Video- Happy Canada Day 2018

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Canada Day 2018

Happy Canada Day: Please enjoy Bhangra dance performance during Canada Day 2018 celebrations in Whitehorse, Yukon on July 1st by Sikh-Canadian Gurdeep Pandher and Québécois-French Canadian Véronique Lachance! There is an important message at the end of the video too!

Squamish Bhangra Dance-Fitness Workshop

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Squamish Bhangra Group

Please join Gurdeep Pandher at Squamish Dance Centre on August 31st 7:30 PM for a one and half hour long bhangra fitness workshop! Bhangra dance is entertaining and also a great high-energy workout activity. This form of dance is also used by many participants for fitness or health and wellness goals!

Gurdeep Pandher is a Whitehorse (Yukon, Canada) based Bhangra artist and an author. The works of art he created in order to bring people from all backgrounds together to promote inclusivity and diversity through his dance arts have gone viral and been published internationally. His performances and videos crossed many borders and were watched by millions from all over the world. Gurdeep’s works have been published by BBC News, CBC National, The Globe and Mail, CTV News, and many international art and media organizations. Governmental bodies including Canadian Embassies/High Commissions abroad also published Gurdeep’s works to exhibit an ebullient Canadian multiculturalism and the wondrous side of our great nation.

This workshop is suitable for the complete beginners and for those who have absolutely no experience or idea what the bhangra dance is! Gurdeep will introduce top and commonly used bhangra steps along with providing brief details on the history/background/world of the dance form. This workshop will also be a great opportunity for you to decide if you would like to continue to follow passion for bhangra dancing and fitness in future.

Place: Squamish Dance Centre, 38924 Queens Way, Squamish, BC
Date: August 31, 2018 (Friday)
Time: 7:30 PM to 9 PM (Doors open 7:00 PM)
Price: $20


Please click here to buy tickets


Important Notes: –

  1. Although advance reservation is recommended, but you can also get tickets at the door. You can pay with your debit or credit cards at the door too.
  2. Please bring your sports or running shoes! It is important to wear right shoes for this workshop so that you can jump and bounce.
  3. Doors open at 7:00 PM. Please arrive at 7:15 PM so that we are fully ready to start the workshop at sharp 7:30 PM.

Age:-

This is a frequently asked question. Anyone who is 10 years old or older can join the workshop. We love small children too, but it is always wonderful to have a separate workshop only for those cute-little ones. Gurdeep is often invited to schools for workshops, so your kid’s school can also consider hosting this type of workshop for the school students. You can suggest your kid’s school to contact Gurdeep via this contact form!

Gurdeep has an excellent and very positive experience working with both primary and high schools in Canada. References are also available from the schools which previously invited Gurdeep for school-wide big workshops or small classroom lessons.


What to Wear:-

Any kind of comfortable clothes are OK, but a T-shirt or tank-top with yoga/exercise pants or shorts are most suitable for Bhangra dance jumps. Please come in workout or running or sports shoes! Please do bring a bottle of water!


Facebook Event Page:-

We have our Facebook event page in place. Please visit it to RSVP!


What Kind of People/Professionals Attend Gurdeep’s Workshops?

All kinds, please watch this video:-


Refund or Cancellation Policy:-

Please read our “Refund or Cancellation Policy“!


Liability Release Form:-

Gurdeep Pandher’s events (workshops, classes or sessions) are subject to terms mentioned in “Liability Release Form“. Please read them thoroughly before you attend the classes!


How to Contact the Organizers:-

If you have any questions regarding the workshop, or media inquiries, please use this contact form!


More info:-

Please visit Gurdeep.ca for more information!

 

 

Dawson City Shiver Fest

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On January 27th, Dawson City residents proved that they just love dancing! It was wonderful to present the bhangra workshop and then to perform at 2018 Shiver Fest organized by Dawson’s Shiver arts society. Thank you all for participating! Thank you, Monique Chatterton, for being my co-performer. Thank you, Erika MarziBoddie, for including my work in your amazing festival!

Photos by: Nate Jones

Fashion candidates learning some Bhangra moves

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Fashion candidates learning some Bhangra moves from Gurdeep Pandher on the sidelines of The Queen’s Fashion Show on Saturday! The show was a part of the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous!

For people who really know winter, head north to Whitehorse, where residents have been celebrating winter since 1945, when Yukon Carnival Week was born. Nowadays the festival includes a selection of wacky entertainment in addition to the standard concerts and snow carving: you can enter contests for lip syncing, hair freezing, cross-dressing and, of course, beard growing.
~ Canada’s 10 coolest winter festivals, Reader’s Digest

With Fashion Show Candidates
With Fashion Show Candidates

We did it

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Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography

“Bhangra – Dance of Punjab 2017” concert in Whitehorse, Yukon was amazingly successful and wonderful! Inspired by our slogan “Diversity Over Division”, we have put together a show displaying that we can do things together!

We presented a show displaying that we can do things together! It was a fully Made-in-Yukon show. We had 90 performers, all Yukoners and 350 people came to watch it in the middle of busy December month.

