Connected Cultures – A Gurdeep Pandher and Fiddleheads Collaboration

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Connecting cultures | Find a common ground

A Film to Display Canadian Cultural Mosaic

Punjabi Bhangra Dance, Fiddle Music, Punjabi Musical Instrument Tumbi, Highland Dancers, Live Music, and some other cultural beauties – In this 4-minute film, you will find many elements woven together.

This film is a collaboration between Gurdeep Pandher and the Yukon’s Fiddleheads to celebrate Canadian cross-cultural friendship. When we share our cultures with each other, we understand each other better, and make cross-cultural connections stronger. In this short dance and music film, we included Bhangra dance, fiddle music, Punjabi musical instrument Tumbi, highland dance, Sikh culture, and some other cultural and aesthetic arts. Cultures have been an integral part of human evolution and also kept us connected. Every country, region, faith or group have their cultures, which they celebrate and also remains a good formation of their life style. Cultures created events, festivals, folk-fairs, house-concerts and other reasons for people to come together at one place and celebrate doing fun activities which keep them entertained, make them motivated, keep them connected with their roots, remind them about their folk-traditions, and also unite them with theirs and other cultures.

Gurdeep Pandher is grateful to Keitha Clark, the head of Fiddleheads, for a wonderful team-work during the making of this film and playing a great role in this collaboration.

One of other major thanks is due to Gurdeep’s dance partner Monique Chatterton for learning and dancing bhangra along him.

The whole film team is very much thankful to Yukon Transportation Museum in Whitehorse for donating their space for free to shoot this film.

About Fiddleheads:- The Fiddleheads are celebrating 20 years of entertaining Yukon audiences this season. Founded in 1998 by Trish Barclay, the group creates original theatre productions, organizes barn dances, hosts jams, and works with other youth fiddle groups in the territory. The Fiddleheads have provided a first experience for many young Yukon musicians to develop their talents and expand their skills. Through the years, the group has performed everywhere from the Canada Winter Games to the Commissioner’s Christmas Party. Last year they released A Yukon Fiddle Celebration, an album of tunes from the repertoires of traditional fiddlers from across the territory.

About Gurdeep Pandher: Gurdeep Pandher is the Whitehorse (Yukon, Canada) based Bhangra artist and author. The works of art he created in order to bring people from all backgrounds together and promote inclusivity and diversity 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, Global News, CTV News, USA Today, SBS Australia, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Russian state media, Reuters News Agency and many international media organizations.

Last note: This is our multicultural Canada – we have different roots, cultures and backgrounds, but at the end of day we are all ONE CANADA.

The video can viewed from the following social media links:-

  1. YouTube
  2. Facebook

Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhangra to benefit Yukon Hospital Foundation

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It was an amazing evening with bhangra performance, music and delicious food. Around 400 people came to attend it at Convention Centre (Coast High Country Inn) in Whitehorse on November 25, 2017 to benefit the Yukon Hospital Foundation!

Krisandra Reid joined Gurdeep Pandher as his co-performer for bhangra dance.

Chef Vikram Vij and his associates also came on the stage to dance along. The event was organized by Northern Vision Development (NVD). It was a wonderful evening with delicious food, created by Vikram Vij and his staff!

Photos by: Monique Chatterton!

Note: Please click onto the each photo to view its actual size! 

Krisandra Reid and Gurdeep Pandher | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Krisandra Reid and Gurdeep Pandher | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Gurdeep Pandher and Krisandra Reid performing bhangra
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
(Left to right) Gurdeep Pandher, Vikram Vij, and Krisandra Reid
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton
Epicurious: Hops & Spice Edition bhagnra in Whitehorse | Photo by: Monique Chatterton

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!

Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis along with Gurdeep Pandher to Perform Viral Video on Stage During 2017 Bhangra Concert

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Whitehorse, Yukon Territory mayor Dan Curtis happily agreed to recreate viral turban and bhangra dance video on the stage during bhangra concert on December 14, 2017 at Yukon Arts Centre. 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.

The bhangra show will feature Gurdeep Pandher, his dance students, 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 with Yukon fiddle students from Fiddleheads (in collaboration with teacher Keitha Clark), bhangra with Yukon College students, bhangra dance with First Nations’ dancers, bhangra with highland dancers (In collaboration with Fiddleheads), bhangra by Extremely Moving Youth Society, EMYS (In collaboration with Leaping Feats/Project In-charge: Katie Lynn), Bhangra-Blues Fusion Dance Blenders (In collaboration Emily Payne) and much more.

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.

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

Please follow this link to buy the tickets!

Please visit this link for the full press-release on the show!

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

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

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Gurdeep Pandher

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Gurdeep Pandher in Whitehorse, Yukon| Photo courtesy: L’Aurore boréale (The Yukon’s French Magazine) / Photo taken by: Thibaut Rondel

Thanks, L’Aurore boréale magazine, for permission to use this photo!

Softball Team from India in Whitehorse 

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With Softball Team from India, which is in Whitehorse to play in World Men’s Softball. It was fun to spend this afternoon time chatting with these guys and sharing cool stories from India. Two of them are from the towns very close to my village in Punjab.

Happy Birthday, Canada

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Today is Canada Day. It’s also 150th anniversary of the confederation. We are happy to celebrate the special day of our nation. When I think of the world, I feel fortunate to live in such a country which loves and embraces everyone. We Canadians may looks different from outside, but our cores are the same. Unity in diversity is our strength! Happy birthday, Canada!