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In 2016 we are offering 110 Workshops – all FREE with your paid admission – and don’t forget 12 and under are not charged admission.  Workshops are offered in fiddle, jigging, guitar, square dancing and our Cultural camp offers a series on Metis Art Forms.  Schedules of times for all are below.  

*NOTE a time change in the morning workshops is new this year.


On Friday, August 12th – all the fiddle workshops will be themed as follows:


Thursday, August 11th and Friday, August 12th, 2016

Absolute Beginner
Instructed by Fay MacKenzie

Never picked up a fiddle? Always wanted to try it?   Here’s just the workshop for you. The Absolute Beginners Workshop will have fiddles available for you to use (but bring your own if you have one), and a qualified instructor to teach you the bare necessities:  how to hold the fiddle, how to hold the bow, and finger placement. Try it out - what have you got to lose?

Metis and Old Time - Instructed by Lucas Welsh
Metis Style – Instructed by Daniel Gervais

Metis Style – Instructed by Tahnis Cunnigham
Metis/Old Time – Instructed by Patti Lamoureux
Celtic and Old Time – Instructed by Shamma Sabir
French Canadian/Old Time – Instructed by Rodney Krip
East Coast Style – Instructed by Gord Stobbe

Metis and Old Time – Instructed by Calvin Vollrath 

If you’re a veteran player – here’s your chance to pick up some great new skills and new tunes. Calvin is an amazing instructor and teaches in a fun and entertaining way.

Thursday, August 11th and Friday, August 12th, 2016

Learn the basics or if you’re already playing, get some advanced instruction.  The Guitar workshops are set up to meet the demand of the students registering.

Beginner - Instructed by Shelia Pelletier
Intermediate - Instructed by Freddie Pelletier
Advanced - Instructed by Clinton Pelletier

Thursday, August 11th and Friday, August 12th, 2015

The John Arcand Fiddle Fest takes pride in the presentation of traditional Red River Jigging instruction.  Beginner to Advanced, these workshops will educate you on the style and steps that are considered traditional, teach you the basics if you just want to try it for the first time or give you a refresher course if you’ve already taken some of these workshops in past years.  Anyway you slice it - they’re educational and a lot of fun!

Instructors: Yvonne Chartrand and Raymond Shumi

This year we are very pleased to partner with the Gabriel Dumont Institute for the Metis Cultural Camp. A Series of interactive hands-on workshops on a variety of Metis Art forms. As well, GDI will have a table set up for the duration with a nice variety of Metis products for sale. We are also happy to have SCYAP back to lead the art workshops.

Due to popular demand the Traditional Dance workshops will once again be held on the main stage dance floor in order to accommodate the numbers wishing to participate, and will be lead by the Creeland Dancers. They will start the fiddle contest preliminaries (approximately 3 pm).

.Culture Camp

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