And we showcased harmony in the Yukon diversity! We presented our Sikh-Punjabi culture in an exquisitely beautiful way and also blended it with many other Yukon cultures and arts. And we all did it together. We presented many arts from bhangra to Fiddleheads tunes, Celtic bhangra with Crooked folk, bhangra by the Yukon youth from EMYS, bhangra by Yukon College staff, bhangra-blues fusion mix dance, and many more things. We also screened 4 Yukon made viral bhangra videos. The mayor Mr. Dan Curtis learned once again on the stage how to wear a Sikh turban. We also had bhangra dance party after the concert. And thorough this show, the Yukon gave a great message to the world that “Diversity is over division” and we all are one.

And we succeeded in delivering the core message of acceptance of all the styles, choices, ideas, and diversity to the world, right from our Yukon stage!

Thank you, Keitha Clark, Jerome McIntyre, Bj MacLean, Monique Chatterton, Krisandra Dawn, Mayor Dan Curtis, Amanda Fraser, Katie Lynn, Mellisa Murray, Daniel Ashley from Dash Root Sellers, Matt Jacques, Jake Paleczny, Josh Jansen, Geny Mangilog, Lianne Cranfield, Matt King, Lee Carruthers, Emily Payne, Jenn Redvers, Janna van Kessel, Nisa Falkiner, MaryAnn Ferguson, Jordan Patrick, Minister Jeanie Dendys, Shana Ermatinger, Jessica McNabb, Yukon College students, volunteers, community members, YAC Staff, Yukon Government, friends, family, and everybody! Enjoy the photos!

~ Gurdeep Pandher

Tonight’s Bhangra dance concert here in Whitehorse embodied the words, ‘Diversity Over Division’. Gurdeep (in collaboration with dozens of members of our awesome community) created a beautiful celebration that encourages diversity through the universal language of dance. I’m still smiling—and dancing! ~ Grace Snider

Note: Click onto a photo to view it in its actual size!

Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography

Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography
Bhangra- Dance of Punjab | Yukon Arts Centre | Photo by: Matt Jacques Photography

 

Diversity Over Division. Amazing week with the Winter Show in Ghùch Tlâ Community school in the tagish community in Carcross and also the Bhangra and diversity show of my friend Gurdeep Singh Pandher at the Yukon Art Center. Do you know a place which you can see a Mayor dancing bhangra and wear a turban? In Yukon. Of course! ~ Véronique Lachance

Abbreviated Running Order – Dec 14, 2017

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Bhangra – Dance of Punjab (Abbreviated Running Order)

NOTE: ONLY PERFORMERS SHOULD READ THIS


6:30 PM – 7:00: Before Concert Bhangra Music by Yukon Arts Centre sound tech team


7:00 PM – Show Starts with Inauguration by MC Daniel Ashley

with his invitation to Hon. Jeanie Dendys, Minister of Tourism and Culture, to make a two-minute show-opening speech.


7:03 PM – MC Daniel Ashley

with his invitation to Gurdeep Pandher to say a few words

Gurdeep will say a few words in just one-minute with Sat Shiri Akaal and Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh by acknowledging that we are on the traditional territory of Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and say very briefly about the bhangra dance form/brief history and will thank to sponsors, volunteers, New Canadian Event Fund, Yukon Government.


7:04 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (SONG: Vanjhali Vaja)

7:04 PM – Group Bhangra Dance on song Vanjhali Vaja [Van-jh-lee Vaja] (Monique Chatterton, Amanda Fraser, Krisandra Reid,  Geny Mangilog, Lianne Cranfield, and Gurdeep Pandher).


7:07 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (Crooked Folk/ SONG: butterfly, traditional)

Gurdeep Pandher and Krisandra Reid will do bhangra dance to the tunes. 

7:09 PM – Bhangra on Irish/Scottish Music with band Crooked folk on song butterfly (traditional)


7:13 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (Bhangra on the song Pagg by EMYS)

7:15 PM – Bhangra by ONLY Extremely Moving Youth Society on the song Pagg


7:19 PM – Bhangra with Fiddleheads by Keitha Clark (SONG: Skittles at Buckley Bay with highland dancers)

7:21 PM – Song name Skittles at Buckley Bay (with highland dancers) and Gurdeep Pandher and Monique Chatterton will join from bhangra side. 


First Video: Stephanie Dixon and Gurdeep Pandher


7:25 PM PM – MC Daniel Ashley (SONG: Maahi Mera by bhangra dance students)

7:27 PM – Group Bhangra Dance on song Maahi Mera [Maahi Mera] (Monique Chatterton, Amanda Fraser, Krisandra Reid,  Geny Mangilog, and Gurdeep Pandher)


7:31 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (Bhangra and Blues-Fusion Mix Dance, SONG: Bottom of the River)

7:33 PM – Bhangra and Blues-Fusion Mix Dance, SONG: Bottom of the River (Performed by Emily Payne, Monique Chatterton, Gurdeep Pandher, and Jennifer Redvers)


7:38 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (Crooked Folk/ Traditional Irish and Scottish: Jim Wards/Merrily Kiss the Quaker with Matt King on Bass)

Gurdeep Pandher and Krisandra Reid will do bhangra dance to the tunes.

