Yukon Summer Music Camp



Marshall Buyck

Teaches: Beatboxing

Years Experience: 7

Marshall Buyck goes by the stage name John Stosh. He is a born and raised Yukoner and self taught beat boxer with 7 years experience. As a beatboxer he has travelled internationally to Krakow, Poland where he placed in the top 8 in the professional and student category at the SBX Camp 7toSmoke. In 2018 he won the Yukon Rendezvous Superstar Talent Show. 


Brigitte Desjardins

Teaches: Drums

Years Experience: 10

Brigitte Desjardins became a percussionist at 11 years old and grew up in a very musical family. Since then, she’s been involved in many different musical styles, including folk, classical, rock, blues, jazz, old-time, and Cajun. Playing drums has always been her main focus growing up. Throughout her life, she has always been dedicated to her craft as a percussionist and since she moved to the Yukon, she has striven to take her musical's skills further. She received the Advanced Artist Award from the Yukon Department of Tourism and Culture in 2015 to go study traditional jazz in New-Orleans. She also got the musical director position of the show ''Elles se racontent'' presented at the Yukon Art Center in March 2017. She leads the musical duo project called ''Brigitte and Ryan'' and also performs with many significant local artists. Brigitte also focuses her work on children's music in many different ways: she's collaborating with Claire Ness doing children's performances and recording a music album for kids, she's touring to various Yukon community schools offering music workshops with Ryan McNally, she teaches in the after-school music program at the Émilie-Tremblay school with Olivier de Colombel, she teaches at the music program at The Heart of Riverdale and also gives drum kit and washboard private lessons for kids weekly. Brigitte loves supporting children in their musical learning.

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Selina Heyligers-Hare

Teaches: Beginner Grrrrl Rock Band

Years Experience: 10

Selina was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. She is a vocalist, guitarist and pianist who has performed countless times with in and around the Yukon, at many festivals and different events.

She has played with many musicians in the territory as duos, trios and bands .

Selina has been performing since 12 years old and music has always been her passion. In high school she achieved the RCM Advanced Rudiments First Class Honors and Grade 6 Piano Honors, then decided to continue her practice on her own and go in a more contemporary direction with her music.

After high school she went to post secondary at Selkirk College in Nelson B.C for guitar, majoring in Performance and receiving her diploma in Music and Technology. 

As far as her experience with kids goes, she spent the entire summer of 2016 teaching kids how to be vaudevillians at the Frantic Follies Vaudeville Camp. She has some experience teaching private lessons as well.

Selina is a member of the funk band Major Funk and the Employment who spent the last couple summers touring Western Canada. 

They released their debut studio EP Thoughts in 2018 and are currently working on their first full studio album to be released this summer.


Calvin Laveck

Teaches: Musical Theatre

Years Experience: 15

Since this born and raised Yukoner left the Yukon in 2010, Calvin graduated from the Music Theatre Department at the Sheridan Institute in Ontario, Canada. Stage credits in chronological order include; Georg Zirschitz in Spring Awakening, Amos in Chicago, Joe Josephson in Merrily We Roll Along(Sheridan theatre); Leading Singer & Vocal Captain (Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines); Trevor the Dog in Dogtown(Nakai); Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet(Magnus Theatre); Aemon in Once (Neptune Theatre); Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet(Thousand Islands Playhouse); Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Pure 90's (Stage West); Anne and Gilbert (The Guild Theatre), and he was the accompanist for a Toronto based show, Belle Darling Klondike Queen at the Alumnae Theatre Company in downtown Toronto. Where he played such musical styles as ragtime and stride. Since being back in the Yukon, Calvin go to be apart of a staged reading of Peter Jicklings, Syphilis: A Love Story at The Guild Theatre. He is also very excited to be writing a new Canadian musical called Klondike The Musical with his friend and colleague Kevin McLachlan.

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Matthew Lien

Teaches: Write a Song. Build a Demo.

