What is a Viol?


Greetings and Welcome, Canadian Viol Enthusiasts!

This website has been created as an information-sharing network to facilitate communication among Canadian players of the viola da gamba. Whether you are new to the viol (curious for more information, wanting to rent or buy an instrument or find a teacher), an amateur (perhaps interested in attending a workshop or concert) or a professional (who wants to post information about an upcoming event or locate players in a different region), we hope this website will serve as a useful resource. Travelling across the country on holiday or for business? There may be other players in the area who'd like to get together to play informally, or perhaps there is a concert or workshop that fits within your schedule.

Who are we? The concept for a Canadian Viol Players information-sharing network was originally proposed at an informal meeting of the Canadian participants in the Viola da Gamba Society of America's annual Conclave, during the summer of 2005. In response to that demand, the information on this website was compiled by Joëlle Morton (Toronto), assisted by Sara Blake (Toronto), Peter Payzant (Halifax) and Chrissy Spencer (Vancouver).

The Canadian Viol Players website is privately funded and maintained and is offered to the public free over the internet. We rely primarily on input from our readers, like you. If you know of an upcoming event or have other relevant information to share that you do not see currently posted on this website, we would be glad to hear from you – please contact the . And while we do our best to be up-to-date, we apologize for any inaccuracies or omissions that may inadvertently occur.