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From Anne Lederman, for all players of bowed string instruments, and those who like to hear them.
Saturday, May 18 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Corner of Wright and Roncesvaille (Howard Park Emmanuel Church) World Fiddle Day (www.worldfiddleday.com) was started in 2012 by an enterprising Irishman (who else?). Held on the Saturday closest to Stradivari’s birth (May 19, 1644), that puts it on May 18 this year. There will be events held all over the world.
In Toronto, we are holding a gathering where we play our way around the world. This seemed to capture not only the spirit of the day but the spirit of Toronto. All players are invited to check out the playlist on the internet, sheet music and mp3s and join us with instrument in hand on the green space at Wright and Roncesvalles. The link is posted on Facebook at World Fiddle Day Toronto and on Anne Lederman’s http://www.annelederman.com/ website on the “Gigs” page.
World Fiddle Day is inclusive and celebratory. We will have an ace group of back-up musicians to help us wend our way from Canada south through the U.S,, Mexico and the Caribbean, South America, across the ocean to south-east Asia, The Middle East, into Africa, up through Europe and the Baltic and Nordic countries and finally back to Canada, coming ashore at Newfoundland and Tunes are generally well known folk melodies, from I’s the B’y to Wimoweh and Guantanamera. They were chosen for their convivial spirit and the wonderful world musical traditions they represent.
There is no admission charge for players or audience. We will be accepting donations which will go to El Sisteme Toronto, the wonderful musical program started in 2011 in Parkdale to teach children who otherwise might not have access to musical education. Under the compassionate guidance of former TSO violinist David Visentin, we are expecting a visit from some El Sisteme students during the afternoon.
World Fiddle Day Toronto will be an annual event. You will want to be able to look back and say you were at the first.
For more information contact Anne Lederman http://www.annelederman.com/
Yours in Radio,