Kim Winnicky - Executive Producer
Kim Winnicky was born and raised in the Peace River country with a strong love of the land and appreciation of place and peace. From deep in the ground to high in the airwaves, her longtime love of the North has shown itself in many vibrant ways. Winnicky’s initial connection to northern Canada came from her environmental field work in the early ‘90s – assessing and cleaning up contaminated sites all across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Her eldest son was born in Yellowknife in 1999.
In 2005, Kim moved from Yellowknife to Whitehorse and expanded her field of interest - growing community through advocacy and the arts. Whether it’s through Music Yukon, the Cross Country Ski Club, Whitehorse Connects or the Atlin Arts and Music Festival, Winnicky's heart-centered approach to positive social change has provided a catalyst for sustainable community-building. Through her role as producer/coordinator for various cultural events, Winnicky’s grounded leadership is a refreshing reminder that we don’t need big attitudes to run large scale projects.
Nicolas Filteau - Technical Director, Projection & Lighting
Nicolas Filteau was born and raised in Québec, Canada. Years later, he moved west and discovered a passion for the arts while working at the Yukon Arts Centre. For the past 8 years, Nick worked on many productions in the Yukon Territory and British Columbia as a lighting designer, electrician, sound technician, production manager, touring technician and technical director.
In 2016, he started his own electrical and event production company (NF Electrical and Event Production). During his spare time, you’ll find him mountain biking, hunting, climbing, skiing or skinny dipping during the warm summer days.
Scott Maynard - Musical Director
Scott Maynard began his musical journey as a chorister at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, UK. He later attended University of Toronto Schools (UTS) and then York University.
He has been Music Director for dozens of theatre shows, including long relationships with Poculi Ludique Societas (PLS) and Small Wooden Shoe. Scott was MD for 'Shakespeare and the Queensmen', a joint UofT/McMaster project exploring Renaissance theatre techniques. More recently he was MD/Sound Designer for Gwaandak Theatre's 'Map of the Land, Map of the Stars', directed by Yvette Nolan and Michelle Olson.
Scott has spent most of his life in basements and bars playing in bands, and has toured extensively through North America and Europe. Current projects include Rock Plaza Central, Jennihouse, and The Quiet Revolution.
Scott now lives full-time in the Yukon, and is proud and excited to be part of this amazing team, helping to present some of the finest that the North has to offer.
Dan Vigneau – House Band
Music has surrounded Daniel in more than one way his entire life. As a musician he has toured the country, played in a number of festivals, and has played on numerous albums varying in genres and styles. No one instrument can satisfy Daniels love for music. He has quite the collection of instruments that he plays often.Daniel moved to the Yukon in 2010 and has been building his reputation there ever since. His kind and positive outlook as well as his knowledge and ability is sought after by not only musicians, but by the AV community as well.When Daniel isn't playing music he works as an Audio Technician and can be seen at most events in Whitehorse and surrounding communities.
Jen Edwards - Producer
Jen grew up in Montreal, but when she was 11, she lived for one year in Inuvik, NWT. The experience sparked a love for the North that wouldn't fade, so after university, she packed up her belongings and headed northward, this time to Dawson City, Yukon.
Her first job managing events was with the Dawson City Music Festival, which she produced for five years. Since then, she has also worked on the Frostbite Music Festival, the Atlin Music Festival and a community festival presented for the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
In addition to coordinating events, Jen, now based in Whitehorse, is a marketing consultant and designer both for web and print.
Mike Wilson - Technical Director, Sound
As a young child, Mike Wilson spent his paper routes in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, listening to the mix tapes he’d made himself. He would record his own radio shows on a FM transmitter microphone with his sister. Once he learned that he could pan sounds from left to right, he was hooked, and told his parents at 12 years old he was going to mix sound for a living.
From Saskatchewan he moved west. From living in a storage closet for years to showering in a community centre; he built his recording studio in Vancouver. He currently is the Head of Sound for the Yukon Arts Centre, Front of House Engineer for Atlin Arts and Music Festival, Technical Director of the Dawson City Music Festival. He enjoys touring and is the current Monitor Engineer for Ron Sexsmith.
“It’s about enjoying the process. Being aware of what’s around you. Different techniques and challenges down the paths. I have been lucky to have worked with such great performers, technicians and a great mentor”.
