“I mush dogs and play music.” This is Kate Weekes’ response to the oft-asked question “What are you doing in the Yukon?” In the years since hitch-hiking across the country from her home in Eastern Ontario to Canada’s North, Kate has found a lifestyle built on exploration and creativity. Kate has been moved to capture the stories of characters she meets along her way and ponder a sense of place within the varying lifestyles.
Kate released her debut self-titled album in 2007 and has since received national airplay and performed throughout Canada, Japan and China. Kate is the recipient of the 2007 Beth Ferguson Award as well as the Mac Beatie Award for being “quintessentially Canadian.” Kate has had the honour of performing for the Governor General and is making her mark on the Canadian music scene.
Bold guitar playing and thought-provoking lyrics accompany Kate’s strong, sweet voice that continues to captivate audiences. Kate and Grant Simpson recently released their album “Beneath the Yukon Moon.” The album features original material from Simpson and Weekes, a blend of folk and swing. Kate also performs and conducts school workshops with the fiddle-based trio Home Sweet Home, who released their debut album in the spring of 2011.