CRAVEN LOON PRODUCTIONS Born, raised, and still hooked on living in the Yukon, Claire Ness makes a living in many areas of show biz – singer/songwriter, clown, vaudevillian, cabaret performer, actor, circus teacher, producer and director. On Septemer 26th, Claire released her second album “Jackfish Girl LIVE!”, which was recorded last year at the album release show of her first album “Hopeless Romantic”. In 2014, she attended The Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, taught a circus camp on the island of Antigua in the West Indies, organized and taught another successful year of Yukon Summer Circus Camp, played another season as Leading Lady in the The Frantic Follies Vaudeville revue, visited Yellowknife for the first time to perform at the Folk on the Rocks Music Festival, attended the Break Out West Music Festival and Conference in Winnipeg, found a permanent winter home for Yukon Circus Society’s circus classes, and sang her way across the country on the train. ?BIO (short and sweet): Just a raving lunatic putting on shows: ? Jackfish GIrl CD release concert – Old Fire Hall, Whitehorse – September 2014 Playin’ for the Peel – A real Yukon party! – Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, Whse – February 2014 The Bergmans in Concert – Rah Rah Gallery, Whse – January 2014 The Holiday Hullaballoo – a fancy-dress dance party featuring The Gin Swings and Sould Migration – The Guild Hall Theatre, Whitehorse – December 2013 Hopeless Romantic CD release/recording – Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse – April 2013 Ruffin’ It – a solo clown play about camping – The Guild Hall Theatre, Whitehorse – December 2012 The Solstice Cabaret a variety show of Yukon performance art – The Guild Hall Theatre, Whitehorse 2010, 2011, 2012 Up The Creek Comedy a monthly comedy night Baileys Pub and Grill, Whitehorse – April 2012 to Jan 2013 XXX-mas Comedy and Burlesque – a perfect myriad of sass and silly – The Guild Hall Theatre, Whitehorse – December 2012 ColdSpell: How We Winter Arctic Winter Games Cultural Festival gala -The Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse March 2012 The Yukon Ho Down showcase of Yukon Music – Théâtre Ste Catherine, Montréal – October 2011 The Down and Dirty Cabaret – circus, music and sideshow from the bowels of Montréal – Théâtre Ste Catherine, Montréal – March 2011 Claire and Brittons Circus Family Concert – a celebration of a band built on circus The Blue Moon Bar and Grill, Toronto December 2010 ?Hooked a one-woman character cabaret Toronto Festival of Clowns, Toronto June 2010 ? Claire first discovered her passion for performing in such Yukon theatre productions as The Wizard of Oz, Hair, Guys and Dolls, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Cabaret, then she moved to Toronto for Humber Colleges Comedy Writing and Performance program.? After graduating from Humber, Claire worked as a clown, acrobat and stiltwalker with Zero Gravity Circus and was a regular performer and creator for the Lunacy Cabaret in Toronto. It was there at the Centre of Gravity that she became a teacher of circus arts, as head coach for the after-school and summer circus camp programs. Fortunately, her thirst for circus could not be quenched so, Claire moved on to Montréal to get certified as a circus trainer at LÉcole Nationale de Cirque, graduating with a major in clown arts.? Claire has performed at numerous festivals, including Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Toronto International Circus Festival, Toronto Festival of Clowns, Toronto Fringe Festival,Toronto Busker Festival, Toronto Burlesque Festival, Nuit Blanche Toronto, Atlin Arts and Music Festival, Yukon Riverside Arts Festival, Sunstroke Festival, BreakOut West Festival, Frostbite Music Festival, Alaska Folk Festival, and Folk on the Rocks Music Festival!? As well as having a background in gymnastics and dance, Claire has studied physical theatre with Adam Lazarus, John Turner, Mike Kennard, Sue Morrison and Yves Dagenais. She often performs in character as one of her several original comedic personalities (Clairacters) such as Ashley Saunders, Johnny, Brandy Glass, Frau Helga Von Brau, Ishma, Celeste Leblanc, or Charity Ball. Claire is the Founder and Artistic Director of Yukon Circus Society.