Arts in the Park


Arts in the Park will be back summer 2018! Here is the past 2017 schedule:

Week 1, May 23-26

Visual Artist: Nicole Bauberger

Tuesday – All City Band

Wednesday – Bingo Bongo Boogie Band

Wednesday 7pm – Sputnik

Thursday – Hélène Beaulieu

Friday – BJ McLean

Week 2 , May 29-June 2

Visual Artist: Harreson Tanner

Monday – Belmah Duo

 Tuesday – Two Piano Tornado

Wednesday – Vanier Jazz Combo

Wednesday 7pm – Ted Hot Chili Peppers

Thursday – Ryan McNally

Friday – Crooked Folk

Week 3, June 5-9

Visual Artist: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

Monday – Calla Kinglit

Tuesday – Kim Beggs Trio

Wednesday – The Big Band

Wednesday 7pm – Hoarfrost

Thursday – West Dawson Ramblers

Friday – The Canucks and Hank Carr

Week 4, June 12-16

Visual Artist: Patrick Royle

Monday – Speed Control

Tuesday – Poetry in the Park – Chrys Salt and Nick Mah

Wednesday – Remy Rodden & Bob Kuiper

Wednesday 7pm – Prizefighter

Thursday – Anacrouse

Friday – The Benett Sun

Week 5, June 19-23

Visual Artist: Blair Thorson

 Monday – The River Bends (from Dawson)

Tuesday – Nadine and Sammy

Wednesday – HAPPY ABORIGINAL DAY! No shows

Thursday – Soir de Semaine

Friday – Diyet

Week 6, June 26-30

Visual Artist: Rosemary Scanlon

Monday – Stockstill & Rose

Tuesday – Jennihouse

Wednesday – Nicole Edwards and the Puppet Affair

Wednesday 7pm – Jeremy Parkin & Kelvin

Thursday – Songwriter Panel

Friday – Lucie D and the Immortals

Week 7, July 3-7

Visual Artist: Marie Hélène Comeau

Monday Double Bill – Madi Dixon & Emily Ross

Tuesday – Scott Maynard

Wednesday – Matt the Music Man

Wednesday 7pm – Clairvoyant Felicities

Thursday – Tereza Tomek & The Western Family Stringband 

Friday – Winter Trio

Week 8, July 10-14

Visual Artist – Josee Carboneau

 Monday – Matt Epp  

Tuesday – Andy Slade & Paul Bergman

Wednesday – Ryan Enns

Wednesday 7pm – Major Funk & The Employment

Thursday – Claire Ness

 Friday – The Sarcastic Onions

Week 9, July 17-21

Visual Artist: Amber Church

Amber is a mixed media artist, painter, installation artist, and designer who has called Yukon home for most of her life.  She draws inspiration for her work from the natural world, social justice and environmental movements, history, mythology and fairy tales, and her imagination.  When she isn’t working in her studio she can be found trying to save the world; teaching at Yukon College; haunting the backstage of theatres, or playing outside.  Although her past has taken her from United Nations Climate Change negotiations, to skiing and snowboarding course crews for the Olympics, and to teaching in Antarctica, she finds herself most content when she is mucking about with paints in a bit of sunshine.

Monday – Rob Dickson

Rob Dickson is a singer-songwriter, a husband, and a father. His songs emerge from a place of discovery, of seeking solidity and forming identity. At the center of Dickson’s world is his family, and his writing is profoundly linked to the emotional expanse of these relationships. Through an autobiographical lens, Dickson reveals himself with a sound that is both raw and modest, inviting reflection, inviting us to consider the people we become as we grow up.

Tuesday – Peggy Hanifan & Roxx Hunter

Peggy Hanifan is the host of the infamous Whitewater Wednesday Jams. She’s played many shows with Roxx Hunter and is happy to back on the stage for Arts in the Park.

Roxx Hunter is an unconventional, international, brash guitar player with moments of haunting melody and flashy fretwork. His playing has been heard by over 100,000 people online.

Wednesday – Cate Innish

Cate is putting together a swing band of locals, led by Andrea McColeman. Tunes will include 30s and 40s standards from the jazz repertoire.

