Trent Bruner

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Hello, again!  Here's some news from early August on what happened at the John Arcand Fiddle Fest and the Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party.

After a wonderful time at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in St. John's, Newfoundland, it was back to Saskatchewan for the 11th annual John Arcand Fiddle Fest held August 7-10 just outside Saskatoon.  From the reports posted at www.johnarcandfiddlefest.com, many things went well over those four days. For me, I was busy with a piano accompaniment seminar Friday as well as serving as one of the house accompanists through the weekend, with all participants giving their best effort in fiddle and Red River jigging classes.  It was also an historic time for the fiddle fest as they gave out their first ever lifetime achivement award.  For me, this was a major highlight of the entire festival.

It was heartwarming for all in attendance to see Everett Larson become the first receipient of this recognition.  For him at age 82 to still be active in the teaching and performing of music within Saskatoon and Saskatchewan is indeed special for all of us who work and perform with him.  He has taught many students fiddle, keyboard accordion, clarinet, saxophone, beginner piano and beginner guitar.  He also maintains an acitve instrumental repair business in Saskatoon and continues to be active each year at the Norwegian Pavilion during Saskatoon Folkfest, the city's annual multicultural festival.  To see the concert that took place as part of the award night was an eyeopener for many of us to see how many lives have been touched by Everett's teaching and performing abilties. It also brought an awareness of how he has influenced the sphere of the musicians that performed from fiddle to accordion to blues.  It was a truly special night indeed.  My heartfelt congratulations goes out to you, Everett, on receiving this special award.

After the John Arcand Fiddle Fest, it was off to Kenosee Lake for week two of the third annual Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party.  I had a piano class of four who were eager to learn how to accompany fiddlers and worked hard at improving and building their skills.  What was also of note was that there were at least 110 students for the second session for fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin and piano.  Congratulations to Michelle Amy and her hard working volunteers for making this camp a tremendous success and to Fr. Banga for all the great meals at the Mother Teresa Centre.  The setting is beautiful and the learning and fellowship of musicians is first rate.  Check www.kenoseelakekitchenparty.ca for more details.

I'll have news from the "Ontario Swing" in the next article.  In the meantime, enjoy the music!

Musically yours, Trent