7:40 PM – Bhangra on Irish/Scottish Music with band Crooked folk on song Jim Wards/Merrily Kiss the Quaker (w Matt King on Bass).


7:45 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (SONG: Pagg, Bhangra Students and EMYS will dance together)

7:46 PM – Group Bhangra Dance on song Pagg (All EMYS  Students/ All Bhangra Students: Monique Chatterton, Amanda Fraser, Krisandra Reid,  Geny Mangilog, and Gurdeep Pandher).


7:49 PM – MC Daniel Ashley will announce intermission which will start at 7:50 PM

INTERMISSION for 20 minutes (from 7:50 PM to 8:10 PM).


(Second Video: Bhangra-Fiddleheads)


8:10 PM – MC Daniel Ashley will come on the start invite everyone to rejoin. 

8:11 PM – Bhangra with Fiddleheads by Keitha Clark on King George the IV Strathspey (with Brianna Heal doing highland dance and Gurdeep Pandher doing bhangra dance)

8:12 PM – Group Bhangra Dance on song King George the IV Strathspey (with Brianna Heal doing highland dance and Gurdeep Pandher doing bhangra dance)


8:16 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (SONG: Antenna, Yukon College Bhangra)

8:18 PM – Bhangra by Yukon College Students on song Antenna by Janna van Kessel, Nisa Falkiner, MaryAnn Ferguson, and Gurdeep Pandher.


8:22 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (Crooked Folk, SONG: Gravelwalk)

Gurdeep Pandher and Krisandra Reid will now do bhangra dance to the tunes. Previous plan was for all the students.

8:24 PM – Bhangra on Irish/Scottish Music with band Crooked folk on song Gravelwalk


(Third Video: Air North Bhangra Video)


8:28 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (SONG: Bhangra Meets Irish Dance)

8:30 PM – Group dance on “Bhangra Meets Irish Dance” by Monique Chatterton, Amanda Fraser, Krisandra Reid,  Geny Mangilog, and Gurdeep Pandher


8:34 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (Fiddleheads, SONG: Swallow Tail Jig)

Gurdeep Pandher and Krisandra Reid will do bhangra dance to the tunes.

8:36 PM – Bhangra to Fiddleheads tune called Swallow Tail Jig


8:40 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (Bhangra and Blues-Fusion Mix Dance, SONG: None of us are Free)

8:42 PM – Bhangra and Blues-Fusion Mix Dance, SONG: None of us are Free (Performed by Emily Payne, Monique Chatterton, Gurdeep Pandher, and Jennifer Redvers)


(Fourth Video: Mayoral Turban Fitting Goes Viral)


8:50 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (Bhangra by Mayor Dan Curtis)

8:52 PM – Recreation of viral video with Mayor Dan Curits


9:00 PM – MC Daniel Ashley will invite all the performers to the stage. Photographer Matt Jacques will take group photos.

Closing thank you to all! 

9:05 PM – Closing thanks by Gurdeep Pandher and the people will be requested to join the dance party in the Arts Centre lobby.


9:10 PM – 💃🤸‍♂️💃 DANCE PARTY 💃🤸‍♂️🕺
(With DJ Daniel Ashley)

 

 

Timeline or Running Order – Dec 14, 2017 – Arts Centre

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Poster: Bhangra - Dance of Punjab 2017

Bhangra – Dance of Punjab

Bhangra is the folk-dance of Punjab. Before Britishers made India their colony, Punjab was an independent Sikh country with its capital in Lahore under the king Majaraja Ranjit Singh. In 1849, Punjab became a part of India and it was the last territory to fall under the British rule. The dance is pure reflection of Sikh and Punjabi culture and traditions for centuries. Due to this culture’s strong connections with agriculture life, so this dance has roots in farms, crops, and villages. After harvesting their crops, after all their hard work, after they were done with everything, people in Punjab used to dance this (to show) a sense of accomplishment and happiness. So, for hundreds of years,  due to hard-working farming life of that time, this dance had been developed as a hard-core tough dance to showcase strength and immense joy. Due to this element, nowadays a lot of people dance bhangra for high-energy workouts and rigorous physical exercises. Originally it was a purely men’s dance, however with the time women also started embracing it and nowadays men and women both dance it. It is heavily present in the Sikh and Punjabi culture, weddings, parties, and all kinds of celebrations. With passing of time, bhangra has evolved from farming life and villages and reached everywhere to big cities and modern metro life. Nowadays, bhangra music and dance is also seen predominantly in Bollywood movies and other kinds of big musical fusions. Many people go to bhangra sessions just to stay healthy, fit and as the best alternative to gym. Despite the evolution with time, bhangra succeeded maintaining the core elements of the dance of joy, the dance of happiness, dance of good health, and the dance of productivity.

6:30 PM – 7:00: Before Concert Bhangra Music by Yukon Arts Centre sound tech team


7:00 PM – Show Starts with Inauguration by MC Daniel Ashley

with his invitation to Hon. Jeanie Dendys, Minister of Tourism and Culture, to make a two-minute show-opening speech.


