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GHOSTKEEPER at Dënäkär Zho / KIAC Ballroom

September 1, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Wonderhorse Emerging Arts & Music Festival & KIAC presents:
Ghostkeeper at Dënäkär Zho / KIAC Ballroom

Doors open at 7:30 / showtime at 8:00
All Ages / Admission by Donation!

“Let these bodies know/ that they exist for one another,” beckons Shane Ghostkeeper above an angularly shifting progression. “This is a reckoning of truth and perception/ a smooth redemption”. Each phrase is echoed by a response from a ghostly choir, which blurs the line between the spirit world and the world of flesh and bone. These are the opening lines from Calgary based art-rock band Ghostkeeper’s latest offering, Multidimensional Culture, an album which contains no shortage of dimensions, both sonically, and spiritually.
The couple (originally from the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement in Alberta) met in their early twenties, and began artistically collaborating soon after. Sarah, already a visual artist, was
integral to determining the imagery for the project from early on. She utilized her talents to design their album artwork, t-shirts, and indigenous masks, while Shane, who had only recently embarked on his musical journey, began laying the ground work for what would become their shared musical voice. Once their vision for the project had presented itself, the duo’s trajectory and purpose became clear. Their early recordings were released through Calgary-based record labels Saved By Vinyl and Flemish Eye (home to acclaimed artists Chad Vangaalen, Yves Jarvis, and Preoccupations). The band have long collaborated with Calgary heavy-hitter musicians, Ryan Bourne, and Eric Hamelin, who are integral in forging the melodic complexity of the bands’ sonically expansive catalog.

Multidimensional Culture is at once unpredictable, and easily digestible. The album blends the avant-garde instincts of Ghostkeeper’s previous releases with a new found peacefulness that has presented itself since the couple became parents. Thematically, Multidimensional Culture tackles many of life’s big questions, from the fragility of human existence, to the innocence of love. Even the pain of their ancestral discrimination is approached with a tenderness and understanding that only a narrator with true empathy and wisdom could provide. The sonic range of this record traverses a wide spectrum of influences, including African psychedelia, traditional Metis music, 70’s freak-folk traditions, and proto-punk guitar based bands like Television. All of these influences blend seamlessly into a sound that is unique, yet familiar.

Each song holds its own weight as a pillar to which the greater sonic structure rests upon. Each story has been lived, and there is a penetrating honesty in both Shane, and Sarah’s delivery that is palpable. Ghostkeeper channels the spirit world in all of its pain, beauty and wonderment, and gifts it to anyone willing to accept.

Thanks to: Yukon Government, Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage


September 1, 2023
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Event Category:


Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC)


Age Restriction
All Ages


Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC)
902 2nd Avenue, Dawson City + Google Map
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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.

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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.

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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.

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