Category Archives: North Peace Cultural Centre

Diyet & the Love Soldiers

March 14, 2024 at 7:30 pm

North Peace Cultural Centre

Tickets: $35.00 Get Tickets Here

Diyet was born in a tent and spent her childhood on the ancestral lands of the Kluane First Nation people in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Coming from a family rooted in traditions but tempered with a good sense of adventurous hippie attitudes, Diyet has created a musical presence that is as diverse as her Southern Tutchone, Tlingit, Japanese and Scottish heritage.

She discovered her voice singing on the school bus, went on to acquire a degree in music, then became a published songwriter in Vancouver, BC. When the pull of the North was too strong, she packed her bags, and her Dutch husband, moving back to her village of 90 people without a plan or even a pub to play in. The result of this unlikely career move has been international collaborations, extensive touring and two acclaimed albums (The Breaking Point & When You Were King,) with the third album: Diyet & The Love Soldiers released in 2018 which received nominations for: “Folk Album Of The Year” at “The Indigenous Music Awards”, “Indigenous Artist Of The Year” at the “Western Canadian Music Awards” and “Indigenous Songwriter Of The Year” at the “Canadian Folk Music Awards”

Diyet & The Love Soldiers is alternative country, folk, roots and traditional with catchy melodies and stories deeply rooted in Diyet’s Indigenous worldview and northern life. Diyet sings in both English and  Southern Tutchone (her native language) and plays bass guitar. Backed by Love Soldiers: husband and collaborator, Robert van Lieshout (acoustic guitar, drums & percussion) and Juno Award-winning producer, Bob Hamilton (electric guitar, pedal steel & mandolin); this trio multi instrumental trio from the Yukon has a sound that can fill a big stage or capture an intimate room.

During the last decade, Diyet & the Love Soldiers have performed nationally in Canada and internationally in Europe. Performance highlights include major folk, jazz, world and multi-disciplinary festivals and theatres in Canada, tour in the UK and upcoming tours in Germany & The Netherlands. TV appearances include; APTN Indigenous Day 2019 Live, CTV Atlantic Morning Show and CBC New Years Eve 2020 National Broadcast.

Continuing to live with feet firmly planted in two worlds, Diyet’s adventurous and sometimes chaotic life is on full display in her music. She often says, “yesterday, fishing for our dinner on the ice, the next day, on the stage singing for you!”

The Fugitives: Ridge

April 6, 2024 at 7:30 pm North Peace Cultural Centre

Tickets: 35.00 Get Tickets Here

Often called “the battle that made Canada”, Vimy Ridge resulted in over 10,000 Canadian casualties.

In RIDGE, Brendan McLeod and The Fugitives examine misconceptions and varying perspectives around the battle of Vimy Ridge, while drawing parallels to other formative events in our nation’s past. Featuring innovative musical interpretations of WWI soldier songs (often referred to as ‘Trench Songs’), RIDGE probes difficult yet necessary questions about how and why we grieve. Trench songs were written by frontline soldiers during WW1. Essentially protest songs, they were often parodies of well-known tunes. The Fugitives perform their 5th and JUNO nominated album Trench Songs to accompany the WWI storytelling and thought-provoking narrative McLeod provides. Based on the writing by WWI soldiers, the band wrote new melodies and music for these words. The result is a poignant and stripped-back collection of work that emphasizes the emotional content of the lyrics and continues the long tradition of folk music reshaping songs over time — the same way soldiers reshaped these songs in the trenches.

A vivid, kinetic ride through history, as well as an intimate, personal examination of our connection to the past, RIDGE is a visceral work that passionately argues against the exploitation of young lives.

About the Fugitives:

The Fugitives are an acoustic folk-roots group headed by songwriters Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod. They’re joined by banjo player Chris Suen (Viper Central) and violinist Carly Frey (The Coal Porters). Over their first five albums, they’ve amassed a JUNO nomination, 6 CFMA nominations, and toured extensively through Canada, Europe, and the UK.

In 2020, the band created RIDGE, a WW1-centered theatre show. Ridge has been performed at theatres across Canada and was named a Globe & Mail Top Arts Pick of the Year.

The band has earned a reputation for unforgettable live shows, brimming with complex harmonies, infectious storytelling, and top-notch musicianship.

Awards & Accolades:

2022 – Traditional Roots Album of the Year (nominee), JUNO Awards
2021 – Ensemble of the Year (nominee), Canadian Folk Music Awards,
2021 – Vocal Group of the Year (nominee), Canadian Folk Music Awards
2019 – Best Folk Album (Winner), German Critics’ Music Association
2018 – Vocal Group of the Year (nominee), Canadian Folk Music Awards
2018 – Songwriter of the Year (nominee), Western Canadian Music Awards
2014 – Best Vocal Group (nominee), Canadian Folk Music Awards
2014 – Best Roots album (duo or group), Western Canadian Music Awards
2007 – ‘Pushing the Boundaries’ (nominee), Canadian Folk Music Awards

Let’s Art

Let’s Art registration for February is now open.
For ages 6-12 Let’s Art will run Tuesdays Feb 6th-27th,
3:30-5:00.
For ages 12-18 Let’s Art will run Fridays Feb 2nd-23rd,
3:30-5:00.
This program fills fast so register your child now for a spot. Space is limited.
To register email reception@npcc.bc.ca or call 250-785-1992.