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

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 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-07-07, PHOTO: by Alistar Maitland Photography

The music scene in Whitehorse is really something. Full of fresh, creative musical sounds that come straight from the heart and soul of artists who discovered their own voices inside the warmth of their homes in the dead of winter. The diving... more

Jul 7, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-06-30, PHOTO: Kim Melton

Music-industry types mingled with arts funders and a few musicians at the Yukon Transportation Museum on June 15 for a different kind of brown-bag lunch event – a team from the Polaris Music Prize was in town to announce its long-list of 40... more

Jun 30, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-06-02, PHOTO: Submitted by Jona Barr

Saturn is somewhere in its grand orbit when you’re born. When it comes round again, 29.5 years later, astrologers say it can mean big changes in your life. For Whitehorse musician Jona Barr, it was during his own period of Saturn returning that he... more

Jun 2, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-01-14 PHOTO: courtesy of Steve Maddock

Steve Maddock owes at least part of his resumé to the bad judgment of another singer. In 1998, the crooner/actor/voice teacher from Burnaby, B.C., got an unexpected call from a cruise ship line, asking him to fill in for its previous male... more

Jan 14, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-11-26 PHOTO: Dan Davidson

November 7 turned out to be an incredibly busy evening for anyone involved in community events in Dawson. There was the closing banquet for the Youth Art Enrichment program, which I mentioned here a few weeks ago. There was an outdoor art... more

Nov 26, 2015 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2015-11-05 PHOTO: Promotional

Whitehorse-resident Selina Heyligers-Hare, or as she’s billed in the upcoming Blue Feather Music Festival, Selina H., is only 18 years old. She just graduated from high school. However, she has 13 years of experience making music and can hold her... more

Nov 5, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-11-05 PHOTO: Courtesy of Gary Bailie

Gary Bailie has taken a personal tragedy and turned it into the fuel that powers him to produce the popular Blue Feather Music Festival. Now in its 15th year the annual music event was never meant to be the large-scale music festival it has become. more

Nov 5, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-10-22 PHOTO: courtesy of Brenda Berezan

Brenda Berezan was an aspiring songwriter when she moved to the Yukon wilderness. Having taken a break from music to run a business and raise her family, she has recently returned to performing and recording. She's now releasing her second album, ... more

Oct 22, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-10-08 PHOTO: courtesy of Gordie Tentrees

Homegrown singer-songwriter Gordie Tentrees is releasing his sixth album, Less is More, with a Northern tour this month. Tentrees is playing in Skagway, Dawson City,Keno City, and two shows in Whitehorse. This Northern tour follows his recent tours.. more

Oct 8, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-10-08 PHOTO: Peter Long

Your first perception of Duncan Sinclair may be of a reserved, buttoned-down guy – a civil servant, most likely. You wouldn't be wrong. Sinclair spent decades in the territorial public service, rising through the ranks before retiring in 2002 as ... more

Oct 8, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music 1 Comments

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Issue: 2015-10-01 PHOTO: courtesy of Jesse Roper

The Midnight Sons Band is fresh off a tour and ready to rock. On Saturday, October 3, the band is presenting – and performing at – Rock the North, which is an all-ages dance at the Yukon Convention Centre featuring the rockabilly/psychobilly band... more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-09-24 PHOTO: courtesy of MC TurMoil

Jonathan Steel, known by his nom-de-rap MC TurMoiL, has released his first CD, Black and Green. He's also released a video for the album's hit track, “Mr. Myagi.” I must approach this review with caution, since despite Steel being a friend of mine... more

Sep 24, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music 1 Comments

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Issue: 2015-09-17 PHOTO: courtesy of Black Iron Blossom

Blues band Black Iron Blossom came out of nowhere. I hadn't even heard of them before the normally quiet Sam Gallagher stopped me in Mac's Fireweed Books, told me he's in a band and asked me to listen to their CD, called Full Moon Over Whitehorse. more

Sep 17, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-09-17 PHOTO: Courtesy of Music Yukon

Summer may be drawing to a close, but there is still a great music festival that you can catch. Taking place in Victoria, B.C., the Breakout West festival takes place Sept. 17-20. The festival has been going for 13 years strong. more

Sep 17, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-09-10 PHOTO: Peter Menzies

The North Klondyke Highway Music Society (NKHMS) is doing a happy dance. The Canadian charity MusiCounts recently delivered the good news - the North Klondyke Highway Music Society is one of 19 programs selected from among 100 applicants across... more

Sep 10, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-07-23 PHOTO: Slocan Ramblers publicity photo

The Slocan Ramblers often get asked how it happens that four lads who live in Toronto came to be interested in bluegrass music. Bass player Alastair Whitehead says there’s a fairly vibrant bluegrass scene in Toronto and even a lot of interest in... more

Jul 23, 2015 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2015-07-09 PHOTO: Alistair Maitland Photography

Type Thing — available on the Bandcamp website — is a full length, home-recorded, independent rock n’ roll record by the artist known as Kitten Puppy, who I believe to be Whitehorse mailman Tom Pritchard. more

Jul 9, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music 1 Comments

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Issue: 2015-07-02 PHOTO: courtesy of Pat LePoidevin

Playing a show to open for a musician is a first for Whitehorse bornand-raised Patrick Hamilton. Hamilton says, “I’ve been a professional musician since I was 18,” and he means that he’s been very involved in multiple music projects since that time. more

Jul 2, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music