Gordie Tentrees

Aylie Sparkes

From the vaults

After 17 years, late Yukon musician Aylie Sparkes’ album has finally gotten a digital release.

The quintessential listening room

What to expect from an upcoming concert at Hamilton & Sons? Well, quite frankly, stories and dynamics and comedy, but all sort of wrapped up in a pretty riveting musical delivery.

Inspiring on stage

On January 15, Tentrees was joined on the small Hamilton and Son stage for his 90-minute performance by Amelia Rose Slobogean (fiddle) and Graeme Peters (guitar). The trio explored some of their new works and shared their crafting experiences and inspirations of the pieces, displaying a rare chance to see the creative process through someone else’s eyes.

Setting Forth for New Frontiers

Yukon musician Jona Barr is pumped. He’s going to Germany – and he’s going to be playing his first set outside of Canada. “I’ve traveled to a few upper American states while touring Canada, but this is my first international festival,” says the Old Cabin frontman. “It’s surreal being 30-years-old and never having been somewhere …

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There is always time for Soda Pony

It is a typical Sunday evening in Whitehorse, and the Whitehorse two-piece alternative rock band Soda Pony is hard at work rehearsing and perfecting material for their upcoming CD release show in June. They have just finished the recording and mixing process of their second full-length album, aptly called Sophomore, and are eager to showcase …

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A Music Scene Darling

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 board for many of these discoveries is Peggy Hanifan and her Wednesday open …

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Taking His Music Around the World

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 through British Columbia, the United States and Australia. In the next six months he plans to tour …

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Atlin Arts and Music Festival

A long-time favourite for local families, the Atlin Arts and Music Festival is an institution. Now in its 11th year, the event draws visitors and performers from across Canada and beyond.  Taking place July 11 to 13, this year’s festival will feature guest performers like Gord Downie and The Sadies, David Francey, Danny Michel, and …

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Northern opry pairs budding musicians and seasoned pros

Get your cowboy hats and boots ready: this year’s Northern Opry Project is fast approaching. The concert first arrived on the Yukon scene last year, causing a stir among country music fans. This year, the Opry, which takes place on Dec. 20 and 21, promises to be bigger, showcasing the talents of more than 40 …

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Rocking to Roll: Gordie Tentrees plays benefit concert for Paralympic hopeful Jessica Frotten Dec. 1

Whitehorse resident Gordie Tentrees is giving back to the community that has supported him throughout his 10-year music career. On December 10, the blues-rock musician is performing a benefit concert called Speedraiser for Paralympic hopeful Jessica Frotten at the Old Fire Hall in Whitehorse. In 2009, Frotten, a Whitehorse native, was the victim of a …

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Gordie Tentrees Band carries the weight of the Yukon: 29 Loads of Freight isn’t heavy

The Yukon creates inspiration for artists of all disciplines. From basement studios and state-of-the-art professional studios-for-hire, this inspiration is finding more of a voice in the Yukon. One such voice belongs to Gordie Tentrees and can be heard on 29 Loads of Freight. While you probably won’t see this on the Billboard’s Top 100 any …

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No Smoke, no problem: Pub crawl in post-smoking bylaw Whitehorse

As a non-smoker, I looked forward to my first pub crawl after the anti-smoking bylaw was rolled out to bars Jan. 1. This sits sideways for some people who think government is putting its nose where it aught not be. As the majority of live music in this town is presented in licensed establishments, I …

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Gordie Tentrees Takes the Road to the Studio

Gordie Tentrees has released his third studio album and is planning to celebrate with a tour of northern communities. More of that later, for now let’s get to the CD, Mercy or Sin. For those familiar with his last two releases you will immediately hear two big differences, namely the production and the performance. The …

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Real entertainment from Fred Eaglesmith and Gordie Tentrees

You have to be thrilled for Gordie Tentrees. The first time his ears perked up to enjoy a folk tune, it was at a Fred Eaglesmith picnic. The first 20 songs he learned to play on a guitar were Fred Eaglesmith songs. This week, Tentrees is hosting the Canadian music legend and will be opening …

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P-Wing: Not your daddy’s cover band

Pegasus Wing beckons listeners to recall the profound messages and blissful sounds made by artists whom (unbeknown to them at the time) stood at the 80s doorstep of strange musical wonder, having just come off a 70s classic rock high. André Gagné, Fiona Solon, Ken Hermanson, Micah Smith, and Mike Millar (with an “a”) collectively …

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Northern Opry Project takes the Yukon back In time

Lovers of old-style country music will gather together this month to recreate the golden age of country radio. Singer-songwriter Kim Beggs and music fest organizer Dale Harnish have rustled up country and folk musicians from inside and outside the Yukon for two Grand Ole Northern Opry concert performances on Dec. 20 and 21 at the …

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Ready for the Road

It takes almost three weeks to nail down a time and place to interview Gordie Tentrees and Sarah MacDougall. When the appointed time comes – a late Wednesday afternoon – they are running behind and still haven’t had lunch. Tentrees seems more than a little frazzled, tossing out half-finished thoughts as he munches something decidedly …

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Lessons from the Road

Gordie Tentrees doesn’t stand still for long. Hot on the end of his Scandinavian tour (captured live on Naked in Scandinavia), Tentrees is heading on the road again, this time in support of his new album, North Country Heart. With that constant touring, Tentrees hones his skill, becoming a sharper songwriter and observer of life, …

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Stripped Down & Intimate

Gordie Tentrees was one of the first Whitewater Wednesday jammers I ever saw. Back in 2000, shortly after I moved to Whitehorse, Tentrees was still finding himself. But after a couple years of dedication and perseverance, he became a great player and singer-songwriter, taking inspiration from folk country legends such as Fred Eaglesmith and John …

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Old Cabin, New Gig

The Frostbite Music Festival has always been an important part of Jona Barr’s life. He grew up in a musical environment that included annual attendance of one of Whitehorse’s best-loved music festivals. But his involvement with Frostbite didn’t stop there; later he began to take an active role in making it happen, from co-organizing the …

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A ‘Yukon Hillbilly’ in Europe

Gordie Tentrees has come a long way from his first Whitewater Wednesday Night Jam performance at The Backwater Lounge, now Flipper’s Pub. He’s released two albums, has toured most of North America and, starting in early November, has launched his first European tour. Before leaving, Tentrees came out on Wednesday nights to jam with his …

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