Photo- Gurdeep Pandher and Stephanie Dixon during the making of the video!
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.
A paining by the Yukon artist Colin Alexander on Gurdeep Pandher.
More info on Colin Alexander’s life and works from his website:-
Colin Alexander was born in Grande Cache, Alberta in 1978. At an early age he began pursuing an interest in art, copying the drawings of the old masters into his childhood notebooks. During his teenage years living on the gulf islands, he taught himself to draw with chalk pastels and to paint in oils and acrylics, inspired by the unique light effects of the Pacific Coast seascape.
A fascination with the works of Rembrandt and Vermeer led him to specialize in figurative work,and during his travels in Ireland, France and Spain in 1999-2000 he supported himself by drawing street portraits.
Colin settled in the Yukon in 2004, and built an off-grid studio outside of Whitehorse where he and his wife now live and work. Over the last twelve years he has painted over thirty murals throughout the city. His solo exhibitions have showcased insightful portraits and epic landscapes, created with traditional oil on canvas, street-art inspired stencil techniques, and copper sheets oxidized with a propane torch.
Throughout all of his work is evident his interest the quality of light; the way it falls on a face or a landscape, and the individuality it reveals.
I just love Canadian autumn. This is the season when nature display colourful paintings whichever side you look at! Beautiful colours offer enough power to lift up your imagination and spirits! This is the final display by the mother nature before a its big embrace into the winters.
Photo by: Robert Truijen
You asked me why I had packed my bags and moved to the Yukon! Here is the answer! By the way, relaxing after a good hike in the beautiful goldensides hike-trail of Tombstone.
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.
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Enjoy the works and arts of love through the camera of our photographer Matt Jacques!
The photos below was taken by the hobby photographer Laurie Tamminen.
Bringing Arts and Hearts of the World Closer: Meet the “Team Bhangra – Dance of the Punjab” which is fully rehearsed and ready to perform on Saturday night!
Bhangra Performers: Gurdeep Pandher, Shari Heal, Gabriella Peter, Christie Harper, Kristina Beckmann, Katie Thom, Rupi Aujla, Jana Brandt.
Traditional Irish and Scottish Set Music performers: 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.
Directed, Produced, and Choreographed by: Gurdeep Pandher
Master of Ceremonies: Grant Simpson
Photography: Matt Jacques / Matt Jacques Photography
Videography: Rod Jacob / Yukon Government / Yukon Film Society
Supported by: North of Ordinary Media, Matt Jacques Photography, Yukon Transportation Museum, Leaping Feats, Realtor Marj Eschak, and Katherine McCallum/Larrikin Entertainment
Punjabi Dance + Celtic Beats + French Song + Group Dance + Partner Dance + Much More
While we live in the bipolar world, arts can bring hearts closer
~ Gurdeep Pandher
I was honoured to be invited by the Learning Disabilities Association of Yukon (LDAY) to do a bhangra sessions with the staff members during their one-day retreat at Yukon’s Vista Learning Centre. It was lovely to share the productive dance moments with its awesome staff members.
In a nutshell, we had an amazing bhangra session with wonderful workout and so much fun!
The names of the LDAY members in the photos:-
Top row (from left to right): Emma Stinson, Audrey Pflug, Joie Quarton, Chris Cybulskie, Mark Browning
Middle row: Margi Paszkowska, Stephanie Hammond, Kim Porter
Front row: Colleen Segriff, Gurdeep Pandher
That was such a great dancing experience yesterday! I really enjoyed it and so appreciated the energy and enthusiasm you brought to our group
– Stephanie Hammond