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Main Street or bust

Rolf Hougen stands with Harreson Tanner beside the bust of Sam Steele that he commissioned Chuck Buchanan to sculpt as part of the centennial RCMP celebration in 1992 What do Jack London, Martha Black, Pierre Berton and Ted Harrison have in common? They’ve all been commissioned by Rolf Hougen to be sculpted by Harreson Tanner …

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Main Street Confidential

So… have you gone to the Yukon Government Main Administrative Building to see your art yet? I understand, life gets busy. But I bet you’re on Main Street once in awhile. There, you’ll find three Yukon Government offices that serve as public exhibition spaces from the Yukon Permanent Collection — art that belongs to the …

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Main Street cruise

Those of you who took a cruise during the Spring Break raise your hands … not so fast, Hookey. But don’t feel sorry for me because I didn’t miss a thing. You all listened to gurgling rivers on those tropical islands and you marvelled at the beauty of salt-water fish … so did I. And …

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Two New Galleries and Many Small Fishies: Back streets and Main Street

Another one caught: Ceramic artist Sam Dickie went to Dawson City as Artist in Residence with KIAC and created a show called Stand in the Odd Gallery last fall. And then — like so many others — she fell prey to the spell of the Yukon. She and her partner and one-year-old daughter MacKenzie were …

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Main squeeze

It’s been years since the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous (YSR) was held on Main Street and still, once a month, someone asks – why isn’t Rendezvous held on Main Street anymore? Is it moving back there from Shipyards Park? When? Why not?

Streets of Gore

Cars honked, lunchers looked up from their sandwiches in consternation, and tourists gaped openly as the horde of zombies slowly came shuffling toward them. Young and old, dripping blood and rag-clad, they shambled along, collectively growling for brains and reaching towards onlookers. Survivors in white hospital masks wielded various forms of weaponry as they wove …

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Santa Claus is coming to town

For the parents who had heard that Santa Claus wasn’t going to be able to make it to the Whitehorse Winterval Festival Santa Claus Parade and the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Main Street, you can now let your children know he will be there – with bells on!

The Coast Mountain Sports Building

Safe At Home

The Safe at Home Society is a Yukon organization that works to end and prevent homelessness in the territory…

Order Of Yukon Award

Yukon Awards To Be Bestowed

The Office of the Commissioner of Yukon is inviting Yukoners to nominate their peers for three prestigious awards this month.

A woman sitting on a dock beside the calm waters of a lake

Returning Home to the Yukon

Tears streamed down my face as our airplane began its descent, preparing to land at the Whitehorse airport.

Inked! The Indelible Art of Tattooing

Chat with artists at Yukon tattoo shops. They’re the most kind & community-minded folks & you might walk out wondering why you don’t have ink.

The power of art

Victoria, Tlingit from the Gaanaxtei.di Clan and drum carrier for the Dakhká Khwáan, discusses what collecting art means to her.

Zoom, Santa, Zoom

It’s tough to sit on Santa’s knee from a distance of two metres, but many of our seasonal traditions have required a pandemic-appropriate makeover this year.

Aylie Sparkes

From the vaults

After 17 years, late Yukon musician Aylie Sparkes’ album has finally gotten a digital release.

Art in the age of COVID-19: The Dalton Trail Gallery

I remember the first time Nicole Bauberger created a series of dresses. It was in 2004, and Bauberger was part of an artists’ collective called Studio 204. The collective had a small studio and artist-run gallery space of the same name, in the alley in the back of 204 Main Street. Bauberger’s first show at Studio 204 …

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If Bob’s your uncle …

The idiom Bob’s your uncle is commonly heard in Britain. Perhaps you’ve heard it watching British mysteries or British sitcoms.

When life hands you lemons …

… have a drink of lemonade on August 7 [three_fourth] Two Yukon organizations are making lemonade centre stage this summer. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yukon is hosting the second annual Big Squeeze Lemonade Stand Competition and the Yukon Transportation Museum is sharing Klondike Gold Rush history with a lemony twist. The museum has taken …

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Tech company grows byte by byte

You’d be forgiven for thinking Triniti Technology only sells cell phone cases. Sylvio Lin, general manager for the Whitehorse-based company, knows that’s what it looks like from the outside.  “Most people think we just sell electronics,” said Lin. “They have no idea what else we do in terms of repair and servicing.” Beyond the cell …

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Raven kronks, Leprechaun croaks

I remember my first conversation with Joe Ben Raven like it happened yesterday. It was the winter construction season of 1972-73 up on the Eagle Plains of the Yukon’s half-built Dempster Highway in a borrow pit south of the Oasis in the Wilderness—a hotel which is itself only 35 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle. …

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Mad Trapper

It’s a mad, mad world

At the time, Mad(am) Trapper didn’t exist as a contest (in fact, it was the first year for Mad Trapper), but any women wanting to compete were welcome to compete against each other. It’s just that none of the women had placed that well before.

Santa: A Superhero!

Santa Claus: known by many names in countless countries. He represents kindness, generosity, sharing, positivity and goodwill to all.

