The Traditional Metis Fiddle Category has been replaced by a showcase of Traditional Metis fiddling - in hopes that this will demonstrate the art form and encourage more youth to participate in following years. So, we have added another age category and more prize money to the John Arcand Category. This category– honours our founder and name sake and also speaks to our mission of promoting and preserving the Metis tradition.
The John Arcand Category will run Friday afternoon at 4:30 and will be a once through with no finals. Each contestant must play at waltz and a tune of their choice composed by John. (There are over 390 of them – so pick your favourites and practice up!)
The regular fiddle contests runs preliminaries Saturday and finals on Sunday and offers these age categories. 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 and John Arcand categories.
** 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.