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, 2021 Updates:
1) In-person music jams at Pleasantview Hall are on Monday nights (with exception of Sept. 20th per above). The City of Edmonton guidelines (Covid Protocols will be followed) Please bring your face-mask and proof of vaccination. NEW FORMAT: From 7:00pm to 8:30, Laura Wallbank leads a facilitated jam. Focused on about 10 tunes each week, it will help us build our repertoire for gigs. A short break is followed by the Jam Circle from 9 to 10pm.
2) Announcing a New Opportunity for Young Beginner Fiddlers
Registrations closed- class full.
We received a donation of five junior fiddles to our club in the spring of 2021, 4 of them half size and one three-quarters. This has given us the opportunity to apply sponsorship in a different way to generate interest among children without significant upfront financial investment by their parents or grandparents. We will loan the junior fiddles, with the receipt of a damage deposit, and underwrite the cost of the lessons for eight weeks, with a nominal fee to their adult. We will provide the lessons in a group format for 7-12 year olds as a way of increasing the child’s interest and hopefully encouraging them to stay with the instrument. However, if the child shows no interest in continuing fiddle lessons after two months, the instrument can be returned to WROTFA and the damage deposit returned to the parent if the fiddle is undamaged. Please use this link to Fiddle Classes for more details about the program, including eligibility and an application form.
Please email us in December at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to register for the next series of beginner lessons sometime early in the New Year.
3) Thursday Open Mic nights have commenced and are going well.
There is a new format, location and time. Scroll down to "Thursday Evenings" below under "Weekly Jams Sessions" section for the key details.
4) 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.
5) 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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Step Dance Workshop and Fiddle Fest
November 27, 2021.
Always wanted to try stepdancing?
Love dancing to old time fiddle dance tunes?
Want to hear some up and coming junior fiddlers in our community?
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
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,
September 30, October 14 and 28, and November 25.
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