If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact Patti Kusturok at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling/texting 204-890-3435.
If you need a ride from the airport to the hotel, please let Patti know and she will do her best to arrange one for you.
The CGMFA Competition Rules now focus on three pillars of Canadian fiddling.
The Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Association (CGMFA-ACGMV) is dedicated to fostering the preservation and growth of Canadian fiddling. The CGMFA-ACGMV has articulated this objective by establishing three pillars for the annual competition.
Emphasizes traditional fiddling;
Represents Canadian fiddling styles; and
Embraces the regional diversity of Canadian fiddling.
The CGMFA has reflected these pillars within the structure of the competition. Categories of fiddle styles have been modified to reflect the diversity of Canadian fiddle styles by including such styles as aire, gigue, strathspey and clog.
In recent years, many Canadian fiddlers have delved into improvisation. While the CGMFA-ACGMV recognizes the contribution of improvisation to Canadian fiddling, it does not encourage excessive improvisation. A guideline has been included in the Competition Rules to guide competitors in the use of improvisation.
We have three excellent house accompanists that will be available to play with you in the competition. You are more than welcome to touch base with them to let them know what you’re planning on playing, just in case there is the odd tune that they would not be familiar with.
There will be a practice room with a piano set up in the hotel starting on Thursday.
Melika and Trent are our piano accompanists and Jeremy is hired as a guitar accompanist although he is also a piano player. As stated in the rules you are allowed two accompanists. If you have planned on bringing your own accompanist that is OK as well, and you can also add one of our house accompanists if you feel like it.
Friday, August 26 - Norwood Hotel Ballroom, 112 Marion Street
7-11pm: Old Time Dance
**Registration and draw for preliminary playing order will be done here. If you’re not able to make it, you will be assigned a random playing spot drawn by a committee member.
Saturday, August 27 - Royal MTC, 174 Market Avenue
9:15am: Shuttle leaves hotel for Royal MTC
9:30am: Contestants and judges meet in the theatre, do soundcheck, and get familiarized with stage layout
10:00am: Contestants rehearse with accompanists backstage; Coffee available in green room; There will be a limited number of tables available in the lobby for performers’ merch
11:00am: Food for contestants available in green room; Doors open to public
12:00pm: Afternoon show begins with opening remarks; Oh Canada played by judges
12:10pm: Contestants 1-18
2:30pm: Contestants 19-37
4:25pm: Contestant Jamboree
4:35pm: Draw for Yamaha Violin Package; Announcement of Top 10 finalists and draw for evening playing order
4:45pm: SUPPER BREAK
**Top 10 finalists will have the option to remain at the theatre. Pizza will be provided for them. If you would like to try out one of the local restaurants close to the theatre, it is highly recommended that you make reservations. Below is a list of some of the popular establishments in the area.
5:00pm: Shuttle departs Royal MTC for Norwood Hotel
6:00pm: Shuttle departs Norwood Hotel for Royal MTC; Doors Open
7:00pm: Judges play Oh Canada; Opening remarks/greetings
7:05pm: Judges’ performance
7:10pm: Hall of Honour Presentation
7:25pm: Top 10 Finalists
8:55pm: Junior Showcase Performance and Presentations
9:35pm: Manitoba Fiddling Legends Show
10:05pm: Top 10 Contestants’ Jamboree
10:10pm: Draws; Awards Presentation
10:30pm: Event Over
10:45pm: Shuttle departs Royal MTC for Kings Head Pub (after party/jam) and Norwood Hotel
12:15am: Shuttle departs Kings Head Pub for Norwood Hotel
1:15am: Shuttle departs Kings Head Pub for Norwood Hotel
2:15am: Shuttle departs Kings Head Pub for Norwood Hotel
Special Group Rate Code: CGMFA Manitoba 2022 #522740
The rates for this code are as follows:
Standard Guest Room - 2 queen: $109/night + taxes and incidentals
Executive 2 queen: $129/night + taxes and incidentals
King Deluxe: $129/night + taxes and incidentals
Executive Suite: $189/night + taxes and incidentals
Based on quad occupancy. Rates include parking.
Winnipeg Restaurants & Attractions
RESTAURANTS | Close to Norwood Hotel:
RESTAURANTS | Close to Royal MTC (Contest Venue):
The Friday evening dance is at the hotel where the fiddlers are staying and will be from 7-11. If anyone is an experienced old time dance player, please let me know if you’d like to be put on a list of musicians to play for a short stint. We cannot guarantee a spot but will do our best to accommodate you. Contestants receive free admission and extra tickets are available online for everyone else. There is an early bird rate of $15 in effect until August 20. After the 20th they will be $20. They are already more than half sold out so don’t delay if you’ll be bringing others along. A late lunch will be provided. www.cgmmanitoba2022.com/tickets
The contest takes place at the Royal MTC at 174 Market Avenue, a 7-minute drive or 30 minute walk from the hotel. We will be providing a shuttle. The shuttle schedule will be in your package when you check in at the hotel or arrive at the dance. It is also included in the schedule below. Contestants receive free admission for the entire day whether they make the finals or not. Extra tickets, if needed, must be purchased online at the same link above.
We will be providing food for you on Saturday; sandwiches in the afternoon and pizza between the afternoon and evening shows for the top 10 finalists. If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, please let me know ASAP as I’ll be ordering everything early this coming week.
The after party/jam session will be held at the King’s Head Pub, 120 King Street from 10:45pm – 2am. Minors are allowed as long as they are accompanied by a parent. Make sure to bring your fiddles!
Downtown Winnipeg parking can be confusing. There is a video at this link that explains the street parking rules and signage: http://theparkingstore.winnipeg.ca/theparkingstore/parkingInfo/meterPaymentMethods.stm. There are also several lots in the vicinity run by Impark: www.impark.com.
Map of Venues
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