Years Experience: 35

Matthew Lien is a producer, composer, performer and sound artist. With a passion for field recording, he often seeks out remote destinations from the arctic to the tropics, mountain peaks to underwater volcanoes, in search of sound, music and inspiration.

His first international release “Bleeding Wolves” became a multi-platinum legend in Southeast Asia where his music remains popular today. He was the first foreigner to perform at Mandarin Asia's Grammy-equivalent, first nominated, and first to win the award. He's since garnered six nominations, while his contributions to television and radio have earned him the region's Emmy-equivalent and four nominations.

In recognition of Matthew’s effort to promote indigenous and traditional culture through music andsound, he's been appointed Ambassador and Honourary Citizen by several regional governments, Cultural Ambassador by the ROC government, and Esquire magazine named him Man of the Year.

Back home in Canada, he's been awarded Best Yukon Artist and received two nominations at the Western Canadian Music Awards. He was awarded the Parliamentary Certificate of Honour, and appointed Special Envoy to Taiwan.

Matthew’s twenty solo albums, concerts, soundtracks, sound art, commissioned works, documentaries, and the television series he hosts, all retain an emphasis on culture and the environment.

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Steve Maddock

Teaches: Jazz Vocal

Years Experience: 20

 Over the past two decades, Steve Maddock has been steadily establishing himself as one of Canada’s most versatile vocal talents. Whether sharing a concert stage with a 65-piece symphony orchestra, performing with a 10-piece show band on a cruise ship, or fronting a jazz trio in a local club, he’s able to change gears effortlessly and present the music in a way that’s honest and fresh. He’s been a soloist with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Vancouver Chamber Choir, The Pacific Baroque Orchestra and The Dal Richards Jazz Orchestra, as well as being a featured artist on CBC Radio (Hot Air, Tonic, The Homestretch, Choral Concert, Disc Drive, The Early Edition and Sounds Like Canada). 

     Steve’s first love is jazz, a passion that began in earnest while playing trumpet in his high school big band. Since that time, he’s immersed himself in the study of the jazz language, performing with (and learning so much from) some of Canada’s most gifted and accomplished musicians. He released a self-titled debut album back in 1999, and in 2009 released Memory Cafe, a mix of standards and original jazz compositions by Canadian songwriter Craig Salkeld. This album features a veritable who’s who of west coast jazz talent, with a core group of pianist Miles Black, guitarist Bill Coon, bassist Jodi Proznick and drummer Craig Scott. Special guests on the recording include the late Ross Taggart on tenor sax, Campbell Ryga on alto and baritone saxes, trombonist Rod Murray, and trumpeters Brad Turner and Kent Wallace.

Steve studied acting at the University Of Windsor, Ontario, and remains active as a stage performer. Some recent roles include George Kittredge in High Society (Arts Club Theatre Co.), El Gallo in The Fantasticks (Vancouver Playhouse), Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Footlight Theatre Co.), Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (Stage West Calgary), Billy Bigelow in Carousel (Royal City Musical Theatre Company), and The Beast in Disney’s Beauty And The Beast (Arts Club). Other stage credits include Cats, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Songs For A New World, Tomfoolery, Dads:The Musical, My Fair Lady, Annie, South Pacific, Guys And Dolls, Annie get Your Gun, The Mikado, West Side Story, and Oliver Twist. 


Steve is currently on the Jazz Faculty of Capilano University (formerly Capilano College). His association with Capilano goes back almost twenty-five years, when he first enrolled as a vocal performance major in what was then the Commercial Music Program. The current Jazz Studies Program was introduced in 1993, and Steve was hired as an instructor in 1996. Since that time he’s taught private voice, vocal jazz masterclass, studio performance, vocal improvisation and ear training. As an adjudicator and clinician, he’s worked at Musicfest Canada, The Envision Jazz Festival, The Rocky Mountain Jazz Festival, Powell River’s Jazz Summit, The Kiwanis Festival, The Mission Jazz Festival, The Whistler Music Festival, The Sun Peaks Music Festival, and The South Delta Jazz Workshop.

