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Ken Bolton

Ken Bolton

Ken Bolton is the former Co-Editor for What's Up Yukon.  Ken is a passionate, hardworking, and dedicated freelance writer before and after his editor position.  Currently Ken telecommutes from New Brunswick.  Columns Include: A Little Off The Top and Behind The Curtain


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Issue: 2017-12-06, PHOTO: Rina Pitucci/Flickr

I could be wrong, but I’ve never bought into the notion of predestination – that the cosmic fix is in, and our ultimate fate is set by forces beyond our control. By the same token, I don’t subscribe to the idea of karma – the Hindu-Buddhist belief... more

Dec 6, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-11-29, PHOTO: Rick Massie

Is it character, circumstance, or the choices we make that determines our lot in life? This is the conundrum that lies at the heart of Good People, the 2011 play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. Director Clinton Walker... more

Nov 29, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-11-22, PHOTO: courtesy of Jeremy Pelt

The email said Jeremy Pelt was between engagements in Europe and China, with just a “sliver of time” of time for a phone interview from his New York City home. For the first few minutes, the answers were terse, non-committal, perhaps a bit... more

Nov 22, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-11-22, PHOTO: Ken Bolton

Anyone who has attended a Kim Beggs concert, or listened to one of her CDs, knows that the subject of death often shows up in her lyrics. It certainly did on October 12, during the sixth of 41 stops on her current two-month marathon tour... more

Nov 22, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: Brian Craig

Cathy Stubington doesn’t mind being in the shadows when she does a show. In fact, she prefers it. “My main interest has always come more from the making side, and the conceptual side, but I’m a puppeteer, as well. As a performer, I prefer to be... more

Nov 1, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: Pixabay

Just for the heck of it, let’s take a look at three English words that, on the surface of things, appear to have a lot in common. Before we start, I want to mention once again my amazement that anyone can actually understand the English language... more

Nov 1, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-10-25, PHOTO: courtesy Yukon Archives

With the exception of sports figures, Max Fraser contends, Canadian heroes seldom get the respect they deserve. The Whitehorse filmmaker and military history buff wants to help change that, especially when it comes to a larger-than-life former... more

Oct 25, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-10-25, PHOTO: courtesy of Karin Plato

Have you heard the one about the farmer’s daughter, the music teacher, the composer and the jazz singer? It’s not a joke. They’re all the same person: Karin Plato. Although she has called Vancouver home since 1985, Plato grew up on a grain farm... more

Oct 25, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-10-18, PHOTO: foter.com

The first week of September, the mice fled the fields and snuck indoors, as mice are wont to do. It happened in the quiet hours of one night. The day before, the kitchen drawers and cupboards were spotless. The next, they were festooned with... more

Oct 18, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-10-11, PHOTO: courtesy of This Is That

They met as teenagers at an improv comedy club called Lucifer’s in Calgary, Alberta. Now, more than two decades later, they’ve just launched their seventh season performing together weekly for a coast-to-coast-to-coast audience. more

Oct 11, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Arts & Entertainment

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Issue: 2017-10-04, PHOTO: William Warby - Flickr

It’s the age-old debate about the chicken and the egg. Sometimes, we simply don’t know what is cause and what is effect. This is especially true when it comes to matters that touch on personal feeling. As a for-instance, do you love cream of... more

Oct 4, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-10-04, PHOTO: Courtesy of Alkan Air

To hear Hugh Kitchen tell it, operating a Northern aviation business seems a lot like trying to romance a porcupine. Besides needing opportunity, courage and excellent timing, “you have to be flexible and fast on your feet.” Kitchen ought to know... more

Oct 4, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Local Business

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Issue: 2017-10-04, PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton Photography

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s award-winning comedy Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) has been around for almost 30 years, but Brian Fidler and Clare Preuss are convinced it will still play well to contemporary Whitehorse audiences. “I think it... more

Oct 4, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-09-27, PHOTO: Courtesy of Tamir Hendelman

Tamir Hendelman’s list of players who have inspired him as a performer and composer includes unsurprising names such Evans, Davis, Corea, Hancock and Peterson. But how many other jazz musicians could also such early influences as a grandmother... more

Sep 27, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Pixabay

Until very recently, I had never heard the expression “hitchhiker’s thumb”. Oh sure, there was that weird guy in Grade 9 named Pete Moss, who had double-jointed thumbs. He also had a habit of turning his eyelids inside-out, a truly gory sight that... more

Sep 20, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-09-13, PHOTO: Pixabay

One of my favourite pastimes is exploring the origins and meanings of common English words and expressions. Our language is such a hodge-podge (dare one say “hotchpotch”?) of thefts, borrowings and adaptations from others, that an etymologist can... more

Sep 13, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-09-13, PHOTO: Cinema Kabuki, courtesy of the Japan Foundation, Toronto

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... more

Sep 13, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-09-13, PHOTO: Jeanne Mayer Freebody

It’s been 30 years, or thereabouts, since I first ran into the iconic Canadian folksinger-songwriter-poet who goes by the simple – but exotic-sounding – name of Ferron. There was no reason she should remember me. I was just a volunteer driver for... more

Sep 13, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-08-30, PHOTO: Pixabay

The way some people talk, you’d think farmers’ markets were a recent invention by eco-conscious millennials spurred to action by reading a book about the 100-mile diet. Nothing could be further from the truth. more

Aug 30, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Pixabay

Those of us who relish a good outdoor music festival – especially of the grassroots-and-granola variety – have learned to endure any number of indignities in the pursuit of someone else’s towering art. more

Aug 16, 2017 12:00 AM Humour