65th Fiddle Championship is almost here!

July 31, 2015   ·   0 Comments

The 65th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship will take place August 5–9, 2015 in Shelburne, Ontario. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Shelburne, the event features Canada’s top fiddlers in competition for thousands of dollars in prizes. Community events in conjunction with the Championship include camping, a giant fiddle parade, an open air market, and non-denominational church service.
The Becketts Back By Popular Demand
Back by popular demand after fantastic show in 2014, the Rotary Club is excited to present Linsey and Tyler Beckett on Thursday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. The Beckett Family is sure to get your toes tappin’ with their arrangements of traditional country music and old tyme fiddling. Their show captures the corners of traditional music from Western Swing to Bluegrass, includes exhilarating step dancing, down home humour, ole tyme fiddling and special guests. The Beckett Family have three recordings available, “Fiddlin’ 4 Generations,” which included great grandpa, Elmer Beckett, “Changing Times”, and their latest, “The Roots of Our Raising.”
Kelli Trottier Entertains
We are excited to announce that Kelli Trottier, along with bandmates Andy Thompson and Jerry Clancy, will be performing Saturday afternoon and evening (August 8 at 3:15 pm and 6:00 pm). Come out and join the fun as they fiddle, step-dance and sing the day away!
Born and raised in the hotbed of musical tradition and innovation that is Ontario’s Ottawa Valley, Kelli Trottier discovered her passion for entertaining, learned her craft, and developed her distinctive style while still right at home.
Kelli’s musical odyssey of dance, fiddle and song began early in life as she studied and mastered the unique and fluid style of stepdance that evolved with the loggers and woodsmen of the historic Ottawa River watershed.
Fiddle Championship
The Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship starts with the playdowns on Friday, August 7 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex (Shelburne Arena). Classes that will compete in the afternoon include the 9 and under, 10–12 and 56 and over. The evening features the remaining classes.
The contest finals happen on Saturday, August 8 at 6 p.m. and will feature the crowning of the Canadian Open Champion and Canadian Open Junior Champion, entertainment, and the judges’ showcase.
Thank You For Supporting Our Fundraising Event
Proceeds of the Fiddle Championship support Shelburne Rotary’s many charitable projects, including: development of, and major financial contribution to, new BMX riding area in Greenwood Park; renovation and expansion of the Centre Dufferin Recreation Centre (Shelburne Arena); Headwaters Health Care Centre (Orangeville Hospital); re-development of the Shelburne Library; Girl Guides and Boy Scouts; minor sports, such as: hockey, baseball, figure skating, lacrosse, soccer; Shepherd’s Cupboard food bank and many more!
Ticket Prices and Information
Event Package (Thurs. eve., Fri. all day, Sat. aft. and eve.) Adults: $50, Youth: $22 (12 Years and Under)
Beckett Family Show Thurs. Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m. Adults: $25, Youth: $10 (12 Years and Under)
Competition Playdowns Fri. Aug. 7, 1:00 & 7:00 p.m. Adults: $10, Youth: $3 (12 Years and Under)
Fiddle/Stepdance Show Sat. Aug. 8, 3:15 p.m. Adults: $7, Youth: Free (12 Years and Under)
Fiddle Championship Sat. Aug. 8, 6:00 p.m. Adults: $25, Youth: $10 (12 Years and Under)
Tickets: By phone at 519-925-8620 or at
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By Wendy Gabrek



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