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The first batch of 2012 KIAC Performing Arts events announced…

The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture is pleased to announce several early 2012 performing arts events.

On Sat, January 7th, KIAC will host the first Family Coffee House & Open Mic Night of 2012. I know you’ve all had time to learn some songs over the holidays, so here is your chance to show them off…

Admission, as always, is by donation with all proceeds contributing to a local community group. Everyone is welcome to attend and/or perform, and for the record; this is the most welcoming audience you could ever expect, so feel free to try something new.

On Fri, January 20th, KIAC is honoured to welcome celebrated Winnipeg singer-songwriter Greg MacPherson to the Oddfellows Ballroom for a very special solo performance. Greg is fresh off the release of two fantastic albums in the last few years (and a Polaris Prize nomination), and starting his own record label that will release his own albums as well as albums from emerging Winnipeg artists.

Greg’s songs resonate with a timelessness reserved for true classics and are delivered with an emotive punch that has garnered comparisons to Billy Bragg, Joe Strummer, and Bruce Springsteen. On Sat, Jan 21st, Greg will be back at the Ballroom for a free songwriting workshop that everyone is welcome to attend.

Sat, February 4th is a busy day of guitar. Whitehorse-based classical guitar trio Partrita, which consists of well-respected musicians Hélène Beaulieu, Danette Readman,  and Nicholas Mah, will present an afternoon classical guitar workshop and evening public performance.

This workshop will feature a short demonstration from the trio of instructors, followed by three group sessions and a demonstration of what each group learned.

On Thurs, February 16th Frostbite Music Festival, the Dawson City Music Festival, and KIAC co-present Whitehorse live in concert. Yes, you heard me.

Whitehorse is the new band from Canadian roots music mainstays Luke Doucet & Melissa McClelland:

“Individually, Luke and Melissa have been recognized with awards and nominations from the Juno Awards, the Canadian Folk Music Awards, the Hamilton Music Awards, the Independent Music Awards and Polaris. Together, Luke and Melissa create music that cascades forth, rushing like currents fluid and electric. More than the sum of considerable talents, Whitehorse showcases the rarity of true give and take in partnership, uniting falcon with songbird to dramatic effort.”

For more detailed information check out http://www.kiac.ca/performingarts and keep an eye out for ticket information.

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