Émilien (Pete) Couture, old time fiddler

Émilien Couture au violon - SHSB 45158

Émilien Emmanuel (Pete) Couture, son of Emmanuel Couture and Florida Roy, was born in St-Boniface on the 24th of December 1902. Educated at Collège de Saint-Boniface and at the Jesuite College in Edmonton, he received a degree in classical studies from Laval University. He studied violin in Winnipeg and also for two and a half years under Alfred Mergelin in Los Angeles. He played with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, was a member of different musical groups such as "The Prairie Schooner" and he also played for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), radio and television. His programme "Red River Barn Dance" was on the air for 17 years. Old time music fiddler, he is also known for his own compositions such as Pete's Breakdown, Y'Aye! Y'Aye!, Roll Your Own and À la main gauche. He also taught music, notably to Émile Lavallée, a well known Metis fiddler of St-Laurent. On 8 August 1944, he married Emma Marguerite Pélissier, daughter of Joseph A. Pélissier and Marie Séphora Prince. Émilien Couture died at the age of 74 ans, on 27 February 1977 in St-Boniface.

Musique d'Émilien Couture - 0591/2154/25This fonds contains documents created or received by Émilien Couture during his career as a musician. We mostly find music sheets (manuscript or published). We also find correspondence, various greeting cards, newspaper clippings, certificates, programmes, radio and television scripts, drawings, notes and records.  Some documents come from Marguerite Couture (née Pélissier) and members of her family.

Thanks to the Heritage Grants Advisory Council of the Government of Manitoba, this fonds was processed in November 2013. You can access the full description in the database.


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