Old Crow Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm and Gurdeep Pandher, together, dance the Punjabi traditional dance, Bhangra, to celebrate friendships in Yukon communities, and to spread happiness across Canada.
Old Crow is the home of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (VGFN) people. The language originally spoken by the VGFN people is Gwich’in. Old Crow is the most northerly community in the Canadian Yukon Territory, and it is the place where Crow River and Porcupine River meet.
Old Crow is isolated from the other surrounding communities in the area, and it is accessible only by plane or canoe. It is said to be an amazing experience making the canoe trip down the Porcupine River, which you gain access to from the Eagle River, which is located just off the North’s Dempster Highway.
Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm, the head of the VGFN Government, is considered to be the youngest First Nation Chief in the Yukon. He made national headlines by declaring “Climate Emergency” in the Old Crow community, which made them the first northern community to do this. This declaration made by Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm went on to inspire many other communities and organizations across Canada to follow suit.
Bhangra is the traditional folk dance of Punjab, which was developed many centuries ago by Punjabi-Sikh farmers. Back when agricultural farming was completed manually, and therefore a very exhausting, laborious process, the farmers of Punjab created Bhangra dancing to bring joy into their difficult farming lives. Being a very high-energy activity itself though, Bhangra dancing is also a great workout and fitness activity.
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.
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:-
Bhangra to Irish-Celtic music by the band “Crooked Folk” (Jerome McIntyre, Keitha Clark, BJ MacLean and Simon Crelli)
Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Can Can Line Dancers and Bhangra Dancers’ Mix Dance
Bhangra with Extremely Moving Youth Society (30 EMYS students dancing together)
Indigenous Dance with Bhangra mix
Bhangra by Yukon College Students (Shyloh van Delft, Kultej Singh Gill, and Manpreet Singh).
Bhangra and Highland Mix Dance with highland dancer Brianna Heal, Crooked Folk (music) and Gurdeep Pandher (Bhangra).
Entertaining Mini-Play in Punjabi, French and English (By: Gurdeep Pandher and Véronique Lachance)
Bhangra with the band “The Hibernation” (Jordan Patrick, Sarah Waters, Jerome McIntyre, Anne-Marie Lemaire)
Live song “When Folks Dance Bhangra” by Gurdeep Pandher and Lianne Cranfield.
Jerome McIntyre (with Punjabi Dhol Drum) Jordan Patrick (with Bagpipes) – Gurdeep and students Bhangra.
Free-style dance with DJ
Bhangra by staff from the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources (Government of Yukon)
Bhangra with Whitehorse Minor Hockey Team (With Coach Mike Nemeth, Hockey Students and Good Deeds Yukon)
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.
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 – email@example.com YAC Sound/ event Coordinator: Josh Jansen – firstname.lastname@example.org 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!