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Free Fiddle Workshop for Children and Adults!

February 6, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

mloops Old Time Fiddlers, in partnership with Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music, invite fiddle players age 8 and up to join in a free Fiddle Workshop, Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Heritage House in Kamloops.

Learn and play in a fun and fellowship-oriented environment under the direction of long-time Canadian fiddle players Shamma Sabir and John Kastelic.

This afternoon workshop from 12:30 to 3:30 encourages children, youth and adults with at least two years playing experience to expand their skills and enthusiasm for fiddling. Participants will be divided into groups based on playing experience and the workshop format will be tailored to each group. The interactive afternoon wraps up with a large group jam session.


Bring your fiddle and enthusiasm for learning! Register online, by calling 250-574-5437, or email info@kissm.ca. 

  • Workshop participants will also receive a free ticket to the Kamloops Old Time Fiddlers dance later that evening at 7:30pm at the Hal Rogers Centre, 2025 Summit Dr. with additional guest tickets for $7.


Shamma Sabir: The eldest of the Sabir Sisters, Shamma is widely acknowledged as one of Canada’s best fiddlers. Shamma was the first and youngest female nominee ever to be invited to the Canadian Grand Masters Championships where she placed among Canada’s top fiddlers. A songwriter and composer with credits on many prestigious Canadian Fiddler’s albums, Shamma’s roots, folk and blues vocals, combined with her mastery on the fiddle, place her musical flair into a sphere of its own. Shamma is currently a member of The Trips, one of Kelowna’s finest musical offerings.


John Kastelic: John started playing violin at age 7, motivated by a desire to be different than his older, piano-playing sisters. He has not looked back since. John has studied and played classic violin and more recently, viola, which is now the instrument “closest to my heart.” He studied viola at UBC with David Harding, initially majoring in performance, and has a degree with a double major in composition and musical scholarship. His time at university also introduced him to Balinese gamelan music, which he calls “a tremendous source of pleasure and inspiration in my life.” John has been playing Balinese music since 2009. Some may also recognize John as a former instructor at KISSM.

KISSM and partners are grateful for sponsorship of this event from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!


February 6, 2016
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Heritage House at Riverside Park
100 Lorne street
Kamloops, BC Canada
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