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Bodhran and Bhangra – Jerome McIntyre to Marry Two Bs Together

Bodhran and Bhangra - Jerome McIntyre to Marry Two Bs Together

Jerome McIntyre loves his bodhran. He has been playing it with many Irish and Celtic groups for a long time. The idea of playing Bodhran to make people dance bhangra is definitely the idea of 2016. So, Jerome McIntyre is in and he will be playing at our show “Bhangra – The Dance of the Punjab” on December 17 at Old Fire Hall to marry two Bs (Bodhran and Bhangra) together. Therefore, please come to watch a wonderful and unique wedding of two arts!

Jerome’s has been drumming since the age of nine. He was introduced to traditional Irish music at a very early age, listening to rare old Irish LPs passed down through the family collection, many of which were on glass 78s. Since moving to Whitehorse in the mid-90s, he has played bodhran and other percussion instruments with such Irish and Celtic groups as “The Lilting Banshees”, “Trio Celtica” and “Celtic Tyde”.

Instruments to Play: Bodhran
Band: Crooked Folk

Show Information:-

Show Name: Bhangra – The Dance of the Punjab
Day: December 17, 2016
Time: Doors: 6:30 PM, Show: 7:00 PM
Venue: Old Fire Hall
Tickets: $20, Available at Yukon Arts Centre, Arts Underground and YukonTickets.com

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Keitha Clark’s Fiddle to Make People Dance Bhangra

Keitha Clark has been fiddling for a long time in the Yukon and nationwide! People have been dancing swing, two-step, barn, etcetera to her tunes. However, the idea of dancing bhangra was a brand-new and unique idea. It is also totally a Yukon made idea. And it happened just spontaneously and wonderfully. I am happy to announce that now we are going to take that idea from the kitchen dance to the stage and Keitha Clark will perform at our show “Bhangra – The Dance of the Punjab” on Dec 17 at the Old Fire Hall so that we all can dance Punjabi Bhangra with the to her fiddle tunes.

Keitha Clark has been active in the Yukon music community since she moved North in 2005. She maintains a busy teaching studio and enjoys creative combinations, like apples with peanut butter, or Bhangra with Bodhran.

Instruments to Play: Violin
Band: Crooked Folk

Show Information:-

Show Name: Bhangra – The Dance of the Punjab
Day: December 17, 2016
Time: Doors: 6:30 PM, Show: 7:00 PM
Venue: Old Fire Hall
Tickets: $20, Available at Yukon Arts Centre, Arts Underground and YukonTickets.com

Click to Buy Tickets for December 17 Bhangra Show

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Lee Covin, My Brother, To Play Irish Whistles and Small Pipes

Lee Covin To Play Irish Whistles and Small Pipes

Ladies and Gentlemen! I take a true pleasure by announcing that Lee Covin, my brother, will perform at our show “Bhangra – The Dance of the Punjab” on Dec 17 at the Old Fire Hall.

Lee Covin will be the part of the band known as Crooked Folk to bring the musical light to the Traditional Irish and Scottish Set Music with his Irish Whistles and Small Pipes so that we all can dance Punjabi Bhangra with the authentic traditional Scottish and Irish tunes.

Greatly inspired by his father, Lee Covin began playing the Great Highland Bagpipe at age nine. After numerous years with pipe bands, Lee expended into playing Irish Whistles, Scottish Small-Pipes, as well as Guitar and became a member of a musical group which created unique arrangements with traditional Scottish and Irish music: An endeavour which continues with the session group Crooked Folk. With his heavy stomping foot and acute listening ear, Lee’s father continues to be his most significant musical inspiration.

