Tag Archives: Whitehorse

Fawn at Arts in the Park 2011

7 Jun

Arts in the Park, June 14, 2001, LePage Park, noon to 1. Featuring Fawn Fritzen with Marg Tatam on piano.  Hot vocal jazz in the summer sun.

Here’s one of the projects that is keeping me busy this month: rehearsing for a one-hour set at Arts in the Park next week.

Please keep your fingers crossed for good weather, as this is an open-air concert!  The show will go on, though, come rain or come shine.

Spread the word!  And if you’re in Whitehorse, I would love to see you there.


Even better Yukon sunsets

27 Jun

I know a few of you come especially for the “life in the Yukon” content, so I couldn’t let this opportunity go by.  A photographer far better than I was out capturing the skies this past beautiful Wednesday night, so if you want to see what it was really like go on over and check out the three photos posted by Murray Lundberg on his ExploreNorth Blog.

Garden party

27 Jun

I’m trying to squeeze in as much performing as possible this summer because I know that I will be on hiatus for a while after Nugget makes his or her appearance. So when I heard about this Garden Party, I eagerly jumped onto the bandwagon. I’ll be doing background music, so there’ll be folks talking and eating while I play, but I don’t mind that. Besides, I get to partake in the dinner, and the menu sound fantastic (see below)! I’ll be playing from 5:00 to 5:40 — while soups and salads are being served, I believe.

Here’s the official invite:

YWIM Garden Party

Yukon Women in Music will be holding it’s 3rd Annual Garden Party on July 5th at 4:00 p.m. The evening will feature more than 8 Yukon women musicians and songwriters. A five-course meal will be served on the patio of the Stehelin Ranch B&B (40 Couch Rd).

Tickets are $50 each or $90 for two. They’re are available at: Unitech (cash & debit only), Arts Underground, and Well-Read Books.


Featured artists are:

  • Peggy Hanifan
  • Amanda Mervyn
  • Brenda Berezen
  • Natasha Nettleton
  • Asheya Hennessey
  • BJ MacLean

Background music will be performed by:

  • Cate Innish
  • Sonja Anderson
  • Fawn Fritzen


spanakopita, cheese puffs with strawberry sauce, savory puffs, grapes

veggie borscht

organic greens with caramelized pecans, apples, and honey mustard dill dressing

Main course
pork roast with morel mushroom/port wine/raspberry reduction, small roasted potatoes with rosemary and veggie casserole

Mexican chocolate brownie with chocolate ganache and strawberry coulis

A vegetarian option is available upon request: contact Eva at 633-6482

Please e-mail yukonwomeninmusic@gmail.com for more info.

In which I realize the importance of familial harmony

17 May

I certainly haven’t been very on the ball with the blog this week.  But count yourself lucky, because it’s been one of Those Weeks.  You can be glad you missed it.

Jade followed up her bout of chicken pox with a nasty coughy cold that was somehow much worse than the chicken pox ever were.  We’re not sure if it’s because of the cold, if it’s her last four molars doing her in, or if it’s just the fact that she’s two and testing her boundaries, but this past week the whining and the crying and the recalcitrance took me and Michael to the end of our patience, both with her and with each other.  By mid-week, we were both tired, stressed, and feeling unappreciated.  And we were both fighting colds, too, which didn’t make things go any smoother. 

I went into work in tears on Thursday morning — which is always so very professional — and was pretty embarrassed when my boss stopped by my desk as I was still trying to compose myself.  One of the shining moments in my career.  (Thank God I have such a great boss.)

Sometimes you’ve got to hit these kinds of lows to get things back into perspective, though.  It seems that every once in a while we need a reminder as to how important it is to treat each other with the care and the patience we would naturally extend to others out of politeness.  It amazes me how the people who are closest to us are sometimes the ones we treat the worst when things get tough.  Ahem, anyway… Michael and I managed to regroup, and so our planned evening out on Thursday at The Wolf’s Den restaurant seemed almost celebratory to me. 

By the way, if you’re ever coming to Whitehorse, The Wolf’s Den is a great place to check out.  It’s a bit of a drive out of town (unless you’re driving in from the south) but the setting is lovely and rustic.  Our server Cheyenna entertained Jade with toys and lots of attention, and even gave her a small box of Smarties for dessert.  (Jade didn’t know what they were and rattled the box contentedly until Cheyenna opened it for her.  She shared one or two candies with us before she realized how good they were and started shovelling them in.  I was glad the box was so small!)  From the adults’ perspective the food was enjoyable; my New York steak wasn’t perfect and Michael found the Jägerschnitzel a tad salty (but isn’t Jägerschnitzel always salty?) but my fancy salad was truly fancy and delicious and Michael and I agreed that we haven’t had such fabulous spätzle in a long time.

Anyway, all this made Friday a much better day.  I was crazily over-busy at work all day (as I have been for a couple of weeks, as I’m working two jobs right now because I’m covering for Norris while he’s away in China — oh yeah, didn’t you know he’s a co-worker, as well as a neighbour and friend from university days?) and I came home exhausted, but Michael, bless him, already had dinner mostly done.  I had a nap while he put Jade to bed, then I went and got groceries, like all the cool people do on Friday night.  Depsite the fact that I hate doing groceries, it seemed like the most relaxed and unharrassed evening I’d had in months.  Hunh.  Isn’t that interesting?

Today’s been kind of like that, too.  There was a neighbourhood clean-up and barbeque and I started organizing the chaos in our basement, so it’s been a busy and productive day, but it’s seemed so relaxing.  Ya think I’ll remember this lesson again next time life starts getting stressful?

