Shelburne’s Heritage Music Festival & 68th Canadian Old Time Fiddle Championships 2018

Keep Checking In With The Shelburne Freelancer, More Coverage To Come For Shelburne’s Heritage Music Festival & 68th Canadian Open Old Time Music Championships

2018 Heritage Music Festival A Huge Success

This year’s winner of the 68th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship is Diana Dawydchak! (LtoR) Shelburne Councillor Wade Mills and Winner, Diana Dawdychak.

“The 2018 Heritage Music Festival featuring the 68th Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship just finished in Shelburne, Ontario. This year’s Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Champion, Diana Dawydchak of Etobicoke, Ontario, was crowned at the finals on Saturday, August 11. For the first time, the Open Class was dominated by women, with only one man amongst the five competitors. Award results for all of the competition classes are attached. Kyle Burghout won the Canadian Tune of Choice trophy and award with Blackjack Whiskey by Graham Townsend. The Junior Championship (13-18 year olds) was won by Joelle Crigger of Toronto, Ontario.

Besides the fiddle competition on Saturday, the weekend featured something for everyone, with a Country Jamboree on Wednesday evening, the Beckett Family fiddling and stepdancing their way through Thursday evening, and The Trews rocking the arena on Friday.

Heritage Music Festival Chair, Bobbi Ferguson, was very happy with this year’s event, “The Rotary members and other volunteers put many hours of work into organizing the Festival and it is fantastic to see so many people out having a good time and enjoying the great variety of music. We are aiming for even more people next year!”

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!

Mark your calendar now for the 2019 Heritage Music Festival: August 7-11, 2019. Like us on Facebook!  For more information visit”

The Above Press Release , Photo and Winner’s List (Below) provided  By Carolyn Mach, The Shelburne Rotary Club

AND of course, The Shelburne Freeelancer attended as well. The Heritage Music Festival 2018 Kicked off  Wednesday evening at Shelburne’s Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex (CDRC) with a Country Jamboree featuring Greg Holmes &Friends and not a moment was wasted as the audience was up and dancing!


Thursday evening featured The Beckett Family and Special Guests. The lively entertainment included stepping, a very impressive type of dancing that rivals River Dance type moves and pace and a variety of old time country music mixed with high spirited “contemporary” pieces.

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Be Sure to Watch Video Of Linsey Beckett & Future Sister- In- Law Step Dancing! Linsey makes it look easy- don’t be fooled!

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Below: photos of The Becketts Performing.

Below: See People You Know!


THE TREWS Performed Live, Friday,  August 10th~

The above photo by photographer Brody Ireton.

The Trews are a Canadian hard rock band from Antigonish, Nova Scotia, consisting of vocalist Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek, and drummer Chris Gormley. The band is currently based in Hamilton, Ontario. Wikipedia 
OriginAntigonish (1997)
The 68th Canadian Open Old Time Championship Playdowns. Video coming soon! This Year’s Judges were Louis Schryer, who was also our Guest Artist performing Live With Special Guests The Leahy’s, Linsey Beckett, and Karen Reed. 
Heritage Music Festival Church Service 2018. Click here for Video Coverage