Anne Lederman

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Anne Lederman ( is a fiddler/singer/composer rooted in several Canadian musical traditions, old and new – Métis and French-Canadian, Scottish, Irish and Old-Time Canadian, Eastern European and African. She has been a mainstay of Canadian traditional music since the 70s, recording 6 of her own recordings and performing and recording with numerous other traditional musicians, including Ian Bell, Njacko Backo and Kalimba Kalimba, Harry Hibbs, James Stephens, Jeannie Hewson, Garnet Rogers and many more. In the 80s, Anne studied and recorded the music of Native and Métis fiddlers of her native Manitoba, resulting in a 4-record archival set of recordings titled Old Native and Métis Fiddling in Manitoba (re-released in 2004 as a double CD set on The National Museum’s Archive label). In 2015, she released a CD of music from one of her Métis elder mentors, Grandy Fagnan. In 1992, Anne founded Worlds of Music Toronto, a school devoted both to teaching of musical traditions throughout the world and to cross-cultural performance. Throughout this time, she taught Music and Folklore part-time at York University and composed and performed music for several theatrical productions in Toronto and Blyth, Ontario, including her solo show, Spirit of the Narrows, about her work with Native and Metis fiddlers in Manitoba.  Anne was also fiddler and musical consultant for the Road to Avonlea television series and has represented Canada at the prestigious Viljandi Festival in Estonia. In 2006, 2008 and 2010, she performed at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in Aberdeen, Scotland and in Newfoundland as well as the Fiddle Festival of Wales. IN 2016, Anne was given the Estelle Klein Award by Folk Music Ontario for her contributions to Canadian folk music.