Métis bringing young fiddler here March 31

The Métis Nation of Ontario and Sunset Country Métis invite everyone to attend a free evening of traditional fiddling, jigging, and food here next Thursday (March 31).
The evening will spotlight Sierra Noble, who is known in the Manitoba Métis community as the “14-year-old Fiddling Sensation.”
According to her website (www.sierranoble.ca), Noble started playing classical violin when she was seven years old and still studies in the classical field.
When she was eight years old, she was drawn to the unique music of the Métis people.
The first fiddler she met was the well-known Manitoba fiddler Tommy Knott. He started teaching Noble the old-style Métis tunes that many fiddlers don’t play anymore.
He knew he could trust the existence of his people’s music in this little girl’s hands.
For several years now, Noble has been dedicating much time and energy into preserving the Métis culture through music, dance, fiddling, and jigging.
She has learned from so many of the greatest fiddlers in Canada, and with all her hard work has earned the title of Manitoba Junior Fiddling and Jigging Champion (2003-04).
Noble plays many different styles of music, such as classical, Celtic, bluegrass, country, and Middle Eastern.
For the past four years, she’s also been involved in the global issues of landmines, war, and the effects wars have on people around the world, mainly children.
She’s received three awards for her humanitarian and volunteer service, including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal presented to her by Gov.-Gen. Adrienne Clarkson.
In August, Noble travelled to Japan as one of the representatives for Canada at the Ban Landmines International Children’s Conference.
The free event will take place at the Ukrainian Hall (809 McKenzie Ave.) There will be a jigging workshop from 4:30-5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
A family dance, featuring music by Sierra Nobel and Friends, then will run from 7-10 p.m.
All events are free of charge, but tickets are limited to the first 200 people. Call 274-1386 to reserve your tickets.
This evening of jigging and fiddling is sponsored by the Rainy River District Substance Abuse Prevention Team.

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