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What's Up Yukon Writers


George Maratos is a Whitehorse-based writer and comedian. George is one of What's Up Yukon's original 12 writers! 


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Issue: 2016-10-19

Geneviève Doyon and Jessica Hickman have, once again, combed through silent films, searching for excerpts to play on a screen to an audience. This is the third year they’ve done it. Doyon and Hickman are the co-artistic directors of Open Pit... more

Oct 19, 2016 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: wikimediacommons.com

The ski swap happens every year. I’ve never been. I don’t know why, maybe because I always wake up too late on the Saturday of the swap, and I’ve heard that it’s not worth going unless you get there early. more

Oct 12, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2016-10-06, PHOTO: courtesy of the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture

From November 2 to 5, youth from all over the Yukon will be converging on Dawson City to hone their art skills in the 16th annual Youth Art Enrichment Program. Hosted by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC), the four-day program is... more

Oct 6, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: by Bruce Barrett

Expect the unexpected. This is good advice for both performers and audience at a typical improv event. Mind you, “typical” is a misnomer for a genre defined by having a unique performance every time. If you’ve ever had a yen to create... more

Sep 8, 2016 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-08-04, PHOTO: Bruce Barrett

They're on the road again. Bruce Barrett and Judy Forrest, the Whitehorse couple whose van was torched by an arsonist in British Columbia last month, are rebounding from the major setback in their retirement travel plan. Barrett retired last... more

Aug 4, 2016 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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Issue: 2016-07-14, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Wildland Fire Management

On July 2, 1998, as Canada Day weekend celebrations carried out across the Yukon, a wildfire ignited. It was one of the largest and most expensive wildfires in the history of the territory. It was preventable and began after a campfire was not... more

Jul 14, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2016-06-23, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Wildland Fire Management

Mike Sparks has been managing wildfire for more than 35 years. Beginning as a teenager in Alberta and then moving north, he is now the Manager of Wildfire Operations for the Yukon Wildland Fire Management(WFM) program. “We are a small organization... more

Jun 23, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2016-01-28, PHOTO: courtesy of Lars Callieou

Unlike some comedians, Lars Callieou didn't get his start as the class clown, for a simple reason: he wasn't in class. From the age of six until he was 14, Callieou was home-schooled in hotel rooms while his parents plied their musical trade 50... more

Jan 28, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Arts & Entertainment

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Issue: 2015-09-17 PHOTO: George Maratos

George Maratos was just three years old when Terry Fox was becoming a household name across Canada and elsewhere. Still, he claims to have a "kind of" memory of the young B.C. runner's heroic 1980 odyssey known as the Marathon of Hope. more

Sep 17, 2015 12:00 AM Making A Difference!

“It’s like the Yukon scenery — I never get tired of reading about Terry Fox.” George Maratos has never had cancer, and nobody in his immediate family has suffered from the disease. Terry Fox is still his hero. He can’t stop talking about the man. more

Sep 11, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Lifestyle

It's difficult to resist making puns about the title of the award-winning play Syphilis: A Love Story by Whitehorse playwright, and What's Up Yukon assistant editor, Peter Jickling. Jokes like, more

Sep 18, 2013 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

We all pay just a little more attention to coverage of events we attended just in case we are On TV. But On TV usually happens somewhere else, somewhere we can't reach. But there is something waiting to bridge that gap. Always there, often forgotten, more

May 2, 2013 12:00 AM Humour

Dear Yukoners, Warm greetings from Adelaide, Australia! Bloody hot greetings more like it. Your very own Yukon Gold Comics (Jenny Hamilton, George Maratos, Stephen McGovern, and I) are going through a creative comedy makeover by shaking their pasty more

Mar 28, 2013 12:00 AM Yukon Outside

It sounds nasty. A small group of northerners is scheming to infect a major southern city with Syphilis next month. But there's no need to alert public health officials. Ramshackle Theatre is ... more

