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Dan Davidson

A Klondike Korner columnist Dan Davidson writes about life in Dawson City.


Practically unheard of - the top 10 books reviewed last year were evenly split between male and female authors. And never before: the number of men and women reviewing books in Canada is nearly equal. That’s what the Canadian Women in the Literary... more

Dec 21, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

It was novelist Lawrence Hill who told me while we sipped tea in the Downtown Hotel dining room in Dawson in March that his early career as a journalist taught him to embrace the adventure of his stories. The beauty of living in the North is the adv more

Sep 20, 2012 12:00 AM Yukon Business

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Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

There is the Berton House program, overseen by the Writers Trust of Canada, which houses four people annually; the Dawson City Music Festival’s Songwriter In Residence, which happens every winter; and the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture... more

Sep 20, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Education

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Issue: 2017-09-13, PHOTO: Chris Healey

Any discussion of the Yukon School of Visual Arts begins with a couple of questions: What is it? Why is it in Dawson? The first question is easily answered: the Yukon SOVA is a post-secondary art school with excellent facilities and dedicated staff more

Sep 13, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Education

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Issue: 2017-09-13, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Every few years the Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon brings either its spring or fall conference to Dawson City. TIA Yukon Executive Director Blake Rogers says that it makes even more sense than usual this year. “This year is a special... more

Sep 13, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-09-06, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The editor set us the challenge of making a pitch for our community that says it is more special than any other in the territory, with a wink and a nod in the direction of Whitehorse. The assignment is hardly fair to the capital city. Those who... more

Sep 6, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-08-30, PHOTO: amazon.ca

During a year when there have been a lot of serious books written about our national identity, it stands to reason that a nation that loves to watch This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Rick Mercer Show and Still Standing would produce at least one book... more

Aug 30, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-08-23, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Summer, with its long daylight hours, is a great time to travel around the Yukon. We started our travels the summer after we arrived, trading up from a VW Beetle to a Ford 150, and loading a second hand 8 ½ foot camper on the back. Over the next... more

Aug 23, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The Yukon’s Discovery Day Holiday is one of those things that it’s kind of hard to pin down. While it was originally fixed to be the third Monday in August when it was established back in 1911, these days it is more likely to be the Monday closest... more

Aug 16, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

During the week that leads to the Discovery Days weekend, the Klondike Visitors Association, Parks Canada and the Writers’ Trust of Canada celebrate the writers who have made Dawson City world famous. more

Aug 16, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-08-09, PHOTO: Bruce McArthur

“We’re dedicated to keeping the Yukon weird,” says Paul Robitaille, the marketing and events manager at the Klondike Visitors Association. He likens the Great Klondike International Outhouse Race to Jim Robb’s notion of the “Colourful Five Per Cent.” more

Aug 9, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-08-02

Writers have been fictionalizing the Yukon since the days of London and Service. This may just happen for dramatic licence, to fit some plot point, or to be certain that they don’t actually come too close to describing a real person or place. more

Aug 2, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-08-02, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Finding the entrance to Orchid Acres can be a little confusing for newcomers to West Dawson and Sunnydale. Someone will tell you it’s on the road to the Dawson City Golf Course, and that’s true, but the signs indicating that road are a little... more

Aug 2, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: Courtesy of Dan Davidson

I was in Grade 10 in 1967. For some reason my school provided high school students with tree saplings to take home and plant. Why they were willow trees instead of maple trees I have no idea. Mine has been growing ever since, and it was a monster... more

Jul 12, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: Courtesy of Dan Davidson

In this book, two youngsters, a boy and a girl, trek access the nation with Barry Beaver. On each two page spread, the girl, holding her hand a little farther apart each time, asks the boy, “Do you love Canada THIS much?” more

Jun 28, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: by Dan Davidson

Canada Day will be exceptionally busy in Dawson this year. Combining our nation’s birthday with a roster of events that normally occur on the first Saturday after that celebration will make for a packed schedule. more

Jun 21, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-06-07, Photo: Dan Davidson

June 10 will be a double-barreled day of action in Dawson City, as it always is during what could be called Commissioner’s Day. The two events on this day – the Commissioner’s Tea and the Ball – are always held on the Saturday closest to June 13... more

Jun 7, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

“Exploring the Frontiers of Language” will be the theme of this year’s edition of the North Words Writers Symposium, which will be held in Skagway from May 31 to June 3. This is the eighth annual symposium since the event’s inception... more

May 24, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Early in May, with the deadlines for the 2017 edition of the Dawson City International Gold Show approaching, Coralee Rudachyk was busy, but calm. As the General Manager of the Dawson City Chamber of Commerce, she has the primary responsibility... more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Kimberley French

Sheri-D Wilson, who calls herself The Mama of Dada, is an award-winning spoken word poet, educator, speaker and activist, who has performed in literary, film and folk music festivals in Canada, USA, England, France, Mexico, Belgium, and South Africa. more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Dave Brosha

Jamie Bastedo is not new to the Yukon. He first came to the territory 35 years ago as a biology graduate student. “Think Never Cry Wolf,” he says. “My head full of book knowledge about northern landscapes and cultures.” more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

I’m very jealous of what Whitehorse based Lily Gontard and Mark Kelly have managed to pull off with their delightful book, Beyond Mile Zero: The Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community (published last month, Lost Moose, 240 pages, $24.95). more

May 3, 2017 12:00 AM Literature