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    Issue: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: Photo fournie par l’Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY)

    Tout en musique pour la Fête de la Saint-Jean

    La Saint-Jean, qu’est-ce que ? À l’origine, une fête païenne célébrée, le 24 juin, depuis quelques siècles, qui a, par la suite, été christianisée. On y faisait des feux de joie, on chantait et on dansait, le tout pour célébrer l’arrivée de l’été... more

    Jun 21, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton Photography

    Out of the Shadows

    Multifaceted, multicultural and full of ingenuity – the arts and music community of the Yukon is widely appreciated, well-funded and extensively advertised. At least, some parts of it. At the colder, less hospitable edges of the creative community... more

    May 31, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: Zach Armitage

    There is always time for Soda Pony

    It is a typical Sunday evening in Whitehorse, and the Whitehorse two-piece alternative rock band Soda Pony is hard at work rehearsing and perfecting material for their upcoming CD release show in June. They have just finished the recording and... more

    May 24, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO courtesy of Thorin Loeks

    A Shining Star

    This was the second time that I have had the pleasure of doing an interview with Thorin Loeks. The first time, which was in June last year, he had just released his first album, Thirsty Hearts. Since then he has been writing more music and working... more

    May 17, 2017

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  • P1-2017-06-21-KellyTabuteau-SolsticeSaint-Jean.jpeg

    Issue: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: Photo fournie par l’Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY)

    Tout en musique pour la Fête de la Saint-Jean

    La Saint-Jean, qu’est-ce que ? À l’origine, une fête païenne célébrée, le 24 juin, depuis quelques siècles, qui a, par la suite, été christianisée. On y faisait des feux de joie, on chantait et on dansait, le tout pour célébrer l’arrivée de l’été... more

    Jun 21, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton Photography

    Out of the Shadows

    Multifaceted, multicultural and full of ingenuity – the arts and music community of the Yukon is widely appreciated, well-funded and extensively advertised. At least, some parts of it. At the colder, less hospitable edges of the creative community... more

    May 31, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: Zach Armitage

    There is always time for Soda Pony

    It is a typical Sunday evening in Whitehorse, and the Whitehorse two-piece alternative rock band Soda Pony is hard at work rehearsing and perfecting material for their upcoming CD release show in June. They have just finished the recording and... more

    May 24, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO courtesy of Thorin Loeks

    A Shining Star

    This was the second time that I have had the pleasure of doing an interview with Thorin Loeks. The first time, which was in June last year, he had just released his first album, Thirsty Hearts. Since then he has been writing more music and working... more

    May 17, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Courtesy of Elaine Schiman

    A Feast of Jazz

    Jazz lovers in Whitehorse often look at each other and say, “There’s so much music going on. And so much jazz!” And there is. We are blessed with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the arts. However, jazz pianist Grant Simpson noticed a... more

    May 17, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz

    An Evolution of Music and Friendship

    It was 30 years ago, but Andrea McColeman still remembers what Lucie Desaulniers was wearing the first time they got together to jam: neon leggings and a fitness headband (à la Olivia Newton John) propping up her permed ‘do. more

    May 17, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Graham Haber

    Changing Direction

    John Stetch was already part of the New York City jazz scene when he first played in front of classical pianist and teacher Burton Hatheway in Fairfield, Connecticut back in 1993. Hatheway, who is still teaching at the age of 87, didn’t mince... more

    May 3, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: Wikipedia

    Bound for Glory

    When I first read these lines by Woodrow Wilson Guthrie I knew my rulebook had been changed: “I hate a song that makes you think that you’re not any good. I hate a song that makes you think you’re just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to... more

    Apr 26, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Drop In, Turn On and Jam Out

    On some days, the wind blows from the north. A Whitehorse legend that drifts down the road is this: music and art are taught with passion and respected for their true value. Are there really open mics happening all over town? Was it true that... more

    Apr 19, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Credit: Brett Elliot

    Setting Sail for Uncharted Waters

    “I don’t mind the snow/cause you make me warm/I don’t mind the dark in this romantic cold” – “Here in the Cold” by the The Ukes of Hazard, from their 2015 album Mine to Creep After hitchhiking her way all over Canada as a young, eclectic musician... more

    Apr 19, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Edith Belanger

    Where Tradition and Youth Converge

    The fiddling tradition is alive and well in the Yukon thanks to the Fiddleheads, a group of young fiddlers ranging in age from seven to fourteen years old. The local youth fiddle club is teaming up with groups in Haines Junction and Dawson City to... more

    Mar 29, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-22, PHOTO: courtesy of Marc Atkinson

    Finding a New Way Home

    From Tomaso Albinoni to Django Reinhardt, by way of Led Zeppelin? It’s all part of guitarist Marc Atkinson’s musical journey. The 48-year-old Atkinson grew up on B.C.’s relatively remote Quadra Island, without YouTube, or even television, but with... more

    Mar 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: courtesy of Lucie Desaulniers

    Getting Down to Motown

    A nun, another nun, and a mystery illness all contributed to the development of Lucie Desaulniers as a singer. Growing up in the small Manitoba community of St. Jean Baptiste, not far from the U.S. border, Desaulniers attended a Roman Catholic... more

    Mar 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz Photography

    Making her Own Trail

    If Claire Ness had her druthers, she’d be performing for children by day and providing cabaret-style adult fare once the sun goes down. But not just as a singer-songwriter. “There's something about straight music that lacks the theatrical part... more

    Mar 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Courtesy of BYTE

    Battle of the Bands

    This Rendezvous, The Battle of the Bands is going down, bringing together youth bands from across the territory to battle for top dog honors of the Yukon Music scene. BOTB is presented each year by Bringing Youth Toward Equality (BYTE), and this... more

    Feb 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Michelle Peters

    Genre Bender

    I first heard Nicole Edward’s voice in 2012 when I worked at Aroma Borealis Herb Shop. I had just recently moved to the Yukon and was getting up to speed on who is who in the arts community. Luckily, Aroma Borealis is a big supporter of local... more

    Feb 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Kim Friendenberg

    Sweet Swing

    Got a sweet tooth and a craving for some tunes? Come out to the All City Band's seventh annual Dessert and Dance Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb 11 at the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre for an evening of music, desserts and dancing. All proceeds go... more

    Feb 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: Steve Mynett

    Youthful Exuberance

    Memphis, Tennessee has been dubbed both the "Home of the Blues" and the "Birthplace of Rock and Roll". But it's no slouch in the jazz department, either. In a four-year span from 1934 to 1938, at least half a dozen future jazz luminaries were born... more

    Jan 25, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: courtesy of Daniel Janke

    No Orchestra? No Problem

    Trying to provide professional-calibre orchestral music in a small northern city can be ... well, problematic. Just ask Daniel Janke. "The main problem is we don't have an orchestra. We live in a community where the demographic doesn't really... more

    Dec 21, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-16, PHOTO: John Berryman

    Diving into the Depths of Creativity

    A dancer, instead of moving her body on stage, will show images in a video. A singer, instead of performing at the piano as she usually does, will leave the instrument behind. A painter, instead of using the brush, will make magic with an overhead... more

    Nov 16, 2016

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