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Uncle Jimmy & the Hammerstones + Harmonica George & Annie Avery
March 11, 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 all winter! Musicians from throughout the Yukon will share their work in a concert series, with each concert showcasing two artists for two nights.
Harmonica George and Annie Avery / Honouring the Blues/Jazz Standards
After playing for many years in different formats, Annie Avery and George McConkey discovered their shared love of blues and melodic jazz music. In 2012, Annie and George released Honouring The Blues, a CD honouring various blues music styles produced by Bob Hamilton at Old Crow Recording Studio in Whitehorse.
Annie is an accomplished piano player, music teacher and singer who has performed for many years in the North. She is currently half of the performing duet Two Piano Tornado with Grant Simpson. George McConkey plays Harmonica primarily and is known around the North as Harmonica George. George was a founding member of the Juno- nominated band The Undertakin’ Daddies.
Uncle Jimmy & The Hammerstones
Assembled initially to provide fiddle music for community square dances, Uncle Jimmy and the Hammerstones have developed into Dawson City’s premier fiddle ensemble. Jimmy Roberts is a Gwitch’en fiddler that can light up just about any instrument that comes his way and comes at music with pure joy and a desire to share culture and country tunes with young and old. The Hammerstones backing band has had a few incarnations, and the current crew kicked off their first shows together at the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre on National Indigenous People’s day a few years ago. They haven’t stopped since. Peter Menzies leads the backing band on vocals, fiddle and guitar, Alex Halbom on stand-up or electric bass, and Basia Hinton on drums, with a rotating cast of guest musicians.
Partnering with the North Klondyke Highway Music Society, Uncle Jimmy and the Hammerstones have played community events in Dawson, Pelly, and Mayo with the intent of bringing youth and Elders together to enjoy the magic of the fiddle.
“We play both types of music, country and western!”
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 five (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.
• 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).