Give in to your temptation

Martin’s solo career launched when The Tea Party went on a hiatus in 2005, before getting back together in 2011. The break provided an opportunity for the three bandmates to reset and explore different opportunities after a long stint together. Martin and Burrows had a band when they were 10 years old, and met Chatwood …

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A Vast and awesome Universe – Understanding cosmic distance through analogy

When a budding interest in astronomy is pursued with even a cursory investigation into the nature of our cosmos, one quickly comes to the realization that the human mind cannot fully embrace the awesome extent of it all—the unfathomable distances and mind-bending time scales—the incomprehensible vastness of the gulf of space. And although even our …

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Walk, hike, stroll …

Walk … “You weren’t in any hurry to walk,” my mother said as she showed me a photo of myself at 15 months, happily sitting on a blanket in the yard. But after a late start, there was no stopping me. I walked to school almost every day of my long student career, walked to …

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Seize your Canada Day

No summer in the Yukon can be complete without the yearly Canada Day events. The very mention of Canada Day can conjure up memories and build anticipation for just about any Yukoner.

Serving laughs straight from the oven

The Whitehorse comedy scene is on a roll as of late. One of the events that has helped cultivate this resurgence has been Baked Laughs, the stand-up nights presented monthly at Baked Café.

Herbal passions

When Beverley Gray started her business, over 20 years ago, it began with filling a need for her own family.

Welcome 2018, farewell Commissioner Phillips

According to the Yukon Commissioner’s office, the New Year’s Levee is an old tradition that dates back to King Louis XIV of France and was first introduced in Canada when fur traders would pay respect to their government representatives on New Year’s Day. The annual event has evolved from these beginnings and the levee this …

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A conversation with Niki Greenough

People want to be creative, but they don’t necessarily want to have to have all the stuff it takes to do a craft. They can come here, pay the one price, and then take their piece home with them.

Teaching kids about respect

As part of this year’s 16 Days to End Gender-based Violence campaign, former BC Lions player and 2011 Grey Cup Champion, J.R. LaRose will be returning to the Yukon.

Bob Williams

A beloved musical tradition

Bob Williams knows the residents and staff at Copper Ridge Place quite well. That’s because the longtime Yukoner, musician and volunteer has been playing music at the continuing care facility since it was built eight years ago.

Not Just a Dog, But a Best Friend

My dog, who I called The Barron, had an all brown head and a brown patch on his shoulders, but otherwise, was all white and, shall we say, not really accepted by the rich and mighty of the bird dog organizations.

Dena Zagi

In The People’s Voice

Ross River musician Dennis Shorty grew up in a musical family that spoke Kaska and performed at social events. Now he is sharing his love of the language through the musical duo he formed with his wife, Jennifer Froehling, is called Dena Zagi, meaning “people’s voice”. In August, they toured in Germany with their first …

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Fresh poetic summer reads

Auguries, by Clea Roberts Whitehorse author Clea Roberts newest book, Auguries, is published by Brick Books. The title “Auguries” refers to an ancient practice of The Romans: reading the future from the sky considering the birds in the air and their style of flying. It is her second collection of poems and deals with the …

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Canada Day

Make the Most of Your Canada Day!

Summer sun brings with it loads of visitors to the various Yukon campgrounds, especially on the long weekends. Those folks joining the campers for the Canada Day long weekend will be missing out! On July 1, Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday. The festivities, therefore, will be 150 times bigger than they have been in …

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Canadian Red

Ever since I was a child I would see the Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and think, “Wow! Our national police force is beyond cool!” Today, I still think that. The Mounties definitely know how put on a good horse show and parade. Located throughout every province and territory, the RCMP are there to “stand …

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O – Delicious Oishi Sushi

Oishi Sushi is a small lunch counter located on the second floor above Shoppers Drug Mart on Main Street. It’s truly a hidden gem. Oishi means tasty or delicious in Japanese. The name is certainly an apt description of the food offered. Although it is tucked alongside the hallway leading from Zoomz to Hair Sensations, …

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Come as You Are

Don’t wait for your invitation in the mail – Yukon Pride isn’t an exclusive event. “I think sometimes that some of our straight allies, they feel like they need to be invited to an event, which I totally understand,” says Rian Turner who, along with Fi Griffin, Chase Blodgett and Stephanie Hammond, is one of …

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Chronicling the Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community

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). They’ve taken an idea that I turned into a measly two or three columns in the Whitehorse …

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Filling the Gaps in Our History

“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 an in depth account of the Yukon’s contribution to World War I. Gates says that …

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M – Making New Memories in a Spot with History

We went for dinner at Miner’s Daughter, which is in the historic Capital Hotel building and I imagine, if the walls could talk, we’d all be totally enthralled. As it was, we were impressed with the brick wall that still had the original signage painted in old fashioned lettering. Nice character. Juxtaposing the history in …

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Something for Everyone

However, the Koot to Kat Alpine Adventure Race has a list of requirements: a partner, beacon, shovel, probe, communication device (phone or GPS) and the ability to get yourself up and over Mount Ripinski. The Winter Fest runs from Friday, March 3rd to Sunday, 5th. The Haines “First Friday” event also takes place on March …

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On the Quest For A Good Story

