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Old Time Fiddling

The traditional music of Canada is the old-time fiddle (with various accompaniments) drawing on a long heritage of Scottish, Irish, French, English and other violin music.

It is fun to play, whether you are a beginner or an experienced pro.

An internet search will turn up YouTube videos of current and former great fiddlers. A search for "Prairie Mountain Fiddlers" will get music, both sheet music and audio versions, of many fine traditional tunes that they play. And, a search for "ABC notation" will uncover information about that system and the relevant software, for access to a huge archive of traditional music.


Fiddle Clubs

We are fortunate, in Ontario, to have many fine fiddle clubs and organizations. Here are some that we know about:

  • Oakwood Fiddle and Old Time Music Jam
    First Sunday afternoon (1:00 pm), September to June, upstairs at the Oakwood Arena, just north of Hwy 7 in Oakwood. Admission $5.00 notice
  • Oshawa-Whitby Fiddle Club.
    First Wednesday of the month, at 6:30 pm. Heydenshore Pavillion, Brock Street South, Whitby, Ontario. Admission $5.00. Contact: Rose Yarascavitch 905-576-2085 Details
  • Heritage Old Time Fiddle Club and Dance (Lviv).
    Second Wednesday of the month, at 6:30 pm. Lviv Hall, 38 Lviv Blvd, Oshawa (east of Simcoe St, north of the 401, next to the Ukrainian Church). Admission $3.00. Contact: Carmen Shirk 905-720-4669. Location
  • Bond Head Fiddle Club
    Fourth Tuesday of the month (second Tuesday in December). Bond Head Community Centre (Hwy 27, south of Hwy 89). Admission (different for members and non-members). Details
  • Port Perry Fiddle Club
    Fourth Wednesday of the month (not in December). Scugog Community Centre, 1655 Reach Rd. Port Perry. Admission $5.00 Location

Please come and visit any of these great clubs.


All the fiddle clubs have good dancing, but here are some places that specialize in traditional square dancing and round dancing:

  • Canadian Olde Tyme Square Dance Callers' Association.
    They hold a big dance (square dancing, round dancing) twice a year.
  • Bill Hands' Traditional Square Dancing.
    Meets various nights of the week, in various locations. Details