Juno Award winner Ivonne Hernandez is pumped about pulling the strings with a group of young local musicians and special guests who take fiddling around to a whole new level. (Black Press Media file photo)

Coastline serves up a feast of fiddlers in Oak Bay

Local Juno Award winner musical director for ensemble

Rick Stiebel

News staff

Juno Award winner Ivonne Hernandez is pumped about pulling the strings with a group of young local musicians and special guests who take fiddling around to a whole new level.

Hernandez is the artistic director for Coastline, a local a youth fiddling ensemble she will perform with at Oak Bay’s Dave Dunnet Theatre on Saturday, May 25.

“The Coastline concert is going to be great,” said Hernandez, a graduate of Belmont Secondary School’s class of 2000. “I’m really looking forward to it. The kids have been working super hard and just won the award for Top Ensemble at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival last week. They will be going into the studio to record just before the concert, so they are in top form and have some really cool new tunes.”

Coastline has been involved in workshops recently with some of the top fiddlers from across Canada this year and will be showcasing new songs and arrangements at the concert.

READ ALSO: Fiddler’s dream comes true for Belmont grad

“Our special guests for this show are amazing as well,” Hernandez said. “Troy MacGillivray came out from Nova Scotia in February to work with Coastline and will be back here for the concert, which is truly exciting. He is one of my favourite musicians, an incredible Cape Breton fiddler, piano player and step dancer. Our other guest, Jenny Lester, is an amazing bluegrass singer, songwriter, bass player and fiddler. I’ve had the pleasure of playing with her a lot lately and I’m thrilled that she will be joining us to play a few of her gorgeous songs. There will also be a few other special surprises.”

The performers in Coastline include young musicians from the West Shore, Victoria, Oak Bay, Saanich and Esquimalt.

“I’m very proud of all my ‘kids’ in Coastline. They are such hard working, smart and talented students and they are the nicest people you will meet. I feel so lucky to be working with and mentoring such amazing young people carrying on this amazing fiddle tradition we have here in Canada.”

The Dave Dunnet Theatre is in Oak Bay High School at 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd., tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for students and are available at Long and McQuade, Ivy’s Book Store or at coastlinefiddle.com. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 7:30.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

VIDEO: Saanich resident shocked when trespasser licks security camera, rummages through mail

‘I found the situation really bizarre,’ said the Gordon Head resident

BC Ferries crew member taken to hospital after getting struck by bow doors

Two sailings between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay were cancelled

Goldstream Food Bank on the search to fill Christmas Hampers with toys

Volunteers are looking for new toys for infants to 11-year-olds

Black Press Media celebrates women who are making a difference

Helping others is the cornerstone of the work Shannon Drew does in… Continue reading

Bulk or boxed candy? Trick-or-treat maps help Canadian families prepare for Halloween

Census Mapper uses 2016 census data to predict busiest neighbourhoods

VIDEO: Explosion, fire sends woman running from Saanich home

Heavy smoke in the area, crews on scene

Jack’s Devils beat Quinn’s Canucks 1-0 in NHL brother battle

New Jersey youngster scores first career goal against Vancouver

Two charged after owner’s wild ride through Kamloops in his stolen truck

Crystal Rae Dorrington, 37, and Derrick Ronald Pearson, 32, facing multiple charges

Judge orders credit union’s bank records for Kelowna social worker facing theft allegations

The man is accused of negligence, breach of contract, fraud and a conspiracy with Interior Savings

Leaders pour it on with rallies, boosts for candidates as campaign reaches peak

The federal election campaign has reached a crescendo

Allegations of racism lead to ministry investigation at Vancouver private school

St. George’s School was contacted over what the school describes as ‘deeply offensive behaviour online’

Not a political question: Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta

Edmonton police estimated the size of the crowd at about 4,000

Zantac, the over-the-counter heartburn drug, pulled in Canada, U.S.

Health Canada also investigates possible carcinogen in some ranitidine drugs

B.C. public safety minister says cannabis edibles not in stores til January

Mike Farnworth says he wants regional issues considered when it comes to licensing

Most Read