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Ken Bolton

Ken Bolton

PHOTO: Mark Burnett


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: 2017-10-18, 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: 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: 2017-10-04, 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: 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: 2017-09-27, 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: 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: 2017-09-13, 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: 2017-08-30, 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

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Issue: 2017-08-09, PHOTO: Pixabay

As family reunions go, the event I attended in Ontario’s Georgian Bay district on a recent weekend was a fairly small-scale affair. At its peak, a mere 24 people were in attendance. Officially, it wasn’t really a reunion, just a gathering in... more

Aug 9, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-07-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

He was a foundling on the streets of Edmonton – a golden cocker spaniel whose hair was so matted with burrs that much of it had to be shaved off. It was my 6-year-old daughter and two of her friends who brought him home, after he had attached... more

Jul 19, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: Jonas Bergsten

It was a strange encounter that still has my brain abuzz. I was walking home from the grocery store in my current city of residence southeast of Whitehorse. My route took me past the site where small men and large machines have been toiling for... more

Jul 12, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-07-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

The emptying-out of Yukon’s schools signals the official start of that much-anticipated annual ritual: the Summer Holiday. We all know the narrative arc of that story. For the first little while, the kids are bursting to be outside every moment... more

Jul 5, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

Recently, I waxed nostalgic about my beloved first bicycle, a cherry-red Raleigh three-speed that went missing (temporarily, I still insist) on an August day in 1953. But another bike held just as big a place in my heart for the 19 years or so... more

Jun 28, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Pixabay

Did I just miss skipping and hopscotch season? Marbles and jacks? No matter. For me, this is, and always will be, bicycle season. I don’t test my mettle on the pedals very much these days, but I confess to having a lifelong passion for bicycles... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-06-07, PHOTO: courtesy of Peter Steele

At the age of 82, Peter Steele says he has very little memory of his own parents. That’s partly why he decided a few years ago to write his autobiography. “I didn’t want my own kids to able to say the same,” he explains. “I thought I had enough... more

Jun 7, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

I'm sitting in my skivvies, contemplating what pearls of wisdom to cram into a 400-word space. As I advise my writing students, when you feel stuck, start with a word. Any word. Today, that word is "engagement". In my days as a working journalist... more

May 31, 2017 12:00 AM Humour