Parents and teachers, do you have a budding Jack London in your midst? Kids in Grades 1-7 are invited to enter the Yukon Quest Short Story Competition. The contest is divided into two categories with children in Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-7 will be judged separately, and one winner chosen from each category. The winners …

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Yukon Visitors

Everyone has a list of family and close friends that they feel the need to make an effort to visit every decade or so.  If you’re like me and your entire extended family lives outside the Yukon, they may be making an extra effort to come and see you, because (though geographically cumbersome) the Yukon …

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Interview at the Embassy

The status of one’s permanent residency quickly becomes the crux of conversation among the Yukon’s new Canadians. And it’s the crux of this column. No two people have the same story to tell. Not only are there various ways to immigrate, each person’s reason to immigrate is different. Some are poignant, others humorous, like this …

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Doors are Open for Culture Days

The Yukon is recognized for its rich cultural diversity, and you are invited to experience it during the seventh national Culture Days and Doors Open celebration, from Friday, September 30 through to Sunday, October 2. “The best place to start your Culture Days experience is at The Old Fire Hall,” says Michele Emslie, co-ordinator and …

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Learning how to Live Joyfully

Ever since she was a little girl, Teva Harrison drew. She studied art after high school. But, as it often goes, “needing to make a living, I digressed.” After the explanation, Harrison laughs. A joyful, full, belly laugh. To make a living, she worked as the director of marketing for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. …

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Capturing a Country’s Memories

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 what  DiLiberto terms “epic and absurd.” But they weren’t here to drink in the sights and sample …

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Searching for Inner Truth on the Chilkoot Trail

Whitehorse resident Maureen McCulloch wrote her debut novel to bring a message into the world. She wrote the book under the pseudonym, Maureen Senecal. “I used Angels and Aliens to bring the message that mankind needs to work together for the survival of our planet,” McCulloch says. “The book also points to the critical need to …

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Finding Herself

In 2009, Ayla Sanders graduated from Vanier Catholic Secondary School and got a summer job in Paradise Alley on Main Street in Whitehorse. She did not have plans to pursue a post-secondary education, so she wrote an essay to apply for the Rosemary Burns Grant. This was the first year of the award. Since then …

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Bright Colours, Divergent Stories

Two brightly coloured shows of paintings adorn the walls of Arts Underground. While they share intense palettes, their worldviews contrast profoundly. The Things You Know by Whitehorse artist Heather Von Steinhagen offers a surreal, disturbing outlook, while Leaps and Bounds by Marsh Lake artist Ferryn Nowatzki depicts a more light-hearted vision. Dystopia reigns Von Steinhagen’s …

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It’s Not All Greek

When you think of the Greek philosopher, Plato – if you think of him at all – the expression “party animal” might not come to mind. But Zuppa Theatre Co. would like to change that. The Halifax-based troupe has taken one of Plato’s best-known works, The Symposium, and re-cast it as a modern party – …

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Art Nights in Alaska

Haines is said to have more artists per capita than any town in Southeast Alaska. On Friday April 1st, the creative spirit of Haines was clearly demonstrated as artists, artisans, craftsmen and members of the public gathered for the unveiling of an exhibit compiled by renowned scrimshaw artist Heidi Robichaud. The exhibit, which is sponsored …

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G – G&P Steakhouse – “Come As You Are for a Fine Evening Out”

It was time to go out for dinner and, since my regular companion was still on the high seas, I invited yet another friend. I was the first to arrive G&P Steakhouse on Main Street. As it was a Monday night, I hadn’t bothered to make reservations.  I was lucky to get the last table. …

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Space Art

When the detection of gravitational waves was announced earlier this month, the space community rejoiced. They cried out, “Einstein was right!” and “This changes everything we know about space.” For me, this announcement had the resonance of a hockey score between two teams I didn’t know existed. Space isn’t my thing. It doesn’t excite me. …

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Barbershop and Hockey Talk

She is far more important to me than a friend. She is my trusted, longtime barber at Barber’s II. She has a remarkable ability to make me feel sexy and confident during the most vulnerable times: job interviews, break-ups, first dates and gender transitioning. Your everyday life stuff. Tucked in beside the bustling Baked Café …

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Seeds of Cuba

The Christmas season is upon us. For cigar lovers, this is a perfect excuse to indulge and order up a nice selections of stogies. For those who live in Whitehorse, there happens to be a store where you can get the best cigars Cuba has to offer. In the heart of downtown on Main Street …

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A Northern Tradition

Each year, Whitehorse ushers in the Christmas season by lighting the gigantic evergreen tree on Front Street, a parade along Main Street, and Santa arrives – mukluks and all. We even have our own name for this glistening annual event- Winterval. Every year Winterval combines the magic of Christmas with the creativity of the arts. …

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Holding Images in Our Mind

In his most recent show, Jesse Devost investigates how we gather and hold images in our mind. Optic Nerve, showing at Arts Underground until Nov. 28, explores how the optic nerve continuously captures images and transmits them to the brain, regardless of whether the brain can handle them. His art employs a variety of mediums, …

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Taking Pride

Stephanie Hammond won’t be dancing on the truck leading the annual Pride parade in downtown Whitehorse this weekend, as she has in previous years. Instead, she quips, she’ll be busy co-ordinating “dozens and dozens of floats” that are expected to take part in the third annual version of Yukon’s colourful celebration of diversity. “We have …

