Ryan McNally

Yukon musician Ryan McNally  made his presence known in Whitehorse as a virtuoso blues guitarist and singer.

Welcome back… to the Round Back

With an improved ‘Round Back venue in place, the Guild Hall unveils a new series of performances. Music, theatre, comedy and more.

The shows must go on!

Yukon theatre companies are finding creative ways to present work. Adapting shows and developing unique formats to fit with our new reality.

Going the Distance

Physical distancing has thrown a wrench in the plans of musicians all over the world—here’s how the Yukon’s own are dealing with these times

Kluane mountain twang

The Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival (KMBF) has an unfair advantage. It has never had to work to attract world-class performing acts and is known widely on the festival circuit as “the one to play.” The performers, awestruck by the St. Elias range and the beautiful community of Haines Junction, are grateful for the warm reception …

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Digging into commitment

Jack Garton stood in a cemetery on Galiano Island, talking on his cell phone about his latest record. It seems like a weird place to field media requests, until you consider that Garton’s day job, as cemetery sexton, seems to have influenced the album in a way.“I think a lot about how fragile our lives are …

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An unfurgettable night

The Yukon’s inaugural 2018 Fur Ball is from the creative minds behind the UnFURled project, and will give Yukon fur-fans a chance to show off their styles.

Tout en musique pour la Fête de la Saint-Jean

La Saint-Jean, qu’est-ce que ? À l’origine, une fête païenne célébrée, le 24 juin, depuis quelques siècles, qui a, par la suite, été christianisée. On y faisait des feux de joie, on chantait et on dansait, le tout pour célébrer l’arrivée de l’été et le jour le plus long de l’année! Depuis une cinquantaine d’années, …

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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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Travelling with Thomas

If you go by way of Laos and the U.S. East Coast, the journey from France to Yukon is anything but a straight line. But a brief reunion of two lifelong friends in Paris two summers ago proves you can get from there to here. “We had a great time together, and I told him …

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Summer Fun has Begun

Look around. The birds are singing, canoes and kayaks are back on Subaru roof racks and my neighbour seems to have an urge for gardening at 11:30 p.m. These are signs of summer. It’s a change from spending much of our time inside, sipping hot tea and feeding the woodstove to living the wild and …

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5 Must-See Pieces at Nuit Blanche

Back for a third year, the annual Whitehorse Nuit Blanche all-night arts festival brings together national and local artists for an unforgettable solstice weekend. Fancy yourself a night owl? Get ready for 12 hours of engaging and artsy fun as you wander downtown to see exhibits take over Whitehorse. You’d rather go to bed early …

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Street Party Sound

If a musical shindig at the Old Fire Hall this Saturday puts you in mind of a New Orleans street party, Ryan McNally won’t be the least bit disappointed. The event is intended to introduce Yukon audiences to the Whitehorse singer-songwriter’s newest CD, Steppin’ Down South. The bulk of the album consists of nine tunes …

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Crazy ’bout a Mercury

Local musician Ryan McNally really does have himself a Mercury, which he definitely does cruise up and down the road.

Ready to Rock the North

The Midnight Sons Band is fresh off a tour and ready to rock. On Saturday, October 3, the band is presenting – and performing at – Rock the North, which is an all-ages dance at the Yukon Convention Centre featuring the rockabilly/psychobilly band Ryan McNally and his Red Hot Ramblers, and Victoria bluesman Jesse Roper. …

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Wanted down south

Summer may be drawing to a close, but there is still a great music festival that you can catch. Taking place in Victoria, B.C., the Breakout West festival takes place Sept. 17-20. The festival has been going for 13 years strong. It started as the Western Canadian Music Awards. Now the performances have broken away …

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More than just music

Meet Jordi Mikeli-Jones — a renaissance woman. She is the owner of the popular Triple J’s Music, Tattoos and Piercing. She is president of Kona’s Coalition, a non-profit organization that works towards improving animal welfare in the Yukon. She was the first female resident DJ in Whitehorse, and she is the founder and promoter of …

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Open Mic Fright

Two weeks before my open mic appearance, I begin learning my first song on the banjo. Although it’s far from my first choice, I settle on a song that meets my basic skill level: “Old Joe Clark”, one of those traditional folk songs that repeats the same simple melody over and over. The lyrics are …

