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.
Are you a fiddler, or do you enjoy some good toe-tapping fiddle music, or just enjoy a good competition? Check this out...
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July 15, 2021 Updates: Note items '1-a' and '1-b' regarding reconvening some of our events.
Fiddlers interested in Jamming? Check our Fiddle Connections page for a (Blueberry) Bluegrass music jamming opportunity July 30 to August 1, 2021 https://www.wildrosefiddlers.org/fiddle-connections/
1-a) Thursday Open Mic nights are starting up with a new format, location and time. Scroll down to "Thursday Evenings" below under "Weekly Jams Sessions" section for the key details.
1-b) We are very pleased to announce that the long COVID shut down is over and we have restarted in-person music jams at Pleasantview Hall on Monday nights as of July 5. We will be following the City of Edmonton guidelines about protocols to follow when larger groups get together inside. This means that at least for the first two weeks after we open, please bring your face-mask in case you are still required to wear it (and hope that it is no longer necessary). All the same, we encourage anyone to continue to use their face-mask for as long as they want if they feel more comfortable with it. Come join us from 7:00-10:00 pm Mondays, July 5 onward, for some great old time fiddle music and a warm welcome back!!
2) For those that missed our FREE workshop held on Thursday May 6, great news:
the fiddle contest preparation workshop is now available for viewing. Scroll down to the Fireside Chat Workshop box below on the right, and click the 'view' button. For background: The workshop (just under 2 hours) was for members and non-members and featured a number of notable Canadian fiddlers as panelists. It was relevant for all competitors and those too nervous to become competitors until now. Topics include:
- great tips on tune selection
- managing the technical aspects of online performance for the best presentation, and of course...
- addressing those troublesome nerves
Take time to view it, and be better prepared for your next (or first) contest.
3) We are pleased to announce the addition of another collaborative partner to our list of businesses that supply instruments and services to fiddlers and other musicians with discounts.
Member benefits now include discounts available at Tan Violins with proof of WROTFA membership. Tan Violin Shop, located at 8749-53 Avenue in Edmonton, offers a 5% discount on violin accessories and a 10% discount on repairs.
Check out our website under Membership for the benefits offered by these other businesses: Bella Music, Collector’s Corner and Myhres Music.
4) If you are interested in helping keep old-time fiddling alive and well, go to the Fiddle Contest - Admission Prices page, for information on how you can contribute to help make the 37th Annual Grand North American Old Time Fiddle Championship a success.
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Attend one of the great fiddle camps in Alberta!
We encourage fiddlers to attend one of the great fiddle camps in Alberta. Usually, contestants can go directly to Camp Calvin from the Grand North American Old Time Fiddle Championship. This year however Camp Calvin was held in a 'virtual' on-line format. See www.campcalvin.ca for information. We eagerly hope we can get back into regular routines next year.
The Alberta Society of Fiddlers - Deer Valley Meadows Camp was cancelled due to Covid-19 issues. Held near Alix, Alberta you can enjoy another week of instruction, jams, dancing, concerts, great food, campfires & wonderful fellowship. Again, we hope the camp can proceed again in 2021.
Evening concerts which are held at both Camp Calvin and Deer Valley are open to spectators so you can listen or dance to more good old time fiddling.
2022 FIDDLE CONTEST
The 38th Annual Grand North American Old Time Fiddle Championship will be held the weekend of July 16 and 17, 2022.
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
For those interested in Weekly Fiddle Jams and workshops
Pleasantview Hall remains closed until AHS lifts the current restrictions, so the Monday night Workshop and Jam held at Pleasantview Hall remains cancelled until further notice.
Good news is that we are continuing to offer fiddle lessons via Zoom.
a) Laura Wallbank's beginner class meets by Zoom Monday night at 7:00 pm.
b) Intermediate workshops with Troy Gates continue to be offered Monday's according to his availability. The latest addition to the tunes currently being worked on is a Schottische; the type of dance tune every old-tyme fiddler needs to have in their repertoire.
For more information about registration and payment, contact Ava Wood at email@example.com, by text to 587-784-6786 or by phone 780-962-8857.
Monday Evenings: In person jams have recommenced as
of Monday July 5th. 7 pm to 10pm
See note above under "Hey CLUB MEMBERS" near top of this page regarding Covid protocols
Acoustic instrumental - Old Tyme Fiddle Jam
Contact Terry Ruddy at 780-244-4861
Pleasantview Community Hall
10860 - 57 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6H 0Y8
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 through the summer at the Kingsway Legion starting July 8, 2021. Music starts at 6:30 pm.)
Kingsway Legion, 14339 - 50 Street, NW, Edmonton, AB
Every second Thursday,
July 8 and 22, 2021
August 5 and 19, 2021
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!
COVID -19 UPDATE