The Toronto & York Region Métis Council is excited to offer “Learn to Métis Fiddle” lessons.

​There will be two sessions, the first beginning on Wednesday evening, May 8 at the MNO office, 75 Sherbourne Street in downtown Toronto. The second series will run in October (If you are interested in the Fall session, use the registration link below to indicate your interest and provide your email address.  We will contact you when details are available.).  

Each session will be 6 weeks in length and by the end of the session, you will be able to play a fiddle tune.

Lesson Dates and Times (Spring Session):
● Wednesday, May 8 - 6 pm to 7:30 pm
● Wednesday, May 15 - 6 pm to 7:30 pm
● Wednesday, May 22 - 6 pm to 7 pm
● Wednesday, May 29 - 6 pm to 7 pm
● Wednesday, June 5 - 6 pm to 7 pm
● Wednesday, June 12 - 6 pm to 7 pm

Don’t worry if you do not have a fiddle.  All costs and fees during the program (including fiddles for your use) are being provided by the Toronto & York Region Métis Council.

If you are interested and are able to attend all lessons in the session and devote time to practice, please register by clicking the box below.  Registration for the Spring session is open until April 23, 2019.  Due to anticipated popular demand for the 10 spots available per session, interviews will be conducted starting April 27 to select participants for the Spring Session. Preference will be given to Métis community members and to those who are able to participate fully in all the classes.

Note – Minimum age is 12 years old.  Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

​Instructor Bio: Alicia Blore

Born and raised in Toronto, Alicia has never forgotten her Métis roots. Alicia’s Pépère, Phillip Zastre was a well-known Métis fiddler from Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba. In 2008, Alicia was invited to join the Fiddle Stories: Elder Youth Legacy project. The project brought together Aboriginal Elders and Youth from across Canada to pass on the oldest surviving traditions and teachings culminating in performances at the North Atlantic Fiddle Conventions (NAFCO) in Newfoundland and Scotland. Alicia has performed and provided workshops at schools, festivals, powwows, rendezvous’ -  locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally. She has recently performed at York University Métis Day, Louis Riel Day at Queens Park, Indigenous Reconciliation on Residential Schools at Nathan Phillips Square, the MNO AGA in Peterborough and the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCO) in Aberdeen, Scotland to name a few.

Alicia also has provided many Métis music and dance workshops within many schools and post-secondary institutions. Some of her most recent teaching experience was basic fiddle instruction workshops at the MNO Cultural Gathering in Region 7.

If you have any questions, please email:

Métis fiddling poster.
Image of Alicia Blore