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October 2020

Award for Old Time Fiddler

In memory of Harold Pilgrim

This medal awarded to local Parry Sounder, Harold Pilgrim, is copper engraved with “Old Time Fiddler 3rd C.N.E. 1954”.



Born in 1932, Harold grew up and went to school in Nobel. For a brief time he worked in the Nitrate department at Canadian Industries Limited plant, but went on to become a musician, playing festivals across Canada and the United States. Harold played several instruments including the guitar, banjo, stringed instruments and his favourite, the fiddle. He played at many fairs and dances in Parry Sound including Fiddle Fest, playing along side Terry Little. Harold worked in Nashville as fiddle player, and his band even had a Country & Western TV show in Saskatchewan! Harold passed in September 2018 in Hamilton, ON.

The Toronto Canadian National Exhibition Music Department opened in the early 1920s with the help of the Canadian Bureau for the Advancement of Music. There were three main music events; entertainment, exhibition and competition. The band competition started in 1954, allowing competitors from six years old and up to enter into solo, group, instrumental and vocal categories. Harold, entered into the music competition and won 3rd place in the Old Time Fiddler category. Prizes were awarded for first, second and third place by means of a medallion and beginning in the 1940s, scholarships were awarded to winners.



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