"It dawned on me that CAMP CALVIN isn't a place....it is an atmosphere"  D. Ingram

Camp Calvin 2020 Tip Jar

Virtual Camp Calvin 2020 was a blast. We have priced the camp very affordable for everyone, so if you enjoyed the camp & can afford a tip, we are accepting them here and that would be so greatly appreciated. We have had such a great time meeting you all and thrilled you have joined us. Thank You!!

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The minimum tip is C$0.00

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Canadian students can E-transfer their tip, simply email to calvinvollrath@gmail.com.

Students outside of Canada will need to use the Tip Jar through PayPal as e-transfers to Canada do not work.
You don't need a PayPal account, you can use a credit card.

We thank you from the bottom of hearts for your gift. We were thrilled to make this camp available to you. It has been so special for us.

Thank you!!

Grand North American Old Time Fiddle Championship

Breaking news! The Grand North American Old Time Fiddle Championship scheduled for the weekend of July 17 - 19, 2020 prior to the start of Camp Calvin is going ONLINE.
Join the Facebook group here.
If you would like to compete, click this link to go the registration page. Maximum of 24 contestants in four different classes. Albertan competitors register June 15, the rest of the world on June 16.

They will be back at the Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan, AB, next year from July 16 - 18, 2021.

It's a Wrap!

Well the 2019 edition of Camp Calvin is in the books! And what a great year it turned out to be once again. New initiatives introduced in 2018 following our first year of camp at Portage College were once again carried through, much to the delight of camp students, with one new addition... jam sessions held in the atrium were led by Donna Ingram, a camp favorite.

We were pleased to welcome many new students to camp as well as our many returning students. We hope they enjoyed their first experience and have been motivated to continue playing and practicing their fiddle music and we hope to see them back at camp someday.

We were happy to welcome Troy MacGillivray of Cape Breton, NS to the roster who took on the piano class and our regular piano instructor Kimberley Holmes taught a fiddle class. We were also happy to have Brian Hebert of ON back for a 2nd year to round out the already established roster of Calvin, Daniel Gervais, Mark Sullivan and Craig MacGregor.

We are very pleased with the turnout of this year's camp and thank all those who participated and make it what it is, for without you, we don't have a camp. Plans are now underway for 2020 and the website and information have been updated. July 19-23, 2020.

Have a great year and we hope to see YOU in 2020!
Calvin & Rhea


The name Calvin Vollrath is synonymous with Canadian fiddle music. He taught at the 1st fiddle camp in Canada from it’s inception sponsored by the 'Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society' at Emma Lake Saskatchewan and when that fiddle camp ceased to exist, Calvin felt it was time to host his own camp.

2007 saw the inaugural “Calvin Vollrath Fiddle Camp” in the hamlet of St. Edouard Alberta. A very small community about 200 kms northeast of Edmonton. Population around 100.

In 2011, for the 5th Annual Camp, the name was changed to ‘Camp Calvin’. The atmosphere was magical & electric. In 2012, the camp was extended to 2 weeks; 2 separate weeks and quite a number of students stayed for both.

2016 saw the 10th anniversary of Camp Calvin and we look forward to another 10 wonderful years. In 2017, the camp began a new decade in St. Paul Alberta at the Portage College and we hope to make that our home for the next 10 years.

Quality instruction is offered in fiddle, piano and guitar. We hold a variety of workshops throughout the week, all with high caliber, award winning instructors & musicians from across Canada. Students from the age of 8 - 80 take part each year at various levels.

Browse around the site. You'll find lots of information, pictures, videos, registration forms, testimonials from past participants (under Opinion), a guest book, & all kinds of things fiddle related.

Welcome to our website and we hope to see you at “Camp Calvin” in the near future.

Jam Tunes

At Camp Calvin 2015, a list of jam tunes typically played at Camp Calvin was compiled in a 'Jam Tunes' workshop.

In anticipation of Camp Calvin 2020, where many of these tunes will likely be played, we have posted the list here for your convenience.  We invite you to go through the list and check to see how many tunes you know?

Want to learn some tunes before Camp Calvin 2020, register for 'Calvin Vollrath Fiddle Videos' and get access to around 100 tunes, sheet music and backing tracks and plenty of 'Cal Tips'. Click here for CVFV


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