Second Practice: Thursday Feb 23

Our second Around-the-World practice session is this Thursday Feb. 23. We’re looking at tunes at Québecois and Old Time Canadian tunes namely – “Old Man, Old Woman”, “Growling Old Man, Grumbling Old Woman”, “Debbie’s Waltz”, “Tuggerman’s Jig”, “Old French” (Tunes are posted on our website under the Tunes tab).

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Looking forward to seeing you, doors open at 6:45 !

World Fiddle Day Books are ready to pick up at the jam! Become a member and you get a great deal! The Tune Book with music cd, two workshops, the Around-the-World Fiddle Jam and the evening concert!

Read more about our fabulous guest artists who will be teaching  workshops and playing the concert on World Fiddle Day Toronto May 20, 2017.

First Workshop this Thursday!

Join us for our first practice session this Thursday Feb. 9. First tunes are posted – “Running the Goat, “Hoch Hey Johnny Lad” and “Sir Reginald MacDonald’s” (click Tunes tab). We’re ready to open the door at 6:45 to kick-start another great World Fiddle Day.

Looking forward to seeing familiar and new faces!

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Be a World Fiddle Day member and help support a community that celebrates world music on the fiddle!

2017 Memberships

  • Adult: $60 for WFDT 2017 Jam book of tunes/cds, pass code to music download, and all World Fiddle Day events at the Aga Khan. World Fiddle Day events include workshops, the Around-the-World fiddle jam and the evening concert. Financial assistance may be available – talk to us.
  • Under 25? Free Youth membership (pass code to music download, book of tunes discounted to $25)

Get your membership: at the practice jams (link) and online soon.

Members benefits for 2017 include:
1. Admission for the entire World Fiddle Day Toronto, including two workshops, the Around-the World-Jam and the evening concert in the beautiful Aga Khan auditorium with: Pascal Gemme/Yann Falquet, Quebecoise; Anne Lindsay, Scandenavian; Kousha Nakhaei, Iranian; Amely Zhou, Chinese; and DNA (Old Time Ontario fiddle/stepdance duo, Andrew and Diana Dawidchuk)
2. Members Jam Books:  A bound book of the music played on World Fiddle Day Toronto 2017 with a CD of all the tunes plus an pass code to online jam music.
Youth members: get pass code to online jam music, or purchase the book for $25
3. Free entry for two morning workshops taught by one of the guest artists at World Fiddle Day Toronto 2017
4. Play in Around-the-World Fiddle jam – with our fabulous house band.
5. The opportunity to attend our Annual General Meeting in October 2017. You can contribute ideas for our next event in 2018.

Open to members and non members: 10 community workshops and practice jams at Long&McQuade, by pay what you can donation. Dates and tunes played that day posted under the Around-the-World Fiddle Jam

How to get your membership:

  1. At our practice sessions, starting February 9, 2017  $60
  2. Online via Eventbrite & you pick up book at practice jams

    Individual Membership – $60 + Evenbrite fees
    Under 25 free – register to get pass code to online jam music

    Online via EventBrite & your Book/CD shipped to you:

    Individual Membership – $65 + Evenbrite fees + plus shipping
    Under 25 free – register to get pass code to music on the site, purchase tune book $25 for the book + plus shipping

First Around-the-World Workshop of 2017

Well! Plans are firming up, tunes have been chosen, all kinds of info will be revealed on the website soon and at the first jam of 2017. Come and play some tunes and ask questions. Can’t wait to see you!

Thursday February 9 – 7:00pm – 8:45pm

We’ll be working on these tunes from Newfoundland and Cape Breton in the keys D and Am. Click here for the audio & sheet music.

Running the Goat                                                                  
Hoch Hey Johnny Lad
Sir Reginald MacDonald’s

Thank you to Long&McQuade for sponsoring our access to their clinic space, 935 Bloor St. West, look for the Clinic door, go up the stairs. Admission is by donation.

Here’s what happens at the practice sessions:
We work on 3-5 new tunes each time with a session leader. Optimum results for everyone are when you’ve already worked on the tune; then we can concentrate on the rhythm and feel and get the harmony and all the parts integrated. Practice sessions are a relaxed and friendly night of playing the tunes and we welcome new fiddlers, all ages and all abilities.

