MADE IN MANITOBA

This year, we are featuring the rich musical traditions of Manitoba. We have brought together some of the best players and teachers our province has to offer to share their favourite home-grown fiddle & guitar tunes. Participants will also learn Métis jigging and regional square dances with Dean Davis, and will have the opportunity to tell their own stories through song with Raine Hamilton.

 

raine hamilton - fiddle & songwriting

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Raine’s ethereal voice and lyrics are at the forefront of her powerful and relatable tunes, written both in English and in French. Alongside cello + double bass, and with Raine on violin or guitar, her songs have a moving string quartet feel with a cosmic reach. Raine has toured Canada extensively, driving, flying, and floating her way coast to coast. She is also a charming and funny storyteller, pairing her vulnerable tunes with engaging story intros. Raine believes that music is for everyone, and that we all have something to share. An experienced educator, Raine offers workshops in songwriting and fiddle tune writing (EN/FR). We are thrilled that she will be joining us this year, and we know you will just love her!

 

Daniel koulack - guitar

Daniel Koulack, whose music includes a broad range of genres, is a respected multi-instrumentalist and teacher on the Canadian music scene. Daniel was born in New York in 1965 and has lived in Winnipeg since 1968. At eleven years of age he bought a banjo with money saved up from his paper route. A year later he made his professional debut at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Daniel’s own music can be heard on his three albums of original instrumental music; Clawhammer Your Way To The Top, Life On A String, and Frailing To Succeed. Two of these recordings were nominated for Junos in the Best Roots/Traditional category. Daniel is also in high demand as an instructor at music camps across the country, and is a beloved mentor to many students and musicians.

 

Nathan Halcrow - guitar

All the way from Cross Lake, Manitoba, Nathan Halcrow is one of the kindest, most thoughtful people you will ever meet. A graduate of Frontier School Division's fiddle program, he now teaches fiddle and guitar full-time in some of Manitoba's most remote communities.  When Nathan was 13 years old, his fiddle teacher Cameron Baggins gave him a transcription of Paganini's Caprice no. 5, a piece famous for being extremely fast and technically difficult. Within months, he had mastered the entire thing and performed it on the electric guitar. Whether on guitar, fiddle, or banjo, Nathan's incredible musicality and gentle spirit shine through every note he plays. We are so fortunate to have him teach our first ever guitar class at Falcon Lake Fiddle Camp.

 

donna turk - fiddle

Donna Turk recently moved to Forget, SK where she has opened a new music studio with her husband. Donna started playing the violin at the age of 4 and at 11 became a member of the world renowned Calgary Fiddlers. After high school Donna moved to Ontario where she studied Violin Performance at the University of Western Ontario. Donna has been teaching both fiddling and classical violin for over 25 years. She was the Artistic Director of the Bow Valley Fiddlers from 1997-2014. Donna’s love of teaching and working with both children and adults are being recognized nationally and she spends much of her time travelling to teach at workshops across Western Canada and NWT. She is a favourite at fiddle camps all over Canada, and we are so happy to have her back!

 

Marcel hapel - fiddle

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Marcel Hapel is a fiddle and guitar player from Manigotagan, MB. Another superstar of the Frontier School Division's fiddle program, he has studied with many of Canada's top fiddle players and instructors. After graduating, he went on to instruct for six years in a northern section of the division, teaching in five schools per year, four of which hadn’t previously had a program. Currently working towards his Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Brandon, Marcel is constantly learning and developing his ability both for himself and current/future students. During summer vacations he has attends and teaches at numerous fiddle camps and festivals across Western Canada. His joy and pursuit of all styles of Canadian fiddle music make his classes interesting and his performances delightful!

 

 

Ryan d'Aoust - Fiddle

Joining us all the way from Norway House, Manitoba, Ryan D'Aoust is unquestionably one of the province's finest fiddle players. Ryan first learned to play the fiddle from instructor Cameron Baggins in the Frontier School Division's fiddle program. He quickly went on to win various awards and fiddle contests as a teenager, including a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award in 2005. Coming full-circle, he now teaches fiddle full-time in the same program that got him started. In addition to being a spectacular musician, Ryan has an infectious sense of humour and is an all-around great human. We are so excited to have him teach at camp this year!

 

Patti Kusturok - fiddle

At the age of four, Patti began learning to play the fiddle, and has a resume that reads like that of an Olympic champion. A few to her credit include: 6 time Manitoba Champion, 3 time Grand North American Champion, and 3 time Canadian Grand Master. Patti was the first woman to win the Grand Masters in the history of Canada, as well as the first from Western Canada. Often referred to as one of the smoothest fiddle players in North America, Patti is in high demand for performances, teaching, recording, and judging fiddle contests across the continent. Her humble demeanor and personable stage presence allows the audience to soak in the music and connect with her in a special way. Patti has a razor sharp wit and when she starts playing, the musical spirits instantly come alive!

 


More instructor bios coming soon!