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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: 2015-03-12 PHOTO: Reynald Desjardins

Brigitte and Caroline Desjardins-Allatt were well into elementary school before learning about their father's musical past — and the instruments stashed in the family garage. "Before he met my mother, he used to play a lot of music with his ex,"... more

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2015-02-26 PHOTO: by courtesy of Leela Gilday

There's a post on Leela Gilday's Facebook page from a woman who had just bought a guitar for her daughter. The young girl's immediate response was, "I'm going to sing just like Leela soon, Mom." more

Feb 26, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-02-26 PHOTO: Bruce Barrett

Building an orchestra in a city as small as Whitehorse poses a variety of pesky challenges. How do you fill the bassoonist's chair, for instance? More dauntingly, can you corral enough qualified — and available — players to form a string ... more

Feb 26, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-02-26 PHOTO: kozzi.com

Any parent knows that watching offspring leave the nest unleashes a jumble of emotions: pride, relief, disbelief, grief, envy, nostalgia, apprehension. Sometimes abject terror. You give them a hug, or a slap on the back, and remind them to keep ... more

Feb 26, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Arts & Entertainment

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Issue: 2015-02-12 PHOTO: courtesy of Chinese Consulate-General in Vancouver

Last November, Whitehorse entrepreneur Stephen Kwok Wai-Kan was in Vancouver in his part-time role as liaison officer between the Yukon and Chinese governments. more

Feb 12, 2015 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: Dawson City Curling Club

It's younger than the Stanley Cup (1892), but a decade older than the Grey Cup (1909). And in the world of curling, it makes the national men's championship originally named to promote the Macdonald Tobacco Company's "Brier" brand seem ... more

Feb 5, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Whats Up Yukon January 29, 2015

Katie-Ellen Humphries has one clear goal in mind this week when she makes her second trip to Whitehorse. more

Jan 29, 2015 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: Pixabay

Recently, I was meandering through my trusty Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (shorter, as in not quite as gargantuan as the Encyclopaedia Britannica). This is a habit I acquired in my youth, but indulge less frequently these days, usually when... more

Apr 26, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

Until a couple of years ago, there was a wonderfully entertaining fantasy writer by the name of Terry Pratchett. Perhaps there still is, somewhere on an alternate plane of reality, since Sir Terry Pratchett succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease in the... more

Apr 19, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-04-12, PHOTO: Pixabay

It was a dark and stormy night a few weeks back. Dark enough and stormy enough that one might be forgiven for thinking the End Times were nigh. It began with little fanfare, when the evil OS known as Windows 10 (aka the pale rider of the digital... more

Apr 12, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Rick Massie

Al Cushing may be leaving, but he’s not going anywhere. When he steps into retirement at the end of this month, one aspect of the Yukon Arts Centre’s evolution during his nine years at the helm pleases Cushing the most. more

Mar 29, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Edward Westerhuis

What does it take to make a puppet show that is also a stage show and a live-action video all in one? A script, a bunch of performers, some music. Lights, cameras, action. And cardboard. Miles of cardboard, according to Edward Westerhuis. more

Mar 29, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-03-22, PHOTO: courtesy of Marc Atkinson

From Tomaso Albinoni to Django Reinhardt, by way of Led Zeppelin? It’s all part of guitarist Marc Atkinson’s musical journey. The 48-year-old Atkinson grew up on B.C.’s relatively remote Quadra Island, without YouTube, or even television, but with... more

Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-03-22, Photo: Wikipedia

We don’t know for certain that anyone ever warned Julius Caesar to watch his back on the Ides of March. We do know that the Greek historian, Plutarch, included a second-hand tale in his biography of Caesar about a seer warning the Roman leader to... more

Mar 22, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: Cosenti Graf-Smith

Whitehorse, it seems, has such an insatiable appetite for high-camp horror that the Guild Theatre has added another week to its run of Evil Dead: The Musical. The spring break-themed romp comes with a caution: if you intend to sit in the first few... more

Mar 15, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: Pixabay

Consider Murphy, whoever he was. When anything goes wrong, people assume it's somehow his fault. Being a forgiving sort of guy, I try to give ol' Murph the benefit of the doubt. Still, there are some situations in which I am convinced his famous... more

Mar 15, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: courtesy of Lucie Desaulniers

A nun, another nun, and a mystery illness all contributed to the development of Lucie Desaulniers as a singer. Growing up in the small Manitoba community of St. Jean Baptiste, not far from the U.S. border, Desaulniers attended a Roman Catholic... more

Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Marmite.co.uk

Three foods top my No Thanks list: schmaltz herring, Marmite and kale. My sole experience with schmaltz herring - basically, raw fish preserved in rancid chicken fat - was anything but a gustatory delight. I also tried Marmite once. I even sampled... more

Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM Humour 2 Comments

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Issue: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz Photography

If Claire Ness had her druthers, she’d be performing for children by day and providing cabaret-style adult fare once the sun goes down. But not just as a singer-songwriter. “There's something about straight music that lacks the theatrical part... more

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: Pixabay

In previous columns in this space, I have offered various suggestions of ways to improve life for those who roam the earth on two legs, especially those of us who do so burdened by creeping senescence. more

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-02-22, Photo: Pixabay

The child's heart that beats in my aging breast is breaking. They're shutting down the circus. After 146 years (exactly twice my life span so far), the iconic Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is turning off the lights, packing up the Big... more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Pixabay

Ask any randomly-selected group to name mankind's greatest invention, most will probably say the wheel. Fire doesn't count; it was discovered, not invented. If you ask about the second most important invention, the answers will range widely: the... more

Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Patrick Hawkes

Whoooo the heck is Cedric, anyway? We'll come back to that later. About a year after Beth Hawkes moved to Salt Spring Island with her husband, she saw a small ad in the Gulf Islands Driftwood about a literary competition for unpublished B.C... more

Feb 15, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: Pixabay Photo

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd president of the United States of America. The wealthy and patrician New Yorker, whose New Deal policies helped pull the U.S. out of the Great Depression and laid the foundation for much of its existing... more

Feb 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz Photography

It was the promise of bannock that first lured Melaina Sheldon into the orbit of Gwaandak Theatre in 2010. The Teslin-born actor, writer and arts administrator had just returned to the Yukon after studying and working in British Columbia. That's... more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Marcel Brabant

Most people are less intimidated by dogs with floppy ears, and consider white dogs less scary than black ones. That's just one awareness Angela Neufeld has picked up in the years she has been using dogs as therapeutic assistants in her practice as... more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Health and Wellness

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Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: Roy Ferguson

Faye Ferguson understands the value of documenting one's life stories, for both the writer and the eventual reader. Ferguson is a personal historian based in Victoria, B.C. who helps people fashion their life stories into print or digital forms... more

Jan 25, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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