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

In 2013 Encyclopaedia of Native American Music of North America wrote:

“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”.

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

Summer and Fall 2018 SATS will be teaching the fiddle and putting on performances in Parry Sound and area.

Gratefully supported by:

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