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Fun at Fort York for the Long Weekend

Fun | Written on May 18, 2016

From one amazing weekend to the next. We think that just about sums up life in Liberty Village – a series of incredible events and activities in a world of convenience! The Victoria Day long weekend is upon us and, of course there are great events planned in and around the bustling Liberty Village area.

One of our favourite cultural and historical neighbourhood meccas is at it again. This long weekend, Liberty Village residents can take a short walk or ride (the weather promises to be beautiful!) to enjoy two fun days at the Fort York National Historical Site.

Fort York May - Photo from Pexels I

On Saturday, May 21, visitors will be rocking out and making (historical) music for World Fiddle Day! It will be a day-long celebration of bows and strings, and we’re sure there will also be quite a bit of foot-stomping, dancing, singing and all around cheer as well. Stop by one of Liberty Village’s great local coffee shops before you head out for World Fiddle Day because it will be an energy and fun filled day all around for attendees. Beginning at 10am, the event is slated to follow a similar format to last year’s festivities that featured 96 fiddlers! There will be several workshops to jumpstart the festivities, featuring the following artists:

  • Dan MacDonald
    Workshop: Cape Breton Fiddle
    Dan is a renowned fiddle player, whose love for the instrument began several decades ago— in the 1980s. MacDonald grew up in Cape Breton with his fiddle-playing father, surrounded by the rich musical culture in Cape Breton and, even closer to home, with his dad’s band. Dan MacDonald has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, UK and Europe with The Music of Ireland group.
  • Mark Marczk
    Workshop: Hutsul Fiddling from Ukraine
    Mark is an award-nominated violinist and singer with Lemon Bucket Orkestra. He has also toured extensively, including recent travel to Ukraine that lead to the creation of Counting Sheep, a dinner/music/theatre production that relates stories about the Maiden Revolution through traditional Ukrainian music.
  • Rosalyn Dennett
    Workshop: Appalachian Fiddle
    Rosalyn wears several musical hats: as a solo performer, as a duo with Alison de Groot, and with roots quartet, Oh My Darling. Rosalyn has performed in the UK, across Canada and in Denmark and has opened for Tegan & Sarah and Blue Rodeo.
  • Yosvani Castaneda
    Workshop: Latin Violin: Grooves and Improv
    Yosvani is well-known for his unique blend of urban, classical and Cuban/Latin music. He has performed at several of Toronto’s famous venues and events – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival, Pan-Am games and more. He has also toured in Europe, Canada, South America and Japan with his band, Bamboleo as well as a solo artist.

Fort York May - Photo from Pexels

Following this incredible line-up of workshops, guests will be treated to a concert with the artists, beginning at 12:30pm and continuing until 2:00pm. And, to complete this exciting day, from 2:15pm to 5:30pm, there will be an Around the World Jam with a house band. The players will be Tom Leighton (piano), David Woodhead (bass), Ed Hanley (percussion), Martin Van De Ven (clarinet), Anne Lederman (fiddle) and Lea Kirstien (fiddle). Talk about a musical affair! This will certainly be a memorable, fun and one of a kind event. Liberty Village, don’t miss World Fiddle Day at Fork York. You’ll be happy you were there to experience what is sure to be a wonderful day of music!

Photo from Fort York Foundation

Photo from Fort York Foundation

And just when you’ve recovered from one fun Fort York event, it will be time for another. From 10am to 5:00pm on Monday, May 23, the Fort York National Historic Site will open its doors to tours, Georgian-era cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities and English country dancing. Admission to spend the day enjoying activities at Fort York are: $9.00 for adults, $5.50 for seniors (65+), $5.50 for youths (13-18 years old), $4.25 for kids (6-12 years old) and free from children under 5 years old. Enjoy the Victoria Day long weekend in our neighbourhood, with some fun and festivity and a few history lessons at this great locale!


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Written by L. D. Moore