Fiddle Camp – General Information

Nanaimo Fiddle Society – Fiddle and Guitar Camp

Monday evening August 5, 2019 to Friday August 9th, 2019





Who should attend? 

Welcome! If you are a fiddle player that wants to improve your skills, learn some interesting tunes and want to  connect with like minded individuals, this could be the camp for you. We will provide instruction in a nurturing and non-competitive environment to help you develop your technical abilities and build your confidence as a player.

If you are a guitar player that wants to improve your skills, the focus of your class will be on the art of accompaniment. You will learn about chord forms, chord colours, rhythmic variations, chord substitutions, how to create chord charts and how to pick chords for tunes. The class will be taught by several teachers, so you will get several different perspectives on accompaniment techniques. The guitar class will accompany the fiddle groups in the final student concert. 

Sorry, this camp is not suitable for first time players!



Discounted individual early-bird registration (just $250 per person!) is available until March 30, 2019. After this time, the registration fee will be $275 per person. 

This year, we also have family rates. Family (3 family members or more) early-bird registration (just $225 per person!) is available until March 30, 2019. After this time, the registration fee will be $250 per family member.

Cancellation Policy

Full refund up to July 1, 2019

50% refund July 1- August 4th

No refund once camp begins on August 5th


Meals at camp

Participants will be responsible for their own snacks and lunch while at camp. There are many great cafes and restaurants just minutes away from the camp venue. Coffee, tea, and water are available on site (please bring your favourite mug to use for the week!).


Supervision of children at camp

We enthusiastically welcome students of all ages at camp. However, we need to ensure that every camp participant has a safe and enjoyable week. During the 90-minute lunch break each day, children under the age of 12 must be supervised. We are trying to secure two youth leaders at camp to offer fun (and free!) lunch-time activities including games and crafts, but those children who choose not to participate in these activities must be under the direct supervision of their parent.



Classes run daily from 9am to 4pm. There are optional evening events planned during the week as well, including a fabulous jam session at one of Nanaimo’s family-friendly pubs.

Monday evening, Aug. 5th

Camp participants try to arrive by afternoon, settle into their accommodations and prepare for 6:00 pm registration and class placements.

Camp week officially begins Mon. Aug. 5th at 6:00 pm for class level placements at Wellington Hall in Nanaimo.  Fiddlers need to bring their fiddle and play 4 bars of a favourite tune. This will help the instructors to place you in the correct class. Guitar players do not need to bring their guitars to this Monday evening class placement but all guitar players and their families are encouraged to register at 6:00 and stay for the 7:00 Barn Dance.

Then, at 7:00 pm, there is a traditional family barn dance for all camp participants, their families and friends.  This dance at Wellington Hall is also open to the public.
 Wellington Hall:  Located at 3922 Corunna Ave.  (Corner of Norwell and Island Hwy) Nanaimo

Tuesday, Aug. 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th

    Fiddle and Guitar Camp is held at Aspengrove School, NOT at Wellington Hall!    
       These 4 full days of Fiddle and Guitar Camp offer 3 classes per day, at your level, 1 optional workshop in the afternoon and one large group Fiddle Orchestra class. Camp participants will have 4 amazing, talented, inspiring instructors each day.
Class Hours: Fiddle and Guitar Camp classes start promptly at 9:00 am each day and finish at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Camp finishes early on Friday, at 11:30,  so we can all eat lunch and dash to Maffeo Sutton Downtown waterfront park for the final student fiddle camp concert on Friday from 2:00 – 3:30 pm.    Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to the outdoor Friday concert.
Please note, all fiddle camp classes will be held at Aspengrove School, located at 7660 Clarke Drive, Lantzville, V0R 2H0 which is 1 km north of Nanaimo.   Aspengrove School is located in “the wilderness”.  It is only minutes from a mall but the park-like setting is a nature-photographer’s paradise.  Be sure to check out the many beautiful walking trails around the school.  Kids may go on the trails only if with an adult.


Download 2019 Fiddle Camp Class Schedule Here 

Other planned activities

Tuesday evening – Instructors concert and dance – 6 to 7:30

Wednesday Evening – Meet fellow campers for dinner? Location TBD

Thursday evening – 5:00 pm – Dinner/Jam session 321 Selby Street, 7:15 pm – Nanaimo street market – wander, play?

Friday – 2:00pm – 3:30pm – Outdoor concert at Maffeo Sutton Park 0n Nanaimo’s downtown waterfront


What to bring

  • fiddle or guitar
  • A spare set of strings if you have them ( in previous years, Tapestry music has been on site – strings and music supplies should be available)
  • A water bottle
  • A sunhat
  • Lunch with snacks if you are eating at the camp
  • Your Nanaimo Fiddle Society T-shirt if you own one
  • A tuner
  • A notebook and pencil – if you like to take notes



There are a few serviced campgrounds near the camp venue as well as several hotels at every conceivable level of service. Here is a comprehensive list of suggested hotels and campgrounds in the area:

Tourism Nanaimo website

There is also our local university, VIU, which has been the accommodation of choice for many of our students in the past.

Vancouver Island University – Accommodations


Things To Do In Nanaimo

Harbour Living has a great website listing all the events for the Nanaimo area.

There are also some great parks in the region where you can walk on the beach, wander through the forest, or discover crazy creatures in tide pools.