2020 Musician-in-Residence, Alicia Blore

McDougall Cottage is pleased to welcome Métis fiddler, Alicia Blore, as the 2020 Musician-in-Residence. Join Alicia and her guests for a great line-up of events throughout the year!

Born and raised in Toronto, Alicia has never forgotten her Manitoba Métis roots. Alicia's great-grandfather, Philip Zastre, was a well-known Métis fiddler from St. Rose du Lac, Manitoba. In 2008, Alicia was asked to join the Fiddle Stories: Elder Youth Legacy Project, which was a performing group of Indigenous Elders (Lawrence ‘Teddy Boy’ Houle, James Cheechoo, John Arcand, Colin Adjun) and youth from across Canada. Alicia traveled with the Fiddle Stories group to Newfoundland to participate in the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in 2008, as well as Aberdeen, Scotland in 2010 and 2018. She has performed and provided workshops at schools, festivals, powwows, and rendezvous locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally. Some of her performances include the Indian Residential School Survivors Legacy Celebration, Louis Riel Day at Queen`s Park in Toronto, and she was a performer in the Cirque de Soleil’s production of the Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony in Toronto in 2015. 

Performances

Happy Anniversary: Celebrating Fiddle Stories
Thursday, March 26, 7 to 9 p.m.

On the 12th anniversary of the Fiddle Stories: Elder Youth Project, Alicia will share stories and fiddle tunes learned from four Indigenous-Canadian elders: Lawrence ‘Teddy Boy’ Houle, James Cheechoo, John Arcand, and Colin Adjun. Alicia will be joined by guitar player Liam Blore and Métis jigger Megan Southwell.

Crossing Over: Blending Old and New Worlds
Thursday, May 21, 7 to 9 p.m.

The Hudson’s Bay Company brought fiddles and the Anglo-Celtic repertoire of reels, jigs, marches, and hornpipes to the interior of Canada, which was then adapted by Métis fiddle players. Join Alicia and guest fiddler Emily Yarascavitch, as they reveal the repertoire of Canada, new and old.

Early Roots: Exploring Métis and French-Canadian Fiddling
Thursday, July 23, 7 to 9 p.m.

Métis observed and listened to French fiddling in the voyageur fur trade camps and soon picked up the skill themselves, adding their own influence and creating a distinctive sound. Joined by French-Canadian fiddler, Rob Rohr, Alicia and Rob will uncover the ties between French-Canadian and Indigenous-Canadian fiddle traditions.

Beyond the Fur Trade: Contemporary Métis Fiddlers
Thursday, October 22, 7 to 9 p.m.

The Métis are known for their distinct style of fiddle music that emerged from the fur trade. Alicia will share stories of how the old tunes transformed into record hits, paying tribute to some of the greatest contemporary fiddlers from the mid 1900s. Alicia will be joined by guitar player, Liam Blore.

Farewell Concert 
Thursday, December 10, 7 to 9 p.m. 

Alicia is joined by guests Liam Blore and jigger Megan Southwell to bid us farewell with a musical tribute to Indigenous-Canadian fiddle music.

Tickets are $15 per person plus HST. Advance registration is required.