Janelle Hardy

Small Town, Big Arts Festival

MAYO The Village of Mayo, named most astutely after a certain Alfred H. Mayo, one-time circus acrobat, is hosting, for the fifth year in a row, a back-bendingly large assortment of homegrown artistic and musical talent. Set this year on summer solstice, June 21, the Mayo Arts Festival, along the banks of the Stewart River …

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Nancy Smythe Leaves the Yukon … But Not The Theatre

BY JANELLE HARDY “When I heard your voicemail, I cried!” With that, community theatre enthusiast Nancy Smythe openly and vigorously agreed to be interviewed. A staple in the local Whitehorse theatre scene for the past eight years, Smythe, after 19 years in the Yukon, is moving all the way across the country. “In ’89, I’d …

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My Mom, The Felter

BY JANELLE HARDY “Felting is a long and arduous process that compromises your back and the flooding of your house is a real hazard,” describes Louise Hardy, the latest artist to open a solo show at Arts Underground. She’s also my mother … so we will dispense with the journalistic preference for surnames here. Picture …

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The Return of Scotch

Talk to any Yukon musician playing Outside and you’ll get all sorts of small-world stories. Take Declan O’Donovan, lead vocals, piano and acoustic guitar for the group, Scotch. Playing a solo set in a bar in Montréal a few weeks ago, he got a shoulder massage from another Yukoner (coincidentally, my brother). “It was hilarious. …

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The Family That Sticks Together

“It was just all a manner of the stars lining up,” uttered Well-Read Books owner Jan Stick, describing how they came to share space with Climate Clothing for a year in their new 4th Avenue location. It doesn’t hurt that they’re related. Jan and Lorraine Stick, Climate Clothing owner, are sisters-in-law, and Lorraine’s daughter Ciara …

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Heidi Hehn Uses the Big Brush

BY JANELLE HARDY Crisp, precise and focused. On viewing most of Yukon painter Heidi Hehn’s paintings, these words draw closest to finding an underlying mood to her impeccable technique. Her newest show, Water, is on display this August at the Yukon Art Centre Community Grotto. It is meant to disturb any complacency that viewers might …

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Root Sellers’ International Career an Olympian Feat

BY JANELLE HARDY They’re a fixture in the local music scene and, increasingly, nationally. Now at the Beijing Olympics, the brotherly duo of the long-blonde dreadlocks, Galen and Daniel Ashley, will have performed at the BC Canada Pavilion. Speaking with them over the phone on the eve of their departure from Vancouver to Beijing, there …

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Music Festivals the Australian Way

BY JANELLE HARDY Scritch, scritch, scritch, went the sand as people walked through it. Sunbathers, surfers, boogeyboarders, wedding parties, everyone was on the beach basking in the scorching sun as the sounds of a music festival gearing up wafted along. Right on the edge of Australia’s Gold Coast, in a town called Broadbeach, a music …

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