The Quebec Fiddle Weekend

The Quebec Fiddle Weekend

This year the Quebec Fiddle Weekend will run in conjunction with the Blackwood Festival, 1 hour west of Melbourne. Participants will enjoy a weekend together learning the Quebecois style of fiddle playing and accompaniment, and enjoying the chance to jam together, eat together and spend time with two great artists from Quebec who are in Australia for the first time. We will join the Blackwood festival events happening on the oval from the late afternoon.

Camping is at the Blackwood Festival oval, or there are some beds in a share house just for Quebec Fiddle Weekend participants. We will finish our weekend with the traditional Melbourne-Cup-inspired champagne brunch and jam session on Monday, November 6.

Please note numbers for this camp are limited. Beds are allocated on a first-to-book basis.

David and Simon will be performing each evening at the Blackwood Festival, and will also be hosting a Quebecois and contra dance. This will be the first official Quebecois dance set that Australia has ever had! You can see the full program for Blackwood here. Along with its stunning location and great musical line-up, Blackwood Festival prides itself on its high-quality local produce; the beer is locally brewed, the cider is on tap from Daylesford Cidery, and the chef, Gary Thomas, is a key figure in the Slow Food Festival in Daylesford. The festival directors have made the the stage and one of the bars themselves: they are traditional post-and-beam joinery (no nails!). The festival takes place around one oval – 7 minutes walk from our Quebecois Hub – in a gorgeous setting in the Lerderderg ranges and is a very friendly happening!


  • Full price: $425
  • Concession price: $375
  • Prices include tuition, camping, a full Blackwood Festival pass, and meals excluding dinner on Saturday and Sunday. A deposit of $100 is required on booking. From Friday October 6 the full payment will be required on booking.
The camp is for anyone who enjoys playing fiddle, guitar, piano and cello, and can already play a little.
Teaching will be by ear, with music given out at the end of the weekend. No previous knowledge of the Quebecois style is necessary.
David Boulanger, Fiddle
David is best-known as the fiddle player of the legendary Québécois band, La Bottine Souriante, which has been touring the world for nearly 40 years. A highly respected fiddler, foot percussionist, singer, composer and arranger from Montréal, David is the recipient of several Canadian Folk Awards and the proud tradition-bearer of Quebecois trad music. David is also a lot of fun to be with!

Visit La Bottine Souriante’s official website to discover more.

Simon Marion, Guitar

Multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, Simon is an indispensable part of the Quebecois music scene, in folk, jazz and pop. With an impressive array of awards to his name, incuding two Félix awards for best album of the year and the Oliver Jones Spectra Prize for excellence in jazz Simon is in constant demand either on stage with a band or hard at work in the studio as a producer. Like David, Simon is very excited to be coming to Australia for the first time. Among other things, he’s looking forward to sampling a good bottle of red!

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

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.

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