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Taku Kwaan Dancers (Dance/Storytelling)

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Formed in 2006. Taku Kwaan (People of the Taku) Dancers are a traditional dance group of the Atlin-based Taku River Tlingit. Taku Kwaan’s performances have become an annual highlight of the Atlin Arts and Music Festival. They have also performed at the Hà Kus Teyea Celebration in Teslin, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Yukon Art Centre and the Tlingit Celebration in Juneau, Alaska.

Sloan (Rock)

Sloan by Corbin Smith

Canadian power-pop perennials Sloan have released Sloan 12, indeed their 12th album, which means it’s as good as Led Zepplin IV, Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4, and Chicago 4 all put together. But seriously, not only are Sloan the rare band to make it to their 12th record with all four original members who are equally prolific songwriters and all still working at the top of their respective games, sounding utterly ageless in the process.

Willie Nile (Rock/Folk)

Willie Nile

The New York Times called Willie Nile “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years.” Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Jim Jarmusch, and Little Steven are among those who have sung his praises. Willie has toured across the U.S. with The Who and has sung with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. As the induction program from the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame says: “His live performances are legendary.”In the summer of 2017 Willie Nile released his 11th studio album Positively Bob – Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan to rave reviews.

Roy Forbes (Folk)

Roy Forbes

Roy and his trusty Gurian guitar have toured extensively in Canada and the US over these past three decades. From the early days of small coffee houses and opening act slots with artists like John Lee Hooker, Supertramp, The Earl Scruggs Revue and Santana to eventually selling out his own shows and headlining most of the major Folk Music festivals in Canada, Roy has developed into one of Canada’s best loved acoustic performers.

The Dungarees (Country)

The Dungarees

The Dungarees have a definitive musical mandate; take the undeniable lyrical styling, twangy telecaster and steel guitar that they love from classic country, and inject it with harmony, modern intensity and pop sensibility.

Among Canada’s fastest rising stars, The Dungarees have performed at marquee festivals including the Calgary Stampede, Big Valley Jamboree, Country Thunder and Dauphin CountryFest. The Dungarees were recently nominated for “Group of The Year” at the 2016 Alberta Country Music Awards, and were honored to be shortlisted for numerous 2017 Canadian Country Music Awards.

Raine Hamilton (Folk/Classical)

Raine Hamilton

Raine’s ethereal voice and lyrics are at the forefront of these powerful and relatable tunes, in both English and French. Alongside cello and double bass, and with Raine on violin or guitar, these songs have a moving string quartet feel with a cosmic reach.

Raine is also a charming and funny storyteller, pairing her vulnerable tunes with engaging stories. Raine’s new album, Night Sky, tips between the earthly and the otherworldly; it is anchored in relatable lived experience, while reaching into the space just beyond, thinning the veil between here and there, affording safe passage to the rough and beautiful places.

Ivan Coyote and Sarah MacDougall present: Trader Time

Trader Time

Trader Time is a series of interconnected stories, written by Coyote and scored by Swedish-born Yukon songwriter Sarah MacDougall. These two artists blend story and lyrics to create a haunting and sometimes hilarious meander through small-town big-family politics, growing up queer in a cold cold place, the life and deaths of two very different matriarchs, and some of the secrets buried in all that permafrost.

Sarah MacDougall (Folk/Rock)

Sarah MacDougall

Described by the magazine Rootstime in Belgium as ‘One of the greatest talents of our era”, 2-time Western Canadian Music Award winning artist Sarah MacDougall is getting known for her honest and poetic songs, passionate performances, and unique voice. Born in Sweden, Swedish magazine Nöjesguiden declared her “One of Sweden’s best singer/songwriters”.

MacDougall’s recent record, Grand Canyon, steps outside of traditional folk and flirts with sounds that could have come from The Postal Service or Kate Bush, Grand Canyon keeps the acoustic guitar but infuses the sound with heavier drums and richly textured strings and synths.

Ivan Coyote (Spoken Word)

Ivan Coyote by Jourdan Tymkow

Ivan is a seasoned stage performer, and over the last twenty years has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writer’s, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam. The Globe and Mail newspaper called Coyote “a natural-born storyteller” and the Ottawa Xpress once said that “Coyote is to Canadian literature what kd lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture.”
Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. Ivan’s stories remind of us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.

