Pascal Gemme, with Yann Falquet: Quebecois music
Pascal Gemme and Yann are leading lights in Quebec’s traditional music scene, making up 2/3 of the band Genticorum for many years. They have both immersed themselves in the Quebecois music of their heritage and have toured and taught internationally extensively, including the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, Goderich Celtic College and Alasdair Fraser’s Fiddle Train and Sierra Fiddle Camp. Pascal and Yann won the Canadian Folk Music Award for “Best Instrumental CD” in 2016 for Princes et Habitants.
Kousha Nakhaei with Amin Reyhani: Persian music
Kousha Nakhaei is a violinist, kamanche player, and music educator. He has studied classical music, improv, Cletic music and especially, Persian classical music on both kamanche (Persian spiked fiddle) and violin which he has been performing, and teaching for several years. He has performed with many artists including Yoyo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Loreena McKennitt, Ostad Naser Masoudi, and Sepideh Raissadat. He is a founding member of Sarv Ensemble which has toured across Canada and performed extensively. Kousha is also director of Sarv Music Academy.
Anne Lindsay, with Charles James: Scandinavian/Original music
Anne Lindsay has established herself as one of the most engaging and versatile instrumentalists in Canada. She has three award-winning CDs of her own and has been named Jazz Violinist of the Year (National Jazz Awards) and Solo Instrumentalist and Producer of the Year (Canadian Folk Music Awards). Anne has played on hundreds of recordings and is a featured performer with Jim Cuddy, Blue Rodeo, The Skydiggers and John McDermott. She was the resident fiddler for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the stage production of The Lord of the Rings and is a session-player-to-the-stars (Led Zeppelin, The Chieftains, Blue Rodeo, James Taylor, Roger Daltrey). Through her work with Lord of the Rings she became familiar with Nordic traditions and will do a workshop for World Fiddle Day featuring a Finnish waltz and a Swedish polska. http://www.annelindsay.com
Amely Zhou (Chinese Erhu) with Pingxin Xu (Hammered Dulcimer) and Lipeng Wu (Bamboo Flutes): Chinese music
Amely is a young Erhu player from China who began her studies at the Shenzhen Arts School, moving to Canada in In 2007. She joined the Toronto Chinese Orchestra, and is now assistant principal. In 2010, she co-founded the Chinese-Western fusion instrumental band, Spire, utilizing both Eastern and Western musical elements. In 2013, Amely won the York University Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the York University Symphony Orchestra. She teaches erhu both privately and at a number of schools in the Toronto area. She also collaborates frequently with musicians/composers from different musical backgrounds. www. amelyzhou.com
DNA: Andrew and Diana Dawydchak: Old Time Canadian Fiddle/Stepdance
These two multi-talented instrumentalists are Toronto’s own, and have left audiences jaw- dropping in the wake of their music. Sharing the same DnA as siblings, Diana and Andrew Dawydchak (David-chak) fill their live performances with exhilarating, high- energy modern Celtic music with hints from Quebec, Cape Breton, the Ottawa Valley, some original tunes and more.
In their very young years they have both received top honour awards in the Ontario Fiddle Contest scene. Both Andrew and Diana are proudly Canadian Open Old-Time Junior Fiddle Champions, Duet & Gospel Champions. They recently recorded their first EP in Nashville at Compass Sound Studio which is now available on Apple Music. They were also the youngest musicians ever to be featured in the Youth Discoveries Showcase at Summerfolk Music Festival 2012