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Yukon Arts Centre

300 College Drive, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5X9

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300 College Drive, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5X9
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Monday to Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 12 pm to 5 pm
Closed Sunday
Open for theatre performances.
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  • Very Old, Very New

    Not many art forms can trace their origins back to a single year. But according to Toshi Aoyagi, program officer for the Japan Foundation, Toronto, the popular theatre genre known as Kabuki started in exactly 1603. And it’s still going strong...

    Sep 13, 2017

  • Making her Own Trail

    If Claire Ness had her druthers, she’d be performing for children by day and providing cabaret-style adult fare once the sun goes down. But not just as a singer-songwriter. “There's something about straight music that lacks the theatrical part...

    Mar 1, 2017

  • New Colours

    An exhibit featuring paintings by 22 year old Yukoner Anna Thompson is currently on display at the Atco Electric Yukon Youth Centre Art Gallery. Thompson has a cognitive disability as a result of a brain injury as a baby which left her with...

    Feb 22, 2017

  • Youthful Exuberance

    Memphis, Tennessee has been dubbed both the "Home of the Blues" and the "Birthplace of Rock and Roll". But it's no slouch in the jazz department, either. In a four-year span from 1934 to 1938, at least half a dozen future jazz luminaries were born...

    Jan 25, 2017

  • Burning Questions

    It started when Sébastien Heins was a student at the National Theatre School in Montréal, tasked with creating a 15-minute piece that addressed a burning personal question. But when Nancy Palk, of Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre, put her hands on his...

    Dec 21, 2016

  • No Orchestra? No Problem

    Trying to provide professional-calibre orchestral music in a small northern city can be ... well, problematic. Just ask Daniel Janke. "The main problem is we don't have an orchestra. We live in a community where the demographic doesn't really...

    Dec 21, 2016

  • What to do on Sunday Night

    In the 2016 film Captain Fantastic, Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen – The Lord of the Rings, A History of Violence), is a father with meticulous survivalist and socialist ideals. He lives live an isolated off-the-grid life in the forests of the Pacific...

    Nov 23, 2016

  • And Now for Something Completely Different…

    Straddling comedy, horror and drama genres, Anders Thomas Jensen’s 2015 film Men & Chicken is on the brink of insanity. It is certain to be any dark comedy director’s dark comedy; Jensen has crafted a unique blend of laconic humour, deadpan wit...

    Oct 12, 2016

  • A Matter of Taste

    Musical talent is over-rated, and taste is under-rated. At least, that's how Canadian-born sax player Grant Stewart sees things. "I know many, many, many players who can play anything they hear, and that's kind of what you're told is the ideal to...

    Sep 22, 2016

  • Amazonian Mythology and Western Hallucinations

    Somewhere between Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and the writings of Colombian philosopher Santiago Castro-Gómez lies Ciro Guerra’s film Embrace of the Serpent. Shot in stunning 35mm black and white film in the Amazon, Embrace of the Serpent...

    Sep 15, 2016

  • Through the Eyes of our Youth

    “I call this one ‘The Matchmaker’… because she's the one who matched my mom and dad to me.” Ryan Lawrence, 14, beams at his work on the table. He's staring at one of about eight photos he is entering into this year's art show at the ATCO Youth...

    Aug 18, 2016

  • The Human North

    Three photo-based shows currently on exhibit at the Yukon Arts Centre all aspire to convey something of the experience of living in the North. Of course there is no “the” when it comes to north; there are many norths. In my opinion, the exhibits...

    Jul 21, 2016

  • Leaving the Road

    When Oliver Jones was a mere 65 years old, he and his wife both felt it was time for him to retire after years of playing piano on concert stages throughout the world. So he did. Briefly. Now, 16 years later, the legendary jazz pianist is about to...

    Jun 23, 2016

  • Who's Out There?

    Don't bother asking Damien Atkins whether or not he believes in UFOs. He won't tell you. What the Toronto-based playwright and actor will do instead is talk about his one-person play, We Are Not Alone, which he's bringing to Whitehorse next month...

