Fresh from the Yukon wilds come five artists ready to warm your hearts and set your ears afire.
The pseudonym of Yukon-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jona Barr, Old Cabin has criss-crossed the country in recent years, playing its own brand of relaxed, resonant folk. Old Cabin has released three albums: Growing Up Young (2012), Old Cabin (2013), and Saturn Return (2016).
“Saturn Return has a subtle loneliness to it, but it’s also gently inviting. The experimentalism Barr brings to this record makes it stand out over his previous work. Although it tiptoes outside of the genre, this is undeniably folk music, full of the human experience and, more importantly, questions about it.” – EXCLAIM!
- Friday, October 14th — 12 @ The Club
- Saturday, October 15th — 10pm @ Crave
Diyet is Alternative Folk, Roots, Country and Traditional Aboriginal with melodies and stories deeply rooted in her Indigenous world view and northern life. Her songs are an interpretation of a northern reality: hard, raw and will break you if it can but at the same time, always beautiful, gentle, strange and intensely alive. Diyet has two albums: When You Were King (2013) and The Breaking Point (2010) and a new album on the way.
“Diyet’s poetic lyrics are heartfelt and true, full of hope and inspiration for positive change in her community.” – DISCourse
- Friday October 14th — 9pm @ Artful Dodger
- Saturday October 15th — 8pm @ The Owl – RFF Venue
Straight out of -40 degrees in Canada’s Yukon, Graeme Peters, brother Jody Peters, and Ian March formed the power trio Speed Control. The three members all come from a jazz and classical background but have turned to their true passion – rock n’ roll. From 2012 till today, they have played school concerts to upwards of 100,000 students, touring from the east coast to the west coast and up to northern Canada. Along with playings festivals, theatres, and clubs, Speed Control’s signature RAWK Camp is in high demand throughout Canada, working with kids from 8 to 85.
“Speed Control was a highlight at the OSAC Showcase. Our Arts Councils saw the enthusiasm and humour the guys brought to the stage and saw how that could work in their own communities in developing and expanding audiences.” – Steve Butterworth, Vice President of Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.
- Friday October 14th — 12:15 @ Bobby’s Place
- Saturday October 15th — 10pm @ Multipurpose Room
Based in Whitehorse, nestled in the sprawling landscape of the Yukon, Rob Dickson is a singer-songwriter, a husband, and a father. Through an autobiographical lens, Dickson reveals himself with a sound that is both raw and modest, inviting reflection on the human condition, inviting us to consider the people we become as we grow up.
“Proof of Our Years, produced by James Bunton (Donovan Woods, Evening Hymns), is a spacious record, honest and sometimes raw, but with more than enough room for Rob Dickson’s love of music and family to sit side by side.” – quick before it melts
- Friday October 14th — 11:15pm @ Crave
- Saturday October 15th — 9pm @ The Capitol
Whether he’s playing with his own solo band or other various outfits, he can’t be kept off Canadian stages. Ryan puts most of his energy in his passion for studying acoustic traditional blues, jazz and old time music. This led him to spending a winter in New Orleans where he wrote the majority of the material featured on Steppin’ Down South. This album is saturated with the sounds and rhythm of New Orleans streets.
“While each track is unique in its own right, the vibe is concretely similar across the album without sounding formulaic. The simple two-step dance feel infiltrates each song, getting toes to tap effortlessly.” – Yukon News
- Friday October 14th — 10:15pm @ Bobby’s Place
- Saturday October 15th — 9pm @ Artful Dodger