Issue: 2012-04-26

The Magic of Madrigal

When the Whitehorse Community Choir presents its annual spring concert this week, it will be in a different venue than usual—the Sacred Heart Cathedral on 4th Avenue. It will also be offering musical fare whose origins trace back as far as 14th century Italy, together with items as modern as the Swingle Singers and the …

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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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(Ex)changing Paddling Gear

Perhaps you believe, as Kenneth Grahame suggests in his classic novel, The Wind in the Willows, that “there is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” If so, you need to get yourself to this weekend’s first annual Paddle Swap in Whitehorse. “Members of the Yukon Canoe and Kayak Club …

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Better Late Than Never

Spring! There is just something about it that gets the blood moving. It could be the excitement of new life pushing its way up from the cold, rocky ground the way crocuses do. Or the ability to go off the beaten path to explore. Not having to wade through knee deep snow does make a …

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Gone Fishing

Many Yukoners live here because they enjoy the active lifestyle, interaction with wilderness, and distance from ties and pencil skirts. A visiting author from the Toronto area pointed out to me the other day that he found it interesting how manyYukoners, however removed, still seek ways to remove themselves even further. I’d have to agree. …

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Still swinging

22 Years & Still Swinging

Sunday, April 15. It’s the night after the Big Band’s annual Spring Swing event, and Nita Collins is relishing the memory of an evening that saw 40 couples take to the floor of the Mount Mac Recreation Centre. “Those crowds are just fabulous to play for,” the group’s long-time manager says. “They’re not interested in …

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He’s the Top!

For Fawn Fritzen, the idea was born two years ago, the first time she sang with music maven Grant Simpson. “We chatted a bit during the break and he mentioned that he’d been thinking of doing this Cole Porter show for dinner theatre or something. He was just kind of throwing it out,” Fritzen recalls. …

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Return of the Cosmic Swan

Astronomy as a hobby can be challenging. You are always at the mercy of unpredictable weather, the local wildlife, and, especially, the bugs. Two weeks ago I caught that nasty cold that was going around and was laid up for a few days. One night I was heading to bed around 2:30 in the morning, …

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