Diyet (Folk/Rock/Indigenous)

Diyet by Alistair Maitland

Diyet is Alternative Folk, Roots, Country and Traditional Aboriginal with melodies and stories deeply rooted in her Indigenous world view and northern life. Her songs are an interpretation of a northern reality: hard, raw and will break you if it can but at the same time, always beautiful, gentle, strange and intensely alive. She performs as a trio, Diyet & the Love Soldiers, with husband and collaborator, Robert van Lieshout on guitar and foot percussion and multi- instrumentalist, Bob Hamilton. Continuing to live with feet firmly planted in two worlds, Diyet’s adventurous and sometimes chaotic life is on full display in her music. “Diyet’s poetic lyrics are heartfelt and true, full of hope and inspiration for positive change in her community.” - DISCourse

Speed Control (Rock)

Speed Control

Speed Control takes control of the stage with a power that will make you jump up and dance. Speed Control is vibrant onstage energy filled with smart humour, emotion and spirit. Straight out of Yukon, Graeme Peters, brother Jody Peters, and Ian March formed the power trio Speed Control. They’ve played to from the east coast to the west coast and across northern Canada. They were finalists for Best New Group in the inaugural Searchlight Competition on CBC Radio with their song, Tent City, and were recently featured in the Vancouver Sun.

Ryan McNally (Blues)

Ryan McNally

Whether he’s playing with his own solo band or other various outfits, he can’t be kept off Canadian stages. Ryan puts most of his energy in his passion for studying acoustic traditional blues, jazz and old time music. This led him to spending a winter in New Orleans where he wrote the majority of the material featured on Steppin’ Down South. This album is saturated with the sounds and rhythm of New Orleans streets.

Slin (Hip Hop/Indigenous)


Slin is a rapper from Norway, rapping in Sami, a language spoken by the indigenous people in Scandinavia. Spoken by only 20.000 people he and his DJ are reviving an endangered language by mixing modern hip hop with traditional sami music. One of the main voices of the young Sámi artists, Slin has worked with music and hip hop for over 10 years. He is the best and probably the most underrated rapper in Norway.

Nive and the Deer Children (Indie/Indigenous)


If you got a team of the greatest children’s book writers in the world together, they couldn’t invent Greenlandic folk pop singer Nive Nielsen. In her case at least, band bios are simply stranger than fiction. Fun facts about her: The first concert she ever played was for the queen of Denmark on national television and she acted in the Hollywood movie The New World starring Colin Farrell. Nive’s fanciful back story is matched by her own ability to tell stories with her warm, reedy voice. Sometimes she sings out with and old-timey quaver; sometimes she sings in a soft, childlike murmur. They could be from anywhere, and they are hard to place in time. They are hummable folk tunes on indie steroids with her international, very interesting group of musicians, to say the least. Her songs have a way of sticking in your mind.

Soire de Semaine (Dance/Children’s/Francophone)

Soir de Semaine

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Soir de Semaine rouse the soul with their original lively music while fusing Franco-rock with ska, reggae, folk and funk. On stage Soir de Semaine create a visually rambunctious show, dressing up in costume and painting their faces.

Soir de Semaine fait partie de la scène locale de Whitehorse, au Yukon, depuis 2003. Ils présentent leurs créations parfois costumés, toujours maquillés. Soir de Semaine attire les danseurs et voyageurs en fusionnant le ska, reggae et rock-franco.

When We Dance, We Dance Together (Theatre)


In a future Canada, a pack of robot “horses” search for work, dignity and respect. A musical about freelancers, company work and a handsome new Governor.

Conceived and directed by Jacob Zimmer // Songs by Rock Plaza Central (Rob CarsonChris EatonAndrew InnanenScott MaynardDonald MurrayFiona Stewart) // Featuring: Mary SloanAimée Dawn RobinsonElyssia SasakiKevin Ray // Music Director: Scott Maynard // Puppet team:Brian Fidler and Véronique LaChance // Dramaturge: Vicki Stroich // Stage Manager: Andrea Bols //Produced with Kaori Torigai // Production Assistant: Jordan Kaltenbruner //

Fawn Fritzen and David Restivo (Jazz/Dancehall/Swing)

Fawn Fritzen

Tim Tamashiro (former host of CBC Radio’s national jazz program Tonic) describes Fawn Fritzen as “one of Canada’s top swingers”. With her rich voice and warm stage presence, Fawn draws elements of roots, gospel, and pop into her singing. Her second album, Pairings (consisting of voice and instrument duets) is the result of collaborations with some of the best Canadian jazz musicians, such George Koller, Reg Schwager, and Juno-award winning pianist David Restivo. Fawn embodies Canada’s diversity with her mixed cultural roots of Chinese, French, and German and performs in four languages.

