Live Wire Music Series Presents Kelli Trottier Trio and Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything on Fri. Feb. 1st

Kelli Trottier Jaron Freeman-FoxLive Wire Music Series Kingston is excited to announce its outstanding 2013 series, starring many of Canada’s finest musicians. It begins on Friday, February 1st at The Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., with a co-bill featuring Kingston’s own Kelli Trottier Trio together with Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything. This will be a high-energy show with two completely different violin virtuosi, each with a superb backing band and an eclectic range of material.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door available at Brian’s Record Option (613-542-2452) and at Tara Foods (613-546-4439).

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Originally from the B.C. interior, Jaron Freeman-Fox is now based in Toronto, where he has assembled an ensemble of some of that city’s finest players. Contorting the violin into new traditions, violinist/composer Jaron Freeman-Fox dances down the fine line between the beautiful and the ridiculous, while redefining what the violin can do.

The hyper-kinetic Jaron Freeman-Fox is the Jimi Hendrix of the violin. With the chops of a classical virtuoso and the soul of a wild-eyed punk, he plays world music in the truest sense of the word, leaping from gypsy to klezmer to celtic to country without skipping a beat.” ~ The Ottawa International Jazz Festival 

“As soon as The Opposite of Everything hits the stage, the groove is irresistible and young and old dance in front of the stage – setting the tone with a creative cover of “People are Strange.” Throughout the set, Freeman-Fox bounces and sings while playing his five-string electric violin.

John Freeman plays wicked clarinet solos and Johnny Spence makes the accordion look sexy. Controlled frenzy on stage spills onto the dance floor during the set, especially when the band plays “The Rabid Rabbi.” The band leaves the stage and it’s too soon –obvious that the audience wants more. Haven’t heard of the Freeman-Fox & the Opposite of Everything? See them live and they could possibly be your new favourite band.”  ~ The Walleye

Born and raised in the hotbed of musical tradition and innovation that is Ontario’s Ottawa Valley, Kelli Trottier discovered her passion for entertaining, learned her craft, and developed her distinctive style while still right at home. Now, Kelli’s talent carries her to stages across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far North, making fans and friends at every venue along the way. Kelli’s musical odyssey of dance, fiddle and song began early in life as she studied and mastered the unique and fluid style of step-dance that evolved with the loggers and woodsmen of the historic Ottawa River watershed, and learned fiddle from the senior masters of Celtic and Scottish traditional music. Developing her art from these deep and lasting roots, while allowing the influences of contemporary music to help shape her performing and recording career, has earned Kelli a dedicated and growing following and glowing accolades from promoters, organizers and fans. She has performed for Canadian soldiers in the Middle East and for the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic. She has brought twenty thousand NHL Ottawa Senators Fans to their feet many times as the featured mid-game entertainer.

“I wanted you to know how much we enjoyed your concert tonight. It was a wonderful evening and your natural style with the audience made it extra special.  As we listened to you, many of us had the feeling we were witnessing a great Canadian talent about to skyrocket, and we were there to see the launching!

The 2013 Live Wire Music Winter/Spring Series

Kelli Trottier: Around The World and Back Again

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Standard Freeholder – Cornwall, ON
Saturday, November 14, 2009

Around the world and back again

Posted 22 hours ago

CORNWALL – Kelli Trottier’s fiddling talent has taken her many places she never expected to be, but she still remembers what the people like at home.

Dancing and a lunch.

“When people come out in Glengarry, they want to dance,” she said with a knowing laugh. “And they’re going to expect a lunch, too.

“They’re just getting the concert in Kingston and they don’t flinch.”

In younger days, she was one of the popular Trottier Family entertainers, well-known throughout the area for their performances at places like the Bonnie Glen Pavilion, where she’s launching her latest CD, “Feel It!,” Saturday at 8 p. m.

The next evening, it will have its second kick-off at the Vimy Officers’ Mess in Kingston, where she currently resides.

“It’s been three-and-a-half years since my last one, and I had been doing a fair bit of writing,” said Trottier. “People had been asking about a new CD, and then when I did record it, they were asking if there was going to be a release party, which is really scary.

“I’m excited about it, but it feels like I’m kind of throwing my own birthday party.”

