About

Since 1987, Strings Across the Sky (SATS) has been working with youth in indigenous communities throughout Canada, teaching a uniquely developed method combining violin skills and fiddling styles.  SATS has run dozens of music programs including High Arctic communities which continue today through the work of the Kole Crook Fiddle Association and the Aurora Fiddle Society.
SATS is a not-for-profit registered charity and operates solely on the generosity of donors and community organizations. We also rely on donated instruments which SATS provides to the students. There are NO COSTS to the youth for lessons and instruments so that child is left out of an opportunity to participate in SATS’ programs.

Programs
Our fiddling and music education programs include:
*One week school workshops followed by a community
student performance
*Fiddle & Music Camps

*Year round, weekly teaching Music Circles in urban indigenous centred communities such as North Bay and Parry Sound.

Strings Across the Sky’s teaching teams travel throughout Canada.  Since 2010 SATS has been active in Sagamok, Wikwemikong, Conklin, AB, Shawanaga, Wasauksing, North Bay, Parry Sound, French River, Temagami, Muskoka. The SATS programs have been partnered with the Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through the Arts and Music Champions arts curriculums. From 2013 to 2019, SATS and the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre  offered the Traditional Fiddling Program, weekly lessons for children, youth and elders.
From Feb 2019 to March 2020, many youth have participated in Naazhaabiigehguhn (Ojibwe for violin) a weekly fiddle and guitar  program in partnership with the Parry Sound Community Hub.
Since 2004, SATS annual one week Fiddle and Music Camp has operated in partnership with the Parry Sound Friendship Centre.
As well, SATS has partnered with Algoma University Binesi camps  the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre March Break camps.

SATS helps provide many “once in a lifetime” musical performance experiences to young students. As well as each summer with Festival of the Sound, in past years they have been featured with the Edmonton, Thunder Bay, Regina, North Bay and Saskatoon Symphonies and the New Zealand String Quartet. In 1997, students traveled from the Arctic and performed at Roy Thompson Hall with the Toronto Symphony.  In 1999, 34 students traveled to the Orkney Islands to perform for the Homecoming Festival, experiencing the roots of their 300 year fiddling heritage.