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Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival

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Issue: 2019-05-22, PHOTO: Harry Kern

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... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2018-07-04, PHOTO: Becauseeditor via wikimedia commons

Sammy Shelor, 55, of Meadows of Dan, Virginia, in the central Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina and southwestern Virginia, was literally born to play banjo on October 10, 1962. Both of his grandfathers were banjo pickers; and one... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2018-05-16, PHOTO: Kylie Campbell

One day, the warm, shorts-and-dresses weather will be here and we can all emerge from our winter-chrysalis ready to throw down and get ready for another epic summer. And what could be more summery than a music festival? Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2018-05-16, PHOTO: Harry Kern

June is a special month in Kluane country ... The angry, muddy rivers of May have settled to their calm and clear spring moods. The vast aspen stands below the mixed pine and spruce have burst with their blanket of fresh green. The impossibly... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2018-05-09, PHOTO: Kylie Campbell

Welcome. Here are some tips and tricks to starting out in Whitehorse as a Cheechako (which is the name for being new to the north of 60th parallel). 1. Long summer days and the outdoors Sunsets at midnight can make it difficult to know when to... Read more

Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Kylie Campbell

Every week I spend in the Yukon, the more I fall in love with this Northern magical place. I feel lucky to call this place home. This week was spent doing more Yukon Search and Rescue training and volunteering at the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass... Read more

Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: courtesy of The Boxcars

The roots of bluegrass music go back to the old-time string bands popular in the 1920s and ’30s. Nowhere was the string band more popular or prolific than in the Appalachian mountains of the southeastern United States. Back in those hills and... Read more

Haines Junction

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Issue: 2016-12-07, PHOTO: courtesy of Jerome Stueart

Former Yukoner Jerome Stueart and Yukon author Marcelle Dubé will read together form their books on Dec. 13 at Baked Cafe. It will be an evening about fantasy novels. Marcelle Dubé is still deciding from which of her many books she will read: ... Read more

Literature

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Issue: 2016-06-16, PHOTO: Jen Edwards

Scott Wilson doesn't credit either '50s TV host Arthur Godfrey or campy falsetto Tiny Tim with the current popularity of the humble ukulele. Instead, the Whitehorse musician thinks it likely stems from a few years back, when Hawaiian singer Israel... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-06-09, PHOTO: Ray Marnoch

In the pines, in the pines, the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Music Festival will take place June 10, 11, and 12. It is held annually at the St. Elias Convention Centre and St. Christopher’s Log Church in beautiful Haines Junction, Yukon. The mostly... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-06-09, PHOTO: Douglas MacRae

When Chris Quinn exchanges his banjo for a guitar, and Chris Coole makes the opposite switch, that's the signal the Foggy Hogtown Boys are about to move from bluegrass to oldtime Appalachian music. Apart from that, and some "subtle nuances" in how... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-12-24, PHOTO: Douglas MacRae

“I’m counting down the days,” says Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival president, Robbyn Chiles. With tickets on sale now, it’s a reasonable time to start counting. And rumour has it this year’s lineup could be the festival’s best yet. Read more

Haines Junction

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Issue: 2015-12-24, Photo Cred: Donna Pendziwol-MacMillan

Perogies have always been a part of my life. Every meal that includes homemade perogies is a special occasion. Learning the best way to make them has been a lifelong process. I am the child of first generation Canadians. My mother’s family... Read more

Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2015-06-04 PHOTO: by courtesy of Flatt Lonesome

June 12, the Yukon’s annual bluegrass bash is heading back to Kluane Country, where it all began. After a three-year sojourn in Whitehorse, the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival will celebrate its 12th anniversary next week in what artistic... 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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Bruce and Deb Bergman at the 2010 Kluane Mountain Bluegrass festival Photo Courtesy of Lenore Morris

The summer of 2015 will see the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival, which went on temporary hiatus last year, returning to its old stomping grounds in Haines Junction. Read more

Haines Junction

Real music for real people, that's the Gibson Brothers' philosophy. "You have to believe what you're singing about," says guitarist/vocalist Leigh Gibson, who plays with his brother Eric. "I hope that people, when they listen to us, even if they don Read more

Yukon Music

Music festival season is just around the corner... it's time to map out a plan and buy tickets since some of the festivals sell out long before the actual date arrives. Read more

Yukon Music

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival, and as anticipated, it shaping up to be quite the event. "I've been a fan of bluegrass for many years, and been to many festivals in the States," relays John Faulkner, ba Read more

Yukon Music

Every community has its hidden gems. Some are inclined to sit quietly in the showcase and sparkle, while others are more like butterflies, travelling from flower to flower ever seeking to learn more. Marg Tatam definitely belongs in the latter categ Read more

Yukon Music