About

Alex is a musician who plays violin and mandolin. He has performed at a wide range of music venues, including festival stages and dinner shows, weddings, fundraising events, and at parties and private functions. He is comfortable performing solo, with an accompanist, or as back-up in a band.

You will find Alex standing in with a variety of bands in southern Ontario (photo above with Leah Holtom and Dexter Frank). He is a member of the bluegrass band Duke Street Turnaround which is regularly playing in Toronto establishments.

Currently, Alex is the fiddler for Leisa Way and the Way-To-Go Production shows Opry Gold and Rhinestone Cowgirl, performing through southern Ontario in Fall 2023 and throughout 2024 (more details here).

Prior to COVID, through the summer of 2019, Alex was the house fiddle in the cast of Oh Canada Eh! Dinner Show in Niagara Falls.

Alex has been honoured to be an auxiliary string player for shows with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy — in May 2019, he played at Casino Rama, and in December 2018, he was in their TV special “A Celtic Family Christmas” as well as their Christmas show on the National Arts Centre stage.

He has enjoyed performing on stages in Ottawa and throughout the Valley, including on Parliament Hill, CBC Radio and 98.7 Valley Heritage Radio, Celtfest festivals, and the Valley Stage at Renfrew Fall Fair.

Alex is a proud supporter of the Ottawa Traditional Fiddling and Folk Art Society and the Niagara Old Tyme Fiddlers Association.

In 2017, Alex was the recipient of the Danny O’Connell Memorial Award, recognized for his role in advancing the Ottawa Valley fiddle tradition.

In 2019, Alex was the recipient of the Niagara Old Tyme Fiddlers Association scholarship presented in memory of Elvera Ciazynski, for Alex’s commitment to and pursuit of traditional fiddle music. 

In 2023, Alex received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Jazz Performance program at Humber College, graduating with honours and a special recognition for his string arrangement work. While at Humber, he was recognized for his high academic standing and musical performance, with a scholarship award for his improvisation skills.

To connect with Alex to perform or for your string arrangement requirements, e-mail alexander.fiddle@gmail.com or call/text 613-806-4413.

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In the Fall of 2023, here is the range of performances Alex play in throughout the GTA and southern Ontario.

  • Sept 28 – Oct 1: Opry Gold show with Leisa Way (5 shows) at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington
  • Oct 6: Duke Street Turnaround at the Cloak and Dagger Pub, Toronto
  • Oct 12: Duke Street Turnaround at the Linsmore, Toronto
  • Oct 13: The Blackstones, Hops and Harvest Festival, Milton
  • Oct 16 – 21: Rhinestone Cowgirl show with Leisa Way (7 shows) at the Globus Theatre, Bobcaygeon 
  • Oct 22: The Blackstones, private event, London
  • Oct 26: The Blackstones at Steam Whistle Brewing, corp. event, Toronto 
  • Oct 28: The Blackstones, private event, Wellington
  • Nov 3: Duke Street Turnaround at the Cloak and Dagger, Toronto
  • Nov 7: Duke Street Turnaround at West Ferris Legion, North Bay
  • Nov 9: Duke Street Turnaround at Knowhere Public House, Sudbury
  • Nov 11: Duke Street Turnaround at Black Swan Tavern, Toronto
  • Nov 12: Duke Street Turnaround at The Local, Toronto
  • Nov 24: Duke Street Turnaround at the Cameron House, Toronto
  • Nov 25: Duke Street Turnaround at Drom Taberna, Toronto 
  • Nov 30: The Down and Out at the Cloak and Dagger, Toronto
  • Dec 1: Alex & friends, corp. event, Vaughn
  • Dec 3: Alex & friends, private event, Brampton
  • Dec 14: Alex & Brant Garratt, corp. event, Oakville
  • Dec 20: Duke Street Turnaround Christmas Show at the Cloak and Dagger, Toronto
  • Dec 31: Duke Street Turnaround at McVeighs, Toronto 

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