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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).

To become a MEMBER of World Fiddle Day Toronto, click HERE.
To DONATE to World Fiddle Day Toronto, click HERE.

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 passed 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 and more.

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 from many traditions,  followed by our signature Around-the-World Jam with 80 – 100 players participating, led and accompanied by a fabulous house band. Now we are looking forward to our 5th event, May 20, 2017 at the Aga Khan, featuring guest artists Pascal Gemme/Yann Falquet, Amely Zhu, Anne Lindsay, Kousha Nakhai and DNA (Andrew and Diana Dawydchak) in concert and workshop. We are looking forward to our best Around-the-World jam ever.

With the continued sponsorship of Long & McQuade’s, we will, once again, hold 10 community practice sessions in preparation for the big day. These are open to all by donation and we encourage players of all ages and levels of experience to join us. Click HERE for schedule. Partnering with Tafelmusik and RCM Suzuki, we will also be doing Outreach programs with the MNjcc Suzuki program, Etobicoke School for the Arts and the RCM Suzuki program. 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 May 20, 2017.

“The Band,” Harbourfront, 2014.

Working with El Sistema in a Parkdale school.

Working with El Sistema in a Parkdale school.

Playing or listening, there is a place for you. The World awaits!

Thank you to our event sponsors:
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