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A Klondike Korner: Building the Klondike Music Puzzle June 4, 2013

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A Klondike Korner: Building the Klondike Music Puzzle

By Dan Davidson

January 7, 2013

Peter Menzies, though his involvement in both the Dawson City Arts Society and the North Klondike Highway Music Society, likes to see all the music going on in Dawson City these days as pieces of a puzzle, or perhaps something like the giant puzzle mural in the ballroom at the Oddfellows Hall, where many musical events take place in the run of a year.

Menzies acts as emcee for most of the Open Mic/Coffee House events at the hall and also for the various Home Routes House Concerts that take place during the year, and nary an event goes by without his patented mid-concert community notes.

The latest update occurred on January 5, in the middle of the monthly open mic “KiAC Saturday Night” (there’s’ actually a song to celebrate our coffee houses) but since it concerned a batch of things that are either ongoing or will be happening here during the next several weeks, it seems appropriate to highlight his comments here.
Menzies is a lead player in this as well, taking online lessons via Skype and passing on what he has learned to the others. One of his instructors has been Zavallennahh Huscroft, better known as Zav RT, who hails from Victoria.Coming right up is a fiddle workshop with Amelia Rose Slobogean, who will have visited Dawson for the second of three winter weekends on January 13. The fiddle group gets together every Sunday afternoon in the music room at the Robert Service School and some of them are regular performers at the open mic evenings.

You can read a detailed account of her work in our April 12, 2012 online archive.

In addition to lessons, the fiddlers are honing their chops by providing some of the music for the contra-dancing group that will be meeting during the winter.

As noted here last December, Nathan Tinkham recently completed recording sessions with a number of local performers and the CD sampler that came out of those sessions should appear in Dawson before spring. There is a previous sampler disc that was produced a year or so back, and it is always available at the open mics.


The music program at the Robert Service School includes a junior and senior rock band, two choirs and classes working with both recorders and ukuleles. All of these groups have made stage appearances over the last month, either at the open mics, the school’s Christmas concert or the Christmas Music Extravaganza in the hall just before the holidays.

Some of the students in the school’s junior choir are also working with former RSS choir leader (now retired) Betty Davidson in a new kid’s choir that meets at the Richard Martin Chapel weekly.

January will see an emphasis on ukulele in the Klondike, including both school kids and others within the community who are interested. Hélène Beaulieu visits from Whitehorse to help with this program.

On top of all that there is the Calypso Rose Concert, which will have occurred by the time you read this, and the remainder of the house concerts that I profiled in the fall, at least one of which (Qristina & Quinn Bachand) will feature a workshop for local musicians interested in Celtic music.

“It promises to be a busy winter,” Menzies concluded, “and these monthly coffee houses are very much a part of it all.”





* Peter Menzies.jpg – Peter Menzies takes his lessons with Zavallennahh Huscroft via Skype and then passes on what he has learned to a local group.

Peter Menzies









* Uke time – Hélène Beaulieu met with a small group of interested ukulele students in December and will be returning in January.

Uke time




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