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Spring Concert Series: Victoria Parker & Cryptozoologists
April 30, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture and the Dawson City Music Festival Association are thrilled to present live music at the KIAC Ballroom – Dënäkär Zho this season! Musicians from throughout the Yukon will share their work in a concert series, with each concert showcasing two artists for two nights.
Victoria Parker is a singer-songwriter who lives in Whitehorse Yukon Territory. Parker’s musical style is described as indie folk, indie pop and electronic ambient. Victoria received her Master’s in Music Education from Western University and a Bachelor of Music Performance from Acadia University. Parker has performed with many musicians across Canada and most notably with the band Wet Denim (Halifax, NS), with whom she released the debut album WWWDD. Victoria is writing music for a forthcoming album and working on a new experimental project named Prism.
Like their namesakes searching out proof of the existence of sasquatches and other mythological creatures, Whitehorse-based art-rock band Cryptozoologists is preoccupied with futility, bogs and swamps, and a scrappy pseudoscience D.I.Y. spirit. The songs, written by primary songwriter Zach McCann-Armitage, are garage gritty but also sincere, distinctive, and literary in ambition.
In September 2020, they released their second album, Pond Life, realized at Old Crow Recordings with frequent collaborator and labelmate Patrick Hamilton. Composed of eleven songs of teetering hope, political angst, and labyrinthine quests for grace and self-acceptance, the record mixes a live, ruckus-like sound with more intimate arrangements of sparsely arranged synthesizers and sequenced drums, reflecting influences such as Destroyer, Wolf Parade, and Parquet Courts. Released in tandem with the album is a homemade collaged Tarot Deck created by Zach throughout the album’s songwriting.
We are committed to providing a safe concert-going experience, so please note the following:
• All concerts are all-ages.
• Each concert will have very limited capacity with physical distancing in place.
• We are offering advanced tickets only. You may purchase tickets in clusters of up to four (5) people to be seated together.
• All concert-goers will be required to wear a mask. If you do not own a mask, disposable ones will be available.
• All concert-goers must be seated upon entrance and remain seated throughout each set (except for bathroom breaks). There will be a 10-minute set changeover, but audience members cannot mingle in the venue.
• Artists will be performing live off the floor rather than on stage to ensure proper spacing when needed.
• Friday Night shows will be broadcast live on CFYT 106.9fm and cfyt.ca from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm for those who cannot attend.
• If you feel sick at all, please contact KIAC for a refund and stay home.
• We are following the public health situation closely, and we are prepared to cancel, postpone, or alter all shows if needed.
Learn More About…
Artist In Residence Activities & Outreach
Artist in Residence activities include artist talks, studio tours, interactive events, and more.
Founded in 2001, in a partnership with Parks Canada, the KIAC Artist in Residence Program has welcomed over 300 talented artists, musicians and filmmakers to Dawson City from all regions of Canada and around the world. Our alumni include Sobey Art Award nominees, Western Canada Music Award winners, and prize-winning filmmakers from film festivals across the globe.
Film activities include film screenings, film selections, and more.
KIAC is proud to host an exciting roster of film screenings and film-related events throughout the year, such as the 48 Hour Film Challenge and Dawson City International Short Film Festival, numerous workshops, and other opportunities.
Exhibition activities include gallery viewing hours, exhibition openings, artist talks, calls for submissions, and more.
The ODD Gallery, located in the Dënäkär Zho / KIAC building, presents a wide array of outreach programming including artist talks, openings, lectures, screenings, youth programs and other special events. Gallery programming fosters professionalism and appreciation of regional visual arts practice, and provides the community with exposure and access to a diverse range of contemporary visual arts practices and theories in a remote, northern setting.
Kids & Youth Programs
Kids & youth activities include: music lessons, art classes, dance classes, book readings, toddler classes, after-school programs.
Kids and Youth (toddler to teen) programming ranges from music lessons (vocals, piano) to dance class (ballet, hip hop, and more), to hands-on workshops (pottery, screen-printing, animation and more) and is offered regularly throughout the year. KIAC strives to subsidize Kids & Youth programs as much as possible via grants and funding. Programming ranges from free Drop-Ins to registered weekly programs.
Youth Art Enrichment
Youth Art Enrichment is an annual four-day art program for Yukon youth hosted by the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture in Dawson City. Artistically-inclined youth ages 14 – 18 travel from across the Yukon to take part in intensive workshops led by professional artists. Students choose one of three mediums to study for the duration of the program, learning new skills, techniques, and ways to creatively make artwork for the world to see. The mediums change every year: we have offered printmaking, animation, painting, carving, stained glass, illustration, improv, and much more over the last two decades.
Performing arts activities include: concerts, theatre and dance performances, open mics, radio broadcasts, special events, and more.
KIAC presents a year-round professional performing arts series in the beautiful second floor Ballroom that actively engages our community and provides inspiring performance opportunities for international, national, and regional artists in many disciplines. Our diverse programming includes jazz, classical, folk & roots, experimental, dance, theatre, and more.
Workshops include: weekly drop-ins, registered programs, weekend workshops, and more.
KIAC presents a year-round schedule of educational opportunities ranging from drop in programs (pottery, screenprinting, seniors painting, concert band), to registered workshops (dance, music, film, visual art, craft, textiles, etc), to professional development opportunities for artists (grant writing, artwork documentation, etc).