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SPECIAL 2017 WORKSHOP:For the 5th year in a row the CCMR weekend will feature a special workshop from 12:00 Noon to 1: PM on the Lorne Hachey Stage in The Open Mic Tent. Previous workshops have focussed on various aspects of Country Music and the instruments we use.

The 2017 workshop will be "You & Your Acoustic Guitar". This will be a combination performance, seminar and workshop. Bring along your guitar. Tim Sanders will host, and will be joined by others who have experience in this field. Learn about acoustic guitars in general, playing, strings, and the how's and why's of making your guitar better. Question and answer session with the audience will also be a part of this. Tim, who is also a well respected guitar technician, has agreed to also make himself available for an additional hour or so following the workshop if you happen to have an issue with your guitar that you would like him to take a look at, and offer some advice.

OPEN MIC TENT ON THE LORNE HACHEY STAGE: Some of the most popular attractions at the Classic Country Music Reunion each year are the various events that take place on the Lorne Hachey Stage in the Open Mic tent.

OPEN MIC: Starting on Thursday evening the stage will be open for anyone attending the CCMR to sign up and sing a classic country song or two with the band. Since its inception in 1992 this event has always been a big part of the “reunion” aspect. For that reason, you never know who might pop in and take their turn at the centre mic or who might be found sitting as part of the backup band.

What a thrill it has been for some of our first time singers to turn around a suddenly find that they are being backed up by some of Canada’s most respected and legendary country musicians. Yes, people like Steve Smith, Andy Schick, Bob Lucier, Stu Peters, Paul Evans, Steve Piticco, Tim Sanders, Claude Petrie, Lorne Hachey, Gary Hooper, Mickey McGivern, Kurk Bernard, Jay Riehl, Frank Woodcock, Bill Johnson, Robin Evans, the great "Unwound" Band and hundreds of others who have been known to slip on to the stage and play with our dedicated regulars.

OPEN FIDDLE JAM: Due to the popularity of the “Open Fiddle Jams” started in 2012 we will be continuing them this year on the Open Mic Stage both Friday and Saturday from 11:45 Noon until 12:45 PM, concluding just prior to the start of the Open Mic sessions at 1 PM. All fiddle players (along with their backup musician friends) are invited to come along and “Jam” together, one tune after another for an entire hour. If you love good Old Time Fiddle tunes you’ll want to be in the audience or playing along with the bunch as players of all ages and abilities play together for fun.