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The Métis

Contemporary Music

Contemporary Métis music retains its strong roots in traditional fiddling and country-and-western song. It has become an industry in its own right and now embraces other genres. For example, jazz singer Andrea Menard (accessed May 28, 2007) combines Métis and First Nations traditions with the smoky sounds of a jazz quartet. Métis artists continue to pursue new directions in music, carrying on their creative tradition.

Across the country, artists such as Shane Anthony [www.shaneanthony.com] (accessed May 28, 2007) and Paul Chaput [www.paulchaput.homestead.com] (accessed May 28, 2007) are taking Métis identity in music into other areas, including folk music.