We are very pleased to welcome the following great fiddlers as our judges for 2021:
Calvin Vollrath (Alberta)
Mark Sullivan (British Columbia)
Patti Kusturok (Manitoba)
Calvin Vollrath (St. Paul, Alberta)
Recognized internationally for his performing, teaching, judging and composing abilities, Calvin has released 69 of his own albums and composed near 700 tunes, many of which have become standard contest and dance tunes played across North America and Europe.
Calvin is a driving force behind the revitalization of fiddle music in Canada. Calvin was commissioned to compose 5 fiddle tunes for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies to represent various Canadian Fiddle styles. He is well-sought out to play fiddle on countless recordings of other artists and has shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson and Vince Gill. He has been recognized with several honors including induction into the ‘North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame’ and having his name displayed on St. Paul’s ‘Home of’ welcome sign.
He is a proud founding member of the Alberta Old Tyme Fiddler’s Association, Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddler’s Association and the Alberta Society of Fiddlers. Immediately following the Grand North American, Calvin will be hosting the ‘Virtual Summer Camp Calvin’ offering quality instruction in fiddle, piano & guitar. Calvin is pleased to be judging the Grand North American having been twice crowned champion in 1985 & 1989 before retiring from competitions. www.calvinvollrath.com
Mark Sullivan (Vancouver, BC.)
“A force in the world!” says Grammy nominated fiddler, Liz Carroll. Among his many awards, Mark Sullivan is a 3-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and is widely regarded as one of the finest fiddlers in North America today. He is in demand as a spirited performer and continues to collaborate with many of the finest names in traditional music today.
Mark holds his Masters in the Science of Education and is a regular instructor at Music Camps throughout the country. He has numerous recordings available online. Mark grew up playing for dances and learning from old time fiddlers in Ontario. Mark has called Vancouver, BC his home for the past 10 years. Visit: www.marksullivan.ca
Patti Kusturok (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
“When it comes to Old Time Fiddling in Canada, Patti's the 'Boss'" — Calvin Vollrath.
Often referred to as one the smoothest fiddle players in North America, Patti is known for her effortless delivery of some of the best traditional Canadian fiddle music of all time.
At the age of four, Patti began to learn playing the fiddle, and has a resume that reads like that of an Olympic champion. A few to her credit includes the Canadian Junior Champion (1985), 3-time Champion at the famous Pembroke, ON competition, 6 time Manitoba Champion, 3 time Grand North American Champion, and in 1994, 1995 and again in 1996, Patti won the prestigious Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship in Ottawa, ON. Patti was the first woman in the history of Canada to ever win and was the very first person from Western Canada to attain the crown. She was inducted into the North American Fiddlers' Hall of Fame - July 2016. www.pattikusturok.com