Instructors listed alphabetically: Biographies will be added as instructors are added to the 2023 Roster.
Michele Amy (Camp Director Both Weeks)
Camp originator and visionary, Michele leads the Kitchen party Music Inc. Board, and provides the loving labour which creates the beast of KLKP. A musician who plays and teachers multiple instruments (piano, fiddle, guitar, banjo) she fills in if an instructor is unable to teach for some reason. Her instructional series “Just Fiddling Around” is a staple resource used in fiddle studios across Canada. You will see her on the KLKP main-stage introducing the day to students and staff alike, running about providing encouragement and information, establishing the concerts each evening, playing in the dance band and throwing infinite sticks for her dog, Freya. In her normal life, Michele is a writer, a traveler, a food aficionado, a community builder and a passionate lifelong learner.
Ryan D’Aoust Week TWO only : Fiddle
From Norway House MB,Ryan grew up learning the fiddle in the Frontier Fiddle program, and returned as an instructor to motivate another generation of young players. He is an amazing fiddler with a smooth and playful style, a big booming laugh and a gleeful approach to life. We love the energy he brings with him, his joyful friendship and the connections he makes with his students to nurture them along their path to exceptional playing. Ask him about bows and he shall wax poetic for far too long, so beware! Accompanying Ryan will be his sidekick pooch Coda.
Emily Dubois: Fiddle: Week TWO Kids’ KLKP
Hailing originally from Langbank, Emily grew up at KLKP, returned and taught at the first Kids’ camp, completed her internship program, and went on to study fiddle/ music at University of Victoria under the direction of Daniel Lapp (among others). She spent many years performing as part of the super-group Coastline under the direction of Ivonne Hernandez, and also served as President of the Victoria Fiddlers Association. She is continuing her Arts education as she pursues Music Management, and teaches in a busy studio in Vancouver. Emily brings great creativity and energy to her playing and performing, and a solid teaching style when working with students. We are pleased to see some of these musicians come full circle, and return as dedicated teachers at KLKP.
Mitchell Dureault Fiddle/ Banjo: Week One and Two Kids KLKP
Originally from Wolsley and now making his home in Saskatoon, Mitch is also a KLKP student come full circle. He began attending KLKP at an early age, continued his fiddle/ violin education and now serves as both the President of the C.A.M.P. program in Northern Saskatchewan, working to ensure quality music education for students in the Northern regions of the province, as well as serving as the Executive director of the Montremart “All Folked Up” Festival. Mitch is passionate about traditional music and passing on the tunes of our predecessors. His skills at teaching have been honed over years of practise.
Will Elliott (Tech/Sound/Admin – Both Weeks)
Where there is a Will there is a way… he does the stuff around camp: set up, sound, fixing, trouble shooting, recording, wiring, hauling… you name it, he’s the guy to look for before KLKP and during. There are always unsung heroes in any festival or volunteer situation, and this is one of our backbones.
Daniel Koulack Both WEEKS
Daniel Koulack, whose music includes a broad range of genres, is a respected multi-instrumentalist and teacher on the Canadian music scene. At eleven years of age he bought a banjo with money saved up from his paper route, and a year later he made his professional debut at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Twice-nominated for the Junos, Daniel has released three solo albums and regularly collaborates with Canada’s best musicians across genres. Daniel has been a beloved teacher at KLKP for many years, and his bass playing is a constant on our concert stage.
Donna Turk (Fiddle: 2023 Both Weeks )
A long time KLKP instructor, Donna Turk is passionate about making fiddle music accessible for all ages and backgrounds. She led the acclaimed Bow Valley Fiddlers of Calgary for many years and taught in several Northern communities before moving to Forget, SK where she has an active studio and co-directs the fiddle/vocal ensemble Focal Point. Specializing in the Old Time fiddle style, Donna has toured around the world and her 2012 album combines spirited original tunes with historic favourites.
Ted View ART Both Weeks 2023
Ted View is an accomplished realist, whose work emphasizes the representation of living form. He has explored a number of media, producing large murals, acrylic paintings, watercolour paintings, graphite drawings, pen and ink pointillism, ceramic sculpture, and clay sculpture. His subjects are most often people, pets, and wildlife.