John Arcand and the Traditional Metis Fiddle Categories – these two classes speak strongly about our promotion and preservation of Métis fiddle.
Both run Friday afternoon at 4:30 and both categories will be a once through with no finals. In the John Arcand Category – contestants must play at waltz and a tune of their choice composed by John. (There are over 390 of them – so pick your favorites and practice up!)
Along with these two classes we offer Novice 1 & 2* (12 and under) Junior 1 & 2*(13 to 18) Senior (60 and over) and Open 1 & 2* and Championship** classes.
*Category 2 - The John Arcand Fiddle Fest took the lead on another important initiative by introducing the "2" Categories into the Fiddle contest. The addition of the "2" categories is an effort to "Level the Playing Field". In many cases, people who had just started playing or had only played for a short period of time were competing against more skilled players making it impossible for them to place. By offering a "2" category we allow them to compete with others who are at the same playing level. The judges place competitor's into the "2" categories, following the preliminary rounds. In 2003 we introduced the "2" category into our Novice and Open classes and since then have added it to all remaining categories, with the exception of the Championship, Traditional Metis and John Arcand.
** Although we offer a Championship Category you do not register or enter Championship! At the John Arcand Fiddle Fest you enter the Open and the judges will advance the top five players into championship for the finals.