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How the Fiddle Flows

How the Fiddle Flows

| 48 min
How the Fiddle Flows
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It's high summer in southern Saskatchewan and a rollicking tune fills the night. Four master Metis fiddlers play to the tapping toes of a lively crowd.

How the Fiddle Flows follows Canada's great rivers west along the fur-trading route of the early Europeans. The newcomers introduced the fiddle to the Aboriginal people they intermarried with along the way. A generation later, their mixed-blood offspring would blend European folk tunes with First Nations rhythms to create a rich and distinct musical tradition.

From the Gaspé Peninsula, north to Hudson Bay and to the Prairies, How the Fiddle Flows reveals how a distinctive Metis identity and culture were shaped over time. Featuring soaring performances by some of Canada's best known fiddlers and step dancers and narrated by award-winning actress Tantoo Cardinal.

  • writer
    Gregory Coyes
  • director
    Gregory Coyes
  • producer
    Leigh Badgley
    Ava Karvonen
    Bonnie Thompson
    Jerry Krepakevich
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea
    Kirk Shaw
  • narrator
    Tantoo Cardinal
  • editor
    Bonni Devlin
  • cinematography
    Daron Donahue
    Paul M. Rickard
  • production manager
    Naomi Bock
  • production coordinator
    Janet Macko
  • costumes
    Cindy Burgess
  • props
    Cindy Burgess
  • location sound
    Nick Huard
    Jamie Kidd
    Brenda Donahue
    Wayne Griesbrecht
  • additional cinematography
    Gregory Coyes
    George Hupka
  • sound designer
    Marc Benoit
  • foley artist
    Greg Watrych
  • foley recordist
    Mario Loubert
  • graphic design
    Richard Mintak
  • title design
    Richard Mintak
  • post-production supervision
    Erin Haskett
  • assistant editor
    Paul Tourneur
    Joel Snowden
    Dave Blomme
  • research
    Anthony Pavlic
    David Ingram
  • clearances
    Anthony Pavlic
    David Ingram
  • transcripts
    Amanda Wade
    Ian Gariepy
  • translation
    Ian Gariepy
  • cultural consultant
    John Leclair
    Jean Morisset
    Johnny Waniandy
  • stills photography
    Kevin Hogarth
    Dan Power
    Leigh Badgley
    Ava Karvonen
  • unit publicity
    Reel Girls Media Inc.
  • legal
    Linda Callaghan
    Jolene O'Neill
  • business affairs
    Darin Clausen
  • post-production accounting
    Karen Nadon
  • production assistant
    Barbara Parisi
    Larissa Lazarowich
  • online editor
    Paul Tourneur
  • colourist
    Chris Drake
  • closed captioning
    Line 21 Media Services Inc.
  • cast
    Gerald Auger
    Shane Zwack
    Warren Michael
    Sean Wei Mah
    Rod Sutherland
    Kevin Coyes
    Réal Gagné
    Roy Scott
    Travis Dugas
  • paintings
    Sherry Farrell Racette
  • insurance
    Jones Brown



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