The Coast String Fiddlers Association have travelled the world to share their music and learn new tunes.
In 2000 the group travelled to Iqaluit in Nunavut where they performed for the Governor General Adrianne Clarkson and participated in Toonik Tyme, Iqaluit’s spring festival.
Since then, the Coast String Fiddlers have travelled to Scotland to participate in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival and Scottish Music Summer Camp, and participated in an exchange trip to Belgium. (2005, 2010, 2019)
Bad to the Bow travelled to Ireland where they participated in the Joe Mooney School of Music. (2016)
The groups have also travelled closer to home, participating in music workshops, music festivals, Highland Games, and collaborations with other performing groups. Locations include: Washington State, the Okanagan, The Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, Powell River, and Vancouver.
The CSFA recognizes the many benefits of supporting group travel experiences. Travelling to places beyond the Sunshine Coast to participate in musical camps and workshops or to perform provides our fiddlers with the opportunity to experience making music in settings different to their own. This greatly enhances their musical education by exposing them to different teachers, techniques of fiddling, and performance styles.
In addition to broadening their musical knowledge, our fiddlers are given the opportunity to experience another culture first-hand which, in turn, deepens their understanding of their own culture. For many participants, it may be the very first time they’ve left Canada, BC, or the Lower Mainland.
The process of organizing a group trip also builds critical life skills such as goal-setting, budgeting, and fundraising, and leads to the development of self-efficacy in our students.