Fawn Fritzen is a singer and songwriter from Whitehorse, Yukon. She embodies Canada’s diversity with her mixed cultural roots of Chinese, French, and German and performs in four languages. She has lived and performed all over the country, including all three of Canada’s northern territories.
Tim Tamashiro (former host of CBC Radio's national jazz program Tonic) has called Fawn “one of Canada’s top swingers” and she is the winner of the 2014 Julian Award of Excellence for Emerging Jazz Artists. With her rich voice and warm stage presence, Fawn draws elements of roots, gospel, and pop into her singing. Her second album, Pairings (consisting of voice+instrument duets) is the result of collaborations with some of the best Canadian jazz musicians, such George Koller, Reg Schwager, and Juno-award winning pianist David Restivo.
Fawn has worn many hats in her musical life, including the glamorous feathered headpiece of a vaudeville queen. She has played piano in The BIG Band of Whitehorse, served on the boards of Yukon Women in Music and Jazz Yukon, and taught piano lessons. This summer she will be performing in the premiere of the musical Dogtown.
Fawn has two daughters and is a staunch advocate for epilepsy awareness. Her eldest daughter suffered from severe seizures from toddlerhood, and was on the highly restrictive ketogenic diet for five years. She is passionate about supporting families who are dealing with seizures, and about increasing awareness of this surprisingly prevalent condition.
When she isn’t singing, songwriting, or parenting, Fawn might be canoeing on teal Yukon rivers, walking her geriatric dog, keeping the cat out of the dog’s food bowl, or cooking gourmet gluten-free meals for her family.
"The Yukon jazz singer makes the minimalism work on her second album 'Pairings'. By limiting herself to very few backing players — and in most cases, just a single supporting musician — she creates a lot of open room for her sublime singing and her collaborators' superb sense of swing. I'd like to suggest one more pairing . . . all jazz lovers' ears and this wonderful recording."
— Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio
— Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio
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Head shots by Christian Kuntz Photography
Album photography by Jeffrey Care
Album artwork by Michael Wrycraft
Fawn in the Press
Originals with vocal jazz classics in a finely-tuned show, OttawaJazzScene.ca, 12 May 2016, by Alayne McGregor
Whitehorse vocalist Fawn Fritzen releases perfect pairings of jazz musicians, Apt613, 6 May 2016, by Gloria Song
Fawn Fritzen finds her voice up north, Ottawa Citizen, 9 May 2016, by Peter Hum
Fawn Fritzen: Pairings (Album review), JazzdaGama, 2 May 2016, by Raul de Gama
Fawn Fritzen teams up with Juno winners in Pairings, Yukon News, 22 April 2016, by Joel Krahn
Jazz — North of Sixty, !earshot Online, March 2014, by Shelley Gummeson
The Sultry Side of Fawn Fritzen, North of Ordinary Magazine, Spring 2013 issue, by Sarah Niman
Up Close and Personal with Fawn Fritzen, Yukon News, 15 March, 2013, by Jacqueline Ronson
A Creative Exploration of Vocal Jazz, What's Up Yukon, 7 March, 2013, by Barry "Jack" Jenkins
Local Quartet Celebrates All Things Blue, What's Up Yukon, 20 December 2012, by Willow Gamberg
Former Inuksuk student plans concert in Iqaluit, Nunatsiaq News, 19 September 2012, by Samantha Dawson
He's the Top, What's Up Yukon, 26 April 2012, by Ken Bolton
Soulful Artist Dives Into Song, Yukon News, 29 April 2011, by Norm Hamilton
Mixing the old with the new on Bedroom Voice, CBC Radio Airplay with Dave White, 12 March 2013
Lancement d'album et Tout doucement, Boréal Hebdo, with Jaime Little, 15-17 March 2013