Iva Alderson and her husband Howard have organized the Thursday afternoon Waterdown Jam since 2007. The session started with 6 people around a piano and have grown to include between 30-35 musicians every week. The group meets at the Waterdown Legion on Hamilton Street include musicians from the Niagara Peninsula thru to Toronto and all points in-between. Numerous fiddlers are joined by a bass player, a banjo, a mandolin, piano, and the button accordion. Seniors love the sessions packing the dance floor every Thursday from 1pm- 4pm all year round. Alderson believes they get such a great crowd because most seniors don’t like to drive at night. Here they can get a great night out in the middle of the day.
Iva Alderson only started playing the bass about 6 years ago and she loves it. She says she use to play the piano but when her eyesight started to diminish due to giant cell arthritis she took up the bass. She and her husband Howard have organized the Waterdown Jam since 2007. They raise money for the Waterdown Legion by running 50/50 draws each week since there is no admission charge for those attending the dances.