7:03 PM – MC Daniel Ashley

with his invitation to Gurdeep Pandher to say a few words

Gurdeep will say a few words in just one-minute by acknowledging that we are on the traditional territory of Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and say very briefly about the bhangra dance form/brief history and will thank to sponsors and volunteers- New Canadian Event Fund, Yukon Government and volunteers.


7:04 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (SONG: Vanjhali Vaja)

(The opening song is based on a branch of bhangra, which is known as Jhoomar (Informally known as slow bhangra). Bhangra dance from Punjab has many branches, which allow for the expression of every kind of feeling. So, Bhangra in the Jhoomar style is danced in order to express the intensity of emotions and often love feelings. In this song, there is a reunion of lovers which takes place in the beginning of the song. Later on, the dance evolves to reflect pure joy. Jhoomar, originally from Sandalbar, Punjab, comprises an important part of Punjab folk heritage. It is a graceful dance, based on a specific Jhoomar rhythm. Dancers circle around a drum player while singing a soft chorus. In this song, Gurdeep and students are going to dance jhoomar on a popular Punjabi song Vanjhali Vaja. This song was sung by famous Punjabi singer Amrinder Gill. Along with Gurdeep Pandher, students from his school of bhangra dance group Monique Chatterton, Amanda Fraser, Krisandra Reid,  Geny Mangilog, Lianne Cranfield, Gurdeep Pandher will perform in the group dance.

7:04 PM – Group Bhangra Dance on song Vanjhali Vaja [Van-jh-lee Vaja] (Monique Chatterton, Amanda Fraser, Krisandra Reid,  Geny Mangilog, Lianne Cranfield, and Gurdeep Pandher).

Only Sound Crew Should Read This Line: Song # 01-Vanjhali Vaja


7:07 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (Crooked Folk/ SONG: butterfly, traditional)

The idea of creating fusion of Bhangra with Irish/Scottish music was born at a downtown Whitehorse kitchen. When some musicians were playing the Irish/Scottish music, Gurdeep spontaneously started dancing bhangra to those tunes. Some other friends joined him too. That whole setup/combination looked so great and well synchronized that all of them decided to carry that on. Now that newly born baby in that kitchen in the late fall of 2015 is two-year old and has grown up as Scottish/Irish – Punjabi Bhangra fusion. They also thought that this cool blending of two sides of the world would also connect east and west together. The traditional Irish and Scottish set Music will be played by the band Crooked Folk with members with members Keitha Clark with fiddle, Jerome McIntyre with bodhran/cajon, and Bj MacLean with guitar. Gurdeep Pandher and his dance partner Krisandra Reid will do bhangra dance to the tunes. 

(Note: Some other bhangra students may also join)

7:09 PM – Bhangra on Irish/Scottish Music with band Crooked folk on song butterfly (traditional)


7:13 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (Bhangra on the song Pagg by EMYS)

Bhangra connection with Extremely Moving Youth Society originated during Clare Ness’s wedding in 2916, when the dance teacher Michelle FisherMayr invited Gurdeep Pandher to teach bhangra to her young students at Leaping Feats. After just one class, the connection became solid enough to continue this journey for longer terms. Then Gurdeep trained them to for the Go Nuts 2017 show, where they performed awesome bhangra at Yukon Arts Centre stage. Now bhangra at this bhangra show is second round of this great awesome Gurdeep-Extremely Moving Youth Society connection. 

7:15 PM – Bhangra by Extremely Moving Youth Society on the song Pagg

Only Sound Crew Should Read This Line: Song # 02-Pagg


7:19 PM – Bhangra with Fiddleheads by Keitha Clark (SONG: Skittles at Buckley Bay with highland dancers)

Connection between Keitha Clark’s fiddleheads and Gurdeep’s bhangra started at the same time when the connection between Irish/Scottish music and bhangra started in the Whitehorse kitchen. Keitha Clark was one of the Irish/Scottish musicians when bhangra got connected with those awesome musicians. After the first of show in 2016 at Old Fire Hall, when Irish/Scottish musicians from Crooked Folk played for bhangra show, the conversation between Keitha and Gurdeep continued for more collaborations, which resulted in building an awesome connection between the two. This summer they decided to not only one, but three collaborations, first is the making of awesome bhangra-fiddleheads video, seconds is performing together at this bhangra concert, and third is doing bhangra-barn dance together on January 20 at Old Fire Hall. 

Annie Avery will be on piano.

Then Keitha Clark will be requested to say a few words on this collaboration.

Then Daniel Ashley will announce the first bhangra-fiddleheads collaboration:-

7:21 PM – Song name Skittles at Buckley Bay (with highland dancers) and Gurdeep Pandher and Monique Chatterton will join from bhangra side. 


First Video: Stephanie Dixon and Gurdeep Pandher

Only Sound Crew Should Read This Line: Video # 01-Stephanie Dixon and Gurdeep Pandher


7:25 PM PM – MC Daniel Ashley (SONG: Maahi Mera by bhangra dance students)

Next song is a pure love song, set in traditional Punjabi folklore. A loving husband dreams about his beautiful wife and tells her when she would wear ankle jewelry, even when she would walk, it will look as she is dancing in the village. The name of the song is Maahi Mera, which means ‘my loving partner’.  Gurdeep and students from his bhangra dance school Monique Chatterton, Amanda Fraser, Krisandra Reid,  Geny Mangilog, and Gurdeep Pandher will do a group dance on this song.

