First We Eat joys with Dr. Suzanne Crocker and Family

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First We Eat mission: Dr. Suzanne Crocker, Miche Genest, Hector, Cindy, Arno, and two beautiful dogs.

It was beautiful to be back in our historic Dawson City at the place of my wonderful host Dr. Suzanne Crocker and family. I went to support Suzanne’s amazing mission called “First We Eat”, which is based on local farming and eating. She already has completed one year of eating locally. Her work will not only help the farmers of Dawson City, but also the Yukon’s whole agriculture industry!

It was an absolute pleasure for me to train 60 farmers in Dawson City how to dance Bhangra. We we all danced together like a close-knit community of friends.

Dr. Suzanne Crocker is a retired family physician. She and husband, Gerard Parsons (also a retired physician), their three children, two cats and a dog live like a perfect and wonderful family in a beautifully created log home.

Sharing many meaningful conversations on many important topics with Dr. Suzanne Crocker, Dr. Gerard Parsons, writer Miche Genest, Hector, Cindy and Arno, I would say it was an absolute delightful experience to sleep two nights in a home where hand-crafted creativity is visibly seen in the every corner.

First We Eat mission: Dr. Suzanne Crocker, Miche Genest, Hector, Cindy, Arno.
First We Eat mission: Dr. Suzanne Crocker, Miche Genest, Hector, Cindy, Arno.
People at First We Eat food and Bhangra dance gathering at a Dawson City farm.
People at First We Eat food and Bhangra dance gathering at a Dawson City farm.
Exploring beautiful Dawson City on the sidelines of our First We Eat passion.
Exploring beautiful Dawson City on the sidelines of our First We Eat passion.

Here is the sneak preview of the First We Eat mission:-

More information on her work is on the website http://FirstWeEat.ca.

Dawson City Music Festival (DCMF 2018) Bhangra Workshop

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Dawson City Music Festival (DCMF 2018) Bhangra Workshop

My Bhangra dance workshop at 2018 Dawson City Music Festival (DCMF) in the Yukon, Canada. It was an honour to share the world of high-energy Punjabi Bhangra dance with enthusiastic and cheerful participants on the music festival’s 40th birthday.

A unique Canadian heritage, Dawson City is located in the Yukon Territory of Canada. It the place where historic Gold Rush happened. Bhangra is the folk-dance of Punjab.


And some other shots from lovely Dawson:-

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Dome in Dawson City
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Robert Service Cabin in Dawson City
Robert Service Cabin in Dawson City
DCMF
DCMF

When Cold Dawson City Gets Warmed Up with Bhangra Moves

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Gurdeep Pandher | Dawson City | Bhangra | Oora Aara – The Song of Punjabi Alphabet


It was the month of January in the town of Dawson City of the Yukon, Canada. It was cold. It was actually really very-cold. The fire was out as well. Then the people of Dawson decided to dance Punjabi folk-dance Bhangra to warm themselves up. And it worked.

Gurdeep Pandher​ trained local people to dance bhangra and then choreographed it in the Dawson streets to fire up the energy of the bodies.

People enjoyed dancing to bhangra and it also created pure happiness along with the rich-warmth of dance energy.

The Councillor with the City of Dawson government, Billy Kendrick and his team, brought cameras to film it.

And so true, in Dawson City, people found gold and we have found “golden hearts” there.

Dawson City is located in the Yukon Territory of Canada. It the place where Gold Rush happened between years 1896 and 1899. The area is also known as the Klondike region of the Yukon. Dawson City is also known for the marvelous writings of the Yukon poet Robert W. Service.

Bhangra is the folk-dance of Punjab.


