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Fiddler wins big money

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Compiled by Shari Narine







Métis fiddler John Arcand was one of two recipients of the 2014 Canada Council Molson Prize. Arcand received $50,000 in the arts category. He holds the Order of Canada, performs, teaches and promotes the traditions of Métis fiddle and dance. His unique sound builds on a long family tradition of fiddle and dance and is considered essential to the identity and recognition of Métis culture. During his career spanning more than 60 years, Arcand has created more than 370 tunes and produced 16 recordings. Philosopher Jean Grondin won $50,000 in the social sciences and humanities category. “This year’s Canada Council Molson Prize winners are prolific and passionate individuals who have significantly enriched the cultural and intellectual life of Canada,” said Robert Sirman, Canada Council Director and CEO. “Their work underscores the meaning of excellence and helps us build on Canada’s rich musical and academic traditions.”