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Folklore en fête

In-Person Performance

Get ready to be recharged with Ariko’s unique arrangements of traditional French songs, fiddle tunes, original songs and stepdance in a trio format. Audiences of all ages are invited to participate in interactive activities which include call and response songs, dance and rhythms (spoons, bonhomme gigueurs) and maybe even a little bit of howling! Recipient of the « Coup de foudre Salut! » award at Contact Ontarios in 2018 and an APCM nominee for Best Roots Artist (solo or group) in 2019, Ariko’s passionate voice will entice you to participate in its musical heritage.

Danse et rythmes traditionnels

Virtual performance/workshop

Join Ariko to learn a basic rhythm on spoons and a simple step dance. Peppered with traditional music and French vocabulary, this digital workshop will provides a rich French Canadian cultural experience. This digital workshop is also offered in French.

Age range: 4 – 12
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Bremely Karthigesu
Programming & Community Outreach Manager
416-591-9092 ext. 224

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About Ariko

Ariko, a family band, has transmitted its passion for traditional music (with an emphasis on fiddle and french traditional songs) since 2003. Homegrown in Tiny, Ontario, Ariko features the vocal harmonies and dynamic fiddle stylings of the Lefaive sisters along with a driving rhythm section delivered by their parents.

Recipient of the “Coup de foudre Salut!” award for their concert Portrait de famille at Contact Ontarois in 2018, Ariko was selected to tour their dynamic show through elementary and secondary schools and community centres across the province during the 2018-2019 season. Concerts include unique arrangements of traditional French-Canadian songs, originals, fiddle tunes and stepdance!

Ariko’s performances and workshop offerings are well suited to diverse audiences and events. These have ranged from leading a variety of workshops (fiddle, stepdance and French call and response songs) for school groups, festivals and special events to performing on the main stage at the Mariposa Folk Festival, the Pan Am Games, Metis celebrations and the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival. In January 2019 L’Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) nominated Ariko for the category “Artiste solo or group – Roots” for a Trille Or award.