Young. Talented. Generous. Those who know Alexandre know that he grew up with his fiddles to the great pleasure of those who followed his journey (that always led, without fail, to the dance floor) over the last 10 years.
A storyteller and sometimes a joker, he is first and foremost a master of Old Tyme fiddle and knows how to capture a crowd, whether he's playing a large venue in the city, a dance party in a stable or even a small wooden cabin.
With his well-known gracious and strong touch, he delivers the perfect blend of the best polkas, most energetic fox trots and of course, the most beautiful waltzes.
Alpha Toshineza is the ambassador of francophone hiphop in Manitoba. His latest album "Triple A" was nominated for both best Rap and francophone album in 2019. As a poet who makes words dance over a variety of breakbeats, Alpha is back at the Festival after a two-year absence.
The Asham Stompers are a very high energy Metis dance group whose mission is:
"To help re-capture and preserve the history of the Metis people through the dancing of the RED RIVER JIG which was invented right here at the Forks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers in the early 1800's to attract the fur traders into the first Metis Colony to trade furs"
Asham Stompers are accompanied by Manitoba Metis Fiddler Brendan Chartrand.
"Brad Moggie is a multi award winning fiddle player, recently being awarded “Specialty All Star Band of the Year 2021” for the MCMA’s, originates from the small French Metis community of St. Ambroise, Manitoba. Brad brings a high energy show with all the traditional fiddle tunes you love to hear, adding a modern twist that will keep your feet moving!"
Brandi Vezina is a Winnipeg singer/songwriter whose authentic country roots are intertwined with rock and the blues. She is a natural born performer who comes from a musical Metis family.
It’s folk music that’s brimming with the kind of chemistry that could only come from a husband and wife. Jason, a Plains-Cree guitarist, and Nadia, a Francophone-Métis singer-songwriter, create the award-winning duo: Burnstick. Two performers whose voices and languages blend together with ease, Burnstick pushes the boundaries of contemporary folk music, weaving together the unique sounds of vintage Weissenborns with intriguing vocal harmonies, while allowing the beauty of simple melodies to shine through. Between their witty banter and delightful stories, it is hard to deny the magic they create as they command the stage with their palpable performances. In 2015, created an award-winning all-original lullaby album that married languages and bridged cultures. Coming back to their folk roots, Burnstick has released its JUNO-nominated debut album, Kîyânaw, featuring thunderous singles "Pay No Mind" and CFMA Single of the Year "Some Kind of Hell", topping the charts of NCI's Indigenous Music Countdown in Canada. With this album, Burnstick encourages the reclamation of each other's respective cultures while choosing to be stronger, together.
Get ready to clap your hands and tap your feet to the high-energy performances of Ça Claque!. Feel the rhythm, experience ‘la joie de vivre’, and discover French Canadian and Métis folklore – traditional as well as contemporary – through music and dance.
Composed of Franco-Manitoban and Métis artists, Ça Claque! features exciting and diverse entertainment that will keep you captivated from the first note of the fiddle to the last step of gigue.
Since its inception, Ça Claque! has recorded a 4 track demo CD and a 12 track full-length CD, the latter was nominated for a 2013 Western Canada Music Award in the Francophone Recording of the Year Category. The group has represented Canada internationally in Costa Rica, Peru and Chile and has participated in countless local, national and international festivals. In July 2014, the group performed at the Calgary Stampede – National Music Centre VIP Private Reception – alongside Paul Brandt, Jim Cuddy and Buffy Sainte-Marie.
Growing up in the Prairies, singer-songwriter Cassidy Mann has been singing since she could talk. Her parents bought her a guitar as a birthday present when she was 9. By 14, she started taking songwriting more seriously and her emerging talent led to a nomination for Aboriginal Recording of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.
Cht'koot is a group composed of three sets of brothers and sisters. Jasmine and Anne-Sophie Regnier, Jean-Pierre and Alexandre Normandeau and Miguel and Cabrel Sorin. They play traditional Franco-Manitoban music with a modern twist. Three fiddles, a guitar, a bass, and a drum set make a perfect band for a good kitchen party!
Each member of the band, accomplished musicians, finally decided to get together to share their love for traditional music and get your feet tapping.
A Métis group from Saint-Laurent, Manitoba, Coulée offers you a lively show. Their original music mixes the traditional themes with the new vision of Riel’s people.
Raised by music-loving francophone parents, Dana Waldies youth was rich in music and culture. Dana Waldies sound has transformed – performing under her own name from now on, she’s currently exploring a music genre that sits in-between R&B and well-loved yéyé.
Double the Trouble are identical 17-year old Cree twins specializing in traditional fiddling and singing of original, contemporary and classic Folk. Talent has brought them from the Prairies to the Pacific, United States and Mexico.
FONTINE crafts sanguine lyrics that tell of loves past and present. often using themes of nature to ground her songwriting. Her identity as a Nehiyaw Iskwew goes back to early memories of visiting the family farm on Cowessess First Nation reserve. Through songwriting, beading, and exploring the natural world, FONTINE is working to uncover the roots buried for years, and become a part of a wider community of songwriters.
