The Keith Radley Hutchison Award
After the sudden passing of Keith Hutchison, this award was created by his friends during 1998. He was an enthusiastic supporter of all things Scottish in Montreal. The award is given annually to a piper at The Black Watch (RHR) of Canada who possesses exceptional piping skills, has demonstrated a strong ability to play the instrument solo and who possesses an excellent character.
In addition to serving as a memorial, the purpose of the award is to encourage and support excellent pipers and to maintain the strong ties that have existed between the Black Watch Pipes and Drums and the Society.
The award shall be given to a piper at the Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment of Montreal, who:
1. Possesses exceptional piping skills;
2. Has demonstrated a strong ability to play the instrument alone;
3. And who possesses an excellent character.
The 2022 winner is Sergeant Kevin Toupin. Kevin began piping in the Maritimes and continued on with the Pipes and Drums of the 2nd Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment in Gagetown, New Brunswick. Following a reclassification as a Human Resources Administrator and after receiving a promotion, he was posted to the Canadian Forces School of Leadership and Recruit Training in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. After arriving in Quebec, he joined The Black Watch (RHR) of Canada Pipes and Drums, where he has progressed to his current rank.
Kevin embodies exactly what the Keith Radley Hutchison Award embodies—he is an excellent piper, with great character and charisma. Both an outstanding solo and band player, he sets a fine example to all pipers in the pipe band.
1998 Pipe Major Jordon Anderson
1999 Piper Stephane Chamberland
2000 Piper Philip Butler
2001 Piper Jeff Thorpe
2002 Piper Brent Schaus
2003 Pipe Major Cameron Stevens
2004 Piper Hugh Dowell
2005 Piper Josh Odermatt
2006 Piper Terri Lynn McLaren
2007 Piper Ian Leblanc
2008 Piper Ron Rice
2013 Piper Alexandre Leger
2014 Piper Maxime Langevin
2015 Piper Robert W. Kerr
2016 Piper Malcolm David Cox
2017 Piper Sasha Mathew
2018 Piper Patrick Leduc
2019 Piper Alec McGuckin
2020 Piper Robert Kerr
2021 Piper Bruce Bolton
2022 Piper Kevin Toupin