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Andrea McColeman

Teaches: Piano

Years Experience: 30

Andrea has been part of the Whitehorse music community for over 2 decades. She is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer and teacher. Andrea received her Bachelor of Music in performance (percussion and piano) from Wilfrid Laurier University and began her lifelong study of jazz piano at Humber College. She has played, recorded and toured with countless groups, even snagging a Juno award in 1995 as a member of Jerry Alfred and the Medicine Beat. Andrea has been referred to as “Whitehorse’s musical swiss army knife” and loves to be part of any musical puzzle no matter what the style – classical to rock and everything in between. These days she is busy playing music all over Yukon, as well as teaching 20 private piano students.

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Jonny Michel

Teaches: Band class, pop choir, pop orchsetra

Years Experience: 15

Jonny Michel has always experienced music as a language that has an extraordinary power to speak to the heart. He grew up playing brass band music in The Salvation Army Band, where there is a huge band tradition. He started on the cornet and ended up focusing on the trombone, and now plays all brass and percussion instruments. The brass band he played in growing up included his dad as the bandmaster, his grandfather playing 1st cornet, his brother on cornet, uncle on horn, sister on cornet, brother on trombone, cousin on cornet and another cousin on percussion! He completed his Bachelor of Music in Opera/Voice Performance at UBC under the direction of Dale Throness. Jonny is currently teaching music at the Langley Fine Arts School in Fort Langley, B.C.

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Paris Pick

Teaches: Rock Band

Years Experience: 12

Paris Pick has been an active member of Yukon's music scene and community since 2013. Over the years, Pick has worn multiple hats from co-producing Arts in the Park 2018, musical instructor for Whitehorse Girls Rock Camp 2018, Youth drop-in Coordinator for Boys & Girls Club Yukon and currently an AV Tech at Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, Front of House staff at the Yukon Arts Centre and part-time employee at Marsh Lake Recycling Depot. 


An accomplished musician in her own right, Pick has spent 12 years honing in on her musical skills as a vocalist, bassist, and guitarist. When Pick isn't busy working, she spends her down time writing songs, booking, and promoting shows and helping local artists with whatever she can upon request. 

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Kieran Poile

Teaches: Fiddle, Bluegrass and Old Time Jams

Years Experience: 15

Hailing from Whitehorse, Yukon, Kieran Poile is an active fiddler and composer. 

He has performed with such artists as country icon Paul Daraiche (over 2 million albums sold), and Sara Dufour (nominated for l’ADISQ in 2017, 2019). Kieran is a member of Veranda, a Franco-bluegrass band (winner of a GAMIQ for “Best Country Album in 2020), Notre Dame de Grass, a Montreal-based Bluegrass band (nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2015), and Li’l Andy, an alternative country band (voted best Country act in Montreal four consecutive times by CULT MTL)

In 2018, Kieran composed the violin score for Silver Arrow, a new musical at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton with Canadian rock singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman (Juno award winner 2002, Juno nominated 2009). In 2019, Kieran composed the violin score for A Walk in the Woods, an art exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas alongside The Barr Brothers. Kieran was also a musician in the film The U.S vs. Billie Holiday by Academy Award winning director Lee Daniels.

In the Yukon, Kieran played with Ryan McNally (nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award in 2017) and with The Lucky Ones, a country band comprising of members from across the territory.  He also performed with the Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue (Canada’s longest running independent theatre show, 1969-2016).

More recently, Kieran released an album in February 2020 with Little Misty, an alternative prog-rock/folk band.   Originaire de Whitehorse, au Yukon, Kieran Poile est un violoniste et un compositeur actif.