We ask all who attend to make a pay-what-you-can donation to pay our fearless leaders and to help fund our World Fiddle Day Toronto adventures.

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This photo is from last years Cape Breton workshop with Dan MacDonald
– Thanks Dan!

 

2017 Around-the-World Fiddle Jam Practice Dates

Happy New Year Fiddlers and friends!

Plans for World Fiddle Day at the Aga Khan, May 20, 2017 are grooving along!

Here are the dates for the Around-the-World fiddle jam practices:
Thursday February 9 – 7:00pm – 8:45pm –
Thursday February 23 – 7:00pm – 8:45pm
Sunday March 5 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Sunday March 19 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Wednesday March 29 – 7:00pm – 8:45pm
Sunday April 9 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Thursday April 20 – 7:00pm – 8:45pm
Sunday April 30 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Thursday May 11 – 7:00pm – 8:45pm
Sunday May 14 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Click here for the list of tunes and audio & sheet music

Please add them to your calendars and we hope you can join us for as many as possible.
Thank you to Long&McQuade for sponsoring our access to their clinic space, 935 Bloor St. West. Admission is by donation.

Anne is currently working on the Repertoire. Memberships, tune books & CD’s will be ready before the first fiddle jam.  We’ll post the complete list of tunes on the worldfiddledaytoronto.ca as soon as it’s ready and we’ll send emails out to let you know. Until the book is ready, here is a list of tunes from 2015 & 2016 that you can start learning and practicing.

Follow us on the website worldfiddledaytoronto.ca for up to date emails.

Here’s what happens at the practice sessions:
We work on 3-5 new tunes each time with a session leader, and review as many others as we have time for. Optimum results for everyone are when you’ve already worked on the tune; then we can concentrate on the rhythm and feel and get the harmony and all the parts integrated. Practice sessions are a relaxed and friendly night of playing the tunes and we welcome new fiddlers. We ask all who attend to make a pay-what-you-can donation to pay our fearless leaders and to help fund our World Fiddle Day Toronto adventures.

Stay tuned! Plans for World Fiddle Day Toronto 2017 are rapidly unfolding for an exciting collaboration in World Music with you at the Aga Khan.

Happy New Fiddling Year!

Help us Choose Tunes for 2017!

Plans for 2017 World Fiddle Day Toronto

Hello Fiddlers and Fiddle Fans!
We are excited about plans for World Fiddle Day Toronto 2017!

luxury_akm809_ivory-horn_2000Our new partnership with the Aga Khan Museum for World Fiddle Day Toronto 2017 allows us to explore an extraordinary venue in Toronto. The space and the grounds are gorgeous and they are offering us a lot of support: Sound Tech, PR, organizational assistance, accessibility and lots of accessible parking, easy TTC access, plus free lunchtime tours of the Ismaili Centre. A beautiful and larger space for our Around the World Jam: Yay!  With their help, we are hoping to keep growing and involving more people than ever, both players and audience. But we can’t do it without your support.

Our key philosophy remains the same – to spread knowledge, skills and opportunities to participate in world string traditions to players of all ages and levels in the most accessible way possible.

Here is what is planned for World Fiddle Day Toronto 2017:

  • 5 guest fiddlers: Pascal Gemme/Yann Falquet, from Quebec; Kousha Nakhaei, Persian fiddle; DNA: Andrew and Diana Dawydchak: Old Time Canadian Fiddle/Stepdance; Anne Lindsay, Toronto jazz, original music; and Amely Zhou (er hu).
  • Two 80-minute Fiddle Workshop slots with Guest artists from 10am to 1pm
  • Around the World Fiddle Jam from 2pm – 5pm
  • Youth Showcase: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
    Eat and enjoy the sounds of some up and coming young talents
  • Evening Concert with guest artists from 7pm – 10 pm in the plush seats in the beautiful auditorium at the Aga Khan to highlight their talent.

All of this fiddle fun with a $25 ticket price for any or all parts of the day at the Aga Khan, OR a $60 membership fee to World Fiddle Day Toronto which would include entrance to any and all activities at the Aga Khan, FREE for students of all ages.

