North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame member Patti Kusturok is coming to Red Deer for the first time for a concert. The Manitoba native will perform at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery June 13. Photo contributed by: Katharine Cherewyk/pattikusturok.com

North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame member coming to Red Deer

Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery is hosting Métis Fiddler Patti Kusturok

A North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame member is coming to Red Deer.

Métis Fiddler Patti Kusturok and her fiddle group – son Alex Kusturok and friend Jeremy Rusu will play at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery on June 13.

Kusturok said those attending the Kitchen Party concert can expect lively music that would make the audience want to tap their toes and clap their hands.

“Métis fiddle is based out of prairies around old time dances, with footwork, and it’s very lively,” she said.

“It’s meant for dancing so it’s got a lot of life.”

Kusturok started playing the fiddle since she was four, and was inducted in the hall of fame in 2016.

The Manitoba native is known for her effortless delivery of some of the traditional Canadian fiddle music of all time. She said the music from the Don Messer TV show days will remind people of the good ol’ times.

The group will also perform original tunes keeping in line with the same style of music. They will narrate the stories behind the originals, keeping the intimate concert interactive.

The old-time music will likely bring back memories for people from their childhood.

“A lot of them (who listen to us) tell us stories about how their dad used to play the fiddle or their grandfather used to, and some of the tunes we play remind them of that,” she said.

Alex’s footwork will make people want to dance, Kusturok said.

The group is bringing a guitar, an accordion and a keyboard because Rusu is a multi-instrumentalist.

“He’s been blind since shortly after birth and is described as a musical genius,” she said.

Red Deer fiddler Brianna Lizotte, 17, took lessons from Kusturok from 2013 to 2017 over Skype. Now she will be opening for the group at Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery.

Lizotte wanted to bring Patti to Red Deer when she heard the fiddler was coming to Alberta to perform in other cities including Edmonton and Calgary. Both she and her mom wanted to find a location for the group to perform locally.

“She is an amazing musician and can’t be missed. I am beyond excited that Patti is performing in Red Deer, and I just know that once people hear her, they will love her,” said Lizotte.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery or online at reddeermuseum.com.



mamta.lulla@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

WATCH: Red Deer celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

A celebration ceremony was held at City Hall Park Thursday afternoon

Sylvan Lake presents waterfront concept

Sustainable Waterfront Area Redevelopment Plan will provide 20-year vision

Red Deer-raised artist wins the chance to exhibit at San Diego Comic Con

Micaela Dawn said courage can’t exist without fear

BioBlitz set for Lacombe Lake

Well-known Alberta naturalist to take stock of Lacombe Lake’s flora, fauna and fungi

Red Deer elementary school students play Indigenous games

Annie L. Gaetz Schools holds first-ever First Nations, Métis and Inuit Field Day Thursday

Deadline for property tax payments coming for Red Deer residents

For property owners in Red Deer, the taxman cometh. The deadline for… Continue reading

Town of Ponoka, AUPE set to resume negotiations in July

Town council rejected agreement reached between administration and union

New evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON — Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a… Continue reading

Amber Tamblyn novel flips gender stereotypes as it examines rape culture

TORONTO — Actress and author Amber Tamblyn started writing “Any Man,” her… Continue reading

Mike Colter brings the pain as the indestructible Luke Cage

ATLANTA — “Black Panther” broke box office records, but “Luke Cage” once… Continue reading

Toronto police strike blow to gang with ties to the U.S. and Caribbean: chief

Toronto police say they’ve taken down a large portion of a street… Continue reading

Canada focusing on existing climate plan, has no timeline to increase ambition

OTTAWA — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada has no immediate plans… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month