Quotes about John Arcand

"I have found this quiet, gentle man to be a giant in the Canadian Fiddle world. He is highly respected as a collector of fiddle tunes in the Métis Tradition, with a strong desire to see this music performed and preserved for all generations. He has performed his original music and the music of the Métis internationally and received many awards for his contributions. Because of his dedication and recognition for his work in fiddling, John Arcand is a cultural treasure for Saskatchewan, Canada and the world."Trent Bruner/ Accompanist

"John Arcand better known as the 'Master of the Metis Fiddle' is referred to as a legend in the fiddle world. As a Metis cultural/arts leader, John has founded numerous fiddle organizations and dance groups that provide valuable opportunities for youth, artists and the community members to further develop their interests, skills and appreciation for the art of fiddling. We are extremely proud of John's outstanding contributions to enhancing and preserving old time fiddling and as a highly respected and inspiring mentor for youth and artists alike. John's skill and commitment to his artistic form and his strong spirit continue to make a positive impact on the growth and development of individuals and communities. As an internationally renowned and accomplished Métis artist, cultural leader, performer, composer and recording artist, it is essential that John Arcand's artistic gifts continue to be appreciated, created, developed, and made available throughout the world."

Donna Heimbecker/Sask. Native Theatre

"John Arcand is not only an extraordinary musician, but also an accomplished composer, luthier, music historian and has dedicated his whole life to the preservation of Métis Fiddle, music, dance and culture. His fiddle compositions are played around the world, and his performances at festivals and events, his numerous television and radio appearances and his tours to Ireland, Cape Breton and the United States have made him a world-renowned performer."

Murray Hamilton/ Suntep/GDC

"As a founding Director of the John Arcand Fiddle Fest Inc., I am constantly in awe of John's creative abilities, driving passion, endless conviction and his determination to promote and preserve the traditional Métis style of fiddling that he is so well known for. Watching his "Brain Child" - the John Arcand Fiddle Fest grow over the years has left me feeling inspired by the dedication of one individual for a cause that benefits so many. A venue like the Fiddle Fest has played a very big role in the promotion of Saskatchewan Artists, the awareness of many cultures and mostly the importance of following your dreams. John is truly a mentor and friend to all who have the pleasure of knowing him or working with him."

Bobbe Poncelet/ Development Consultant



John & Vicki Arcand
BOX 3 SITE 302 RR #3
PHONE: 1-306-382-0111 FAX:1-306-683-1917
Email: windy.acres@sasktel.net