Double the Trouble


Double the Trouble are "Twin Fiddles", these identical 14 year old French, Métis and Cree twins will have you smiling and tapping your feet with their traditional Métis fiddling and contemporary classics. At such a young age their charisma and talent has taken them from their home town of Winnipeg to the Rocky Mountains delighting audiences with their unique style and sound. 


In 2017 they performed at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Canada Summer Games and in October performed with Ashley Macisaac and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. They have two albums, "Keep Calm and Fiddle On" and "Juniper Woods" and just this past spring performed with the Asham Stompers and Indian City in the finale at the Indspire Awards in Winnipeg.


George Bonga, Voyageur of 1837

Presenter Joel Brown


Joel Brown, a member of La Compagnie des la Riviere Saint Pierre, based in Mendota, MN will portray 'GEORGE BONGA of 1837' at the Chautauqua & French-Canadian/Métis 37th Annual Festival on Saturday, August 25th. 


George Bonga was born in 1802 at present day Duluth, MN. His father Pierre had become successful in the Fur Trade to send George to Montreal for his education! Therefore, this history is a thrilling saga of Mixed Blood intrigue where Québécois  was the common language. Pierre's eldest child was Marguerete BONGA in 1823 married Jacob Fahlstrom of Stockholm, Sweden. It is said Jacob was one of Minnesota's first Swedish residents!

Chautauqua & French-Canadian/Métis Festival

2018 Presenters and Musicians

​​L 'Association des Français du Nord

Creative Reflections 


Thomas Barrett "Thomas X" is an Ojibwe musician from the Red Lake Nation who returns to our Festival. He uses his gift of hip-hop and his passion for empowering communities to teach audiences of all ages how culture can help us overcome today's challenges. Tom helped from Rez Rap Records in Red Lake and continues to teach Ojibwe youth the power of language and heritage. Thomas graduated from Bemidji State University where he studied political science and American Indian studies.


Tom, along with Brendan Strong, will lead an hour set featuring poetry, Ojibwe hand-drum & singing, traditional flute, and youth dancers from Red Lake. 

Corey Medina &

The Brothers


Corey Medina of the Navajo Nation leads Bemidji, MN blues musicians Eric Sundeen and Gary Broste in this soulful blues-rock trio. Their unique combination of indigenous and European roots allows emotional storytelling with an irresistably sincere sound. Inspired by folks artists like Neil Young, rockstars like The Doors, and blues icons like B.B. King. Corey Medina & Brothers are veteran musicians with long careers in music ahead of them.

Ça Claque!


The members of Ça Claque! come from every disciplinary background imaginable: voice, piano, guitar, bass and percussion, classical ballet, jazz, tap, modern, musical theatre and, naturally, traditional French-Canadian gigue! Between them, they have decades of stage experience and professional accomplishments.


Ça Claque! endeavours to create a substantial repertoire of modern-infusted fold material. The amalgamation of creative musicians and singers as well as strong dance technique creates a unique and distinct look, feel and sound in harmony with our name...Ca Claque!​