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Contests mostly around Ontario are listed at 

Teacher Page
I have a teacher page of
fiddle and step dance teachers
in Ontario. Take a look.
Send me an email if you want your name added.

Celtic Fiddle Orchestra of Southern Ontario
We are called the Celtic Fiddle Orchestra of Southern Ontario and we are looking for
musicians of all ages to play celtic music in a light orchestral format.
We are looking people who play violin, viola, cello, bass, keyboard, bodhran.
We rehearse every 2nd Sunday in the afternoon at the
Queen Elizabeth Park Cultural & Community Centre, 2302 Bridge Rd., Oakville.

The Dam Pub
Jam sessions at The Dam Pub 53 Bruce St S. Thornbury
A session every 2nd and 4ths Wed evening starting a 8pm.
Special meal prices for participants.
Listeners and dancers welcome
Contact Gord or Sandy at 519-599-2110
email:  Website:

1 st. Sunday of the month      Sept to June        from  1:pm   to 5:pm       
  The  Old Oakwood Hall  2nd floor 
 Admission  is  $5.00 
contact phone number Kirby  705 328-5925  .

The '1802 Station Fiddlers'
meet every Thursday evening from 7-10pm for an open jam session
in the old Frankford Railway Station at 1802 Stockdale Rd., Stockdale, Ont.
All players and listeners welcome. No admission fee-donations accepted.

Great Claude Fiddle Jam!
On the third Friday of each month,
Claude Presbyterian Church in Caledon will be hosting the
Great Claude Fiddle Jam!
Time is 7:30 p.m. until 10:00, or whenever! There is no admission fee
all are welcome to attend. Please bring your fiddle, guitar, banjo, tin whistle, etc., or just yourself!
Claude Church is located on the east side of Highway #10 in Caledon,
just east of the village of Inglewood, just north of the hamlet of Victoria,
and south of Caledon Village,
about half way between Brampton and Orangeville.
It has the tallest spire around for many miles, so you can't miss it.
We look forward to meeting old and new friends who are interested in traditional music.
Please pass this message on to anyone who may like to come.
Claude Presbyterian Church, 15175 Hurontario Street
RR1, Inglewood, Ontario, L0N 1K0  905-838-3512

Old Time Fiddle & Square Dance Event
At the Orange Hall in Rosemont, across the street from the Globe Restaurant.
Will be holding events on the 3rd. Tuesday of every month - 7:00 pm - 1100 pm
excepting the months of December and August annually
For some fun please feel most welcome.
David Aspenlieder 
705 435 9753
R.R.#3 Everett, Ont. L0M 1J0 #5898 3rd line of Tosorontio

Meet the 3rd Sunday of each month. Except July and August.
At Duff's Church, Nanson Hall 2-4 pm.
Contact Paul McDonald at 519-763-9764

Thornton Old Tyme Fiddle Dance
Thornton Fiddle Dances will be held. as follows:
2nd Thursday in month
Lloyd Preston 705 722-8335
Now with a website...
Dance dates, photos, directions etc.

Bond Head Olde Tyme Fiddle Club
The dances are the 4th Tuesday of each month.
Monthly Fiddle Dance and Jam Session
Welcome all musicians, dancers and spectators
Bond Head Community Hall, Highways 27 and 88
Starts: 7:00PM, Admission $4.00
Information; Ed Elliotson (519) 941-2134

Oakville Celtic Fiddle Club
It's a not for profit club that plays Scottish, Irish, and Cape Breton tunes in an orchestra type (but laid back) setting.
We get together every Wednesday evening from 8:30-10pm
at the Academy of Music (Speers Rd. and Fourth Line) in Oakville Ontario.
Here is the web site and contact info.
 (905) 845-1227

Monthly dance and jam session
3rd Sunday of each month, September to June
1:00PM TO 5:00PM
Carden Township Recreation Centre, Lake Dalrymple, ON.
Welcome all musicians, singers, round and square dancers and listeners
Information: Leigh Wishart 705-325-0009

Cape Breton fiddle session
that has been active in Ottawa for a few years.
We meet every other Sunday in various members homes and other Sundays at a pub in downtown Ottawa.
We welcome visitors to play or listen!
The Web site with schedule and some tune sets:

