Sarah Lindstein

What’s so funny about tourists, money and summer?

The prize, a battered gold pan streaked with red, was held aloft, like a trophy. George Maratos stepped up to the microphone like a gunslinger to announce the comedy Standup Standoff was about to begin. This was no laughing matter. Former champion Tristin Hopper was back to protect his title. The format of the comedy …

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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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Whitehorse Warms to Vintage Fashion

BY SARAH LINDSTEIN Ivan Sayers, Vancouverite and prodigious collector of antique and vintage clothing, is set to show Whitehorse how to stay warm. His fashion show, Keep Me Warm, organized by the Northern Fibres Guild of Whitehorse, shows the practical side of vintage style. The “warmth” aspect of the show means wool and fur clothing, …

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Unassuming but neighbourly, the new Riverdale pub plays on its strengths; you see, Whitehorse, with all its suburbs, had no proper neighbourhood pubs. Riverdale aims to correct this with a pub where everyone is welcome. Located right in the hub of Riverdale at 95 Lewes Boulevard, near Peak Fitness, the pub doesn’t jump out at …

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Shared Passion Creates a ‘Tribe of Two’

BY SARAH LINDSTEIN Small clay sculptures of woodland creatures cavort in a sterile platform landscape, cloaked in mythology. Runes, patterns and carvings are inscribed on the creatures’ coats, evoking a different sort of organic artistry. Art is never created in a vacuum, and for two local Whitehorse artists, their very differences lend richness to their …

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Leave the mundane behind …

My first impression of the newly christened Golden Apple art and performance venue was chaos. Deranged papier mâché creatures rested on an old printing press; puppets hung from the ceiling and Discordian paintings rested against the wall and, once mounted, were ready to amaze viewers. People began arriving for singer/songwriter Dana Sipos’ and friends show, …

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Mardi Gras, Alaskan-Style

Cajun zydeco blasts from the rough ‘n’ tumble Pioneer bar, overlooking the street leading straight into the ocean. Halibut, salmon, crabs and comedy/tragedy masks festoon the usually staid Fogcutter Bar. We drove the four hours down to Haines, Alaska, not anticipating a “Fat Tuesday” celebration … and here we were, right in the middle of …

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In the Light of Isis

Illuminated Passion, by Amanda Pshyk, exposes its viewers to whirling swaths of light flaming across the stage in an elaborate dance. The photos, exposed with a paintbrush-type filter, blur out a dancer’s face, showing us only the sensual shape of her performance. The digital photos displayed in Illuminated Passion are studies of passionate awareness, a …

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Mentioning the Unmentionable

The quiet history of Gold Rush good-time girls is revealed in Jessica Vellenga’s show at Arts Underground. “Are you a lady or a whore; if a whore, then pay $17, then pass through,” proclaims a hand-stitched embroidery, the fragile whimsical textile art betraying the somewhat-harsh proclamation of the licensing fares for houses of illicit operations. …

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Resistance and Resilience in the Animal Kingdom

Hammered tin hearts adorn a shocking orange wall. On each tin plate, a shadow of an animal is emblazoned. Hammerheads frolic with turtles and trouts. Elephants walk with flamingos and horses. This is the art of resistance, of going back to the roots of creation and respecting the natural world of the animals. The exhibition, …

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Songbirds Are Singing in a Birdhouse Fundraiser

A non-profit group, Yukon Women in Music, is going to the birds – literally! YWIM has taken to the skies with a fun, whimsically decorated birdhouse auction for its next fundraising event, showing that these songbirds can really sing. The innovative fundraising idea sprung from board member Kathy Craig’s childhood where she grew up on …

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Nakai’s “Buffet of Theatre”

The Nakai Theatre is revving up for its biannual Homegrown Theatre, a self-described fringe-type series of performances geared toward randomness, the unique, and getting theatre goers excited about the surplus of talent hidden right here in the Yukon. Artistic Director David Skelton, currently swamped by preparations, snatched a moment out of his schedule to give …

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Coasters’ DJ Showdown

Picture this: three hot Yukon DJs together spinning off beats, laying down tracks and raising the dance floor to extreme levels.

