The Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Association came into existence as a registered non-profit organization in November 1989. A group of fiddlers and musicians saw the need to formalize their regular gatherings into an association in order to promote old time fiddle music through fiddle contests, dances and other special events. The goal has remained the same over the years:
The Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Association exists to encourage, foster and develop an appreciation of Old Tyme Fiddle Music in a spirit of friendship, and to preserve this musical heritage for our generation and for future generations to enjoy.
We maintain an artistic community for our members and the public through several key activities: our weekly jam circles, our lessons and workshops, our sponsorship of young people to old time music camps, our gigs in the community, and our annual fiddle contest- the Grand North American Old Time Fiddle Championship.
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September 14, 2022 update
1) NOTICE re: KINGSWAY LEGION will be open Sept. 15th and WROTFA fiddlers will be attending and performing
SCHEDULE for KINGSWAY LEGION OLD TIME FIDDLING and OPEN MIC Nights:
Click this link for the: Kingsway Legion Old Tyme Fiddlers Schedule for June-to-Sep-2022
NOTE: For Aug 18, 2022 there will be open mic only, and no fiddle sets.
2) Check out the GNA Fiddle Contest that was held July 14-17, 2022 (link in menu bar above, or Info button in the Fiddle Contest box below).
3) WROTFA in person activities continue at Pleasantview Hall. With relaxation of Covid protocols, wearing of masks, and vaccine status checks are no longer required. You are free to continue to wear masks if that is your preference.
What are things going to be like?
> Regular circle jam in the main hall from 7-10pm with refreshments/break from 8:00-8:30pm.
> Group lessons for both Adult Beginners and Novice Intermediates are each starting a new session Sept 12, 2022.
To get the details, check out the Fiddle Classes page by clicking here.
We welcome members of all levels of skill to join us anytime at our circle Jam in an inclusive and encouraging environment .
If you are unable to attend your lesson “in-person” due to isolation requirements, please discuss directly with your teacher to see what options would be available to you for learning.
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Step Dance Workshop and Fiddle Fest
No Step Dance Workshops or Fiddle Fests currently scheduled.
2022 FIDDLE CONTEST
The 38th Annual Grand North American Old Time Fiddle Championship was held July 14-17, 2022. Always the third weekend of July, the next one will be July 13-16th 2023.
FIRESIDE CHAT WORKSHOP
How to Prepare for a Fiddle Contest - Now available for viewing!
Members and non-members were invited to join us for a "Fireside Chat" workshop on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The replay is available for viewing on YouTube. Mark Sullivan was Moderator and it featured an amazing lineup of All Star Fiddlers such as Patti Kusturok, Calvin Vollrath, JJ Guy, Louis Schryer and others as panelists.
WEEKLY JAM SESSIONS and WORKSHOPS
Old Tyme Music - Open Mic - The Open Mic on Thursday nights at North Glenora has been discontinued. Join us in our new format, every second Thursday.
Location is the Kingsway Legion. Music starts at 6:30 pm.
Kingsway Legion, 14339 - 50 Street, NW, Edmonton, AB
Every second Thursday, starting September 1, 2022
Old Tyme Fiddle Music, singing and dancing
Contact Wayne Kirk at 780-722-9428
GRAND NORTH AMERICAN
OLD TIME FIDDLE CHAMPIONSHIP
OLD TIME FIDDLE CHAMPIONSHIP
Participate in one of the richest contest payouts in Canada, happening the 3rd weekend of July every year!