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Declan O’Donovan Spreads his Wings

Celebrated Yukon musician Declan O’Donovan is on the road again. The piano-playing troubadour began his fall tour at the Hamilton Music and Film Festival on September 20, and will continue westward, spreading his brand of alternative-roots-blues throughout Alberta and British Columbia, before finishing his tour on October 13 in Vancouver. For O’Donovan, the traveling is …

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Rocking the Blues

Montréal native Ryan McNally has loved the blues since he was nine years old … although if you grew up in his hometown you might not know it. With a background playing in bands dedicated to hip hop, metal and rockabilly music (all the while he was playing blues on his own) it’s only recently …

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The Provider heads to Cannes

For a novice filmmaker, Moira Sauer has been getting a lot of mileage from her six-minute silent short. The latest victory for her film, The Provider, is an invitation from Telefilm Canada to screen at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in mid-May. The Provider started life as a last-minute entry in Cold Snap, a competition …

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Declan O’Donovan

Born and raised Yukon singer songwriter Declan O’Donovan is setting sail for The Rainbow Room in Ottawa as a featured performer in the upcoming Northern Scene bonanza of music, visual art, storytelling and so much more. O’Donovan has put together a top notch band and is teaming up with Whitehorse-based roots and blues luminary Ryan …

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Sasquatch Prom Date will have fun at Frostbite

The bearded man shrugged on his Carhartt jacket and then levelled a gaze at Genesee Keevil. She was sitting by the window, wearing a cover-your-eyes bright-pink wig, and her slightly too-loud voice only added to the spectacle. “Where are you playing?” came the unexpected question. “Frostbite, next weekend,” was the cheery answer from Keevil. “I’m …

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Leave the mundane behind …

My first impression of the newly christened Golden Apple art and performance venue was chaos. Deranged papier mâché creatures rested on an old printing press; puppets hung from the ceiling and Discordian paintings rested against the wall and, once mounted, were ready to amaze viewers. People began arriving for singer/songwriter Dana Sipos’ and friends show, …

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Singin’ Those ‘Achy-Breaky-Heart’ Songs

Jordan Schmidt hasn’t been playing guitar for very long, but it doesn’t show. He’s moved from a few house jams and informal functions to the Whitewater Wednesday stage, and he owns it. “I’ve only been playing two years,” he explains, leaning on his arm and pushing his curly mop up off his eyes. “I was …

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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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A No-Holds-Barred Halloween Smackdown!

The sexiness and sass of Varietease combined with the high energy, easy-to-dance-to rockabilly stylings of Sasquatch Prom Date. Throw in a promises-to-be-scary haunted house, bat girls hanging from the ceiling, prizes for best costume, not to mention two bars, and Halloween at the Yukon Convention Centre looks to be the place to be on Saturday, …

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Sasquatch Prom Date Gains Olympic-sized Exposure

Polar bears, narwhal, wolves and sasquatches? Canada’s Northern House, a premier showcase of all things Yukon and Northern at the Olympics, could not miss a chance to show off a little rockabilly jump-jive to a packed house. The afternoon show on Yukon Day pumped up the reputation for members of Sasquatch Prom Date, already quite …

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Too Good to Be a One-shot

One of the characteristics of the Whitehorse music scene that I love is the amount of collaboration that goes on. Almost all artists have worked together in one form or another at some time. I love the way they can combine completely different genres than they normally play, experiment and produce something absolutely amazing. Old …

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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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No Blues But The Blues

Minimalist blues duo The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer (“HAM” as they refer to themselves) are days away from beginning a string of pre-summer tour dates in the Yukon. The pairing is made up of Shawn “The Harpoonist” Hall on vocals and harmonica and Matt “The Axe Murderer” Rogers taking care of the guitar and …

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Bringing it Home

On his new CD, Down Home, Ryan McNally really is back home. After rocking out with his rockabilly band, Sasquatch Prom Date, and fusing folk and electronica in his collaboration with Kyle Cashen, McNally returns to his true love, the blues. Although he assembled a backing band of some of the best musicians in the …

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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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