SHIVERING STRINGS WINNIPEG
(Instructors may be subject to change depending on enrolment.)
GORDON STOBBE - Seaforth, NS
Gordon Stobbe is likely the most highly sought after instructor and performer on the fiddle circuit these days. Master fiddler, and recently appointed to the "Order of Canada", Gordon plays several instruments including fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and clawhammer banjo. He is interested in Canadian traditional music, especially as it is expressed in the wide variety of fiddle styles. He feels strongly about preserving the Canadian fiddle heritage and was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Association for Outstanding Contribution to Old Time Fiddling in Canada. Along with co-creating and hosting 8 seasons of the variety program "Up Home Tonight" on the ATV/CTV network, he has also been commissioned to compose and record scores for CBC radio dramas. Gordon has been inducted as a Pioneer in Music into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame. He has also been awarded the ECMA Stompin’Tom Award for his long-term contributions to music.
JJ GUY, Saskatoon, SK
A stranger to none in the fiddle world, this established artist continues to make waves and inroads all across Canada. His performances, while steeped in tradition, have taken fiddle music to a new and exciting level! Growing up in rural Saskatchewan surrounded by fiddle music, this tradition is now reflected in his own playing and his passion for the music. It is often said that "to hear JJ play is to witness a tune come alive."
Year round, JJ gives workshops and performs at festivals, concerts and fiddle camps rom New Brunswick to British Columbia and all stops in between. This extensive work schedule allows him to meet many fans, and consequently, this has made him an attraction on the Canadian fiddle circuit!
ALEX KUSTUROK - Bonnyville, AB
Alex is a new addition to the third annual Shivering Strings Winnipeg and we are thrilled to have him on the team!
Growing up, Alex followed his mother Patti to old time dances around Manitoba where he was enriched with the Métis fiddle tradition from a very young age. By age 7, the passion for music became apparent and fiddle became the focus of Alex’s life.
Throughout his musical career, Alex was active in the Canadian competition circuit, ranking high at the national and provincial levels. He has won provincial championship titles in Manitoba, BC, and Alberta, and was the 2013 Grand North American fiddle champion.
Today Alex is a busy perfomer and works as an instructor on Métis settlements and reserves in Northern Alberta. He is passionate about passing along the culture as well as the music that he grew up studying.
KAREN WARNER, Winnipeg, MB
Karen Warner teaches fiddle in the Seven Oaks School Division (Ecole Seven Oaks Middle School and Ecole Belmont). She studied at the U of W, Brandon U, and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She was a violin teacher on the faculty of the Manitoba Conservatory of Music from 1985 until 2013. Karen taught in the Dauphin School Area and in the Winnipeg School Division (River Heights Junior High School). She is the concertmaster of the Mennonite Community Orchestra, leads the Bel Canto String Quartet. She has been a judge at the three most recent Manitoba Open Fiddle Championships and goes to fiddle camp whenever possible!
TROY MACGILLIVRAY - Halifax, NS
Although Troy has been teaching fiddle at Shivering Strings Winnipeg for the past couple of years, we thought we'd change it up a little and have him instruct the piano class.
Troy MacGillivray is from Lanark, a small community on the north-eastern shore of Nova Scotia. Troy's commitment to music has spanned 30 years and includes both practical and academic accomplishments - most recently an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick in Ireland. From as young as six years old, Troy was impressing audiences step dancing and soon after, fiddle and piano skills. His first teaching gig was at 13 years old at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's, Cape Breton. His roots-centered approach comes from a family of proud Scottish heritage where fiddle playing and Gaelic traditions runs in the bloodline. In 2002, Troy was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for contributions to culture in Canada. Troy's strong career has brought him around the world playing and teaching from the North Pole to Afghanistan while solo recordings have received numerous nominations and awards from East Coast Music Awards and the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
JEREMY RUSU, Winnipeg, MB
ACCORDION and/or GUITAR
Jeremy’s entire life has revolved around music. A master of more than a dozen instruments, he has become one of the most sought after fiddle accompanists in the country. Jeremy has recorded with fiddlers such as Calvin Vollrath, Alex Carriere, Patti Kusturok, Alex Kusturok, and Jason Lepine, and artists such as The Deeds, Dan Frechette, Scott Nolan, Corin Raymond, and Watermelon Slim. He plays in several bands around Winnipeg in various genres from rock to reggae to gypsy jazz to Celtic. Most recently, Jeremy has released his first solo recording titled “The Accordion Album.”
DANIEL KOULACK, Winnipeg, MB
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.