For an extra $25 fee, the Aga Khan can provide both lunch and dinner on the day.  This is entirely optional. You can bring your own food to consume in the grounds, or go to any of a number of restaurants nearby.

Full Memberships could still be purchased from us, with the usual bound book/cd. (Student members would get the online audio clips accessible with a special code).

The 10 Community Workshops at Long&McQuade’s are still open to all by donation!
Memberships and books will be on sale in February.

We are excited to have been asked by the Aga Khan foundation to partner with them and we are very excited about World Fiddle Day Toronto 2017. We hope you can join us!

From all of us at World Fiddle Day Toronto: have a wonderful holiday season and let’s make our 5th year, Canada’s 150th, the biggest and best World Fiddle Day/Canada’s National Fiddling Day ever!

Repertoire Poll!

We are choosing the music for the Jam now and would love to have your feedback on your favourite tunes of the many that we have played in the past 4 years.  Please let us know your 10 favourite tunes within the next week or so. Click here for the poll!

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World Fiddle Day 2017 Members Meeting

Members Meeting
Wednesday December 7th, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Long&McQuade’s Clinic space
935 Bloor St. West

Planning has started for  World Fiddle Day Toronto 2017! May 20, 2017, at the easily accessible Aga Kahn museum!

Plans include an evening concert of 6 amazing guest artists, two workshops in the morning with our guest artists, the around-the-world jam in the afternoon with our fabulous house band!

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Ascetics in a landscape Bundi, Rajasthan, India, 1750

At the meeting we’ll review next years’ plans, and we’ll ask for your ideas and input. We’ll be asking for volunteers to make WFDT 2017 run smoothly. We will even have a few tunes to round off the evening, so bring your fiddles and books from last year.

World Fiddle Day Toronto is organized by a volunteer Board with the artistic direction by Anne Lederman, Folk Music Ontario’s 2016 Estelle Klein Award winner!

2016 World Fiddle Day Toronto received excellent press reviews, and some great photos and press from World Fiddle Day 2016.

Read more about the beautiful Aga Kahn museum.
The Aga Khan Museum is wheelchair-accessible. Drop-offs at the street-level entrance can be made prior to parking. For more information, see parking or please email: information@agakhanmuseum.org.

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World Fiddle Day 2017 Members meeting

Hi all!
It’s that time of year, when, as a member of World Fiddle Day Toronto, you are invited to a special gathering to reflect on last year, and to share ideas for World Fiddle Day 2017.

Join us: Wednesday December 7th at Long&McQuade’s Clinic space, 935 Bloor St. West, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

The World Fiddle Day Toronto board has started planning for  World Fiddle Day Toronto 2017, on May 20, 2017, at the Aga Kahn museum. We expect World Fiddle Day 2017 to be bigger and better than ever, including an evening concert of 6 amazing guest artists.

World Fiddle Day Toronto is organized by a volunteer Board with the artistic direction by Anne Lederman, Folk Music Ontario’s 2016 Estelle Klein Award winner!

At the meeting we’ll review next years plans, and we’ll ask for your ideas and input. We’ll be asking for volunteers to make WFDT 2017 run smoothly. We will even have a few tunes to round off the evening, so bring your books from last year.

2016 World Fiddle Day Toronto received excellent press reviews, and some great photos and press from World Fiddle Day 2016.

Read more about the beautiful Aga Kahn museum.akm-dusk_f_1246x620

Thank you for a great World Fiddle day event in Toronto!

2016 World Fiddle Day Toronto was a terrific success!
Thanks you for coming out and enjoying a fabulous day of learning, listening and playing fiddle music from around the world!

2016 World Fiddle Day Toronto received excellent press reviews, and some great photos.
Have a look at photos and press from World Fiddle Day 2016

Plans for World Fiddle Day Toronto 2017 are underway. Big news: the venue for next years event will be held at the beautiful Aga Kahn museum. akm-dusk_f_1246x620

We look forward to our members meeting coming up in November, when we’ll be able to share more plans for World Fiddle Day Toronto 2017!

One more bit of great news, Artistic Director Anne Lederman has won a terrific award:
Folk Music Ontario’s Estelle Klein Award, for lifetime achievement! Click here to watch the interview conducted by CBC Radio One’s Alan Neal.