Connor Matak

Tuning the Machine

Don’t mind the flashing lights and funky sounds, folks. This time machine is not the type you were thinking about. Based out of Whitehorse, their new project, Old Time Machine, blends the acoustic songwritingstylings of Ryan McNally with the ambient elements of Kyle Cashen’s inner workings. The machine is powered as follows: McNally sings and …

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Standing on His Soapbox

“2122 hrs… I got in about four hours ago from Perth, Australia. I forgot how long that flight is. Eleven hours. Not many people on the plane, so it was not bad,” writes Henry Rollins on his website on May 13 from his hotel room in Johannesburg, South Africa. He’s still got a long way …

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Rollin’ with the Wagons

The first signs of spring find some people in their gardens, others on their roofs shovelling away the remnants of winter. For Fred Eaglesmith and his Travelling Steam Show, it is time to “pack up the wagons” and hit the road. “We don’t get excited. We just get really busy!” Eaglesmith tells me over the …

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Keeping Their Music Playing

When beloved members of a community pass away, thoughts about how to commemorate their lives begin to be tossed around. Sometimes a bench is adorned with a plaque or a seedling is planted. In the case of Gord Polichek and Wendy Perry (Trapp), the community of Dawson City wanted to do something a little different. …

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Truth in Falsetto

“I love all of Canada, from Vancouver to the East Coast,” Martin Sexton conveys from his home in western Massachusetts. “The Canadian fans, they buy my music, come to shows and sing-along. It’s really amazing.” He’s gearing up, and getting ready for his 2012 Headlining tour that will bring him up to the Yukon in …

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Writing to be wild

“For me it’s becoming clear that I like the craft of songwriting and recording, but I love turning the light on in people,” says Shelley O’Brien. “They become so empowered. It’s their experience in nature, it’s their artist.” O’Brien launched The Soundscape Project in Victoria in April, bringing it to the Yukon in July. Described …

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Live from the Sticks

At the 2012 Dawson City Music Festival (DCMF), attendees are in for a treat. With a lineup that became progressively more exciting as it was leaked over the early months of spring, one of the bands that stands out is The Deep Dark Woods. Well, to me anyway. You see, a strange thing happens when …

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Stealing the Spotlight

Sometimes, time and place are what matters. For Andrew Laviolette and Kristen Poenn, this couldn’t be more true. After only eight months in the territory, the “Bryant Crooks” are booked into the line-up of the upcoming Dawson City Music Festival. Originally from Ontario, these two are set to make waves in the Canadian music scene, …

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Oldtime Revival

Atlin, B.C., a town of 450, is set to swell by over 2,500 on Friday, July 6. No, it’s not part of any Mayan prophecy-clad natural disaster. It’ll be caused by the budding Atlin Arts & Music Festival. The festival has quite a story behind it. “It started as just an idea in January of …

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