Trottier’s talent has carried her to stages across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Canada’s far north. Although she hadn’t studied music at Queen’s University (she actually majored in mathematics and received a teaching degree), life had other plans for her when a producer from SwingStep came calling to cast her in the Toronto musical production.

She performed in it as the lead female for nine months. Then, seven years ago, producers from the fiddle extravaganza production, Bowfire, knocked on her door and she’s been touring with them ever since.

But that’s not all, far from it.

Trottier has performed for Canadian troops overseas, and also a busy career as a fiddle and step dance instructor and adjudicator across the country. She is a featured recording instrumentalist who has been nominated three times for Fiddle Player of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association, and she’s performed in concert before thousands of people.

Still, she gets nervous performing at home.

“When I’m with Bowfire we usually play houses of 1,500 to 5,000 people,” Trottier explained. “But I’m on-stage with other performers.

“I find it much more intimidating to play for crowds of people I know, like at CD releases.”

The performer has been on-stage really as long as she can remember. As a youngster with the Trottier Family, she and her parents, Rene and Sherrill, as well as siblings, Lori and Traci, performed at numerous engagements, near and further afield. As she grew older, she also taught step dancing and fiddle, and when she was in Grade 13 at Glengarry District High School, she recorded her first CD, “Glengarry Fiddle”.

“I have a feeling mom and dad felt it might be the end of my music career,” she recalled. “I think they felt it was more or less capturing a moment.”

Oddly enough, even though she was an accomplished musician, Trottier never considered music as a concentration when she applied to Queen’s University.

In fact, the very thought of an audition process terrified her.

“It freaked me out,” she admitted. “I thought, ‘I can’t possibly get up in front of people and audition.’

“I remember in public and high school being asked by teachers to play for an event, and it scared me. I was too shy and too scared.”

Eventually, she began saying yes to performance requests, but then she’d find herself in a quandary.

“It was so flattering to be asked,” she laughed, “but then I would think, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’

‘”Even when I got a call from SwingStep looking for fiddlers and step dancers, I gave them a list about other people I knew. Then the producer called me back and said, ‘Don’t you do this, too?'”

Trottier was actually supply teaching in Kingston when that occurred.

“A career in music happened in spite of myself,” she said. “I’d always taught fiddling and step dancing.

“I’ve just been really fortunate that when I finished one thing and closed a door, others thankfully opened up for me.”

When she left SwingStep after nine months, it wasn’t long before she got the call for Bowfire.

“It’s really a great show, I’m really proud to be involved with it,” she said.

When she’s not touring with the show, she’s a sought-after instructor and adjudicator throughout the country. In March, for instance, she’ll be in Hope, BC, as a fiddle instructor, then two months later in May, she’s off to instruct in Parrsboro, NS. Later on, next summer, she’s instructing at the Grand Master’s Fiddle Camp, in Manotick.

“It’s completely humbling, it really does seem surreal,” Trottier said. “It’s the third year I’m going out to a different part of BC, and I ask them, ‘How did you get my name?

“I feel so honoured to even be recognized and reaching some of these places.”

This past summer she had the opportunity to judge at the famed Shelbourne fiddle festival, something that left her equally incredulous.

“It boggles my mind how people see me,” she said, trying to get her own head around her exemplary reputation.

Her latest release “Feel It!” contains eight original pieces, in addition to three others -Tennessee Waltz, Bye Bye Blackbird and Exactly Like You.

“The numbers have been influenced a little bit with swing music and jazz,” she said, of the vocal and instrumental pieces on it.

The CD will be available for purchase at the release party, and at other locations after the Nov. 14 gathering, so stay tuned for further details.

Tickets for the Bonnie Glen party are $15. To reserve tickets, call 613-525-3078 or email

“I was talking with mom about what we should do. People just don’t want to sit and listen, in Glengarry they want to dance, so we’re setting up the tables that way. And they’re going to expect a lunch, so we’re having a lunch. It’s what we do at home!” Trottier said.

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Two Upcoming Weekend CD Release Parties for Kelli Trottier!

Add to Technorati FavoritesHello again everyone!