The Organic Enormity of ‘Ears’

Tempestuous winterscapes, rocky spring melts and bright blue, cloudless skies echo in Nicole Bauberger’s show, Listening to the Mountain, featuring a series of small canvas paintings of Pilot’s Peak, a Tombstone mountain. Nature’s capricious personality resonates in each painting of the mountain, allowing viewers a “fourth-dimension” look at art, according to Bauberger. “It is difficult …

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Minotaur Rampages with Nemesis and 3 Inches of Blood

Young metal rockers of Minotaur are gearing up for two major events: opening for Nemesis and 3 Inches of Blood and the launch of their demo. They can’t decide which is more exciting, and for the four friends, it’s a big step toward a promising future in music. Geoff Woods performs vocal and guitar, Keenan …

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Re-imagining the Moon on Earth

The moon inspires even the most reluctant muses in artists. Constantly changing, it is round and fecund in early spring, blood-red and haunting in late fall. It hangs in the sky reflecting the seasons slow shift. It is a guiding light and a beacon in the depths of winter, something to raise hope even on …

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Spring Comes Early for Burning Away the Winter Blues

Dancing flames reflect in their eager eyes. A giant funeral pyre for the icy shackles of snow and frost builds even greater. Cheering townsfolk cry louder as the effigy is lowered onto the pyre, bursting into bright flames. Heat grows and faces redden. Then the ritual begins as pieces of paper covered with words of …

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Sasquatch Prom Date Gains Olympic-sized Exposure

Polar bears, narwhal, wolves and sasquatches? Canada’s Northern House, a premier showcase of all things Yukon and Northern at the Olympics, could not miss a chance to show off a little rockabilly jump-jive to a packed house. The afternoon show on Yukon Day pumped up the reputation for members of Sasquatch Prom Date, already quite …

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Renderings of a Dying Civilization

The bizarre, chaotic and dreamlike artwork of Barpt Bounds coats Baked Café in a cloak of artistic mystery. Predominantly mixed-media collages, the multi-layered pieces evoke a time of confusion and strife as well as social commentary on today’s uneasy truce between technology and nature. “There’s no overt theme,” says Bounds. “I like to keep a …

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Olympics Helps Keep Ann Smith’s Art Alive

With all the buzz and hype around the fast-moving physical sports of the Olympics, it was easy to forget the massive cultural exchange that occurred when the countries of the world united in one city. With the influx of thousands of people, the opportunities to share important artistic traditions grew to unimaginable size. That’s the …

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Split at the Seam

In the darkened section of the Yukon Arts Centre gallery, a great horse stands. Gently dripping water splatters on darkened sheep wool, fresh and pungent. The horse looms above gallery viewers, standing perched on a wooden platform covered liberally with new sheep wool. The horse is a myriad of leather patchwork pieces stitched together. The …

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Nancy Hager Welcomes Olympic’s Critical Ey

For musicians, the cultural side of the Olympiad was a fantastic way to open their music to new ears. The same opportunity existed for visual artists, but in a different fashion. Yukon artists are interested in having international visitors view their art and take away important cultural messages, as well as having their art critiqued …

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Serenity of a Yukon Winter

Moving from the City of Lights to the City of the Northern Lights? For wildlife photographer Nicolas Dory, Paris was nice but the Yukon has a siren song that called to the nature in his blood. “I started bird watching and then photographing them in Paris. With the density of animals in such a small …

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Manafest: Man on a Mission

No stranger to Whitehorse, versatile hip-hop rocker and Juno-nominated artist Chris ‘Manafest’ Greenwood, is prepping to launch another tour, starting with rock venue Coasters. He has fond memories of Whitehorse, primarily of it being cold. As soon as we chat, his first question is, “So, what’s the weather been like?”. He later offers a hint …

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Jazz Trio Steps Up the Style at the Capital Hotel

What’s better than live music? Live music available every Saturday, in the form of East Coast jazz, courtesy of the Capital Jazz Trio. The trio experiments with a variety of jazz influences, performing primarily from the edgier, aggressive “East Coast” school of jazz, but also adds in some smoother, milder “West Coast” influences, for flavour. …

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Nature, Wildlife and Other Symbols of the North

The shadow lands of folklore, of mysteries and childhood, emanate from Catherine Deer’s Seeing is Believing, a show wrapped in the cloak of Irish symbolism. Deer, a long-time Yukon resident, credits her belief in storytelling and thematic illustration as inspiration for her newest art show. “I want to portray something playful, something symbolic,” she says. …

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Comedian Anthony Trombetta

Local Comic Battles for Whitehorse on CBC’s The Debaters

Watch out, Whitehorse — you’re going to have to defend your place in Northern society. CBC Radio’s The Debaters is set to take the stage at the Yukon Arts Centre for a live taping with a local audience Sept. 28, and with it comes a very topical question: is Whitehorse the real Yukon? Local stand-up …

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James Murdoch Returns to His Old Stomping Grounds

Strong, honest lyrics with solid hooks and catchy sounds – James Murdoch returns triumphantly to revisit the Whitehorse of his youth and show them what he’s been up to. Fresh off the release of his fourth album, Wondering Where the Rush Has Gone, by Shameless Records Canada, James Murdoch Band is riding high and ready …

