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Heritage Music Festival Goes Retro for 2018!

For Immediate Release

The Heritage Music Festival, featuring the 68th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship, will take place August 8-12, 2018 in Shelburne, Ontario. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Shelburne, the event features a variety of entertainers, including The Trews and the Beckett Family, as well as Canada’s top fiddlers in competition for thousands of dollars in prizes. Community events include camping, Bands and Brews at the Fiddle Park, a pork bbq, a giant fiddle parade, and non-denominational church service.

Saturday Night Dance – On Wednesday Do you remember the dance after the end of the competition on Saturday night? Always a great time with toe-tapping music. You can enjoy the same fun and excitement at the County Jamboree on Wednesday, August 8 starting at 7 pm. A whole night of music and dancing with Greg Holmes and friends.

Radio on the Internet The Saturday night live broadcast of the Fiddle Championship finals and entertainment on CBC Radio was always a highlight of the weekend. This year, the Saturday evening will be live streamed at starting at 6:30 pm. If you can’t make it to the event in person, this is the next best thing! Live streaming sponsored by Lynda Buffett, Royal LePage RCR Realty. 

Bands & Brews in the Fiddle Park Music and the Fiddle Park have gone together like peanut butter and jam for the last 67 years. Join us this year for Bands & Brews in the Fiddle Park on Saturday afternoon after the parade, starting at 2:30 pm. Admission is free, sponsored by Park n Play Designs, Shelburne Kinettes, Shelburne Legion, and On the Spot Diesel e-Testing.

The Trews with The Pop MachineThe Trews have been one of Canada’s most successful rock bands of the past decade, earning 17 Top 10 Rock radio singles (including two #1s) and two Gold-certified albums (House Of Ill Fame; Den Of Thieves). The Trews just released their new single “The New Us” and will follow up with a full album release this fall. The Trews and The Pop Machine will take to stage on Friday, August 10 at 7:30 pm.

The Beckett Family Back By Popular Demand Back by popular demand after fantastic shows in 2014 and 2015, the Rotary Club is excited to present The Beckett Family, featuring Linsey and Tyler Beckett, on Thursday, August 9 at 7:30 pm. 

Fiddle Championship The Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship starts with the playdowns on Saturday, August 11 at 10:00 am at the Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex (Shelburne Arena) with the young and the young at heart (9 & Under, 10-12, and 56 and Over Classes), followed by the remaining age classes, Gospel, Group, Novelty, Bluegrass, and the Open Class. The Championship will culminate on Saturday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. and will feature the crowning of the Canadian Open Champion and Canadian Open Junior Champion, entertainment by multiple Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Champion Louis Schryer, and the judges’ showcase.

Thank You For Supporting Our Fundraising Event Proceeds of the Heritage Music Festival support Shelburne Rotary’s many charitable projects, including: Music and Memory Program at Dufferin Oaks Home for Seniors, BMX track at Greenwood Park in Shelburne, major contribution to the digital imaging department at the Headwaters Health Care Centre, breakfast clubs at local elementary schools, Centre Dufferin Robotics Club, Shelburne Girl Guides and Boy Scouts, a variety of minor sports, including hockey, baseball, gymnastics, lacrosse, and figure skating, Dufferin County Meals on Wheels, Hospice Dufferin, Shepherd’s Cupboard Food Bank, PolioPlus – a program to eradicate polio worldwide…and many more!


Ticket Prices and Information 

Weekend Pass $75 (includes Country Jamboree, The Beckett Family, The Trews, Fiddle Playdowns, Bands and Brews, Fiddle Championship)

Country Jamboree Wed. Aug. 8, 7:00 pm $7 at the door only

Beckett Family Show Thurs. Aug. 9, 7:30 pm Adults: $25 Youth: $10 (12 Years and Under)

The Trews Fri. Aug. 10, 7:30 pm $40

Fiddle Playdowns Sat. Aug. 11, 10:00 am by donation

Bands & Brews Fiddle Park Sat. Aug. 11, 2:30 pm by donation

Fiddle Championship Sat. Aug. 11, 6:30 pm Adults: $25 Youth: $10 (12 Years and Under)

Family: $75 (two adults and children 18 Years and Under)

Tickets: By phone or in person at Holmes Appliances & Music Shop, 135 Main Street West, Shelburne, 519-925-3037 or at

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The above media release provided by Media contact:  Caroline Mach |