Twin Peaks (Folk)

Twin Peaks by Sarah Sovereign Photography

You don’t have to listen long to grasp the beauty in the blended voices of Western Canadian Music Award winning folk/roots duo Twin Peaks (Naomi Shore and Lindsay Pratt). But when you experience their live show you’ll realize that their music is about something much more captivating than just a catalogue of clever songs. It’s the expression of a rare kind of harmony that exists between their spirits – that’s what makes Twin Peaks so infectious and unforgettable.

Whiskeydicks (World/Celtic)


The Whiskeydicks are a group of Celtic Gypsy party rockers who have spent the better part of a decade carving a reputation for themselves as “One Hell of a Good Time”. The Whiskeydicks use fiery celtic-gypsy fiddle licks, cello played like a bass, bombastic trumpet, vivacious drum beats, energetic guitar strumming, and voice to tell stories of good times past and to play songs people know but in a way they’d never imagine. The formula works and has earned the band acclaim from audiences everywhere.

Rock Plaza Central (Rock/Big Band)


Rock Plaza Central formed spontaneously in the summer of 2003 at Toronto’s legendary Sneaky Dee’s when New Brunswick novelist and musician Chris Eaton invited some people he’d just met in the audience to join him for his set. There were no formal introductions, but the six musicians had such a connection, moving together near-flawlessly for the next forty-five minutes, that they all knew it was something special. When several people in attendance asked them how long they’d been performing together, accordion player John Whytock looked at drummer Blake Howard and answered: “I don’t even know his name.”

Quiet Revolution (Alternative Rock)


Scott Maynard (Whitehorse, YT) formed The Quiet Revolution in the early 2000’s, and has released
three recordings under that name. Exclaim! Magazine writes: “Like a one-man Broken Social Scene,
Maynard folds a litany of genres and influences into a singular musical voice”. At AAMF 2018, he will
be joined by Michael Boyd (guitar), Ben Hermann (drums), and Don Murray (guitar, trumpet). This
Toronto-based formation favours the post-punk/post-rock aspect of the band’s sound. The most recent
Quiet Revolution album is All The Old Familiar Ways (2017).

Swinging Pines (NorthWestern Swing/Bluegrass)

Swinging Pines

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Twin Fiddles -Pedal Steel guitar- Honky Tonk Piano and Three Part Harmony The band was formed to celebrate the joyful sounds of Western Swing and the music of Bob Wills, Spade Cooley and Cindy Walker. It also  highlights the connection between old time fiddle music and dixieland jazz; key elements in both Western Swing and Bluegrass. Hold on to your hats folks!!

The band features:
Bob Hamilton – pedal steel , electric mandolin and vocals
Sarah Hamilton- on fiddle and vocals
Amelia Rose – Fiddle and Vocals
Annie Avery – honkytonk piano
Patrick Hamilton – archtop guitar, tenor banjo,foot and vocals
Rob Bergman- bass

Sho Sho Esquiro Fashion Show

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Sho Sho Esquiro is a Vancouver B.C. based haute couture fashion designer from Ross River, Yukon with Kaska and Tlingit ancestry. She creates clothing that reflects her love of family and friends utilizing materials found in the Northern Territories including carp leather, seal skin, lynx fur and floral beadwork. She is known for her meticulous attention to detail and the mixing of fabric, furs, skins, shells and beadwork. In 2013 Sho Sho’s collection was featured during Haute Couture Fashion Week in NYC and in 2014 she represented Canada at Jessica Mihn Anh’s Fashion Phenomenon on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Awards include: 1st and 2nd Place (Textiles) from The Autry in Los Angeles; 1st Place (Beadwork) at The Eiteljorg in Minneapolis; 1st Place at the Heard Market (Textiles) and the Conrad House Award in Phoenix; and the 2016 Best of Division (Textiles) juried competition and Best in Show (Couture Fashion Competition) at the SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe. 

