Instructors listed alphabetically
Bevin Bradley (Week 2 Art)
Bevin Bradley is a Saskatchewan painter of semi-abstract urban environments. Bevin holds a BFA with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan, and she works as an arts educator at The Remai Modern. Bevin’s involvement with the arts community spans 15 years, having owned a commercial gallery for 7 years, and designing and teaching art programs for under-privileged youth. She was an artist in-residence through the Saskatchewan Arts Board for schools throughout Saskatchewan, and her work can be found in many public and private collections.
Shane Cook (Week 2 Fiddle)
A Canadian and US National fiddle champion, Shane Cook captivates audiences with technically thrilling and adventurous performances. Noted by The Canadian Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame as one of the “finest fiddlers in the world today,” Cook has distinguished himself as a master of the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition. In 2006, Shane retired from competitive fiddling as one of Canada’s most highly awarded fiddlers. He is a three-time Canadian Open National Champion, a three-time Canadian Grand Masters Champion, a Grand North American Champion, and is the only foreign fiddler to win the US Grand National Championship. In concert, Shane captivates audiences with his adventurous playing, and his group Shane Cook & The Woodchippers have gained a reputation for humour and spontaneity as well as dynamic musicianship. Shane teaches both privately and at several annual fiddle camps, sharing his deep understanding of Canadian fiddle. He is a graduate of Western University and resides in London, Ontario with his wife and son.
Kim de Laforest (Week 1 Fiddle)
Kim de Laforest is a fiddle, violin, viola and vocal performer and teacher based in Saskatoon. She enjoys combining many different styles of folk and classical music to create her own unique sound. In her classical world, Kim spent 10 years with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and is a current member of the Saskatoon Symphony, where she has served as the assistant concertmaster, principal second violin, principal viola, and section violin and viola player. Kim is currently the first violin player in the Mac Talla string quartet; plays with local Irish band Jim ‘n Kim and folk trio Prairie Sea, and has released several solo albums. As well as being a busy performer, Kim is also a sought-after instructor and adjudicator. Kim teaches at home in Saskatoon as well as travelling to Baffin Island, NU twice a year to work with Inuit youth (musicforthefuture.ca). Kim has been the musical director of the Saskatoon Fiddle Orchestra for the past 12 years.
Nathan Halcrow (Week 1 Guitar)
All the way from Cross Lake, Manitoba, Nathan Halcrow is a gifted multi-instrumentalist. A graduate of Frontier School Division’s fiddle program, he now teaches fiddle and guitar full-time in some of Manitoba’s most remote communities. This spring, Nathan is playing in the touring Tomson Highway project Songs in the Key of Cree. Whether on guitar, fiddle, or banjo, Nathan’s incredible musicianship and gentle spirit shine through every note he plays.
Marcel Hapel (Week 1 Fiddle)
Marcel Hapel is a long-time fiddler, guitarist, and banjo player completing his Bachelor of Music Education degree at Brandon University. Growing up in Manigotagan, Manitoba, he started his playing career in school with the Frontier School Division fiddle program. Now as an in-demand instructor, Marcel has taught fiddle for the Frontier SD, and at many summer fiddle camps throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Passionate about traditional fiddle styles, Marcel has competed twice at the Canadian Grand Masters fiddling competition, and he has performed with Celtic Rock band Tom Foolery.
James Hill (Week 1 Ukulele)
A singer, songwriter, educator and virtuoso instrumentalist, James Hill is a man on a musical mission. Described as an artist who “gives the ukulele its dignity back without ever taking himself too seriously” (Songlines), his newest album The Old Silo sees him charting a course into deeper, rockier waters with producer Joel Plaskett at the helm . An experienced teacher, James earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of British Columbia and co-authored the Ukulele in the Classroom method book series with J. Chalmers Doane. In 2010, James and his father Barry, a retired school teacher, launched the JHUI Teacher Certification Program, and his most ambitious educational offering to date is The Ukulele Way, a ground-breaking learning method that combines print, video, audio and its own social media platform.
Anne Janelle (Week 1 Cello)
The path has not been straight for Anne Janelle, a classically-trained cellist who stumbled across folk music one day. Being a fiercely creative musician, and an avid performer, she has found her calling: original songs steeped in the folk, blues and roots traditions. “Inventive, entertaining, beautifully written and brilliantly performed” (R2), Anne’s album output includes two duo albums with long-time collaborator (and husband) James Hill, three solo full-length albums and four singles. She has won a Canadian Folk Music Award and has toured in over a dozen countries, a full-time performer since 2012. She lives with her husband and 4-year-old son in a tiny town in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Fred Keller (Week 2 Mandolin)
A gifted mandolinist, Fred played with Bluegrass trio The Whistle Pigs, and has now devoted his career to the music of America’s “Deep North” – Minnesota, that is. As a passionate historian, Fred incorporates his research of times-past into his music, and he collects folk tunes everywhere he visits. While Bluegrass may be his specialty, Fred’s playing is influenced by the Blues as well as Irish, Ragtime, and Tin Pan Alley music, and he has a wealth of knowledge to share with both beginner and seasoned players.
