WATCH: World Fiddle Day 2016,
Fort York, Toronto.
Celebrate World Music on bowed strings! Join the biggest World Music jam in the country, where we play music from 30 countries (including Canada) and be part of a strings community committed to sharing music across cultural lines. World Fiddle Day is for everyone–all ages, all cultural backgrounds, all levels of ability (or just come and listen).
We are a collective of professional and amateur musicians committed to organizing an event in Toronto on World Fiddle Day, the 3rd Saturday of May (recently also declared Canada’s National Fiddling Day by an Act of Parliament, Spring 2015). Originating in Ireland (2011), World Fiddle Day is rapidly spreading to all corners of the globe. Its aim is to celebrate and teach the playing of bowed string instruments throughout the world through participatory and inclusive events. To learn more about the global reach of World Fiddle Day, go to the international website: http://www.worldfiddleday.com/
We, in Toronto, are committed to sharing the traditions of the world by engaging professional musicians from those traditions to teach and perform. To this end we do a series of community workshops every year on many styles of traditional music from many areas of the world. Anne Lederman (Muddy York, Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, LOKA, Eh?! and several other ensembles) is our Artistic Director and teacher-in-chief. We have had many people lead workshops for us over the years, both on World Fiddle Day and before, including: Rosalyn Dennett, Dan MacDonald, Mark Marczyk, Lea Kirstein, Yosvani Castaneda, Subhadra Vijaykumar, The Metis Fiddler Quartet, Peter Jellard, Emilyn Stam, Martin Van de Ven, Pascal Gemme, Amely Zhou, Kousha Nakhaie, Anne Lindsay, and Diana and Andrew Dawydchak.
World Fiddle Day Toronto grew from the humble beginnings of a gathering on the lawn of Howard Park Emmanuel Church in 2013, to Harbourfront’s Ontario Square in 2014. In 2015 and 2016, we moved to the spacious grounds of Fort York, where we held morning workshops and a concert with wonderful guest artists, followed by our signature Around-the-World Jam with 80 – 100 players participating, led and accompanied by a fabulous house band. In our 5th year, May 20, 2017 we were invited to put on World Fiddle Day at the Aga Khan Museum, featuring guest artists Pascal Gemme/Yann Falquet, Amely Zhu, Anne Lindsay, Kousha Nakhai and DNA (Andrew and Diana Dawydchak) in concert and workshop, and of course, our signature Jam led by House Band: Emilyn Stam, Naghmeh Farahmand, David Woodhead, Tom Leighton, Martin Van de Ven and Anne Lederman. It was wonderful.
With the continued sponsorship of Long & McQuade’s, once again we held 10 community practice sessions in preparation for the big day. They were open to all by donation Partnering with Tafelmusik, the MNjcc, Etobicoke School For the Arts and RCM Suzuki, we did Outreach Programs with about 50 young players. Your memberships and donations help to support this important community work. As a membership-based non-profit Arts organization; we invite all who wish to support our goals of inclusion and global music sharing to consider becoming members (Become a Member) or making a Donation. Please join us and help to spread the word. Tell a fiddle player about World Fiddle Day Toronto, “like us” on Facebook (World Fiddle Day Toronto) and set aside the date for next year, May 20, 2018.
Playing or listening, there is a place for you. The World awaits!