I am getting excited about my friend Kelli Trottier’s two upcoming CD release parties this weekend! We’re really hoping to see many friends and fans there and we’ll be selling some merch including Kelli’s new CD, ‘Feel It’!

Details are as follows:


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Concert and Dance
8:00 p.m.
$15.00 lunch included
Bonnie Glen Pavilion, Alexandria, ON
Tickets available at Bonnie Glen
Or email to reserve

Sunday, November 15, 2009

2:30 p.m.
Vimy Officers’ Mess, Kingston, ON
Tickets: $15.00
Available at Renaissance Music in Kingston, ON
or email to reserve

NOTE: There is a dress code at the Vimy Officer’s Mess.
No jeans, hats, jackets or sportswear is allowed. Dress up a little, people!

If you would like directions to the Vimy Officer’s Mess in Kingston, just email with a request.

Kelli will also be co-hosting the morning show with Big G on KIX 93.5 FM in Kingston, from 7:00-9:00 am on Wednesday, November 11th – Remembrance Day! So tune in for some fun and you’ll get to hear some of her songs from the new CD!

Kelli was interviewed on CKWS-TV and this featured aired Tuesday, November 10, 2009. Kelli discusses the new CD and plays with keyboardist Geoff Horrocks. Video courtest of Corus Entertainment.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Christine and Kelli

Kelli Trottier’s New Album, ‘Feel It’ Is Available Now!

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You may have noticed that Kelli Trottier’s MySpace profile has had a makeover! It’s to celebrate the release of her new CD, ‘Feel It’ which is now in and will be on her official website at and in select stores very soon! In the meantime, if you would like to purchase a copy, simply email her at

‘Feel It’ brings a folk/swing feel to Kelli’s music and features many original songs and instrumentals. It also includes traditionals such as “Tennessee Waltz” and “Bye Bye Blackbird.” We have posted three tracks from the new album on the MySpace player (more to come) including “Exactly Like You”, “Calvinish”, and “Tennessee Waltz.” Kelli would love to get your feedback and read your comments, so stop by when you have time and let her know what you think!

Kelli is currently on tour in the U.S. with Bowfire but will be having two CD release parties in Ontario next month:


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Concert and Dance
8:00 p.m.
$15.00 lunch included
Bonnie Glen Pavilion, Alexandria, ON
Tickets available at Bonnie Glen
Or email to reserve

Sunday, November 15, 2009

2:30 p.m.
Vimy Officers’ Mess, Kingston, ON
Tickets: $15.00
Available at Renaissance Music in Kingston, ON
or email to reserve

Finally, Kelli would like to thank the wonderful CHARLES EDE for the new promotional photos for ‘Feel It’.

Kelli Trottier’s Celtic Kitchen Party Press Release!

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The Kingston Irish Folk Club hosts a Celtic Kitchen Party with Kelli Trottier at Tir na nOg Irish Pub, 200 Ontario Street, Monday, September 21st @ 8:30pm-10:30pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at Brian’s Record Option, 381 Princess Street, and at Tir na nOg Irish Pub.

Kelli is a top class Canadian fiddle player who has agreed to take time from her busy Canadian schedule for an all too infrequent performance in Kingston. Proceeds towards forming an Irish Commemoration Band in memory of the estimated 1,000 Irish labourers and their co-workers who died building the Rideau Canal and the estimated 1,400 Irish “famine” victims buried on the grounds of Kingston General Hospital.

For more info call Tony O’Loughlin – 613-389-0754.

Bowfire (& Kelli Trottier) on BRAVO! Tuesday, Sept. 1st

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The Fall Tour dates are announced! To kick off this October’s Canadian tour, Bravo! Canada is airing the BOWFIRE special “Live In Concert”, shot in Kitchener, Ontario in HD. It is airing twice: set your reminders for this coming Tuesday, SEPT 1 at 9:00 pm, and Monday, OCT 12 at 9:00 pm.

TV Schedule on

Following are the LIVE TOUR DATES!

Oct 15, 2009: Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, Brantford ON
Oct 16, 2009: Capitol Centre, North Bay, ON
Oct 17, 2009: Kiwanis Theatre, Chatham, ON
Oct 29, 2009: Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, Thunder Bay, ON
Oct 30, 2009: Club Regent Casino, Winnipeg, MB

Canada and U.S. Schedule on – click for info and ticket links

Click Here to see the BOWFIRE Trailer!