Instruments to Play: Irish Whistles and Small Pipes
Band: Crooked Folk

Show Information:-

Show Name: Bhangra – The Dance of the Punjab
Day: December 17, 2016
Time: Doors: 6:30 PM, Show: 7:00 PM
Venue: Old Fire Hall
Tickets: $20, Available at Yukon Arts Centre, Arts Underground and YukonTickets.com

Click to Buy Tickets for December 17 Bhangra Show

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Katie Avery in Bhangra – The Dance of the Punjab

Katie Avery in Bhangra – The Dance of the Punjab

I am excited to announce that the well-known violinist and our friend Katie Avery will perform at our show “Bhangra – The Dance of the Punjab” on Dec 17 at the Old Fire Hall. Katie will be the part of the band known as Crooked Folk to bring the musical light to the Traditional Irish and Scottish Set Music with her violin so that we all can dance Punjabi Bhangra on it. Katie began violin lessons at the age of 4 at the Suzuki String School of Guelph, Ontario. She went to complete a bachelor of music at the University of Toronto in 2010. In 2012, she moved to Whitehorse to teach Suzuki violin. Thank you, Katie!

Instruments to Play: Violin
Band: Crooked Folk

Show Information:-

Show Name: Bhangra – The Dance of the Punjab
Day: December 17, 2016
Time: Doors: 6:30 PM, Show: 7:00 PM
Venue: Old Fire Hall
Tickets: $20, Available at Yukon Arts Centre, Arts Underground and YukonTickets.com

Click to Buy Tickets for December 17 Bhangra Show

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When East Meets West

Bhangra on Traditional Irish & Scottish Set Music – About 5 months ago, I had posted this video on FB for fun, dancing some bhangra moves on the Traditional Irish & Scottish Set Music created by my friends Lee Covin, Keitha Clark, Jerome McIntyre, Katie Avery, Kate Weekes, and Calla Paleczny, which lots of people liked everywhere. NOW, I have a fantastic news! Most of these friends will be playing this music again IN REAL at my bhangra show on Dec 17 and I will be dancing bhangra on their live music. Tickets for the Dec 17 show are available on Yukon Arts Centre, Arts Underground, and YukonTickets.com!

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Whitehorse – Old Fire Hall – Bhangra Show – Dec 17, Saturday

BORN IN FARMS OF PUNJAB, GREW UP IN MOUNTAINS OF YUKON

Welcome and Sat Shiri Akaal Ji

ਸਤਿ ਸ਼੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ ਜੀ
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Whitehorse Bhangra Show Poster
Whitehorse Bhangra Show Poster

Lee Covin To Play Irish Whistles and Small Pipes
Lee Covin To Play Irish Whistles and Small Pipes

Keitha Clark's Fiddle to Make People Dance Bhangra
Keitha Clark’s Fiddle to Make People Dance Bhangra

Bodhran and Bhangra - Jerome McIntyre to Marry Two Bs Together
Bodhran and Bhangra – Jerome McIntyre to Marry Two Bs Together

Katie Avery in Bhangra – The Dance of the Punjab
Katie Avery in Bhangra – The Dance of the Punjab

Grant Simpson To Do Bhangra Cheers In His Cheerful Style
Grant Simpson To Do Bhangra Cheers In His Cheerful Style

Bhangra Practice Session with Crooked Folk
Bhangra Practice Session with Crooked Folk

Show Information:-

First time in the north of Canada, right here in Whitehorse, bhangra dance performance by Gurdeep Pandher and group dance with bhangra students. Also featuring Punjabi bhangra dance on Traditional Irish and Scottish Set Music by the band “Crooked Folk” with members Keitha Clark with fiddle, Jerome McIntyre with bodhran/cajon, Katie Avery with fiddle, Calla Paleczny with guitar/mandolin, Lee Covin with Irish whistles/small pipes and Bj MacLean with guitar.

Co-Performances by students from Gurdeep’s bhangra school: Shari Heal, Gabriella Peter, Christie Harper, Kristina Beckmann, Katie Thom, Rupi Aujla, Jana Brandt.

