Hubley wins Senate approval for National Fiddling Day

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P.E.I. Senator Elizabeth Hubley’s private member’s bill to create a National Fiddling Day has received the blessing of the Senate.

Third reading of the bill and unanimous consent occurred Thursday. The bill will now be sent to the House of Commons for further study.

The enactment would designate the third Saturday in May every year as National Fiddling Day.

A unique committee hearing took place on June 18 and featured a few of Canada’s finest fiddlers. They included Calvin Vollrath from St. Paul’s, Alberta; Kelli Trottier, from Kingston, ON; Ivan Hicks from Moncton, N.B.; and Dr. Sherry Johnson an Associate Music Professor at York University.

Senator Hubley says a National Fiddling Day would give Canada an opportunity to celebrate the fiddle as an instrument and also to celebrate fiddling itself.

“I am absolutely delighted with the passage of this legislation. Fiddling has a rich history in our country, one which I believe needs to be recognized and celebrated,” said the senator.

“I envision a National Fiddling Day, where fiddlers give back to their communities by entertaining and sharing their talents to make people happy, to lift their spirits, and to celebrate the unifying nature of this country through the magic of music and the universality of this beautiful instrument.”

Another happy fiddler is acclaimed Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster.

“When touring Canada, I am always amazed at how our country is united coast to coast to coast by the fiddle. It is part of so many unique traditions and every culture. I am proud to support this proposal for a National Fiddling Day,” said MacMaster.

Organizations: House of Commons, York University

Geographic location: Canada, St. Paul, Alberta Kingston Moncton Cape Breton

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Recent comments

  • Janie Upham
    October 11, 2014 - 21:36

    I think this is a wonderful milestone and I'm grateful to everyone who made this happen. The spirit of music, and mysteriously the fiddle, invokes an inner joy, simplicity and clarity. It connects us to our humanity. These elements form part of the foundation on which to base important decisions. Congratulations.

  • Another dang twang
    June 21, 2014 - 17:08

    Personally we would like to see a SPOON playing day or the ever maligned, Kazoo day. Kazoo Day at the Zoo Day (senate?} has a charming ring to it.................

  • Never knew
    June 21, 2014 - 13:12

    Never knew PEI even had a senator Hubley til she started fiddling around re this.

  • Rob Mc
    June 21, 2014 - 10:58

    Nice to see the Senate tackling the important social issues.

  • Serious Reader
    June 21, 2014 - 10:50

    There ya go - that's what we've all been waiting for! Not jobs or tax breaks or lower gas prices....No "fiddling day" will solve everything.(insert sarcasm). Now Hubley you can get in line just behind Duffy for most embarrassing person from PEI>

  • no offence but...
    June 21, 2014 - 10:25

    I appreciate the arts as much as anyone else, maybe even more than the average person, but is this really the priority of the Senate? Could Senator Hubley not find something more important to fight for? Ending domestic violence, supporting victims of child abuse, poverty, drinking and driving, getting drugs off the streets....

  • Craig
    June 21, 2014 - 10:25

    Way to go hubley! I thought the senate did not do much but you have proven me wrong! Good to see u earning that 6 figure income and can't wait to see what's next! Time for the bums to go

  • voter
    June 21, 2014 - 05:45

    what an amazing accomplishment !!!! congratulations for finally reaching your potential !!!