Yellowknife artists to be featured in new live music festival
A new national musical series featuring 22 Canadian artists is on the way and Yellowknife will play a role.
From October 2021 to March 2022, a series titled Music from the Edges of Canada will feature 11 full production concerts broadcast live to viewers’ homes from four theaters on Canada’s borders.
The Northern Arts and Culture Center (NACC) in Yellowknife will be one of these theaters.
Assuming that touring would continue to be limited in the 2021-2022 season, event producers Margot Holmes and Debbie Peters developed Music From the Edges to support Canadian artists with performance opportunities.
The other sites are in Whitehorse, Saint John, New Brunswick, and Campbell River, British Columbia.
“We have six artists from the Maritimes, we have four from Yellowknife,” said Peters. “We have four in the Yukon and we have eight in British Columbia. And so these four venues will not only have the live shows, but they will also broadcast live shows from coast to coast… we have 11 concerts, they’re all duplicate… so these are going to be pre-recorded and shared. in live broadcasts later in the year. But the concerts go from October to the end of March.
The series runs from October 28 to March 27.
Artists scheduled include Carmen Braden of Yellowknife, Digawolf, Andrea Bettger and Wesley Hardisty. Their performances will be broadcast on selected dates in February and March.
For Braden, the idea of performing in front of a live audience again is certainly exciting, especially with audiences existing beyond Yellowknife.
“I can count on one hand the number of live performances I have had in the past 18 months,” Braden said. “One of the only ones I was able to do last year was on the NACC stage – it was one of their first live concerts that the NACC hosted.
“I did a bunch of outdoor shows: Folk on the Rocks, farmers markets, and Ramble and Ride, and things like that. But since then it’s been pretty empty in terms of being on a stage, ”she said. “So of course I’m excited. It’s a bit special for me too because I love the idea that we can share it very intimately with my community in Yellowknife and then see it bounce back beyond that in February after doing a bunch of different things and cleaned my refrigerator several times. Life goes on and then it has a second life.
Bettger is also excited to be back on stage and performing.
“I’m really excited,” she said. “I mean, it’s been an interesting race during the pandemic. With live performances, I feel lucky to have been able to perform here at the NACC theater, even though it was (was) for a limited audience. I have been fortunate enough to perform myself and with other bands, but certainly not as often as before the pandemic. So, I feel like this is a really good opportunity to really polish and prepare for a professional concert.
As with everything during COVID, the possibility of cancellation still exists. This is something Peters and his team are prepared for with the virtual aspect of the event.
“(COVID is) going to be different in all parts of the country,” she said. “For example, in New Brunswick, until a couple of weeks ago or a week ago, they were wide open so they could have their rooms full. Then in British Columbia, I think it’s still a little different right now. In the Yukon, we are doing quite well. I am not sure where the Center des arts et de la culture du Nord is to know if it can have an internal audience.
“So I think that’s why it became really important for us to have a live streaming component as well, so we have that virtual or digital component to this project so that we can move forward and we can film these artists with or without live audiences. “
For those who get a series pass, not only does it include access to all 11 concerts broadcast live, but it also includes 48-hour access to the replay of each concert.
Featured musicians represent all genres of Canadian music, including blues, rock, jazz, folk and reggae.
This project employs over 140 Canadian artistic workers.