While it’s true that Garrett’s first album won a Juno, right around the same time that Keith was being honoured with a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, these Maritimers put no stock in trophies. Their only goal is to continue to hone their craft, to break through boundaries on a journey into deep soul folklore rhythms and doom punk blues, bringing forth sounds and styles most guitarists can’t even begin to dream of.
Geneviève Freynet's powerful and captivating voice has a way of enchanting her crowd and drawing them into a world of emotion. Through her music, Geneviève evokes the calm before a prairie storm: an electric charge in the air, a brooding tension, an uncertain atmosphere. On the piano and the guitar, Geneviève incorporates elements of indie-pop and folk-pop to create a unique style defined by original melodies as well as anecdotal and thought-provoking lyrics.
A JUNO Award recipient, Gérald Laroche is a harmonica master who has been compared to legends such as Larry Adler, Sonny Terry and Sonny Boy Williamson. His music is highly original reflecting his French Canadian and Metis roots, and incorporating world music, Zydeco, boogie, blues – perfect for a festival party!
Hello Fiasco is a North American Pop Rock band with members from both Manitoba and Montana. Co-produced by John Paul Peters (Propagandhi, Faouzia, Arkells, Begonia) and mastered by Randy Merrill (Imagine Dragons, Cage The Elephant, Maroon 5, Adele), the band’s highly anticipated first album is slated for a 2022 release.
With soul and voice as smooth as warm honey, folk singer songwriter Ila Barker captures audiences with her sweet melodies and dynamic presence. Ila is of mixed Anishinaabe and settler heritage with roots running deep in the Manitoban prairies. Her craft is seasoned with rich history and powerful refined textures. Coming from a long line of storytellers, she fuses authentic and timeless notes creating moments of serenity and blissful escape.
In February of 2020 Ila released the “Let Go” single, an atmospheric and stripped down collaboration with UK based artist Milan André that was recorded off the floor in one take in the northern Cree nation of Nemaska, Quebec. “Let Go” landed on the National Indigenous Music Countdown, and climbed up the charts for three months straight hitting the top 15. Ila's first full length album is set to be released fall 2022.
Bio coming soon!
Bio coming soon!
Canadian fiddle champions Jane Cory and Kyle Burghout have performed across Canada and internationally. Each with many accolades to their credit—Jane a Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, and Kyle a North American Irish Fiddle Champion—they join forces to create innovative arrangements filled with lush twin fiddle harmonies.
De sa voix touchante et pure, Jocelyne nous invite à nous laisser emporter par ses airs pétillants et ses tendres ballades. Dans un style aux nuances de folk contemporain assorti d’une touche pop-country, sa présence dynamique et animée est aussi teintée d’intimité et d’émotion. Les chansons de Jocelyne
Baribeau sont réfléchies et honnêtes. Elles reflètent le cœur de son être, un parfait mélange sucré-salé.
Originaire du Manitoba, Jocelyne a grandi entourée de musique. Collaboratrice et entrepreneure de nature, Jocelyne a développé, au fil des ans, une série de projets musicaux qui ont contribué à son évolution en tant qu’artiste. Elle a œuvré dans le monde de l’opéra et de la musique classique tout d’abord, puis a lancé son aventure solo par un projet pour les petits, sous le pseudonyme Madame Diva, un éclatant succès.
Elle a partagé la scène avec plusieurs artistes au fil des années, soit en plateau double ou en création tels que Stef Paquette, Anique Granger, Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire, Alexis Normand et Patrick Norman pour en nommer quelques-uns. Ces collaborations ont mené l’artiste à créer un projet duo avec Danny Boudreau intitulé Beauséjour.
Jocelyne possède le talent irréfutable de pouvoir transmettre l’émotion et la nostalgie. Elle partage avec nous ses observations de la vie dans son nouvel EP PORTRAITS VOLUME 1 (26 mars, 2021); de ses bonheurs et ses délires jusqu’à ses moments de tristesse et de questionnement.
Jonny moonbeam (a dead ringer for Daniel Jordan of Red Moon Road) waxes power-pop politically poetic, tackling the Sunny Ways of a certain well-coiffed PM, the non-existent clothes of an orange-tinted-emperor-baby-with-a-hand-complex, lockdown living and love in the 21st century.
The audience can't help but smile when they see Les Surveillantes perform on stage. Gathered around two microphones, the proximity leads to an unparalleled complicity between the members of the group. Les Surveillantes present songs in which humor and sensitivity are exchanged.
Madame Diva invites you into her world filled with vibrant colours and captivating music. Always decorated with her multiple boas and often joined on scene by her puppets, Madame Diva brings us on a voyage around the world on the wings of her beautiful melodies. With an extensive repertoire of pieces, Madame Diva is guaranteed to entertain young and old kids alike while showing them the world and all its wonders through spirit and energy.
Let the trio of Mathieu Labossière (piano), Maxim Comeault (guitare) and Lisabeth Comeault (violin) carry you away to a traditional kitchen party, where you’ll be hearing rigodoon all night and you have no choice but to dance. Put on your tap shoes and come gigue with us!
