If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact Patti Kusturok at 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.

Competition Rules

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.

The competition:

  1. Emphasizes traditional fiddling;

  2. Represents Canadian fiddling styles; and

  3. 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.

CLICK HERE to Download Full Rules.

House Accompanists

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.

Detailed Schedule

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

  • 2:00pm: INTERMISSION

  • 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

  • 8:25pm: INTERMISSION

  • 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


Host Hotel:

The Norwood |
112 Marion St, Winnipeg
Tel: (204) 233-4475
Toll-free (North America): 1-888-888-1878

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:

Pasquale’s Italian Restorante

109 Marion Street

Directly across the street from the Norwood Hotel


Mrs. Mike’s

Excellent burgers – food stand

286 Taché Ave.

Around the corner from the Norwood Hotel

Santa Lucia Pizza

Home of Winnipeg’s most loved pizza

4 St. Mary’s Road


La Belle Baguette

248 ave de la Cathedrale

Dug & Betty’s Ice Creamery & Café

309 Des Meurons St.

Many gluten free options

Dairi Wip Drive In

383 Marion St.

The Forks Market

Several food stands including Fergie’s Fish & Chips, Red Ember Pizza, & Nuburger

1 Forks Market Road

InFerno’s Bistro

French Restaurant

312 DesMeurons St.


Tim Horton’s/Taco Time/Subway/McDonald’s

19 Marion Street

Diaspora Café

101-250 Marion Street


285 Marion Street (in Safeway)

207 St. Mary’s Rd.

Tim Horton’s

19 Marion Street

RESTAURANTS | Close to Royal MTC (Contest Venue):

Kings Head Pub

Excellent pub food

120 King Street


Cibo Waterfront Cafe

“Hip bar/eatery in a historic space with water views offering thin-crust pizza & Mediterranean mains.”

339 Waterfront Drive


Smoke’s Poutinerie

If you love poutine…

131 Albert Street


Carnaval Brazilian BBQ

“Contemporary Brazilian steakhouse with a fixed-price menu of unlimited meats carved at the table.”

100-270 Waterfront Drive


Peasant Cookery

“Warm, rustic-chic spot for elevated spins on comfort food made with locally sourced ingredients.”

283 Bannatyne Ave.


Corrientes Argentine Pizzeria

“Latin American restaurant providing pizzas, empanadas & sandwiches in a casual, brick-walled space.”

137 Bannatyne Ave.


Saddlery on Market

“Homey, comforting food made with ingredients that express the bounty of our region, accented with sophisicated, globally inspired touches.”

114 Market Avenue

(204) 615-1898


“Divine Comfort Food”

141 Bannatyne Avenue


Hermano’s Restaurant and Wine Bar

“Casual South-American spot with a patio”

179 Bannatyne Avenue



“Student-run outpost for gourmet cuisine.”

504 Main Street


Bailey’s Restaurant

“Landmark restaurant offering gourmet steak & seafood meals in a stately, old-fashioned dining room.”

185 Lombard Avenue



Saint-Boniface Museum

494 Taché Avenue

Many Manitoba artifacts including Andy Dejarlis’ fiddle

St. Boniface Cathedral

Historical Site including cemetery where Louis Riel was buried

Taché Avenue just down from the Saint-Boniface Museum

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

85 Israel Asper Way

Manitoba Museum

190 Rupert Avenue

Manitoba Children’s Museum

45 Forks Market Road

Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball

Shaw Park

1 Portage Avenue East


St. Boniface Hospital ER

409 Taché Avenue

Walk-In Connected Care Clinic @Centre de sante Saint-Boniface

170 Goulet Street



Shopper’s Drug Mart

43 Marion Street

Sugar Mama Cookie Company

184 Provencher

Chocolatier Constance Popp

180 Provencher

Fromagerie Bothwell

136 Provencher

A la Page French bookstore

200 Provencher

Other Info

  • 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.

  • 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: There are also several lots in the vicinity run by Impark:

Map of Venues

Click on each location for more details (address, website, etc.).