Fiddler’s Weekend 2017

Workshops – June 8 & 9, 2017

International Music Camp presents the twenty-third annual FIDDLE, GUITAR, BASS, and 5-STRING BANJO WORKSHOPS June 8 and 9, 2017.  The Fiddle Workshop will offer instruction in Beginning Fiddle, Intermediate Fiddle, Advanced Fiddle, Canadian Old-Time Fiddle, and Bluegrass Fiddle styles.  The Guitar Workshop will focus on flat-picking styles, the Bass Workshop will focus on finger picking accompaniment skills, and the 5-String Banjo Workshop will focus on finger-picking styles.  Both styles are used in folk and bluegrass music and participants will learn new techniques to accompany old-time fiddling.  The workshops will begin each day at 9:00 a.m. CST and will conclude at 4:00 p.m. Break-out sessions will again be offered with topics such as mandolin, bluegrass, song-writing, and more!

Who May Enroll: Beginning through advanced players, all ages.

2017 Fees
Full Workshop Package: $175 USD Includes tuition, meals, and lodging for Thursday and Friday ($160 USD early bird registration if registered by June 1, 2017).*

Workshop participants staying on to compete in the Fiddle Contest will be exempt from paying the Fiddle Contest entry fee.

*Cancellations by June 1, 2017 will be refunded all but $25. No refunds after June 1.

Family Rate: $130.00 per family member for three or more participants from the same home.

Location: International Music Camp Burdick Center for the Performing Arts at the International Peace Garden.

Festival of the Arts Concert – June 9, 2017

The 2017 Friday Night Spectacular will feature Michael Audette.

Michael Audette, 23, got his first fiddle at the age of 4 years old and has since gone on to develop his skills and become one of Manitoba’s most popular young ”Métis fiddlers.”

Michael is a 3 time Manitoba fiddle champion and has performed at various events across Canada in an effort to promote old time fiddle music. The love of the fiddle was passed down to him from his grandfather Alex Carriere.  Michael has added his passion for Country music to his fiddling which has taken his talents as far as Shanghai China. Michael can be found backing up some of Manitoba’s finest Country artist’s such as Kendra Kay, Nicole Rayy, David Pestrak, Ray Martin, Sean Taylor, Ashley Robertson and many more.

The 2017 Inductions to the Old-Time Fiddler’s Association Hall of Fame will happen right at 7:00pm followed by the concert.  Admission ($10 USD) is required if not registered as a Fiddle Workshop/Showcase participant.  Gate admission to the International Peace Garden is also required.  If you do not have a passport, a birth certificate (everyone) and photo ID (16 and older) is required to cross the border.

Contest – June 10, 2017

Now in its 42nd year, the INTERNATIONAL OLD-TIME FIDDLERS CONTEST draws fiddlers from both sides of the border to compete in categories ranging from Small Fry to Seniors.  Some of the best fiddlers around will compete for cash prizes and trophies, plus the title of overall champion.  Whether you come as a fiddler on stage or listener in the audience, you are sure to enjoy this day of great old-time music.

Contest events will be held in the Burdick Center for the Arts at the International Peace Garden, located on the border between the United States and Canada 45 miles north of the geographical center of North America.  The International Peace Garden is located 15 miles north of Dunseith, North Dakota, on U.S. Highway 281, or 15 miles south of Boissevain, Manitoba on Manitoba Highway 10.

Contest Admission for non-participants: $12.00 USD

Contest Entry Fee: $20 USD. Small Fry, and Junior-Junior contestants, and those registered for the Fiddle and Guitar Workshops on Thursday and Friday are exempt from the $20 fee. Entry fee can be sent in advance or paid upon arrival for the Contest.

Registration for the 2017 Contest is open on Friday evening (5:30 to 7 p.m.) AND on Saturday morning (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.). The General Meeting begins promptly at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, with the First Round starting immediately after.

2017 Fiddle Brochure – Coming Soon