    May 26, 2016

  • An Art Party for Kids

    Put the kids into some old T-shirts and pants that can have paint schmeared on them and head down to the Yukon Arts Centre (YAC) on Sunday for some hands-on fun. The monthly Kids Kreate program has been offering free art classes once per month...

    Apr 21, 2016

  • Crossing Borders

    Alex Goodman doesn't really cross borders so much as straddle them. Although the Toronto-raised guitarist and composer has made his home in New York City for the past three-and-a-half years, he seems to keep one foot planted in the musical soil of...

    Mar 31, 2016

  • Song of Lahore

    In 1996 American record producer Ry Cooder and Cuban musician Juan de Marcos González gathered a group of Cuban musicians to record what would be become one of the most successful world music albums of all time: The Buena Vista Social Club...

    Mar 31, 2016

  • A Room within a Room

    The intensely charged film Room was the Winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Canadian Feature at this year’s Available Light Film Festival. If you missed it in February, The Yukon Film Society is bringing it back to the screen March 20th.

    Mar 17, 2016

  • Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy Of

    “The play was inspired by the shooting of a young man named Freddy Villaneuva,” Vancouver-based playwright Omari Newton tells me. “A young man that was apparently unarmed, had no previous criminal record. He got into some kind of altercation with...

    Mar 17, 2016

  • A Champian for Dinah

    While other girls her age were in their bedrooms pretending to be Madonna or some other pop idol, Champian Fulton was busy channelling a legendary jazz singer who died back in 1963. "You know how kids like to pretend and tell stories? My story was...

    Mar 3, 2016

  • Folk VERCH-uoso

    If you’ve got a yen to hear some some good old-fashioned country fiddle playing, you won’t want to miss April Verch. Verch, along with bandmates Cody Walters (banjo and electric bass) and Alex Rubin (guitar and mandolin) will be stomping, singing...

    Mar 3, 2016

  • Joyful Performance

    Donnell Leahy remembers exactly how he felt when he made his stage debut as a fiddler at the age of four. "Mom and Dad had a band when we were growing up as kids. They played locally at round dances and square dances and weddings and things," he...

    Feb 25, 2016

  • 'Novelty is as Old as the Hills'

    The film Les Enfants du Paradise (Marcel Carné, 1945) has been called the greatest film ever made since its release. The film’s resurrection of the vaudevillian Paris theatre of the 1820s and 1830s is the most lavish realization of France during...

    Dec 24, 2015

  • A Holiday Tradition

    This Friday and Saturday the Northern Lights School of Dance will be performing their annual run of the classic holiday ballet, The Nutcracker.. The annual show functions as the school’s annual ballet recital. This year over 50 students will be...

    Dec 10, 2015

  • A Star on Stage, with His Heart on the Ranch

    Brett Kissel, a rising star in country music, will be bringing his Airwaves tour to the Yukon Arts Centre on Monday, Nov. 30. Kissel is happy to include the Yukon during his 2015-16 tour. “I wanted to make this a truly Canadian tour, that’s why...

    Nov 26, 2015

  • Still is Still Moving: Portrait of a Genius

    In the 1870s and ‘80s English photographer Eadweard Muybridge was feverishly photographing animals, people in the nude, and people with physical deformities. He is famous for successfully producing a stop-motion sequence of still photographs...

    Nov 12, 2015

  • Pushing Artistic Boundaries

    On Nov. 13 the Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY) will present Onde de Choc at the Yukon Arts Centre. This multidisciplinary event features 18 artists and performers from the French-speaking community, followed by a catered art show featuring...

    Nov 5, 2015

  • Dancing To All The Sounds

    On Friday, October 23, the Yukon Arts Centre will be presenting a multimedia experience that weaves together dance, video, music and costume. It’s called Eunoia and is based on Canadian poet Christian Bök’s book of the same name.

    Oct 22, 2015

  • Keeping the Memory Alive

    In 1943 Operation Husky was put into motion. Canadian Soldiers travelled deep into the Sicilian countryside to fight against the Nazi presence that had been established there. More than 500 Canadian Soldiers lost their lives during the campaign in...