Il s'est produit avec des artistes tels que l'icône country Paul Daraîche (plus de 2 millions d'albums vendus) et Sara Dufour (nominée à l'ADISQ en 2017, 2019). Kieran est membre de Notre Dame de Grass, un groupe bluegrass basé à Montréal (nominé pour un Canadian Folk Music Award en 2015), Veranda, un groupe franco-bluegrass (gagnant d’un GAMIQ en 2020 pour « Album country de l'année”) et Li'l Andy, un groupe country alternatif (élu meilleur groupe country à Montréal quatre fois de suite par CULT MTL).

En 2018, Kieran a composé la partition de violon pour Silver Arrow, une nouvelle comédie musicale au Citadel Théâtre d'Edmonton avec l'auteur-compositeur de rock Canadien Hawksley Workman (lauréat d'un prix Juno 2002, nominé pour le Juno 2009). En 2019, Kieran a composé la partition pour violon pour A Walk in the Woods, une exposition d'art au Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art à Bentonville, Arkansas aux côtés des Barr Brothers. Plus tard en 2019, Kieran est apparu dans le film The U.S vs Billie Holiday, le prochain film du réalisateur lauréat d'un Oscar Lee Daniels.

Au Yukon, Kieran a joué avec Ryan McNally (nominé pour un Western Canadian Music Award en 2017) et avec The Lucky Ones, un groupe country composé de membres de partout sur le territoire. Il a également joué avec la Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue (le plus ancien spectacle de théâtre indépendant au Canada, 1969-2016).

Plus récemment, Kieran a sorti un album en février 2020 avec Little Misty, un groupe alternatif de rock progressif / folk.


Graeme Poile

Teaches: Guitar, Bass, Music Theory

Years Experience: 15

Graeme Poile is an accomplished guitarist and bassist from Whitehorse, Yukon.  Trained in classical guitar and immersed in the world of traditional fiddling from a young age, he also attended a year of jazz studies at Vancouver Island University.  In the fall of 2020 he had the honour of recording on Keitha Clark's newest album, a collection of original compositions, released on St. Patrick's Day, 2021.  Earlier the same year, he performed with Daniel Gervais (2x Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion) at the 2020 Rendezvous Fiddle show, following his accompaniment of Gervais during the spring 2019 Aurora Home Routes/Chemins Chez Nous tour (Yukon/NWT).  Graeme has been extremely fortunate to collaborate with many Whitehorse musicians, which have included the following projects: performing diverse styles of music with 'The Sideguys' (Keitha Clark, Brigitte Desjardins, Rob Bergman), recording with Lucie Desauliners, Keitha Clark and Andrea McColeman at Jordy Walker's studio, playing at numerous community events such as KIAC's 2021 Spring Concert Series, Scottish Country Dance Ceilidhs, Arts in the Park and the Haines Junction Village Bakery with Katie Avery, and performing at the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival for two years (2017 & 2018) with 'The Moanin' Mountain Boys' comprised of himself, Kieran Poile and Jerome Belanger.  




David Restivo

Teaches: Jazz Piano

Years Experience: 30

David Restivo is an award-winning pianist and composer. Born in Lansing, Michigan, molded by the mountains and coasts of New England, and based primarily in Toronto, Canada since 1982, he has been a sought-after and influential figure in Canada’s jazz community since the late 1980s. He recently relocated to Nelson, BC after accepting an offer to join the full- time music faculty at Selkirk College.

Well-known for his work with Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, the Mike Murley Quintet, and legendary songwriter Marc Jordan, David has performed and recorded with such renowned artists as Dave Holland, Curtis Fuller, Mel Tormé, Kenny Wheeler, Jon Hendricks, and David Clayton-Thomas. A dedicated music educator for over 20 years, he has previously taught at Humber College, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the University of Toronto. His own teachers have included Muhal Richard Abrams, Jim McNeely, and Kenny Werner.

Immersed in the arts from birth, a chance discovery of a Dizzy Gillespie recording at an early age led him to eventually focus on jazz and improvised music, though he derives inspiration from a wide range of musical and non-musical sources, including John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell, Genesis, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Gustav Mahler, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Marc Chagall, and J.S. Bach.

