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For over 40 years, the Tattoo has been dazzling audiences by bringing Canada’s rich history and culture to life. As a non-for-profit and registered charity, we rely on the generous and ongoing support of donors to keep the tradition alive. These many years of success would not have been possible without the loyal support of you, our donors. We are counting on your continued support to help ensure we continue Marching Forward. At the Tattoo, we strive to celebrate and honour those who serve. By supporting the show, you’re making a direct investment in that mission.

Our team is hard at work making preparations for the Tattoo’s triumphant return. While the Tattoo may look different as the entire world adjusts to a new normal, our mission remains the same.

Your gift—in any amount—makes a real difference. 

More than 40 years – a unique longevity!

With the support of the vast community, including donors like you, the Tattoo has existed for more than 40 years. This is a unique longevity that not many similar organizations have the privilege of experiencing. 

Some of the most memorable moments from the last 40 years include:

  • Celebrating the International Gathering of the Clans and opened by The Queen Mother – Inaugural Tattoo, June 28, 1979
  • Recognizing and memorializing the tragedies of 9/11 by mailing a stitched US and Canadian Flag to The White House – 2002
  • Honouring fallen Codiac RCMP (Moncton) heroes – 2014
  • Commemorating the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge with the raising of a model Vimy Monument – 2017
  • Recognizing and celebrating Women in Service – 2018
  • Release of a virtual rendition of Amazing Grace dedicated to SLt Abbigail Cowbrough and the crew of the HMCS Fredericton; the victims and families involved in the heartbreaking tragedies in Nova Scotia on April 18 and 19; and to frontline workers, healthcare providers, grocery store workers, and other key workers who are working tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic – 2020
Gym Wheel Team Taunusstein from Germany

Support the 2023 Production

At the Tattoo, we strive to celebrate and honour those who serve. By supporting the show, you’re making a direct investment in that mission. Learn more about the impact of your support.

The Human Flag at the 2019 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

Virtual Projects

The Tattoo has been celebrating the bond of friendship since 1979 never missing a beat, and 2020 was no exception, we’ve just taken a different approach! See what we’ve been up to with Virtual Massed Pipes & Drums performances, Tattoo Time Capsules, and more!

Members of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Massed Pipes & Drums

Learn more about the Tattoo

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo has been a hallmark event in Halifax since its creation, weaving a rich tapestry of Canadian history and culture throughout the show while celebrating the strength, bravery and true grit of the Canadian Armed Forces and other first responders.


By Phone – with a credit card by calling us toll free (within Canada) at 1-800-563-1114 or 1-902-420-1114 

By Mail – complete the donation form and send along with your cheque to: 170 Joseph Zatzman Drive, Unit 3, Dartmouth, NS B3B 1L9 *For security purposes, please do not send cash in the mail. Instead, visit us in person at the address above to make your cash donation. 

Round Up to Give with Moka (Formerly Mylo) – When you sign up for the Moka app, they round up every purchase you make to donate the spare change to the charity of your choice. It’s now even easier to fit charitable giving into your life and your budget. Click here to learn more.

Graphic on how to donate through Moka

Support the Nova Scotia International Tattoo Foundation – All donations support the Foundation’s mission to keep the Tattoo tradition alive. Click here to learn more. 

Support Youth Pipes & Drums – Through the Tattoo Foundation, the Youth Pipes & Drums Program supports the development of Highland bagpiping and pipe band drumming in Nova Scotia. Click here to learn more.

For more information about supporting the Tattoo please contact:

Scott Long
Managing Director/Executive Producer
Email Scott

Tribute Giving
A donation to the Tattoo in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion is a meaningful way to recognize a long-time fan or supporter of the Tattoo.

A personal card can be sent on your behalf as notification of your thoughtful gift and you will receive a charitable tax receipt.

Thank you to our generous donors who have joined us on our mission to celebrate and honour those who serve. 

Every year, we support numerous non profit organizations and community groups through the donation of tickets, cash donations, and in-kind advertising. To learn more about the organizations we proudly support or to request our support click here.

All donations receive a charitable tax receipt for the maximum amount allowable under Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.

Nova Scotia International Tattoo Foundation
Charitable Registration #8922002326RR0001

The Nova Scotia International Tattoo Foundation was established by Letters Patent on July 8, 1999 and is a registered charitable organization designated as a public foundation with a current registration number BN 89220 2326 RR001. The Foundation is led by a volunteer Board of Directors. The overall objectives of the Foundation are:

  • To assist in the long-term viability of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Society by providing financial and other support as and when necessary to help the Tattoo production break even on a year-to-year basis.
  • To encourage and promote military and military-related music appreciation and education, particularly among young people.
  • To support the Tattoo Youth Pipes and Drums Program.
  • To encourage and promote music and dance which reflects the historical and multicultural heritage of Canada.

“Absolutely loved the Pipes & Drums and Highland Dancers! Honesty not sure how you could possibly improve the shows I have seen. Totally amazing.”

Karen Steele
New Brunswick, Canada

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