Drea Naysayer (singer-songwriter)
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Drea Naysayer has released 10 albums and toured Canada, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands. Her most recent project The Naysayers toured Eastern Canada and were voted the Yukon CBC Searchlight Winners. Drea is known for her explosive and crushingly honest live performances. Her voice commands attention and songwriting demands connection. She is the founder of Girls Rock Camp Yukon and has earned a reputation for bringing women and rock n’ roll into the spotlight in Yukon.

Jasmine Sudlow (Pop duo)

Jasmine Sudlow

Jasmine Sudlow is a fourteen-year-old singer from the Philippines. She arrived in Atlin in 2012 and has not stopped performing since. She has worked with YWIM, Nicole Edwards, and was the opening act for Sponge Cola in 2017. In 2016, Jasmine started recording her first album, No Batteries Required, and finished earlier this year. All of her recordings were done in the Philippines alongside her godfather and songwriter, Edgardo Miraflor, who will also be joining her at the festival.

Michael Martyn (Folk/Singer-songwriter)

Michael Martyn

Michael Martyn is back with new songs and sounds. Martyn’s newest album, Rude Mechanicals, in the spirit of legendary New York bar CBGB OMFUG, is equal parts Country, BlueGrass, and Blues (and Other Music For Urban Gourmands). No matter what style he is playing Martyn’s voice rings with authenticity. He may garner comparisons to everyone from Fred Eaglesmith, to Nick Cave, to Kelly Joe Phelps, but Martyn’s voice is all his own. With over 30 years, thousands of gigs, dozens of songs, and a stable of rare guitars to choose from Michael Martyn may just be “the best singer-songwriter you’ve never heard of.” – Steve Grimwade 3RRR Radio, Melbourne, Australia

Oclaire (Folk/Singer-songwriter/German)


Oclaire is a singer/songwriter from Marburg, Germany. His music can be best described as deeply heartfelt Neo-folk. An interplay of quiet and energetic sounds, his songs comprise catchy melodies carried by a lot of emotion and passion. Music to get lost in. He’s currently touring in Germany and the Netherlands.

Benjamin Hermann (Folk/Singer-songwriter)

Ben Hermann

Benjamin Hermann’s music hits the sweet spot with folk music lovers. His newest album Windows Wide Open mixes subtlety and directness, blending distant instrumentation and strong finger-style guitar playing into a soundscape that compliments vocals delivered with careful nuance.
Originally from North Bay, ON, Ben has since lived in Whitehorse, YT, travelled through Germany and Russia, considering these Northern and Eastern places to be the source of his artistic considerations.

Carmen Braden (Electroaccoutic/New music)

Carmen Braden

Carmen Braden is an emerging force in the world of new music, hailing proudly from the Canadian sub-Arctic with her home base in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Carmen is a life-long Northerner whose music has been described as “drop-dead gorgeous” (Ottawa Citizen). As a composer/performer creatively harvesting the sounds of the north, Carmen writes and performs music tied to the sub-Arctic soundscape and beyond. Her music has been performed by violinist James Ehnes, the Gryphon Trio, Elmer Iseler Singers, the Penderecki Quartet, and the Land’s End Ensemble. Carmen was nominated for a 2017 Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Composition of the Year.

New North Collective

New North Colletive

The New North Collective (NNC) is an ensemble of Northern Canadian performing artists from Yukon and Northwest Territories including spoken word artist/bassist Pat Braden and composer/performer Carmen Braden from the NWT; singer/songwriter Diyet from the Kluane First Nation, guitarist/songwriter Graeme Peters, and percussionist Robert Van Lieshout from the Yukon; with multi-instrumentalist/ producer Jan de Vroede from Greenland bringing a circumpolar element.
Together, they explore their ideas of north – from the land to the people; from the traditional to the contemporary. Their shared music focuses on an in-depth look at being a northern person and a northern artist with the impact of geography and community on the music they create collaboratively. The music is diverse and skillful, representative of a multitude of genres include jazz, folk, new music, spoken word & rock.
While exploring and pushing musical boundaries, there is a common goal to discard the stereotypes of the region and the people who live in rural and remote northern communities. This is a music and media arts event that is current, traditional, and thought provoking for diverse audiences.



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