Sutton Traditional Fiddle Festival

The STFF is dedicated to the traditional fiddle and offers a showcase for artists from the Quebec and international trad scene, in the heart of the beautiful village of Sutton.

Over the years, the Festival has grown in popularity and has become a must-see summer event across the province —and even across the border— for lovers of traditional music.

Taking place over four days in the center of the village, in a unique mountain landscape, it attracts hundreds of families and festival-goers of all generations with its concerts, dance evenings, sessions, masterclasses as well as its children’s festival.

Recognized from its creation in 2014 for its ambitious and diverse program as well as its warm welcome, the STFF  was ranked among the four largest traditional music festivals in Quebec by the newspaper Le Devoir, just two years after its opening.

Mission

The Festival aims to be a space for the discovery, promotion and transmission of traditional repertoires from Quebec and around the world to the sound of a flagship instrument, the fiddle. It also aims to encourage emerging artists as well as those who have left their mark on the trad scene in recent decades. The Festival wishes to facilitate a dialogue between musicians of all generations. For the public, it is an opportunity to have a front-row seat to witness the evolution of traditional music, a living art.

The Festival is also a member of the Conseil québécois du patrimoine vivant (CQPV) and works in collaboration with it to promote the activities of members of the trad festival network in Quebec.

Press Reviews

Ici, le violon est roi et il devient prétexte à une fête plurielle qui ouvre à un tintamarre, des jam-sessions, des contes pour enfants, de la danse familiale, une présentation d’instruments, des concerts matinaux, de grands concerts et même une chaise musicale […].

Yves Bernard, Le Devoir

Depuis 2014, l’événement gagne en popularité, et pas seulement chez les gens du coin. On vient de l’Ontario, des Maritimes et des États-Unis pour assister à la fête. Le public y va pour danser et entendre le talent d’artistes venus d’ici et d’ailleurs. Les musiciens s’y rendent pour les mêmes raisons, mais aussi pour jouer en bonne compagnie et participer à des ateliers de perfectionnement. Oui, le violon est à l’honneur dans ce festival, mais il est souvent accompagné par la guitare, le violoncelle, la contrebasse, l’accordéon, la harpe ou la flûte.

Isabel Authier, La Voix de l’Est

Musique et Traditions illimitées

The Sutton Traditional Fiddle Festival is produced by Musique et Traditions illimitées (MTI), a non-profit organization founded in 2015.

MTI acts as a cultural mediation organization in the Brome-Missisquoi region through the organization of activities promoting traditional music: concerts, dance evenings, training workshops, masterclasses, sessions, animations, as well as an annual festival dedicated to trad fiddle in the village of Sutton.

The objectives of the organization, namely the promotion, dissemination and transmission of traditional music, are supported by many partners in the region and by its network of members.

Board of Directors (2021)

  • President and treasurer

    Thomas de Grosbois

  • Vice-president

    Marjolène Forest

  • Secretary

    Marie Champoux

  • Members

    Normand Goulet
    Michel Cameron
    Leïa leMaistre
    Jean de Grosbois
    Gabrielle Létourneau

Team Members

  • General director

    Thomas de Grosbois

  • Artistic director

    Gabrielle Létourneau

  • Production manager

    Andrée-Anne Pellerin (Système D)

  • Site and logistics manager

    Normand Goulet

  • Social media manager

    Leïa leMaistre

  • Communications officer

    Catherine Hurtubise (La Lanterne, services éditoriaux)