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Fiona Solon

Fibi Zonnet

Issue: 2015-02-05


Fiona Solon aka Fibi Zonnet is a bean counter, singer, and producer. She is not a writer. Contact her via editor@whatsupyukon.com.


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Issue: 2015-10-15 PHOTO: Cathie Archbould

Sharon Shorty and I first met back in 2005 when I worked at the Yukon College Library with her awesome husband, Derek Yap. Sharon was born and raised in Whitehorse and is a member of the Teslin Tlingit First Nation. She is a storyteller, beader, ... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2015-09-03 PHOTO: Mike Thomas/Yukon News

Howard Chymyshyn (aka Chymy) was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta in 1946 (my mom was born in the very same town 10 years later). His parents were both in the Army, and when Howard was young, the family moved to rural Manitoba. At that time, ... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-08-13 PHOTO: Fiona Solon & Peter Jickling

Peter Robertson Jickling and I decide to meet up at the liquor store and see where the universe takes us. After almost T-boning his purple Honda Civic, I tell him to get in the truck - that he has been officially kidnapped. Read more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2015-07-02 PHOTO: courtesy of Barry “Jack” Jenkins and Peggy Hanifan

We decided to go back to where it all began. The first jam night that Peggy Hanifan ever hosted was at the Kopper King and that is where we found ourselves on none other than a good old “Thirsty Thursday”. Barry “Jack” Jenkins moved from... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-06-04 PHOTO: courtesy of Fibi Zonnet

If you haven’t met Saxophone Freddie up in Dawson City, you should. He is, after all, the first face you see when you fly into Whitehorse — if you enter through the new side of the airport. There is a huge photo of him playing… you’ve got it, the... Read more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2015-05-07 PHOTO: Lesli Barnes

I’m almost at the Tagish Bridge when 106.7 CFET kicks in and the truck is flooded with Estonian pop music. I’m on my way to interview the fellow that makes this happen. I spent some time growing up in Tagish, and it’s there that “Radio Rob” Hopkins.. Read more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2015-03-12 PHOTO: courtesy of Gary Bremner

As a shout out to Gary Bob Joe Bremner’s love of specialty cocktails, I conducted our interview at Whitehorse’s newest, not-yet-open, cocktail-andwine bar, Woodcutter’s Blanket, on Strickland and 2nd (known to most as the two-moose building). Read more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: Claire Ness

I’m in the ‘98 drinking water (sober January) and waiting for Claire Ness to arrive. “London Calling” by The Clash is playing, which, for some reason, doesn’t feel out of place here. Read more

Yukon People

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We get down to business so that I can learn about Vince’s rock’n’roll history , and my first question stumps him -- he can’t remember the name of his first band! We get a good laugh out of that before moving on. Read more

Yukon People

Walking into Meshell Melvin’s house I am instantly at home. There are pet greeters, delicious smells, and my jacket falls naturally on the couch. With the lovely addition of artful fish hanging from the ceiling, I have the sense of entering a menager Read more

Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2019-10-02, PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton

After an absence of two decades, eight low-rent vaudevillians trying to evade the secret police in their homeland have returned to Whitehorse. The Guild Theatre opens its 2019/20 season this week with a remount of the wacky comedy, El Crocodor... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2019-03-06, PHOTO: courtesy of Major Funk and the Employment

Dawsonites had a chance to “Get up with the get down and come on down” at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall on Feb. 23. Whitehorse band Major Funk and the Employment were in town, bringing with them not only a high-energy funk-style dance party... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2018-06-06, PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton

Etienne Girard, bassist, songwriter and visionary for Major Funk and the Employment, is all enthusiasm as he lays out his plans for his band’s huge upcoming summer. “It’s been an impossible dream,” said Girard. “We’ve been working up towards this... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: Cosenti Graf-Smith

Meet Lee Campese, Yukon’s most recent import and the latest addition to the groovy rhythmic assemblage, Major Funk and the Employment. Campese, who has been drumming for 18 years, is no stranger to the spotlight, but this summer marks his first in... Read more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: Cosenti Graf-Smith

Whitehorse, it seems, has such an insatiable appetite for high-camp horror that the Guild Theatre has added another week to its run of Evil Dead: The Musical. The spring break-themed romp comes with a caution: if you intend to sit in the first few... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-10-19, PHOTO: Tao Wong

Varietease VI: A Burlesque Carnival is the Yukon’s very own burlesque variety show. Varietease runs every second year. This is an on-year, Oct. 25 to 29 at the Yukon Arts Centre. This year’s theme is a repeat of the 2009 carnival and promises to... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-06-09, PHOTO: Hélène Roth

Make no mistake, Major Funk and the Employment is a big band with a big sound and big plans. It has also had some big personnel changes since bassist Etienne Girard put the group together two years ago. "We wanted to have a trumpet onboard from... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-06-02, PHOTO: Submitted by Jona Barr

Saturn is somewhere in its grand orbit when you’re born. When it comes round again, 29.5 years later, astrologers say it can mean big changes in your life. For Whitehorse musician Jona Barr, it was during his own period of Saturn returning that he... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-03-12 PHOTO: courtesy of Gary Bremner

As a shout out to Gary Bob Joe Bremner’s love of specialty cocktails, I conducted our interview at Whitehorse’s newest, not-yet-open, cocktail-andwine bar, Woodcutter’s Blanket, on Strickland and 2nd (known to most as the two-moose building). Read more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: The Wooden Sky

For Yukoners who miss having a music festival in February, the Yukon Film Society has stepped up. This year, the Available Light Film Festival (ALFF) has expanded to include musical performances. Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: Claire Ness

I’m in the ‘98 drinking water (sober January) and waiting for Claire Ness to arrive. “London Calling” by The Clash is playing, which, for some reason, doesn’t feel out of place here. Read more

Yukon People

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September 4, 2014

Etienne Girard starts bands. “I guess I do start lots of bands. It’s kind of what I do,” he admits with a chuckle. Known for his earlier work with the heavy-metal group Nemesis and the punk-rock Hammerhead, the Whitehorse bassist is ... Read more

Yukon Music

That's right, I am moving on to different pastures (not necessarily greener). So for my final article I thought I would showcase someone in Whitehorse who clued me into fashion the most and showed me the way to fashion glory. Read more

Yukon Arts

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... Read more

Yukon Halloween

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." Read more

Yukon Arts

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 80's doorstep of strange musical wonder, having just come off a 70s classic rock high. Read more

Yukon Music

Classically trained in guitar and well-versed in the banjo, Kim Barlow has been releasing albums of her own hauntingly beautiful roots/folk music for years, notably in her 2003 Juno award-nominated album, Gingerbread and in 2007's Champ. Read more

Yukon Music

Entering the theatre at the Guild Hall to watch Varietease: The Remount, the audience decides immediately, "Yup, this is a naughty place." We know from the smoky air and the deep red curtain and the dimly lit seating area. Read more

Theatre - Dance

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