Continuing with its quarterly format, the Yukon Arts Centre is starting off the fall season with a three-day national celebration of arts and culture in September. October leads off with children’s performer Norman Foote, followed by Canadian singer-songwriter Jill Barber then Quebec’s Cas Public, who will deconstruct the story of Cinderella through dance.
November will have renowned Canadian comedian Shaun Majumder and Jerry Granelli’s family show, A Charlie Brown Christmas, to kickstart the Christmas spirit. To end the fall season lineup, the popular Tom Jackson will perform his Huron Carole Christmas concert in early December followed by two performances of the Problematic Orchestra’s winter solstice show.
YAC will also be launching RUSH tickets. On the day of the performance we will release a dozen tickets discounted at $10 . This is an opportunity for those who experience financial barriers to enjoy attending our shows. RUSH tickets will be released the day of the show via social media.
See below for full information on each performance.
Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture. At the end of each September, millions of people attend thousands of participatory arts and culture events across the country. Culture Days programs invite the public to get hands-on and behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities.
Every voice is unique like the concert itself. The Ready Set Howl Masquerade concert is where music, costumes and Halloween all come together in an awesome event for youth and families. Juno and WCMA winner Norman Foote leads the entire theatre with his engaging songs and stories. The concert is all about the fun and friendly spirit of this neighbourly celebration.
Norman shares the stage with an amazing colourful animated wall of costumed howlers. Special guest singers from local elementary schools will also be part of the show.
Norman will give songwriting workshops at six elementary schools in Whitehorse October 7-9.
Tickets for the October 10 show are $30 Adults, $20 Youth (16 and under) and for families (group of 4) $20 each.
For me, there is no greater compliment than hearing that a song I wrote has become "our song" for another couple. It means so much to me to know that a song of mine can instantly transport you back to another place, time, or person in your life. This fall I will be heading out on tour to play a series of intimate shows inspired by the songs that resonate most with you. I want to hear from you personally: what songs speak to you and why? The shows will be built from your stories and memories. Submit your stories by going to this link:
(https://www.jillbarber.com/dedicatedtoyou) and you could have your dedication played at the show in your town! Tickets are $45.
In these sombre times, Cas Public summons up the magic of Cinderella in its production of Not Quite Midnight. The magic of the tales of Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, the operas of Rossini and Prokofiev. But also the magic of a hundred lesser known versions passed down in the oral tradition. Six dancers hand in their ballet slippers for a glass slipper and with gusto plunge us once again into this fairy tale, so emblematic of our collective psyche.
Hélène Blackburn’s choreography becomes a portal to the emotions. Compassionate yet stern, brittle yet powerful, this new production pays tribute to the qualities of heart and mind which give us the strength to overcome hardship, better ourselves and find fulfillment. Well-versed in the interpretation of the great classics, the company offers a new way of being moved and enchanted by this masterpiece’s lyric and poetic power. Tickets are $25.
Host and Gemini award-winning actor/comedian Shaun Majumder hails from Burlington, Newfoundland (population 350). He starred in the Farrelly Brothers Fox comedy Unhitched in 2008 before his Comedy Central Presents special debuted. He’s since appeared on 24, Cedric the Entertainer Presents, and was a cast member of This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
His documentary series Majumder Manor told the story of his dream to transform his home town into a highend, sustainable tourist destination and ran for two seasons on the W Network. Film credits include Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, The Ladies Man, Pushing Tin, Purpose and Bob Funk, and he’s hosted the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival TV series for three seasons. Tickets are $45
Jerry Granelli stands on stage and tells the story of how it, all of it, almost never happened. Somehow disaster was averted at every turn and the magic of the music, of Charlie Brown, the vision of Vince Guaraldi, persevered. It is, today, undeniably a classic, a part of the canon. This may be a look back but the music remains king—to play it and to hear it live, living and breathing. There is no question that almost no one has had the opportunity to hear this music played the way The Vince Guaraldi Trio used to play it late into the San Francisco nights.
So with this show what is already part of our seasonal aural DNA is jettisoned to a whole new emotional level live and personal. Jerry Granelli and his trio spend 90 minutes drawing from the Charlie Brown Christmas Special soundtrack, and sharing the stage with a local children’s choir. There are some stories, lots of music and a wave of Christmas spirit, and even tears of joy.
Tickets are $30 Adults, $20 Youth (16 and under) and for families (group of 4) $20 each.
Tom Jackson, founder of The Huron Carole Benefit Concert Series, is a musician, beloved TV personality (North of 60, Star Trek, Law and Order), and long-time champion for the
marginalized. Having experienced life on the streets himself, he discovered music was a way to help others. The Huron Carole is a seasonal music tradition spanning three decades touring from coast to coast to coast. Expect an evening of contemporary and signature Christmas music along with stories creatively crafted by Tom Jackson and his ensemble of musicians.
The tour travels across Canada raising funds for local food banks and family service agencies. Many remark that it’s the perfect way to begin their Christmas season and get into the spirit of the holidays. Tickets are $50.
Longest Night Society brings Problematic Orchestra to the stage with a program of Canadiana, featuring composers and arrangers from Yukon and across Canada. This eclectic chamber orchestra, under the direction of Daniel Janke, crosses genres, blending contemporary and folk music traditions. The 2019 solstice program will include new works as well arrangements of
classic Canadian songs Tickets are $30 Adults/$20 Youth (16 and under) .
Get your tickets at yukontickets.com