“Bhangra – Dance of Punjab 2017” concert in Whitehorse, Yukon was amazingly successful and wonderful! Inspired by our slogan “Diversity Over Division”, we have put together a show displaying that we can do things together!
We presented a show displaying that we can do things together! It was a fully Made-in-Yukon show. We had 90 performers, all Yukoners and 350 people came to watch it in the middle of busy December month.
And we showcased harmony in the Yukon diversity! We presented our Sikh-Punjabi culture in an exquisitely beautiful way and also blended it with many other Yukon cultures and arts. And we all did it together. We presented many arts from bhangra to Fiddleheads tunes, Celtic bhangra with Crooked folk, bhangra by the Yukon youth from EMYS, bhangra by Yukon College staff, bhangra-blues fusion mix dance, and many more things. We also screened 4 Yukon made viral bhangra videos. The mayor Mr. Dan Curtis learned once again on the stage how to wear a Sikh turban. We also had bhangra dance party after the concert. And thorough this show, the Yukon gave a great message to the world that “Diversity is over division” and we all are one.
And we succeeded in delivering the core message of acceptance of all the styles, choices, ideas, and diversity to the world, right from our Yukon stage!
Thank you, Keitha Clark, Jerome McIntyre, Bj MacLean, Monique Chatterton, Krisandra Dawn, Mayor Dan Curtis, Amanda Fraser, Katie Lynn, Mellisa Murray, Daniel Ashley from Dash Root Sellers, Matt Jacques, Jake Paleczny, Josh Jansen, Geny Mangilog, Lianne Cranfield, Matt King, Lee Carruthers, Emily Payne, Jenn Redvers, Janna van Kessel, Nisa Falkiner, MaryAnn Ferguson, Jordan Patrick, Minister Jeanie Dendys, Shana Ermatinger, Jessica McNabb, Yukon College students, volunteers, community members, YAC Staff, Yukon Government, friends, family, and everybody! Enjoy the photos!
~ Gurdeep Pandher
Tonight’s Bhangra dance concert here in Whitehorse embodied the words, ‘Diversity Over Division’. Gurdeep (in collaboration with dozens of members of our awesome community) created a beautiful celebration that encourages diversity through the universal language of dance. I’m still smiling—and dancing! ~ Grace Snider
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Diversity Over Division. Amazing week with the Winter Show in Ghùch Tlâ Community school in the tagish community in Carcross and also the Bhangra and diversity show of my friend Gurdeep Singh Pandher at the Yukon Art Center. Do you know a place which you can see a Mayor dancing bhangra and wear a turban? In Yukon. Of course! ~ Véronique Lachance
Gurdeep’s videos have, collectively, been watched over fifty million times from various platforms. His work has been published/used by The Governor-General of Canada, Canadian High Commissions, The Prime Minister of Canada, Air Canada, Department of Canadian National Defence, Royal Canadian Navy, RCMP, Department of Canadian Heritage, BBC News, CBC, The Globe and Mail, CTV News, USA Today, SBS Australia, Toronto Star,Twitter Moments Canada, diverse media and community organizations.