Prince George

alt       JAMBOREE – JUNE 9 – 10, 2017

Click here for Spring Fiddle Jamboree Registration                          

Our third annual Jamboree will be held June 9 – 10, 2017 (date change from April this year, due to booking conflict). Plan for a great time with workshops in fiddle, guitar and vocals from members of “Jackson Hollow”, a newly-formed 4 piece bluegrass band from who recently won the BC Country Music Association Gaylord Wood Traditional Country Award –  check them out on you tube or at their website: www.jacksonhollowmusic.com.

DANCE – The weekend kicks off with a Family Dance and Social time on Friday, June 9 from 7 to 10 pm.

REGISTRATION –  Send in your Registration Form early! Registration Forms can be viewed and printed by clicking the link above (they cannot be filled out or submitted on line). Completed forms can be dropped off at the Thursday night jams, 7 – 9:30 pm (ECRA, 1692 10th Ave.,Prince George) or mailed: BC Old Time Fiddlers’ Assoc Prince George Br #1, P.O. Box 416, Prince George, BC V2L 4L2. Final Registration takes place Saturday morning 8:30 and 9:30 am.

WORKSHOPS – Saturday, 9:30 – 4:00, will be packed with workshops, electives, a group event and fun! Lunch and snacks included. Workshops available in Fiddle (beginner, intermediate, advanced), guitar (beginner, advanced) and vocals, all levels. 

CONCERT – Jackson Hollow provides the entertainment on Saturday evening, with a concert opening by local instructors Courtney Campbell, Chloe Nakahara and Maria Newton, so expect a great toe-tapping evening.

COST – Weekend package: $40 for members, $50 for non-members (includes dance, workshops, lunch and snacks, concert). Family pass for three or more participants in one family: $100 for members, $120 for non-members. (Memberships will also be available: $16 adults and $8 child/youth).

LOCATION: All events at St Michael’s Church, 1505 – 5th Ave, Prince George, BC.   

CONTACT: For more information please contact: Alex at 250 301-9849 or visit http://bcfiddlers.com/prince-george/

INSTRUCTORS:

MIKE SANYSHYN

Mike Sanyshyn is one of Canada’s finest fiddlers. He is in demand as a session and touring musician, instructor, and recording artist. Mike is a CCMA and BCCMA Fiddler of the Year, 4 time BC Fiddle Champion, and placed in the top 3 at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championships, with 30 years of experience performing throughout Canada, United States and Japan.

TIANNA LEFEBVRE

Lead singer Tianna Lefebvre is a 4 time BCCMA Award winner, including Female Vocalist of the year and Horizon Award. Tianna has performed with Shania Twain, Michelle Wright and Charlie Major, as well as at numerous BCCMA & CCMA events.

ERIC REED

Eric Reed works as a live and studio multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and producer who plays guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, banjo and piano. Eric can be seen performing with artists such as Barney Bentall, John Mann, Jim Byrnes, Ridley Bent and Shari Ulrich.

GORD MAXWELL

Gord Maxwell is a multi-award winning singer, songwriter and musician. He currently tours with Ian Tyson, the Canadian rock band Chilliwack, and his band the Gords. Gord has recorded hundreds of sessions with numerous major artists including Lisa Brokop,

COURTNEY CAMPBELL, CHLOE NAKAHARA, MARIA NEWTON

All are Branch #1 members and very accomplished fiddlers. They will be instructing the beginner and intermediate fiddle classes.

Branch #1 Prince George

HISTORY of BRANCH #1

Informal fiddling jam sessions in the 1960s in Prince George led to the formation of the BC Old Time Fiddling Association in 1968 that would bring all fiddlers and backup musicians together to further promote and encourage the art of old-time fiddling.  The founding members became the first board, but other enthusiasts quickly joined in. The board formed their own constitution and held their first contest in 1970.  For the early years the contest was held in conjunction with the Fall Fair and was extremely popular.  Guest fiddlers in the early years (who were also judges) included Al Cherney, Graham Townsend, Calvin Vollrath and Reg Bouvette.  Fiddlers came from all over the province as well as Alberta and the US to enter the contests, which eventually led to the formation of other branches throughout the province. In 1978 a group was formed to head up a provincial association and Prince George became Branch #1 of the British Columbia Old Time Fiddlers’ Association. The Prince George club became very active in the 1970s and 80s, and in 1977 had two 16 foot giant fiddles built to scale that decorated parade floats and contest halls for many years. The Championship Contest continued to be held in Prince George for 1978 and 79, and after that it began to rotate throughout the branches. Prince George hosted the Provincial Championships in 1989 and 2014 to mark the club’s 20th and 45th Anniversaries.

