Beginner and Intermediate Fiddle Classes at RCM

Hi All: For those who don’t feel quite ready for the Orchestra, there are the regular classes at RCM in Celtic-Canadian Fiddling. The Advanced class on on Mondays in Scots/French-Canadian/Metis is already underway but the Beginner and Intermediate ones are only starting next week, Oct. 3, so you have lots time to register this week (BEFORE Friday). These classes have been the foundation for many adults in the Toronto area, both to start fiddling from scratch and to continue to develop their technical skills – bowing left hand, keys, rhythm and ear, n order to participate in this, most wonderful folk tradition. It’s all about personal challenge within a supportive community.

Just look for “Fiddling” on the RCM website: http://www.rcmusic.ca, or call 416 408 2824.  Keep fiddling alive!

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Celtic-Canadian Orchestra starts Oct. 1

Hi All: We are proud to partner with the Royal Conservatory of Music in offering a new musical adventure to Celtic and Classical string players alike:

Tamarack’er Down: Celtic-Canadian Orchestra

Come join us  – 90 minutes a week on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at the Royal Conservatory, Bedford and Bloor,  Toronto, Ontario. 
We will do arrangements of material drawn from Newfoundland, Cape Breton, Down-East/Old Time,French-Canadian/Metis and Irish traditions, working by ear and from music with chords, harmonies, back-up parts etc. 

Open to all Intermediate/Advanced string players–violin, viola, cello and bass (fiddlers should have at least 3 years experience, i.e., 1 year of Level 5/6 RCM Fiddle classes or equivalent).
There will be 10 sessions between Oct. 1 and Dec, 10 (skipping Thanksgiving weekend) , for $245, New registration will be required for the Spring session.
Here’s the link to sign up, or call 416 408 2824.  (You need to sign up BEFORE  Friday, Sept. 29, or it may be cancelled).   https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/theroyalconservatory/Activity_Search/4294
If you have any questions, e-mail me at: anne.lederman@gmail.com.
Looking forward to another year of great fiddling . .

Toronto Fiddle Collective, tonight, Sept. 21

Hi all: Please join Anne Lederman and Tom Leighton, tonight, Sept. 21 for the Toronto Fiddle Collective’s first event of the 2017/18 series. Anne will do a workshop at 7, Tom and Anne will present a short concert at 8 followed by a Jam. It’s all happening at the West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St W, Toronto.

COST: $35 for the evening, or just come for the Concert, $15. We would love to see you there to kick off a new season of fiddle gatherings.

 

Thanks all round

We want to thank everyone who helped make this year’s World Fiddle Day at the Aga Khan and the Ismaili Centre such a success–participants, listeners, volunteers, staff, the Guest Artists, and the Band. We would love to hear from each and every one of you about your experience – tell us what you liked, what you didn’t, your favourite moments etc.

I personally want to thank the other 3 members of the organizing committee: Mary Alton, Sue Meggs and Marion Gardiner for their unfailing dedication, their enterprise and creativity, their willingness to do whatever it takes to World Fiddle Day Toronto both a reality and a success. There couldn’t be a better team. Hats off.

Alright, folks, it’s a wrap. Our 5th year celebrating World Fiddle Day in Toronto – 75 fiddlers, 5 wonderful guest artists and their groups, a beautiful location and great food. Have a great summer and we will see you next year. Thanks to all who helped it happen.

Get ready for World Fiddle Day 2017!

SCHEDULE  –  WHAT TO BRING  –  FOOD  –  DIRECTIONS

LOCATION: World Fiddle Day Toronto 2017 takes place in The Ismaili Centre (49 Wynford Dr.) and The Aga Khan Museum (77 Wynford Dr.). They are located beside each other on the south side of Wynford Dr. with a small park between them. You can walk between the buildings in minutes.

                           The Ismaili Centre                          The Aga Khan Museum

SCHEDULE & LOCATION OF EVENTS

ISMAILI CENTRE: Morning and afternoon events

  • Morning Workshops: 10 – 1
  • Specific room locations will be posted at the event
  • Please sign in with our volunteers at the main table in the Ismaili Centre when you arrive, pick up your buffet ticket (if ordered) and you will be directed to your workshop.

  • Lunch break: 1 – 2
  • Purchase at the Aga Khan Museum’s cafe
  • Picnic outside with your own lunch or inside café area at museum
  • Around-the-World Jam: 2 – 5
  • Youth Showcase & Buffet: 5:30 – 6:30
  • Buffet available for those who have pre-registered.