Fiddle Club - Cobourg
Do you have a fiddle or violin tucked away in a dark closet that is just itching to be played?
Would you like to play traditional Irish fiddle music in a group setting?
Who: Saskia Tomkins (teacher)
When: Starting February 2nd/ 2010 Beginners from 7pm-8pm and Advanced from 8pm-9pm
Where: St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Basement 200 King St. West Cobourg, ON
How Much? 10 week session for $100
Please contact
for more information or phone (905) 377-0297

Niagara Old Tyme Fiddlers
We meet the first Wed of every month at the Rockway Community Centre, 2021 Pelham Rd. (Reg. Rd. 69)
 from 7-10pm.
Our format is an open mic for fiddlers to play solo with the “house” backup
and some group jams for all the fiddlers to join in.
Everyone is welcome to come and entertain or be entertained.
Backup musicians also welcome. Contact Cassandra Swan 905-685-0774. 
Check us out on facebook.

Tune Time Music
I have started creating back up music for old tyme fiddle tunes and putting it to CD.
I play the fiddle as well and could never find a piano player to play for me, so I created my own accompaniment.
I am set up at home to create accompaniment for any tune
and have the necessary equipment to duplicate my own CD's.
The feedback so far has been very positive. I'm hoping it will continue! Best Regards, Geoff Horrocks
I have a website 

SHINDIG: Olde Tyme Square Dancing!
Led by Linda Ginou and Ernie Shoebridge,
SHINDIG shares the fun of Olde Tyme Square Dancing with people like you who perhaps have not yet experienced its joy.
We have produced an instructional book complete with music and square dance calls on CD.
SHINDIG also provides customized on-site instruction for your corporate or social events.

Shindig provides an introduction to Olde Tyme Square Dancing through:
- an instruction book and CD (Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight,
featuring Canadian Fiddle Champion Mark Sullivan)
- running corporate or social events, along with music and full instruction
- teaching and running dances in schools, summer camps and at community events
- home parties, family reunions.
Happy Shindiggin' everyone!
For more information, contact:
TEL: (905) 773-1909 E-mail us:

Chanda Gibson
Champion Step Dancer & Performer
has space for a few step dance students in Orangeville
Call Chanda at 519-938-9894 or
or Chanda Gibson Home Page

American Fiddle Method: Canadian Fiddle Styles.
Expert fiddlers Brian Wicklund  and Canadian fiddle master April Verch  team up to delve into the dynamic world of Canadian fiddling for the ultra-popular American Fiddle Method. April is among the busiest fiddlers in Canada. Her inspired fans have long clamoured for her instruction. This highly anticipated intermediate-level book explores Canada’s rich fiddle traditions including Old Time Canadian, French Canadian, Cape Breton and Métis. More than just a collection of great tunes, this book demystifies common ornaments and bowing patterns used in Canadian fiddling. The authors teach the simple melody to reels, jigs, hornpipes, waltzes, schottisches, airs and strathspeys and demonstrate how to create variations using the skills in the book. Great play-along CD. 80 page book + 60 minute CD.

Ralph and Sandy Price have formed "FIDDLES & SQUARES", whose purpose
and focus is to not only preserve but also increase the interest in Olde Tyme Square
Dancing and Music.
(705) 835-3159


Events, Shows, Workshops & Other Fiddle News

The Guelph Celtic Orchestra
is holding its season finale performance and Ceilidh Dance on Friday, May 22nd at 7:30pm
This event will feature our award winning Stepdancers and the performance will be followed by a Ceilidh.


One Night - Fiddle Workshop - at Blyth Steam Show

In 2015, this will be our 25th annual fiddle workshop, held on Sept. 10th
in the upstairs of the Blyth Auditorium- starting at 7:30 p.m.

Again this year, Doug Mc Naughton, of Stratford, will be our workshop instructor, as he has been for over 20 years.
He has been teaching for over 60 years, specializing in Old Tyme, Down East, Swing, Bluegrass, Cajun, Scottish and Irish music.

Doug is still teaching and has judged fiddle contests for over 40 years.

In his early years, he was 18 and under champion for two consecutive years at Canadian Fiddle Championships
and has been in the top ten, five times.
He has recorded with Terry Sumsion and Larry Mercey and still works wit 6 time Juno nominee
and 2 time Country Music Singer of the Year, Marie Bottrell.

