Arts in the Park


Arts in the Park 2017

Week 5, June 19-23

Visual Artist: Blair Thorson

Blair lives in Whitehorse. His only formal art education was in grade school giving him an appreciation of young students being exposed to art.

Blair was an Editorial Cartoonist for 6 years with Newspapers throughout the Peace Country, B.C. He had over 800 editorials published and compiled select cartoons into a book.

He first taught cartooning in Ft St John, B.C. in 1995 and participated in a Mentoring Program for Youths interested in art.

He is in the Artist in the School and Yukon Arts Ed-Venture Programs. He has taught children ages 5 to 16 and encourages “practice and having fun”.

 Monday – The River Bends (from Dawson)

The River Bends is a 4-piece Dawson City band that has performed regularly in the community and the Yukon over the past ten years. The band’s impressive collection original music is an eclectic mix of rock, funk, folk, swing and a little reggae, with alternating vocalists and great harmonies. All the members come from different musical and philosophical backgrounds which are reflected in our lyrics and music. Band members are versatile and creative and tailor songs to compliment the venue; from driven rock to laid back grooves.

The band has performed at Dawson City Music Festival, Arts in the Park, the Riverside Arts Festival and regularly plays residencies and concerts in the community, including the Palace Grand theatre. TRB has been a mainstay at various fund-raising events and resident band at the monthly Dawson City Coffee Houses.

Tuesday – Nadine and Sammy

Nadine Landry and Stephen “Sammy” Lind play traditional fiddle music that has been passed on for hundreds of years, classics of the south west Louisiana Cajun dance halls and songs that could have filled a 50s smoky bar jukebox. Alternating between fiddle, banjo, guitar and accordion, they play true to the roots of American music with energy and respect. They are members of The Foghorn Stringband, the Dirk Powell Band and play with Cajun extraordinaires Jesse Lege, Joel Savoy and the Cajun Country Revival and have collaborated with countless legends. They tour all over the world but call the Yukon their home!

Wednesday – HAPPY ABORIGINAL DAY! No shows

Thursday – Soir de Semaine

Soir de Semaine is a five-piece Francophone band based in Whitehorse, Yukon since 2003, playing original music that is lively, rousing and dynamic. Musically adventurous, Soir de Semaine’s songs are a joyous mix of reggae and ska grooves with a touch of rock. Positive lyrics reflect on hope, life, soul and travels, with a driving percussive energy that unifies the songs and gives Soir de Semaine the distinctive sound that has audiences dancing ecstatically in the Yukon and beyond. For Soir de Semaine, interaction with the audience is integral to a great performance.

With members in the teaching profession, Soir de Semaine are committed to community and educational outreach. On festival stages, in concert halls, and school auditoriums, Soir de Semaine brings audiences to their feet everywhere. From Quebec to Ottawa from Alberta to Alaska, Soir de Semaine has toured, showcased and performed extensively around Canada.

Friday – Diyet

Diyet is Alternative Folk, Roots, Country and Traditional Aboriginal with catchy melodies and stories deeply rooted in her Indigenous world view and northern life. She performs as a trio with husband and collaborator, Robert van Lieshout on guitar and foot percussion and multi-instrumentalist and Juno Award winning producer, Bob Hamilton.
Diyet’s live performances provide an intimate and uplifting experience as she invites her guests into a soundscape of rhythm, melody and storytelling. With a resonant voice that captures the spirit, Diyet is a contemporary artist whose music leaves listeners with a sense of hope and possibility. Her lyrics paint a vivid picture of her home and travels, and touch upon the happy and heartbreaking things that happen in her world, exposing her interpretation of a northern reality: hard, raw and will break you if it can, but at the same time is always beautiful, gentle, strange and intensely alive.

Week 6, June 26-30

Visual Artist: Rosemary Scanlon

Rosemary Scanlon holds a Master of Fine Arts from Glasgow School of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University. Her watercolor paintings explore the fantasy and reality of northern life and are influenced by diverse sources such as medieval tapestry, paintings of religious icons and photographs of everyday life.

Monday – Stockstill & Rose

Stockstill & Rose are a high energy and unique banjo-fiddle duo. They play a variety of tunes in the realm of bluegrass, gypsy jazz/Eastern European, western swing  and old timey tunes, interspersed with campy originals.

They have played in many bands over the years, and first met while playing with the popular Whitehorse band “Fishead Stew” (now disbanded). From there they continued on to play with local 5-piece bluegrass band, Canyon Mountain. They have been playing as a duo for the past three years, and continue to amaze fans from Dawson City to Mexico and points in between, with their fancy picking’, heartfelt singing, and ear catching arrangements.

Tuesday – Jennihouse

Jennihouse invents spontaneous soundscapes. Sam Gallagher plays lap steel with effects and a loop station. Scott Maynard plays keyboards and guitar through a loop pedal, also piano, and sometimes drums. Jennihouse is primarily an instrumental improvisational project, although both Sam and Scott are also songwriters, and these songs occasionally find their way into the Jennihouse system. The band came together as part of an artist residency, which included the use of a local heritage building called the Jenni House, from which the band have taken their name. Jennihouse recently released a live album, available online at

Wednesday – Nicole Edwards and the Puppet Affair

Singer-songwriter-interpreter Nicole Edwards has teamed up with puppeteer Rob Pelletier and multi-instrumentalist Andrea McColeman to create an entertaining, family-friendly act with songs, singing puppets and surprises that is sure to tickle your funny bone.

