Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

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, RCMP 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
Leyna Faulkner
Sales & Marketing Manager
Barbara MacLeod
Director of Finance
Jess Ilse
Communications Coordinator
Robb Hall
Production Manager
Samantha Cobean
Administrative Assistant

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Society Board of Directors

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

Nova Scotia International Tattoo Foundation Board of Directors

Chris Hopgood
Colin Dodds
Capt (N) (Ret'd) Craig Walkington
The Honourable Cecil Clarke
Paul Kent
Peter MacLellan
James Davis
Anne Laybolt
Deepak Prasad
Dan Hennessey
Jack MacIsaac
James E. Trainor

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