Accomplished musician Pierre Schryer says goodbye

June 2018

After 18 years in Thunder Bay, award winning fiddler Pierre Schryer is saying goodbye with a little help from his friends in a farewell performance at the Community Auditorium on Saturday, June 23rd.

Pierre shared some thoughts as he prepares for his next journey. “Thunder Bay has provided me a wonderfully supportive creative environment to hone my skills in the art of music, performance, teaching, lutherie, parenthood and community building. I thank the people in this city for supporting my local endeavors and productions. It’s been an honour to live amidst the spectacular natural beauty and the Northwestern vibe that Thunder Bay embodies. Thunder Bay became my home when my wife Merrie started her job as principal trumpet in the Thunder Bay Symphony. Now her creative ventures at the University of Victoria are taking us west. The experiences that I’ve had in Thunder Bay have inspired me, and this inspiration will help feed new projects to embark on”, said Pierre.

The event will be a true community celebration as Pierre Schryer takes you on a journey through music, song, and dance with performances by some of Thunder Bay’s top artists including Matt Sellick, Danny Johnson, Rodney Brown, Clay Breiland, Dahab, Olivia Korkola, Cosbey Quartet and Merrie Klazek. The show will also include groups that Pierre helped create over the years, including the Youth Celtic Ensemble and Lads of the Lake. Tickets for this special event are available at or the TBCA Box Office at 684-4444.

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