Wednesday 7pm – Jeremy Parkin & Kelvin

Jeremy & Kelvin are a Producer / MC duo from Whitehorse, YT. They began working together in the summer of 2014 for Borealis Soul (boSo): a collective that integrates dance, music and visual effects into live performance. With musical flavours that are based in hip hop, they are keen explorers of the genre, embracing lyricism, boom-bap, trap, glitch, downtempo and house within their musical styles. They are currently creating their first partnered full-length project.

Thursday – Songwriter Panel

Grant Simpson is hosting a songwriter panel that connects songwriters with residents from Macauley Lodge. 6 writers will create musical compositions that connect with the stories  of 6 Macauley lodge residents.

Friday – Lucie D and the Immortals

Lucie D and the Immortals are an exciting ensemble of seasoned and well-travelled musicians based in the Yukon Territory who specialize in both Latin Jazz and R & B.  Please click to the genre you are interested in to find out more!

These 6 Yukon transplants are seasoned Motown-inspired musicians who are passionate about breathing new life into your favorite R & B and Soul classics, with fiery energy and pizazz!  Their Music appeals to a wide audience and fits every occasion.

This band is often described by audiences as the dream team: thunderous lead vocals soaring over soulful melodies, backed by a solid rhythm section and intricately dressed by melodious harmonies woven together with tasty piano and guitar stylings.

Week 7, July 3-7

Visual Artist: Marie Hélène Comeau

Monday – Emily Ross & Madi Dixon

Tuesday – Jerry Alfred

Wednesday – Matt the Music Man

Wednesday 7pm – Clairvoyant Felicities

Thursday – Tereza Tomek

Friday – Winter Trio

Week 8, July 10-14

Visual Artist: Josée Carbonneau

Monday – Matt Epp

Tuesday – Andy Slade

Wednesday – Ryan Enns

Wednesday 7pm – Major Funk and the Employment

Thursday – Claire Ness

Friday – The Sarcastic Onions

Week 9, July 17-21

Visual Artist: Amber Church

Monday – Rob Dickson

Tuesday – Peggy Hanifan & Roxx Hunter

Wednesday – Cate Innish

Wednesday 7pm – The Ukes of Hazard

Thursday – Grant Simpson & Shauna Jones

Friday – Patrick Jacobson

Week 10, July 24-28

Visual Artist: Helen O’Conor

Monday – Anne Turner & Tom Connor

Tuesday – Belleville Jas

Wednesday – Carole Mullin Dancer & Whitehorse Brass

Wednesday 7pm – Soul Migration

Thursday – Gordie Tentrees

Friday – The Whiskey Dicks

Week 11, July 31-Aug 4

Visual Artist: Michel Gignac

Monday – Marco Claveria

Tuesday – DOUBLE BILL- Sophie Villeneuve and Léa Roy

Wednesday – Swing Sets

Wednesday 7pm – Lara and the Danz

Thursday – Half Cuts

Friday – Grande Finale!

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

Patrick will bring his potters wheel to the park. He will make and show forming pots with audience members.

Monday – Speed Control

Branded as real rock, Speed Control takes control of the stage with a power that will make you jump up and dance. This audience member said it best, “Speed Control isn’t just a rock band, they are a full on show!” Speed Control is vibrant onstage energy filled with smart humour, emotion and spirit.  They’ve played from coast to coast to coast in Canada as well as the western US. Highlights include Band-Aid at the Surrey Arts Centre; World Suicide Prevention Day Concert in Iqaluit; Folk on the Rocks; National Arts Centre’s Northern Scene and every concert they’ve played!  They were national finalists for Best New Group in the inaugural Searchlight Competition.

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

Chrys is a trained performer and broadcaster as well as widely published and anthologized poet. She has performed across the UK, in Europe, North America, Finland and India. She has won numberous awards including the National Media Award, a New Writing Bursary & a Work Development Grant. In 2012 The Burning was selected as one of the 20 best Scottish Poems. In 2014 her pamphlet Weaver of Grass was shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. Performing alongside her is talented musician Nick Mah.

Wednesday – Remy Rodden & Bob Kuiper

Fun songs, crazy antics, participation expected! No strangers to Yukon audiences, Bob and Remy have played together for over two decades at festivals, special events and innumerable informal campfire sessions. Remy is known for his original family-oriented nature songs and thoughtful north-inspired ballads. Bob is a talented multi-instrumentalist, and designer of Yukon’s most elaborate musical washboard.

Come participate in their Canada 150 themed performance!

Wednesday 7pm – Prizefighter

From the steep dark woods of Whitehorse comes Prizefighter, Yukon’s underground rock and reggae band. The band combines vocals, a rhythm section and a horn to produce a very danceable groove. Steve Toews (guitar and vocals), Mike Toews (guitar), Kyle Janzen (bass), Ludo Gouaillier (keys), Nick Wozniewski (drums) and Paul Kishchuk (trombone). With influences ranging from Manu Chao, Burning Spear, Ridley Bent, Harmonium to the Eels, this is not your father’s garage band.

Thursday – Anacrouse

Composed of two francophone artists, Anacrouse is an ensemble that offers a repertoire of French classic songs and jazz standards. Their music is distinguished by a flavor of French café and gypsy jazz style.  Let Anacrouse bring you in a mood of a good music time.

Friday – The Benett Sun

Mountains to valleys Canadiana singer-song writer with a hint of the traditional south from a little lady string band from Canada’s big North. They are harmony rich with a sound described as tumbleweed pop and city folk.  The Bennett Sun has been playing together since 2010 and released their first EP in 2015. Since that time they have been a showcase band at Breakout West and regional winners of CBC Searchlight.