About Gateway Fiddlers & Festival City Fiddlers

The group performing at the Alberta LegislatureGateway Fiddlers and Festival City Fiddlers are comprised of 20 to 25 talented student fiddlers, aged 9-18, from Edmonton and area. Gateway Fiddlers also has a few adult/parent students as well. Students practise 2 to 4 times per month in South Edmonton commuting from as far away as Westlock, Stony Plain, Devon and Sturgeon County.

Gateway Fiddlers (intermediate level) and Festival City Fiddlers (advanced level) evolved from the "New Edmonton Fiddle Group", which started in the Fall of 2001.

The two student fiddle groups are sponsored by the Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Association and perform a variety of fiddle styles including Canadian and American, Celtic, Ukrainian, and a surprising variety of other styles. We have prepared 2 music books and 3 Cds for each group. We use music from these and other sources. Check the two groups out on Youtube!

Performance venues since 2001 include the Winspear Centre for the Performing Arts for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's school program and for the Global Country Annual Concert, the Edmonton Zoo's "Spring Fling", “fiddling in” the arrival of Santa Claus at Bonniedoon Mall, the Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddle Association Annual Fiddle Competition, the Stanley Milner Library Theatre for the Ankur Multicultural Association, the Edmonton Jubilee Theatre for the McClung Family Gala, numerous fund raisers, senior centres, busking, a tour to Jasper in 2007 and performances in the fall of 2010 in Whitecourt and Edson, and April 2011 in Westlock.

There are two musical directors (Rod Olstad and Bonnie Gregory) accompanied by Rob Taylor on guitar.

If you're interested in joining Gateway or Festival City Fiddlers, please contact Rod Olstad at (780) 988-3802 or info@edmontonfiddlers.com to arrange for a telephone interview and audition. See also the registration and scheduling information located elsewhere on this website.