Wednesday 7pm – The Ukes of Hazard

Ukes of Hazard began back in 2013 after Paris Pick hitchhiked to Whitehorse when she was just 18 years old. Within the first year of being Whitehorse bound she found the talent who’d join her on her musical journey with great enthusiasm. In the year 2014 Ukes of Hazard released their first demo album followed by their first LP ‘Mine to Creep’. Both albums were self funded. Ukes of Hazard has performed at almost every Yukon event possible, from Frostbite Music Festival, Simapalooza, Rendezvous Winter Festival, Rocktober, Febfest, Atlin Arts & Music Festival, the Canada 150 celebration at Shipyards, our very own arts in the park & they won first place prize at the Whitehorse ‘Byte Empowering Youth – Battle of the Bands 2017′. They will be playing at Folk on the Rocks this upcoming weekend. They have recently returned from their first tour to BC.

Thursday – Grant Simpson & Shauna Jones

Shauna Jones and Grant Simpson have performed authentic jazz, blues and vaudeville for audiences from Whitehorse to Halifax, from Follies to Furlesque, from Dogtown to Berlin – and now to Arts in the Park on Monday, July 20th.

Friday – Patrick Jacobson

Patrick Jacobson is a Whitehorse-based indie-rock songwriter who has spent the last decade crafting, recording and performing original songs all across Canada. He’s played everywhere from Lucky Bar in Victoria to the Seahorse Tavern in Halifax to The Snake Pit in Dawson City. He’s had songs used in television shows and movies and he can be heard playing or singing on at least a dozen releases. Patrick is performing as a duo with Sam Gallagher on lap steel guitar.

Originally hailing from Vancouver, Patrick earned his reputation as the front man of The Capitals by writing endearing, dulcet anthems with crackerjack choruses. He also co-wrote songs with retro garage-rockers, The Top Drawers, and psychedelic freak-rockers, The Luna Riot, both with which he played bass. Now, with a head full of new songs and a heart full of hope, Patrick is returning to his roots with a guitar in his hands to sing for anybody who still enjoys a good melody. His new self-titled EP, produced by Winston Hauschild, is available now.

Week 10, July 24-28

Visual Artist: Helen O’Conor

Helen O’Conner is continuing  the her weathergram project using paper made with inclusions of Yukon wild plants and flowers – special dedication to Martha Black’s “Artistic Botany”.

What is a weathergram? It’s a brief message — fewer than 10 words — written on a slip of paper hung outdoors by natural string to “weather” in the elements. Weathergrams were invented by Lloyd Reynolds, a professor of English and Art at Reed College and a master calligrapher. He was inspired by haiku, tanka, Shinto prayer slips, and finding a fun way for students to practice calligraphy. As he explains in his directions, a weathergram (aka weather-writing) communicates the “here and now,” the “unexpected,” and the “moment of vision” experienced in nature. Nature “writes back” by weathering the paper, leaving intact only the red and black letters printed in indelible ink.

Calling all those interested in papermaking, calligraphy and poetry to come make a weathergram this week in Le Page Park.

Helen O’Connor makes paper with oriental and local fibre to create works of art, artist books, installation and sculpture. She is owner of Stovepipe Paper Artist Studio at 606 Black St.

Monday – Anne Turner & Tom Connor

Tom Connor on vibraphone, marimba and steel drum and Anne Turner on upright bass. This will be an entertaining noon concert with Tom bringing out lots of fascinating melodic percussion instruments!

Tuesday – Belleville Jas Band

Belleville Jas Band is a music collective which brings endless bouncing happy music to everyone by playing old fashioned jazz, Dixieland, and New Orleans style and by playing the music of composers like Duke Ellington, Sydney Bechet, Benny Goodman and Django Reinhart (to name a few). YYukon jazz musicians Grant Simpson (piano, banjo, vocal) and Olivier de Colombel (saxophones) make up the band for this performance.

Wednesday – Carole Mullin Dancers & Whitehorse Brass

These Whitehorse dancers perform annually at: Celebration of Robbie Burns, Sourdough Rendezvous, Copper Ridge Extended Care, Macauley Lodge, Canada Day, Arts-in-the-Park,, Autumn Moon Festival, Festival-of-the-Trees, Top-of-the-World Bi-Annual Highland Games in Dawson City, July 4th in Skagway, and are frequent medal winners at the Canadian Highland Dancing Championships and other Highland Dancing Competitions in the South. The dancers thank their sponsor Lotteries Yukon.

