Quasi: (adj) a hybrid word that relates to Quebec and Australia at the same time (Oleinikov)

Trad: (noun) abbr. traditional music; music that is an expression of the life of a people in a community, which is transmitted and evolves orally. (freedictionary.org)

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Welcome to the QuasiTrad Website.

QuasiTrad was founded in 2014 by Judy Oleinikov to promote Quebecois traditional music in Australia.

My passion for the traditional music of French Canada started in 2008, when I followed the recommendation of a friend to see a band from Quebec who was playing at a local festival. I became a convert on the spot to this music that is so lively, energetic and rhythmically unique. It is now my pleasure to present more music from Quebec here in Australia.”

The highlight of the Quasitrad calendar is the annual Quebec Fiddle Weekend which brings some of Quebec’s finest musicians to Melbourne for workshops and performances. The camp honours the traditional way of learning music by providing a environment open to all players, teaching the music by ear and enjoying a great community atmosphere.

QuasiTrad also hosts jam sessions, workshops and dances throughout the year. You can subscribe down below to receive our newsletter about events, or see the Quebec Fiddle Weekend facebook page

You can also find out about Quebecois music and what’s happening here and around the world through the Trad Chat blog.

To be immersed for a weekend in Quebecois music and fiddling – taught by one of the foremost exponents of the style -was an unique and extraordinary experience. Pascal Gemme is amazing and a generous teacher, and the camp had such a friendly atmosphere. Thanks Judy, I’ll definitely be back next time!”
– Jess Foot, freelance oboist and fiddler, Melbourne

I have had the greatest time playing and learning traditional Québécois fiddle for the past 4-5 days! So much food, laughter, great company and story telling. I have learnt so much from these amazing talented musicians, Pascal and Yann! Thank you to everyone involved for making this the most amazing experience! Thank you for bringing a little piece of Quebec to Australia 🎻🎻🎻”
– Jillian Condon, violin teacher, Melbourne

A heartfelt thankyou for the Quasitrad Quebec Fiddle Weekend. It was incredibly well-organised and artistically brilliant… and what a treat to be fed quality home-cooked food for five days. Thank you for inviting me as a caller for the contra dance. The event was fantastic! I will definitely be encouraging people to attend any future events.”
– Jeanette Mill, dance caller, Canberra.

Celtic Jam for Morning Tea

Dust off your instruments and come and join in a social jam session. Learn tunes the “traditional” way, by ear and by being part of a group. Suitable for musicians who can play a little already.

The session is pram and toddler friendly, and includes a morning cuppa.

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2017 Quebec Fiddle Weekend

We’re extremely excited to present David Boulanger (pictured!) and Simon Marion as our guest artists for the 2017 Quebec Fiddle Weekend.

David is a highly acclaimed musician and fiddler, in particular with the group, La Bottine Souriante. A lover of crooked tunes and the uniquely-Quebecois brandy reels, David brings exceptional enthusiasm for the traditional music of his homeland and is looking forward to sharing the fiddle music – and some dances! – with us. It’s also our great pleasure to welcome Simon Marion to the team to teach guitar and accompaniment. Simon is an integral part of the folk scene both in North America and in Europe, and an insanely talented producer, arranger and musician. Hand him any string instrument and he will be able to play it!

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credit: Adam Purcell:Melbourne Ceili Camera

Quebec Contra Dance!

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 8pm – 10:30pm
Northcote Uniting Church Hall, 251 High St, Northcote

Come and join the annual QuasiTrad Contradance with a French-Canadian accent!
We have invited Australia’s leading contradance caller, Jeanette Mill, and our two guest musicians from Quebec, David Boulanger and Simon Marion, to set the atmosphere and get us dancing all night. David will teach us a few Quebecois dances too, possibly a first for Australia!

Free beginners’ lesson at 7:30pm

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Buck Mulligan’s Whisky Tasting and Jam Session

Sunday, October 22, 3pm – 5pm
Buck Mulligan’s Bar and Bookshop, 217 High St, Northcote

As part of the Darebin Music Feast 2017 you are invited to be part of a great traditional jam session, held in the perfect setting of Buck Mulligan’s. Whiskies will be on offer to sample by the glass, and the tunes will be lively!

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Other great sites for information on Quebecois and Australian fiddle camps & festivals, and more.

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