Odessa Beatty

Odessa Beatty is a writer at What’s Up Yukon. She is currently a student at McGill University; however, she was born and raised in the Yukon. She is passionate about arts and culture.

Awaken to spring with Gwandaak Theatre

With the arrival of spring, Gwaandak Theatre introduced the Awaken Festival for the first time ever! Gwaandak Theatre is the only Indigenous-centered theatre company in the Yukon, and has been empowering Indigenous and Northern voices since 2000.

Break it up!

The Special Olympics Yukon Team, who have since been working from home, continue to voluntarily create weekly virtual content to help keep athletes and the community engaged in fun and healthy ways. 

Step outside your comfort zone and into their world

  Out Innerspace Dance Theatre will present Bygones at the Yukon Arts Centre on July 9 at 7 p.m. Created and performed by David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen (in collaboration with Elya Grant, David Harvey and Renée Sigouin), this 90-minute performance is a tribute to the effort required to reach resolution. Focusing on how everything …

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Citywide celebrations

National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, is right around the corner. There’s so much to celebrate during this nationwide statutory holiday. The Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse will host a day of festivities on June 21, including live music, artist demonstrations, traditional foods, ceremonies and more. Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFC), Ta’an Kwäch’än Council …

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Read all about it

Disney’s Newsies, put on by Yukon Theatre for Young People (YTYP), will premiere on June 14 at the Yukon Arts Centre. The cast for the Tony-winning Broadway play consists of more than 30 youth performers, ranging from nine to 19-years-old, as well as another eight professional Yukon actors. Brian Fidler is the director, Allyn Walton is …

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Outpost is in this year

Neil Macdonald (left), Dave Hamelin and Jayden Soroka formed Outpost 31 to create a full-service production company in the Yukon. Their success resulted in an invitation from Telefilm Canada to attend the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in France. In 2018, the Yukon saw vast growth within the local film industry. One of the reasons for …

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Annual artistry

On this year’s cover of Northwestel’s 2019/20 phone directory is Chantel Goodman’s striking painting, Walking out of the Library at Night. This piece captures the atmosphere and character of downtown Whitehorse at night in the middle of the long winter months. Goodman shares how special and important it is to appreciate the simple moments, as there …

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Inspired by ‘place’

Anto Yukon’s 100 per cent natural and vegan soaps and essential oils are inspired by by the artist’s favourite Canadian landscapes.

Paradise is ‘plugging in’

The Yukon’s annual electronic Paradise Music Festival is back and is set to take off July 27–29 at Kettley’s Canyon, at Marsh Lake.

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