The official e-newsletter of The Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Association (CGMFA-ACGMV)
IN THIS ISSUE:
A Word from the President
by Mark Sullivan, CGMFA President
On behalf of the CGMFA Board of Directors, I am delighted to launch the inaugural edition of our e-newsletter - dedicated to promoting and preserving Canadian fiddling! Our non-profit association remains committed to the Canadian fiddle community and we are excited to connect with you in this new format. The Canadian Fiddler was always an exciting newsletter for us to receive. It provided insight into Canadian fiddle events and it also indirectly served as a way to motivate young fiddlers through the power of community. Thank you for being an integral part of our mission at the CGMFA!
Au nom du conseil d’administration de l’ACGMV, je suis ravi de lancer l’édition inaugurale de notre bulletin électronique, consacré à la promotion et à la préservation du violon traditionnel canadien ! Notre association à but non lucratif demeure engagée envers la communauté canadienne des violoneux et nous sommes ravis de communiquer avec vous dans ce nouveau format. Le bulletin Canadian Fiddler a toujours été un document passionnant à recevoir. Il a permis de mieux diffuser les événements liés au violon traditionnel canadien et a également servi indirectement de motiver les jeunes violoneux grâce au pouvoir de la communauté. Merci de faire partie intégrante de notre mission à l’ACGMV !
Interview with Cathy Sproule, former CGMFA President
interviewed by James Steele, CGMFA Board Director
"My mother started fiddling in her sixties. My mom got hooked on fiddle music late in life, and got my nieces into fiddle. I was already an adult by then but I saw them fiddling, and thought 'that looks like fun.' So I went to the Emma Lake fiddle camp, in Saskatchewan, in 2003. From the minute I stepped on the dance floor at the camp for the first time, I knew I want to do fiddle. Gord Stobbe was calling that square that night. I just thought, I cannot believe how fun this is." - Cathy Sproule
2023 CGMFA Board of Directors
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Have you considered a donation to the CGMFA?
The Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Association (BN: 87397 0065 RR0001) is tax-exempt and has been recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as a National Arts Service Organization with charitable status.
Only with the support and dedication of people like you can we continue to provide performance opportunities to hundreds of emerging and established artists throughout Canada, through our annual events, such as the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition.
By donating to the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Association, you will help:
Ensure that we get full representation from all provinces and territories for the Grand Masters Competition
Defer the transportation and boarding costs for contestants to travel and compete in the CGM Competition
Increase the opportunities available for up and coming performers, as well as established Canadian fiddlers
Help defer overall operating costs of the competition