Alberta Métis Fest

On Saturday March 23rd The Métis Nation of Alberta is throwing a party near you! Bring your family and friends to Métis Fest from 9:30 am to 9:00 pm for a free province-wide showcase of Métis culture, talent, and history!

Come for the jigging and fiddling, stay for the stew and bannock. Share in the heritage and pride of the Métis people. Each region will have its own unique flavour and feel, but at each event you can expect:

  • Jigging contest – Win up to $500 cash for 1st place, $250 for 2nd place, and $150 for 3rd place! Sign up with your regional office.
    • Ages 0 – 6: $25 prize 
    • Age Categories:
      • 7 – 12
      • 13 – 17
      • 18 – 59
      • 60 +
  • Showcases of Métis jigging and fiddling
  • Stew and bannock for lunch and dinner
  • Live music and a jam session
    • Bring your instruments and get up on stage to perform for your family and friends!

Details subject to change. Check back or stay tuned to social media for details. See below for updates.

Region City Venue Highlights Jigging Contest Registration Contact
1 Lac La Biche Bold Center
(8702 91 Avenue)
9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Bev Lambert, jigging
Last Minute band
Region 1 Office
780-623-3039
 
For an agenda of activities for the Region 1 event, click here.

2 Bonnyville Beaver River Fish and Game Association
(4402 54 Ave)
9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Corbin Poitras, jigging
The Nicely Put Together Band
Region 2 Office
780-826-7483
 
For an agenda of activities for the Region 2 event, click here.

3 Calgary Telus Convention Centre
(120 9 Ave SE)
9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Martha Semeniuk, jigging
Richard Piche band
Region 3 Office
403-569-8800
 
For an agenda of activities for the Region 3 event, click here.

5 Slave Lake Slave Lake Inn and Conference Centre
(1200 Main St SE)
10:30 am – 9:30 pm
Bad Timing band
Edmonton Métis Dancers
Fiddlers Dennis Mcleod & Paul Beuregard
Region 5 Office
780-849-4654

 

 


For an agenda of activities for the Region 5 event, click here.

6 Fort Vermillion Community and Cultural Complex
(5001 44 Ave)
12:00 pm – 2:00 am
Firestone Band
Region 6 Office
780-624-4219

 

 


For an agenda of activities for the Region 6 event, click here

Provincial Edmonton Edmonton Inn and Conference Center 
(11830 Kingsway NW)
9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Brianna Lizotte, fiddling
Child Family Dancers, jigging
McKenzie-Arcand Band
Provincial Head Office
780-455-2200

 


For an agenda of activities for the provincial event, click here.


Updates:

Provincial

We’re excited to share some exciting events and performers scheduled for Alberta Métis Fest in Edmonton this Saturday!

  • Métis story-teller Maureen Belanger will perform around 4:00 pm in the evening.
  • Cultural Workshops for jigging, spoons, Cree lessons, and finger weaving will take place at 10:00 am.
  • Cultural showcases on jigging and fiddling are happening around 11:00 am.
  • Registration for the jigging contest will continue the day of. The competition will start at 12:00 pm. Call 780-455-2200 to register before the event.
  • Vendors will be present at the event throughout the day.

Region 5

Here’s an invitation to all of Region 5 from Vice President Hilda Lambert:

EVERYONE WELCOME!

  • Jigging Showcase by the Edmonton Métis Dancers.
  • 30 minute Jigging Lesson offered by Lyle Donald’s group.
  • ‘Bad Timing’ is playing.
  • 30 minute Fiddling Showcase featuring Dennis McLeod & Paul Beauregard.
  • 50/50 Draw & Door Prizes.
  • All singers welcome to join us for the Open Mic session.

Thank you to our sponsors, to the Metis Nation of Alberta, and for our Performers & Artists who have agreed to participate and attend our Celebration! Kudos to our teams from the MNA – Youth Services Dept. and to all Regional Staff who are working very hard to make these festivities happen province-wide! 

To participate, volunteer or sign up for the Jigging Competition, please contact us 780-849-4654. 1st Place Winners:$500, 2nd: $250 & 3rd: $150. For Ages 6 & under: $25.

Vendor/Info Tables at event include: Bonnie Soininen of Pillar Carpentry, Marlene Laboucane & AccData Computer Systems & Training. Thank you on behalf of R5 Leadership & see you there!