Jona Barr - FEST Assistant
Most known for his musical endeavours in Old Cabin (a Canadian indie/folk act), this Whitehorse born and based multi-disciplinary artist and community worker has spent the past decade working within the local and national arts scene in many capacities.
For the past three years Barr has been running Splintered Craft, a youth focused music and arts space offered by the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre. Jona is very excited and humbled to be apart of this project!
Alex Robinson - Stage Crew
Alex was born and raised in Whitehorse and is attending a Performance Production program at Ryerson in Toronto. He has been dancing since the age of 12 and has travelled around Europe, US, and Canada with his crew Groundwork Sessions. He decided to branch out and get into production to support the local dance company in Whitehorse, Borealis Soul, with whom he choreographs, dances, and is the Technical Director. Alex brings a unique take to a production team, being a professional dancer, he can relate to and understand a performer’s perspective. His experience includes: Technical Director/Lighting Designer, Map of the Land, Map of the Stars, Gwaandak Theatre; Head Audio, Peace by Cynthia Ashperger (Ryerson University); Lighting Designer, Peer Gynt, by Henrik Ibsen (Ryerson University); Stage Manager, Dancing Through Life, Andrea Simpson-Fowler (Leaping Feats Creative Danceworks).
Brian Fidler - Director
Brian is a Yukon based director, teacher and playwright. Founder of Ramshackle Theatre, Brian’s original plays have toured across Canada and to every community in the Yukon. For over twenty years Brian has taught theatre to young performers and directed numerous productions on Yukon stages. In the fall of 2016 Brian directed a showcase of Yukon musicians and storytellers at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse with special guests the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
From his studio in Whitehorse Brian builds and produces cardboard science fiction puppet shows as well as hosting Theatre in the Bush, a theatre event that takes place on his 2 ½ acre property in the middle of the boreal forest. Theatre in the Bush was also part of the National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene with three sold out performances in Gatineau Park in the summer of 2017.
Brian is also the Artistic Director of the Guild Hall in Whitehorse and takes great pride in programming theatre for Northern audiences.
Leighann Chalykoff - FEST Producer
Leighann Chalykoff is a writer and designer who enjoys coordinating events that build community and bring people together. For nine years she worked in Yukon’s heritage sector in audience development and interpretation. There, she began her love affair with the landscape and the stories of Canada’s North.
Currently, she works as a freelance consultant in Whitehorse, where she lives with her husband, a fat orange cat and a heart-melting black and white puppy named Gus.
Brenda Pilatzke-Vanier - Stage Manager
Brenda has spent the last 10 years working as a Stage and Event Manager all across our great country! Favourite credits include: Chicago, Spamalot, All Shook Up (Drayton Entertainment), Mary Poppins, The Pitmen Painters (Theatre Aquarius), 2 Seasons with the Stratford Festival and Spelling 2-5- 5 (Carousel Players). Currently working for the Yukon Arts Centre, Brenda gets to see the talent of the North up close and personal. She is so excited to be a part of this team and hopes you enjoy seeing all the passion and artistry the North has to offer!
Adam Pope - Stage Crew
Adam Pope was born and raised in the Yukon. As a youth, most of his friends joined or started bands. Through helping set up for sound at house parties and all ages shows, he quickly realized that he had a passion for being behind the scenes putting on shows. Throughout the years he has progressed from part time volunteer sound guy to full time contractor in live sound, stage management, conference AV support, set design and carpentry. He has worked at the Yukon Arts Center, Omni Productions, Solid Sound, and stage managed several festivals, the most recent being the main stage at Atlin Arts and Music Festival.
Whether working backstage or behind the mixer he approaches the work of putting on an event with the drive and passion to make every show as great an experience as possible for the audience and performers alike.
Zacharie Pelland – House Band
Zacharie Pelland is originally from a small railway town in the Sudbury District named Azilda. With no skills or interest in hockey, Zacharie picked up the guitar at the age of 10 where he continued to spend his teenage years performing in various house bands and studying multiple styles of guitar for several hours daily. After performing in a number of festivals and theatres around Ontario and hardcore punk shows in the underground scene of Sudbury. Zacharie finds himself at the age of 22 continuously recording and touring accross Canada with a number of artists from inside and outside the Yukon, where he currently lives.