Ryan McNally and Kyle Cashen – Photo by Gary Bremner Photography

In Scene Report, musicians from all over the globe fill us in on what’s going on sonically in their hometowns. This week, Kyle Cashen of Old Time Machine gives the scoop on Whitehorse, Yukon. Grab the band’s self-titled full-length album here.

Ryan and I both grew up outside of the Yukon. He’s from a small town close to Montreal, and I’m from a small town in Nova Scotia. So we’re old hats at non-urban life. And that’s not what’s special about Whitehorse. It’s not just a small Canadian town; they’re all special in their own way.

The thing that kind of strikes you about the community in Whitehorse is that it’s got this type of magnetic attraction to people who make things. The people who live here combat isolation by making art together. At the very least they mostly support art-making in a nonjudgmental way.

So it’s not competitive and cliquey and weird like cities can sometimes be. There’s also not much of a division between visual arts and music. There’s lots of interdisciplinary collaboration. It’s neat.

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