Victory in the open class carries the greatest honour. Winners have been Mel Lavigne of Honey Harbour, Ont, 1951, 1952; Ward Allen of Ottawa, 1953; Wayne (Sleepy) Marlin of Louisville, Ky, 1954; Victor Pasowisty of Winnipeg, 1955; Ned Landry of Saint John, NB, 1956, 1957, 1962; Ed Gyurki of Woodstock, Ont, 1958, 1959, 1967, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1978; Al Cherny of Toronto, 1960, 1961; Graham Townsend of Toronto, 1963, 1968, 1969, 1970; Johnny Mooring of Springhill, NS, 1964, 1965, 1966; Rudy Meeks of Orillia, Ont, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977; Eleanor Townsend of Toronto, 1979; Don Reed of Sudbury, Ont, 1980, 1981, 1982; Chuck Joyce of London, Ont, 1983, 1985; Frank Leahy of Willowdale, Ont, 1984; Louis Schryer of Sudbury, 1986, 1987, 1990; and Pierre Schryer of Sudbury, 1988, 1989. Winners are heard on the final night (Saturday) in a concert broadcast by CBC radio. Cash prizes and trophies are awarded.
Proctor, George A. Old-Time Fiddling in Ontario (Ottawa 1963)
Teitel, Jay. 'Miracle at Shelburne,' Toronto Life, Dec 1976
Loverseed, Helga. 'There's strings attached to special Shelburne show,' Toronto Globe and Mail, 9 Aug 1989
Nagler, Jack. 'Fiddling brothers vie at festival without losing their harmony,' Toronto Globe and Mail, 14 Aug 1989
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship
The website for Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship. A great resource for fans of Canadian fiddle music.
A brief profile of the master fiddler Ned Landry from The Nova Scotia Country Music Hall Of Fame. Scroll down to middle of page.
The Nova Scotia Country Music Hall Of Fame
This website honours outstanding Canadian country and bluegrass musicians, fiddlers and builders.
The website for the award-winning band “Leahy.” Features current news, profiles, and a discography with audio clips.
Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship
The website for the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship in Shelburne, Ontario.
Folklore & Ethnomusicology: Early Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings
Listen to audio clips from early recordings of Cape Breton fiddlers. From the Cape Breton University website.
Shawnadithit grew anxious waiting for her uncle, Longnon, to return to camp at the junction of Badger Brook and the Exploits River, deep in the wilds of Newfoundland...