Trent Bruner

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Hello, everyone!  I trust that you had a wonderful summer and that you're ready to resume all your regular activities where ever you are.  Here's the latest news from me from summer 2010.

My peformance calendar included The Govan Fiddle Festival in Nokomis in earlyJuly 2010 as house accompanist for their contest along with accompanying contest judges Ivonne Hernandez, Rodney Krip and guest artist Patti Lamoureux. With my family, we visited the Grand North American Fiddle Contest in Radway, Alberta, renewed acquaintances with old friends and made new friendships, and also had a family performance at Whispering Pine Place, the local seniors' home in Canwood, Saskatchewan. I say family because my wife's son, Hogne Midtbø-Vevle, played some Norwegian fiddle tunes on his hardanger fiddle as well as a few Canadian fiddle tunes from his contest rounds in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and our six year old daughter Hannah Moira shared a couple of tunes with the folks in Nokomis and Canwood as well.

I was also accompanying at Back to Batoche Days, an annual Metis festival organized by The Metis Society of Saskatchewan and other provincial Metis organizations from July 20th-25th. For those unfamiliar with Batoche, it is considered as The Metis Homeland by the Metis, and the year 2010 marked the 125th anniversary of the Metis Resistance at Batoche in 1885, also known to others as The Northwest Rebellion. I shared the stage as house accompanist for the fiddle, Red River Jigging and Square Dancing competitions, along with house fiddlers John Arcand, Desmond Lagace and Garry Lepine. I also performed with fiddler Alex Lamoureux and country singers Jess Lee and Leo Dumont.

After some time off to do notation work for various clients, I was teaching and performing at the John Arcand Fiddle Fest southwest of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from August 12th-15th. Although the weather was mostly rainy and some cancellations of workshops took place because the small tents were flooded out, their new R.O.O.F. initiative placed a permanent roof over the festivities. It was nice to not have to worry about weather causing many problems! What a delight for those of us performing on stage and sitting inside.

Then it was off to Kenosee Lake, Saskatchewan for the second week of the Kenosee Lake Kitchen Party where over 110 students attended the five day camp. Those in attendance were well taught and entertained throughout the camp, and as always, Michelle Amy is a great camp coordinator with her capable husband, Will Elliott, helping out behind the scenes.

My Ontario trip for 2010 took place between August 31st and September 5th, with appearances at the Heritage Radio Fundraising show and dance in Arnprior, Ontario and the annual Pembroke Fiddle and Step Dance Contest taking place in Pembroke, Ontario. Jake Charron and I shared the house accompaniment duties while Calvin Vollrath, Louis Schryer and Bobby Lalonde judged the fiddle contest and Karen Warren, Jeremy Luxton and Rhodina Turner judged the step dance contest. Robbie Dagenais of Eganville, Ontario was the house fiddler for the dancers.

In closing, have a good fall and winter of music and I'll see you somewhere down the musical trail!

Yours in music, Trent