Host/MC: Grant Simpson
Cash Bar: Katherine McCallum / Larrikin Entertainment
Photography: Matt Jacques / Matt Jacques Photography
Videography: Rod Jacob / Yukon Film Society

Show Name: Bhangra– The Dance of the Punjab
Venue: Old Fire Hall, Whitehorse
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Time: Doors 6:30 PM, Show: 7:00 PM
Tickets: $20 at Yukon Arts Centre, Arts Underground and YukonTickets.com

Link to Our Facebook Event:–
https://www.facebook.com/events/1823319357946867/

Direct link to Get Tickets:–
http://yukonartscentre.com/calendar/event/bhangra-the-dance-of-the-punjab/

 

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Introducing My “The Nest of The Heart” VEVO Video

My new video, “The Nest of The Heart”, is all about showcasing my most meaningful memories…

Dear Friends,

Today, I have released my long-awaited video, “The Nest of the Heart”, on VEVO. This is an art video which is based on my poetry. In this video, I sing my verses and act them out in order to give them more richness and dimension.

My video project is centered on memories. These memories evoke plenty of emotions, both positive and negative. We all have our own memories, some of which make us cry and others which make us smile. The happiest memories are the kinds which bring warmth to our hearts, even in the dead of winter. For example, the memory of a loved one, memories of parents or siblings, memories of school days, memories of childhood friends and memories of special places all reside in our souls and leave an indelible imprint. These golden memories are priceless reminders of how good life can be…

Letting go of sad memories is part of personal growth and I touch on this in my video. Sometimes, we need to put our emotional baggage aside, even though this can be difficult to do. In order to move forward, we need to focus on positive memories which fuel our creativity, happy energy and gratitude. Without positive memories in the forefronts of our minds, it’s harder to be happy, and this is why we all need to find the strength to push negative memories into the shadows…

This video is a compilation of memories which have been transformed into a poem. I sing this poem with feeling and sincerity, in the hopes that it will become special to you, too.

Here is the English translation of my poem, which was written originally in Punjabi:-

The memories nursed in the nest of the heart
I have kept with care, like pure and precious pearls

With gentle self-strokes, I softened my pain
And blew out all of my burning contemplations
Because firewood of thoughts, I had lit up in my mind
I have kept with care, like pure and precious pearls

Even numb cold moments give a soothing heat
When warm teardrops plaster my cheeks
Then brooks of longing flow from the creeks
I have kept with care, like pure and precious pearls

I always cherish silk-like velvety dreams
Then serve tears to my body from the salver of my eyes
In this way, I have spent all of my lifetime
I have kept with care, like pure and precious pearls

The memories nursed in the nest of the heart
I have kept with care, like pure and precious pearls

This compilation is the product of years of effort. I wrote the poem back in 2011 and then recorded it during 2012. Born in New Zealand and California (US) settler Geoff Maddock put a lot of energy in composing sweet music for my poem. At this point, I began to develop the concept of creating a video based on my poem. Now, it’s 2015 and I’ve brought my concept to fruition.

The video is professional and it’s designed to help me express myself in a whole new format…

During May of 2015, I began to map out the storyline. As I recited my poem to myself, the storyline seemed to appear in my mind. This “flash of inspiration” made me feel wonderful! In fact, it really moved me and I’m hoping that the finished video will move you as well!

During the spring, I connected with a professional video crew in Vancouver (Canada). I knew these experts would be able to help me bring my vision for my poem into the video realm. So, I discussed my poem and vision with Rusty and Bradley. Both men are very passionate about their work and I knew that they would help me to make my video the best that it could be. To complete the team, highly creative Carver Langdon was brought in as director.

Next, we auditioned child actors in order to play parts in the video. In time, the team narrowed the search, by focusing on the Snow siblings – Brayden Snow and Kayzhia Snow. Both kids are great actors and they have the sense of innocence and positive energy that our team was looking for.

We talked a lot with our young actors while liaising as a group. Once everyone was on the same page, we scheduled filming. We spent one day shooting the child actors (and me). On the second day, I performed alone.

