The time for jigs, reels, slides, and stomps is coming to Vankleek Hill. 

The Spring Fiddle and Square Dance Showcase and Dance will be held on Saturday, May 7, at the Vankleek Hill Community Centre. The event is a fundraiser for the Vankleek Hill Fiddle and Dance Association and is presented by both the association and the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society in honour of Vankleek Hill’s 225th anniversary. 

The Afternoon Showcase begins at 2 p.m. and features a range of national and local talent including The Fiddleaires, the Ormstown Square Dancers, the Kayleigh Armstrong Highland Dancers, and the Vankleek Hill Square Dancers. Sharon McOuat will accompany The Fiddleaires and will be joined by Glenn Silverson to accompany the Ormstown and Vankleek Hill square dancers.  

At 3:15 p.m., Anna Ludlow will perform during the afternoon showcase. Ludlow, who is from Antigonish Nova Scotia, was the first fiddler in 2018 during the Toronto production of the hit musical Come From Away, which is based on the story of aircraft passengers stranded on 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland. Ludlow is also a winner of an Ottawa Capital Music Award and has previously been nominated for Music Nova Scotia awards and East Coast Music Awards. In 2005, Ludlow was the principal fiddler for the Juno-nominated production DRUM! .

The Fiddleaires are 11-year-old Wilson and nine-year-old Lucie from the Upper Ottawa Valley. They play fiddles, piano, and step dance to entertain their audiences. The Fiddleaires are also planning to release their first album, Fiddletainment in May. 

Kayleigh Armstrong is an instructor at the Ottawa Highland Dance School and will present the MacDonald Highland Dancers. Their performance will be accompanied on the bagpipes by Bruce McCuaig of Lancaster.  

Tickets for the Afternoon Showcase are $10 per person. 

The Evening Spring Dance on Saturday, May 7 is from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. with Roger Hamelin and Band, along with the Vankleek Hill Old Time Fiddlers. Dance tickets are $10 per person but $5 for those who already attended the afternoon show.