Whitewater Wednesdays

​Whitewater Wednesdays Columnist Barry “Jack” Jenkins keeps close tabs on the Yukon music scene. He is also the co-host of the event Whitewater Wednesdays along side Peggy Hannifan.

Drop In, Turn On and Jam Out

On some days, the wind blows from the north. A Whitehorse legend that drifts down the road is this: music and art are taught with passion and respected for their true value. Are there really open mic nights happening all over town? Was it true that graffiti doesn’t get covered up after two days? After …

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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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Musician Finds Herself Solo Among Friends

Andrea Burgoyne has only been in Whitehorse since August, but she’s already made her mark here. She’s worked as the theatre programming intern at the Yukon Arts Centre, produced the last Longest Night concert and thrilled the crowd at Flipper’s Pub with her performances at Whitewater Wednesday Jam Night, with her wild guitar strumming and …

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Carving an Impression in Whitehorse

Angel Hall has only recently started coming into Peggy Hanifan’s Whitewater Wednesday Jam Night at Flipper’s Pub, but she’s already making an impression. She stands tall and confident at the mike and captures the crowd with a unique guitar style and quirky songs, including The Mothership, a surf-rock song she’s recording for Yukon Women In …

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These Comedians are Ready for the Big Time

Deep down in the cockles of my President’s Choice Deluxe White Cheddar macaroni and cheese clogged heart, there’s a yearning for some recognition. But not for myself. My need to perform is juxtaposed with my general shyness and predilection for reclusivity. I’m talking about a group of young folks out there that I can be …

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This Is Sophisticated Cavemen

Everyone at Whitewater Wednesday (and its spin-off Saltwater Saturday) knows that any band with Rick Sward is guaranteed to be fun … and The Sophisticated Cavemen is no exception. They prove this by switching from jazz standards like All of Me, to bluegrass like Johnson Grass Farm, to reggae, The Israelites, and finally to Stan …

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Joe Bishop Back on Stage, Back in the Studio

Joe Bishop is more than a reality TV subject. The former stampeder of History Television’s Klondike: The Quest for Gold is returning to the Whitehorse music scene, playing a mix of songs from his CD with Kendall Sullivan and cover songs like Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. Bishop and Sullivan were the first musical act I …

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French Music Just for the Fun of It

Regulars to Whitewater Wednesday Jam Night might remember that during the summer, Alex Poitras played wild traditional Québec songs that got the audience (the French section anyway) singing along. Since then, he acquired three housemates who have become bandmates. Before coming to Whitehorse, Poitras played in a French band in Yellowknife. “They needed someone to …

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More Than One Way to Become a Guitar Hero

Whitewater Wednesday isn’t just a night for tour-seasoned musicians. It’s also for people who are just starting to play their first songs. Lisa Vollans, a close friend of mine, is one of those. She’s starting to relax and enjoy performing songs like MGMT’s Time to Pretend, and The Moldy Peaches’ Anyone Else But You. And …

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Singing Her Way from Telegraph Creek

Back on my 40th birthday, earlier this summer, I had a pleasant surprise: celebrating at Flipper’s Pub, on a Saturday afternoon, I heard a fabulous new jammer and a newcomer to Whitehorse, Jasmine Netsena. Singing some folk-country songs, she took over the stage and held us in amazement. “I started playing guitar and singing four …

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