Countdown to World Fiddle Day Toronto – Interview with Anne Lederman

World Fiddle Day Toronto takes place tomorrow, on Saturday May 20. Yesterday we had a chat with Toronto based duo, DnA. Today we are happy to have the opportunity to have a short chat with fiddler and founder of the event, Anne Lederman. Enjoy!

First off, care to introduce yourself to the Canadian Beats readers?

Hi, I’m Anne Lederman, fiddler and founder of World Fiddle Day TOronto.

What is it like to be part of the 5th Annual World Fiddle Day in Toronto?

Well, having started out with a few people on a church lawn, I had no idea that 5 years later we’d be putting on a full day-long Festival event at the Aga Khan.

Is this your first time at Toronto’s World Fiddle Day?

Been there from the beginning. But we do have new guest artists every year and new people discover us every year.

Are you performing anywhere else this Summer that you’d like to tell us about?

Too many to list, but a couple are Huron Multicultural Festival in Goderich, Coburg Waterfront Festival, and the Music Garden in August.

Describe your music using only 5 words.

Canadian folk/world music

If you were asked to give an up & coming Canadian artist some advice, what would that advice be?

Do what you love, don’t expect to make money and don’t give up.

What are your current favourite Canadian musicians?

Fiddler Shane Cook, anything Danny Koulack does, John Showman/Creaking Tree, Beyond the Pale, the list goes on.

What’s up next for you?

Looking forward to working on new solo projects of storytellng and music. Since I’m so old, things that have happened in my life are actually interesting Canadian musical history now.

Connect with Anne Lederman:

I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started with Hedley. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.

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