Bowfire is Simply Stupendous!!

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I was privileged to be able to see fiddle supergroup Bowfire last night in Kingston at the Grand Theatre from a 6th row center Orchestra seat and I have to tell you that Bowfire was simply STUPENDOUS!!

I highly recommend this event to fiddle and all music fans everywhere! The show is so professional and utterly entertaining that I found myself grinning from ear to ear throughout and clapping and whooping it up like I was at a rock concert. I’ve never seen violin music interpreted in so many ways and the players are superb. Kelli Trottier’s voice is nothing short of angelic on The Mist Covered Mountains and The Line and Stephanie Cadman’s stepdancing is spectacular. I was particularly enamoured of Bogdan Djukic, the classical and ethnic violinist who also played the bongos. His smile and charisma captivated me! I was told that George Gao who plays the erhu (apparently a very difficult instrument to play) is a god in China. It’s not a wonder. Creator, Artistic Director and Jazz violinist Lenny Solomon has put together a group of phenomenal players (including himself) who are at the top of their game and should all be international superstars!

is an event not to be missed!!

Celtic Fiddler (Kelli Trottier) Sidesteps Teaching Career

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Celtic fiddler sidesteps teaching career
Kingston’s Kelli Trottier tours the world with Bowfire

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Kelli Trottier still shakes her head at how it all turned out. By now, she expected to be a school teacher planning lessons. But instead, she is a globe-trotting fiddler with Bowfire, the group of ace fiddlers from several musical genres.

“But things have never gone the way I’ve planned them,” says Trottier, the Kingstonian who also step-dances and sings in the show.

Bowfire performs tonight at 8 p. m. at the Grand Theatre.

Trottier comes from a musical family – she’d always played an instrument and danced. But when she came to Kingston in 1990s, it wasn’t for music – she was attending teacher’s college.

Then she got a gig for six years touring with Bobby Lalonde, who, at the time, was one of Canada’s busiest touring country artists. Next, Trottier started her own band and then played one of the leads in a musical called Swingstep for eight months at one of the big theatres in Toronto.

In 2002, when Trottier received the call to join Bowfire, the fiddler thought it would be a nice, little yearly gig.

“When I started it was just a little three-week tour once a year,” she says. “I think it was first performed at Expo 2000 and it was so successful they decided to just keep it going.”

The idea behind Bowfire was a simple one: assemble a group of eight or 10 fiddlers from different genres and then showcase their talents in a two-hour concert. The leader and organizer is jazz violinist Lenny Solomon.

“When Lenny first called me, there was supposed to be no singing in the show,” says Trottier. “But each of us has a special feature in the show, and when Lenny asked me what I wanted to do, I suggested singing, since I was already fiddling and step-dancing.”

So at the Grand, Trottier will sing two songs: a traditional Celtic song called Mist-Covered Mountains; and an original by Solomon’s sister called The Line.

“I think the idea is to eventually have all of the music be original to Bowfire,” says Trottier, who also dances twice in the show besides her fiddling duties.

As for the rest of the show, it offers a little bit of everything.

“Basically if you don’t like what you hear, just wait a minute and you will hear something you like,” says Trottier. “My speciality is Celtic, but we’ve got people who do bluegrass, jazz, classical, klezmer and we used to have someone who did gypsy music.

“So as a listener, you might have come to hear the classical but come away enjoying something you hadn’t previously been exposed to – like jazz.”

Among the other fiddlers featured are the jazzy Solomon, classical violinist Bogdan Djukic and bluegrass virtuoso Ray Legere.

The show ends with a flourish. “For our encore we play Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir and people go nuts when they recognize the tune,” says Trottier.

Although Bowfire has played all over the world, this short Ontario tour is its first real Canadian tour.

“It’s such a big cast with 15 musicians [there’s also a back-up band for the fiddlers] that when we’re touring, we have to be playing every day,” says Trottier. “We can’t afford to take a day off. And in Canada cities aren’t as close together as they are down in the U. S. which is where we do most of our touring.”

