June 20, 2024


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Yellowknife Songs Festival ‘starts it all’ for some youthful musicians

This year’s Yellowknife Music Pageant will welcome again two performers who went all the way to the inaugural Canada West Carrying out Arts Competition in 2022.

Choralists, vocalists and string players will play at Yellowknife’s Calvary Church when the festival’s 1st weekend of performances can take spot from March 3-5.

The next 7 days-long phase of the competition will see bands, pianists, guitarists and other instrumentalists accomplish concerning April 23 and April 30 at a spot continue to to be verified.


Sadee Mitchell, a younger Yellowknifer who suggests she has been singing her total everyday living, entered last year’s Yellowknife Audio Competition with 3 tunes. She then qualified for Alberta provincials – which have been held on line as the pandemic ongoing – and was eventually preferred to go to Canada West in Saskatoon.

“Provincials would have been a lot far more enjoyment if they had been in man or woman, but they had been still definitely awesome to see all these various individuals from distinctive places,” she instructed Cabin Radio.

“Saskatoon was even cooler simply because it wasn’t just folks from Alberta, but also people today from BC and Saskatchewan.”

Mitchell says she is entering the pageant this calendar year with the exact objective of likely to provincials, but is also wanting ahead to the group-creating that the competition brings.

“You do not automatically have to really like songs or be actually great at it, it is just great to have performances and practise in front of people,” she reported.


“It’s also enjoyable to have a minimal bit of competitors, even in a tiny city. And it displays that just simply because you reside in Yellowknife, it does not suggest you just cannot make it to Saskatoon. There are options there.”

Yellowknife pianist Joseph Curran was also invited to the Alberta Tunes Competition, which experienced him for Canada West. He states taking part in in entrance of top performers from across western Canada was unlike anything at all he’d knowledgeable just before.

“There was a bit less adjudication and additional overall performance, so you did your functionality, listened to the other performers, and then that was that, you acquired a quality,” he explained.

“It definitely opened my eyes to this high level of piano efficiency that I have by no means seriously expert before.”


Joseph Curran at a Yellowknife Songs Competition concert in 2023. Picture: Provided

Curran hopes to engage in his ideal in April and claims the relaxation is “all an extra” for him. The young pianist states he is grateful to the pageant, saying it performs a vital job in his good results.

“This competition is however right up there with all these other awesome activities,” he claimed.

“It’s a enjoyment expertise with all my colleagues, and yeah, it would be nice to go to Alberta and it’d be wonderful to go back to nationals, but seriously I hope to engage in my very best at the festival that sort-of begun it all for me.”

Acquiring extra some new items on his roster, Curran says he’s most searching forward to pleasant competition with his close friends, as properly as the chance to listen to parts from other musicians in town.

“A great deal of men and women will say that piano general performance is a little bit of a lost art,” he mentioned, discussing the worth of getting a aggressive music competition in Yellowknife.

“I assume when you incorporate the competitiveness component into it, it draws in additional youngsters, the exact same way it captivated me when I was a kid, and it is just a wonderful way to distribute the joy of music.”

Yellowknife’s youth fiddlers, the Fiddle Cats, will also compete at this year’s festival. Andrea Bettger, the conductor of the team, states the competition will be the initially large effectiveness for quite a few of them.

“We’re going to have some quick small enjoyable tunes that we’ve learned by ear,” she informed Cabin Radio.

“They’re enjoyment to hear to and some of the 1st-time players are as youthful as five several years old, so it can be truly special to watch.”

Along with the competition, the Aurora Fiddle Society will host workshops with fiddlers from out of city. Bettger claims the workshops will give the city’s small group of fiddlers the possibility to find out from an individual other than her.

More info about the Yellowknife Audio Festival can be seem on the event’s web-site. Registration for fiddle workshops can be identified on the Aurora Fiddle Society’s web-site.