After struggling a chain of difficult occasions during the last two years, the Keno Town Song and Movie Pageant is able to make a comeback, larger and higher than ever.
The grassroots, volunteer-run Keno competition has been on dangle for the ultimate two years because of COVID-19, and has skilled some unhappy losses within the interim.
This August will see its go back, albeit with a couple of adjustments.
“The lack of the Keno Town Lodge to fireplace is a sad blow to the neighborhood and any person who has visited or frolicked in Keno,” mentioned competition coordinator Jonny Klynk.
“Whilst the primary competition takes position on the neighborhood ball diamond, the Keno resort was once continuously a hub of process all through the weekend and past. It’ll be dearly neglected. In the similar vein, considered one of Keno [festival’s] earliest and maximum ardent supporters, Jean Wikberg, unfortunately kicked the bucket because the ultimate competition and so we’re dedicating the 2022 version to her reminiscence.”
This yr, Klynk is taking a look ahead to providing a various lineup of song acts from all over the place the Yukon and past, in addition to a burlesque efficiency, “Babes within the Bush,” from Whitehorse’s Cherie Coquette.
The song itself will span a spread of genres, from people, jazz and easy-listening to rock, hip-hop and digital. Performers come with the Trailer Park Trash Cats, Bria Rose, The Fortunate Ones, The Nighttime Sons, Calhoun, Caleb Tomlinson, Clout Sport, John from Dawson, and plenty of extra.
“This yr we’re in reality excited to be bringing again the movie portion of the competition, that includes quick motion pictures from Yukon filmmakers, screened within the Keno Neighborhood Rec Centre,” mentioned Klynk.
“We’ll be webhosting a gap screening tournament on Friday evening after which having the flicks on loop all through the day on Saturday for other folks to observe at their very own recreational.”
As all the time, the Keno Town Song and Movie Pageant is totally unfastened for all attendees, with all cash raised going in opposition to paying the bands and performers. This is a part of the competition mandate, and has been since its inception in 2015.
“But even so happening in a stupendous location and unbelievable neighborhood, Keno is particular as a result of its grassroots, communal nature,” mentioned Klynk. “Our hope for the way forward for this competition is that it continues to run sturdy and stay true to this spirit of neighborhood and birthday celebration on a grassroots stage.”
As in earlier years, the primary competition grounds and degree will likely be on the neighborhood ball diamond, with are living acts enjoying all through Friday and Saturday. After the song, attendees are handled to a bonfire and dance, with a communal web page cleanup on Sunday morning. There will likely be a delegated house for distributors close to the primary degree, with tenting throughout.
Websites are first come first serve, with some choices additional clear of the degree for individuals who want a quieter night revel in. Pageant volunteers will likely be readily available to lend a hand with discovering a great spot.
Whilst tenting is unfastened for everybody, Klynk and the opposite organizers want to remind all attendees of a couple of area laws: “We ask that every one attendees convey the entirety they wish to self-sufficiently camp out for the weekend, particularly their very own water. That is particularly essential as the city is determined by water supply for ingesting water. We ask that attendees are respectful in their neighbours on the competition, in the neighborhood, and of our environment. Please don’t muddle and stay the grounds and the town blank. Be sort, stay every different secure and feature amusing!”
The Keno Town Song and Movie Pageant will happen Aug. 5 to 7 in Keno. Legitimate competition products will likely be to be had all through the weekend, whilst donations are approved any time. The ones excited by sponsorship can touch [email protected]
Somebody wishing to stay up-to-date on competition happenings can seek advice from on-line via Fb, Instagram or at keno.lostwarren.com.
Willow Gamberg is the landlord of Street Canine Song Provide and The Lab Practice session Studios in downtown Whitehorse.