Anthony Kelly (Week 2 Songwriting)
Hailing from Rocanville, SK, Anthony Kelly is an award-winning musician. He performs as lead vocalist, guitar and mandolin player with Shifty Morgan, which received a nomination from the CCMA for Independent Group of the Year in 2004. Anthony was also nominated for a WCMA award on mandolin, and was awarded the SCMA Song of the Year for his song “Because I Want To,” recorded by singer Marny Duncan-Cary. Passionate about sharing his craft, Anthony has co-written songs with both up-and-coming and established artists, and music can be found on the records of artists like Chris Henderson, Amy Nelson and Donny Paranteau. Anthony has taught at KLKP since its inception 13 years ago, and we are excited to have him as our inaugural songwriting instructor!
Daniel Koulack (Week 1 Banjo, Week 2 Guitar)
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.
Troy MacGillivray (Week 2 Fiddle)
Raised in Lanark, Nova Scotia, Troy MacGillivray musical prowess can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. Whether playing piano or fiddle, or showcasing his stepdancing capabilities, Troy displays a unique sense of pride and commitment to his Celtic heritage and his music continues to add to the history and development of the traditional music that is the epitome of the Maritimes, the place he calls home! A recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal with an extensive discography, Troy amazes audiences around with world with his incredible array of talents.
Stacey Read (Week 1 Fiddle, Week 2 Piano)
Stacey Read can’t remember a time when a fiddle wasn’t in her hands. As a performer she is a celebrated traditional folk artist and a double ECMA nominee for her work with the Celtic act Banshee, with which she toured for over 15 years coast to coast to coast (She played at the actual North Pole once!). She plays with the Lumber Jills, and continues to perform at heritage events that foster old tyme dancing, square dance calling and traditional music. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee School of Music, Read returned from Boston in 2012 with a degree in Music Business Management to begin her music school which now has over 60 students in piano, step-dance and fiddle.
Rob Skeet (Week 2 Entertainer 101)
Rob Skeet is a live entertainer with over 30 years of experience in the music industry. As a musical chameleon, Rob is adept in styles from rock to country to pop. Playing guitar and keyboards and working from a centre of electronic gizmos and whatzits, Rob uses his boundless energy to create an evening of fun and merriment. Rob performs as a solo artist and in a duo with Celtic fiddler Clay Pigeon. At Kitchen Party, Rob is loved for his friendly teaching style and the jams that never stop!
Skender Sefa (Week 2 Guitar)
Skender Sefa is an talented performer and teacher of both classical and atomic guitar. After earning both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in guitar performance from the University of Manitoba, Skender is very active in the Winnipeg guitar scene. He works frequently with the Winnipeg Symphony, and has performed across North America. Skender has released four albums, and has received awards from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Manitoba Arts Council. In addition to performing, teaching and recording, Skender is an active music festival adjudicator.
Mark Sullivan (Week 2 Fiddle)
“A force in the world!” says Grammy nominated fiddler, Liz Carroll. Among his many awards, Mark Sullivan is a 3-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and is widely regarded as one of the finest fiddlers in North America today. He is in demand as a spirited performer and continues to collaborate with many of the finest names in traditional music today. Mark holds his Masters in the Science of Education and is a regular instructor at Music Camps throughout the country. His recent recording, The Gathering Room, is a compilation of original music which showcases his unique Canadian Fiddle style. He is currently the co-host of SwingReel Radio, an online podcast which features interviews and music with notable Canadian fiddlers. Originally from Bowmanville Ontario, Mark now calls Vancouver BC his home
Adam Sutherland (Week 1 Fiddle Composition Masterclass, Week 2 Fiddle)
Adam comes from Errogie on the south shores of Loch Ness in the Highlands, and is one of Scotland’s most exciting fiddle players, composers and teachers. He has performed and recorded with groups like The Treacherous Orchestra, Session A9, Peatbog Faeries, Babelfish and Croft no. Five. A master of contemporary Scottish folk music, Adam’s tunes are perhaps his most impressive legacy and are played widely around the world. Adam’s most recent project is his podcast Adam’s Interesting People, on which he features candid interviews with musicians he admires.
Donna Turk (Weeks 1 & 2)
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 favorites.
Morgan Turk (Week 1 Guitar)
Morgan Turk began playing the guitar in junior high, and has been playing professionally in many different bands for the past 20 years. He was the lead guitarist in the Kirby Sewell band for 8 years and during that time was part of three recording projects and won a Maple Blues award for Best New Artist. He has toured across Canada and the USA performing at different Blues Festivals. Most recently, he played in Las Vegas for the Big Blues Bender and has also showcased at the Ottawa Blues Festival. Morgan now lives in Saskatchewan and is the lead guitar player for the recently formed band Red Coat Burn. He looks forward to new projects with this band and on his own, and he is very happy to be teaching at KLKP again this year.
Ted View (Week 1 Art)
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.
Jacquie Walbaum (Week 1 Vocal)
Jacqui Walbaum is a highly regarded teacher and performer in Southeast Saskatchewan. Newly minted with her Bachelor’s of Education, Jacqui combines her adept musicianship with deep pedagogical knowledge. Her innovative approach to choral singing combines traditional call and response learning with fun modern music. She performs with her husband Aaron Walbaum as Wooltree Grove, a duo with passionate lyrics and tight harmonies. In 2017 Jacqui and Donna Turk co-founded Focal Point, a youth ensemble pairing traditional fiddle music with pop tunes, and they are excited to perform in Scotland next year.