Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

The twenty second Blue Feather Music Pageant put the emphasis on soothing the thoughts with music. 

The occasion, which came about from Nov. 5 to Nov. 6 in Whitehorse, gathered a number of artists from internationally, with a give attention to youth and Indigenous performers. For pageant founder Gary Bailie, Blue Feather — a mainstay on the territory’s music scene since 2000 — is all about bringing totally different technology of artists collectively. 

“Though this pageant has a First Nations grassroot starting, it is actually about inviting all people,” Bailie instructed CBC Information. 

“I at all times thought that the grandest half of First Nations tradition … is that we welcome folks and we share. As we now have come out of quite a lot of issues, residential faculties, intergenerational trauma, and reconciliation … simply attempt to make issues proper once more. Now we have quite a lot of good, hidden abilities.” 

Gary Bailie has been volunteering for the Blue Feather Music Pageant in Whitehorse for the previous 20 years. The occasion has been an essential a part of the Yukon since 2000 because it options younger and Indigenous artists from the territory and past. (Virginie Ann / CBC Information)

Bailie mentioned this 12 months’s theme, “Peace of Thoughts,” was not solely chosen to advertise serenity and interior calm, but in addition in honour of Ukraine.

For the event, splashes of the blue and yellow colors of Ukraine’s flag had been thrown throughout the stage’s artwork work.

“We consider find peace for ourselves, in our thoughts, but in addition peace on our planet,” mentioned Bailie, who’s been volunteering his time towards the pageant for the previous 20 years.

“Music has a common language, and it simply appears that when the music is taking part in, there may be peace on this planet. However as quickly because the music stops, wars begin.” 

Musicians younger and previous

The 2-day occasion featured some well-known artists together with Stevie Salas and Bernard Fowler, who’ve each carried out beforehand with the Rolling Stones; rock and blues singer Sass Jordan; and Bria Rose, who made her Blue Feather stage debut this 12 months. 

One of many pageant’s youngest artists, Sierra Levesque, instructed CBC Information this was an opportunity to attach with people who find themselves like-minded.   

“I typically really feel a bit of bit overlooked in school, folks do not actually perceive musicians,” Levesque mentioned. “Most of my songs are about that feeling, desirous to be some place else.” 

The 17-year-old from Pembroke, about 150 kilometres from Ottawa, mentioned she’s been performing for the previous 10 years — at bars, parks, even behind pickup vehicles — however hitting the Blue Feather Music Pageant stage is a milestone. 

Sierra Levesque, 17, performs on the Blue Feather Music Pageant in Whitehorse, on Nov. 5, 2022. The artist was one of many youngest to hit the stage on the Yukon Arts Centre through the pageant’s twenty second version. (Virginie Ann / CBC Information )

“It feels superb, I am so glad to have traveled this manner as a result of I would have by no means anticipated to be performing within the Yukon, it is a terrific alternative to fulfill quite a lot of rock artists who share the love for the music,” she mentioned. 

Whereas the occasion showcased skilled musicians, one of many pageant’s missions can also be to mentor youth in all areas of manufacturing and performances, Bailie defined. 

“A few of these guys have been round, they take music to a complete different degree,” he mentioned.

“They follow quite a bit, they got here and rehearsed for 2, three days earlier than they hit the stage … It was very distinctive, we had younger folks interacting with them and observing. These are the type of issues which can be actually cool and rewarding. That is my paycheck.”

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