Community remembers Nicole Edwards, Yukon musician and staunch youth advocate

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Despite no longer being able to play instruments, Nicole Edwards didn’t let her disease stop her from creating music, her friend and collaborator Andrea McColeman says.

“She was constantly creating stuff in her head, and she would sing it to me,” said McColeman. 

“Not just, here’s the song and here’s the words, but here’s all the parts, and here’s how it should feel, and here’s the beat. She had a clear vision of what she wanted to create and was really good at communicating.”

Edwards, a musician, performer, mentor and youth advocate, died on Sept. 8 at age 51, after battling a rare disease called scleroderma for many years.

Edwards began her music career in the

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