Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present internationally renowned Canadian fiddler, singer, songwriter April Verch and her band Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or by sending e-mail to jsullivan@unity.edu.

Verch has a passion for performing and her goal is to touch the lives of those who are listening at any given moment. Verch was born to traditional music, in Canada’s hard-working, hard-dancing Ottawa Valley. She was a local star at age 4, stepdancing with her sister and winning awards at contests. She became the first woman in history to win both of Canada’s most prestigious fiddle championships, the Grand Masters and Canadian Open, and when Canada hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, she was asked to represent her country’s music at the opening ceremonies.

Ottawa Valley music is a foot-stomping, open-minded fusion of Irish, Scottish, French, German and Polish influences, sprinkled with tangy spices of American country music. The April Verch Band features world-class musicians Hayes Griffin on guitar and Cody Walters on upright-electric bass and banjo.

Next up at the Centre is Prince Edward Island quartet Gordie MacKeeman Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. ($15); for more information, call 948-7469 or visit unity.edu/uccpa.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@villagesoup.com.