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Tykes for Chickadees

Whoever said learning can’t be fun has never been part of the Chickadees program in Whitehorse. Designed for toddlers aged between three and five, this pre-school definitely puts the cool in school. At this joint kids get free playtime, story creation, painting, crafts, fieldtrips, and the ever-sopopular circle time. If these perks aren’t enough, there …

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The Friendly Photographer

When one walks into Horwoods Mall from the Front Street entrance in downtown Whilehorse it’s hard to miss him. There, in one of the building’s charming nooks and crannies, sits John Houle with greyish hair protruding endearingly from a small, black skull cap. Houle is the owner/operator of ProPass, a one-stop-shop for all your photo …

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The Call of Fastnacht

I am not a homesick person, but I can hear the Black Forest calling me home during Fastnacht, which means carnival. For many people in southern Germany, Fastnacht is a far more important holiday then Christmas. Families gather and celebrate ancient traditions. It is the best time to travel to the Black Forest and to …

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In Bloom for Christmas

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens / Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens / Brown paper packages tied up with strings / These are a few of my favorite things.” So goes the delightful Christmas song. For Whitehorse florist, Crystal Rose, Christmas is more chaos than delight. The P.E.I. native opened her shop, …

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How They Would Move

Imagine Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico Philosophicus was a person. He was a young man — driven, entrepreneurial, and shaved clean. He woke early, without setting an alarm clock. He ate quickly, dressed quickly, and  always arrived at work on time. His colleagues appreciated his punctuality and said positive things about him; some tried to imitate his …

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Hot Dogging in Quebec

I was on vacation with my family in southern Quebec when I opened e-mail from What’s Up Yukon editor Peter Jickling asking me if I had any “hot dog” stories for the magazine. It occurred to me that other than eating them over the years I had no stories of any value. Once I burnt …

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In Praise of 7th Avenue

In Praise of 7th Avenue It’s not on the way to anywhere. It’s a world removed from the fast food congestion of 2nd and the self-conscious business of 4th. And it has nothing in common with the arrogance of 6th. You just want to wipe the smirk of the face of 6th Avenue when it …

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Mary Bradshaw sees her curator’s role as a bridge between artists and the public

Tourism officials in Barbados market their island as “Distinctively Charming”. But when Mary Bradshaw was weighing the option of a Barbadian internship against one in Whitehorse, she opted for the distinctive charm of the Yukon. “I figured, ‘Oh, I can live anywhere for six months, and it’s the same time zone as where my family …

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Love is Easy

If she were to write a love letter to Whitehorse, Lindsay Zier-Vogel says it would be to the Yukon River early in the morning. And to the mountains. So she did, she wrote the letter, sealed it in an airmail envelope, and hid it — maybe on the Millennium Trail, or maybe in the industrial …

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Big Ride for a Big Cause

One might think that winning six Olympic medals in two sports speaks for itself. Not for Clara Hughes, who believes there’s still so much more to talk about. The only Olympian to win multiple medals at both summer and winter Olympics, Hughes is now traversing the country to talk not about her accomplishments, but about …

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The Trouble with Stop-and-Chats

There is an episode on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm where Larry David is walking down the street with his manager, Jeff. They pass a man who recognizes Larry and slows down to speak to him. Without missing a beat Larry says, “Hey Ray,” and keeps walking. Jeff asks Larry if he knows Ray. Larry: He works at …

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What Good Does Art Do?

John Trotter was supposed to be a lawyer. Becoming the musical director for Wheaton College in Chicago wasn’t part of the plan. “Music was my first love, but it never occurred to me for a moment that I would be a musician,” he says. “I didn’t know anyone who did that.”  But Trotter ended up …

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Bush is coming back?

Why do people get so fired up about a little bush? In January, the British newspaper The Telegraph ran an article by Louisa Peacock describing the public response to a pubic display. Clothing manufacturer and retailer American Apparel is known for their controversial advertising campaigns, and this year the New York American Apparel’s Valentine’s Day …

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Sled dog racing along the Yukon River in a Rendezvous of yore.

Rendezvous In the Old Days

Rendezvous – it’s always been our mid-winter break. A chance to unwind. It’s competition, and horseplay, and fun.

The Evolution of Rendezvous

It’s the biggest party in the territory, and this year Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous celebrates its 50th anniversary. For a lot of Yukoners the festival represents the nearing of the end of winter, but for others it’s a chance to compete for coveted titles, from Sourdough Sam, to Best Frozen Hair, to Furthest Log Toss. Sibell …

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The Boost a Battle Can Give

For many bands the step to a big stage is challenging. That’s the Battle of the Bands in Whitehorse has been a continued success.