Jul 12, 2012 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

We meet our Canadian protagonist, Richard Hannay, played by George Maratos, in his West End London flat. It's the mid-Thirties and he's bored. So he decides to go to the theatre. This cures his boredom. It will cure yours. more

Feb 16, 2012 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

Margaret Thatcher. Genocide. Venereal disease. Personal betrayal. These are not the standard fare of romantic comedy. But in the deft hands of Whitehorse playwright Peter Jickling, they become wickedly funny ... more

May 26, 2011 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

Elgstrand and Brad Dryborough, the play's director and Elgstrand's "longtime production partner," agree that it's a simple play. With a lot going on. more

Sep 30, 2010 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

It's a walking, talking paradox ... well, mostly it's a walking paradox: If wearing socks with sandals is so wrong, why do so many of us do it? I like to think it's because we Yukoners are soooo polite. If our tourists do it, whether it be from poor more

May 13, 2010 12:00 AM , Humour

The first time I saw Rob Stalkie take the stage, I could tell he was a natural. And now, only one short year later, this young comedian has fought through some of the toughest competition to be crowned the "Last Comic Standing" in the Yukon. more

Dec 18, 2008 12:00 AM Humour

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Our favourite Beatle tells others volumes about our personalities. And it is universal among people over 30 because most of us have a favourite Beatle. more

Apr 8, 2005 12:00 AM Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: George Maratos

This is the second year that Northern Vision Development has challenged Whitehorse restaurants to make the best burger. This year six restaurants took the bait -- The Gold Pan Saloon, the High Country Inn, The Cut Off, Earls, the Steele Street... more

Aug 25, 2016 12:00 AM , , , , , , Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2016-04-21, PHOTO: Rick Massie

Longtime Yukon teacher Mary Sloan and rapper Eminem have something in common. They both got their careers started in Detroit’s notorious 8-Mile district. However, Sloan’s teaching environment from the beginning to the end could not have been more... more

Apr 21, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2016-03-17, PHOTO: courtesy of Daniel Adamson

In January 2013 Daniel Adamson first travelled to the Philippines. It was the wish of his sick mother whom Adamson had been looking after for several years. After years of caring for her she wanted him to take a holiday. A Yukon wildland... more

Mar 17, 2016 12:00 AM Making A Difference!

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Issue: 2015-12-10 PHOTO: Rick Massie

Pat Ellis first arrived in Whitehorse in the early 1950s. She was a 19 year-old art student from Winnipeg and Whitehorse was a much different city then. Ramshackle cabins and tiny derelict homes made up the downtown waterfront replacing today’s... more

Dec 10, 2015 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2015-11-05 PHOTO: Courtesy of Gary Bailie

Gary Bailie has taken a personal tragedy and turned it into the fuel that powers him to produce the popular Blue Feather Music Festival. Now in its 15th year the annual music event was never meant to be the large-scale music festival it has become. more

Nov 5, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-10-01 PHOTO: Rick Massie

In the popular bowling movie Kingpin the term “munsoned” is coined by the film’s writers Peter and Bobby Farrelly to describe being up a creek without a paddle, essentially being left for dead. For the Mad Trapper Alleys in Riverdale that seemed... more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Active

Chicago, originally written in 1926 during the Prohibition-era, revolves around criminal Roxy Hart and the murder of her boyfriend. Written by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins, it is based on actual crimes and criminals she covered in 1924 while worki more

Apr 11, 2013 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

A staple of the Frostbite Music Festival will kick off this year's event and showcase the multitude of young talent in the territory. The annual Battle of the Bands competition will take place Friday, February 15 in the Yukon College's woodshed and w more

Feb 14, 2013 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2010-11-04

Sure, he teased us all with an above average fall, but once again Old Man Winter has settled in. Every year there is a hope he might just bypass us all together and maybe visit Osoyoos, but he never does, and therefore we all must learn to adapt. more

Dec 15, 2011 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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