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.

. . . a small update

HI Folks: Emilyn and James and I all have a gig in Minden Sunday night, so will have to leave at 3 instead of running the practice to our usual 3:20 or so.  We’ll have a good solid 2 hours and enjoy learning about music from France and Pakistan. Hope to see you all there. Try to arrive a bit early to be all set up and ready to go at 1:00. Doors open at 12:30.

Sunday April 9 next Around-the-World Fiddle practice session

This Sunday April 9    1:00pm – 3:30pm

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.

Lederman’s Eh?! colleagues Emilyn Stam and James Stephens will lead us as we explore “Bourrées from Auvergne” (Central France) and the Gawali Tune from Pakistan, “Sanu Ik Pal Chen”.   Emilyn is a Toronto-based fiddler, pianist and accordionist who creates, performs, records and teaches in folk, trad, and neo-trad styles from Europe and Canada. You can hear Emilyn not only with Eh?! but at the Balfolk Dances in Toronto. James can be heard on a multitude of stringed instruments with an emphasis on fiddling.

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.

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.

Fiddle News:

Eh?! is on tour around Southern Ontario
Emilyn Stam & Balfolk April 14th Bal

North Atlantic Drift with Dan MacDonald is at The Local on Roncesvalles, Saturday afternoons 2-4pm in April.

Wednesday, March 29 – Practice jam

Well I had fun at the African and Caribbean practice jam last week, especially playing the rhythm parts with melodies!We hope you can join us for the next upcoming jam on:
Wednesday March 29 – 7:00pm – 8:45pm
935 Bloor Street west. 6:45 – 8:45 p.m.
A pay what you can donation, helps us make this happen!

We’ll be playing the French Canadian and Scandinavia tunes. Anne Lederman will start by looking at the rhythm section of each of the pieces and then adding the melodies. So even if you haven’t had a chance to review the parts you can play the rhythm through the pieces and get a feel for how the tunes are played.

The french tunes travel across Canada starting with the French Quick March (Voulez-vous dancer), La Bastringue, Drops of Brandy (Scots-Irish), Drops of Brandy (Metis) and Bacon Ridge. These are the tunes studied by the students from Etobicoke School of the Arts and the Miles Nadar Suzuki program for the Outreach program with Anne Lederman. Then we’ll fly across to Scandinavia play the lovely Josefin’s Waltz and the Finnish Polska.

Become a member and support World Fiddle Day Toronto. It’s a great deal: the tune book and cd, 2 workshops, the jam and the evening concert with our special guest artists.

Join Toronto’s World Music for string players Around-the-World Jam, May 20, 2017 at the Aga Khan. worldfiddledaytoronto.ca. FREE for all under 25.

Next practice: April 9, 1 – 3:30 pm. with Emilyn Stam and James Stephens.

Eh?! (Emilyn Stam, Anne Lederman, James Stephens) are starting a 2 week House concert tour around Southern Ontario with Home Routes. A Facebook link. 

Sunday March 19 Practice jam

Join us at the next Around-the-World practice jam:
Sunday March 19 – 3:30pm – 5:30pm – Caribbean, African  (Note Time Change)

L&M Clinic space, 935 Bloor St. West, upstairs

Come feel the Island breezes, hear the chatter of the monkeys with a Workshop on Caribbean and African tunes, led by Anne Lederman

You can ask questions, and pick up memberships: Access to online tunes, plus you get this really cool Tunebook with a CD of all the tunes, workshops, the jam and the concert all for only $60. Workshops you say? Yes! Find out more.

A much appreciated pay what you can donation supports the artistic activities of the day, our Community workshops and our Outreach programs to schools to encourage them to go beyond the musical boundaries of their curriculum.

More news: Online soon: Sign up for Workshops and Post-jam Buffet Supper.
The Ismaili Centre (where we will be all day) is preparing a Mid-east themed meal for those who sign up and pre-pay by May 13.  This will be a great way to relax with everyone after the jam while listening to our Youth Showcase. Then you will be ready for the evening concert.

Sunday March 5 – Practice Jam

The next  Around-The-World practice jam is this Sunday March 5 – 1:00pm – 3:30pm
We’ll be playing tunes from the U.S.: St. Louis Blues, Jolie Blonde (Cajun), Rabbit Where’s Your Mammy (Appalachian). See you there!

The Around-The-World practice jam Donation Jar:
While much of the work of World Fiddle Day Toronto is done by our volunteer committee, your donations go to help pay for our professional Artists and other venue costs on the day, our workshop leaders, our arrangers, our Outreach programs, our publicity and, we hope someday, to part-time staff to make World Fiddle Day Toronto a truly inspiring Festival of global music. To that end, we are also part of a new initiative: the shared platform of Toronto World Music Presenters which will work together to increase the scope and visibility of world music events in Toronto.  (more info soon)

Please Note:  Time change for the jam on Sunday March 19 to 3:30 – 5:30
We’ll be playing the Caribbean & African  tunes (4 of them!)

Fiddle Outreach Sessions
In addition to our series of 10 community workshops at Long&McQuade, World Fiddle Day Toronto takes on Outreach projects with strings groups in public schools, Suzuki Programs and community music schools.  This year we worked with Tafelmusik on their Canada 150 Outreach project with several groups of students from Etobicoke School of the Arts and the Miles Nadar Suzuki program. Anne Lederman saw each group of students twice in order to coach them on 5 tunes (which we will be playing at the Jam on World Fiddle Day). They worked also with Chris Verrette of Tafelmusik and their teachers to put together a nice 20 minute program which they all played after the regular  Tafelmusik concert on Sunday, Feb. 26 in Trinity-St. Paul’s church. They sounded absolutely wonderful and some of them will, we hope, join us on World Fiddle Day.  Compliments to Pam Bettger (ESA)  and Gretchen Paxton and Rebecca Sancton-Ashworth (MNjcc Suzuki) for their dedication and ongoing commitment to broadening their students’ horizons.