    Oct 22, 2015

  • Cooking at the YAC

    They took their name from a Blue Note album recorded live at New York's Club La Marchal in April, 1965 that's been described as "one of the most compelling documents of a live band in full flight". That album, The Night of the Cookers ...

    Oct 15, 2015

  • Deep Ecology

    The year was 1971. Three Dog Nights’ “Joy to the World” became RPM’s top chart hit alongside The Stampeders’ “Sweet City Woman”. Pierre Trudeau was Prime Minister and James Smith was Commissioner of the Yukon. Smith was instrumental in creating...

    Oct 15, 2015

  • Spitefulness is Best Served as Satire

    Argentinean director Damián Szifron’s 2015 Best Foreign Language Academy Award Nominee Wild Tales is a completely jarring and poetic collection of old wives’ tales and urban legends about vengeance and vulnerability. Its characters plan revenge on...

    Oct 8, 2015

  • Taking His Music Around the World

    Homegrown singer-songwriter Gordie Tentrees is releasing his sixth album, Less is More, with a Northern tour this month. Tentrees is playing in Skagway, Dawson City,Keno City, and two shows in Whitehorse. This Northern tour follows his recent tours..

    Oct 8, 2015

  • YAC's Sound Investment

    Every seat in the Yukon Arts Centre costs the same. Yet the sound is not the same in each seat. That is why some people choose seats away from the speakers while others have figured out that there is “muddy sound” in the centre of the house.

    Oct 8, 2015

  • Good Things to Eat, Good Things to Come

    Hot dogs and hamburgers flew from the grill into buns and then into mouths at this year's Yukon Art Centre Volunteer barbecue. The event, which is open to the public, is held each year to thank all the volunteers who help keep the Yukon Arts Centre..

    Sep 24, 2015

  • Inside Rhythm

    Forget the metronome, and don't even bother trying to play like someone else, no matter how much you admire them. "When I was young, I figured that out real quick, because it was uncomfortable; it didn't work," says legendary drummer Louis Hayes.

    Sep 24, 2015

  • The (Tom)boy is back in town

    The term tomboy usually refers to a girl who has “male”interests, and has a preference for “male” clothing. You know, the type of girl who likes to wear sweats, plays soccer with the guys and wants be an auto mechanic. That was then.

    Sep 17, 2015

  • Unravelling the layers of existence

    A brilliantly layered and sensitive look at the contrasting stages of life, the 2014 film The Clouds of Sils Maria stars Juliette Binoche as Maria Enders, an accomplished stage actress who becomes painfully aware of the relationships between...

    Sep 17, 2015

  • The beauty and the decay of life around the planet

    Since being presented the Palme D’Or and Best Director credits at the Cannes Film Festival for Paris, Texas (1984) and Wings of Desire (1987) respectively, German filmmaker Wim Wenders continues to be intrigued by the human condition has ceased to...

    Sep 10, 2015

  • Touch and Tell

    A series of demonstrations and hands-on activities is helping animate the current exhibition at the Yukon Arts Centre’s public gallery, Found, Forged & Fused, a survey of handmade works from the Yukon Permanent Art Collection.

    Aug 6, 2015

  • Celebrating The Year of the Craft

    The line between fine art and craft is blurry. The original intent of something crafted is often a utilitarian one — think ceramics, woven things, tanned hides, belts, blankets, and robes. They are crafts, and art.

    Jun 4, 2015

  • Talking in Tune

    One of Canada’s busiest and most versatile violinists will perform in Whitehorse on May 17 as part of his collaboration with local composer Daniel Janke on an upcoming CD of contemporary string music.

    May 14, 2015

  • Flowers in the Concrete

    Rich Hill, playing at the Yukon Arts Centre on Sunday, is a poignant observational snapshot of three boys on separate, but similar, journeys through the early days of youth, as spent in America’s povertystricken heartland. Poverty is crushing.

    Apr 16, 2015

  • Fixing to Play

    Campbell Ryga has a thing about saxophones. When he's not playing them, chances are you'll find him at a workbench repairing one, or conducting clinics to teach others to do it. "Saxophones and clarinets always kind of interested me.

