It’s almost time for the big day. .

HI All: We are looking forward to a lovely weekend, kicked off by our wonderful Friday night concert at Hugh’s Room: Africa-Cuba-Canada: A Global Fiddle Celebration followed by a day of great workshops and playing on Saturday. We’re hoping for a wonderful house Friday night for this once-in-a-lifetime concert. Remember, you can book online for Hugh’s Room, or just give them a call if you have any questions: 416 – 533-LIVE (5483). You don’t have to eat dinner or reserve a whole table and do not worry, you will  be seated: Tickets HERE

Saturday afternoon is FREE for listeners, so please invite your friends and family to drop in and hear what we’re doing.

World Fiddle Day Toronto exists to promote understanding between cultures through music.


Last “Get Your Groove on Workshop” this Sunday

NOTE: That we have extended the time and will be meeting at 2PM until 4:45, May 13.
If anyone has to leave early for Mother’s Day plans, hopefully that will not prevent you from attending the first part of the Workshop. Lea and I will both be there, reviewing stuff we have done and showing how it relates to as much World Fiddle Day stuff as possible.

We are also looking forward to a lovely World Fiddle Day Concert, Friday night, May 18 at Hugh’s Room. Please consider reserving a table OR  individual tickets for Africa-Cuba-Canada: A Global Fiddle Celebration, the result of and exciting partnership with Batuki Music especially for this year’s event, all supported by Polyphonic Ground (a new Collective of World Music Presenters in Toronto that World Fiddle Day Toronto is part of).  NONE of that money actually goes to us, it’s just the cost of great artists and a great venue ($30 Advance, $35 at the door, link on our HOME page).

THEN, there’s the great day, of course.
– Workshops with Shane Cook and Elizabeth Rodriguez. You don’t even have to choose, you get to come to them both.
– A short lunch (bring your own or grab something from one  of 4 or 5 places in the neighbourhood).
– Our amazing, stupendous, wonderful Around-the-World Jam, featuring many of our favourites from the last 5 years. Worth staying in town for. (Let us know if you need access to the music:, or get a book/cd at the Workshop on Sunday. )

We are asking as many people as possible to register in Advance, even if you are under 30 (free) or just coming to listen (free). Space at Hugh’s is limited and reserving an audience spot guarantees we will save room for you. Register HERE. Cost is $25 (with a Friday night ticket) or $40 for the day. This pays our Workshop leaders, House Band and Hugh’s Room. We and Hugh’s are both non-profit enterprises.

IF for some  reason you can’t join us, we hope you will pick up your fiddle wherever you are and play a tune in honour of the fellowship of music on World Fiddle Day.


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

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: 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: 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: OR

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: 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