March 28, 2011
It’s a Stompin’ Tom Connors lyric and my reality for the past three bright, sunny, long days as I made my first trip back to one of my all-time favourite end-of-the-road destinations in Canada: the Yukon Territory. This time I got to hang out in the amazing little city of Whitehorse, where for 72 hours I worked my caboose off in seminars, meeting with the inspiring and amazing music community of the Yukon.
In preparation for the 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards, which will be in Whitehorse this October, I met with all types of Northern musicians at various stages of their career that all had one thing in common: pride in the place they come from and passion for their art. Can’t ask for anything more than that.
I also squeezed in a book event at thee perfect venue for me, a long cabin covered in antlers and furs, namely the MacBride Museum of Yukon History. It was great to reconnect to many friendly folks who I have met over the years in Whitehorse and Dawson City. Thanks very much to Dave White from CBC North for hosting the event, the Museum for holding it, Mac’s Fireweed Books for selling (incredible bookstore), and the lovely and talented Brigs for performing.
Oh yeah, and my favourite place to eat in Whitehorse was a great new place called Burnt Toast. I liked it so much I ate their twice… in one night!
Next up… the Winnipeg Comedy Festival for a special live DNTO taping!