Whitehorse Brass is comprised of musicians who enjoy creating and sharing music within a small ensemble of like-minded individuals. We are community members who work together to develop each others skill and sound with each practice. We like to explore different genres and experiment with different grooves to create an interesting blend in each performance.

Wednesday 7pm – Soul Migration

Soul Migration is an eclectic band featuring some of the Yukon’s most experienced musicians. Composed of Alex Machidon on Lead Vocals and Guitar, David Sutton on Keyboards and vocals, Marc Paradis on Drums, Selina Heyligers-Hare on lead vocals and keyboards and guitar –  and Roxx Hunter on Lead Guitar and Lead Vocals and Pam Phillips on Bass and vocals. They play Soul, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Blues, Funk and lots of originals and many shades in between. Most importantly, Soul Migration likes to have fun and get people dancing!

Thursday – Gordie Tentrees

Fresh off his 200 date world tour of Europe, Australia, Canada, UK & Ireland with feature performances at Celtic Connections (Glasgow, Scotland) and National Folk Festival (Canberra, Australia), Gordie Tentrees will be performing at the park! He was a top 10 record and artist in North America for April-May 2016 on Folk/ Roots Radio.

Friday – The Whiskey Dicks

The Whiskeydicks are a group of Celtic Gypsy party rockers who have spent 15+ years carving a reputation for themselves as “One Hell of a Good Time”. The Whiskeydicks use fiery celtic-gypsy fiddle licks, cello played like a bass, bombastic trumpet, vivacious drum beats, energetic guitar strumming, and voice to tell stories of good times past and to play songs people know but in a way they’d never imagine. The formula works and has earned the band acclaim from audiences everywhere. Bridging the gap between traditional and modern popular music with an enthusiasm that is contagious, and an eclecticism that knows no bounds.

Week 11, July 31-Aug 4

Visual Artist: Michel Gignac

Michel Gignac is a multi-disciplinary artist who, during his week at Arts in the Park, will be playing around with electronic circuits in hopes of creating a weird and awesome instrument. Come check out the progress as the week unfolds.

Monday – Marco Claveria

Marco has been an integral part of various musical projects that have toured South America, USA and all across Canada and has had the privilege of playing the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival as well as the world renowned Edmonton Folk Music Festival, he has also had the chance to appear at the Discovery Coast Music fest in Bella Coola, and was featured in a live performance on the CANADA AM show on CTV and Clip Trip on Much More Music.

Tuesday –  Léa Roy & Camo Purse

Join us for a unique and different Arts in the Park performance! For the first half of the hour, contemporary dancer Léa Roy will dance while story teller Christine Genier shares some words and Jona Barr improvizes a soundtrack before your eyes.

For the second half of the hour, Jonna Barr will be playing some tunes with his brand new project “Camo Purse”.

Wednesday – Swing Sets

The Swing Sets play lively blues, rock, swing, jazz and lullabies for children of all ages. Claire the Clown leads this trio, with Grant Simpson on piano and Brigitte Desjardins on drums. Original tunes by Claire include “Junkyard Baby”, “Broccoli Farm”, “Underduck” and “Arms Outstretched”, and covers include “If I Only had a Brain”, “I Wanna Be Like You” and “Swinging On a Star”. Be prepared for dancing, laughing, crying, and eating your lunch.

Wednesday 7pm – Lara and the Danz

Lara Lewis has been playing keys and singing publicly for the past ten years as a solo artist and in various bands in Whitehorse, performing everything from dance music to blues, reggae, rock, pop and everything in between. She has played festivals, coffee houses, bars, weddings, and special events in Yukon and British Columbia. She has recorded in various Yukon studios for different projects and is finally working on her own full-length album of original songs (Lov Lavatic), due to be released in July 2017. Lara frequently performs as a solo artist or in a four-piece band (the Danz).

“Lara and the Danz” play original R&B-informed pop songs and eclectic covers. The songs are melodic, upbeat and grooving with a solid rhythm section.

Thursday – Half Cuts

The Half Cuts are a duo comprised of Kalina Wachter and Bethan Davies. They mostly do original songs on a variety of instruments including guitars, banjo, ukulele and accordion. Their music tends to be upbeat and jovial with the occasional slow song.

Friday – Grande Finale!

For the 21st season finale of arts in the park we will have Jona Barr playing his Old Cabin songs, Kelvin Smoler & dancers from Borealis Soul, Bruce & Debra Bergman & a free buffet with food provided by fifteen different businesses around town!