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Issue: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: Cosenti Graf-Smith

Meet Lee Campese, Yukon’s most recent import and the latest addition to the groovy rhythmic assemblage, Major Funk and the Employment. Campese, who has been drumming for 18 years, is no stranger to the spotlight, but this summer marks his first in... more

Jun 21, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: Government of Yukon

Celebrated across cultures for centuries, the summer solstice falls on Wednesday, June 21. Each year, the summer solstice marks the longest day of the year and brings with it the kickoff of the major summer festivities in the Yukon. This week will... more

Jun 21, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

Somewhere in the tangle of ersatz gold rush facades, back alley shops and parking lots of Whitehorse, a portrait of the Fab Four used to sweep across the wall of one of the city’s shopping malls. Or did I imagine it? It’s gone now, but I remember... more

May 31, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Music 1 Comments

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Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: courtesy of The Boxcars

The roots of bluegrass music go back to the old-time string bands popular in the 1920s and ’30s. Nowhere was the string band more popular or prolific than in the Appalachian mountains of the southeastern United States. Back in those hills and... more

May 31, 2017 12:00 AM Haines Junction

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Alistair Maitland Photography

Get ready, get set, and don’t forget to bring a lunch! Arts in the Park is about to head into another spectacular season of performing arts over lunch hour at Whitehorse’s LePage Park. Most locals are well acquainted with this beloved weekday... more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Music 1 Comments

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: courtesy of Katie Pope

As I was trying on new glasses a few weeks ago at Northern Lights Optometry, fashion specialist Katie Pope helped me. I liked her instantly and I complimented her on her extraordinary sense of style. On my next visit (according to Katie many... more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon People

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: Wikipedia

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 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

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 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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

“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 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

You never quite know how the monthly coffee house/open mic sessions in the KIAC ballroom at the Odd Fellows Hall are going to go. For several months recently the evenings have started out with Peter Menzies leading a group of young fiddlers in an... more

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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