August 2010

Well I figured it was time to step out of the Yukon summer for a moment and update my website. The summer has slipped by so fast, but it’s been full of interesting and wonderful things. The Vaudeville show (Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue) is in it’s 10th week of it’s 41st season. I enjoy being on stage with the Follies as much as I enjoy just about anything else in life. For me it’s the perfect mix of entertainment and music and I am always honored to perform with the old and young pros that share the Follies stage with me.

Aside from performing, I have been able to take a lot of time to hike, bike, stroll and enjoy every second of the Yukon that I can. I was able to take a little time away from the Follies to hike some of the Tombstone Park. A challenging hike (9 hours in to the base camp) over mountains and through valleys. But worth every strain and pain this 51 year old musician felt. It was a breath-taking experience in every way.

The sled dogs I work with have been panting it out in the hot summer heat. There’s a part of me that can’t wait for the cold to return – and the snow so we can all get going again. Dog mushing is one of the most wonderful things I’ve been involved with. There is nothing quite like it.

I will be returning to China to perform at the Nanjing Jazz and World Music Festival in October with a little group I formed called Five Finger Rapids. I am so looking forward to my return to Nanjing and to play music with and for the people there.

I finally got writing again thanks to a little probe from Steve Slade, one of the Yukon’s many fine musicians, writers, performers and creators. Steve is the main force behind Whitehorse’s “Arts in the Park” which is a daily lunch-hour concert series. Steve came up with idea to have photographers submit a picture and to have songwriters write songs inspired from them. It was a wonderful experience and the creative talent of the Yukon was in fine form. The concert was a wonderful partnership between visual and musical creativity. Thanks Steve for your drive and creative thinking!

I understand there was some video taken during the performance, so there may be something to share with you all in the near future.

Well, back to the summer. It’s been truly beautiful here in the Yukon this year.

Cheers,
-Grant

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