‘Feels Like Woodstook Organized by Canadian Army Engineers’

At the monthly coffee house events in Whitehorse, it’s all about the music, not the drinks. Anyone of any age is welcome to get up on the stage. Taking place in the Whitehorse United Church,t They provide an alcohol-free, smoke-free environment, opening up the possibility of young musicians practicing their art, and allowing audiences to …

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Take Caroling a Step Further

Attention hearty Yukon yuletide carolers: prepare to step up your game. Whitehorse’s choir collective, Messiah Chorale, invites you to sing-a-long this solstice weekend. And not just to “O Come All Ye Faithful.” For the first time in Whitehorse, the audience will be singing along to Handel’s Messiah. Messiah is a mesmerizing English-language Baroque oratorio composed …

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Parking Meter Attendants Have Feelings, Too

There are some jobs that appear thankless. To name a few, collection agents, nurses who take blood samples, and dentists. Parking meter attendants surely get their fair share of grief from the public, as they walk the streets in all weather, five days a week, issuing tickets that make people angry, day in and day …

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Celebrating Local Books

Writing tends to be a pretty solitary activity, but with their books completed and published, nine Yukon authors are ready to celebrate. Mac’s Fireweed Books is hosting the annual Yukon Book Signing Extravaganza on Dec. 7, and the authors will be there speaking about their books, signing copies and mingling with the book loving guests …

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Lanterns, Costumes, Action: Winterval lantern workshop and parade takes place Nov. 30

“It’s all about magic,” says Maryne Dumaine, the production and marketing manager for this year’s Winterval festival. The event has become a regular part of the Christmas season, and Yukoners can expect a unique take on holiday cheer from the Yukon Educational Theatre (YET). “We want to make art fun and more accessible for people …

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Yukon Quest is anybody’s race

Although the number of sled dog teams is down this year to 21, and the reigning champion is not returning, Stephen Reynolds thinks these factors will add up to a very interesting Yukon Quest 1,000-Mile International Sled Dog Race. The manager of the Canadian half of the “toughest sled dog race in the world,” says …

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Another Rite of Passage Bites the Dust

In the early ‘90s I semi-regularly attended the United Church with my family. This involved weekly Sunday school lessons, plus the occasional extracurricular congregational picnic or evening potluck. The evening potlucks were my favourite events because after dinner, while the parents drank coffee and chatted (or whatever parents did in the early ‘90s), the children …

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Where Do You Go After The Yukon? A pillar of Yukon’s art community finds green grass in the Arctic

Twelve months ago, Harreson Tanner thought he was leaving the Yukon for good. Like many seniors, Tanner wanted to be closer to his children and grandchildren. So he and his wife sold their Riverdale home and moved to Ontario. “We quickly learned that we saw more of our family when we lived in Yukon,” says …

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Naming and Renaming History

Change sometimes takes time, even if the change means a return to the familiar. On July 26, 1978, the Whitehorse Star reported that, “a beautification scheme for downtown Whitehorse which would make Main Street a road for shoppers and the waterfront a historical attraction is approved in principal by the Downtown Whitehorse Businessmen’s Association. The …

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Hot items and hot coffee go hand In hand

The most popular door leading into Board Stiff is the one that opens from Bent Spoon Café. “We encourage people to carry coffees in,” says co-owner of Board Stiff, Craig Hougen. “That reflects the idea of ‘come in, get a coffee, do the tour’,” adds his wife, the other co-owner, Mary-Jane Warshawski. With 20,000 square …

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Banding together for business

For this issue, I interviewed three people who, in the business world at least, walk in very different circles. There was Craig Hougen and Mary-Jane Warshawski, the couple who have 20,000 square feet of retail space on Main Street; and Jason Seguin, former artistic director of Nakai Theatre and fine-food enthusiast. Craig and Mary-Jane spend …

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She’s the boss

There is a commercial on television that implores people to “fire your boss” and become self employed. Catchy line. In many ways, it sums up the feelings of many. In Ammanda Partridge’s case, however, she didn’t so much “fire her boss” when she bought KB’s Esthetics from her own boss, Kathleen Burke, as she did …

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‘Artrepreneurship’ on Training Wheels

Andrew Finton, of the Sundog Retreat Carving Program, likes to point to Calvin Morberg as one of his successful young carvers. Today he has a long way to point. Morberg’s off on a cultural delegation to Siberia. Four and a half years ago, Morberg sold his hand-caved masks out of towel-lined shoeboxes on Main Street. …

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Andy and Esmé Cruickshank

A 1920s Love Story, a Ryan B-1 high-winged monoplane named the Queen of the Yukon and the start of the Yukon Airways and Exploration Company.

A Charming Guide Down Nature’s Path

Beverley Gray knows plants. They’ve intrigued her since early childhood and she has since accomplished a lot in the name of greenery. Gray opened her herb shop, Aroma Borealis, in Whitehorse 15 years ago and has continued to expand her knowledge. She’s studied herbalism, yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, spiritual healing and reflexology. She’s also written a …

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Artrepreneur: Sundog Carvers Sink Teeth into Snow

Young artists from the Sundog carving program have turned from wood to snow. Until Feb. 23, you can see them carving six eight-foot square blocks of snow at Shipyards Park. They will not be carving alone. Eight professional snow carving teams from across Canada and the United States started carving at midnight on Feb. 20 …

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The Magic and the Mystery: Spending Friday nights at Titan could lead to fame and fortune

by Max Leighton For Whitehorse gamers, the Friday night Magic card tournament at Titan Gaming & Collectibles is an institution, a chance to meet and test their skills against the best in the city for a modest store credit. Think old-timers hockey, but for the guys from your former high school’s AV club. “The people …

