BIOGRAPHY

Whether at a festival or in a kitchen, the party ignites when Ariko takes the stage. Homegrown in Lafontaine, Ontario, Ariko features the rich vocal harmonies and dynamic fiddle stylings of the Lefaive sisters along with a driving and energetic rhythm section delivered by their parents Laura and Louis. Performance highlights since Ariko’s debut in 2003 include the Main Stage at Mariposa Folk Festival, the Spectacle de la solidarité franco-ontarienne in Ottawa, and the Pan Am Games at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.

Recipient of the “Coup de foudre Salut!” award for their concert Portrait de famille at Contact Ontarois in 2018, Ariko is touring this dynamic show through public venues and schools across the province during the 2018-2019 season. On the menu: the original repertoire of their album Portrait de famille, unique arrangements of traditional French-Canadian songs, traditional fiddle tunes and stepdance! Ariko’s performances engage audiences of all ages with interactive rhythm, song and dance activities. Rooted in traditional music, their dynamic repertoire is coloured by zydeco, jazz and popular genres. Let yourself be recharged by the positive energy of this family group!

In January 2019 L’Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) nominated Ariko  for the category "Artiste solo or group - Roots" for a Trille Or award.

"Ariko's passionate voice is reflected in their 2017 album release, Portrait de famille, which is truly a portrait of this musical family and the traditions that have shaped their music."

-Heritage Matters