THE AGA KHAN MUSEUM: Evening event

  • Concert: 7 – 10 (doors open at 6:30)
  • Seating is general admission
  • Purchase tickets for non-members either online or at the Aga Khan reception desk, if available.


WHAT TO BRING

  • Water bottle for your own use (outside drinks not allowed)
  • Your “2017 Tune book”, instrument, and a music stand
  • Bring a recording device for the workshops and 2017’s video
  • Money if you plan to purchase artists’ CDs or lunch/dinner
  • Lunch if you plan to eat on-site in the park


FOOD

Food and beverages are strictly prohibited inside the Ismaili Centre (other than personal water bottles). Buffet dinner tickets sales are now closed.

  • Bring your own lunch: picnic outside on their lovely grounds or you may eat inside the museum’s café area.
  • Purchase lunch at The Aga Khan Museum café: moderately priced quality sandwiches, salads, sweets and beverages are available that can be enjoyed at their small café, or taken to the outdoor grounds.
  • Many restaurants are located nearby on Don Mills Road.

GETTING TO THE ISMAILI CENTRE AND AGA KHAN MUSEUM
DVP Southbound: Take the Don Valley Parkway (DVP), exit at Wynford Drive, and turn right. The Museum is located immediately on the south side of Wynford Drive.

DVP Northbound:  Take the Don Valley Parkway (DVP), exit at Eglinton Avenue westbound, turn right on Don Mills Road, then right again on Wynford Drive. Travel approximately 2 blocks past Gervais Drive. The Museum is located on the south side of Wynford Drive.

Don Mills Rd.: Turn right one traffic light north of Eglinton Ave. off Don Mills Road.

Parking: Ground level and underground parking for a flat rate of $10. No overnight parking is permitted. All parking fees collected support the operation and programming of the Aga Khan Museum and Park.

BY PUBLIC TRANSIT: Please visit the TTC Trip Planner to plan your journey.

  • Eglinton subway station, the 34C Eglinton East Bus (Grenoble and Spanbridge towards Flemingdon Park) stops on Wynford Drive right at the Aga Khan Museum. (stop: Garamond Court; travel time approx. 25–30 minutes).
  • Broadview subway station, the 100A Flemingdon Park bus (towards Don Mills and Wynford) stops on Wynford Drive right at the Aga Khan Museum (stop: Garamond Court; travel time approx. 25–30 minutes).
  • Pape subway station, the 25 Don Mills bus (towards Steeles) stops at Don Mills Road and Wynford Drive (stop: Wynford Drive; travel time approx. 20 minutes). The Museum is a short walk along Wynford Drive (approx. 8 minutes).

Thursday May 11 – Around-the-World practice jam!

Hello fiddlers, friends of fiddlers, and the curious,

The last two Around-the-World practice jams are rapidly approaching.

Thursday May 11 – 7:00pm – 8:45pm – Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on a Wire“, Theme song “Persionada” and review other tunes. A great time to ask questions.

Sunday May 14 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm – Review the entire book. We play the Tune book from top to bottom! Yahoo! Will Tom Leighton grace us with his presence?

Everyone can sign up for world fiddle workshops now: Register here
Workshops run at 10 am and 11.30 am – Workshop info
Members workshops are included in membership fee.   Become a Member
Non-members can enjoy 2 workshops for $25

We’ve been given a  few more days to get tickets for the mid-east buffet dinner:
Buffet Tickets

We have a great lineup of artists for the evening concert. Membership includes a ticket to the concert, you’ll need tickets for family and friends you can purchase tickets here:
https://www.agakhanmuseum.org/performing-arts/events

Applause to Sue Meggs and Manfred Becker for a beautiful World Fiddle Day Toronto 2016 video: YouTube link to video Vimeo: link to World Fiddle Day Toronto 2016
If you were playing you’ll find yourself in the video. 

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

We appreciate your Pay-what-you-can donations for practices! World Fiddle Day Toronto is entirely run by volunteers on a shoestring budget. We gratefully appreciate the funding from the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council, all of which goes towards paying the musicians.

 

News + Sunday April 30 World Fiddle Day Toronto Practice Jam

We hope you can join us Sunday April 30 for the next practice jam. It’s a great opportunity to play tunes and ask questions. Emilyn Stam of Balfolk, Eh?! (http://www.emilynstam.com) will be leading Sunday April 30 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm. Hopefully we’ll have time to review the “Bourrées from Auvergne” that Emilyn arranged after playing through the list below.

