Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) | Gurdeep Pandher | Celebrating Diversity/Inclusion via Bhangra

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Canadian Armed Forces and Gurdeep Pandher collaborated to create this Punjabi Bhangra dance video to celebrate diversity and inclusion in The Canadian Forces. Soldiers from different backgrounds make “One Force” with “One Love” for Canada and Canadians. Share it to celebrate “Diversity in our National Defence and Military”!

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Fusion of “Bhangra” and “Can Can Dance” Brings Cultures of World Together

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Bhangra and Can Can Dancers

This happens only in the Yukon, Canada! Gurdeep Pandher and “Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Air North Can Can Line” created a breathtaking fusion of two famous dancing forms “Punjabi Bhangra” and “Can Can Dance”. The video also aims to bring the cultures of the world together.

Originated in France, the can-can (or cancan as in the original French) is a high-energy, physically demanding dance that became a popular music hall dance in the 1840s, continuing in popularity in French cabaret to this day. Originated in Punjab (or Panjab before the British-India era) as the folk-dance of Punjab, Bhangra also is a high-energy and physically demanding dance, which was originally developed by Sikh-Punjabi farmers. Bhangra nowadays is a popular dance form in the Punjabi and Bollywood music-movies scene, parties and Sikh cultural or wedding celebrations.
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YouTube: https://youtu.be/NPlvnx4Cqqk
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Bhangra – Can Can Dance:- Gurdeep Pandher, Audrey Percheron, Valerie Girard, Kate Davidson, Sara McPhee-Knowles
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Bhangra Music:- Gurdeep Pandher
Camera:- Kevin Greenshields / Véronique Lachance
Show Runner:- Lucas Knowles
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A Collaboration between Gurdeep Pandher and Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Air North Can Can Line.

Bhangra and Can Can Dancers
Bhangra and Can Can Dancers

Bhangra Show -2018

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Gurdeep Pandher is pleased and honoured to announce that the Bhangra Show is happening at Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse on December 18, 2018. When there is cold season around, we warm up the Christmas spirit with high-energy Bhangra moves. We bring delights and make faces smile. Not only we celebrate the Sikh cultural dance in the Yukon, but also bring all other cultures together. Being “inclusive, open and doing things together” is our strength.


Composition/Line-Up:-

Like previous two shows, this Year’s show will also feature Gurdeep Pandher and his dance students as lead performers. On the top of that, created by the Yukon locals, there will be many great world-class blends, which are highlighted below:-

  1. Bhangra to Irish-Celtic music by the band “Crooked Folk” (Jerome McIntyre, Keitha Clark, BJ MacLean and Simon Crelli)
  2. Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Can Can Line Dancers and Bhangra Dancers’ Mix Dance
  3. Bhangra with Extremely Moving Youth Society (30 EMYS students dancing together)
  4. Indigenous Dance with Bhangra mix
  5. Bhangra by Yukon College Students (Shyloh van Delft, Kultej Singh Gill, and Manpreet Singh).
  6. Bhangra and Highland Mix Dance with highland dancer Brianna Heal, Crooked Folk (music) and Gurdeep Pandher (Bhangra).
  7. Entertaining Mini-Play in Punjabi, French and English (By: Gurdeep Pandher and Véronique Lachance)
  8. Bhangra with the band “The Hibernation” (Jordan Patrick, Sarah Waters, Jerome McIntyre, Anne-Marie Lemaire)
  9. Live song “When Folks Dance Bhangra” by Gurdeep Pandher and Lianne Cranfield.
  10. Jerome McIntyre (with Punjabi Dhol Drum) Jordan Patrick (with Bagpipes) – Gurdeep and students Bhangra.
  11. Free-style dance with DJ
  12. Bhangra by staff from the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources (Government of Yukon)
  13. Bhangra with Whitehorse Minor Hockey Team (With Coach Mike Nemeth, Hockey Students and Good Deeds Yukon)
  14. Whitehorse’s Christmas Garbage Truck Santa (Wayne Henderson) is also a great part of the Bhangra concert🎅! He will be dancing on the stage and add Christmas colours to the show.
  15. Bhangra videos on large screen

MC: Jacob Zimmer (Artistic Director from Nakai Theatre)
DJ: Daniel Ashley AKA DJ DASH (Dash Music)
Stage Manager: Jeff Wolosewich (From The Dark Fruits)
Photography: Christian Kuntz Photography
Videography: Naomi Hajian
Videography (Second camera): Marten Berkman
YAC Sound-Tech: Mike Wilson – mike.wilson@yac.ca
YAC Sound/ event Coordinator: Josh Jansen – josh.jansen@yac.ca
Lights: Christopher Ross
Presenter/Producer: Gurdeep Pandher

We will have approximately 90 local performers in the show. Blended with many other Yukon cultures, it will be a culturally-rich concert showing the vibrant Yukon diversity.

The Commissioner of Yukon Hon. Madame Angélique Bernard, Yukon’s Deputy Premier Hon. Ranj Pillai, and Mayor of Whitehorse Hon. Dan Curtis are going to attend the concert. They all will make brief speeches. The Deputy Premier will bring the message of the Premier Sandy Silver to the show.

The show-items and line-up will be updated the way we progress towards the show date!


Date and Place:-

  • Venue: Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Show Date: Dec 18, 2018 (Tuesday)
  • Doors Open: 6:30 PM
  • Show Start Time: 7:00 PM (Sharp)

Tickets:-

Click here to buy the tickets

NOTES:-

  1. Yukon College students must buy tickets in person from the Arts Centre Box Office by showing their student ID).
  2. Tickets are available at Yukon Arts Centre, Arts Underground and YukonTickets.com.

Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Can Can Line Dancers and Gurdeep Pandher
Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Can Can Line Dancers and Gurdeep Pandher


Other notes:-

  1. IF ATTENDING, PLEASE RSVP AT OUR FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE!
  2. Please continue checking Gurdeep.ca for updated information!

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Bhangra graduates from the Yukon University

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Meet Bhangra graduates from the Yukon University! It was fun to teach my Yukon University dance students during this winter and spring semesters. I felt amazed and wonderful by their dedication to learn.

Now they are officially Bhangra graduates 🎓!

They also deserve a big applause for their achievement! 👏

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

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

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

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!