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Al Oster was a music composer/songwriter/artist who arrived in the Yukon in 1957 and became an instant victim of the SPELL. He immediately recognized the history and legends of this land as a sleeping giant of wealth for heritage preservation and began writing musical ballads soon after arrival. He subsequently recorded several 45 RPM records to be followed by an LP called `YUKON GOLD'. By 1987 he had recorded and released 14 LP's in Canada, USA, Germany, and Belgium. In 1988 he filmed and released a 30 minute Music/Video documentary on the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. The LP's and Music\Video include 60 of his original compositions, 40 of which are Yukon/Alaska ballads. 

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Hank Karr is the “The Yukon's best-loved balladeer.” A pioneer of the music scene in the territory Hank has devoted his talents to writing and singing about the territory. An ambassador of the North and its music, during Canada’s centennial in 1967 Hank even represented the Yukon at the Montreal Expo. His works are testaments that a musician needs not leave the territory to be successful. Even when asked about why he didn’t go to Nashville to pursue his music career, Hank responded with, “The Yukon is my Nashville.” (



Dave Haddock is well embedded in the Yukon music and performance scene. He has been busy working on many projects. From singer to band leader to composer, arranger, producer, guitarist, bassist, and vocalist, Haddock is one of the most in-demand players and collaborators in the community. (

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Manfred Janssen arrived in the Yukon after a “misspent youth.” It wasn’t long until he collaborated with other Yukoners including Jim Vautour. The two co-wrote the unmistakeable “Land of Gold.” (

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BJ Maclean is originally from the Pacific Northwest. Her first encounter with the North was in 1984 when she headed to Fairbanks to attend university. In 2002 she left her humble cabin in Dease Lake, B.C. to the “big city” of Whitehorse. While the change was a challenge the Yukon welcomed her with open arms and before long, with the help of her friends, BJ was performing at coffee houses, fundraisers, concerts, and festivals. (



Barbara Chamberlin has her roots in Oregon but now calls the Yukon home. She has made it into the Canadian country top 100 and was the first and only Yukon artist to have a video featured on CMT. Barbara is currently the conductor of the Whitehorse Community Choir. (

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Nicole Edwards has a voice equal parts grit, smoke, and confection. Originally from South River, Ont. she is now based in Mount Lorne, Yukon. Nicole has blazed her musical trail as an independent, unplugged songstress. (

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Matthew Lien is a Yukoner whose music is inspired by life on Earth. Matthew often ventures out to the extreme wilderness and returns to compose music that fosters “environmental appreciation.” (

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The Canucks arrived in the territory in 1963 for a residency at the Whitehorse Inn for three months and have stayed ever since. The band is made up of Ray Park, Red Lewis, and Ed Isaak. They still continue to play today.

Image: Alistair Maitland



Kate Weekes stood on the Trans-Canada Highway years ago; she stuck out her thumb and left Ontario for an adventure in the Yukon.  Now deeply embedded in the Yukon music community, Kate lives in a little orange cabin outside of Whitehorse and spends the Yukon winters working with 19 sled dogs. (

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Grant Simpson has been a full-time, professional musician for over 30 years. Studying classical piano and guitar in his teens, his energy and focus began to lean towards folk, blues and traditional jazz, something that still colors everything he plays. He has also been and continues to be the musical director of the world famous Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue for the past 30 years. (

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Kim Beggs, almost born in a taxi cab on the way to the closest hospital eighty miles south in Val d’Or Quebec, lived her first years in Joutel, a little mining town that doesn’t exist anymore. Kim Beggs did not expect to lay down geographical a root that she could ‘come home to’ but that’s what happened when she moved to the Yukon 22 years ago. For Kim the Yukon isn’t felt so much as place or geography in her music; it’s experienced instead as an approach to living the kind of independent life.

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Brenda Lee has been playing guitar and singing most of her life, receiving high praise for her spirited guitar work and powerful vocals. She is a full-time musician and guitar teacher whose subtly detailed playing style has been described as refreshing and captivating. (

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Kim Barlow is known for her guitar and clawhammer banjo skills. This two-time Juno award nominee creates rich and unexpected settings for her fables of lost children, allegories for love and loss, and examinations of the natural world and the otherworldly. 

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Brandon Isaak, aka Yukon Slim, was born and raised in the territory. Brandon's affinity for the rawness and spontaneity of the blues is second to none, as anyone who has had the privilege of being a part of his audience will tell you. Brandon was nominated for The 2013 Maple Blues Awards for Acoustic Act of the Year and Song Writer of the Year. He was nominated for Song Writer of the Year by the 2010 M.B.A.'s. This honour recognized him as being one of Canada’s top songwriters. 

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Diyet was born in a tent, raised in a two-room cabin, classically trained in opera, now an alternative folk artist. This sub-Arctic-Southern Tutchone-Japanese-Tlingit-Scottish-Yukoner is your typical Canadian – the result of a long cold winter.  Diyet’s music is like her life – a mix of this and that but deeply rooted in the values of a traditional northern life. See more at


Tim Naylor is a solo artist who writes, performs and records his own music. He has lived most of his life in the Yukon and has performed across the country.



Special thanks to Music Yukon and Yukon Women in Music for supporting local artists in the territory.



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