Workshop will be held at Aspengrove School, 7660 Clark Dr, Lantzville
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!
Andrea Bettger is a sought-after violinist and vocalist. While completing her music degree in classical violin at the University of Toronto, she gained experience in playing jazz and bluegrass styles, as well as experimenting in the electric world of sounds on her instrument. Her artistic versatility resulted in playing with well-known bands such as Wide Mouth Mason, The Rheostatics, Ron Sexsmith, and Jane Siberry.
Since moving to the Northwest Territories in 2003, Andrea has become heavily involved in the Northern-fiddling scene. She has dedicated herself to researching, transcribing, teaching and playing fiddle tunes, with a particular interest in Metis approaches to writing. Her efforts won her the honour of “Citizen of the Year” in 2007, and an invitation to represent the North as a fiddler at “NorthernScene” at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 2013. Andrea was selected as an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2016. She has played with countless Northern artists both as a live performer and as a session musician, including The Jerry Cans and Kim Beggs. She recently both opened for Jimmy Rankin and performed a showcase concert of all original material at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre in Yellowknife with huge success. She is recording her first solo album in April of 2017, after completing a two-year mentorship program with the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre in Yellowknife.
Andrea has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto and has taught music to students of all ages since 1999. She has taught in communities throughout the Northwest Territories as an instructor with the Kole Crook Fiddle Association. She is heavily involved in the Aurora Fiddle Society in Yellowknife and leads youth programs and workshops on a regular basis. Currently she is also teaching successful fiddle programs at two schools in Yellowknife.
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 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.