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The Wild Abundance of Food

It’s only recently that most people have forgotten how to forage for food. For thousands of years, First Nations communities across Canada lived on food provided by nature. Berries, barks, plants, flowers and herbs were cyclically harvested for food and medicine. Colonization changed the relationship between people, the land, and wild foods but a forager’s …

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Meet Howard Chymy

On any given day when the weather is warm and the sun is shining, you may hear the ambient strains of Howard Chymy’s saxophone drifting down Main Street in Whitehorse. This year, the snow took a little longer to recede. It was a cool April, and when I listened for the sound of the sax, …

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Figure Study

BY TARA McCARTHY From the sprawling mountains to the vibrant blue lakes and autumn hues, the Yukon’s natural side has been well documented by a multitude of artists. Now the time has come for characters to occupy the spotlight in the Yukon Portraits exhibit at the Old Fire Hall in Whitehorse. “A lot of times …

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Yukoners Are Different

“There are strange things done in the land of the midnight sun…”  -Robert Service Truer words may have never been written by that famous Bard of the North. There were plenty of strange things done back in the days of the Gold Rush and there are plenty more still being done today in the Yukon. …

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Audiences get the story they ask for

Did you just say, “storysmithing”? “Yeah,” says Aaron Janke, his arms still stretched out in the telling of his upcoming introactive theatre project. But he wants to keep explaining the plans of his troupe and he was on a roll … and I was interrupting. Throwing out the possibility that “storysmithing” might be hyphenated, he …

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Warm As Tea

Dang. I thought I was early. Practically the whole class is here already, heads bowed over their work. I look at the clock. It’s only ten to. Aha. All these ladies (and one gentlemen) have lots of beading to do. I’m taking part in a moccasin-making class. Shelby Blackjack shares her skills with easygoing encouragement. …

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Artistic Gifts Aplenty

BY TARA McCARTHY The frosted trees along Whitehorse’s Main Street are lined with Christmas lights. It’s a sure sign that holiday shopping season is here and that means arts and craft sales of all shapes and sizes. Weekends of Christmas shopping past have already included rows of goodies at Spruce Bog, but for a more …

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Marnus at Baked

Part 4 of 6 I was making my way down Main Street looking for a barber’s when I happened to glance into Baked Café. There, sitting in the window, was the inimitable Dr. Marnus F. O’Hoolahan. I hadn’t seen him — or my wallet — since the night of his dinner party in Squatter’s Row. …

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Unlocking the Tickle Trunk

Does this happen in other places?  I find I’m asking myself this all the time living up here in the Yukon. Most recently it is with regard to Yukoners and their costumes. We’re talking about people going to one another’s homes drinking beer, wine or what have you and doing so while dressed up. I’m …

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Comic-Book Buzz

This summer, I discovered I had an unconscience reason for leaving the Yukon. I was sitting in a Winnipeg movie theatre, my body comfortably slumped into the plush reclining seat. I stretched my legs (I know! There was ROOM!) and readied myself for the usual onslaught of trailers for films I’d likely not care to …

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Snow Clearances Create Roadblocks and Opportunities

Don’t you think they could do all this later in the day when people weren’t using the streets? This was the substance of a short discussion I had last week as I piloted my little town-car though the maze of streetus interruptus caused by snow clearing activities. I don’t actually think they could, but I …

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Who’s Watching Who …

I’m coming out of the closet – again. This time, for far-nobler purposes than atheism. Indeed, I have found a much-maligned part of society that deserves our complete recognition, adulation and undue attention. I enjoy reality shows … Now let’s just freakin’ admit to each other that we all love them, too. Can we? Can …

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Play Makers: The Transients are Coming! The Transients are Coming!

Can you feel it in the air? They are coming. Not the dust, the puddles and the late-spring flurries – no – they have already been here for quite some time. What I am speaking of are the new people, the fresh faces, the Cheechakos, the individuals simply known as “the transients”. They come from …

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Not One, but Many Places …

BY DAVID THOMPSON For almost 50 years, I have travelled and worked throughout the Yukon, but I cannot say, “I have a favourite place.” I wouldn’t want to detract from the overall aura to select one corner and say it is my favourite. It would be like arguing which ocean is greater, the Pacific or …

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Happy Anniversary, Faro!

When the world thinks of Canada, they think of the Yukon. When Yukoners think of the Yukon, they think of Faro. When the world is thinking of Canada, they don’t picture an industrialized Hamilton or the concrete of Toronto or even the wheat fields of Saskatchewan. They are thinking of mountains and forests and lakes. …

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Puttin’ on the Ritz for ‘Formal Mondays’

Teetering in heels, gloves, a cocktail dress and a 1950s prom dress, Jessica and I took our seats. The lights dimmed. Musicians Kim Barlow, Kyle Cashen and Fiona Solon took up their instruments to begin their ritual of “Formal Mondays.” Formal Mondays are an exploration of musical talent, bringing in electronica, organs, a cello and …

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Eat a Hamburger, Help a Barber

How many of you remember sitting in Murd Nicholson’s barber chair when you were three years old and scared of that first haircut? How many of you watched your own children thrill to having a “conversation” with Mr. Clippers who spoke in what sounded like a buzz to everyone else? Unfortunately, Nicholson recently had a …

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Will It Go Round In Circles?