  • “Flower Drum Song” – a traditional folk tune from China
  • “Marga’s” – Ireland, written by Brian Finnegan

    The Canadian Waltzes

  • “My Cape Breton Home” – written by Jerry Holland
  • “Valse Beaulieu” – a French Canadian waltz by Pascal Gemme who is one of 2017’s guest artists.

Arrive a bit early 12.45pm to ask questions, get information, memberships, workshop registrations, buffet dinner tickets, get tuned up, and the only chance to order a t-shirt at the jam.  Address below

News +

  • Workshop sign-up: spaces limited to 20 people. Members can sign up for workshops until May 5 after which registration is open to the public.
  • Middle Eastern BuffetDinner tickets are available until May 5th.
  • T-shirt Campaign runs until May 6th – the only time you can purchase them. 

Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 9.05.36 PMPurchase a colourful World Fiddle Day Toronto T-shirt online: http://teesforthepeople.com/products/world-fiddle-day-toronto This T-shirt fundraiser campaign is open only until May 6, 2017. Choose from 6 different colours in youth, adult male and female styles. If we sell 48 T-shirts your credit card gets charged and the T-shirt is mailed to you. If we don’t reach our target your credit card will not be charged.

World Fiddle Day May 20th, 2017 is coming up soon at the Aga Khan.

We recommend the membership deal: for $60 you get the World Fiddle Day 2017 tunes book, workshops and evening concert all inclusive. FREE for all under 25. Bring your friends and family to the event! Non-members attend the jam for free – evening concert tickets extra. Check the website for more information or drop in to our Around-the-World Jam practice for more information.

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

We appreciate your Pay-what-you-can donations for practices! World Fiddle Day Toronto is entirely run by volunteers on a shoestring budget. We gratefully appreciate the funding from the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council, all of which goes towards paying the musicians.

Thursday April 20 – Around-the-World Fiddle practice session

Join us Thursday April 20, 7:00pm – 8:45pm for the next  Around-the-World Fiddle practice session! Arrive a bit early 6.45 to ask questions, get information, memberships, workshop registrations and dinner tickets and to get set to go for 7pm. Even better you get to play with a group of people who are keen on world fiddle music. Anne Lederman leads this session and will take you through the rhythm, chords and melodies of the tunes. 

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

This Thursday we’ll look at the two tunes from Scandinavia and the Middle East.

“Josefin’s Waltz” has become a Canadian fiddle jam favourite.

“Finnish Polska” a fun to play tune arranged by Lassi Logren, from his book Stemmasoittoa Viululla.

From Pakistan: Gawali or “Qawwali” Tune, “Sanu Ik Pal Chen” look on YouTube for the great Qwali Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.  https://youtu.be/UYJscecsD5k?list=RDIghMxKqFwns

“Afghan Children’s Song” This is a children’s song written by Afghan composer, Ghulam Hussein, sometimes called the “father of music” in Afghanistan (1887 – 1967). Taranh-E-Bahaar (Song of Spring)

 “Alhamdoullilah’ a traditional Arabic song was our theme song from 2016. This song made a splash on CBC National Television in 2016 when an Ottawa school choir sang it in honour of our Syrian refugees, with it’s combination of Arabic and French.

“Uskudar” is a Turkish folk song about a woman and her clerk (kâtip) traveling to Üsküdar. The tune is a famous Istanbul türkü fold song.

We appreciate your Pay-what-you-can donations for practices! World Fiddle Day Toronto is entirely run by volunteers on a shoestring budget. We gratefully appreciate the funding from the Ontario Arts Council, all of which goes towards paying the musicians.

World Fiddle Day May 20th, 2017 is coming up soon at the Aga Khan. We recommend the membership deal: for $60 you get the World Fiddle Day 2017 tunes book, workshops and evening concert all inclusive.  FREE for all under 25. Workshops spaces are limited to 20 people, members can sign up for workshops until May 5, After that workshop registration is open to the public.

Bring your friends and family to the event! Non-members attend the jam for free – evening concert tickets extra. Check the website for more information or drop in to our Around-the-World Jam practice for more information. Middle Eastern Buffet Dinner tickets are available until May 5th.

A lovely workshop

. .on Sunday, April 9, led by Emilyn Stam and James Stephens on tunes from the central area of France and from Pakistan. The schedule of what we will do at each session has altered somewhat, so please check the Around-the-World Jam page for the update.