Fiddling Around

The 45th Annual Fiddle Contest took place on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain (CCFM) to wrap up Festival du Voyageur week in Winnipeg, MB.

Before the competition began, the three judges demonstrated examples of tunes on their fiddles of what they were expecting to hear from contestants.

The contest ran from noon until 4:00 p.m. Each contestant performed a waltz, jig, and reel tune with the exception for the seven and under category of fiddlers who only performed a waltz and reel. All contestants were asked to play all tunes in a danceable old-time traditional style. If desired, contestants were allowed to be accompanied with a piano, or guitar player.

The contestants were then placed into six different age categories: seven years of age and under, 8-10 years , 11-13 years, 14-17 years, seniors (60+), and open class, which is open to all ages.

There were contestants from across Canada to participate, and enjoy the show. Both  first-time performers, and long-term performers participated.

The CCFM was filled with people of all ages and many families, which made for a great afternoon.

 

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Fiddles await on the CCFM stage to be played by contestants in the fiddle contest as a part of Festival du Voyageur week on Sunday, February 21, 2016./LAURA HAYWARD
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Judge Emilie Chartier, demonstrates a proper”jig” tune that contestants must perform to compete in the fiddle contest at the CCFM on Sunday, February 21, 2016. /LAURA HAYWARD

 

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Silver winner of last years seven and under category, Emmaline Windsor is welcomed back and starts off the 8-10 year-old category at this years fiddle contest held at the CCFM as part of Festival du Voyageur on Sunday, February 21, 2016. /LAURA HAYWARD

 

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Slyvie Reimer, a University of Manitoba music-major student, waits for her slot in the fiddle contest by doing her homework in the CCFM on February 21, 2016. /LAURA HAYWARD
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Emma Wasakowski makes her first performance on the fiddle after switching from the violin to the fiddle at the fiddle contest held at the CCFM on Sunday, February 21, 2016./LAURA HAYWARD
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Proud parents watch their kids perform at the fiddle contest on February 21, 2016 at the CCFM, and it’s soothing enough to get the babies ready for their nap time. /LAURA HAYWARD
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Packing up their fiddles after the fiddle contest at the CCFM on February 21, 2016, international fiddle players can now add a Canada badge to their fiddle cases./LAURA HAYWARD

 

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