May 12th, 13th, 14th
Located in:Beautiful Creston BC at the Rotacrest Hall - Concert and Dance
Workshop: Prince Charles Secondary School
$150 for the Weekend includes the Dance Instructors show case concert - Friday Night May 12th and Contra Dance Saturday night - May 13th
$10 Tickets for Instructors Showcase Concert Friday May 12th: for sale at Black Bear Books/ Creative Fix/ and Door
$10 Tickets for Contra - Dance (Urban Barn Dance with a caller) Saturday May 13th for sale Black Bear Books/ Creative Fix and Door
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222 23ave N
Creston BC, V0B 1G5
6:00 - 6:45 pm - Registration at Rotacrest Hall (Little Hall to the Right of parking lot at the Creston and District Community Complex aka "Rec Center")
7:00 - 9:00 pm - Instructors Concert - with refreshments
8:45 am - Prince Charles Secondary School will be open
9:00 - 10:15 am - First class
10:15 - 10:30 am - Coffee break
10:30 - 11:45 am - Second class
11:45 - 1:00 pm - Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 pm - Third class
2:15 - 2:30 pm - Coffee break
2:30 - 3:45 pm - Fun Workshop - students choice - Choose from:
6:30 - 9:00 pm - 6:30 pm Instructor Led - Family Dance - Calling By Karen Dignan doors open to Rotacrest - Dance starts at 7pm
8:45 am - PCSS School opens
9:00 - 10:15 am - Fiddle Orchestra - all workshop students participate
10:15 - 10:30 am - Coffee break
10:30 - 11:45 am - Tune Review
11:45 - 1:00 pm - Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 pm - Student performance at Rotacrest Hall
3:00 pm - Pack up
Velle is a veteran performer and violin music teacher. Her demeanor conveys her desire and enthusiasm to be on the stage personally and with her students. Velle runs a combination Suzuki/RCM/Fiddle violin program called Velvet Strings and claims that it allowed her to keep "her chops" as she puts it,while raising her family and getting ready for her release. Currently on a one year teaching sabbatical, she has performed all over Canada, the US and the UK (England and Ireland). Velle has played in bands out of Victoria BC such as The Jeremy Walsh Band, Honeygirl, The Dragonflies, Barleywik, and jazz group, The Jackson Street Trio. She has shared the stage with such artists as Harry Manx, The Duhks, The Bills, Daniel Lapp and Geoff Burner and Biff Naked. Velle has also shared the stage many times with her siblings Daniel Huscroft (recording artist and sideman for JJ Shiplett opening act for Johnny Reid and Natalie McMaster) and Zav Huscroft (RT), published composer with Frederick and Harris Music Co, and recording artist. Velle has returned to the Kootenays to raise her family. She has taught at the Royal Conservatory in Victoria BC and privately on Vancouver Island and more recently Creston BC. She has taught several Fiddle Workshops on the Coast and runs an annual fiddle workshop locally. She will be teaching this summer at the BC renowned fiddle camp on Saltspring Island BC, for Fiddleworks.
She will be touring her album summer of 2017 at Music Festivals this summer with her Kootenay Soul Band, complete with a horn section and back up singers. She captivates the audience with her unique voice - silky and velvety, raspy and sultry. With unbridled energy, she commands and transports the audience to the jazz clubs of New York and the back alleys of New Orleans. This exciting new groove feels like your favourite old jeans yet challenges the ears with its sonic depth, emotional sensitivity and arrangements by the amazingly talented producer Adrian Dolan. Backed by a eight piece show band, she showcases an eclectic mix of internationally recognized musicians. The live shows should not be missed. Velle also has a paired down group called the Velle Weitman Trio. Velle's debut album, The Right Time is available online at www.velle.ca
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Jane began playing violin when she was 5 years old in Birmingham, England. She moved to Canada shortly after and continued her lessons in Ottawa, Ontario, and then in Vernon, British Columbia, with Ken Stromberg. Classically trained, Jane has always found a way to incorporate folk music into her playing. She began playing folk tunes with friends as a teenager, which led to playing sessions after finishing university. After moving to Sudbury, Ontario, Jane connected with Duncan Cameron and formed the group Fagroongala, which specialized in Irish and French Canadian music. This encouraged Jane's deeper dive into all things folk which includes her duo, Bogbeans, with husband Eamonn Reil. Now living in Banff, Jane is thrilled to be working with and learning from Chelsea Sleep. Jane is a joyful and dedicated teacher and is looking forward to connecting with new fiddlers in Creston. We are excited Jane will bring classical meets fiddle to the table.
Born and bred on the Sunshine Coast, Chelsea's fiddle upbringing was fostered by The Coast String Fiddlers Association and she attended fiddle camps and workshops in every fiddle style she could get her hands on.
Chelsea studied closely with late Canadian fiddler and composer, Oliver Schroer, and performed all over Canada with his ensemble, The Twisted String. Recognizing her passion for teaching at a young age, Chelsea took Suzuki violin teacher-training and began teaching after graduating highschool; 2017 marks her 15th year of teaching. She has taught at fiddle camps all over BC and Ontario, having become a well-known advocate for teaching Oliver Schroer's music, as well as working with young children and arranging music for group ensembles; she is the well-loved Musical Director for Bad to the Bow Youth Fiddlers. Chelsea's plan for this year was to take a sabbatical year in Canmore AB to finish a few musical projects that she'd had on the back-burner, and experience life in the mountains. However, she quickly found she missed teaching too much and is now teaching, performing, and breathing new life into the traditional music scene in her new town. We are thrilled, honored and very lucky to have Chelsea as our Lead Instructor.
Angus MacDonald is a Nova Scotian style fiddler who is well versed in Scottish and Irish music. He has a diploma of music performance from Holland college in Charlottetown PEI and is currently finishing his third year of a Jazz degree at Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish NS. We are thrilled to have his East Coast Style come to the West and as well as his expertise in music performance.