We are incredibly excited to announce Whitehorse-based Brigitte Jardin as our 2021 Songwriter in Residence.
Brigitte Jardin gets inspiration from traditional country, old-time & Cajun repertoire. She navigates between guitar, washboard, drums, vocals & foot percussion. As a queer bilingual woman, Brigitte incorporates French and English stories that explore gender themes as part of her performance. She usually plays with a supporting band malleable to the occasion, including slide guitar, fiddle, upright bass & drum kit.
Brigitte creates a soundscape that is both familiar and unique. She pays tribute to women roots singers who impacted the industry, such as Cléoma Breaux, the first Cajun woman who recorded music in Louisiana; Gallant tu perds ton temps, the first traditional all-women band in Québec; and Barbara Dane, a political activist and folk-singer from Michigan.
Originally from Quebec, Brigitte was involved full-time in the Montreal music scene as a drummer. She is now a renowned artist in the Yukon, actively performing with Ryan McNally, Claire Ness and many more for the past seven years. Brigitte Jardin has now decided to focus her time, work & love on her country-folk musical project.
Outreach & Performance
Brigitte will spend the month of April in the historic Macaulay House, where she will work on a roster of new bilingual songs, refine existing songs, and explore stage performance. Brigitte plans to connect and share with the community in various ways, including a workshop titled “The Place of a Drummer in a Band” and private one-on-one drum lessons for all ages.
Brigitte will perform live on April 8th and 9th at the KIAC Ballroom. Tickets are $20.00 per show, $10.00 for SOVA students and youth under 18. If cost is a barrier, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 993-5584 for pay-what-you-can tickets. Visit our Spring Concert Series page to learn about COVID-19 protocols, venue accessibility and more.
We are following the public health situation closely, and we are prepared to modify all outreach activities and performances as needed.
Thank you to our Songwriter in Residence Committee and our partners, the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture and North Klondyke Highway Music Society. This program is made possible with the support of the Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada.