DAWSON CITY — Northern Canada’s most tuned in music festival returns to the Yukon this July 21-23 for its 39th year as a festival.
Known for multi-genre lineups that blend traditional sounds with emerging style, this year’s lineups feature indie heavyweights Duchess Says, The Courtneys and Louise Burns presented in the same spaces as traditional Haitian blues act Chouk Bwa Libète, “Greenland’s only Inuk-led Indie band” Nive and the Deer Children, plus Hän Singers, a generation-spanning group of youth, adults and Elders “who are dedicated to culture, way of life, and reviving traditional songs from Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Traditional Territory.”
Part of the appeal of the festival is this intersection of musical styles and cultural experiences. Yet another is that concoction serving as an entry point to a city Canadians don’t often visit. Festival passes are on sale now, with an online schedule expected to come soon.blues, Dawson City, Duchess Says, indie, The Courtneys