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Fiddle Workshops, A Concert and A Dance!


Where: The Lounge, 2nd floor, Oak Bay Recreation Centre, 1975 Bee Street

Cost:  $20 each

Quinn Bachand, who is well known as one of Canada’s most outstanding young musicians and Berklee College of Music Graduate (recipient of the Presidential Scholarship), will be teaching three workshops on the fiddling of James Isnardy

In 2017, Quinn discovered lost archives of one of BC’s earliest fiddlers, James “Jimmy” Isnardy (1879-1978) – a St’at’imc packer, rancher, barber and local musician living in BC’s Cariboo region.  19th century residents and miners taught Isnardy the region’s earliest repertoire.  Some of this repertoire, ornamentation and bowing will be instructed by Quinn Bachand and divided into the following three levels:


Beginner – 10:00 to 11:00 am:    Students will learn one beginner tune from Isnardy’s repertoire

Intermediate – 11:15 to 12:15 pm:  Students will learn one intermediate tune from Isnardy’s repertoire, concentrating on Isnardy’s bowing techniques

Advanced – 12:30 to 1:30 pm:  Students will learn one advanced tune from Isnardy’s repertoire, focusing on his ornamentation and bowing techniques

To secure a spot please send an e-transfer to Marie Bachand at the following email:  marie@abachand.ca. Please indicate in the e-transfer message which level you are signing up for.

If you have any questions or need more information please email or call  Marie at 250-812-7978


St. Matthias Church Hall, 600 Richmond Road – 7:00 pm (doors 6:30 pm)

Join us for a special concert and a fun family square dance with Quinn Bachand and special musical guests. The dance will be taught and called by Doug Paterson, who will make the experience accessible for those without any dance experience.  It is guaranteed to be a fun time!  Coffee/tea and light refreshments will be available for purchase.  

Click here for Tickets $25 general admission or $20 for Victoria Fiddle Society members and kids 12 and under 

Where: Matthias Church Hall, 600 Richmond Road – 7:00 pm (doors 6:30 pm)

For more information or to obtain tickets to the concert/dance please contact Marie Bachand 250-812-7978 or email marie@abachand.ca

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