SAVE THE DATE!
Camp Calvin 2020!
July 19 - 23, 2020
Portage College, St. Paul, AB
Details to follow soon.
Bring a new friend to camp and receive a $50 discount off your registration fee per new student!
To help you convince a friend, promotional brochures will be available January 1, 2020.
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 will soon be underway for 2020 and the website will be updated as information becomes available. Stay tuned and Save the Date! July 19-23, 2020.
Plans for 2020 may include the inimitable Telecaster guitar guru Redd Voekaert, an opportunity for advanced guitar students to study with this guitar hero. If you would like to spend a week with Redd, please let us know by January 15, 2020 by 'Contacting Us' on the form below. We will need a minimum number of participants and please note that there will be a premium registration fee for this class. But it will be so worth it!!
Have a great year and we hope to see YOU in 2020!
Calvin & Rhea
Grand North American Old Time Fiddle Championship
You are encouraged to attend the Grand North American Old Time Fiddle Championship on the weekend of July 17 - 19, 2020 prior to the start of Camp Calvin which will be held at the Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatachewan, AB, a short 1½ drive southwest of St. Paul. Our schedule accommodates your participation in the fiddle contest without missing anything of Camp Calvin.
ASF Fiddle Marathon
The Alberta Society of Fiddlers (ASF) celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a 25-hr fiddle marathon on May 19 & 20, 2017. Camp Calvin alumni participated in the marathon by playing some favorite Camp Calvin jam tunes. What a fun hour it was!
A 14 min video was taken (along with commentary) of the group and is now posted on the website under Photos, or click here to view it.
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, 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.