Yes, it will. It most definitely will. It also performs a slick, possibly even patented move called “The Hockey Stop”. It’s possible that some of the tourists standing along the shores of the Yukon River, last night, wondered if there is an action movie being filmed in town. Richard Bradford-Andrew, of Wild Wonders, peered over …

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The Ultimate Collection

The Yukon Archives has just turned 40 and its greatest hits are available for a limited time only. The exhibit “Archival Gold: Favourites from the Vault” is only on display until January 26 in the Hougen Heritage Gallery on Main Street in Whitehorse. The exhibition is an overview of the best of the Archives, which …

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A Jaunt Back in Time

A new pub in town, The Capital, opened its doors in late June, ushering Whitehorse back to an era of dandies and bawdy houses. I stopped by for Happy Hour, before heading out to the Sunstroke Music Festival, and have made repeat visits ever since. Far from the previous incarnation of The Capital, which closed …

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I’m a 20-year man

Last month marked a very important event in my life: I’ve been a Yukoner for 20 years. Of course, we all understand that I didn’t become a Sourdough until eight months later, when I saw the Yukon River break up. As a side note, I have never subscribed to this definition. Instead, I consider anyone …

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Gifts for Wine Lovers

As the Christmas and holiday season roll around, several friends have asked me for gift suggestions for the wine enthusiasts on their gift list. Without knowing the wine tastes of their enthusiast friends, I am hesitant to suggest a particular wine, but often suggest wine-related items that have caught my attention and are available locally. …

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Christmas for Farmers

I love Christmas … the lights that light up Main Street, the smells of Christmas baking, the excitement of wrapping up secrets and putting them under the tree. I love just about everything about Christmas … except the commercialization of it. So when doing my shopping, I try to look for things that haven’t been …

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Not just any ol’ sandwich

“It’s a meal.” “It’s a work of art.” I had never heard so much gushing over a sandwich. A sandwich. Its very creation began as a flirtation between meat and bread in the same meal until it was finally used as an edible plate. The Earl of Sandwich liked to play cribbage without getting his …

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A Tribute to Marcella

“Hey,” Marcella says, “do you want to be on our team for a bike race?” I was visiting Marcella in her store above Shoppers on Main Street. My answer was ” … uh, I don’t have a bike.” “Oh, that’s OK, I can lend you one.” We’d met the previous spring, training for a Mothers’ …

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Wine for a Winter’s Eve

So now the rich, velvety darkness of the Yukon winter has descended and the temperatures at my cabin have dropped below minus 20, several evenings. And yet, it is probably my favourite time of year here. The blue lights are strung in the trees along Main Street and are alight by 4 p.m., as the …

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Coffee with a Little Dubbing

Yukoners love their coffee. Any weekday morning at 10, you can guarantee we are ordering our special Bean North blend, a double-double from Tim Hortons or non-fat, low foam, one sweet and low, tall latte from Starbucks. There are no shortages of options for the discerning coffee junkies in town. Coupled with the great coffee …

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How could you ever thank me?

I have a tip, that is going to change your life. It is a game changer, it is revolutionary, you will wonder how you survived without knowing this, this …—what shall we call it from here on? … oh yes—tip. How much this tip will improve your life is not in question – profoundly, I …

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The Tics of Our Clocks

Recently, I came across something particularly interesting while engaged in my usual morning “Face-stalking”. For those not familiar with the term, it refers to one using a highly popular social networking site to catch up on the various goings-on of their friends, by reading their status updates, without having actually to bother calling them. Handy …

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YWIM Celebrates a Decade

On Saturday, May 29, a special concert is being held to celebrate a decade of YWIM (Yukon Women In Music). In truth, it has actually been 12 years since the YWIM idea first came about. In 1998, at the home of Lucie Desaulniers, a small but passionate group of women musicians started meeting to address …

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Two Worlds, One Film Night

Thanks to the Yukon Film Society, Whitehorse has its own de facto repertory cinema, in the form of the once-monthly Fire Hall Films series, shown at The Old Fire Hall at the foot of Main Street. This month’s offering is an entertaining double bill on Thursday, July 8, showcasing a unique look at a northern …

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Dear Mister Ed

The four of us was at the table chewin’ on the fat the other day the way folks do after a good feed and a touch of the grape. We was’nt discoursin’ on anythink that wud set anyones blood to boil, like polliticks or the matin’ habits of sea otters, jest an easy chat on …

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Winterval Event Promises Fun for All Ages and a Hint of Craziness

Last year ESL students were handing out free hugs and kids were crawling all over the snow globes art installation at the Winterval event. With any luck there will be some craziness again this year. The annual celebration of winter — which includes a parade and live entertainment in downtown Whitehorse — is gearing up …

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City Livin’

It’s early. I’m walking across the Riverdale Bridge in Whitehorse, just about three hours shy of the ten-minute morning rush hour. 5:30 in the am. There isn’t a car in sight, and the lack of wind only pronounces the gurgling sound of the river. Considering how rare it is to be comfortable outside so early …

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Things Float Up Magical

Rosemary Scanlon made a digital garden once. And working in Photoshop for hours a day drove her to pick up paintbrush and watercolour again. Through the Looking Glass shows the results at Baked Cafe on Main Street in Whitehorse, along with new images she completed this fall. Scanlon is interested in story-telling images of all …

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Guten Tag! Wie Geht’s? Good Afternoon! How Are You?

