Winter Workshop Series

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Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 2pm - Beginner Ukulele w/ Kate Ferris

Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 2pm - Inuktitut Songwriting w/ Kelly Fraser

Sunday, February 3, 2019 @ 2pm - Songwriting w/ Keri Latimer

Saturday, March 9, 2019 @ 2pm - African Percussion & Dance w/ Casimiro Nhussi

All ages welcome
All events are free to attend

For more information and/or to register,
please contact Jessee at community@wecc.ca or 204.783.6918


Kate Ferris (Beginner Ukulele)

Manitoba musician Kate Ferris has been performing since - at the age of 5 - the bus she and her Ma were traveling in got stuck in a snowstorm and Kate proceeded to entertain the passengers (including 3 very nice Nuns) with her own songs and stories. (She would like to think that her material has improved greatly since then, but she DID get a chocolate bar from one of the Nuns, so who knows . . .)

After teaching Elementary Music in Thompson, MB for 11 years, Kate held her breath and quit her job to pursue her dream of performing. She's been chasing that dream ever since - at concerts and festivals across Canada, on lanais in Hawai`i, in pubs in the UK, and for an appreciative crowd in Puerto Rico (although none of them understood English!)

She's performed with groups as diverse as the Blarney Band, Critter Family, Rodeo Riders, Canadian Content Theatre, and folk trio Small Rooms. She's played gigs that range from being the act right after the local fair's pet contest to twice being guest storyteller with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra,to opening for Valdy, Ritchie Havens, and performing for the Prime Minister of Iceland!

Discovering the mighty `ukulele in 2003, Kate fell in love with this wonderful instrument and since 2012 has been the `ukulele instructor for the Winnipeg Folk Festival's Folk School.

Before retiring from almost 30 years with the Manitoba "Artists in the Schools" program, Kate conducted workshops in over 200 Manitoba schools, has appeared nationally on television, CBC Radio and as a guest artist on various recordings. As well, she is a popular MC for conferences and public events, using humour and songs written specifically for the occasion.

Kate spent time in the studio working with award-winning producer Dan Donahue, and in September of 2015 was thrilled to release her first solo CD, "Marie's Forest" to a sold-out crowd at The Park Theatre. (It only took thirty years . . .)

Now, one of the songs - "Prairie Girl's Song" - has been illustrated by artist Mary Ann Tully and published by Friesen Printing as a children's picture book.

 

Kelly Fraser (Inuktitut Songwriting)

Originally from Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, Kelly Fraser has performed countless concerts across Canada, especially in the Arctic (Nunavut/Nunavik), where she is extremely well-known.

Like many Inuit, Kelly has been through many personal struggles, ranging from substance abuse, the loss of her father and others to suicide, to name only a few. Kelly uses her pain as inspiration to make art that can positively impact other native youths. She seeks to spread her messages of joy, healing, and cultural pride through a blend of traditional Inuit music and modern production.

Her new album is influenced by contemporary pop, EDM, and hip-hop. Kelly sings and raps in both English and Inuktitut, seamlessly blending the two languages with her powerful, insightful, and politically-relevant lyrics. Her goal is to make the music speak to both Inuit and Qallunaat (“southerners”).

Besides her busy schedule as a recording and performing artist, Kelly teaches Inuktitut language lessons, does cultural and motivational speaking, teaches songwriting, and helps to organize Nunavut Hitmakerz, a project which aims to give underprivileged Nunavummiut youth opportunities to learn creative expression and technical skills. She recently completed her degree in Native Studies at NVIT in British Columbia and is currently living in Winnipeg.

 

 Keri Latimer (Songwriting)

Keri Latimer is a musician from Winnipeg, Manitoba. With her alt-folk group Leaf Rapids and previous band Nathan she has been touring internationally for 15 years. Aside from crooning about vultures and barbershop stabbings, she plays the theremin and scores music for film.

Career highlights include featured solo performances with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, most notably in 2018 for the Canadian premiere of Bjork's composition, Family for strings. She has contributed music for films including Academy Award nominated feature film Frozen River by Courtney Hunt, Only Dream Things by Guy Maddin, and Shelagh Carter’s feature film, Before Anything You Say.

With the help of Canada Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council and the Manitoba Arts Council Keri is currently composing an album of music for theremin which will be released in 2019.

Casimiro Nhussi (African Percussion & Dance)

 Casimiro is a professional African dancer, choreographer, dance instructor and musician based in Winnipeg Canada. Born in Mozambique, Africa, he has been a dance professional since 1982. Starting his career as dancer, Casimiro then became the Principal Dancer, and then the Artistic Director of the Mozambique National Song and Dance Company. 

 Casimiro is the Artistic Director and Founder of NAfro Dance Productions in Winnipeg, Canada. Although Casimiro is an African contemporary artist, his artistic inspirations are from African traditional culture & traditions where dance & music come from the same pot.

As a musician, Casimiro is leader of the Kalahari drumming group, and the NAfro Band as well being a member of Bafana drumming group, the Million Civilian Band and Afri-Can Band. He has composed music that has been played on Radio Mozambique and CBC Radio. He was commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada to compose music for the animated short “Mind Me Good Now”.

 Casimiro was nominated twice for the Western Canadian Music awards - for his first album “Makonde", and for his second album "Gweka". In 2011, Casimiro had the opportunity to perform for the opening of the 2011 African Games, Maputo Mozambique. Throughout his career Casimiro has performed in 28 countries. In Winnipeg he has performed at numerous festivals including the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival and the Winnipeg Folk Festival Friday Series.