FRIDAY/SATURDAY, MAY 18/19TH at Hugh’s Room

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.

Finally, we have one of our Ontario masters of Old Time Canadian Fiddling, National Champion in both Canada and the U.S., the inimitable Shane Cook of Dorchester, Ontario.

Shane Cook

Tickets for this incredible night will be available soon at: hughsroomlive.com (we’ll let you know).

As if that weren’t enough, players should come back to Hugh’s Room on the day itself, MAY 19, when our usual Workshops and Jam will all happen. Join us in the morning for workshops with Shane and Elizabeth and stay for the  afternoon Jam where we will re-visit some of our old favourite tunes. (Registration available soon.) WE WANT YOU, fiddles in hand.  (As always, the afternoon is free for those who would like to come and listen.


But we couldn’t wait to get you excited for the Concert and the big day. We very much look forward to having you join us at Hugh’s Room for World Fiddle Day 2018.

Thank you all for a wonderful day at the Aga Khan in 2017. The sun shone, things went smoothly from beginning to end, the Workshops were superb, the Jam was superb, the Band was superb, all the Volunteers were superb, and the evening Concert was absolutely spectacular. Thanks also to the Staff /Volunteers of the Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Museum. Special thanks go to the 4-person team at World Fiddle Day Toronto who pulled it all together:
Mary Alton, Sue Meggs, Marion Gardiner and Anne Lederman. 

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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