Instructors listed alphabetically: Biographies will be added as instructors are added to the 2022 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.

Bevin Bradley (Week 1 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Kim de Laforest (Week 2, 2022 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 and has been the musical director of the Saskatoon Fiddle Orchestra for the past 14 years. www.kimdelaforestmusic.com 

 

Will Elliot (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. 

 
 

 

 

 

                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

Manitoba Hal (Weeks 1-2, 2022 Ukulele)

Canadian blues artist Manitoba Hal is a ukulele master and singer-songwriter.
He is known for his expressive voice and mastery of his instrument – whether it be on guitar or his trusty ukulele – Manitoba Hal takes his audience from the deep south to the islands with songs that are mournful, hopeful, silly, romantic and introspective. His original songs have become modern classics and his take on standards and popular blues songs of the past have brought him to the forefront of the blues scene. Manitoba Hal has been influenced equally by artists such as Gordon Lightfoot and Stephen Fearing as much as blues forefathers Robert Johnson and M

uddy Waters. These influences offer a uniquely Canadian sound to Hal’s blues and work to tie together the exceptional prose in his lyrics with grit and spirit of blues music. 

Manitoba Hal isn’t just an amazing musician and songwriter – the former bus driver for the city of Winnipeg is a craftsman, educator, DYIer and loving, dedicated son. When not on the road, Manitoba Hal can be found renovating his 120-year old home in his adopted hometown of Shelburne, Nova Scotia where he relocated to in 2010. 

                                                             

                                                              Randy Jones (Week 1, 2022 Fiddle)

Randy was born and raised at Tofield, Alberta.  He began playing the fiddle at the age of nine.  Randy’s dad taught him to read music, and, with a repertoire of tunes, Randy was soon playing for dances and competing in fiddle contests.  Instructing at music camps and workshops as well as playing for many old tyme dances, judging contests, and participating and organizing fiddle jamborees have afforded Randy many opportunities to play the musical style he loves so well.   As president of the Alberta Society of Fiddlers, Randy has been directly involved in promoting the love of fiddle music to young and old alike.  He also enjoys singing in a barbershop quartet and playing backup fiddle for local musicians in his community of High River.

 

Anthony Kelly (Week 1 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!

Ben Knorr (Weeks 1-2, 2022 Guitar)                                                 

Ben Knorr is a composer for visual media, multi-instrumentalist, and producer originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Ben is currently living in Los Angeles, California and working as a staff composer for Audiomachine, specializing in original music for film, television, and video game advertising campaigns. From transcribing The Fretless, and Väsen, to arranging fiddle tunes by Shane Cook & The Woodchippers for the International Symphony Orchestra, Ben has enjoyed working with artists that he looks up to. Growing up playing Canadian fiddle music with his siblings, Ben has learned to appreciate the intricacy of small acoustic ensembles, and the magic that comes with making live music. 

Daniel Koulack (Both Weeks, 2022: instrument TBA)                     

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.

 

www.danielkoulack.net

Paul Lemelin (Week 2, 2022 Fiddle)

Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion Paul Lemelin, from Sudbury

Ontario Canada, has been playing the fiddle since the age of 4 and has been competing at various contests since the age of 8. At home Paul works as an Electronic Technologist for Vale Exploration. He enjoys teaching the fiddle, guitar, mandolin and piano as well as being a father of 3 young boys and a young daughter.                                                                     Paul is also the President of the “Fiddleworks/Violon à l’œuvre” organization in Chelmsford Ontario, the host of the “Northern Ontario Fiddle and Stepdance Championship”. Paul has won a number of competitions including first place in the Open category in Sturgeon Falls Ontario, Chelmsford Ontario, Richmond,Ontario as well as three wins in Pembroke Ontario, arguably the biggest fiddle contest in Ontario. Paul was first invited to compete at the Canadian Grand Masters in 2006 and has since received the honour of being invited to compete every year since 2010. The highlight of Paul’s career came in 2014 when he won the CGM earning him the Title of Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, followed by a back to back/weekend to weekend win in Pembroke Ontario, a feat only achieved 3 times prior in the history of both contests! Recently Paul has been playing with various Bluegrass bands and is now part of a group called “Nickelwound”. 

 Melika Lemelin (Week 2, 2022 Piano)

Melika Lemelin has been playing piano since the age of 15.  She is one of Ontario’s most sought after house pianists for fiddle and stepdan

ce competitions. In 2010 and 2012, Melika won 3rd place in the accompaniment category at the Grandmasters Fiddling Championship in Nashville

TN. She has had the honor to play alongside some extraordinary musicians including Shane Cook, The Brian Pickell Band, Calvin Vollrath, Ray Legere, and, of course, her husband, Paul Lemelin! She is a mother of 4 beautiful children, three boys and a girl. Melika previously taught at AlgomaTrad in 2008.

Karson McKeown (Week 1, 2022 Fiddle)                                           

Karson McKeown got his start on the fiddle at the age of 10, after hearing many of his elders play traditional music at family parties and on old tapes. He grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, surrounded by the intricate, fast-paced sound of Ottawa Valley fiddling, but he always stayed connected to his family roots, spending summers on Prince Edward Island and immersing himself in the East-Coast style. Since graduating from Arts Canterbury High School in Ottawa and completing the music performance degree at the Holland College School of Performing Arts, Karson has developed a bright, energetic and driving style. He has garnered solo recognition from the competitions of Eastern Ontario to the sessions of Maritimes, performed extensively with The Trousers and Anna Ludlow, and now provides electrifying melodies and soaring harmonies to Inn Echo’s powerful sound. On top of playing with Inn Echo, Karson’s passion for music literacy is put to use teaching fiddle and violin on PEI. Lessons at his music school are in high demand across the island, seeing him win Music PEI’s Music Educator of the Year in 2021. On and off stage, Karson devotes his energy to the world of traditional fiddle music.

Tuli Porcher (Week 1, 2022 Cello)

Tuli was raised in Victoria, BC, and is now living in Charlottetown where she completed her Music Performance diploma at Holland College School of Performing Arts. Tuli has been turning heads with her unique west-coast style, groove, and approach to traditional music. Tuli began training in violin at 3, fiddle at 5, and has trained on the Cello since she was a ten years old. She has played and toured with Coastline, with Dan Lapp’s “BC Fiddle Orchestra” and is currently playing (both Cello and 5 string fiddle) and touring the world alongside Tom Gammons and Karson McEown in the very popular East Coast Band, Inn Echo. We are going to enjoy her energy, her fresh approach to arrangements and music and her groovy cello playing! It’s fun to get to know these artists as they are on their way UP in the grand world of Trad music….. and then we get to say “We knew them when – at KLKP.”

Mairi Rankin (Weeks 1-2, 2022 Fiddle)

Always one of KLKP’s favourite instructors, Mairi Rankin brings lively energy, fun filled music deeply steeped in the  Cape Breton tradition and a laugh which cannot be matched. Her classes are always fun, filled with crisp cuts and trills, great tunes and stories and a down-home presence which resonates with students. Mairi has a busy touring schedule, with her bands Beolach, The Outside Track as well as her touring Duo of Rankin and Wright (fiddle and cello), and we’re so lucky that she has fit us into her summer schedule. 

Rob Skeet (Week 1, 2022: 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!

www.robskeet.com

 

Donna Turk (Weeks 1 & 2, 2022: Fiddle)
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.

www.donnaturk.ca

Morgan Turk (Week 2 2022: 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 2 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. 

https://www.tedview.ca/