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Grant Simpson


Grant Simpson is the producer, director, composer and performer in the Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue.


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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz

It all started in a kitchen, like many good things do. Some people were chatting around the chips and salsa, while a few introverts stood against the wall, and friends were introduced to friends of friends. It was a low-key potluck and the... more

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-06-23, PHOTO: courtesy of the Association Franco Yukonnaise

Look around. The birds are singing, canoes and kayaks are back on Subaru roof racks and my neighbour seems to have an urge for gardening at 11:30 p.m. These are signs of summer. It’s a change from spending much of our time inside, sipping hot tea... more

Jun 23, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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What's Up Yukon May 12, 2016 Issue

Dogtown: the Musical, a story based on the life and fate of a local dog named Trevor, will be one of the many productions featured during the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, taking place June 9 to 18 more

May 12, 2016 12:00 AM , Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2015-10-01 PHOTO: Christian Kuntz

Cirque du Soleil sets the bar high when it comes to circus-style performing arts. In the Yukon, there happens to be a society dedicated to performing and teaching circus performances. At the head of things is Claire Ness. Having gathered... more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2015-06-18 PHOTO: courtesy of Annie Avery and Grant Simpson

I am no stranger to the all-night art festival rodeo. I’ve been to three of them, in two different cities — using all different methods of transportation. I’ve marvelled at and participated in hundreds of exhibits and meandered home in the early... more

Jun 18, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Arts & Entertainment

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Issue: 2015-05-28 PHOTO: courtesy of Jordy Walker

The second annual Whitehorse Nuit Blanche is set to transform the downtown core into an all-night art playground. Inviting the audience to become the artist, this art crawl will bring installations, performances, and other participatory exhibits... more

May 28, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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PHOTO: Barry “Jack” Jenkins

Nicole Edwards was raised on the Muppet Show, and she dreamed of duetting with Kermit since she was a kid. As an adult, she decided to make her puppet dreams a reality. She debuted her new video, Lychee Martini, to a packed house at Epic Pizza... more

Mar 26, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Photo by Christian Kuntz

Spring is here, and if you are looking for a new hobby, swing dance lessons are coming to Whitehorse. more

Apr 10, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Music 1 Comments

Learn, listen, and play is what Jazz in the Hall events are about. On March 6 Jazz Yukon is presenting a Jazz in the Hall event featuring youth musicians. more

Feb 27, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Music

A whirlwind of optimism, energy, and passion is coming from Annie Avery and Grant Simpson regarding their new album, Two Piano Tornado. After playing music together for years they finally decided to go to the studio together, following a particularly more

Feb 6, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Music

For Fawn Fritzen, the idea was born two years ago, the first time she sang with music maven Grant Simpson. "We chatted a bit during the break and he mentioned that he'd been thinking of doing this Cole Porter show for dinner theatre or something. more

Apr 26, 2012 12:00 AM Yukon Music

When the 44th Annual Rotary Music Festival begins on April 11, Whitehorse can expect to hear a fresh collection of musical talent from artists young and old. "This year we are running with things that have worked in previous years," says Edith Belan more

Apr 5, 2012 12:00 AM Yukon Music

It seems like an unlikely pairing: Grant Simpson (jazz musician, vaudevillian and musical director of the Frantic Follies for over 30 years), and Kate Weekes (young hippie, folksinger and member of the traditional country swing trio Home Sweet Home). more

Nov 24, 2011 12:00 AM Yukon Music

Manfred Janssen and Jim Vautour were performing the iconic "Land of Gold," something they penned together in the late 1970s that many people consider the Yukon's unofficial anthem. more

Apr 7, 2011 12:00 AM Yukon Music

Whitehorse is celebrating "Django Week" to honour the eccentric Gypsy jazz legend and musical genius, Jean 'Django' Reinhardt, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday Jan. 23. more

Jan 21, 2010 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2005-03-25

Caroline Drury sings Love Potion #9. That’s all anyone needs to know before deciding to buy her newest CD, Loving You, Loving Me. Love Potion #9 was popular two decades before the 24-year-old former Yukoner was born. more

Mar 25, 2005 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-03-01, Illustration: Shauna Jones

Appearing nightly in vaudeville, burlesque, ballets and operas, on tiny rustic stages of the Wild West mining camps and in the frontier theatres of the Pacific Coast, by the 1870s the cancan was in North America to stay. more

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-01-25, Illustration: Shauna Jones

Although the cancan made its North American debut with Offenbach’s opera Orpheus of the Underworld in 1861, it wasn’t until it appeared in the first American musical that the cancan became a true phenomenon in North America. more

Jan 25, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2016-11-30, Illustration: Shauna Jones

On June 20, 1819 the composer who was destined to pen the cancan theme song was born. His name was Jacques Offenbach. Born in Cologne, Germany, he grew to be a virtuoso cellist. At 14 he was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire and travelled... more

Nov 30, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2016-10-26, Illustration: by Shauna Jones

It’s difficult to think of the cancan as being a dance-craze, like the Fox Trot, the Charleston and other dances fashioned after animal antics, but that’s exactly what it was. Working-class Paris dancehalls like the Chaumiere began to admit... more

Oct 26, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2016-09-29, ILLUSTRATION: Shauna Jones

Although women of Paris played an integral role in the French Revolution, once the dust settled they were given a stern message by the new men in power: Stay home, tend to the children and leave the important business of governing to us. By 1825,... more

Sep 29, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon History

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