Tonight, 7 PM at Old Fire Hall, please come to watch our Neechie-itas (Indigenous Play Reading Series), brought to you by Gwaandak Theatre and directed by Véronique Lachance. I am honoured to be a part of it along with this great cast.
Experiencing Old Crow cultural immersion through Old Crow families! All cultures are wonderful- yours and others equally! Being inclusive means just love all.
Our strong cross-cultural bridges! We are better together!
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:-
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!
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.
This is what I love about the Yukon. People from all walks of life gather and celebrate the territory's heritage together. Let's pledge to keep the Yukon a racism-free corner of the world.
I love my village like city of Whitehorse that much❤️!
A Yukon Paradise – Miles Canyon, right in the capital city of Whitehorse, offers view, beauty, peace, stillness, and internal love. Flowing Yukon river adds creative energy and dancing movement.
The Yukon and nature are two synonymous terms! Or one completes the other!
Photo by: Gurdeep Pandher
Photo: A lake from hidden lakes