School coffeehouse features Kinuso talent

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Performers from Grade 3 to adults showed their talent at a May 22 Kinuso School coffeehouse.

There are many talented people in the area, said Kinuso School music and art teacher Jesse Turcotte, who organized the event with his high school guitar class.

The performances reflected this. The show began with the Grade 3 and 4 class singing accompanied on guitar by Turcotte.

Two of these students, Jesiah Bellerose Roy and Haven Dumont Twin, did a women’s fancy dance, which is a type of traditional Indigenous dance with a fringed shawl.

Turcotte and three high school students – Gracie Churchill, Joel MacIntosh, and Billy Ray Chalifoux – performed.

Richard Woodman is a singer-songwriter from Kinuso. He was the headliner and sang some of his original songs and jammed at the end with Peter Sound.

Another local musician, Sound sings and plays fiddle and guitar. He performed fiddle tunes earlier in the show including one he wrote.

Cory Cardinal, another local singer-songwriter, planned to perform, but was sick.

At least one young audience member was very disappointed.

Cardinal let the school use his sound equipment, which Sound set up and ran during the performance.

Sound also gave the young musicians some advice. He encouraged them to learn something new each time they picked up their instrument.

“It’s a lifetime thing,” he said. “Don’t quit.”

He also invited the students to attend any of the jam sessions that local musicians hold in the area.

The concert was a fundraiser for extracurricular activities at the school. Coffee and snacks were provided.

Students sold tie-dyed t-shirts they had made, as part of the fundraiser.

Jesiah Bellerose Roy (left) and Haven Dumont Twin from Grade 3 and 4 dance a women’s fancy dance at the coffeehouse.
Gracie Churchill sings ‘The Good I’ll Do’ by Zach Bryan. She has a very strong and melodious voice.
Peter Sound on fiddle accompanied Richard Woodman as he plays and sings ‘Feathered Indian’ by Tyler Childers in a jam session at the end of the show. Sound appears to learn right on stage, showing his ability as a musician.
Both men are local musicians. They also performed separately at the coffeehouse.
Jesse Turcotte sings ‘Heart of Gold’ by Neil Young at the coffeehouse. He is the Kinuso School art and music teacher. He and his high school guitar class organized the coffeehouse.
Grade 3 and 4 Kinuso School students sing ‘Ahead by a Century,’ by the Tragically Hip. It is also the title song for the CBC show ‘Anne with an E.’
Left to right, Fiona Garcia, Kennedy Fillion, Jesiah Bellerose Roy, Anna Hunt, Gabriel Hedrich, and Haven Dumont Twin.
Billy Ray Chalifoux (on guitar) and Joel MacIntosh perform ‘Heading South’ by Zach Bryan. Both are Kinuso School high school guitar students. Joel sang and played guitar solo earlier in the show.

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