I have been learning and speaking German for the past 27 years now. It’s getting there; can’t complain as I am happy with my progress, eh? Anyway, how did I get to be interested in German, Germany and Europe? It’s a long story that goes way back to 1972 in Bandung, Indonesia: each Tuesday, the …

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[email protected]’s New Home

Saws spin, putting walls in at 200-120 Industrial Road, the new home of the Yukon [email protected] ([email protected]) Cooperative. The new windows frame scenes of the Takhini bluffs. You can catch sight of the Yukon Arts Centre in the distance. Up a newly rebuilt set of stairs, beside Twisted Stitches Embroidery shop, the gallery is under construction. …

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Great Scot!

As you may have noticed already, Whitehorse has some new beer in town. Our friendly neighbours at Yukon Liquor Corp have sourced four offerings from Russell Brewing Company: Blood Alley Bitter, Black Death Porter, Main Street Pilsner, and Wee Angry Scotch Ale. Three of these (all but the Main Street Pils) are part of the …

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Musical Friends

They’re doing it One More Time. For the fifth year in a row, two of the Yukon’s most popular – certainly most durable – musical groups are teaming up for a show loaded with nostalgia and upbeat melodies. Hank Karr and Company and The Canucks will get together at the Yukon Arts Centre next week …

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Bear Country: A Tale of Two Halloweens

Halloween is a big event along the Hudson Bay coast. Along with the costumed trick-or-treaters you can find an armed patrol of RCMP, Manitoba Conservation Officers and community volunteers all dispatched to ensure that no polar bears enter the community. Before the sun rises, Manitoba Conservation’s Polar Bear Alert program begins their daily patrol for …

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Professional Thumbs

The year is 1985. A young Anthony sits crossed-legged in front of the television. The flickering images flashing across his eyes barely register in his stunned mind. Leonard Maltin just gave Ghostbusters a bad review. Indeed, this is a story of great trauma from my childhood. A highly-positioned critic just pooped on what I, as …

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The Gift of Sharing

It was just an idea for its time,” concluded Donna Isaak. And today, it’s still time for the idea. Even though Donna and her husband Ed haven’t been involved since 2004, Share the Spirit is still thriving for the 15th consecutive Christmas. The Isaaks had recently taken over management of the Discovery Bar, in the …

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Lighting the Night

Erin Corbett’s voice reverberates over the phone line. She’s in the bathroom of the Old Fire Hall where, aside from the echoed cadences from her voice, the occasional yelps from performers can be heard. “I have to whisper. I’m getting yelled at,” Corbett says, voice fading into a whisper. It’s obvious that Corbett keeps busy. …

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Capturing Character in Clay

It is a well-known piece of Yukon history: when gold fever rolled through the Klondike area in the 1890s, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in leader Chief Isaac made a bold decision that would change the fate of his people. As gold-hungry adventurers swarmed into what became Dawson City, Chief Isaac moved his people three miles downriver to Moosehide …

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All That Glitters

Flecks of gold sparkle in a miniature painting; jewelry made with a gem named ‘fire citrine’ creates a pool of golden light; the graceful swoops of porcelain pottery are delicately rimmed in gold. The Yukon Arts Society’s Au, The Gold Show is a composite of mediums—sculpture, oil paintings, collage, textiles, jewelry—linked by one common element: …

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Borealicious!

Let us now sing the praises of The Boreal Herbal, Beverly Gray’s herbal encyclopedia, compendium, spiritual guide and cookery book based on the flowers, plants and trees of the boreal forest. Published this June, The Boreal Herbal, Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North is a highly personal work, in which the author generously …

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Week of a Lifetime

You’ve just stepped off the plane in Whitehorse from your home in the Circumpolar North. You’re excited and proud to represent your region at the Arctic Winter Games (maybe a bit nervous as well), and you’re looking forward to everything the week has to offer. Once you’ve had a chance to strut your stuff at …

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Transparency Theory

The Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) in Dawson City is going on the road. Students and faculty will arrive in Whitehorse next week to bring a collaborative installation exhibit to Arts Underground. For the first time since the school’s establishment in 2007, Arts Underground is hosting the annual student gallery show. The students arranged …

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Sourdough

I’m a sourdough now.” “Oh yeah, by whose account?” “By mine, by everybody’s – you know, if you’ve seen the river freeze over and thaw, blah, blah, blah…” “No, no, my friend – that’s just the tourist rap. You can see the river freeze over and thaw up here in one afternoon and all that …

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A Beer Snob Confesses

I admit it, I’m a beerist. Not quite so harsh a thing as being a nihilist or a sexist, but I have high expectations for the beer I drink – beer snob, maybe. I recently ordered the “Mystery Can” on the beer menu at a barbecue joint in Vancouver’s Gastown. I was encouraged by the …

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