Jig n Jam

Jig n Jam 2024 

Sunday May 19th from 5-8pm at the Ignite Our Spirit Stage. 

Jig n Jam is the Metis component of Manito Ahbee Festival. Like a Metis kitchen party, join us for an exciting evening of jigging, fiddling, square dancing, storytelling and more! Learn about the Red River Metis, bring a friend while two-stepping on the dance floor and hopefully win a prize. 

We are excited to be joined by: 

Rob Monkman as Master of Ceremonies 
Kinew Métis Council Youth Dancers 
Emily Green and Kaitlyn Kuryk on the fiddle 
United Thunder Square Dancers
Red River Metis history with Meghan Young
Norman Chief Memorial Dancers
Michael Audette and his band! 

Our high energy performers and open dance floor will get your toes tapping and hands clapping.  

The Jig n Jam stage, named The Clint Dutiaume Stage, is in honour of the late Clint Dutiaume. A world renowned musician with 9 instrumentalist awards to his name, along with being inducted into the Manitoba Fiddlers Association Hall of Fame as well as the Country Music Association Hall of Fame with his brothers Tom, Jim, and Keith. Clint is remembered as an influential Metis Fiddle player who blazed a trail for many. Clint was a good friend and avid supporter of Manito Ahbee Festival. In honour of Clint and his impact on the Metis community, the Jig n Jam stage is named in his honour.  

We recommend bringing your own chair/blanket for seating, and dress for the weather as we will be outside! 

History of Jigging & Square Dancing

A blend of First Nations’, Irish, French, Scottish, Celtic dance.   Music is played by Fiddle which is rooted from Celtic, Irish, Scottish sounds with Indigenous rhythms that make the music energetic and make anyone tap to the rhythm. Most famous is the Red River Jig – written by Alexander Begg and dates back to 1867.  There are oral accounts of the dance going back to 1830’s of the Northern Plains.  Today, mostly recognized as the Red River Jig of the Metis and referred to as the Metis National Anthem.   Jigging is most relevant to First Nations and the Metis, it is the dance of champions.  The Jig is a one, two, one kick step with a mix of fancy footsteps and changes. Dancers compete showing off their traditional jig mixed with that fancy step and show off their fastest footwork!

Square Dancing
Around for centuries, going back to European roots.   Today, Square Dancing has become a part of First Nations and Metis gatherings, during Pow Wows, Sporting Events, and family gatherings. Following the traditional styles of the European origins and blending in the music of the fiddle and fancy footwork, Square Dancing has become an attraction for enthusiasts from tiny tot groups to Golden Age dancers.   In Manitoba, there are a couple of styles that stand out, the Northern Style Square Dance and the Southern Style Square Dance.  It’s all in the footwork!

If you have any questions please contact our Jig n Jam manager tracie@manitoahbee.com