SASKATOON – Saskatoon played host to the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition this past weekend and a local musician took home the top prize.
University of Saskatchewan law student James Steele is the first fiddler from the province to win the Grand Master title.
Twenty-eight competitors from across Canada battled it out with Steele taking home the title and $3,500.
Having competed once before the icing on the cake for him was capturing the win in his hometown.
“To have it in front of the home crowd, a lot of people I know from music who have helped me with my playing in the past number of years. To have them there at the same time, that I was lucky enough to win… it was incredible,” said Steele.
It’s the first time in the competition’s 24-year history that it has been held outside of Ottawa.