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In 2017 we are offering 116 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.



Thursday, August 10th and Friday, August 11th, 2017

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 and Old Time - Instructed by Tahnis Cunningham


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

Intermediate/ Advanced

Metis and Old Time – Instructed by Calvin Vollrath
Old Time/ Ontario Valley – Instructed by April Verch


Thursday, August 10th and Friday, August 11th, 2017

Learn the basics or if you’re already playing, get some advanced instruction.  Instructors will divide classes to meet demand.

Beginner - Instructed by Shelia Pelletier

Intermediate - Instructed by Freddie Pelletier AND Benjamin Knorr

Advanced - Instructed by Clinton Pelletier


Thursday, August 10th and Friday, August 11th, 2017

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. 

Instructors: Yvonne Chartrand and Raymond Shumi


We are 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.

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. These workshops will start after the fiddle contest preliminaries on Saturday at approximately 3 pm.

.Culture Camp

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