House Concert

9 May

I’m not sure why I didn’t think to mention this before, but I’ll be playing at a house concert this Saturday evening. The concert is a fundraiser for YWIM (Yukon Women in Music), which has provided me with so many learning and performing opportunities this past year. There will be eight women performing:

  • Barb Chamberlin
  • Brenda-Lee Katerenchuk
  • Caroline Watt
  • Charlene Wilson
  • Kayla Dewdney
  • Kate Weekes
  • Rebecca Rique-Law

…and me! I know only three of these ladies, so I’m looking forward to hearing some new music. We’ll each be performing three songs.

I spent some time yesterday going through my repertoire and I think I’ve got my set picked out. It includes one that I haven’t performed in public before and I quite like it, but am a bit nervous because it’s kind of sexy and raw at the same time. It was one that Lynn Miles helped me work on and made some great suggestions for improvement.

If you’d like to come, here are the details:

Date: May 10, 2008
Location: 104 Tungsten road in Marwell
Tickets: $25 each available at Unitech or at the door
Doors open at 6:30 and music begins at 7:30. There will be wine and cheese, coffee, and desserts.

Swing into Spring!

17 Apr

So what if it snowed 5 cm last night? The sun is out for almost 15 hours these days and spring is definitely on it’s way! Now here’s your chance to celebrate spring in style!

Swing into Spring with The Big Band

I’m soooo excited that I’ll be singing at this next Big Band event! I’ve mentioned before how hyper I am after I come home from rehearsals on Monday nights, and I’m sure I’ll be the same after this dance, ’cause we’ll be doing 3 full sets (that’s 3 hours of live music!) of great tunes.

It’s been such a great experience for me, not only for the thrill of singing with a 16-piece band (I mean, how cool is that?!) but also stretching me to try things I haven’t done before. I’ve found that my vocal range has actually expanded, and I’m singing songs that I might previously have thought weren’t “my style”, that I didn’t think I could carry off, but are now favourites of mine.  (Here’s an example of one like that.)

Okay, okay, this dance isn’t all about me!  But I won’t be playing piano at all for this one, so you can’t blame me for being so focussed on the singing part!  One of the band’s former members is coming back to cover the piano.  It’s great watching him play; he goes about it much more intuitively than I do, and it’s inspiring to watch (not to mention fun to listen to!)  We’ll be playing, I believe, 33 tunes, and I’ll be singing for about half of them. The instrumentals will include standards like “In the Mood” and “Sing! Sing! Sing!” that everyone knows, even if they don’t know what they’re called.

Personally, I suck at dancing, so when I’m not singing, I’m looking forward to watching people at it; I’m not normally able to do that because when I’m at the piano, my eyes are glued to the notes on the page and to my fingers. There’s a set of pretty serious ballroom dancers in Whitehorse, and you can be sure they’ll be out; maybe I can pick up a move or two between vocal selections — ha, right!

Anyway, if you’re in Whitehorse, be sure to get your tickets soon. The last dance sold out, and we have fewer tickets for this event because there isn’t quite as much space at the Arts Centre.

Aaaaah! I’m psyched!

Creative spurt

20 Feb

I have a good friend who is a visual artist; I think of her primarily as a visual artist, even though she has “day job” as a teacher.  She does mostly watercolour paintings, but dabbles in other types of art, as well, and she’s always working on something.  It would seem strange if she didn’t have some kind of project on the go (more often several) at all times.  I get the impression that most artists are like that.

I, on the other hand, seem to get creative in spurts, with periods of drought in between.  There were the two years of high school where I used up reams of paper generating poetry like the angst-ridden introspective teen that I was.  The year in Germany where I got immersed in music, writing flute and piano pieces, performing on piano with a chamber orchestra, trying my hand at percussion.  There was the scrapbooking phase (which I hope to get back into sometime, especially as I have a crapload of money tied up in supplies) and the short watercolour phase.  Then there was that thing where I started doing a bit of travelling around the NWT as a singer.  After a couple of years’ hiatus where I got kind of busy with, you know, a baby, I’m back into a music phase now.  It feels good.

I don’t know if there’s anything I can do to smooth out the peaks and valleys, or whether I should even try.  I tend to be the kind of person who focusses a lot of energy on one thing for a while, but then new things come along and I’m off in a new direction.  But I sure do miss it when I’m not in a creative phase.  It stretches me and I learn so much. 

I know that when I am in a creative phase, other parts of my life are positively impacted.  The semester in university where I had a full (and tough!) course load, was holding down a job, plus had a major supporting role in a musical production, well, I thought I was going a bit nuts with all the commitments, yet I got the best marks I ever achieved at university.  (I know, that was 10 years ago now, but it still stands out in my mind.)

The past few months at work have been huge improvement over the previous time.  Partly it’s because I’m finally settling into the position and getting interesting projects, but I think it’s also partly because I have a better balance in my life, having a creative outlet.

I’m going to be “outletting” a bit this weekend at the Sourdough Rendezvous festival.  The organizers asked YWIM to have a few women perform at the main festival tent from 3:30 to 4:30 on Saturday afternoon, and I’m going to be one of them.  With four performers over the hour, we’ll probably each do about 3 songs.  I’m rather nervous, to be perfectly honest, and haven’t entirely decided whether I’ll be doing all original pieces.  It’s not like I’m taking a huge risk, really, but it feels like a big step for me.  So here I am stretching again.  Yeah… it feels good.