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POSTPONED – Winter Concert Series: Northern Underground Expressions + Cryptozoologists
December 18, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
On Nov 24, Premier Silver and Dr. Hanley provided an update regarding rising cases of COVID-19 in Yukon. Though Dr. Hanley confirmed that there is no increased concern about the circulation of COVID-19 in the community and that organized events with proper protocols may proceed, we have decided to postpone all December concerts out of an abundance of care and concern for our community, staff and performers.
The spirit of the Winter Concert Series is to provide Dawsonites with a culturally rich, live music experience whenever it is safe to do so. While we were eagerly looking forward to hosting these amazing Yukon musicians and providing Dawsonites with a much-needed opportunity to experience live music, we were prepared for this. We will reschedule all December concerts at a later time.
We continue to monitor the situation closely, and at this time, all January, February and March shows are still scheduled. This cancellation is for December concerts only.
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.
Northern Underground Expressions (John from Dawson, J, Reverb, Mobb Diggity, Little Boe, Isaac Pumphrey) is a multifaceted organization dedicated to creating quality content and music. We aim to grow into a platform to develop and recognize undiscovered talent in northern Canada’s youth.
The goal with Northern Underground expressions is to create an alternative to the traditional record label as an online media outlet for Northern art. We want to build a brand to market and distribute our artists and collective content through. We feel that there is currently a lack of active media outlets for Northern youth artists who don’t have the resources to make their art, market it, and compete with the mainstream artists in bigger cities and urban areas at the same time.
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 (4) 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.
• Thursday night shows will be broadcast live on CFYT 106.9fm and cfyt.ca from 8:00 pm – 9:30 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).