Local and Regional News « Music Yukon

By: Musicyukon  09-12-2011
Keywords: Music Industry, Canadian Music

Local and Regional News « Music Yukon

Nicole Edwards’ song Widow’s Waltz is now available digitally as a single.  It was previously released on Yukon Women In Music’s compilation CD: Tether, Hooks & Velcro.

Widow’s Waltz is a touching country waltz including fiddle, banjo, accordion, acoustic guitar, rhythm section and harmonies featuring: Nicole Edwards-vocals, Lynn Miles-acoustic guitar, Anne Louise Genest-harmony, Dave Haddock-harmony, Kim Barlow-banjo , Andrea McColeman-accordion, Lonnie Powell-drums, Jon Heaton-upright bass, Keitha Clarke-fiddle.

We Enjoyed The Music,
We Enjoyed The Yukon!

The 2011 BreakOut West Festival and Western Canadian Music Awards were an amazing success, for both the Western Canadian Music Alliance and for the Yukon! Delegates from across the planet descended on the little city of Whitehorse for four days in October, and they enjoyed not only the fantastic music that came out of the weekend, but a little northern hospitality too…

MusicYukon showcased their talented membership to the music industry with a style of their own. For musicians and their friends, the MusicYukon Resource Center was hopping as the Green Room, complete with MusicYukon hospitality in the form of promotional material, free beer, snacks, and some of the best chili ever consumed by man. And speaking of hospitality, MusicYukon also hosted a lovely soiree for industry delegates at the Yukon Brewing Company Ltd., complete with local music, finger foods, wine and beer. ‘Yukon Gold’ flowed throughout the weekend, many non-showcasing Yukon artists displayed their craft at local eateries, and all the showcasing artists enjoyed playing to large crowds of locals and delegates.

Some quotes and memories from the weekend:

“We had the most amazing (and incredibly hard working) host committee and without them and WCMA staff (Rick, Melissa, Alescha, Johnny) this couldn’t have happened.”
~ Iris Merritt, Yukon Film & Sound Commission

“Everyone I speak with tells me they had a great time and were impressed by the profile that MusicYukon maintained throughout, as a pro-active, supportive organization for Yukon musicians.”
~ Lynne Cavanagh, MusicYukon Executive Director

“Speed Control’s super show on Thursday night, Trio Bembe playing the Visitor Information Centre was awesome…listening to the Sourjourners play at the RoadHouse.the energy was over the top”
~ Nancy Lewis-DeGraff, Yukon Film & Sound Commission

“I happened to meet a rep from Warner Music on the flight up from Vancouver, and we had a great chat. I do believe we’ll keep in touch.”
~ Matthew Lien, Nominee for World Recording of the Year

“I found a great music supervisor interested in placing my music, an interested festival director in Denmark and an agent/promoter in Ireland. All of whom are genuinely interested in making something happen.”
~ Gordie Tentrees, Showcasing Yukon Artist

“This trip offered a great opportunity to solidify the network with two (other) successful hip hop groups from Yukon; The Root Sellers and Groundwork Sessions. We also discussed the possibility of touring and working on music videos with GWS.”
~ Kelvin Smoler, KIDS, Showcasing Yukon Artist

“Speed Control in Spandex at the end of the whole fest was the highlight for me. This was the best musical experience I’ve ever had.”
~ Graeme Peters, Speed Control, Showcasing Yukon Artist

MusicYukon congratulates the nominees for Yukoners this year, which traverse the available categories from Solo Roots Recording (Kim Beggs) and World Recording of The Year (Matthew Lien), to Agency of The Year (Magnum Opus Management) and the Multimedia Award (Kim Beggs again!). These artists and industry folk show true dedication to their craft and measure up on a world stage, and there is every reason to be proud of their accomplishments.

Many of the artists from the Yukon tour both nationally and internationally, so even if you didn’t attend BreakOut West, follow the sounds out of the north and catch them in your own neighborhood as soon as you can.

~ Original Aboriginal & World Roots with Crystal Vocals.

~ Colorful, Witty Rhymes over Genre-Bending Beats.

Solo Roots Recording of the Year & Multimedia Award ~ Sweet, Dark, Gritty, Award-Winning Songwriting with her Unique Oldtyme Vocals.

Agency of the Year ~ Talented Management and Booking, with an Adventurous Approach.

*NOMINATED* World Recording of the Year ~ Environmentally Interactive Music Built in Collaboration with The Earth.

~ Franco-Northern Rock-Ska with a Twist, They can Entertain Anyone 8 to 80.

~ Animated & Original Indie Rock, They run Rock Camps by Day and Shred All Night.

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Sponsored by a Yukon music industry partnershipof Jazz Yukon, MusicYukon and the Yukon Arts Centre with assistance fromthe Yukon Cultural Industries Training Fund. The awards were presented Sunday the 23rd of Octoberat the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse. Congratulations!Western Canadian Music Award Winners 2011. For those of you who have yet to check out vocal jazz.