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Summer Fiddle Workshops

Summer Fiddle Workshops

In summer 2020, we bring the workshop to you!

Fiddle Workshops
with Twin Fiddles and Cross Canada Fiddle
Gordon Stobbe, JJ Guy, and Geoff & Trish Horrocks

Gibsons - August 1, 2, 3 (9am to 12:30pm)

Comox Valley - August 6 (9-12:30), 7(1-4:30), 8 (9-12:30)

Comox Valley Concert - August 7 at 7pm (location TBA)

Nanaimo - August 10, 11, 12 (9am to 12:30pm)

Nanaimo Concert - August 11 at 7pm (location TBA)

Please read the following information, then scroll to the bottom of this page for registration. Registration closes at 6pm PST on Sunday, July 12.

What is the format?
Each day we will offer 3 hours of in-person workshops. The instructors will rotate through the classes, so that students get to experience a variety of tunes and teaching approaches. In addition to 9 hours of instruction, the 3-day workshops will include one private jam session as well as an intimate instructors’ concert.

What about COVID-19?
In keeping with the guidelines set out by BC’s Provincial Officer of Health, we have put together the following safety protocols:

  1. All classes and other activities will be held outdoors in sturdy tents with screen protection as needed. Washroom facilities with running water will be available.
  2. Students will be spaced within the teaching tents in keeping with social distancing guidelines.
  3. Participants and instructors are required to wear face masks. We encourage students to bring their own mask, but we do have a limited supply.
  4. Participants are required to bring their own chair which must also be taken home at the end of each day. We also encourage everyone to bring a water bottle.
  5. Because of social distancing limitations, we are limiting these workshops to students with a minimum of two years of playing experience on their instrument. This will ensure that we can divide up the classes evenly and still accommodate multiple skill levels.
  6. Instructor concerts will be held in a private location to be announced at a later date, and attendance will be very limited. All concert tickets must be purchased in advance (each workshop participant will receive one ticket to the concert).
  7. Obviously, we request that students do not attend in the event that they feel ill, are coughing or sneezing, or have a fever.

What is the cost? How can I pay?
Participant fees are $200 per person. That includes 9 hours of class time as well as a jam session and one ticket to the instructors’ concert. You will also receive sheet music and recordings after the classes are complete. Registration and payment will be completed online.

I don’t want to miss out! Can I reserve a spot?
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be able to register here on this site at 9am (PST) on July 1st. Your registration is confirmed once fees have been paid. If the workshops sell out, we will maintain a waiting list. And in the event that the Nanaimo workshops sell out, we may open up an afternoon session as well as the morning session. Watch this space for more information!

I’ve signed up and I cannot attend. What is your refund policy?
We will issue a full refund for cancellations prior to July 8. Cancellations between July 8 and July 15 will receive a 50% fee refund. On or after July 16, we will not issue any refunds. If you have registered and you want to request a refund, please get in touch with us. And if we need to cancel an event, you will receive a full refund.

I don’t live in any of these communities. Can I participate online?
Because there are so many other online learning opportunities happening this summer, we decided that we will only be offering these classes in person. We may or may not have an internet connection at the workshop venue, so if you cannot attend in person then we encourage you to look for some summertime online camps.

Who are the teachers?
JJ Guy is an award winning Saskatchewan fiddler whose music is steeped in tradition.  He performs and teaches across Canada and with youth in the Canadian North.  He has been featured at festivals, concerts and fiddle camps from Coast to Coast and all stops in between.  JJ has released 8 albums and as a result of his hard work and dedication he was nominated by the SCMA as Fiddler of the Year.  He was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Canadian Grand Masters. JJ is a beloved teacher here on the West Coast and we are so excited to have him with us this summer. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, we won’t get to marvel at his extraordinary dance moves … unless the instructors’ concert takes an unexpected turn.

Master fiddler, Gordon Stobbe, teaches, mentors and performs across Canada and in the Canadian North.  He is interested in Canadian traditional music and feels strongly about preserving the Canadian fiddle heritage. Gordon has been inducted as a Pioneer in Music into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame and has been awarded the ECMA Stompin' Tom Award for his long term contributions to music.  Gordon was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Association for Outstanding Contribution to Old Time Fiddling in Canada.  He was inducted into the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame in New York.  Recently Gordon was appointed as a Member to the Order of Canada for his commitment to the preservation of fiddle music as a performer, composer and teacher. In his spare time, Gordon follows JJ Guy in and out of every thrift shop and art gallery in sight.

Geoff Horrocks has a special interest in the educational needs of the adult student, and is also widely known across Canada as a premier accompanist for fiddle players. Based in Nanaimo, Geoff runs weekly group classes that focus on fiddle tune repertoire, technique, and aspects of composition and harmony writing. When he’s not teaching fiddle, piano and guitar, he is very likely completing some task or other found on the endless “honey do” list.

Trish Horrocks comes from a varied background, having studied classical violin/viola performance and musicology at UVic and Western University. She has completed several levels of Suzuki teacher training and specializes in teaching students as young as three. She is in demand across western Canada as an arranger, teacher, adjudicator and clinician. As a teacher, Trish focuses on building the skills needed to first learn, and then master, tunes. She spends her spare time writing Geoff’s “honey do” list.