Fiddle Camp – General Information

Nanaimo Fiddle Society – Fiddle Camp

Monday evening August 10, 2020 to Friday August 14th, 2020





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. 


Minimum age requirement – 8 years old!

In each class the instructor offers fiddle techniques, strategies and new tunes. 4 classes/day requires a fair degree of attention. If your child is not able to manage a full day, consider waiting till next year.  If behaviour is an issue, the instructors have the right to ask a participant to leave the program.


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


Discounted individual early-bird registration (just $275 per person!) is available until April 1st, 2020. After this time, the registration fee will be $300 per person. 

This year, we also have family rates. Family (3 family members or more) early-bird registration (just $250 per person!) is available until April 1st, 2020. After this time, the registration fee will be $275 per family member.

Cancellation Policy

Full refund up to July 1, 2020

50% refund July 1- August 9th

No refund once camp begins on August 10th


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. 10th

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

Camp week officially begins Mon. Aug. 10th for class level placements at the Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre in Nanaimo.  Fiddlers need to bring their fiddle for group placements.  Guitar players should bring their guitars to this Monday evening class placement. 

There will be a traditional family barn dance for all camp participants, their families and friends.  
Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre:  Located at 6234 Spartan Rd.  Nanaimo,  V9T 2N9
Tuesday, Aug. 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th
    Fiddle Camp is held at Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre
       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, followed by a final concert.


Other planned activities


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.