    Mar 26, 2015

  • Playin’ For Lemons

    Eastern European roots run strong in the Lemon Bucket Orkestra. The band name is inspired by a song from Odessa —the third largest Ukrainian city — that refers to lemons as money, like “dollah dollah bills,” clarifies Mark Marczyk

    Mar 26, 2015

  • Blind Date with a Clown

    Having a blind date can be very stressful — from thinking about what to wear and say, to awkward silences and thoughts of escape. Now imagine having a blind date every night.

    Mar 5, 2015

  • One Person, Many Selves

    In 2007, visual artist and poet Sonja Ahlers, experienced two major breakups, one with her boyfriend, and one with the city of Vancouver. She left both in search of a place to wipe the slate clean and grieve — and landed in Whitehorse.

    Mar 5, 2015

  • Classical Challenges

    Building an orchestra in a city as small as Whitehorse poses a variety of pesky challenges. How do you fill the bassoonist's chair, for instance? More dauntingly, can you corral enough qualified — and available — players to form a string ...

    Feb 26, 2015

  • Overcoming Emotional Collapse Through Creation

    Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic broke up in 2003 in Zagreb, Croatia. Like most post-relationship humans, they had ordinary objects kicking around their houses that sparked emotions, relating to the relationship, or the demise of it.

    Feb 19, 2015

  • The Fiddle Remembers

    Harold Routledge did not remember that he had built this fiddle with his own hands; but the tunes, and the skill to play it, were memories that had not yet been robbed by Alzheimer's.

    Feb 19, 2015

  • ALFF Breakdown, Part Two

    Thursday, February 12th The day kicks off with the festival’s final installment of the Fire Hall Film Talks, a series of free lunchtime discussions between filmmakers and artists about behind-the-scene development of projects.

    Feb 12, 2015

  • East Coasters Come North

    When I reach Jon Mckiel he’s in the middle of a New Brunswick snowstorm. I’m in the Yukon, where the temperature has dipped below -30°C. We talk about what to expect when he arrives in Whitehorse to perform at the Available Light Film Festival

    Feb 12, 2015

  • Film Festival Round Up Part One

    The 2015 Available Light Film Festival is bringing a jam-packed program to Yukon Arts Centre this February. The first half of the festival, Feb 7 to Feb 11, is covered here. Itinerary from Feb 12 to Feb 16 will be in next week’s paper.

    Feb 5, 2015

  • Tanya Tagaq Reclaims Stories of her People

    For those who missed Tanya Tagaq on stage at music festivals in the Dawson and Atlin, the Available Light Film Festival (ALFF) is giving Yukoners another chance to experience this acclaimed musician’s work on February 10 at the Yukon Arts Centre.

    Feb 5, 2015

  • The Wooden Sky Kicks Off ALFF

    For Yukoners who miss having a music festival in February, the Yukon Film Society has stepped up. This year, the Available Light Film Festival (ALFF) has expanded to include musical performances.

    Feb 5, 2015

  • Two 4 One Breaks New Ground

    Move over Ben Affleck and Julia Roberts, the Canadian filmmaking world would like to thank you for solidifying conventions for the romantic comedy genre, so Two 4 One can break those conventions into a million pieces.

    Feb 5, 2015

  • Dan Mangan is Back in Town

    Dan Mangan is almost as excited to see the Yukon again as Yukoners are to see him. In 2010, Mangan played both the Frostbite and Dawson City Music Festivals and was impressed by the local cultural scene.

    Jan 29, 2015

  • Winter Folklore

    The dances are coming. On January 31, Skookum Jim's annual Folklore Show will be take place at the Yukon Arts Centre. The vibrant show will feature many First Nation dances and songs

    Jan 29, 2015

  • Imagination and Pain on Display in Newfoundland Yarn

    Joel Thomas Hynes’s blackly tinted, yet poignantly observant perspective, brings you his best film yet. Cast No Shadow, playing at the Yukon Arts Centre on February 10, is a beautifully filmed narrative about the most terrifying demon of all: the one

    Jan 21, 2015

  • The Web of Family

    Two distinctly different takes on the theme of family are among the highlights of this year's Nakai Pivot Festival, which kicks off on Saturday, January 17. Ralph + Lina is a two-handed "acrobatic comedy" performed by the husband and wife team ...