7:27 PM – Group Bhangra Dance on song Maahi Mera [Maahi Mera] (Monique Chatterton, Amanda Fraser, Krisandra Reid,  Geny Mangilog, and Gurdeep Pandher)

Only Sound Crew Should Read This Line: Song # 03-Maahi Mera


7:31 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (Bhangra and Blues-Fusion Mix Dance, SONG: Bottom of the River)

The idea of combining bhangra dance with Blues-Fusion dance is a Yukon novelty, never happened anywhere else in the world so far. The whole process of blending these two forms of dances started when friendship between two dancing Yukon souls Gurdeep Pandher and Emily Payne became friends. Emily hosts monthly Blues-Fusion sessions at her place which provided fertile ground to grow the seed of this idea.

7:33 PM – Bhangra and Blues-Fusion Mix Dance, SONG: Bottom of the River (Performed by Emily Payne, Monique Chatterton, Gurdeep Pandher, and Jennifer Redvers)

Only Sound Crew Should Read This Line: Song # 07-Bottom-Of-River-PunjabiMix


7:38 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (Crooked Folk/ Traditional Irish and Scottish: Jim Wards/Merrily Kiss the Quaker with Matt King on Bass)

Gurdeep Pandher and  Monique Chatterton with Bhangra dance and Crooked Folk musicians with the Traditional Irish and Scottish Set music will charm you again with their great blend on the song Jim Wards/Merrily Kiss the Quaker (w Matt King on Bass) by Keitha Clark with fiddle, Jerome McIntyre with bodhran/cajon, and Bj MacLean with guitar. 

Gurdeep Pandher and Krisandra Reid will do bhangra dance to the tunes.

7:40 PM – Bhangra on Irish/Scottish Music with band Crooked folk on song Jim Wards/Merrily Kiss the Quaker (w Matt King on Bass).


7:45 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (SONG: Pagg, Bhangra Students and EMYS will dance together)

Next song is a golden song. Everyone loves the song due to its nice dancing uplifting beat. The dance of absolute joy and pure happiness. The name of the song is Pagg [Pag] which means ‘turban’ in English. Along with its beautiful beat, this song also offers a great message to men from Sikh and Punjabi culture by reminding them that the turban is their precious treasure and they should not forget wearing it. Also, the song explores other traditions of richness in Punjabi culture in a unique musical way. This song was made on two beautiful Punjabi musical instruments Sarangi and Dhol, which produce joyous beat, perfect for bhangra dancing. Famous Punjabi singer Ravinder Grewal sang this song. 

The bhangra dance is part of his Sikh and Punjabi culture, and he was born into it, so on and off, Gurdeep has been dancing bhangra for his whole life. Daniel Ashley and Gurdeep will have some brief and funny discussion on stage before the beginning of the song. 

7:46 PM – Group Bhangra Dance on song Pagg (All EMYS  Students/ All Bhangra Students: Monique Chatterton, Amanda Fraser, Krisandra Reid,  Geny Mangilog, and Gurdeep Pandher).

Only Sound Crew Should Read This Line: Song # 02-Pagg


7:49 PM – MC Daniel Ashley will announce intermission which will start at 7:50 PM

INTERMISSION for 20 minutes (from 7:50 PM to 8:10 PM).


(Second Video: Bhangra-Fiddleheads)

Only Sound Crew Should Read This Line: Video #02-Gurdeep-Fiddleheads


8:10 PM – MC Daniel Ashley will come on the start invite everyone to rejoin. 

8:11 PM – Bhangra with Fiddleheads by Keitha Clark on King George the IV Strathspey (with Brianna Heal doing highland dance and Gurdeep Pandher doing bhangra dance)

Next performance is Bhangra with Fiddleheads by Keitha Clark on King George the IV Strathspey in which Brianna Heal will do highland dance and Gurdeep Pandher will do bhangra dance.

8:12 PM – Group Bhangra Dance on song King George the IV Strathspey (with Brianna Heal doing highland dance and Gurdeep Pandher doing bhangra dance)


8:16 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (SONG: Antenna, Yukon College Bhangra)

In January 2017, Yukon College decided to host Gurdeep Pandher’s bhangra classes during lunch hours, which continued until now. Those classes allowed Yukon College students to have some wonderful understanding of the world of bhangra dancing. When Yukon College students learning bhangra dance, when why not they should not perform at the stage? So, all this started the exploration of idea of the College participants performing at the stage. And here they are. Please welcome to the stage, Janna van Kessel, Nisa Falkiner, MaryAnn Ferguson, and their teacher Gurdeep Pandher. 

8:18 PM – Bhangra by Yukon College Students on song Antenna by Janna van Kessel, Nisa Falkiner, MaryAnn Ferguson, and Gurdeep Pandher.

