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.