Alexander John Kusturok
Cold Lake AB
Growing up, Alex followed his mother Patti to Old time dances around Manitoba where he was enriched with the Métis fiddle from a very young age. By age 7, the passion for music became apparent and today Alex makes his living as a performer and educator.
Career Highlights Include:
- Part of the Metis Delegation that travelled to Rome in 2022. Shared Metis music with Pope Francis.
- “Indigenous Day Live Winter Solstice” 5 day music festival that aired on APTN
- Toured as a "hired gun" with the Derina Harvey band (2017)
- Métis Spring Festival Champion (Alberta, 2016)
- Two Time British Columbia Fiddle Champion (2008, 2009)
- Five Time Manitoba Champion ,
- Eight Time Manitoba Métis Champion
- Grand North American Champion (Alberta, 2013)
- Canadian Grand Masters National Competition ranking in the top ten competitors and performing in Junior Showcase.
- Toured through Norway Europe with Patti Kusturok and Trent Bruner
- Festival of Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsand, Washington
- Folk Life Festival in Seattle, Washington
- 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics (1st Medal Ceremony)
Alex has shared the Métis culture at many different cultural events including but not limited to:
- Metis Nation of Alberta Events.
- Two Tours with Spirit Horse (aboriginal theatre piece)
- Asham Stomperfest, Reedy Creek, Manitoba
- Back to Batoche Festival in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- International Métis Festival at the International Peace Gardens, Manitoba/North Dakota Border
Alex continues to be high in demand as a performer, and educator across Canada. Alex has a blend of styles in his music. He is greatly influenced by the Quebecois and Cape Breton fiddle styles, however, the Métis style remains at the forefront of his playing.
Alex has released four Independent Albums, "Groove" (2009) , “For Old Times Sake" (2014) “Almost live” (2017) and “Phoenix” (2020) . In Alex's show you can count on a display of culture through music and dance, stories of his upbringing, and an energy that he hopes will touch your heart and move you.