Watch this space for NEWS on World Fiddle Day Toronto 2019.  Coming SOON.


Friday/Saturday MAY 18/19TH at Hugh’s Room
Friday May 18: Tickets: $30-$35 Available HERE

Africa Cuba Canada: A Global Fiddle Celebration

World Fiddle Day Toronto is partnering this year with Batuki Music and Polyphonic Ground (the new Collective of Music Presentors in Toronto which we are proud to be part of) to bring you an unprecedented concert on FRIDAY NIGHT, May 18 at the re-opened not-for-profit Hugh’s Room Live (2261 Dundas St. W.): Africa/Cuba/Canada, featuring Abebe Fikade (Ethiopian masenqo), Okan (Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne and band, originally from Cuba) and the inimitable Shane Cook from Dorchester, Ontario.

Abebe Fikade

There is no doubt the Friday May 18 concert will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You will enjoy first-hand one of the oldest 1-string fiddles, the masenqo, still preserved amongst the Azmari people in East Africa where it is used to tell stories, pass on history, improvise and entertain. Abebe will be appearing with well-known Ethiopian singer Mimi Zenebe (known as the Edith Piaf of Ethiopia) and percussionnist Bereket Tekabu.

Elizabeth and Magdelys

From there we move on to Cuba where the violin has played a hugely important role in traditional music, combining the African heritage of the Cuban people with European influences.  Okan is led by Elizabeth Rodriguez (violin) and Magdelys Savigne (percussion), both formerly of Jane Bunnet and Maqueque.

Shane Cook


Finally we have the wonderful Shane Cook from Dorchester, Ontario, Master of Old Time Canadian Fiddling, “one of the finest fiddlers in the world today” (Canadian Fiddlers Hall of Fame).

Tickets for this incredible night are available NOW at: hughsroomlive.com

Artist bios HERE:

Saturday, MAY 19: World Fiddle Day

PLAYERS,  join us in the morning for workshops with Shane and Elizabeth and stay for the  afternoon Around-the-World Jam where we will re-visit some of our old favourite tunes.  WE WANT YOU, fiddles in hand.

FOR PLAYERS: REGISTER  HERE!              COST: $25/$40. Free under 30 years old.

We want to encourage as many people as possible to take in the Concert the night before, so we are offering the Day itself at a $15 discount if you have concert tickets for Friday night). That’s $25 folks, for two great workshops and the Jam on May 19, and $40 if you are just joining us for the day.

All TUNES For JAM NOW AVAILABLE: sheet music and mp3s, free, in a Dropbox. BUT, we have to add you manually.  So just email us at: worldfiddledaytoronto@gmail.com.
We also have books/cds available for the Jam for cost ($10), but you’ll have to come to a Workshop to pick one up (see 2018 Workshop page)

We very much look forward to having you join us at Hugh’s Room, May 18/19, 2018.

AND DON’T FORGET: Our wonderful Workshop Series: Get Your Groove on: More info 

Watch the 2016 video from Fort York here

We hope to see you in 2018. Keep music in your hearts. It makes all borders crossable, all boundaries vanish.

Thank you to all our sponsors/partners over the years:




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