We are on our way to our goal of selling 160 concert tickets and having at least 50 participants at the Workshops and Jam, but we still very much need YOUR SUPPORT.

Remember World Fiddle Day is an entirely non-profit undertaking to help promote community music-making and greater knowledge of world traditions, as played on bowed string instruments. No matter what your level of experience on fiddle/violin, you can join us, playing  along in a wonderful group setting which will make you feel like a rock star.

“it’s the most fun I’ve ever had doing anything,” one participant said.

This year, in partnership with Batuki Music and supported by Polyphonic Ground (a new Collective devoted to world music presentation in Toronto), we are especially lucky to be able to experience, in concert, one of the oldest forms of bowed string instrument, the Ethiopian masinqo, along with New World traditions from Cuba and Canada. Hugh’s Room Live has jumped in to support us and offer this wonderful concert (Friday, May 18, tickets available at www.hughsroomlive.com).

Does it cost money?
– Unfortunately yes. We are committed to paying all of our professional artists a reasonable wage for their work performing, leading workshops and being part of the House Band at the Jam. However, the daily work of World Fiddle Day Toronto is undertaken by volunteers who just want to see this happen.

Are there ways I can participate for free?
– All players under 30 are invited to join us on Saturday May 19, 10 – 4pm for Workshops and Jam absolutely free of charge. Listeners to the Jam (1:30-4:00 pm) are also welcome for free.

So, if you support the aims of World Fiddle Day Toronto of a better understanding between cultures through music, please help in any way you can. Come to the concert Friday night at Hugh’s. If you play, sign up for the Workshops/Jam, May 19, come to our last “Get Your Groove On” workshop on May 13 (2-5pm – note time change, 935 Bloor St. West, Long&McQuade Clinic).

And please help spread the word any way you can. Invite friends to the concert, put it on your Facebook page, share our posts etc.  We are doing this in grand celebration of what is good in the world.



Time to sign up for World FIddle Day

May 19 is the day, Hugh’s Room is the place. The morning features workshops by Shane Cook (Ontario Old TIme) and Elizabeth Rodriguez (Cuban Folk Music) and the afternoon is the infamous Around-the-World Jam with our inimitable House Band (Lea Kirstein, Tom Leighton, Martin Van de Ven , Anne Lederman, and, this year on percussion, Magdelys Savigne). Remember, World Fiddle Day is for you! We’ve had lots of interest in the music (60 on the Dropbox so far). More Info on the World FIddle Day 2018 page

COST for PLAYERS:  For Two Workshops and the Jam – $25 (with Friday night tickets: Africa-Cuba-Canada: A Global FIddle Celebration. Info on HOME PAGE)
$40 – Saturday only.
All Players under 30 and all listeners are welcome FREE of charge.

Sheet Music and mp3s of all tunes are available in a Dropbox:
We don’t seem to be able to give you a link on the website, so just e-mail us at: worldfiddledaytoronto@gmail.com. We will sign you up tout de suite!

Or pick up a book/cd for cost ($10) at one of our remaining “Get Your Groove on Workshops.” This Sunday, April 29, and then May 13, 3-5pm at the L&M space. More Info here.



Workshop Sunday April 29

Led by the inimitable Lea Kirstein, the 4th in our series of “Get Your Groove o” Workshops, 3-5 pm, L&M Clinic space, 935 Bloor St. west. We’ll be trying out some more great rhythm and chord patterns.
COST $20, unless you’ve paid for the series.

Books/cds for World Fiddle Day also available at cost ($10), or e-mail: worldfiddledaytoronto@gmail.com to be added to the Dropbox.

WORLD FIDDLE DAY is only 26 days away! Yaay World Fiddle Day!


Workshop today going ahead

Hi All: I know the weather is bad and some of you won’t be able to make it in for today’s workshop, but because it has been widely advertised, and the TTC is still up and running normally, I feel we should go ahead. . I hope to see as many of you as possible at 3:00.

Workshops on Scandinavian Fiddling

Some of the most beautiful and oldest folk fiddling in the world, usually played in harmony. These stunning melodies have greatly influenced Celtic music traditions and are a wonderful addition to any repertoire. The women of Fru Skagerrak are only in Toronto for 1 day. They are willing and more than able to do workshops Friday afternoon, April 20, from 2 – 5pm and/or Saturday morning, April 21, 10 – 1pm. They will each give you a bit of an overview of trad music from their respective countries – Denmark, Sweden and Norway – and then each teach a simple tune. We need to hear from as many people as possible immediately about whether or not you’re interested in attending either workshop at these times.

Whether or not we do both (or either) depends on the response we get in the next couple of days. We would probably charge $30 for each 3-hour workshop, all of which will go to the performers. The Friday workshop will be at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Dundas and Parliament area. We’re not sure about the Saturday one yet. So let us know! Please e-mail: anne.lederman@gmail.com OR worldfiddledaytoronto@gmail.com

p.s. Also, we try to post news both here, on Facebook and send out to the Mailing List, Fiddle News, but we have been warned by Mailchimp that we are getting a lot of bounces on the Newsletter. Please check your SPAM boxes to see of Fiddle News is going there. If you no longer want to be on the list, just hit the “Unsubscribe” button at the bottom. If there are too many refused mailings, Mailchimp may decommission the list and we have to start all over. Thanks from the World FIddle Day Team.

