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Canada’s National Fiddling Day

“Celebrate with your favourite fiddle musicians” urges CGMFA   Saturday, May 21st is National Fiddling Day, and Canadians are encouraged to enjoy this day set aside to recognize both the historical and contemporary importance of fiddle music in Canada.   The Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Association (CGMFA) is a national organization that is devoted to the preservation and advancement of the art of Canadian fiddling. This year it is orchestrating National Fiddling Day celebrations for the country’s fiddling fraternity and for Canadians’ fondness of fiddle music.   ”We expect hundreds of fiddlers across the country to perform on Saturday in…

FAV Fiddle Memes

Here are By George‘s half dozen favourite fiddle memes which you can use to promote fiddle music through this weekend!!  And be sure to share Canada’s National Fiddling Day poster as well (see last poster below). Enjoy the weekend with your favourite musician!   Here is Canada’s National Fiddling Day poster.   Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer or experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

Of National Fiddling Day

Saturday May 16th marks Canada’s 1st National Fiddling Day and fiddlers across the country will be celebrating their music at jam sessions and public events. Our oldest boy is a fiddler and he will be out at a few special events in Ottawa. So, our whole family will be celebrating fiddle music tomorrow on what is Canada’s inaugural day respecting this traditional music and the impact it has had on its people. Alexander will play at a fiddler’s session from 10 to 11 a.m. on the Ottawa River at Deschenes Rapids (park entrance at Woodroffe and the Parkway). Later tomorrow,…

The fiddler’s smile

I can’t seem to shake loose this stupid grin As I watch my son lean into the mic to project the opening notes he cocks his head to the side and lets his fiddle sing a series of double strings, then his fingers run up and down the fiddle’s neck and then a clear high siren, before he brings the reel home with a cascade of sounds A young girl is up and dances in front of him shuffling back and forth and keeping rhythm by running her hands through her locks Others stand, smiling, tapping their toes, clapping And…

Fiddles and sap buckets

Here is a shameless plug for our favourite Ottawa Valley fiddler – Alexander George. This weekend – April 4 & 5 – the sap will be flowing and the many Lanark County maple farms are hosting a special festival to showcase their syrup as well as some local Valley talents. One Almonte maple stand, owned by Ray Fortune and his family will have the wildly entertaining Kettle Boys, who will delight visitors with their antics. And beside their open fire will be a stage where you will hear sweat sounds of the fiddle… Here is the link to Alexander’s post…

Towards a National Fiddling Day

Yesterday at the Canadian Heritage Committee, Members of Parliament were discussing the establishment of a day in Canada to recognize fiddle music. Appearing before the committee was Senator Elizabeth Hubley who is the author of Bill S-218, An Act respecting National Fiddling Day. There was also Graham Sheppard, Vice-President of the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Association, fiddler extraordinaire Kelli Trottier – and a young Ottawa Valley fiddler by the name of Alexander George. Witnesses provided their testimony and Kelli and Alexander had the chance to play for the MPs. Senator Hubley provided an eloquent argument for a National Fiddling Day;…

The sound of fiddles on the Hill

On February 4, Members of Parliament of the Canadian Heritage Committee were considering S-218: An Act respecting a National Fiddling Day. Appearing before the Committee were two fiddlers to speak of their love of fiddle music. Kelli Trottier spoke and played for MPs, as did Alexander George. Here is Alexander’s statement to MPs. “Mr. Chairman, I just turned 14 and have been playing fiddle for 6 years. I am honoured to be here representing young fiddlers and speaking on something that is my passion. I love playing the fiddle and sharing music with others. Fiddling is an important part of…

Of fiddles and kitchen parties

Allow a proud Father to boast a moment… above is a picture of my son, Alexander, performing on the Renfrew Fair’s Valley Stage last weekend. It has been a heck of a summer for our favourite fiddler! He (and our Family) has enjoyed Almonte’s Celtfest and Puppets Up! festivals and a number of other musical scenes. For those interested in following his activities, you can read of Alexander’s performances on his website: alexandergeorge.ca

Take a moment (consider this)

In the Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007, a man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule. 4 minutes later: the violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk. 6 minutes: A…