    Jan 15, 2015

  • Ignoring the Naysayers

    Whitehorse Concerts Classically Yours Series performer Ashu brings classical complexity from an instrument more typically associated with jazz.

    Jan 15, 2015

  • En Pointe and On Budget

    Deep-pocketed balletomanes (ballet fans) could spend thousands of dollars flying to Russia to catch the legendary Bolshoi Ballet in action. Or, for a mere fraction of that, they could experience the splash and spectacle of one of the world's ...

    Dec 24, 2014

  • Film: Boyhood

    The Yukon Film Society is very excited to present a film that is currently at the top of many “Best Films of 2014” lists, as well as the award season buzz (5 Golden Globe nominations): Boyhood, by Austin-based filmmaker Richard Linklater, plays on

    Dec 24, 2014

  • Beautiful Designs, Tools of Destruction

    Hayao Miyazaki, of Japan’s Studio Ghibli, has declared that The Wind Rises, playing at the Yukon Arts Centre on December 28, will be his last film. It is a truly beautiful piece of animation, complete with painterly landscapes and a remarkably textur

    Dec 17, 2014

  • Bands on the Run

    Whether you attend December 15 or 16, Keith Todd promises that Music for a Winter's Eve will be "a magical, festive night of music." Todd is the musical director for the pre-Christmas presentation by the senior and junior concert bands from

    Dec 10, 2014

  • Stuff That Means North

    If you’ve always longed to explore the inside of a glacier, Joyce Majiski’s latest exhibition, North of Myth, opening at the Yukon Arts Centre (YAC) on December 11, may be just the ticket. The experiential art installation will include ...

    Dec 3, 2014

  • Face Us

    There are currently two mammoths at the Yukon Arts Centre. But they don't interact; they are on different schedules. The one hanging out in the Public Art Gallery belongs to the Ice Age Mammals exhibit. The other mammoth — the one of current interest

    Nov 26, 2014

  • Michele Emslie Loves Art

    Michele Emslie doesn’t even try to disguise her enthusiasm for her job as an arts administrator. “I love art. I love artists. I love what they give to the world,” she declares.

    Nov 20, 2014

  • Do I look Enlightened to You?

    I recently heard the term “supermarket spiritualism” to describe folks walking down the proverbial aisle picking and choosing bits and pieces from every spiritual practice imaginable. And then paying for it all at the checkout.

    Sep 18, 2014

  • We Are Golden

    As I walk into the Yukon Arts Centre early on a Tuesday morning I pass a woman holding some wild flowers in her hands. Our eyes meet in the way eyes seem to meet in the Yukon — a second longer than normal, accompanied by a smile.

    Sep 18, 2014

  • Yukon Arts Centre CEO Al Cushing jokes that a fortune cookie clinched the decision to come North

    Al Cushing sits on a bench in historic King’s Square in Saint John, New Brunswick, reminiscing about his high school grad party on this very spot. It was a blistering day, and the hotel where the event was scheduled had no air conditioning.

    Aug 21, 2014

  • Mary Bradshaw sees her curator’s role as a bridge between artists and the public

    Tourism officials in Barbados market their island as “Distinctively Charming”. But when Mary Bradshaw was weighing the option of a Barbadian internship against one in Whitehorse, she opted for the distinctive charm of the Yukon.

    May 22, 2014

  • Yukon Arts Center Prepares for Kick-Off

    2014-15 will see a distinctive range of artistic events

    May 22, 2014

  • Protest and Psychedelia

    The Sixties are making a comeback in Whitehorse this week, complete with musicians ranging from Pete Seeger to Led Zepplin.

    May 1, 2014

  • Real Life Guitar Heroes

    Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs at Yukon Arts Centre April 26

    Apr 24, 2014

  • Rhyme and Wretchedness

    Theatregoers, brace yourselves. Those who attend Mark O'Rowe's Terminus can expect to be taken for a gritty, graphic, roller coaster of a ride.

