National Fiddling Day Bill Passes

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March 26, 2014


National Fiddling Day Bill Passes

On the evening of March 25, 2015, the House of Commons voted in unanimous favour of Senator Elizabeth Hubley’s private member’s bill, S-218, An Act respecting National Fiddling Day.

With the passage of this bill, the third Saturday in May in each and every year will be designated as “National Fiddling Day.”

Quick Facts

  • Senator Hubley introduced the legislation on April 2, 2014.
  • The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology met on June 18, 2014 and heard from the following witnesses:
    • Ivan Hicks, Fiddler (Moncton, New Brunswick)
    • Sherry Johnson, Professor of Music, York University (Toronto, Ontario)
    • Kelli Trottier, Musician (Kingston, Ontario)
    • Calvin Vollrath, Fiddler (St. Paul, Alberta)
  • The bill passed third reading in the Senate on June 20, 2014.
  • The bill was introduced in the House of Commons on September 24, 2014.
  • The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage met on February 4, 2015 and heard from the following witnesses:
    • Kelli Trottier, Musician (Kingston, Ontario)
    • Graham Sheppard (Vice-President, Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Association)

o    Alexander George, 14 year old Musician (Almonte, Ontario)


I am very much looking forward to celebrating Canada’s first National Fiddling Day on May 16 and I ask Canadians from across our country to join me in celebrating this magnificent instrument and the talented fiddlers in whose hands music becomes magic. A sincere thank you to MP Tilly O’Neill Gordon (Miramichi, New Brunswick) for bringing this bill forward in the House of Commons, and thank you to Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen (New Brunswick), who tirelessly supported this bill in the Senate. As well, thank you to members from across our country, representing all parties, who spoke passionately about the importance of fiddling in Canada. – Honourable Elizabeth Hubley, Senator, Prince Edward Island

“The Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Association is thrilled to hear that the Government of Canada has enacted Canada’s very own National Fiddling Day. With this Act, Canada recognizes the profound influence that fiddle music has had, and continues to have, on Canadian musical culture and identity. Every region of Canada should take full opportunity of this day to celebrate and promote fiddle music in in its many styles.” – Graham Sheppard, Vice-President of the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Association


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