WORLD FIDDLE DAY TORONTO
Saturday, May 16 at Fort York
10 am to 5:30 pm
Imagine 50 – 100 fiddlers in one place, playing 40 tunes from 25 different countries. Accompanying them is a fantastic back-up band of world percussion, clarinet, and keys celebrating world music. Join our Guest Artists (see below) for an afternoon concert, and then stay for the giant community “Around-the-World” Fiddle Jam.
The countdown is on! All activities from noon on are FREE at Fort York on May 16th. Please help spread the word far and wide. You can come and enjoy a great concert with Subhadra Vijarykumar (Carnatic fiddling from India), Chris McKhool and Kevin Laliberte (Sultans of String), The Metis Fiddler Quartet and Soozi Shlangar and Peter Jellard of Swamperella. After that, it’s our Around-the-World jam led by Anne Lederman, Lea Kirstein, Eli Bender with great house band: Tom Leighton, Ben Grossman and Martin Van de Ven. Last year we had 60 fiddles, this year we’re aiming for a 100. There’s still two practice sessions left and workshops in the morning of with our guest artists.
10:00 – 11:30 Workshops with Guest Artists $20.
12:30 – 2:00 Guest Artists Concert
2:30 – 5:30 “Around-the-World” Fiddle Jam with Anne Lederman, Lea Kirstein, Eli Bender, Martin Van de Ven, Tom Leighton and Ben Grossman.
WORLD ARTISTS CONCERT AND WORKSHOPS
Subhadra Vijaykumar (violin with Arun Ramachandran (mrdangam): A Toronto based Carnatic (South Indian) violinist and the Artistic Director of Radha Carnatic Violin Creations, Subhadra performs the unique music of South India throughout Canada and internationally for classical Indian dance performances and solo concerts.
Chris McKhool (6-string violin) & Kevin Laliberté (guitar): Chris plays a six-string electro-acoustic violin and is known both for his world music performances with Sultans of String and his music for young people. With Kevin, he creates a playful relationship with the flamenco guitar, where acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry.
Soozi Schlanger & Peter Jellard: Soozi and Peter, our resident ambassadors of the bayou are founding members of Swamperellara. For over 20 years they have immersed themselves in Cajun and Zydeco music, taking it to festivals around the world.
Métis Fiddler Quartet: Born in Winnipeg, the MFQ take old Aboriginal fiddle traditions from the prairies and give them new life. They have performed across Canada and internationally, including the Vancouver Olympics. Their debut album, North West Voyage, (2012) won a Canadian Folk Music Award for “Best Traditional Album.”
Watch Last Year’s Jam on YouTube
Thanks to: Long & McQuade; Fort York; Toronto Arts Council; Mariposa in the Schools.