Five days of Fiddlin’ around

July 25, 2013   ·   0 Comments

The 63rd Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship takes place August 7 – 11, 2013 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 Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship include camping, a giant fiddle parade, an open air market, Saturday afternoon Cape Ceol fiddle and stepdance show, fiddle jam sessions, concert by Everything Fitz with special guests Nate Douglas and Emily Flack, beer garden, Battle of the Bands, non-denominational church service, 24 hour meals and entertainment at the Legion, and community pork BBQ. Local bands, That 60s Show, and Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen tribute will perform at the Entertainment Gardens.

Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship

The Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship starts with the playdowns on Friday August 9 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 young (9 and under, 12 and under) and the young at heart (56 and over). The evening features the remaining classes.

The Black Family Returns for Saturday Night Entertainment

The contest finals happen on Saturday, August 10 at 6 p.m. with the best fiddlers competing for over $17,000 in prizes. The evening will also feature entertainment by the Black Family, as well as the judges’ showcase. The judges for this year’s competition are renowned fiddlers Ian Hamilton, Brian Hebert, and Doug McNaughton.

The Black Family consists of ten children ranging in age from 21 down to 5. They have made music a large part of their family life. They started with piano as young children, and were inspired to get a fiddle when they saw Leahy in concert for the first time. Now, aside from two pianos and ten fiddles, their Markdale, Ontario home also has guitars, a mandolin, an accordion, a banjo, step dance shoes, and an assortment of other instruments. Their music has taken them to many small towns in Ontario. Their music, ranging from old-time fiddle tunes to vocal favorites from years past, has added many happy times, memories and laughter to their family life. They are sure to get your toes tapping and your hands clapping!

Everything Fitz Steps Up

With Special Guests Nate Douglas and Emily Flack

On Thursday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m., the Rotary Club of Shelburne is pleased to welcome Everything Fitz – a six piece family band featuring four of Canada’s finest young musicians. With roots in the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition and Ottawa Valley step dancing, their high energy stage show combines a variety of musical styles – everything from traditional jigs and reels, bluegrass, swing, Celtic, and gospel to novelty numbers and choreographed dance routines.

The group features Julie Fitzgerald, the 2009 Canadian Grandmasters Fiddle Champion and 2010 Canadian Grandmasters and Canadian Open winner, as well as her brother Tom, who won both the 2012 Canadian Open Fiddle Championship as well as the Canadian Grandmasters. The family group will be joined by special guests Emily Flack and Nate Douglas.  Emily, a multi-talented performer has been a guest artist with Leahy and Natalie MacMaster and will provide vocal numbers as well as piano and step dancing. Nate is a graduate of the music programs at Western University and Humber College. He is a much sought-after guitar player and recently toured with Natalie MacMaster.

These spirited young performers are noted for their polished performances and will provide captivating entertainment for a diverse audience.

Ticket Prices and Information

Note new start times for the Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening show.

Event Package   (Thurs. eve., Fri. all day, Sat. aft. and eve.) adults: $45, children: $22 (12 Years and Under)

Everything Fitz : Thurs. Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m., adults: $20, children: $10 (12 years and under)

Competition Playdowns Fri. Aug. 9, 1 & 7 p.m. adults: $10, children: $3 (12 years and under)

Fiddle/Stepdance Show Sat. Aug. 10, 3:15 p.m. adults: $7 children: $2 (12 years and under)

Fiddle Championship: Sat. Aug. 10, 6 p.m. adults: $20, children: $10 (12 years and under)

Tickets: By phone at 519-925-8620 or in person at Holmes Appliances, 135 Main Street West, Shelburne, 519-925-3037.

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