JULY 20-22, 2018
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Songwriter in Residence Program

About the Residency

Since 2006, the Dawson City Music Festival has proudly operated an annual Songwriter in Residence program with the support of the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture. The program brings a musician to Dawson City for a month-long, mid-winter stay (MONTH OF JANUARY) where the artist receives studio and living space at the historic goldrush-era Macaulay House. Previous songwriters in residence have involved themselves deeply with the local community and have found it to be an enriching, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Whether mentoring local musicians, volunteering for the Yukon Quest International Dogsled Race, performing at the local Seniors Home, or leading workshops at the Robert Service School, there are many opportunities to get involved around Dawson. Most songwriters find the relationship with the community to be mutually inspiring.

Expectations of the residency are flexible – our only requirements are that the artist spend the bulk of the month of January in the Dawson City community, perform one public concert, and collaborate with local musicians by leading a workshop. No stipend is provided to the songwriter; however, DCMF will pay artist fees for the public concert and cover travel expenses to and from Dawson City.

Goals of Residency

a) To provide songwriters with unrestricted time and space to research, develop, and produce ongoing and/or new material.

b) To introduce visiting artists to northern people, lifestyles, cultures, and landscapes.

c) To provide outreach activities such as concerts, workshops, and talks intended to promote interaction and foster a greater appreciation and understanding of songwriting, music, and the arts in general in our community.

d) To provide opportunities for collaboration between visiting artists and both professional and developing Yukon songwriters and musicians.

Artist Selections



In order for your application to be considered complete, you must include the following:

A brief description of your background and performance history (500 words or less).
A short proposal outlining how you would engage in community outreach – see Program Guidelines (500 words or less)
A digital sample of your music and/or a link to your EPK and other online content.

Send expressions of interest to: info@dcmf.com with the subject line RESIDENCY APPLICATION [CURRENT YEAR].

NOTE: Digital applications ONLY, please.

A selections committee handpicks the songwriter in residence. We strive to select a diverse range of artists, from a variety of backgrounds and points of origin, at varying stages of their careers. We tend to choose artists that are well-suited to the dynamic of this particular community. Due to a high volume of applications only shortlisted artists will be contacted.



Leela Gilday, 2006

Yellowknife, NWT

Thanks to the first-ever songwriter retreat supported by the Dawson City Music Festival and the Klondike Institute for Art and Culture, Gilday will take a leave from “gigging” across Canada and spend some time writing and kicking back in the Klondike for a month. “It’s the first time I’ve had in almost four years to just dedicate to writing; it’s a really nice place to be in,” she said, referring to the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture residency at Seventh and Princess.



Dan Bejar, 2007

Vancouver, BC

Daniel Bejar is an independent singer-songwriter from Vancouver, Canada. Bejar has gained widespread popularity through his musical collaborations with Vancouver indie-rock band The New Pornographers, but has released far more material as the frontman of his band Destroyer. He is renowned for his poetic and often cryptic lyrics as well as his unorthodox vocals. In 2006, he joined with Carey Mercer of Frog Eyes and Spencer Krug of Sunset Rubdown and Wolf Parade as part of another indie supergroup, Swan Lake. He has also collaborated with his girlfriend Sydney Hermant as the duo Hello, Blue Roses, whose debut album was released in 2008.


Brooke Gallupe, 2008

Victoria, BC

Brooke Gallupe is the leader of the Canadian indie rock bands Immaculate Machine and Rugged Uncle.In addition to playing rock music, Gallupe has trained as an opera singer and has played with the Victoria Symphony.

Gallupe is also a comic artist. Published in Tofu Magazine, Chart Magazine, Lickity Split and the Mint Records Zine, his autobiographic comics often revolve around his band Immaculate Machine.