Fawn Fritzen

Fawn Fritzen

Musicians in Isolation: Fawn Fritzen

Fawn Fritzen had originally planned on releasing her new album, How to Say Sorry and Other Lessons, in the spring and touring in support of it. But like so many other artists, she had her summer derailed by COVID-19 and had to completely reimagine her album release and promotional plan.

Diving in, doing the work

Fawn Fritzen hasn’t always considered herself a feminist. The Whitehorse jazz singer/songwriter wasn’t using that term in 2013 when her first CD, Bedroom Voice, came out. Or in 2016 when she released her second album, Pairings. She certainly didn’t think of herself that way in 2011. That’s when an invitation from Jazz Yukon gave her fledgling career a …

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Welcome the Year of the Dog

The Chinese New Year is the celebration of the Lunar New Year and considered the beginning of spring. Due to the Chinese calendar’s reliance on the lunisolar cycle, which is based on the exact astronomical observations of the sun’s longitude and the Moon’s phases, the new year is a floating date and usually occurs between …

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All-City Band’s annual fundraising Dessert & Dance

Sweet and singing

No tradition is sweeter than the All-City Band’s annual fundraising Dessert & Dance. Now in its 18th year, the event is held every February on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day to raise money for band trips out of the territory. The All-City Band Society is a not-for-profit organization that offers “big-city” music development opportunities for …

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Match Making

When Fawn Fritzen‘s new CD, Pairings, debuts at the Old Fire Hall on Saturday, it won’t be your typical Whitehorse album launch. For one thing, many of those in attendance already have a connection to the project as contributors to Fritzen’s effort to underwrite the album’s cost by using social media to appeal for financial support. …

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It’s All About the Jazz

Whitehorse jazz singer and songwriter Fawn Fritzen recently returned from Toronto and is ready to get back to business. While in Toronto, Fritzen participated in Coalition Music’s ten-week Artist Entrepreneur program, learning more about business aspects of the musician’s life, as well as finding opportunities to write, perform and record her music. Fritzen found out …

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A Quarter Century of Smiles

Fawn Fritzen joined the Big Band in 2008 and took over as its vocalist from Rebekah Bell in 2013, when the latter left the territory. Yet despite seven years in the outfit, Fritzen is keenly aware that she is a newcomer in the grand scheme of things. Indeed, on May 23, the Big Band will …

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Sing-along Solstice

Why settle for karaoke night in a bar when you can parade your singing talent at the Yukon Arts Centre? “I think people miss singing in their lives, or miss music in their lives,” claims Whitehorse composer and filmmaker Daniel Janke. “It can just slip away if you don’t make the effort to get involved …

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Confessions of a Chanteuse

Last fall I got to step into a spotlight I’d been dreaming of for years. After six years behind the keyboard at the back of The Big Band, I am now out front as the singer. If the jam-packed swing dance event at the Old Fire Hall last month is any indication, swing dancing is …

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What Good Does Art Do?

John Trotter was supposed to be a lawyer. Becoming the musical director for Wheaton College in Chicago wasn’t part of the plan. “Music was my first love, but it never occurred to me for a moment that I would be a musician,” he says. “I didn’t know anyone who did that.”  But Trotter ended up …

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A Night of Romance

Young or old, you can see it in the dancers’ eyes – the mood is one of romance. It is one of the finest date opportunities in the Yukon — the annual Dessert and Dance, hosted by the All-City Band Society. Duncan Sinclair’s tenor sax solo weaves melodically over the walking bass, through the beating …

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