Mark your calendars! We’re celebrating diversity, inclusion and the spirit of our wonderful northern community by co-hosting four concerts over four nights, November 15 – 18. Visit Music Yukon on Facebook each night at 7pm (UTC -7) to live stream the Forward Together Music Series. Viewing is free of charge and all are welcome!
On Tuesday, Nov. 16, don’t miss performances by the Yukon Women in Music Songwriters’ Circle
Featuring: Annie Avery, Erica Dee Mah, Brigitte Jardin, Lindy Jo Aston and Sara MacDonald
Curated by: Yukon Women in Music
Meet the artists:
Annie Avery has been formally schooled in horsemanship, music composition and music education, and experientially schooled in all aspects of a musical life; playing, writing and arranging, recording, touring and teaching. Over thirty years of being part of this wonderful Yukon Community have led to many exciting projects including writing, playing and organizing for many projects. Annie is thrilled to be a part of the YWIM Songcircle for this Forward Together Music Series.
Erica Dee Mah is a multi-instrumental songwriter, whose lyrical songs draw inspiration from a quiet northern upbringing in Smithers, BC. Before moving to the Yukon in 2013, she released two albums and performed across the country with her husband and cellist as an indie-folk duo. In 2020, she released her third full-length album, “Landlocked”, a collection of songs on finger-picked acoustic guitar. With the support of the Yukon Government and the Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture, she is currently working to release a brand new album in 2022, featuring songwriting on the guzheng, a traditional Chinese zither.
With her honest and bewitching approach, Brigitte Jardin draws inspiration from the country folk repertoire, offering a familiar and unique soundscape. Originally from Quebec, Brigitte was involved full-time in the Montreal music scene as a drummer in her teens’ ages. Jardin discovered the Yukon in January 2007, at the age of 17, travelling by herself, exploring her grand country, which was then foreign to her, speaking not a word of English. Brigitte fell for this warm traditional Territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and she is grateful to still living on this land today. Recently, Brigitte decided to change her stage format; rather than being hidden behind her drums, she is now at the forefront, devoting her energy to her new singer-songwriter project. As a Queer woman, Jardin incorporates songs that raise gender themes into her performance. Jardin is currently working on her first full-length album, in which traditional and contemporary blends will appear.
Lindy-Jo Aston grew up in Ontario singing as a youngster. She was inspired by such folk artists as Anne Murray and Gordon Lightfoot and learned to play guitar. Over the years she has branched out to embrace the rock, blues and bluegrass genres as well as picking up the uke and, her new love, the harmonica! Since 1997 L-J has enjoyed making musical friends here in the Yukon.
Sara MacDonald is the song-writing force behind the Yukon band “the august arrival”. Her latest release “All Blue and Gold” merges a modern soundscape and acoustic instrumentation, where electric guitars and synths blend with cello, accordion, zither, and layered percussion. The august arrival’s new album has charted nationally on campus and community radio, spending a total of fifteen weeks charting on stations across Canada. Stripped down to their acoustic upbringings, her songs are intimate; with haunting melodies and vocal performances that cause one to wonder if they should feel a bit guilty for eavesdropping on a reflective private moment. Throughout the years, MacDonald has performed at events such as The Atlin Arts and Music Festival (BC), The Sound of Old Strathcona (AB), Frostbite Music Festival (YT) and Arts in the Park (YT). She is a frequent performer at the Folk Society open mic nights and especially enjoys sharing the stage with other singer-songwriters.
Concerts will be live streamed from the Yukon Arts Centre.
Presented in partnership by Music Yukon | Factor | Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association | Yukon Women in Music | Queer Yukon | Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY)