Fiddle Camp Info


NFS Camp 2017 was a fun, musical week of fiddle and guitar technique instruction. 

Thanks to all the students who filled the Aspengrove classrooms with music and to the instructors for sharing their wisdom and humour with everyone!  Registration for NFS Camp 2018 will open in the new year.



Instructor Bios


Tahnis is a Métis fiddler from Regina, Saskatchewan.  Music and family have always been synonymous for Tahnis grew up singing and playing with her parents and siblings as the Cunningham Family Band. Now, she plays music with her partner, Ray Bell, who she met at a music camp.  Tahnis teaches fiddle at “Music in the House” in Regina and has been an instructor at music camps and workshops across Western Canada.  In 2012 she and her family created “The Métis Music Project” in which they teamed up with John Arcand to record and transcribe several Métis tunes.  Tahnis loves to host old-time dances where she teaches the steps and calls the squares.


Gordon, originally from Saskatchewan, has made his home on the East Coast of Canada since 1977. His musical interests lie in the field of traditional music, especially as it is expressed in the wide variety of North American fiddle styles. He plays several instruments including fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and clawhammer banjo. His musical career is wide and varied. Gordon travels to the Canadian North working with First Nations and Inuit children in Nunavut, the Yukon, Northern Manitoba and the Northwest Territories . Gordon has been an invited judge and Master of Ceremonies at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championships, as well as adjudicating at the Nova Scotia Kiwanis and other festivals. He is also interested in the connection between traditional instrumental music and dance. He can often be found calling a square dance.


A stranger to none in the fiddle world, this established artist continues to make waves and inroads all across Canada. His performances, while steeped in tradition, have taken fiddle music to a new and exciting level! Growing up in rural Saskatchewan surrounded by fiddle music, this tradition is now reflected in his own playing and his passion for the music. Much of the winter months JJ gives workshops and performs across Canada. He can also be found teaching fiddle to youth in Manitoba through the Frontier School Division, and for The Kole Crook Fiddle Association in the NWT. Summertime finds him featured at festivals, concerts and fiddle camps all across Canada from New Brunswick to British Columbia and all stops in between. This extensive work schedule allows him to meet many fans, consequently, this has made him an attraction on the Canadian fiddle circuit!


Geoff Horrocks

Geoff Horrocks has been deeply involved in Canada’s fiddle community for many years, and is familiar to many players as one of the country’s best-known pianists. He has accompanied many renowned players on stage and in the recording studio. He also spent many years teaching fiddle in remote communities in Canada’s northern territories, and has taught at many fiddle camps across the country.

In recent years Geoff has focused his attention on teaching private and group lessons in fiddle, guitar, and piano. As a teacher, Geoff works from a deeply-held belief that everyone can learn to play the fiddle, and he has a particular interest in the learning needs of adult beginners. He also believes that learning to play a musical instrument is an excellent way to awaken, stimulate, and strengthen brain function. The learning materials developed by Cross Canada Fiddle are designed to appeal to visual, aural, and physical learners alike.


Trish Horrocks

Trish Horrocks studied violin performance at the University of Victoria and Western University in London, Ontario. She has played violin with Orchestra London, the Victoria Symphony, the Vancouver Island Symphony, and Arcady Baroque Ensemble, and also plays viola in the Sonora String Quartet.

Trish has taught violin and viola privately and in groups since 1997. She has been a fixture at many Canadian fiddle camps and summer workshops, and was an active teacher with the Kole Crook Fiddle Association in the Northwest Territories for many years. Trish is also a passionate Suzuki violin/viola teacher who has completed several levels of teacher training. The materials and resources developed by Cross Canada Fiddle are deeply informed by this experience.



Ray Bell

Ray is an enthusiastic music educator, with over 40 years experience helping guitarists reach their full music potential. As an in-demand live performer, Ray has toured the USA, UK and Canada, and has appeared on BBC and CBC radio and television networks.  He can be seen performing regularly at folk and bluegrass festivals, clubs and camps across Canada.  His impressive flat picking and intricate finger picking style can be hear on numerous commercial recordings as both solo artist and studio musician.



Cancellation Policy

Full refund up to July 1, 2017

50% refund July 1- July 30th

No refund once camp begins on July 31. 



Here is a comprehensive list of suggested hotels and campgrounds in the area:

Tourism Nanaimo website



Harbour Living has a great website listing all the events for the Nanaimo area.

There are also some great parks in the region where you can walk on the beach, wander through the forest, or discover crazy creatures in tide pools.