This workshop is free and will be very beneficial to all fiddlers of all capabilities - and you get lunch


Online Fiddle Instruction
I would like to introduce to you an outstanding new instructional website for fiddlers. It has just been launched and is an affordable and convenient way for you to learn tunes from some of the finest fiddlers in the country. It features many tunes, updated monthly, with superior piano accompaniment at a slow, medium, and fast speed. It makes learning easy and fun! Here is the information for you to explore. Should you decided to subscribe on a monthly basis, enter the subscription code: 4444 in order to gain access. Membership fees are $20/month however there are sample fiddle tunes on now for you to learn. Try it out! You will be amazed at the list of upcoming fiddlers who will be recording tunes each month and for $20/month, the amount of material you can learn is outstanding!
Website:  Enter subscription: 4444
YouTube promotional video:
Why this approach works?
Hear a song.
On this site, you can hear the song recorded by professionals.
Learn it quick.
The second track is a slow version of the fiddle song to help out to develop each section of the song.
Enjoy playing it with great piano backup.
Finally, this section allows you to enjoy playing your newly learned song on the fiddle while being accompanied by a great piano player.
I look forward to hearing of your enjoyment with this website, and happy fiddling! All the best, Mark Sullivan

Karen Reed Fiddle Classes
Karen has been teaching fiddle for over 25 years. She offers lessons to students of any age and teaches a variety of fiddle styles. Karen uses a holistic approach as she tailors lessons to meet individual needs. She moves her students through and beyond the technical aspects of learning and encourages growth in confidence, addresses thought processes, and helps each student understand how to incorporate their fundamental 'self' into their playing, which, in turn, becomes evident through individual expression.
Lessons with Karen are enjoyable, challenging, and informative. She inspires and motivates her students through creative methods, an insightful approach along with her care of their individual needs. Karen believes in working alongside each person to guide them toward reaching their fullest potential and achieving their personal goals.
go to for more info.

After so many years I am happy to share that I have completed my first CD. For more information and to find out how to purchase the CD, visit my website at

Scott Woods tours Canada
Take a look at Scott's website. He may be near your town...

a one hour weekly live fiddling program on Valley Heritage Radio called
"Cross-Canada Fiddling"

I feature fiddlers from coast to coast along with interviews and upcoming local events. This program is aired Sunday's from 1:00pm to 2:00pm on Valley Heritage Radio, CJHR 98.7 FM. Our web site is
from this site you can link to our online streaming.
I encourage you to tell all your fiddle fans and friends to tune in Sunday's from 1:00pm to 2:00pm for Cross-Canada Fiddling, a one hour of traditional old time fiddling.
Yours truly, Dennis Harrington

Ed Whitcomb
Canadian Fiddle Music - Volume II

Canadian Fiddle Music, Volume I contains 444 original tunes, by 114 Canadian fiddlers, including all types and styles of fiddle music. The composers represent all regions of Canada, and each section is organized geographically from east to west, or ”from sea-to-sea”. Price: $49.95.

Canadian Fiddle Music, Volume II contains 350 tunes by 210 fiddlers from sea-to-sea. It also contains a French translation of the essay and a section with examples of piano chord patterns or styles by eight of the best pianists in Canada, plus one by Ed. Price: $39.95.
The Great Canadian Songbook
is designed for adults, kids, schools, musicians, choirs, sing-a- longs at home, the cottage or the camp-fire. It contains music by many of Canada’s best composers, Oscar Brand, Bim, Bruce Cockburn, Stompin’ Tom, Connie Kaldor, Lennie Gallant, Roy Griff, Wade Hemsworth, James Keelaghan, Darryl Landry, Gordon Lightfoot, Allister MacGillivray, Murry McLaughlin, Rita MacNeil, Jimmy Rankin, Stan Rogers, Alex Sinclair, Hank Snow, Stevedore Steve, and Ian Tyson.
If any of your favourite songs are missing from Volume I, please let us know – your votes will help determine the contents of Volume II, just like consultations with hundreds of Canadians determined the contents of Volume I.
Please contact Ed Whitcomb,
2130 Dutton Crescent, Ottawa, K1J 6K4, (613) 740-0895)
Ed now has his own website at...  and a new email address at....

Kelli Trottier launches her new CD, "Feel It"
Go to for upcoming CD Release Concerts and to find out where you can get your copy!

Here's a page of some memories of Old Time Fiddler Lorne Wilson,
a well known fiddler from the Ottawa Valley area.




Occasionally we send out news of fiddle events in Ontario to our email list.
Do you want your name added to our mailing list?

If you know of or are involved in a fiddle event in Ontario, e-mail me and I might be able to put it in.


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