Fiddlers Compete in Shelburne for 61st Time
For Immediate Release
The 61st Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship takes place August 3 to 7 in Shelburne, Ontario. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Shelburne, the event features Canada’s top fiddlers in competition for more than $17,000 in prizes!
Besides championship fiddlers, this year’s event will include a concert by Louis Schryer, stepdancing, jam sessions, parade, beer garden, Battle of the Bands, pork BBQ, non-denominational church service, Bon Jovi tribute band, Trooper with The Eagles tribute band, open air market, lots of entertainment and food at the Legion, camping and much more!
Expanding on last year’s success, this year will be a Saturday morning fiddle jam (in addition to the very popular Friday morning fiddle jam) and two fiddle and step-dancing shows at Grace Tipling Hall following the parade on Saturday afternoon.
Eight-Time Canadian Open Champion Louis Schryer Fiddles While His Daughters Stepdance
On Thursday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m., the Rotary Club of Shelburne is pleased to welcome back eight time Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Champion and four time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion Louis Schryer. Louis has been a judge in Shelburne several times (and will be again in 2011). He last performed in Shelburne, with his siblings, in 2007.
Louis, born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, now a resident of Chapeau, Quebec, has been playing the fiddle since the age of eight. Being from a musically inclined family, he received his training in both classical and traditional music. Music is Louis' life. The energy, enthusiasm, and quality of his music makes it a pleasure to both see and hear. Louis’ daughters, Chelsey and Kaitlyn, are fabulous and energetic step dancers that always leave the audience wanting to see more. They steal the show every time!
$17,000 in Prizes Will Be Awarded
The Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship starts with the playdowns on Friday August 5 at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm at the Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex (Shelburne Arena). Classes that will compete in the afternoon include the young (9 and under, 10-12) and the young at heart (56 and over). The evening features the remaining classes.
The contest finals happen on Saturday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m. and will feature entertainment by fiddling and stepdancing groups Ballagh Bunch, Everything Fitz, Jenish Sisters, Rittmai, and Third Degree. A judges’ showcase will also be part of the Saturday night entertainment, featuring Doug McNaughton, Karen Reed, and Louis Schryer. Come and enjoy Canada’s top fiddlers waltz, jig, and reel their way to over $17,000 in prizes!
Enjoyable and affordable family entertainment! For more information visit www.shelburnefiddlecontest.on.ca.
Ticket Prices and Information
Event Package (Thurs evening, Fri all day, Sat evening) Adults: $40 Children: $20 (12 Years and Under)
Louis Schryer Show Thurs. Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. Adults: $20 Children: $10 (12 Years and Under)
Competition Playdowns Fri. Aug 5, 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Adults: $10 Children: $3 (12 Years and Under)
Fiddle Championship Sat. Aug. 6, 6:30 p.m. Adults: $20 Children: $10 (12 Years and Under)
Ticket Outlets: Holmes Appliances and Music Shop, 135 Main St. West, Shelburne, or by phone at 519-925-8620.