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    Issue: 2017-09-13, PHOTO: Jeanne Mayer Freebody

    Return to the Yukon

    It’s been 30 years, or thereabouts, since I first ran into the iconic Canadian folksinger-songwriter-poet who goes by the simple – but exotic-sounding – name of Ferron. There was no reason she should remember me. I was just a volunteer driver for... more

    Sep 13, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-23, PHOTO: Manus Hopkins

    Local Artists Team Up for a Night of Live Hip Hop

    “You’re Doing Great Work” reads the massive block letters on the front of Splintered Craft’s building on 4th Avenue. Other messages, pictures and tags cover nearly the entire exterior, and all have been made by local youth. more

    Aug 23, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-09, PHOTO: 2016 HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN RIGHT OF CANADA as represented by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

    RCMP Musical Ride Returns

    “The best place to view the ride is from up high,” says Inge Sumanik. “But, for me, it is standing next to the fence and feeling the ground shake.” “The ride” that she refers to is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride. Since 1876, the... more

    Aug 9, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-02, PHOTO: David Popoff

    Orchestra at the Edges of Canada

    “Come as you are, bring a friend or a parent or a daughter or a nephew, and be prepared to be blown away by NYO Canada's talented and passionate young musicians,” says Blanche Israël, external relations manager at the National Youth Orchestra... more

    Aug 2, 2017

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Music Stories

  • P1-2017-09-13-Ferron (copy).jpeg

    Issue: 2017-09-13, PHOTO: Jeanne Mayer Freebody

    Return to the Yukon

    It’s been 30 years, or thereabouts, since I first ran into the iconic Canadian folksinger-songwriter-poet who goes by the simple – but exotic-sounding – name of Ferron. There was no reason she should remember me. I was just a volunteer driver for... more

    Sep 13, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-30, PHOTO: Liam Harrap

    Setting Forth for New Frontiers

    Yukon musician Jona Barr is pumped. He’s going to Germany – and he’s going to be playing his first set outside of Canada. “I’ve traveled to a few upper American states while touring Canada, but this is my first international festival,” says the... more

    Aug 30, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-23, PHOTO: Manus Hopkins

    Local Artists Team Up for a Night of Live Hip Hop

    “You’re Doing Great Work” reads the massive block letters on the front of Splintered Craft’s building on 4th Avenue. Other messages, pictures and tags cover nearly the entire exterior, and all have been made by local youth. more

    Aug 23, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-09, PHOTO: 2016 HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN RIGHT OF CANADA as represented by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

    RCMP Musical Ride Returns

    “The best place to view the ride is from up high,” says Inge Sumanik. “But, for me, it is standing next to the fence and feeling the ground shake.” “The ride” that she refers to is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride. Since 1876, the... more

    Aug 9, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-02, PHOTO: David Popoff

    Orchestra at the Edges of Canada

    “Come as you are, bring a friend or a parent or a daughter or a nephew, and be prepared to be blown away by NYO Canada's talented and passionate young musicians,” says Blanche Israël, external relations manager at the National Youth Orchestra... more

    Aug 2, 2017

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    Kevin Kelly Photography

    A New Sparrow is Arriving

    This fall, Beggs will be launching her 6th solo album, called Said Little Sparrow, which is the follow up to 2013's Beauty and Breaking. more

    Jul 26, 2017

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    Kevin Jack

    Come As You Are

    The Paradise Electronic Music Festival was born 12 years ago after Jack decided he wanted to showcase Yukon artists in the local electronic music scene. Jack has been making and producing music for over 15 years, and along with all aspects of the fes more

    Jul 26, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-07-12, Photo: courtesy of Greg Komaromi

    Music Gets the Campfire Cooking

    It makes sense that Yukon Women in Music came up with the idea for a series of campfire sing-alongs during a campfire sing-along. It was the summer of 2015 when a couple members of the organization, including BJ MacLean, were camping at Pine Lake. more

    Jul 12, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: Manus Hopkins

    Back in Town

    Among Whitehorse’s talented music scene are Madi Dixon and Sarah Ott. Since their early teen years, Dixon and Ott have been staples of the local artistic community, performing as part of grand scale events and intimate gigs alike, and each... more

    Jun 28, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: Bruce Barrett

    Taking the Sound of the Yukon to a National Stage

    As the name suggests, Whitehorse Community Choir (WCC) is all about community. The choir draws upon the people of Whitehorse and surrounding communities for its singers, accompanists, audience, inspiration and, ultimately – the most important... more

    Jun 28, 2017

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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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    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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