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Issue: 2017-08-09, PHOTO: 2016 HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN RIGHT OF CANADA as represented by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

“The best place to view the ride is from up high,” says Inge Sumanik. “But, for me, it is standing next to the fence and feeling the ground shake.” “The ride” that she refers to is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride. Since 1876, the... more

Aug 9, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-08-09, PHOTO: courtesy of Augusto! Children’s Festival

“We are proud and excited to be founding the Yukon's only dedicated art and music festival for children,” says Darlene Sillery, one of the five main organizers of the Augusto! Children’s Festival in Haines Junction this weekend. more

Aug 9, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: courtesy of Tracy Rondeau

Growing up, Kathy Jessup was always “the yakky little sister.” In Fort Nelson, where she was raised, she’s still known as “Kathy who likes to talk.” Her family still teases her about finding a way to turn her gift for gab into a career as a... more

Jul 12, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: courtesy of Conrad Boyce

When Michael Heney was just 14, he ran away from the family farm in the Ottawa Valley to work for an uncle who was building a portion of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) near Georgian Bay. His father quickly dragged him home to finish his... more

May 3, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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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: 2017-04-12, PHOTO: Janice Cliff

Dawson City did not have burlesque in its repertoire until long-time local resident Rachel Wiegers decided to take up (or off, as the case may be) the mantle and bring it to town. Wiegers says her journey towards burlesque started when she was... more

Apr 12, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance 1 Comments

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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: 2017-03-15, 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: courtesy of Andra Hunter

“What would I say my style is? It depends on what project I'm working on… I liked to say 'contemporary aboriginal dancer' for a long time, but that's pretty broad – there are so many kinds of aboriginal dance and it's all different… If you were... more

Mar 15, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: Steve Mynett

Memphis, Tennessee has been dubbed both the "Home of the Blues" and the "Birthplace of Rock and Roll". But it's no slouch in the jazz department, either. In a four-year span from 1934 to 1938, at least half a dozen future jazz luminaries were born... more

Jan 25, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-01-25, Illustration: Shauna Jones

Although the cancan made its North American debut with Offenbach’s opera Orpheus of the Underworld in 1861, it wasn’t until it appeared in the first American musical that the cancan became a true phenomenon in North America. more

Jan 25, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-01-18, PHOTO: YFNCT/Fritz Mueller

The Yukon First Nation Culture and Tourism Association is looking for artists, artisans, musicians and performers from the Yukon and abroad to be part of the seventh annual Adäka Cultural Festival, which takes place at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural... more

Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2017-01-18, PHOTO: David Hou

The Pivot Theatre Festival - Nakai Theatre's annual performance showcase - begins a seven-night run this weekend in multiple Whitehorse venues. In addition to smaller-scale offerings such as a theatrical pub walk, an evening of spoken word... more

Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-10-19, PHOTO: Tao Wong

Varietease VI: A Burlesque Carnival is the Yukon’s very own burlesque variety show. Varietease runs every second year. This is an on-year, Oct. 25 to 29 at the Yukon Arts Centre. This year’s theme is a repeat of the 2009 carnival and promises to... more

Oct 19, 2016 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: Darrol Hofmeister

Falen Johnson doesn't know where the expression "salt baby" came from, but it's a moniker the First Nations actor-turned-playwright acquired at birth. "I don't remember being called that when I was a kid, but I remember hearing stories that I was... more

Sep 22, 2016 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: Jessica Rose

From Beirut to Buffalo, then Whitehorse. That's how Clare Preuss sums up the summer of 2016 from her standpoint as an itinerant stage director. The Toronto-based actor, choreographer and director is currently in the Yukon to steer the Guild... more

Sep 15, 2016 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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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: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: Charles Ketchabauw

When Charles Ketchabauw and Lisa Marie DiLiberto rolled into Whitehorse late last month, they weren't your typical rubber-tire tourists. Sure, they had two small kids and a teardrop trailer in tow, which made their eight-day journey from Toronto... more

Sep 8, 2016 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: by Christian Kuntz

The Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue is the longest running independent theatre company in North America. Or, at least, that's Grant Simpson's speculation. He's also got an application in to the Guiness World Book of Records to affirm that the... more

Aug 25, 2016 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-07-14, PHOTO: Rick Massie

School’s out for the summer, which means that summer camp is IN! An exciting new day camp is taking centre-stage this year in Whitehorse – specifically, it is taking the stage at the Frantic Follies Theatre, home to the Frantic Follies vaudeville... more

Jul 14, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Active