    Mar 20, 2014

  • Capturing Something Intangible

    Jennifer Walden's exhibit features wildlife and landscape paintings from her time spent on retreat in the wilderness between the Selwyn and Mackenzie mountain ranges in the Northwest Territories. She was inspired to create the exhibition called...

    Jan 16, 2014

  • Kim Barlow Hits the Road

    Kim Barlow's Send-Off Concert will feature Barlow playing with Helene Beaulieu, Dave Haddock, Andrea McColeman, Lonnie Powell and Micah Smith, as well as special guests Kim Beggs, Natalie Edelson Bob Hamilton and Daniel Janke.

    Sep 26, 2013

  • Indulging the Senses: Yukon Arts Centre Fall Lineup

    The biggest stage in the territory returns with a full schedule of performances. We've highlighted some of this season's standouts with the help of Yukon Arts Centre's artistic director Eric Epstein and gallery director Mary Bradshaw

    Sep 5, 2013

  • Through a Troubled Lens

    A well-worn ride-on park toy rusts at the forest's cut edge; another image draws the viewer into a close-up view of double smokestacks on a coal-fired electrical generating station. The imagery asks us to wonder what we do to the landscape.

    Jan 17, 2013

  • Invitation to Inner Journeys

    The two solo shows by Louise and Janelle Hardy on display at the Yukon Arts Centre this fall invite viewers into the artists' personal, emotional worlds.Both of them move into and through grief and heartbreak. Interestingly, this makes a place for

    Sep 27, 2012

  • Out on His Own

    Aug 2, 2012

  • Something About Clowns

    Not many people my age know it, that's for sure. If only there were a Mump and Smoot video game ... They even had a cult following back in the 1990s. That is a feat in itself, especially while calling themselves "Horror Clowns".

    Sep 22, 2011

  • New Option for Film Fans

    Whitehorse film-goers have a new monthly option to indulge their tastes. The Yukon Film Society (YFS) and the Yukon Arts Centre (YAC) have teamed up to present the Available Light Cinema series, starting this Sunday. "This is a vision that I've had

    Sep 8, 2011

  • Musical Friends

    Hank Karr and Company and The Canucks will get together at the Yukon Arts Centre next week to do what they've been doing for more than half a century: giving audiences music that makes them want to dance.

    Jun 16, 2011

  • Stories Move Through Still Films

    When you go to see Still Films at the Yukon Arts Centre, bring your imagination. Better yet, bring a friend and tell each other stories there, in the gallery, spinning off the images in front of you like jazz musicians.

    Apr 7, 2011

  • Personal Migrations

    In the Yukon Arts Centre's Public Gallery, the Open Season exhibition presents work by four artists with relationships between Yukon and Ontario: two from Ontario who live here now (Douglas Drake and Scott Price), and two Ontarians who have been tran

    Feb 17, 2011

  • Pop With a Gypsy Touch

    Don't let the name fool you. True, the Québec-based trio, The Lost Fingers, took its name from the two fingers of legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt that were rendered useless in a fire, leading him to develop a unique and unmistakable ...

    Feb 10, 2011

  • Holding Still

    Videos are usually moving pictures with sound. But Hannah asks his models to stand in silence. Quiet ambient clicking sounds make only understated use of the medium's sound capabilities. Like Agnes Martin's minimalist canvases of pencil lines

    Dec 9, 2010

  • Telling our Northern Tales

    Storytelling heavyweights Ivan Coyote, Pat Braden and Yukon songwriter Kim Beggs will step onstage at the Yukon Arts Centre on October 28 in a collaborative, yet individual, showcase of their unique talents.

    Nov 11, 2010

  • Kim Barlow's Pan Canadian Supergroup

    Performing about 60 shows Outside each year, we should not be surprised that the Yukon's own Kim Barlow has a lot of friends in the music business. And when she asked five of them to join her in an ensemble to take on tour, it is interesting to see

    Oct 30, 2008

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