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Issue: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: Photo fournie par l’Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY)

La Saint-Jean, qu’est-ce que ? À l’origine, une fête païenne célébrée, le 24 juin, depuis quelques siècles, qui a, par la suite, été christianisée. On y faisait des feux de joie, on chantait et on dansait, le tout pour célébrer l’arrivée de l’été... more

Jun 21, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Courtesy of the Yukon Transportation Museum

The history of how we move is full of wild and wondrous stories about survival, romance, perseverance and everyday life. It’s also a great lens through which we can explore science and technology. Two new summer programs at the Yukon... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-06-14, ILLUSTRATION: Shauna Jones

The cancan that began as an 1830s dance craze in Paris was a direct revolt against the rules imposed by men, society, press, clergy and narrow-minded citizens. From the beginning the cancan was a statement, and it became a symbolic statement... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Pixabay

I knew on the Saturday morning warm up on the driving range I was in for a unique caddying experience. This was the days of the "shag bag" when caddies would stand out on the range serving as targets for their golfers and often catch their shots... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse

There are thousands of antiques to ask Sid van der Meer about, however, his most recent addition has been the latest topic of discussion. The 1949 Jeep, that was once gold, has now faded to a stil de grain yellow as it basks in the dry sun. “The... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Courtesy of Murray Martin

The other day when I was to walk into the grocery store, I stopped to allow the lady behind me to go ahead of me. Then as I walked in behind her, I took my hat off and put it in the cart. She said, “That was so very nice and I miss that.” It was a... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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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: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

Somewhere in the tangle of ersatz gold rush facades, back alley shops and parking lots of Whitehorse, a portrait of the Fab Four used to sweep across the wall of one of the city’s shopping malls. Or did I imagine it? It’s gone now, but I remember... more

May 31, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton

My great uncle Donald Leary used to tell me stories about the Yukon when I was a child. His stories were probably my favourite part of our family reunions in Roseisle, Manitoba. My mother, siblings and I used to drive there from the family farm in... more

May 31, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: Courtesy of Teresa van der Meer-Chasse

In February, Sid Van der Meer received the History Maker Award presented by the Yukon Historical and Museums Association. The History Maker Award is presented to an individual, organization or business for outstanding contributions to Yukon heritage. more

May 24, 2017 12:00 AM Beaver Creek

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Lisa Sakulensky

Bestselling Canadian author Lawrence Hill pursues a lifelong interest in African diaspora narratives. As a part of the research for a book he’s writing about the contribution of African American soldiers to the construction of the Alaska Highway... more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-05-17, United States Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joe Dye

Although I can't absolutely verify the factual accuracy of the following "claim to fame," if I'm not the only person who had the unique opportunity to caddy for Jack Nicklaus both before he won his first professional major (1962 U.S. Open) and... more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Pixabay

Until fairly recently, I had no interest whatever in the idea of writing a book of memoirs. Like most people, I assumed nobody would care to read about the life journey of a nobody-in-particular. After all, autobiography is the purview of... more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Association franco-yukonnaise

Voilà maintenant dix ans que le gouvernement du Yukon a proclamé le 15 mai, la journée de la francophonie yukonnaise, un geste fort mettant en avant l’histoire des franco-canadiens du territoire. En effet, les premières personnes parlant français... more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Sarah Conners

Anna Taylor spent this winter stitching the stories of Dawson City women. In March, the Halifax-based textile artist completed a month-long residency at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture. There, her embroidery practice focused on Dawson’s... more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

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Illustration: Shauna Jones

On November 28, 1891, the New York Sun dedicated a full page to the cancan. Titled "Eccentric Paris Dance," the article highlights Paris cancan stars of the day who describe intricate cancan dance moves. After the two decades of being attacked in... more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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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

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Marten Berkman

The first days in the creation of the play Map of the Land, Map of the Stars took place in the summer of 2015 along the banks of the Yukon River. A group of artists gathered with stories, images, objects, and songs – items that they were drawn to... more

May 3, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance 1 Comments

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Graham Haber

John Stetch was already part of the New York City jazz scene when he first played in front of classical pianist and teacher Burton Hatheway in Fairfield, Connecticut back in 1993. Hatheway, who is still teaching at the age of 87, didn’t mince... more

May 3, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: courtesy of Harbour Publishing

“Everyone talks about the Goldrush. I’m interested in the gaps in history. The points in between,” says Yukon writer Michael Gates, author of From the Klondike to Berlin. Published last month, this book is, perhaps surprisingly, the first to offer... more

May 3, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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