Toronto Public Library - Parkdale Branch, 1303 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario  
Nov 24, 2017 | 6:00 pm

How the Fiddle Flows (2002 | 48 min), by Gregory Coyes

It’s high summer in southern Saskatchewan and a rollicking tune fills the night. Four master Metis fiddlers play to the tapping toes of a lively crowd.

How the Fiddle Flows follows Canada’s great rivers west along the fur-trading route of the early Europeans. The newcomers introduced the fiddle to the Aboriginal people they intermarried with along the way. A generation later, their mixed-blood offspring would blend European folk tunes with First Nations rhythms to create a rich and distinct musical tradition.

From the Gaspé Peninsula, north to Hudson Bay and to the Prairies, How the Fiddle Flows reveals how a distinctive Metis identity and culture were shaped over time. Featuring soaring performances by some of Canada’s best known fiddlers and step dancers and narrated by award-winning actress Tantoo Cardinal.

In collaboration with CCUNESCO. More information here.

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