For Immediate Release – The 2018 Heritage Music Festival featuring the 68th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship just finished in Shelburne, Ontario. This year’s Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Champion, Diana Dawydchak of Etobicoke, Ontario, was crowned at the finals on Saturday, August 11. For the first time, the Open Class was dominated by women, with only one man amongst the five competitors. Click to view award results for all of the competition classes. Kyle Burghout won the Canadian Tune of Choice trophy and award with Blackjack Whiskey by Graham Townsend.

The Junior Championship (13-18 year olds) was won by Joelle Crigger of Toronto, Ontario.

Besides the fiddle competition on Saturday, the weekend featured something for everyone, with a Country Jamboree on Wednesday evening, the Beckett Family fiddling and stepdancing their way through Thursday evening, and The Trews rocking the arena on Friday.

Heritage Music Festival Chair, Bobbi Ferguson, was very happy with this year’s event, “The Rotary members and other volunteers put many hours of work into organizing the Festival and it is fantastic to see so many people out having a good time and enjoying the great variety of music. We are aiming for even more people next year!”

Thank You For Supporting Our Fundraising Event
Proceeds of the Heritage Music Festival support Shelburne Rotary’s many charitable projects, including: Music and Memory Program at Dufferin Oaks Home for Seniors, BMX track at Greenwood Park in Shelburne, major contribution to the digital imaging department at the Headwaters Health Care Centre, breakfast clubs at local elementary schools, Centre Dufferin Robotics Club, Shelburne Girl Guides and Boy Scouts, a variety of minor sports, including hockey, baseball, gymnastics, lacrosse, and figure skating, Dufferin County Meals on Wheels, Hospice Dufferin, Shepherd’s Cupboard Food Bank, PolioPlus – a program to eradicate polio worldwide… and many more!

Mark your calendar now for the 2019 Heritage Music Festival: August 7-11, 2019.

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