What is Camp Calvin?

Camp Calvin is four days of intense classes & workshops and a major inspiration to aspiring and experienced musicians alike. We offer classes in fiddle, piano & guitar by high calibre instructors from across Canada, including Canada's Fiddling Sensation Calvin Vollrath. Workshops offered throughout the week cover a large gammit of topics that range from theory or composing, to maintaining your fiddle, making rhythm either by clogging your feet, spoons and even step dancing and of course, lots of jam sessions.

A highlight of the camp is the evening concerts presented by the instructors of camp. These concerts are pure entertainment and worth the price of registration alone.

Participants of all ages come from across Canada and the US to engage and immerse themselves in an environment where fiddle music takes precedent. This is an opportunity to meet new musical friends and re-acquaint with old ones.

Camp Week

Sunday July 19: Registrations will open at 3 pm until 9 pm. Sunday evening, there will be a jam session starting at 7 pm. This is being done to accommodate the many fiddlers that participate in the Grand North American Fiddle Championship held July 17-19 in Fort Saskatchewan, AB.
Monday July 20: Registrations will re-open bright and early and the day will begin with a Welcoming gathering for all. Students will then be assigned to a group class with a home instructor.
Monday July 20 - 23: Two group classes & two workshop periods/day. Plus optional workshops offered and evening concerts by the instructors with the last night being the student concert.

Attendance requirements

Fiddle students
- Must know at least 3 tunes as we do not offer a raw beginner course.

Piano students
-Piano students must have a basic knowledge of their instrument and know a minimum of 3 chords.
-Piano students are required to supply their own keyboard, with headphones. A surge protector power bar with extension cord are recommended.

Guitar students
-Guitar students must have a basic knowledge of their instrument and know a minimum of 3 chords.

Luthier On-Site
For all your instrument supplies or repairs, we have a luthier on-site to answer all your needs. Michael Gilmore of 'Collector's Corner' has been setting up shop at Camp Calvin for several years and offers great service at reasonable fees. Dealer, Collector, Repairer & Restorer of fine new & vintage Instruments and bows. You can contact Michael at 780-266-9103 or mgilmore@shaw.ca.

Upcoming Camp Dates:
July 19 - 23, 2020

July 18 - 23, 2021

July 17 - 22, 2022

July 16 - 21, 2023

July 21 - 26, 2024

July 20 - 25, 2025

2026.... 20 years! Final Camp Calvin!
July 19 - 24, 2026