Fru Sgakerrak: wonderful Scandinavian fiddling in Toronto soon!

Fru Skagerrak:  House concert Friday April 20th 7:30 p.m.

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[Just click on the picture to hear them]

I can hardly wait, this will be a rare treat, hearing Scandinavian music from these wonderful young players in TOronto. .Through a repertoire of traditional tunes, new compositions, and songs in their respective languages, Fru Skagerrak- ”Lady Skagerrak” -three master musicians: Maja Kjær Jacobsen – Denmark, Elise Wessel Hildrum – Norway and Anna Lindblad – Sweden,  express their kinship and love of a shared heritage. The result is an explosion of the sounds that exist in Scandinavian music today.

We managed to catch them on the fly as they are touring with a new album, minted only days ago! Come and hear them make our rafters ring!

Where: “Bedlam” 199 Erskine Ave. Toronto, ON M4P 1Z5

When: Soon! Friday, April 20th 2018     Doors at 7:00p.m. Music at 7:30 p.m.

Save me a seat Lynn! Email: LynnWesterhout@mail.com or call 416-489-3001

Suggested donation: $20.00

 Refreshments will be available -finger ready or liquid contributions gratefully accepted.

Workshop #3 this Sunday

Hi All: Our Get Your Groove On Workshops have been a real treat so far, and lots of fun.  Please let us know what you think in the comments below if you’ve been there. Meanwhile the next one is this Sunday, from 3-5 pm. We will review what we’ve done and start looking at what chords to put to a tune and why. .

WHERE: L&M Clinic Space, 935 Bloor St. West
WHEN: 3-5 Sunday afternoon, April 15
COST: $20


2nd Get Your Groove on Workshop Tomorrow

Hi All: Thursday, April 5th,  from 7-9 pm, at the L&M Clinic space, 935 Bloor St. West, will be our 2nd “Get Your Groove on” Workshop. We will further explore rhythms for playing back-up, especially for reels and simple 2/4 tunes, and practice hearing  I   IV   V  harmonic changes in different tunes, especially the World Fiddle Day repertoire.  Fun may rear its head.

We will also have a few copies on hand of this year’s REP book and some CDs.  The Dropbox link on the Around-the-World Jam page is not working for a lot of people so please just drop us a message for access to the Jam tunes: worldfiddledaytoronto@gmail.com.


Around the World Jam Tunes now available!

Hi all: We had a great first Workshop on harmony and cool Back-up grooves last week, led by Lea Kirstein, and look forward to the 2nd installment on April 5 (Thursday evening 7 – 9 (Anne Lederman will be on board to lead this one.)

But the big news is I am happy to announce that the Around-the-World-Jam Repertoire for World Fiddle Day 2018 is now ready and waiting in a Dropbox for all who would like it. There is sheet music, and there are mp3 files. Listen, play, enjoy, repeat and please come join us on May 19 at Hugh’s Room. The repertoire is almost all from former years, with just a few new Canadian favourites added in.  We are also delighted to welcome members of the new Tamarack’er Down Celtic Orchestra to help lead the first half of the Jam. The day will look like this:

10:00 am.           – Workshop: Shane Cooke (Canadian Old Time)
11:30 am.           – Workshop: Elizabeth Rodriquez (Cuban traditional music)

1:30 pm – 4 pm  – Around the World Jam wfd-group

To access the Dropbox, click HERE.  If, for any reason at all, this does not work for you, just drop us a quick e-mail at worldfiddledaytoronto@gmail.com and we will sign you up manually.

COST:  THE GOOD NEWS is that we are offerring a discount for the day to all those players who have purchased a ticket for the concert on Friday night, May 18, featuring Shane, Elizabeth and Ethiopian masenqo player Abebe Fikade: AFRICA-CUBA-CANADA (here for more info on the concert).

FOR Players paticipating in the WORKSHOPS and JAM on MAY 19.  $25 (for those with Friday night tickets):  $35 without.
As always, we invite the general public to come and listen  to the Jam absolutely free.

This discount for Friday night ticket holders is to encourage as many people as possible to see this wonderful concert.  We moved it to Friday night, because many playing participants found the day too long last year with Workshops, Jam and Evening Concert, and because we wanted you to see the Artists before the Workshops instead of after.  In the process, you will not only be supporting some wonderful musicians as well as World Fiddle Day Toronto, but also our partners Batuki Music, Polyphonic Ground and the new Hugh’s Room Live non-profit arts association. The charge for the day allows us to pay our awesome Workshop leaders, Shane Cooke and Elizabeth Rodriguez, for their morning workshops, and our House Band musicians in the afternoon (TBA). We will have that ticket window open soon on our site. We sincerely hope you will choose to spend part of your May weekend with us at World FIddle Day Toronto 2018, and we look forward to another wonderful gathering.