Only Sound Crew Should Read This Line: Song # 06-Antenna


8:22 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (Crooked Folk, SONG: Gravelwalk)

The traditional Irish and Scottish set Music will be played by the band Crooked Folk with members with members Keitha Clark with fiddle, Jerome McIntyre with bodhran/cajon, and Bj MacLean with guitar and they will play the tunes called “Gravelwalk”. Gurdeep Pandher and his dance students (Monique Chatterton, Amanda Fraser, Krisandra Reid,  Geny Mangilog, and Gurdeep Pandher) will do bhangra dance to the tunes.

8:24 PM – Bhangra on Irish/Scottish Music with band Crooked folk on song Gravelwalk


(Third Video: Air North Bhangra Video)

Only Sound Crew Should Read This Line: Video #03-Air-North-Bhangra


8:28 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (SONG: Bhangra Meets Irish Dance)

The idea behind creating this piece originated out of conversations between Gurdeep Pandher and Melanie Hackett who is a famous Irish dancer. She even participated in world Irish Dancing Championships. During the late spring of 2017, when the news of creating divisions by some political leaders were everywhere, Melanie and Gurdeep decided to combine this dance to bring two forms of dance together to spread the message of unity and togetherness. Gurdeep Pandher wrote the song, famous Yukon singer Sarah MacDougall became Gurdeep’s co-signer and then Melanie and Gurdeep danced to the tunes and made a video, which is known as “Bhangra Meets Irish Dance”.

8:30 PM – Group dance on “Bhangra Meets Irish Dance” by Monique Chatterton, Amanda Fraser, Krisandra Reid,  Geny Mangilog, and Gurdeep Pandher

Only Sound Crew Should Read This Line: Song # 05-Bhangra-Meets-Irish-Dance


8:34 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (Fiddleheads, SONG: Swallow Tail Jig)

Kietha Clark will be back on the stage with her group’s tune Swallow Tail Jig.

Gurdeep Pandher and Krisandra Reid will do bhangra dance to the tunes.

8:36 PM – Bhangra to Fiddleheads tune called Swallow Tail Jig


8:40 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (Bhangra and Blues-Fusion Mix Dance, SONG: None of us are Free)

Mix bhangra dance and blues-fusion dance, the collaboration between Emily Payne and Gurdeep Pandher, performed by  Emily Payne, Monique Chatterton, Gurdeep Pandher, and Jennifer Redvers)

8:42 PM – Bhangra and Blues-Fusion Mix Dance, SONG: None of us are Free (Performed by Emily Payne, Monique Chatterton, Gurdeep Pandher, and Jennifer Redvers)

Only Sound Crew Should Read This Line: Song # 08-None-of-us-are-free-PunjabiMix


(Fourth Video: Mayoral Turban Fitting Goes Viral)

Only Sound Crew Should Read This Line: Video #04-Gurdeep-Pandher-Dan-Curtis


8:50 PM – MC Daniel Ashley (Bhangra by Mayor Dan Curtis)

The video made by Dan Curits and Gurdeep Pandher in January 2017 went viral and viewed by over a million people in just one day. Next day, the video was published by BBC News where 12 million people watched it. The video was also re-broadcasted by CBC News, The Globe and Mail, USA Today, Canadian Press and many other international media in Australia, India, etc. Even Russia’s state media published the video on their network. Dan Curtis happily agreed to recreate viral turban and bhangra dance video on the stage during bhangra concert on December 14, 2017.

8:52 PM – Recreation of viral video with Mayor Dan Curits


9:00 PM – MC Daniel Ashley will invite all the performers to the stage. Photographer Matt Jacques will take group photos.

Closing thank you to all! 

9:05 PM – Closing thanks by Gurdeep Pandher and the people will be requested to join the dance party in the Arts Centre lobby.


9:10 PM – 💃🤸‍♂️💃 DANCE PARTY 💃🤸‍♂️🕺
(With DJ Daniel Ashley)

There will be dance party immediately after the bhangra show in the Arts Centre lobby. DJ Daniel Ashley will play dance music for you 💃🤸‍♂️🕺💃

The item is what everyone is expecting, free-style big bhangra jam. Everyone is going to join for the free style BIG GROUP Bhangra or any dance form of dance you know. Gurdeep Pandher, All Students, All Musicians, MC on two non-stop bhangra songsThese both songs has powerful dhol beat, which will make everyone to dance. 


Please click here to buy the tickets for the show!


