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Major Funk and the Employment

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Issue: 2019-03-13, PHOTO: Bruce Binder

Junction Arts and Music (JAM) has a big year planned. After 20 years, close to 400 events and more than 17,000 attendees, they have a lot to celebrate. They kicked off their anniversary year in January, with Sarah MacDougall performing in Haines... Read more

Haines Junction

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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: 2018-11-07, PHOTO: courtesy of Darius at Shakat Art & Photography

There hardly seems to be a local show these days without the presence of singer, musician, songwriter and enthusiast of all things tack, Paris Pick. In her six years of living in Whitehorse, Pick has gone from being the new kid in town to one of... 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: 2017-09-27, PHOTO: Courtesy of The Hip Show

Special Olympics Yukon is about to introduce its public event of the season, presented by Goldcorp - and it’s looking hip! Yukon music lovers will be treated to a two-hour set of Tragically Hip tracks by Vancouver-based cover band The Hip Show. Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-07-05, PHOTO: courtesy Manu Keggenhoff

There are so many East Coast-ers performing at this year’s Atlin Arts and Music Festival, organizers felt it only made sense to program an East Coast kitchen party during the festival, taking place in Atlin July 7 to 9. “Definitely (the kitchen... Read more

Atlin, BC

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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: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: by courtesy of Olivier de Colombel

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. During a 2015 bike tour... Read more

Yukon Music

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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: 2016-02-11, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz

Yukon’s winter music festival is back, some might say, finally. Since taking the task on in 2014, a small group of volunteers have been spending their spare time working hard to make this happen. Initially hoping to bring it back for 2015 and... Read more

Yukon Music

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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