Hubley wins Senate approval for National Fiddling Day

Published on June 20, 2014

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.

Sen. Elizabeth (Libbe) Hubley outside Province House in Charlottetown as she supports a call for a National Day of Fiddling.

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