What's New? 

We have changed our name and no doubt you're noticing some changes on our website! 

After 65 years of success, the Rotary Club of Shelburne has enhanced its long running Canadian Open Fiddle Championship event format and by creating a new festival logo under the new name: Heritage Music Festival, this change brings all the old and new events under one umbrella, so we can attract more visitors to town. 

And for all those fiddle fans - you will be happy to know that after 65 years of fiddle championships, you can be assured that our contest will remain a central part of the festival, building on our history (heritage). 

We have created a new level of excitement in town now and we want to showcase our festival to all the thousands of cars that drive through Shelburne every weekend, so they know what an exciting and dynamic music event we have for them to enjoy this summer. We have added a lot more entertainment for the weekend at the arena and at other sites in Shelburne and news of these events will be ongoing, so check back here often for updates!

Festival Headliner

Friday August 5th- at 8pm


The Jim Cuddy Band

For the first time ever in Shelburne The Jim Cuddy Band will perform at the new Heritage Music Festival on Friday August 5th @ 8pm at the Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex.

Among Canada's Best Songwriters.

One of Canada’s Best Song Writing Teams. With sales of more than four million records and eleven JUNO Awards, Blue Rodeo has established itself as one of Canada’s leading contemporary rock bands. Founded in 1984 by lead singers, guitarists and songwriters Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, the band’s success and longevity are widely attributed to their love of touring, their active connection with their fans, and their unwavering commitment to pushing their creative limits. Blending country, blues, folk and rock influences, Blue Rodeo deliver a consistently recognizable, engaging sound while reinventing themselves with every
new album and project.

Tickets: $47.46

When Jim got his first guitar at the age of ten, the first song he learned was Gordon Lightfoot's "That's What You Get For Loving Me". Today, twenty-five years after the formation of Blue Rodeo, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor are widely respected as one of Canada's best songwriting teams. In 1998, Jim released All in Time which went on to sell Gold in his native Canada. His next album, 2006's The Light That Guides You Home, was released to critical acclaim and won the Juno for Adult Alternative Album of the Year. On September 27, 2011 Jim released Skyscraper Soul, his 3rd solo album. His voice, always a voluptuous instrument, has never sounded better and Cuddy proves once again that his songwriting ranks with the best Canada has to offer. 

Canadian Open Fiddle Championship


Thursday August 4th-7pm

Leahy-The Next Generation

Performs live on Thursday evening!

Join us for The Next Generation Leahy, a show that will be filled with the high-energy, infectious Celtic-based music that people associate with the Leahy heritage.

Doors open @ 6:30pm- Performance starts @ 7pm. 

Tickets Adults: $25.00
Youth 13-17 years old: $10.00
Children 12 & Under: FREE Admission


Canadian Open Fiddle Championship

Contest begins at 10am and runs all day long until 5pm

Contest Schedule

Order of Competitors performing in the following categories:

  • Class: 56 & Over
  • Class: 19 to 55
  • Class: 13 to 18
  • Class: 10 to 12
  • Class: 9 & under
  • Novelty Class
  • Gospel Class
  • Duet Class
  • Jr. Championship Class
  • Championship Class

Tickets Adults: $10.00
Children 12 & Under: FREE Admission


Canadian Open Fiddle Championship Finals

Doors open @ 6pm- Performance starts @ 6:30pm

Featuring ~McLeod~

Former Canadian Open Fiddle Champions:
Scott Woods, Shane Cook, Matthew Johnston & James Bickle Perform

Returning to the stage in Shelburne on Saturday August 6th to open the 66th Canadian Open Fiddle Championship Finals are 4 former Fiddle Champions who are uniting once again after 10 years, to perform once again as "McLeod."

Led by former Canadian Open Fiddle Champion Scott Woods of Fergus, the group was formed in 1998 initially to entertain at a Robbie Burns celebration. These four Champions: Scott Woods, along with Shane Cook, Matthew Johnston and James Bickle have played traditional jigs and reels, strathspeys and airs in unison - in the style of the famous Cape Breton Symphony that graced the stage in Shelburne many times over the years.

But McLeod also taps into the diverse musical background of each player by adding some Swing and Old Time music as well as a Classical or Gospel numbers in full harmony. Accompanied by long-time pianist and Scott's mom Carolyn Woods, the group will no doubt strike a chord with tunes reminiscent of days gone by at the historic Fiddle Contest.

The group was so popular it continued to perform for several years including a live broadcast on the BBC Scotland radio program - "Take the Floor" hosted by Robbie Shephard.

Over the years, each member of McLeod has gone on to pursue other musical endeavours, so you won't want to miss this rare opportunity to see the magic that happens when four of the most talented fiddlers come together in Shelburne!

Tickets Adults: $25.00
Youth 13-17 years old: $10.00
Children 12 & Under: FREE Admission