The Strings Across the Sky (SATS) program opens the door to a rich musical experience by introducing indigenous children and youth to violin, guitar and musical performance. It combines the best of music, tradition and community spirit. With a focus on First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities across Canada, SATS helps rekindle and sustain the cultural tradition of fiddle music once thriving in remote indigenous communities. For more than 30 years, hundreds of children have benefited from the music education provided by SATS,  promoting self-esteem and accomplishment, co-operation, empathy teamwork and improved academics. Strings Across the Sky not only connects indigenous children to their past, but opens doors to new ways of learning and a journey into bright and positive futures.   Learn more About Us.

“There is also a lively indigenous fiddling tradition in the Arctic region. The active fiddling tradition in northern Canada today has benefited greatly from the Strings Across the Sky (SATS) program. This began in 1988 after violinist Andrea Hansen noted the response of young persons to the performances of the Toronto Symphony on their 1987 tour. As a result fiddle camps regularly take place and schools such as the Nakasuk School in Iqaluit offer fiddle classes”.   2013 Encyclopaedia of Native American Music of North America

You Can Help

Your donations help enrich the lives of youth in remote, rural and urban communities with a chance to grow through music.

Teaching & Performance Schedule

2019 Spring, Summer and Fall SATS will be offering fiddle classes and sharing performances. Check out our Schedule page.

Gratefully supported by:

  • Canadian North
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Ontario Arts Foundation
  • Rotary International