Traditional Arts in Upstate New York. Traditional Arts of Upstate New York
53 Main Street
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 386-4289


Unless otherwise specified, events take place at The TAUNY Center.


Folkstore Holiday Showcase

The holidays give us an excuse to fill the whole first floor with works from all of our regional artists, and that gives them the space to bring larger and unique items. Come have a look, and find exclusive local gifts for everyone on your list.




January 10 - 30, 2015

An exhibit of recent works by North Country knitters.

More information is available here.

Opening March 28
An exhibit of Mohawk inspired work by Sue Ellen Herne and friends.

More information coming soon!


Thursday, December 18, 5:00 - 7:30pm

Caroling with TAUNY!

We'll meet at The TAUNY Center, sing through some carols with lyrics provided, and go out caroling in the neighborhood. Of course we'll return for hot cocoa and cookies!


Wednesday, December 24th, 10am-3pm

Gingerbread House Pick-up

If you entered a gingerbread house in this year's Sugar and Spice competition and would like to pick it up, this is the day! (Any houses not picked up by closing time at 3pm will be fed to the birds!)


Saturday, January 31, 2014

Bill Smith and Don Woodcock perform at The TAUNY Center. Music and storytelling.

More information coming soon.

Saturday March 28

Dan Berggren and Andy Flynn.

Adirondack music and history. More information coming soon.

TAUNY Jams 2015

Starting January 9

Then, First Fridays February through May

7:00 - 8:30pm

TAUNY's traditional music jams are open to good-natured folks interested in gathering with North Country neighbors to play old time fiddle tunes. All levels of musicians, singers, and step dancers are welcome. Toe tappiní listeners are encouraged although they may be handed a pair of spoons or washboard before the eve is over!

Spring 2015 jams begin on January 9, and are on first Fridays in February, March, April, and May, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. They are hosted by fiddler Gretchen Koehler and singer/guitarist Barb Heller, host of NCPR's String Fever.

More details about the jams are available at this link.

TAUNY/SLU Contra Club

Community Contra Dances and Tune School

Spring 2015

Tune School: begins in February

Each week, day to be determined, 4:30 - 6:00pm at The TAUNY Center

Dances: Dates to be announced

Calling musicians!

TAUNY and the student contra dance club at St. Lawrence University team up to hold monthly Community Contra Dances and a weekly Tune School.

Acoustic and traditional musicians are encouraged to attend weekly, with the goal to play as part of the band for the contra dances. Tune School meetings are a cross between lessons and a jam, with a melody instrument player teaching tunes each week. Players should be comfortable learning by ear, and are encouraged to bring recording devices and/or notebooks to help with picking tunes up. Both melody and rhythm instruments are welcome.

Styles vary depending on the teachers, who include Cape Breton and Scottish-style fiddle player Jacob Brillhart, fiddler Dillon Black, and Appalachian-style clawhammer banjo player and TAUNY Director of Research and Programs Camilla Ammirati. Attention is given to tunes, etiquette, and methods for playing with other musicians in various styles, and how best to play for dances.

TAUNY Jam players are ancouraged to attend Tune School as well!

Contact TAUNY at 315-386-4289 or with questions.

Dust off those instruments and join us!

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