Mark Sullivan - A force in the world!” says Grammy nominated fiddler, Liz Carroll. Among his many awards, Mark Sullivan is a 3-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and is widely regarded as one of the finest fiddlers in North America today. He is in demand as a spirited performer and continues to collaborate with many of the finest names in traditional music today.

Mark holds his Masters in the Science of Education and is a regular instructor at Music Camps throughout the country. He has numerous recordings available online. Mark grew up playing for dances and learning from old time fiddlers in Ontario. Mark has called Vancouver BC his home for the past 10 years. Visit: www.marksullivan.ca

Patti Kusturok - “When it comes to Old Time Fiddling in Canada, Patti's the 'Boss'" - Calvin Vollrath.  

Often referred to as one the smoothest fiddle players in North America, Patti is known for her effortless delivery of some of the best traditional Canadian fiddle music of all time.

At the age of four, Patti began to learn playing the fiddle, and has a resume that reads like that of an Olympic champion. A few to her credit includes the Canadian Junior Champion (1985), 3-time Champion at the famous Pembroke, ON competition, 6 time Manitoba Champion, 3 time Grand North American Champion, and in 1994, 1995 and again in 1996, Patti won the prestigious Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship in Ottawa, ON. Patti was the first woman in the history of Canada to ever win and was the very first person from Western Canada to attain the crown. She was inducted into the North American Fiddlers' Hall of Fame - July 2016.

Randy Foster - Randy Foster was born and raised in the heart of the Ottawa Valley in the Town of Renfrew and now resides in the city of Ottawa. Randy has been playing the fiddle for over 35 years and is known in the fiddle community as “Randy the Fiddlin’ Fireman” after a tune of the same name composed for him by Calvin Vollrath in 1995.

Randy is a former competitor, judge, MC, composer, and recording artist with 6 fiddle CDs and books to his credit which include over 50 of his own compositions as well as many traditional old time tunes. Randy has been an instructor at music camps and workshops in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. He also excels as a jam leader who keeps things moving, fair and focused.

Randy is pleased to participate as a judge at this year’s edition of the Grand North American Old Time Fiddle Championship.



John Calverley (BMus.) - is an active freelance violinist, composer, improviser, session musician and instructor. As music director for Vinok Worldance he performs diverse styles of traditional music from various cultures. He has also competed nationally for Canadian old time fiddling (CGMFC) and explores improvisational styles as the founding member of his gypsy-jazz group, the Felt Hat String Band.

John has been teaching violin for over 25 years. He teaches in his home studio, Vegreville and St. Paul, Alberta for the North Eastern Music Association (NEMA).

John has performed with Alfie Zappacosta, Crystal Plamondon, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Vinok Worldance, the Strathcona String Quartet, The Felt Hat String Band, Mercury Opera, Opera Nuova, and many other pop, rock and folk acts.



Randy Jones - Randy was born and raised at Tofield, Alberta. He began playing the violin/fiddle at the age of nine. Randy’s dad taught him to read music, and, with a repertoire of tunes, Randy was soon playing for dances and competing in fiddle contests.

Randy has been an instructor at music camps and workshops in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Instructing at music camps and workshops, playing for many old tyme dances, judging contests and participating and organizing fiddle jamborees have afforded Randy many opportunities to play the musical style he loves so well. As well as being a judge at the Grand North American Fiddle Championships numerous times, Randy has coached with the Bow Valley Fiddlers and been the Music Director of the Prairie Mountain Fiddlers.

As president of the Alberta Society of Fiddlers, he has been directly involved in promoting the love of fiddle music to young and old alike.


Barbara Haney Jones - Barb began violin lessons at the age of five and has been playing ever since. She obtained both a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary in the early ‘80’s. She has worked as a music specialist with both the Calgary Board of Education and Foothills School Division.

For the past twelve years, Barb has taught fiddle classes to students and staff at Cayley School. There are 87 students and 5 staff members playing fiddle this year! Barb has taught fiddle workshops in Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon. She and her husband Randy play in an old-time dance band.

Last year Barb won both the Senior Fiddle Class and the Twin Harmony Senior Class at the Grand North American Fiddle Contest.



Blaine Lutwick - After a year and a half of music lessons, Blaine Lutwick was told by his music teacher that he would never get anywhere playing by ear! At age 7, his father sat him down and taught him three chords on the piano in the key of C (C , F, G), and he was on his way. Blaine has been part of many bands. The Sole Shakers - for thirteen years he and Randy Jones played a lot of different venues and travelled a lot of miles. Bow Fever - for five years, Blaine was director and accompanist for this young, energetic, and dynamic fiddle group. Once Blaine started jamming with Randy, he learned what fiddle contests and jamborees were all about. "I have to say... my greatest music rush is sitting behind fiddle players and backing them up at fiddle contests and jamborees." Blaine, a very accomplished musician and teacher at fiddle camps, is no stranger to the contest scene. His infectious smile and love of old-tyme music exemplify the true spirit of this event. He also free lances with fiddlers across the province on numerous occasions. Blaine has been house accompanist for the Grand North American Old Time Fiddle Championships for many years.

In 2011, the duo Fiddlingly Yours was organized with long time friend, and now significant other, Laurie Maetche. This opportunity gives both of them a chance to share their talents and abilities when they work and perform together. This group can provide background music, great listening or toe tapping dance music.

Marlee Heesing - Marlee grew up in a musical family, promoting fiddle music throughout Alberta with the “Gates Family Band” by playing for jamborees, festivals, and her favourite: dances! Along with learning the fiddle by ear, Marlee has her ARCT Diploma in Classical Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Marlee currently lives in Turner Valley and works as a Recreational Therapist Assistant at a Senior Retirement Home. In this work she loves sharing her passion for Old Time Fiddle Music, and more recently, teaching the ukulele to seniors. Seeing the joy brought to people of all ages through music inspires her to never stop playing and learning, and to keep sharing the music!


Dennis Thompson, from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, is a self-taught guitar player who has always enjoyed live music. Dennis has been able to hone his craft by being a sound engineer for events such as Josephburg Presents, Fort Saskatchewan Legacy Park Family Festival and numerous other shows.

Dennis then decided to take his passion to the next level and started Fort Sight & Sound five years ago to help promote local musicians. During this time, he has enjoyed meeting many musicians of all genres. Fort Sight & Sound is able to accommodate indoor and outdoor venues from a single person to a full band. Contact Fort Sight & Sound at dennis@fortsightandsound.com.