“...simply one of the most exceptional jazz pianists of his generation that Canada can boast of...” (Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal)

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Elayne Sayner

Teaches: Harp

Years Experience: 13

Elayne was born in Dublin, Ireland. During her early school years, Gaelic and Harp were mandatory subjects along with the choice of Irish Step Dancing or the Irish Pipes. She studied all four until she passed her A-levels in England. Then, for a change of scene, she moved to Virginia in the USA where she completed two degrees along with an Associate in Music.

After university, her friends and teachers from Ireland, the United States and Canada all encouraged her to revisit the harp. Elayne has taught Royal Conservatory piano and theory in Whitehorse for the past thirteen years, and harp for the last seven. “Caol lorg duilleoga ar geroi egus cinamada" “Music leaves footprints on our hearts and souls.

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Steve Slade

Teaches: Guitar, Harmonica, Smart Chords, Ukulele

Years Experience: 35

Steve Slade is an accomplished vocalist, guitarist and harmonica player with a “big” voice. Steve performs on concert hall, festival and coffee house stages from northern Yukon to Newfoundland. For the past 18 years his summer months have been spent at home in Whitehorse producing the concert series, Arts in the Park. He has taught in schools and workshops from coast to coast to coast.

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Andy Slade

Teaches: Piano and Music Theory

Years Experience: 15

Andy Slade - Hailing from the Cowichan valley on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC, Andy Slade is a force on the piano. With a Bachelor’s degree in classical music from the University of Victoria and a Masters of Music in jazz from the University of Toronto, he is quickly becoming well known on the Toronto music scene. As a performer, Andy has worked in nearly every style of music, playing in Pop, Hip-hop, Orchestral, Funk, Choral, Folk, and Jazz projects across Canada the U.S. and China. Andy has been on faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music where he taught jazz piano at the post-secondary level, as well as working with the undergrad ensembles at the University of Toronto as part of his Master’s degree. He is a passionate educator and is dedicated to sharing his love of music with his students.

Andy's website link here: http://andrewslade.ca/

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Nico Stephenson

Teaches: Cello, pop orchestra, full day camp

Years Experience: 15

Nico Stephenson is a cellist and music educator based in Vancouver, BC. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in cello performance at the University of Montreal under prof. Johanne Perron, and received his Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University. Nico teaches at Saint James Music Academy, a music school for disadvantaged youth, and at other schools in the Vancouver School Board and New Westminster School District. Nico has been mentored by, and collaborated with, a variety of pop, folk, and jazz musicians, resulting in a versatile and open-minded perspective on music making. He has performed extensively in North America and Europe, including the Chan Centre in Vancouver, Koerner Hall in Toronto, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and the Maison Symphonique in Montreal, as well as various festivals across the globe.

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Ellen Thompson

Years Experience: 7

Ellen Thompson was born and raised in Whitehorse and has her RCM level 9 in voice and also completed her A.R.C.T. in Piano performance.

Ellen is a member of the Yukon Registered Music Teachers Association. She has taught piano and voice in her private studio for five years. Ellen believes in the importance of music in every person’s life, and teaching children music at a young age so they can have the gift of music for their rest of their lives.

Ellen is currently teaching at the Heart of Riverdale music school and offers high energy group classes and private classes in and around Whitehorse.

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Diyet van Lieshout

Teaches: Voice

Diyet was born in a tent and spent her childhood on the ancestral lands of the Kluane First Nation people in the Yukon Territory. She was raised on the land, in a family rooted in tradition but also with the attitude that there are no limits to dreamers and dreams. It’s from that footing that 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. When the pull of the home and 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 won “Indigenous Songwriter Of The Year” at the “Canadian Folk Music Awards” in 2020.

Diyet has spent the past 7 years learning, Southern Tutchone with her Grandmother. When she’s not touring, she teaches Southern Tutchone and is relearning and teaching the songs of her ancestors. 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!”