Last week, the Yukon Arts Centre had the pleasure of hosting a number of events for the 2013 Canadian Museums Association annual conference. Conference delegates were welcomed on Tuesday with a Yukon Showcase featuring several northern artists, including the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers, Kim Barlow, and Soir de Semaine. Many of you asked how can we buy their CD or find out more about them? Well we hope this blog post will help!

Dakhká Khwáan Dancers at Yukon Arts Centre - Yukon Government photo

Dakhká Khwáan Dancers

The Inland Tlingit and Tagish dance group, Dakhká Khwáan Dancers, was founded by Marilyn Jensen in Carcross in 2007 and has since gained significant acclaim. Although originally the group intended to tell the Tlingit creation myth through performance, by the end of their first summer in Carcross they had decided to expand their repertoire by learning more songs. Today the group has performed across Canada and Alaska, including two performances at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.


Kim Barlow performing luckyburden at Yukon Arts Centre - Yukon Government photo

luckyburden: Kim Barlow with film by Andrew Connors

Whitehorse-based, folk singer-songwriter Kim Barlow currently performs both solo and as a part of three ensembles, all-girl Canadian roots band Annie Lou, banjo-ukele duo Spring Breakup, and eclectic trio Blue Hibou. Her second album, Gingerbread, garnered her a 2003 Juno nomination for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year (Solo). During the Showcase, Barlow performed her moving concept piece luckyburden, combining videoby filmmaker Andrew Connors and song to tell the story of former mining community Keno City. The luckyburden album can be previewed or purchased through Barlow’s website.


Soir de Semaine at Yukon Arts Centre - Yukon Government photo

Soir de Semaine

Soir de Semaine is a Whitehorse-based music group founded in 2003 that blends Franco-rock with ska, reggae, folk, and funk in a unique music and stage experience complete with costumes and face-paint. The release of their first album, Toi du monde, in 2007 led the band to playing at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and other major events. While the band plays mainly at music festivals, it also offers outreach programs for schools, providing education through music.

Toi du monde, as well 2011 album Faire de Voeux, can be previewed or purchased through Soir de Semaine’s website:  (English) or (Français).


The following day, the conference’s keynote speakers and fellows lecturer were introduced with style by the multi-talented Claire Ness, who acted as Master of Ceremonies. Ness is a Yukon comedian, singer-songwriter, cabaret producer/director, and circus artist/instructor. Ness performs in a variety of festivals, from music to burlesque to circus, as well as at comedy nights and in theatres. She recently launched her first album, Hopeless Romantic, at the Arts Centre on April 24. Examples of Ness’s work and performance dates can be found on her website.