Music Yukon invites you to listen and buy local during Give Yukon Music Week, which is taking place from December 12-16, 2016. During this holiday season we’re reflecting on the year that was in Yukon music and each day we’re spotlighting a different artist and their 2016 album.
In November 2016, Music Yukon put out a call for artists to be involved in this holiday promotion, and every artist who sent in their information is being profiled this week—one per day.
Music Yukon hopes that this is only the beginning and hearing these new tracks will encourage you to listen local all year long.
Blue Through the Trees
Release Date: January 2016
About the Album: Yukon songwriter Brenda Berezan has recently released her first full length CD, “Blue Through the Trees”. Brenda self-produced the CD in collaboration with Whitehorse producer and sound designer Jordy Walker. The album is an interesting departure for Berezan who has been known for her conversational, folk-rock music. “Blue Through the Trees” sees Brenda embracing pop music but also integrating some interesting sonic elements thanks to Jordy Walker’s touch.
The album is tightly arranged and it’s full of collaborations, which include Brenda’s former band The Free Radicals, The Whitehorse Pop Choir, Alex Johnson (The Midnight Sons Band) and hip hop artist Kelvin Smoler (who co-wrote one of the songs). Special guests on the album include Canadian songwriter and performer Emm Gryner and guitarist Sean Kelly (Nelly Furtado, Carol Pope).
Brenda currently has a piano piece featured on the 2016 Piano Day Playlist, an international playlist of new and experimental piano music curated by Nils Frahm’s management. Piano Day 2016 Playlist Born and raised in Alberta, Brenda has called the Yukon home for the past sixteen years and she resides in Whitehorse.
Get the Album: www.brendaberezan.com
Proof of Our Years
Release Date: February 2016
About the Album: Chronicling the unique beauty and uncertainty of moving into adulthood, Dickson’s debut album, Proof of Our Years, is an ode to growth. Between 2013 and 2015, in his mid-twenties, Dickson finished school, began a full-time job, got married, moved into a new home, and started a family. Out of this period of extreme change grew a collection of songs, each stemming from and responding to the inherent challenges and immense joys of growing older, growing a partnership, and raising a child into being. With wisdom and clarity beyond his years, Dickson describes both the doubt and the wonder, imprinting his songwriting with honesty and pure emotion. He approaches his songs with a tender grasp, imbuing the clear sentiment of his writing with the nuanced intensity of his voice. Produced by Toronto’s James Bunton (Donovan Woods, Evening Hymns), Proof of Our Years is spacious and magnetic, revelatory in its unaffected account of finding oneself on the other side of youth, and resonant in its embrace of the exquisite imperfection of love.
Get the Album: Available on Bandcamp, iTunes and Spotify Bandcamp<https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/goog_2106945150>, iTunes<https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/proof-of-our-years/id1171398795> and Spotify<https://play.spotify.com/artist/3UR7qIs1IZx8p2HX0eAOwj>. pages.
Home Sweet Home
Album: Fire on the Ice
Release Date: May 2016
About the Album: Home Sweet Home is Keitha Clark, Boyd Benjamin and Kate Weekes. The 2016 release ‘Fire on the Ice’ is Home Sweet Home’s second album. It is sparked with fiddle tunes from the North, jazz harmonies, old country and new folk. Home Sweet Home is passionate about documenting traditional music and celebrating their varying musical backgrounds. ‘Fire on the Ice’ is a fiddle version of contemporary Northern culture – enjoy!
Get the Album: The album is for sale through CD Baby at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/homesweethome1
Release Date: April 26, 2016
About the Album: Pairings: playful and passionate with bluesy undertones. An intoxicating voice paired with Canada’s finest jazz musicians, including David Restivo, George Koller, Reg Schwager, and more.
This is the second recording from the award-winning Fritzen, a Whitehorse-based artist who came up with an adventurous concept for the album. As the title suggests, every song features a pairing of Fawn’s voice with one particular instrument.
The couplings on different tunes include acoustic bass, guitar, piano, prepared piano, percussion, and a saxophone section, resulting in a rich variety of tones and musical moods. The instrumental formatting means the arrangements are generally on the sparse side, but there is a large dynamic range to Pairings. The settings place a clear spotlight on the vocals, and Fritzen’s warm, strong, and clear voice is certainly up to the task.
Get the Album: It’s available locally at Dean’s Strings and at Mac’s Fireweed Books.
Online, it can be purchased at fawnfritzen.bandcamp.com or on iTunes.
Yukon Release Date: November 2016
Bio: 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.
While studying at the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance Program, multi-instrumentalist Graeme Peters embraced all musical genres becoming a highly sought after touring and studio musician. Graeme recorded and played with Canadian jazz greats Ingrid Jensen and Terry Promane as well as Inuit throat singer, Tanya Tagaq. In 2012, he co-wrote a rock opera, The Busker and The Barista, which features Speed Control as both band and actors. Graeme was hired by Yukon’s Dept of Health for the role of Captain Germfighter, giving 40 performances to primary students. Graeme studied education prior to transferring into the jazz program and specializes in working with behaviour challenged youth.
Jody Peters grew up immersed in the music industry. He learned the business from every angle: from performing and touring to artist management and administration. He has a Bachelor of Education Degree in Music and French from the University of Alberta and taught music (band, choir, general music) in two schools in Whitehorse over the last four years. He was on faculty and was the administrator of the Yukon Summer Music Camp. Jody is also a music adjudicator and served one term as a board member of the Canadian Music Educators Association. Like Graeme, Jody left a teaching position to take Speed Control’s brand of rock on the road.
With twelve years of drumming in his pockets, Ian March gives a fantastic performance. Ian has studied with Canadian Jazz heavy weight Blaine Wikjord and Latin guru Gilberto Moreaux during his time at Capiliano University’s Music Program. Now focusing all his time on Speed Control he is able to use his talent to anchor the band with a hard-hitting technical sound.
Speed Control were finalists in a national competition for Best New Group on CBC Radio for their song, “Tent City”. 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. On the road for six to seven months per year, they made their first appearance in Nunavut this fall for a World Suicide Prevention Day Concert.
Along with playing festivals, theatres, and clubs, Speed Control’s signature RAWK Camp is in high demand throughout Canada, working with kids from 8 to 85. To date, they have delivered the camps in the Yukon, NWT, BC, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Get the album: speedcontrol.ca or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org