Credits:-

Music, Lyrics, Vocals, Direction, Choreography, Editing:- Gurdeep Pandher
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Bhangra:- Gurdeep Pandher and the Residents of Dawson City
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Opening Scene:- Wendy Cairns, Monique Chatterton and Shelley Brown
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Camera:- Billy Kendrick
Assistant Camera Crew:- Tessa Rex and Jake Bellew
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Location:- The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) and Dawson City Streets, Yukon
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More info:- https://www.gurdeep.ca/dawson-city-bhangra-video/
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Copyright:- Gurdeep Pandher | Gurdeep.ca


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Lyrics:-

Je ma boli nun bhull jawonge
Kakhan vich rull jawonge

Oora aara eeree sassa haha, saadi jaan hai
Sadi pachhan hai
Saadi jind jaan hai

Kakka khakha gagga ghagha ghanyna, kanth kariyo
Ehde naal khadio
Ehnoo nitt padiyo

Chacha chhachha jajja jhajha nayeeya, dilan ch rakhiyo
Nanak de bachiyo
Dashmesh de bachiyo

Tanka thatha dadda dhadha naana, chardi kala hai
Har ikk da bhala hai
Sarbhat da bhala hai

Tatta thatha dadda dhadha nanna, nirbhayo riho
Har ikk nun jaa kiho
Boli nun saambh liyo

Pappa faffa bhabha bhabha mamma, ma Punjabi hai
Sadi ma Punjabi hai
Ammi Punjabi hai

Yayeeya rarra lalla vava rada, bachiyan nu dassiyo
Parivaar nu dassiyo
Nagar ch dassiyo

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

Photos from Dawson City discovery days parade

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Start of discovery days parade in front of Palace Grand in Dawson City | Photo: Ben Sanders
Dawson City mayor Wayne Potoroka on a sweet ride during the discovery days parade | Photo: Ben Sanders
Dawson City mayor Wayne Potoroka on a sweet ride during the discovery days parade | Photo: Ben Sanders
Start of discovery days parade in front of Palace Grand in Dawson City | Photo: Ben Sanders
Start of discovery days parade in front of Palace Grand in Dawson City | Photo: Ben Sanders

In August of 1896, George Carmack, Dawson Charlie and Skookum Jim discovered gold in what is now called Bonanza Creek. After this discovery, nearly 100,000 people attempted to reach the Klondike gold fields to find gold. Therefore, the discover day week is celebrated every year in the month of august to commemorate their great discovery.

In Photos: Dawson City Music Festival | All Photos by: Gurdeep Pandher

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The 36th annual Dawson City Music Festival held on July 18-20, 2014 under the midnight sun in the beautiful town of Dawson City, Yukon. Despite intermittent raining and winds, it was a busy and warm festival. This music festival  is a much-loved cultural event in the Yukon since 1979.

This years, artists and bands like Alex Cuba, Andy Shauf, Baby Eagle, By Divine Right, Canyon Mountain, Cousins, Cris Derksen, DIANA, Diyet, Driftwood Holly, Evening Hymns, Feeding Frenzy, Jaffa Road, Jaron Freeman-Fox, Les sœurs Boulay (The Boulay Sisters), Marine Dreams, MonkeyJunk, Nick Ferrio, Noosa x OneMillion (Noosa Al-Sarraj), Pharis and Jason, The Midnight Sons, The Naysayers, The Rural Alberta Advantage performed at the 4-day long festival.

All Photos By: Gurdeep Pandher

In Photos: Dawson City Music Festival | All Photos by: Gurdeep Pandher

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The 36th annual Dawson City Music Festival held on July 18-20, 2014 under the midnight sun in the beautiful town of Dawson City, Yukon. Despite intermittent raining and winds, it was a busy and warm festival. This music festival  is a much-loved cultural event in the Yukon since 1979.

This years, artists and bands like Alex Cuba, Andy Shauf, Baby Eagle, By Divine Right, Canyon Mountain, Cousins, Cris Derksen, DIANA, Diyet, Driftwood Holly, Evening Hymns, Feeding Frenzy, Jaffa Road, Jaron Freeman-Fox, Les sœurs Boulay (The Boulay Sisters), Marine Dreams, MonkeyJunk, Nick Ferrio, Noosa x OneMillion (Noosa Al-Sarraj), Pharis and Jason, The Midnight Sons, The Naysayers, The Rural Alberta Advantage performed at the 4-day long festival.

All Photos By: Gurdeep Pandher