Photo by Leo Kopelow

“When it comes to Old Time Fiddling in Canada, Patti's the 'Boss'" - Calvin Vollrath
North American Fiddlers' Hall of Fame member Patti Kusturok's old time fiddle style is characterized by a pulsating, rhythmical lilt that is guaranteed to get you on the dance floor.

Often referred to as one the smoothest fiddle players in North America, Patti is known for her effortless delivery of some of the best traditional Canadian fiddle music of all time.

A recording artist, Patti is in high demand for performances, teaching, recording, and judging fiddle contests across the continent.

At the age of four, Patti began to learn playing the fiddle, and has a resume that reads like that of an Olympic champion. A few to her credit includes the Canadian Junior Champion (1985), 3-time Champion at the famous Pembroke, ON competition, 6 time Manitoba Champion, 3 time Grand North American Champion, and in 1994, 1995 and again in 1996, Patti won the prestigious Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship in Ottawa, ON. Patti was the first woman in the history of Canada to ever win and was the very first person from Western Canada to attain the crown.

Some Career Highlights....

  • Featured on the soundtrack for the Canadian movie productions of Children of My Heart, and Spirit Rider, starring Adam Beach
  • Multi award winner - Manitoba Association of Country Arts
  • Performed on Inaugural telecast of the Canadian Aboriginal Achievement Awards in 1997
  • Judged the U.S. Grand National Fiddle Championship, Weiser, Idaho - June 1997
  • Charter member - International Music Camp Fiddle Contest Hall of Fame - International Peace Gardens - June 2009
  • Induction into Manitoba Fiddle Association Hall of Fame - April 2010
  • Performed with Dan Frechette and Jeremy Rusu at Festival America, Vincennes, France - September 2010
  • Toured Norway with Trent Bruner and son Alex Kusturok - April 2011
  • Performed at TEDxManitoba - February 2012
  • Performed on the Theoren Fleury recording "Walk With Thousands"
  • Mentor in the 2014 and 2016 Aboriginal Music Program's mentorship program
  • Performed on the 2014 Indspire Awards with Theoren Fleury and the Death Valley Rebels
  • Inducted into the North American Fiddlers' Hall of Fame - July 2016

Patti is known across the country in the fiddle music world and with her humble demeanour and personable stage presence allows the audience to soak in the music and connect with her in a special way. Patti has a razor sharp wit and when she starts playing her fiddle the musical spirits instantly come alive in whatever room she’s playing!!

After being one of the most sought after old time dance players in her home province of Manitoba, Patti has taken that amazing feel and drive, mixed it up with a little humour, and put together a fun and entertaining show that will have you laughing and stomping your feet, with maybe even a tear or two as you allow yourself to remember the good old days of having a kitchen party until the wee hours.