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Jocelyn Pettit and Ellen Gira to play concert in Squamish

The two finalists for the 2024 Canadian Folk Music Awards will play a concert on Jan. 27 at St. John the Divine Anglican Church.
Celtic fiddler Jocelyn Pettit. PHOTO submitted

The Howe Sound Performing Arts Association (HSPAA) has lined up its first concert in 2024.

On Saturday, Jan. 27, two artists will combine their talents in string instruments for a concert at St. John the Divine Anglican Church in Squamish.

“Local fiddling favourite, Jocelyn Pettit, joins forces with cellist Ellen Gira to fuse traditional and contemporary music styles into a powerfully uplifting and soulful performance,” reads an email about the event from Veronica McPhee. “Join Howe Sound Performing Arts Association for an evening of high-energy tunes and soulful songs, with nuanced fiddle-cello interplay, vocal harmonies, lively stepdancing, and French Canadian foot percussion.”

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and the doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $25 on the HSPAA’s website

Pettit is also hosting a related event, Intro to Stepdancing, earlier on Jan. 27 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. also at the church.

“Come tap your toes and move your feet to the fun music of Canada’s East Coast and Quebec! This will be an introduction to Cape Breton stepdance from Nova Scotia and the seated ‘podorythmie’ foot rhythms of Quebec,” reads McPhee’s email. “Everyone is welcome—whether you are a seasoned dancer or have never danced before. Hard-soled shoes are recommended.”

Pettit and Gira’s album, All It Brings, has been nominated for Traditional Album of the Year for the 2024 Canadian Folk Music Awards. The awards will be announced in early April in St. John’s, N.L.

Check out more from Pettit and Gira at

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