobats, military pomp and historical displays anywhere in Atlantic Canada. There’s something for everyone at the Tattoo!

Our Mission

The Tattoo is a registered not-for-profit charity with the following mission: to honour Canada’s Armed Forces and other first responders and to celebrate the heritage of Canadians’ contributions to national and international peace and stability. 

Our Team

Meet the Tattoo Staff:

Scott Long
Managing Director/Executive Producer
Tom Peet
Barbara MacLeod
Director of Finance
Leyna Faulkner
Sales & Marketing Manager
Jess Ilse
Communications Coordinator
Allison Pedvis
Marketing & Partnerships Coordinator
Robb Hall
Production Manager
Samantha Cobean
Administrative Assistant

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Society Board of Directors

Harvey Morrison
John Young
Vice Chair
Paul MacKinnon
Julie Chaisson
Steinar Engeset
C/Supt (Ret’d) Craig Gibson
Clinton Keay
Paul Kent
Col (Ret’d) Alexander MacDonald
VAdm (Ret’d) P.D. (Dean) McFadden
Yvonne Mosley
Barry Pitcher
Lindsay Ruck
Peter Stoffer
Scott Long

Nova Scotia International Tattoo Foundation Board of Directors

Chris Hopgood
Dr. Colin Dodds
Vice Chair
Deepak Prasad
Corporate Secretary
Jeff De Leebeeck
The Honourable Cecil Clarke
James Davis
Dan Hennessey
Paul Kent
Anne Laybolt
Jack MacIsaac
Peter MacLellan
James E. Trainor

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“It has been a memory for life. Thank you for both performers, light and sound, variation.” 

Bente Hangland
Nesaddtangen, Norway

Photos by Stoo Metz, David Baillieul, Hamish Gordon & others. Translation powered by Google.
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