We needed to do editing as the initial video footage spanned hours. I chose to take on the task of editing and put painstaking attention to detail into this important task. In addition to editing, I “colour-graded” the video in order to give it just the right visual impact! Vancouver-based author Heather Matthews deserves my spacial thanks for editing my texts and offering creative suggestions. I am also thankful to Angelika Hackett, Ray Zschau, and Lizzie Calvert for their timely support. A long list of many other names is in my heart.

By October of 2015, my video was ready to be published.

At this point, we scheduled a premiere of the video, for selected viewers only. This premiere took place on the 24th of October, 2015. We gathered friends at the Old Firehall in Whitehorse (Yukon, Canada) and let them see the video!

Our first viewers were so kind and positive and they had so many good things to say about the video. This was very heartening, as we knew that we had produced something meaningful.

Some of my friends like Todd Pilgrim, Tamara Goeppel, Emma Barr, Alina Dragomir, and Erin Sanderson recorded their impressions of the video and they were so gracious in terms of expressing their honest opinions. Of course, one expects some negative feedback of a new creative project! However, opinions which were expressed were not negative at all.

Suffice it to say that these video reviews boosted the team’s confidence and we are so grateful for them!

Next, I thought about platform – which video-sharing network would be best for this video? After vetting a range of platforms, I settled on VEVO. It was all about finding a platform which is dependable and which allows for maximum outreach to friends and strangers alike.

I want to thank my team for their hard work and their great communication, as well as their artistry. This project was a labour of love and it was a fine collaboration between cameraman, director, actors, music composer and make-up artist.

VEVO released my video today. I hope that you will watch it and then leave a comment.

Please click here to watch my video!

Sincerely,
Gurdeep Pandher

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The documentary “India’s Daughter” now available to rent

My friend director Leslee Udwin emailed me today that her documentary “India’s Daughter” is now accessible via Vimeo’s On Demand service. The link to rent the documentary is Vimeo.com/ondemand/IndiasDaughter. The price to rent the documentary is $5.99.

I request all my friends to watch and support this powerful video.

As many of us know, India’s Daughter is based on the brutal gang rape of a young woman Jyoti Singh that happened in December 2012. This documentary was first aired by BBC but later banned by the Government of India.

Leslee wrote on Vimeo, “The rape of the 23-year-old medical student by 6 men on a moving bus, and her death, sparked unprecedented protests and riots throughout India and led to the first glimmers of a change of mindset”.

Leslee Udwin approached the Supreme Court of India to get the ban lifted.

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NDP – Yukon will select its federal candidate for Yukon on July 7th

NDP Nomination candidates André Bourcier and Melissa Atkinson

Whitehorse (June 4, 2015) – The NDP’s federal riding association for Yukon has announced that its members will assemble on Tuesday, July 7th to choose their candidate for the upcoming federal campaign. Candidates André Bourcier and Melissa Atkinson both launched their campaigns this month; Yukoners with active memberships as of Sunday, June 7th will be eligible to vote in the nomination campaign.

André Bourcier
André Bourcier | Photo: Submitted

“A contested nomination between two high calibre candidates is a strong sign that Yukoners are looking for a change,” said Yukon riding association president Dan Bader. “I am so excited to watch André and Melissa show Yukoners what kind of candidate they would be over the coming weeks.”

Melissa Atkinson
Melissa Atkinson | Photo: Submitted

The NDP-Yukon media-release related to this announcement said, “NDP leader Tom Mulcair is running on a platform of affordability and progressive steps to make life better for Yukoners. From more affordable, $15-a-day child care to a national inquiry on missing and murdered Aboriginal women to repealing Bill C-51 and the non-negotiated clauses in Bill S-6, an NDP government would turn the page on decades of Liberal and Conservative inaction”.

“Neither the Liberal nor the Conservative candidates represent the change Yukoners want to see in Ottawa, added Bader. “Yukoners have a choice in the upcoming federal campaign – and under Tom Mulcair and the NDP, we have the chance to make positive change in Ottawa.”