Cook Shack Sessions 2024

CALL FOR PERFORMERS / WORKSHOP LEADERS / JAM LEADERS

We are excited to extend this call out to all YWIM members for Performers, as well as Music Education Workshop Leaders, and Jam Leaders for this year’s Cook Shack Sessions. Opportunities for both the seasoned and the emerging performer. It’s a supportive, casual performance environment!

The “Cook Shack Sessions” are a series of family-friendly, free/by donation acoustic concerts and workshops performed and facilitated by Yukon Women in Music (YWIM) members. These events will be located in 3 carefully chosen Territorial campgrounds between July and September, with the venue being the “cook shack” of each camp. There will also be one event held in Whitehorse to accommodate those with transportation or mobility barriers.

This year our dates and locations will be:

July 13 - Teslin Lake
Aug. 17 - Moose Creek – Friday travel required
Sep. 7 - Twin Lakes

Building on the “Arts in the Park” model (Music Yukon), these events take music and community engagement out of the city to different regions of the Yukon, providing paid performance and educational workshop opportunities for YWIM professional musicians, as well as emerging artists to engage audiences and build connections across our diverse, extended Yukon community and create a unique musical experience for local and global visitors.

Each event will include a 2 hour music workshop on Saturday afternoon designed for all ages and abilities. Some examples are “How to Jam”, “Introduction to Fiddle”, “Songwritinng 101” etc. The evening acoustic ‘Round Robin Style” concert will feature 3 YWIM singer/songwriters and composers including one Emerging Artist. The concert will be followed by a Jam lead by a YWIM Jam Leader who will help facilitate by leading a few tunes, directing things and helping folks new to “jamming”. All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate in the jam.

* These are un-plugged, acoustic concerts. No electric, no electronics, no power.

* You will need your own camping supplies and gear and will be responsible for your own food and transportation. Car-pooling and site sharing are encouraged.

* These are Family-friendly concerts. Music choices should be appropriate for ages 1-91.

*Pay will be inclusive -performance, workshop and/or jam leader fees, per diems and fuel allowances. Rates vary for each camp due to distance and time involved.

*Selection of performers will be decided by virtue of first come/first serve in combination with available dates of performers and locations.

* You must be a current (paid) YWIM member at time of application and at time of camp event. The YWIM year runs July 1 – June 30. Not sure if you are current? Contact yukonwomeninmusic@gmail.com. Performers will need to renew their membership in July. Go to www.ywim.ca to renew by Pay Pal or yukonwomeninmusic@gmail.com for email transfer.

* To apply, please complete this form and send to cookshacksessions@gmail.com.

As many of you know, we did not receive some of the funding we have relied upon in the past. Although we have secured enough funding to move forward with the planning, over the next month we will be working hard to secure more sponsors for the events. If you know of any business or individual who would be interested in sponsoring this YWIM endeavour, please reach out to us at cookshacksessions@gmail.com for a sponsorship package. We would also be happy to approach the business or individual ourselves if you provide the contact information.

We are very excited that we are able to move forward with the project and look forward to seeing you all at the Cook Shack Sessions!

Christina Mae & Amelia Rose