Black Ice Concerts – Fall 2018

Black Ice Sound is presenting 3 amazing concerts this fall. A new venture for Carmen Braden’s music company, these Black Ice Concerts bring contemporary, intriguing music to northern audiences. Many thanks to the partnering organizations for making this season happen!

Outside – New North Collective – Oct 10 2018 NACC 7:30

A co-presentation with Folk on the Rocks –  the New North Collective (NNC) is an ensemble of Northern Canadian performing artists from Yukon and Northwest Territories including spoken word artist/bassist Pat Braden and composer/performer Carmen Braden from the NWT; singer/songwriter Diyet from the Kluane First Nation, guitarist/songwriter Graeme Peters, and percussionist Robert Van Lieshout from the Yukon; with multi-instrumentalist/ producer Jan de Vroede from Greenland bringing a circumpolar element. Yellowknife’s Leela Gilday and choir Aurora Chorealis will join the NNC as a guest artist.

The New North Collective came together in 2015 after the individual artists had performed together in various configurations at events and festivals over the years. Each of the members have successful individual music careers and bring a diversity of styles, language and experience to the collective.

Together, they explore their ideas of north – from the land to the people; from the traditional to the contemporary. Their shared music focuses on an in-depth look at being a northern person and a northern artist with the impact of geography and community on the music they create collaboratively. The music is diverse and skillful, representative of a multitude of genres include jazz, folk, new music, spoken word, and rock. 

While exploring and pushing musical boundaries, there is a common goal to discard the stereotypes of the region and the people who live in rural and remote northern communities. Outside is a music and media arts event that is current, traditional, and thought-provoking for diverse audiences. Yellowknife’s Leela Gilday will join the NNC as a guest artist. Leela’s powerful voice and striking songwriting was a part of the early history of the NNC’s predecessor, the Circumpolar Soundscape.

Tickets $40/ $25

Amy Hillis & Katherine Dowling – A Black Ice Sound & NACC Co-production – Oct 24 2018 NACC 7:30

Black Ice Sound and NACC present the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition 2018 Winner’s Tour with Amy Hillis and Katherine Dowling. The Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition is an annual contemporary music competition for exceptional emerging Canadian performing artists in piano, voice, and strings. For 40 years, the annual E-Gré Competition and Winner’s Tour have played a significant role in the early careers of performers recognized nationally and internationally for their achievements in music. E-Gré prize winners include Officers of the Order of Canada James Ehnes, Ben Heppner and Jon Kimura Parker. Each year, a Winner’s Tour of ten to twelve concerts across Canada is awarded as part of the 1st-prize package. The E-Gré Competition fosters the creation of new music by living Canadian composers through the commissioning of a test piece each year.  The commissioned work is performed at each concert, and the 2018 commissioned work is by Yellowknife composer Carmen Braden titled Foxy Fox’s Musical Games. Tickets –


Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Amy Hillis collaborates with musicians from around the world to explore new approaches to classical and contemporary music. Amy was a 2017 artist-in-residence at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. She is also the winner of the 2018 Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, the 2017 McGill Concerto Competition, the Sylva Gelber Foundation Music Award, and a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Her principal teachers have been Axel Strauss, Ian Swensen, Denise Lupien and Eduard Minevich. Amy is a member of the Montreal-based SOMA Quartet as well as first violinist and manager of the prairie-based Horizon String Quartet.


Praised by the New York Times for her “crystalline performances, gestural expressiveness, and careful attention to color”, and by the Boston Globe for her “effortless incisiveness”, award-winning Canadian pianist Dr. Katherine Dowling has performed across North America and Europe. Equally compelling as a solo, collaborative, and ensemble player, she has performed as a member of the New Fromm Players of the Tanglewood Festival, Gruppo Montebello ensemble (Etcetera label), and enjoys close associations with The Orlando Festival, The Banff Centre, and the Aldeburgh Festival. She credits her teacher Gil Kalish as the major influence in her musical life.

Carmen Braden in Concert – Nov 15 2018 Museum Auditorium 7:00

Carmen Braden in concert with Mark Adam and local guests  – Album Fundraiser – Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars

Following on her 2017 studio album Ravens, Carmen Braden is embarking on her next album. This album will feature more of her instrumental chamber compositions, many of which are based on songs. Ravens producer Mark Adam will join Carmen on drums, along with other Yellowknife guest musicians.

Nov 15 2018 MuseumAuditorium, 7pm, By donation, max seating 125