CGM Fiddle Camp

About the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Camp Program

This year the CGM Fiddle Camp will take place August 19-23, 2018.

The camp is designed for everyone, young and old, and for all levels of playing. Emphasis is for fiddlers and pianists to learn old time tunes and piano accompaniment. This is an opportunity to learn from some of the best musicians in Canada.

Participants are divided into small groups, each with its own fiddle or piano instructor. In addition, workshops on technique, styles and tunes will be given by the fiddle or piano instructors.

There will be a concert each evening, followed by one of the best jam sessions known at any fiddle camp. Everyone may join in. The sessions run at a reduced speed to accommodate the average level players, and as required, will progress to a more advanced level later on in the evening.

Admission to the Instructors’ Public Concerts is $10 per concert. There will be no admission charge for the Student Concert on the Thursday evening. Preferential seating will be given to those attending the fiddle camp.

Attendance Requirements

  • Fiddle Students must know at least 3 tunes as we do not offer a raw beginner class.
  • Piano Students must have a basic knowledge of their instrument and know a minimum of 3 chords.


The Long Island Conference & Recreational Facility is a wonderful site that combines a beautiful location with excellent facilities for music, recreation and socializing. Located at 415 Nicolls Island Road, Manotick, ON K4M 1A2

Situated just 10 kilometers south of Ottawa, the campus includes 14 cabins, central washrooms and shower facilities, a covered barbeque pit and picnic tables outside each cabin and throughout the main campgrounds.

The kitchen, dining room and concert hall are all under one roof, right next to the Rideau River. The building has a warm, welcoming atmosphere with lots of space for dining, fiddling, evening concerts and jam sessions. The campus also offers sports facilities, including a tennis court, baseball diamond and an in-ground supervised swimming pool. A registered nurse will be resident on campus during the fiddle camp.

Camp Accommodations

Staying at the camp is strongly recommended to benefit the most from the informal evening sessions as well as your contact with the instructors and other students.

Please note that all cabins are shared.

The cabins are on the campgrounds, where all the week’s activities take place. Each cabin has a refrigerator. Some of the larger cabins will be used for teaching. Showers and washrooms are centrally located, close to the cabins.

There are also eight serviced trailer sites available. Please contact Randy Foster, 613-829-5102, to reserve a spot.


All students younger than 14 must have a chaperone with them at the camp. Chaperones are not allowed in the classes or workshops.

Things to bring

· Audio recorder is a must have

· Spare batteries or charger, memory cards

· Your fiddle or keyboard (with headphones)

· A sleeping bag, toiletries and a towel

· An umbrella and flashlight


All meals are provided when purchasing the full Room & Board tuition package. Meals start with a BBQ supper on Sunday and finish with supper on the following Thursday. For those purchasing Tuition Only, if you wish to purchase any a-la-carte meals, please contact Randy Foster at the time of your registration to pre-order and pre-pay for any meals that you wish to receive at camp. A-la-carte meal pricing is provided on the registration form. Contact Randy Foster for meal info at 613-829-5102 | Email:

Tuition Fees (early bird rates end April 30th)

Tuition plus Room & Board (with Meals) Early Bird: $715 Regular: $770

Tuition Only (No Meals) Early Bird: $395 Regular: $430

Room & Board for Chaperones (with Meals) Early Bird: $395 Regular: $430

Monday Day Pass (No Meals) $110