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The Best Of The Yukon With Singer-Songwriter Calla Kinglit

One with the wild Photo: Bandcamp

Calla being one with the wild Photo: Bandcamp

Meet Calla Kinglit, a singer, songwriter and poet who finds her inspiration from the awe of wilderness and exploring the human experience. Originally from the small northern town of Cochrane ON, Calla has moved over twenty times, living in four countries Canada, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Cameroon and for the past three years has called Whitehorse, YT, home. We reached out to Calla to learn more about the best of the Yukon. Check it out below…

Calla, what do you love about your new hometown?

Every place I have lived for any period of time has nurtured me like I imagine a hometown might. What I love about Whitehorse, is that has the friendliness of a small town (population 24 000), it has the arts community of a big city, and is set in the unique beauty of the Yukon wilderness.

What is it about Whitehorse that inspired what you do?

Whitehorse has shown me that I can be the one who defines my career as a musician. I can live surrounded by wilderness and within small town community, while still having opportunities to work at a national and international level in my industry. Yukoners are creative, inventive, and they live their lives according to their own rules without much concern for what other people think. I can’t think of a better influence to have as a musician.

Do you have a strong community that supports you?

I am very blessed to have a strong community here that supports me. As a nomad, I can’t express how special that is.

Where are your favourite places to go out in the Yukon?

I love the community events that happen in town. There is a monthly poetry reading called Brave New Words that happens in a little cocktail bar (with two sparring moose on the top), barn dances that happen throughout the winter, Folk Society open mics on a monthly basis, awesome art openings, art classes (I recently took a pottery class), the Atlin Arts and Music Festival and Dawson City Music Festival in the summer, and lots of shows throughout the year by local and touring musicians.

Where are your favourite places to eat in the Yukon?

My favourite place to eat is Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters… if fresh roasted coffee made into perfect cappuccinos counts as food. On a sunny summer day, the garden at Bean North is another great place to er… ‘eat’ a delicious fresh roasted cappuccino ; )

What are your favourite things to do in the Yukon?

All of my favourite things to do in the Yukon happen outside. I ski all winter, hike, bike and paddle all the summer. There are 70km of cross country ski trails within Whitehorse city limits, world class mountain biking trails 30 minutes south of Whitehorse in Carcross.

I recently went camping in Tombstone Territorial Park (near Dawson) which is characterized by stunning landscapes; mountain ranges where the treeline ends and the tundra begins. The landscape was unreal, although I camped there in early October this year, and it was -11 and my coffee froze to the table. (It was awesome).

What is the biggest misconception about Whitehorse?

That we are Yellowknife and located in the Northwest Territories.

If someone was planning a trip to Yukon what would you tell them to do, see and eat?

I would tell them to go outside, camp, hike, paddle, mountain bike, explore the wilderness, brew a cup of local coffee (from Midnight Sun) and eat a fresh pie (from Blackbird Bakery) on a mountain or the tundra. If you are around in the fall, go cranberry picking above the treeline (a snack, exercise and stunning views in one).

What are some of your biggest accomplishments to date?

Music can move people, and I consider every time that I have done that my biggest most profound accomplishment. I am also very excited about the album that I am currently recording. I thought I would create an album, but in fact, the process of recording is moulding me; making me stretch and grow beyond what I could have imagined when I started.

What are some of your goals for the future?

In addition to the release of this very exciting album and some Canada-wide touring in 2017, the main goal that I have for the future is to live this life with grace and to show gratitude in all things.

 

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