Lineups:-


Crooked Folk

  1. Keitha Clark with fiddle
  2. Jerome McIntyre with bodhran/cajon
  3. Bj MacLean with guitar

Bhangra Dance

  1. Monique Chatterton
  2. Amanda Fraser
  3. Veronique Lachance
  4. Geny Mangilog
  5. Gurdeep Pandher
  6. Léa Roy Bernatchez
  7. Lianne Cranfield
  8. Krisandra Reid

Extremely Moving Youth Society (EMYS) Lineup:-

  1. Balsillie, Keltie
  2. Clennett, Destiny
  3. Cooper, Yovana
  4. Daniels, Natalie
  5. Dieckmann, Taylor
  6. Fahr, Jordan
  7. Harries, Adele
  8. Hill, Jenny
  9. Kaszycki, Charlotte
  10. Lam, Jessica
  11. Mcmanus, Maeve
  12. Ohlin, Kaydence
  13. Poulter, Ryann
  14. Quaile, Teighan
  15. Toews, Ada
  16. Wilks, Lydia
  17. Arsenault, Monica
  18. Bartsch, Jessie
  19. Birss, Aura-Leigh
  20. Gordon, Kaylee
  21. Johnston, Qiarrah
  22. Meurer-Mills, Lucia
  23. Organ, Chelsie
  24. Perreault, Emilie
  25. Riske, Gwen
  26. Stilwell, Noelle
  27. Anderson, Nataley
  28. Balderas, Alycia
  29. McKone, Caileigh
  30. Munro, Charlotte
  31. Rost van Tonningen, Julianne
  32. Twigge, Isabella
  33. Underhill, Zoe

Fiddleheads Lineup:-

Teacher/Founder: Keitha Clark
Piano: Annie Avery
Bass: Matt King

Student Fiddle Players:-

  1. Helen
  2. Kate
  3. Asha
  4. Sadie
  5. Tess
  6. Min
  7. Sascha
  8. Menna
  9. Lucy
  10. Lydia
  11. Aniela
  12. Alex
  13. Kalia
  14. Tori
  15. Brenna
  16. Callah
  17. Sylvie
  18. Selene
  19. Jack
  20. Liam
  21. Finnian
  22. Ava
  23. Adelle
  24. Owen K.
  25. Leo
  26. Sabine
  27. Taryn
  28. Owen H
  29. Kale
  30. Morel
  31. Maggie
  32. Maelle
  33. Mark
  34. Scott
  35. Ludovic
  36. Doug

Yukon College:-

  1. Janna van Kessel
  2. Nisa Falkiner
  3. MaryAnn Ferguson

Bhangra and Blues-Fusion Mix Dance

  1. Emily Payne
  2. Monique Chatterton
  3. Jennifer Redvers

Highland Dance

Brianna Heal


Master of Ceremonies

Daniel Ashley


Stage Manager

Jordan Patrick


Special Bhangra

Mayor Dan Curtis


Support Crew

Photography: Matt Jacques
Video: Jake Paleczny/ Lee Carruthers
Sound: Mike Wilson
Sound/ Event Coordinator: Josh Jansen
Lights: Jess McNabb
Yukon Arts Centre Contacts: Matt Poushinsky, Shana Ermatinger

Dawson City Bhangra Rush

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November 11, 2017 was the special day! It was the day when Bhangra Rush happened in Dawson City.

Thank you so much to all of you amazing people for braving -30 cold and attending my bhangra workshop at the Robert Service School. Your engagement in the class with such an attentive and enthusiastic energy was the most rewarding experience for me. During the 90-minute long workshop, we accomplished a lot and then you amazed me again at the end of the session by the wonderful group dance to the music.

Thank you so much, Wendy Cairns and Bombay Peggy’s, for sponsoring and also for your valuable support in putting this event together. I am also thankful to Dawson City residents who also joined us again at Bombay Peggy’s for performance in the evening. Here are the photos, which we took after the class (Please click on each photo to view high quality photo):-

Dawson City Bhangra Rush | Photo by Wendy Cairns (Please click on each photo to view high quality photo)
Dawson City Bhangra Rush | Photo by Florian Boulais (Please click on each photo to view high quality photo)
Dawson City Bhangra Rush | Photo by Florian Boulais (Please click on each photo to view high quality photo)
Dawson City Bhangra Rush | Photo by Florian Boulais (Please click on each photo to view high quality photo)
Dawson City Bhangra Rush | Photo by Florian Boulais (Please click on each photo to view high quality photo)
Dawson City Bhangra Rush | Photo by Florian Boulais (Please click on each photo to view high quality photo)
Dawson City Bhangra Rush | Photo by Wendy Cairns (Please click on each photo to view high quality photo)
Dawson City Bhangra Rush | Photo by Wendy Cairns (Please click on each photo to view high quality photo)
Dawson City Bhangra Rush | Photo by Wendy Cairns (Please click on each photo to view high quality photo)
Dawson City Bhangra Rush | Photo by Wendy Cairns (Please click on each photo to view high quality photo)
Dawson City Bhangra Rush | Photo by Wendy Cairns (Please click on each photo to view high quality photo)

Sincerely,
Gurdeep Pandher

News Release: Bhangra and Fiddleheads – Combo Will Heat Up The Yukon in Winters

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Organizers of 2017 Whitehorse bhangra show are excited to inform that the Fiddleheads and Bhangra students will perform together at the Bhangra concert on December 14, 2017 at Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse.

Fiddleheads is the Yukon’s well-known fiddle learning school, run by the teacher and performer Keitha Clark.

We are excited to use fiddle music as a way to share and celebrate different cultures, from northern India to Northern Canada. The space between us seems a little smaller with fiddle bows and bhangra.
~ Keitha Clark

Gurdeep has been teaching and performing bhangra ever since he moved to the Yukon in 2012.