After a 10-year hiatus, the Men In Kilts are back to play at Festival du Voyageur 2022. Since 1999, this Winnipeg-based band has been fusing the traditional sounds of the fiddle and the highland bagpipes with the electric guitar, bass, and drums to create a sound that is uniquely their own. Although it might seem unconventional to play traditional Scottish, French and Irish songs at a punk rock tempo, the sweat, smiles, and screams of the Men In Kilts audiences leave no doubt that the blended style works like a lucky charm.
Michael now 28 got his first fiddle at the age of 4 years old and has since gone on to develop his skills and become one of Manitoba's most popular métis fiddle players.
Michael is a 3 time Manitoba fiddle champion and has performed at numerous events across Canada in an effort to promote old time fiddle music.
Rayannah is a Franco-manitoban recording artist and producer based in Winnipeg. Rayannah bends noise into music by running voice, breath, synth and percussion through loop pedals and samplers. Underscored by intricate beat-making, her evocative lyrics in French and English rise above dense soundscapes, pulling listeners into a world both dark and sweet.
Innovative on stage and in the studio, Rayannah unveiled her first full length album Nos repaires (Our Haunts) in 2019 and was named “Francophone Artist of the Year” and “Producer of the Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards.
Rayannah has taken her electro-alternative sound across Canada and Europe. Whether performing solo or working on multidisciplinary projects, Rayannah shares something raw, intimate, and transcendent all at once.
Roman Clarke is a multi-instrumentalist and producer from Winnipeg. His high energy show is juxtaposed with his somber lyrics; melancholy observations on life tinged with humour. At a Roman Clarke show, you will dance, cry, laugh, and when it's over you'll only want more.
Sala alias Ariane Jean, is posed, delicate. A limpid surface which covers the currents of its intuitive, emotional nature. After a few years of absence, the former member of Chic Gamine (winner of a Juno Award) is now taking her first solo steps.
Finalist at the Festival international de la chanson de Granby and co-founder of the groups Madrigaïa and Chic Gamine - both award-winning and critically acclaimed - Ariane has shared Canadian and international and international stages with renowned artists such as Marc Broussard, JP Hoe, Marie-Pierre Arthur Hoe, Marie-Pierre Arthur, Daniel Lavoie and Royal Canoe, among many others.
In her texts, she speaks of changing skin, of anger, of escaping from everyday life to take refuge in an imaginary world. To take refuge in an imaginary world. Intimate, sometimes melancholic, she creates from atmospheres and moods that she translates into images. We can hear influences of Indie Pop, world music and ambient music. Sala expresses herself in clear tones, subtle nuances. And her voice follows these flights of fancy. In the background, she creates vocal layers on which her airy soprano rests. One hears there all the softness, the flexibility, the soul, the refinement which she possesses. The result, soaring music that evokes the introspection of rainy afternoons, of misty mornings. Sala is releasing her first EP on October 16, 2020 and is currently working on her second album.
Entering the music industry at a young age can have profound effects on an artist’s personal and professional journey, and Sierra Noble knows this well. The Winnipeg singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, released their first album of traditional Métis fiddle music as a teenager, followed by the well-received Possibilities, and later, City of Ghosts. Over the course of these albums Noble honed their skills as a songwriter while garnering widespread attention, which led them to opening for Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, and Johnny Reid, and as a featured performer for the 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. Noble’s original music has been included in TV shows such as One Tree Hill, Switched at Birth, and Parenthood, and in films such as CBC’s Humboldt: The New Season, 40 Weeks, and Fostering Hope.
“Let Me Out of Here” is the first single from the new Sierra Noble. In its crystalline melodies and epic poise, Noble sings of smiling through teeth in response to the unwelcomed opinions and judgments of others. But they know what they need – freedom to follow their path and be released from all that’s kept them down – and the song’s title is their powerful declaration of that.
Tayler Fleming is a fiddle player from Minitonas, MB. She first started learning the fiddle when she was 9 years old through a Manitoba Métis Federation-funded fiddle program and instantly feel in love with it. Today, she is grateful for all the opportunities she has had and is in awe of the places she has been promoting Métis culture through the art of traditional Métis fiddle music.
Hardly afraid of the “F Word”, The New Customs are proud to call themselves FOLK! With two strong voices, guitar and fiddle in hand, this Indie-Folk duo takes a bold and evocative approach to songwriting. With an anthemic heart and an Americana backbone, they resonate a bombastic electrifying sound.
The Sun Runner is composed of eight musicians - most of whom have extensive experience studying music, and performing both locally and internationally. Their modern sound features lively horn arrangements and dynamic vocal harmonies driven by a tight familiar foundation. Check out their live sound before they release their debut album, set for 2022.
Véronique and Émilie have both been playing violin since 3 years old. They have participated in numerous provincial and national fiddle contests, each earning several titles. They play for l’Ensemble Folklorique de la Rivière-Rouge, with whom they have participated in international folk festivals. During the day, they are doctors.