This Year’s Adjudicators
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!
Thank you to JJ and Gordon for joining us for this ﬁrst Fiddle Festival in Nanaimo!
Everyone is welcome to come and listen to the adjudicated sessions. Admission by donation.
A reminder to audience members: absolutely no photography or recording (audio or video) is allowed during the performances. There will be photo opportunities at the end of each Adjudication session.
Date: March 31, 2017. 1:30 – 8 PM
Location: Christ Community Church, 2221 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC, V9S 5J3
PDF copy of March 31 Program