Fiddling contest

Fiddle friendly festival

We take our fiddling seriously here at Festival du Voyageur. In adition to having the best local, national and international fiddlers play on our stages every year, we host a fiddling contest where you can find the next big fiddlers. Fiddling is an important part of our rich french-canadian and métis history. Making it’s way fron Ireland and France to New France and from New France to the Red River, the fiddling you hear today at our contest has been influenced and enriched by many different styles and techniques and remains an imporant part of our heritage and identity.

Contest rules

  • All contestants must be registered in person prior to 11:45 AM on contest day.
  • Only registered contestants will be allowed to participate in the contest
  • Each contestant must play in the following order: a Waltz, a Jig and a Reel
  • Sheet music for the accompanist is required for difficult or unknown pieces
  • The contestant must have his/her own instrument
  • Each contestant can only register in one class
  • There must be a minimum of three (3) contestants in each class
  • Each contestant will draw his/her order of participation
  • Judges’ decisions will be final
  • Those providing accompaniment will be available to practice until 11:45 AM
  • Each contestant may be accompanied by ONE accompanist only
  • All other rules of the MFA (Manitoba Fiddle Association) apply
  • Any contestant winning the championship three (3) times in the same class will not be eligible to participate the following year.
  • Participants in the 7 and under class (fiddling) will play 2 pieces (Waltz AND Jig or Reel).
  • Free admission for contestants only.

* Your Waltz, Jig and Reel must be played in a danceable old-time traditional style.

RESULTS

2019

7 years old and Under:  Elise Hutlet
Age 8 to 10 : Shiloh Hiebert
Age 11 to 13: Malacai Hiebert
Age 14 to 17: Robert Boulet
Age 60+ (Senior):  Henri Hince
Open: Jane Cory

2018

7 years old and Under:  May McCusker
Age 8 to 10 : Shiloh Hiebert
Age 11 to 13: Malacai Hiebert
Age 14 to 17: Alexandre Tétrault
Age 60+ (Senior):  Brian Granger
Open: Michael Audette

2017

7 years old and Under:  May McCusker
Age 8 to 10 : Shiloh Hiebert
Age 11 to 13: Malacai Hiebert
Age 14 to 17: Timmy Veldhuis
Age 60+ (Senior):  Brian Granger
Open: Michael Audette

2016

7 years old and Under:  Shilo Hiebert
Age 8 to 10 : Malacai Hiebert
Age 11 to 13: River Sawchyn
Age 14 to 17: Caitlin Armstrong
Age 60+ (Senior):  Henri Hince
Open: Simon Reimer

2015

7 years old and Under:  Emaline Windsor
Age 8 to 10 : Anne-Sophie Régnier
Age 11 to 13: River Sawchyn
Age 14 to 17: Sophie Rivera
Age 60+ (Senior):  Brian Granger
Open: Alex Kusturok

2013

7 years old and Under:  –
Age 8 to 10 : Alexandre Tétrault
Age 11 to 13: Sophia Rivera
Age 14 to 17: Christopher Pinette
Age 60+ (Senior):  Henri Hince
Open: Alex Lamoureux