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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: 2017-03-01, 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: 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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Music Stories

  • Marc Atkinson (copy).jpeg

    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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    Issue: 2016-11-16, PHOTO: Stephanie Barnes

    Gimme That Tessitura

    Full disclosure: Steve Maddock and I have a few things in common. We're both PKs (preacher's kids) who grew up in southern Ontario adding our piping, angelic treble voices to the choirs in our fathers' churches. Point of departure: I struggled... more

    Nov 16, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTOS: Christie Goodwin

    Keeping the Dream Alive

    When Jolie Angelina McNabb was buried 16 years ago, Kwanlin Dün elders gave her the name, Blue Feather Eagle Woman. The Bluefeather Music Festival started in 2010 as a tribute concert to Jolie, who committed suicide. She had a dream, that she... more

    Nov 2, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: by courtesy of Olivier de Colombel

    Travelling with Thomas

    If you go by way of Laos and the U.S. East Coast, the journey from France to Yukon is anything but a straight line. But a brief reunion of two lifelong friends in Paris two summers ago proves you can get from there to here. During a 2015 bike tour... more

    Nov 2, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-26, PHOTO: by Meagan Deuling

    The Life and Times of Teenage Metalheads, WaRRmAuth

    WaRRmAuth is one of the most intriguing bands to be rising out of Whitehorse’s small but strong musical talent pool. At the forefront of the metal scene revival, these teenage stars rock harder than most with talent and ingenuity to back them up... more

    Oct 26, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-26, PHOTO: courtesy of Willie Jones III

    Banging on the sofa

    Willie Jones III isn't shy about crediting his late father, a renowned pianist from Los Angeles, with sparking his interest in jazz. "Even before I started school, he would take me to rehearsal with him and I would watch while he rehearsed... more

    Oct 26, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-19, PHOTO: GBP Creative

    Little Coyote Returns to the Den

    A few years ago, Teagan Johnston sat in her kitchen, her face covered in fake blood. Her husband took the photo in their Toronto apartment for the cover of her second EP, Blood and Bones, released in 2014. When they were barely out of high school... more

    Oct 19, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: Anthony Seck

    Need Some Good Advice?

    Basia Bulat is returning to the Yukon. Bulat is a multi-instrumentalist – she plays guitar, autoharp, banjo, ukulele, charango, hammered dulcimer, saxophone and flute – and has a powerful voice. She comes by her musical interests naturally... more

    Oct 12, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-06, PHOTO: Meagan Deuling

    Rising From The Ashes: Heavy Metal Returns to Whitehorse

    “I want to hear something different.” These six simple words were an unexpected call to action that local promoter and musician Joel Gilchrist received from Karla Watts, a bartender at the Jarvis Street Saloon. “I want you to put on a metal... more

    Oct 6, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-29, PHOTO: by courtesy of Nick Mah

    Remembering Lenny

    If you're doing a stage show about a highly-admired guitarist, being able to render the music is a big help. Fortunately, Whitehorse musician Nicholas Mah has been playing the music of his dramatic subject, the late Lenny Breau, for decades... more

    Sep 29, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: John Abbott

    A Matter of Taste

    Musical talent is over-rated, and taste is under-rated. At least, that's how Canadian-born sax player Grant Stewart sees things. "I know many, many, many players who can play anything they hear, and that's kind of what you're told is the ideal to... more

    Sep 22, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: Ryan MacDonald

    13th Century Music

    Canadian music duo Katelyn Clark and Julie Ryning have been creating ethereal, medieval sounds for the past eight years. They are known as musica fantasia. On Sept. 23 and 24 they perform in Haines Junction Whitehorse. Clark and Ryning started... more

    Sep 22, 2016

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