World Fiddle Day

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World Fiddle Day is an annual celebration of fiddle music, held on the third Saturday May. [1] World Fiddle Day events are held around the world, in areas where fiddle music is popular.[2]


World Fiddle Day was founded by Donegal fiddler Caoimhin Mac Aoidh in 2012.[3][4] The May date was chosen to coincide with the 1737 death of Italian violin craftsman Antonio Stradivari.[5] The first Toronto celebration was held in 2013 and that year there was a celebration in Winnipeg as well.

In 2015, Canada declared World Fiddle Day to be National Fiddle Day as well.[6][7] There were celebrations in Owen Sound,Ontario,[8] St. John's, Newfoundland and Toronto.[9] The Ottawa Fiddle and Stepdancing Competition was held in Richmond, Ontario.[10]

In 2016 a World Fiddle Day celebration was held at Fort York in Toronto on May 21. Yosvani Castañeda Valdés demonstrated Cuban fiddling, while Dan MacDonald performed and presented a workshop about Cape Breton fiddling style.[11][12] Other events were held in Owen Sound, Ontario[6] and Scartaglin, County Kerry, Ireland.[2]


  1. ^ "National Fiddle Day: The difference between a fiddle and a violin". CBC News, By Lisa Blackburn, May 21, 2016
  2. ^ a b "World Fiddle Day in Kerry village of Scartaglin pays tribute to Sliabh Luachra master Pádraig O’Keeffe". Irish Examiner, May 13, 2016 Pet O’Connell
  3. ^ "Cape Breton fiddler patron of World Fiddle Day". Cape Breton Post May 12, 2015. Laura Jean Grant
  4. ^ "Strike up the bows! C.B. musician named World Fiddle Day patron". Chronicle Herald, Andrew Rankin May 14, 2015
  5. ^ "1st World Fiddle Day". Manitoba Fiddling Association, 5/18/2013
  6. ^ a b "Fiddle playing food for the soul". By Scott Dunn, Sun Times, Owen Sound, , May 21, 2016
  7. ^ "First Canadian fiddle day kicks off with tunes in St. John's" CBC News May 16, 2015
  8. ^ "For the love of the fiddle". By Denis Langlois, Sun Times, Owen Sound, May 17, 2015.
  9. ^ "World Fiddle Day embraced" CTV Toronto News.
  10. ^ "Fiddling, stepdancing event held in Richmond". Stittsville News, John Brummell. Jun 02, 2015
  11. ^ " World Fiddle Day Toronto at Fort York inspires musicians". Parkdale Villager, May 21, 2016. By Lisa Rainford
  12. ^ "A fine day for fiddling around: Fort York hosts a celebration of stringed joy". Toronto Star, Wendy Gillis May 21, 2016