Kyle Cashen

Kyle Cashen’s Immediacy Of Music

Kyle Cashen, part of the Whitehorse power trio Friend Called Five, has released a long-awaited, full-length CD of original songs under the banner of Crash the Car. A comparison, albeit unfair, to Neil Young’s Harvest album, rose to mind while I was listening to They Built Houses Here for the first time. There is something …

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The Dark Side of Red Wagon

You have seen them on stage, heard them on the radio, listened to their music, looked at their art and viewed their photography. They are all talented young Yukon artists and together they form Red Wagon Union, a recently developed collective made up of Kyle Cashen, Joseph Tisiga, Tara McCarthy, Morgan Whibley and Tommy Aird. …

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Riding a vinyl renaissance

It’s a strange time to start a music label. With the challenges of Internet piracy, online sales on sites like iTunes, and artists offering their music for free or directly marketing their wares to the public, the business of selling physical records could seem obsolete. However, two Yukon entrepreneurs are riding a vinyl renaissance and …

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Puttin’ on the Ritz for ‘Formal Mondays’

Teetering in heels, gloves, a cocktail dress and a 1950s prom dress, Jessica and I took our seats. The lights dimmed. Musicians Kim Barlow, Kyle Cashen and Fiona Solon took up their instruments to begin their ritual of “Formal Mondays.” Formal Mondays are an exploration of musical talent, bringing in electronica, organs, a cello and …

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It’s About Connecting

Kyle Cashen is leaving the Yukon for Vancouver. “No specific reason. It’s time,” he says. “I love Vancouver and I need to live in a more densely populated place for a while.” Cashen grew up in Nova Scotia, first Antigonish, taking piano and violin lessons till the shift happened. It was Grade 7 when he …

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A fresh longest night

In an interview, two weeks before Longest Night 2009, director Daniel Janke said the evening was still a mystery to him. “I’ve been writing new material – we are all writing new material – so there is not much that anyone has ever heard before,” he says. “And that’s a nice, fresh energy.” Celebrating 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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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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The Art of Noise

Kyle Cashen spends most of his time making noises in his basement. “I play a bunch of different instruments … if there is something around, I’ll make noise with it. “Music is noise, some of it is pretty, some of it is not,” says Cashen. “You can make music with pots and pans as easily …

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