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The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture and the Dawson City Music Festival Association are thrilled to present live music at the KIAC Ballroom – Dënäkär Zho this season! Musicians from throughout the Yukon will share their work in a concert series, with each concert showcasing two artists for two nights.
Dena Zagi, meaning “people’s voice,” was created in 2009 by Jenny Fröhling and Dennis Shorty. Dennis is a singer, songwriter and guitar player. He was born underneath a tree near Ross River and is Kaska First Nation. Jenny is a singer and plays the traditional drum & drum set and First Nation flute. Jenny hails from Germany and is Dennis’ partner.
Dena Zagi is a Traditional-Contemporary band, and their music is written in the Kaska language. The lyrics are about the land, animals, respect, ancestors and traditions. They’ve played together in various venues in Canada and Germany and were nominated for Best Inuit, Indigenous Language or Francophone Album at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards and Indigenous Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Dena Zagi hopes to encourage young people to preserve their language through music.
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Raised a continent apart, these two classically trained musicians were brought together over a love of fiddle and old-time music. Katie Avery moved to Whitehorse in 2012 to teach Suzuki violin lessons. She studied violin at the University of Toronto and has performed all over the country with various musicians. Graeme Poile has performed with several young Yukon bands such as the Hinterlands, The Moanin’ Mountain Boys and The Sideguys. In addition to classical study, Graeme has studied jazz at Vancouver Island University and incorporates these influences into his playing.
We are committed to providing a safe concert-going experience, so please note the following:
• All concerts are all-ages.
• Each concert will have very limited capacity with physical distancing in place.
• We are offering advanced tickets only. You may purchase tickets in clusters of up to four (5) people to be seated together.
• All concert-goers will be required to wear a mask. If you do not own a mask, disposable ones will be available.
• All concert-goers must be seated upon entrance and remain seated throughout each set (except for bathroom breaks). There will be a 10-minute set changeover, but audience members cannot mingle in the venue.
• Artists will be performing live off the floor rather than on stage to ensure proper spacing when needed.
• Friday Night shows will be broadcast live on CFYT 106.9fm and cfyt.ca from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm for those who cannot attend.
• If you feel sick at all, please contact KIAC for a refund and stay home.
• We are following the public health situation closely, and we are prepared to cancel, postpone, or alter all shows if needed.