CURRENT

The first branch has evolved since its formation 49 years ago, and we currently have a good mix of  all ages participating in jams, lessons, dances, jamborees, play-outs, performances and volunteering. The branch has evolved and changed, and become a more vibrant part of the community.  Like many other branches, the Prince George branch became concerned with decreasing numbers of contestants and in 2015 replaced the contest with a Jamboree, a fun weekend filled with workshops for various levels of fiddling and backup, as well as a concert, dinner and dance. Our first two Jamborees have been great successes and plans are underway for the 3rd Jambouree.

Jam nights bring 60 to 100 people out weekly. Our jam nights have taken on a new format over the last 4 years, which includes group lessons in adjoining rooms for for the first 45 min while the accompanists have their opportunity to provide songs and music for the dancers. A weekly group fiddle lesson was a dream of two of our members who have since passed away, Charlotte Lapp and Ardea Wylie. After their lesson this mixed group of children, teens and adults then go on stage together to play some of the tunes they have been learning, followed by groups of three or four continuing with other fiddle tunes. Currently Maria Newton is teaching a beginner class while Courtney Campbell teaches an Intermediate to Advanced group.  As always, the fiddlers are joined by an array of backup musicians on stage and a room full of dancers on the floor, which gives them an opportunity to learn dance tempos and practise playing with other musicians.  This group often opens for celebrity fiddlers that we host for concerts and workshops. They also play for community events as a large group, while smaller groups play regularly each month at seniors’ residences.  Besides our weekly jams we have monthly dances from September to March, with rotating groups of fiddlers and backup providing the dance music and volunteers providing a lunch and bar.

The club is able to continue only as long as we have helpful and willing volunteers, which can be challenging in this busy day and age. We now have a Facebook page, a valuable way to share upcoming events and new fiddle tunes. With our membership at 143 and new fiddlers coming all the time, we believe the club is an inspiration to the community to develop an appreciation for old time fiddle music, as well as being a source of learning and enjoyment for all member musicians and supporters. 

Branch Mailing Address
Box 416,
Prince George,
BC V2L 4S2
Facebook Address  
https://www.facebook.com/pgfiddle
Contact

President: Doug Borden (250) 962-6825      dougborden1@gmail.com                                      Secretary: Beth Bressette (250) 563-1025    beth.bressette@telus.net

Membership                                                                                         

143 Active Members, including 25 children/youth and 15 ‘Life Members’ (a special designation with benefits awarded to those members who have provided exceptional volunteer support for the club). Annual memberships, due in April, are $16 for adults and $8 for children and teens.

Special Events                                                                            

JAMBOREE: Dates this year are June 9 – 10, at St Michael’s Church, Prince George.

Upcoming Special Playouts in May and June, 2017:

  • Fri May 5 – Heritage Fair at Civic Centre, upstairs, 5 pm
  • Fri May 12 – Opening for Smithers concert at Playhouse, 7 pm
  • Sat May 20 – National Fiddling Day – Flashmob at Farmer’s Market, 10 am
  • Sat May 20 – Hixon Music Festival
  • Sat May 27 – Elks Parade Float
  • Sat June 10 – Opening for Jackson Hollow at Jamboree concert
  • Sun Jun 11 – Ferguson Lake Family Day

Regular Events

Regular Playouts – groups of fiddlers and backup musicians volunteer their time on a rotating basis to entertain at one of the seniors’ residences or the cancer lodge monthly from September to May.

Weekly Jam sessions – every Thursday evening 7 – 9:30 pm (September to June) at the Elder Citizens Recreation Association Hall,  1692 10th Avenue, Prince George. Everyone is welcome to come out to play fiddle, attend a group lesson, back up the fiddlers with other instruments, dance, or just listen while visiting with friends over coffee. Cost is $3 (member musicians free).

Intermediate Group Fiddle Lesson on jam night in adjoining room, 7:15 – 8:00 pm. Everyone welcome. Cost $2.  Beginner Lessons 7:15 – 8:00 pm in room off stage.

Monthly dances – Dances are held monthly 8 pm to midnight at Pineview Rec Centre, 6470 Bendixon Road, Prince George, on the third Saturday of  the month from September – March (except December). Cost: $10.00/ticket includes a light lunch.  Bar and coffee available. Everyone is welcome. For more information call Beth (250) 563-1025.

Executive for 2017, elected at AGM January 29, 2017:         

  • President: Doug Borden
  • Vice President: Barry Nakahara
  • Treasurer: Terry Receveur
  • Secretary: Beth Bressette

Directors:

  • Michelle Sims
  • Ron Kushniruk
  • Ken Blair
  • Kareen Graham
 Annual General Meeting
  • Last Sunday of January each year (next: January 28, 2018)
  • Location: Elders Citizen’s Rec Center, 1692 – 10th Avenue.
  • Time: Pot Luck Dinner at 5:00 PM and meeting to follow.  New Executive to be voted in at that time.