She says the Americans particularly like the dancing in the show. “Step-dancing is something they’ve never seen,” says Trottier, “It’s the icing on the cake for them.

“But in the big cities they’re used to top-notch entertainment, so they’ve got a kind of impress-me attitude. We were warned that in the big cities it takes a lot for the audience to react.”

As for Trottier’s solo career, she’s gathering songs and hopes to record a new album soon. Right now her own band usually only plays in the summer time.

New Photos of Kelli Trottier by Michael Parkinson

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Just a reminder that Kelli Trottier will be performing with fiddle supergroup Bowfire this month on their Ontario tour which kicks off in Kingston at The Grand Theatre this Saturday, March 14, 2009.

For more information go to:

Kelli played at the 8th Annual Tim Mavety Tribute (a fundraiser for epilepsy) in Kingston this past Saturday and photographer Michael Parkinson captured some great shots which you can view here:

Happy spring!

Bravo! is on BOWFIRE!!

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Bravo! is on BOWFIRE:

BOWFIRE “LIVE IN CONCERT” Premieres February 7th

– Rock show with Canadian fiddlers airs February 7, 2009 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo! –

– Bravo! presents Bowfire’s upcoming national tour –

Toronto, ON (January 8, 2009) – Bravo! sexes up string instruments with BOWFIRE “LIVE IN CONCERT”, airing Saturday, Feb. 7th at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT and Tuesday, Feb. 10th at 8 p.m. / 5 p.m. PT. Featuring an energetic ensemble of fiddlers centre stage, BOWFIRE “LIVE IN CONCERT” isn’t your grandmother’s orchestra. This sizzling concert fuses jazz, classical, bluegrass, Celtic, and swing music to produce an epic rock concert. BOWFIRE “LIVE IN CONCERT” uses electric bows, multiple cameras, and a state-of-the-art lightshow to launch the fiddle into the 21st century.

Created by violinist and performer Lenny Solomon, the Bowfire company attracts the most innovative and gifted musicians in the country. BOWFIRE “LIVE IN CONCERT” stars these Canadian string virtuosos, and features step dancing, stunning Celtic vocals, and a Chinese erhu solo. This musical journey also includes fiery performances of “Fiddler in the Hood,” “Orange Blossom Special” and a rousing cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” Executive produced by Barry Avrich, BOWFIRE “LIVE IN CONCERT” was recorded in May, 2007 at Kitchener, Ontario’s Centre in the Square.

“When you put the best string players from around the world together on stage something magical happens,” says Solomon. “We are changing people’s perception of what a stringed instrument can do.”


Bravo! Presents




BOWFIRE brings the total string experience to the Living Arts Centre, Hammerson Hall, on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. The hottest new show to hit the stage is quickly becoming a major international success. It is at once an exceptionally high quality music experience and a theatrically staged production, which strings together one show-stopping hit after another.

Bowfire produces an “All Star Show” of the finest lineup of fiddle and violin virtuosos ever assembled on one stage. It takes its audiences on a musical journey that moves seamlessly from jazz, classical, bluegrass, Celtic, rock, gypsy, world, Texas Swing and Ottawa Valley and Cape Breton styles, and mixes in incredible step and tap dancing and a beautiful voice. All of this gets wrapped around a fast-paced show with first class production values that include great sound, choreography, dramatic lighting, set design and costumes.

Bowfire is a one of a kind musical and theatrical experience!

Aeroplan members can redeem their points to experience Bowfire live. This reward includes: one ticket for one person to the concert, post-show Bowfire cast Meet & Greet, and a Bowfire DVD and CD.

Note: Tickets are subject to availability and space is limited.

Tickets for Bravo! Presents BOWFIRE: LIVE IN CONCERT are priced at $25, $50 and $65, with student, senior and group discount of $5 off the ticket price. Tickets are available online; by phone at 905-306-6000 or 1-888-805-8888; or in person at the box office from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 90 minutes before and 30 minutes after the start of all shows. Tickets can also be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, on line at or by calling 1-800-265-5566.

The Living Arts Centre is located at 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga, on the west side of Square One Shopping Centre. Complimentary underground parking at the Living Arts Centre is available.