Prairie Scene

The largest gathering of Manitoba and Saskatchewan artists ever presented outside the Prairies!

April 26 to May 8, 2011

Prairie Fiddle Showcase

April 30, 2011, 7pm

Library and Archives Canada - Auditorium

395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

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Karrnnel Sawitsky, one of the most dynamic and original fiddle players in Canada, brings his contagious passion to the stage in a showcase that pays tribute to the long tradition of fiddle music on the Prairies. He is joined by a veritable who’s who of Canadian fiddling: Métis master fiddler John Arcand is recognized for his lifelong efforts to preserve traditional Métis music. Donny Parenteau is a hugely talented artist who has played with some of today’s best-known country music stars, including Tim McGraw and Shania Twain.

Matthew Contois and Ryan D’Aoust, barely out of high school, hone their award-winning fiddling skills as sought-after performers focusing on Métis and Aboriginal styles. These five remarkable and engaging musicians will perform together, and in solos for an unforgettable evening of fiddle fun.