To say that fiddle music is alive and well in Eeyou Istchee is an understatement! For this Movie Night, ACCI invited two fiddlers, Byron Jonah from Waskaganish and Johnny Jolly from Mistissini, to dazzle the crowd with their playing abilities in place of the usual discussion period after the movie. The day started off by having our guests teach children and adults the basics of playing the fiddle. All had a wonderful time and one person made the comment that “I am going to play at my daughter’s weddingnow”. This was an educational experience for many children for whom handling a fiddle and learning how to play with one was a new experience all together. We at ACCI were extremely happy to introduce people to playing the fiddle and inspire future fiddlers during the afternoon session.
After the movie was over, our fiddlers played for the crowd and they put on a stunning performance! Not only were the halls at ACCI filled with music, it was heard beyond and floated out of the building into the surrounding community. As a result, many stopped in to see what was happening. We soon doubled the size of the audience and those who hesitated to dance at the beginning of the show, no longer needed to wait for others to come and dance. Most of the audience were up on their feet dancing, smiling and laughing after a few songs.