Fiddle music beats mixing bhangra moves! We have carefully crafted our new recipe to warm Yukon hearts in cold December.
~ Gurdeep Pandher

Show Name: Bhangra – Dance of Punjab

Date: Dec 14, 2017
Venue: Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon
Time: 7 PM
Ticket Price: $25

For more info about the concert, please visit Gurdeep.ca

Please follow this link to buy the tickets!

News Release: 2017 Whitehorse Bhangra Concert

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Poster: Bhangra - Dance of Punjab 2017
Poster: Bhangra – Dance of Punjab 2017

Ready to get warmed up in the cold Yukon December? 

Gurdeep Pandher is proud to present culturally-rich and blended with many other Yukon cultures Bhangra dance concert on Dec 14, 2017 at Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse. The concert will be packed with wonderfully moving attractions and great dance-fusions to celebrate “unity-in-diversity” of the Yukon with the tagline “Diversity Over Division”.

Below is the one-by-one description of all the features:-

Bhangra by Gurdeep Pandher and Students from his dance classes:-

Waiting to see the bhangra dancers raising the roof off the Yukon Arts Centre? Then this is the chance you will experience the high energy bhangra creating summer-like feeling in winters. Created by Gurdeep Pandher and the students from his dance classes, this will be an amazing, energetic and inspiring evening for everyone.

Bhangra with Fiddleheads:-

The major and most anticipated attraction is bhangra with Yukon fiddle students from Fiddleheads (in collaboration with teacher Keitha Clark). Nearly 30 students from Fiddlehead group will showcase their talent, handwork, and the refined blend they have created with bhangra art alongside Gurdeep Pandher.

Bhangra-Blues Fusion Dance:-

Other prominent features are Bhangra-Blues Fusion Dance (In collaboration Emily Payne).

Bhangra on Traditional Irish-Scottish Music:-

Also, bhangra on Irish-Scottish music (Also featuring Punjabi bhangra dance on Traditional Irish and Scottish Set Music by the band “Crooked Folk” with band members Jerome McIntyre, Keitha Clark, and Bj MacLean.

Bhangra by Extremely Moving Youth Society, EMYS:-

Other great features will be bhangra by nearly 50 Extremely Moving Youth Society (EMYS) students, whom Gurdeep Pandher trained to dance bhangra. (In collaboration with Leaping Feats/Project In-charge: Katie Lynn and Mellisa Murray).

Bhangra by Yukon College Students:-

One of the wonderful addition this year will be bhangra dance by Yukon College students. Under the choreography by Gurdeep Pandher, students from the college have been preparing for the show during the whole fall season.

Re-production of the Viral Video on Stage with Mayor Dan Curtis:-

One of the other prominent features will be re-production of the viral video “Whitehorse Mayoral Turban Fitting” with Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis on the stage. The video made by Dan Curits and Gurdeep Pandher in January 2017 went viral and viewed by over a million people in just one day. Next day, the video was published by BBC News where 12 million people watched it. The video was also re-broadcasted by CBC News, The Globe and Mail, USA Today, Canadian Press and many other international media in Australia, India, etc. Even Russia’s state media published the video on their network.

Bhangra Dance Party  (With DJ Daniel Ashley):-

There will be dance party immediately after the bhangra show in the Arts Centre lobby. DJ Daniel Ashley will play a mix of  dance music. The item is what everyone is expecting, free-style big bhangra dance and people can also do other forms of dance too. Everyone is going to join for the free style BIG GROUP dance. All students, all musicians, MC, guests, and Gurdeep Pandher will also join.

Concert Theme and Message:-

Therefore, this will be a unique and multifaceted concert in many ways. The concert will also celebrate the Sikh culture and heritage in the Yukon.

The concert will also promote the Yukon’s inter-cultural harmony and friendship with the tagline “Diversity Over Division” and will inspire all Yukoners to celebrate their cultures together. Cultures are our roots and friendships are our branches. That’s how we all co-exist.

Videos:-

On top of everything, you will also get chance to watch great Yukon-made dance videos on the widescreen.

Background:-

Bhangra was originated in Punjab. Punjab was an independent country until under the Sikh king Maharja Ranjit Singh, with the capital in Lahore before it was colonized by the British Government in 1849. It remained a part of the British Government from 1849 to 1947. It became a state in India after Independence from the British Government and Punjab partition in 1947.

Schedule and Tickets:-

Date: Dec 14, 2017
Venue: Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon
Doors: 6:30 PM
Show: 7:00 PM
Ticket Price: $25

Please follow this link to buy the tickets!

Tickets are also available at Yukon Arts Centre and Arts Underground.

If you are attending it, please remember to RSVP on our Facebook event page!

Crew:-

Presenter/Producer: Gurdeep Pandher
Master of Ceremonies: Daniel Ashley
Stage Manager: Jordan Patrick
Photography: Matt Jacques
Video: Jake Paleczny/ Lee Carruthers
Sound: Mike Wilson
Sound/ event Coordinator: Josh Jansen
Lights: Jess McNabb
Yukon Arts Centre Contacts: Matt Poushinsky, Shana Ermatinger



 

For more info about the concert, please visit Gurdeep.ca