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Culture Days Call for Submission

The Yukon Arts Centre and Yukon Historical and Museums Association are pleased to present Culture Days / Doors Open Yukon 2015. The sixth annual Culture Days weekend that  will take place across Canada September 25, 26 and 27, 2015, and will feature thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities that invites the public to engage with the arts and cultural life of their communities. Similar to last year, we will be combining Culture Days with Doors Open, an annual international event that provides free public access to culturally and historically important buildings, and celebrates our local arts, heritage and culture with free events including a mystery tour, self-guided heritage and culture tours, artist demonstrations and much more.

We would like to invite artists to participate in Culture Days / Doors Open Yukon 2015 and help us in our goal of offering the public free access to Yukon’s vibrant culture. Artists are encouraged to complete the Call for Subissions Form  and submit a project that would support the Culture Days/ Doors Open initiative. We are interested in any and all ideas that you may have in contributing to the celebration, this is an opportunity for a variety of activities or performances. An honorarium will be available for successful artists!

Provide an overview of your project and include any and all information required to fully describe your project proposal. Visit the Yukon Culture Days website to find out what activities are already registered for this year. 

NOTE: All submissions will be matched with a confirmed list of locations TBD. For consideration, please feel free to suggest a location which you feel would best suit and accommodate your submission. If your project requires site specific specs, please do include these in your description.

Meet the artist: Justin Rutledge

Meet the artist: Justin Rutledge

Acclaimed alt-country artist, Justin Rutledge is renowned for the rich musical texture and eloquent lyrics expressed throughout each of his five albums, including 'Valleyheart' - which just won the singer-songwriter a Juno this March. Following up on this success, Rutledge will be resting his songwriting skills, recording instead his take on some Tragically Hip classics. His sixth record, 'Daredevil', will be released this April, just before his performance alongside Kim Beggs and Oh Susanna as 'Dark Strangers' on Thursday, April 24th at the Yukon Arts Centre. Tickets $27.

How would you describe your music (in five words or less)?

Almost better than buttermilk pancakes.

What is the best/worst thing about your being a musician?

The solitude and the solitude.

What would you do if you were not a musician?

A baker.

Speaking of 'Dark Strangers': What do you appreciate most in your friends?

Loyalty, support, and a solid ear to bend.

What was your most memorable tour experience?

5 days/nights in Dawson City! The raw beauty has continued to sustain me with a sense  of wonder.

For more information about the artist and his music, please visit his website or Facebook page

Meet the artist: Oh Susanna

Meet the artist: Oh Susanna

Alt-country folk songster, Oh Susanna, aka Suzanne Ungerleider, is renowned for her stirring vocals and poetic narratives, which she weaves seamlessly through her latest, and fifth, full-length album: ‘Soon the Birds’. Joining Kim Beggs and Justin Rutledge, she will perform her lingering odes as one third of the ‘Dark Strangers’ on Thursday, April 24th at the Yukon Arts Centre. Tickets $27.

How would you describe your music (in five words or less)?

Because I loath to answer this question I am asking my husband Cam to do it for me. He says, whilst stirring hollandaise sauce for our Sunday brunch: "Achingly beautiful and haunting." He's a pretty excellent husband I must say.

What is the best thing about your being a musician?

I think the best thing is the feeling I get after singing.  I can worry and question a lot but if I just sing for a while it silences those thoughts and can make me at peace.

What would you do if you were not a musician?

Without any practical considerations of whether I have the talent or training, I would be a famous Oscar-winning director with the sideline of a practice in psychotherapy.

What is the most memorable response you’ve ever experienced to your music/songs?

One of the most meaningful responses I've ever experienced is when I learned that a person had listened to my music to help mourn the death of his wife. 

Speaking of 'Dark Strangers', what do you appreciate most in your friends?

Their positivity, love, loyalty and sense of humour.

For more information about the artist and her music, please visit her website or Facebook page

 

Meet the artist: Kim Beggs

Meet the artist: Kim Beggs

A stalwart of the Yukon music scence, Kim Beggs is an acclaimed singer-songwriter who has just released her fourth album ‘Beauty and Breaking’ to rave reviews. Sharing her songs and the stage, she will perform alongside Justin Rutledge and Oh Susanna for Dark Strangers on Thursday April 24th at the Yukon Arts Centre. Tickets $27.

How would you describe your music (in five words or less)?

Broken pieces sung back together

What is the best/worst thing about your being a musician?

I get to write music. It takes much of my creative energy to promote the music.

What would you do if you were not a musician?

I would be a carpenter or a mother.

What is the most memorable response you’ve ever experienced to your music/songs?

Being on the CBC Sunday Edition with Michael Enright twice.

Speaking of 'Dark Strangers', what do you appreciate most in your friends?

They are dark and emotional. They create music with it. That is inspiring.

For more information about the artist and her music, please visit her website.