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.


Plan your World Fiddle Day

World Fiddle Day Toronto May 21st at Fork York!

10 am to 11:30 am: Workshops
12.30 pm: Free Concert with Guest Artists
2.15 pm:  Fiddle jam (tune list here)

Guest artists:
Dan MacDonald, Cape Breton Fiddle
Mark Marcyk, Hutsul Fiddling from Ukraine
Rosalyn Dennett,  Appalachian Fiddle
Yosvani Castaneda, Latin Violin: Grooves and Improv

Please register for your workshop before Saturday. Workshops are free for members: (become a MEMBER)
$20 for non-members. Purchase online or at the around-the-world jams.

Eventbrite - Workshops at World Fiddle Day Toronto 2016

Directions to Fork York: 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON
Note: use the Bathurst Entrance! See the map below.
We highly recommend taking the Bathurst 511 streetcar, there is a stop at the Fort York entrance. Parking is available at the Green P lot at 800 Fleet St.

Directions to Fort York via East GateFood: “NishDish” catering will be selling delicious, naturally sourced, Aboriginal style food at a stand close to the Blue Barracks. CASH ONLY
Menu: Elk and Bison sausages, sweet potato salad, wild rice casserole salad.
Beverages: sweet grass tea and pure strawberry juice.

Don’t forget your Fiddle, music stand & water for the day. Wear something colourful!

We are pleased to announce we will be joined by Peter Marigold from Office of MPP Han Dong (Trinity/Spadina) and by the honourable Cheri DiNovo (MPP for High Park in person, each of whom will say a few words in honour of World Fiddle Day Toronto. 
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Final Jam tomorrow – 12 to 3

Sunday May 15 – 12 noon to 3

Final run through of our World Fiddle Day tunes.

Long & McQuade’s Clinic Space, upstairs at 935 Bloor Street W.

World Fiddle Day logo Have you registered for a workshop yet?

Register Online! (or at the session tomorrow)

Click on the orange tab at the top of our website:  “Register Now on Eventbrite”
Free for members, just use the promo code “MEMBER”.

Final details for next Saturday (transit, parking, food, etc.) will be posted later this week.



Last Jam this Sunday (May 15): 12 to 3


Count down to World Fiddle Day at Fort York – last practise jam at Long & McQuade this Sunday from 12 to 3. Note the earlier start time, we’ll have a full 3-hours to rehearse our musical journey around the world from Ireland and back home to Canada.

Thanks for Lea Kerstein’s great company leading our Scandinavian session with Anne last Thursday. Joyous!

There’s still space in the Saturday morning workshops. Check-out the artist’s bios under the “World Fiddle Day 2016” tab to help you choose.

Details for Sat. May 21st at Fort York will be posted soon – keep an eye on your inbox.

Come on out and JAM with us!


Practice session tonight!

7-9 Long&Mcquade, 935 Bloor St. West. Led by Lea Kirstein, our wonderful cello, viola and fiddle player, we’re on our way to Scandinavia and back to Canada for the final group of tunes.

Remember, no parking in the L&M lot (use the street).  Not long now til the big day!

Lovely Sunday Session!

IMG_1710Last Sunday’s jam we had not one but two “generation Ys” help us learn the Eastern European tunes. Martin Vandenven and his son Ari demonstrated the Bulgarian and Macedonian tunes, along with Anne and her daughter Gabe – who not only fiddled but also played a hand drum to  keep our rhythm in check.

Martin will perform on World Fiddle Day as part of the house band and Ari is behind our wonderful arrangement of the beautiful tune Gankino. Thanks to all for coming out, only 2 more practise sessions to go. Next one up: May 5, 7 – 9 over to the Scandinavian tunes

April 24th Jam: Tunes from Eastern Europe

Tomorrow’s practise session takes us to Eastern Europe where we’ll explore the sound of klezmer music and revive our theme song from last year, Uskudar. Visit the Tunes page for audio downloads and sheet music.

Join our practise jam at Long & McQuade’s clinic space (935 Bloor St. W.) from 1 to 3 – World Fiddle Day at Fort York is less than 1 month away! 
Meditsianer Waltz 
Tino Mori 
Gankino Horo

Heading East this Thursday night!

We’re off to Africa, China & Mongolia for our “Around-the-World-Jam” this Thursday evening, April 14.

Please join us from 6:45 to 8:45 at Long & McQuade’s Clinic Space, 935 Bloor W. Reminder: No parking in the store lot on Thursday evenings.

Ariengue – arranged by Tom Leighton
Kwela #3

Mongolia & China: 
Mongolian Shepherd’s Song
Jasmine Flower


Video from 2015

Hi all:  Check out the lovely 2 minute video that my daughter Gabrielle Schiller, put together from our wonderful day at Fort York last year.  We now have our own Youtube channel at World Fiddle Day Toronto, which you can subscribe to.

Take note that one of our practice sessions has had to be cancelled (May 12, just before the last one).  To make up for lost time, we will extend the last session on May 15 to start at 12:00 noon, and run til 3 or shortly after.