The Pas Region Metis fiddlers began in The Pas with 9 students in 2001. Led by Robert Isfeld, until his retirement from the organization, the group grew to 50 students in either guitar or fiddle. With support from the Manitoba Metis Federation, the club has continued with great success. Other leaders have been Ryan D'Aoust and Lindsey Benyk. Currently, champion fiddle player, Caitlin Armstrong is instructing the students, along with Amy Jackson and Kathy McKay.There have also been several guitar accompanists including Ticky Allen, Jacqueline Isfeld and today's Dave Montgomery.
There are 20 fiddlers this season, 12 returning and 8 new to the program. Practices are held on Wednesdays after school at The Pas MMF Region Metis Hall.
The Pas Region Metis fiddlers have several bookings over the Christmas season including the Seniors' Tea and the Golden Agers' Christmas Dinner.
Registration is held every September and is open to children ages 9 and up, as well as adults. Fiddles are available for loan during the duration of the program (October to March).
For further information, contact Kathy McKay @ 204-620-0930.
The Pas Region Metis Fiddlers at the Rotary Seniors' Tea, December, 2019
Below: Performing at the 2020 Family Metis Event in The Pas
Hannah, Caitlin, and Kane
Bottom left and centre - The Pas Region Metis Fiddlers join the Frontier Fiddlers to make 100 musicians, playing at Trapper's Festival, 2009
Right centre - more members of the Club, 2019
Videos of The Pas Region Metis Fiddlers, June 2019