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Inspiration in Solitude

Alice Park-Spurr isn’t afraid of the vast remote distance between her homestead and the rest of the world — she thrives on it. She left the buzzing hive of cities behind, moving from a job at Hewlett-Packard in California, to break ground with her husband in the remote landscape around Tagish Lake. The move from …

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Lara’s Candy-Coloured Mushrooms

Jewels of the forest, glittering with dew and nestling under logs, sprouting shelf-like on trees – mushrooms have captivated Yukon artist Lara Melnik. “When I’m out in the woods hiking, I see the mushrooms pop up out of nowhere. One day, after a rain, they’re everywhere. I love seeing them,” she says. Her “shroomies” are …

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Whitehorse Prepares for a “Mat the Alien” Invasion

Eclectic, unusual, with a “don’t fence me in” musical attitude, DJ Mat the Alien prepares to invade the audiences of Whitehorse yet again. Not content with one visit to our northern climes, the English transplant, who now resides in the lush snowboard party scene of Whistler, is eager to revisit the crowds of the Yukon. …

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Life’s Experiences Can Be Bittersweet

“Every song is a love song,” says Tim Naylor. Long-time professional musician, best known locally for his band, Mr. Vein, that haunted the stages of Whitehorse pubs, from the Kopper King to Coaster’s, Naylor’s blend of classic rock with a soul is coming back — with enhanced solo action. “I’ve been performing in Whitehorse on …

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Time to Give Thanks … And Get Ice Cream

As the leaves turn, days grow short and evenings grow chilly, it’s a time to reflect on the successes of summer and give thanks to our community. That’s also the theme of this year’s Celebration of the Harvest, brainchild of the Yukon Educational Theatre. “This is our second year having the event at the Shipyards …

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Shifting Landscapes

September 16, 2010 Every artist — as they create, paint and develop their talent — goes through a transition period. At least that’s what Jackie Ziehe, lover of landscapes and the Yukon scenery, says of her series of artwork that appears, at first glance, to be a collection from many different artists. “I’m a scenery …

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The Bond Between Women and Horses

A lasting bond exists in the mysterious relationship between women and horses, little girls and ponies. That bond is difficult to explore and even harder to explain because there are no definitions, no real “truths” behind the relationship. Nancy Conger’s one-woman show, The Truth about Women and Horses, this week at The Old Fire Hall, …

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Moving Among our Ancestors

Tales follows the movement among ancestors, between ephemeral time and space, and between relationships in the here and now. Artist Amber Walker, inspired by her participation in the Arrivals Project, entered her latest show based around the concept of storytelling and exploration. “Each piece in the show is a part of a story. I’m trying …

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Lens Like an Eye

Photography captures a moment in nature, like an unblinking eye. Leslie Leong, primarily a nature photographer, seeks to use the camera lens as an extension of her own eyesight. Her images are breathtaking, bright, gorgeous visions of animals and the environment in all their glory. “The natural environment is my theme. I try to bring …

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Whitehorse’s Rising Star Takes Alaska By Storm

The future’s looking bright for young Emily Ross of Whitehorse. Emily, a petite 12 year old, has proved her musical chops by beating out over 24 contestants at the “Southeast’s Got Talent” competition at Southeast Alaska State Fair in Haines, Alaska. Emily is humble about her singing, composition and piano skills: “It was a great …

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Telling our Northern Tales

Storytelling heavyweights Ivan Coyote, Pat Braden and Yukon songwriter Kim Beggs will step onstage at the Yukon Arts Centre on October 28 in a collaborative, yet individual, showcase of their unique talents. Up There is a northern extravaganza, with the artists exploring tales they have written, anecdotes of living in the North and their solid, …

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Meditations on Happiness

How do you define happiness? Is it something to be measured, examined and compared? Is happiness an index to which our lives should be measured? To photographer Rob McClure, happiness is a 17-day trek through the most unforgiving mountains of Bhutan with his trusty digital camera. The breathtaking images he captured are centred on the …

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Switchback Collective: All in the

Afamily that creates together, displays together. Artists Tytus Hardy, Janelle Hardy and mother Louise Hardy, together with friend Rosemary Scanlon, mount Switchback Collective — an eclectic exploration of light, diversity and experimentation. All four artists approach creation in different ways, complementing each other. Tytus mentions that while there was no determined theme for the show, …

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Landscapes of Imagination

In a duo-artist show at Copper Moon Gallery, Yukon artists Kathy Piwowar and Gabriele Watts blend the definition of landscape painting. With an abstract approach, Piwowar redefines how we look at standard landscapes, while Watts presents sweeping acrylics of well-known Yukon landscapes. “We wanted to play off each other and make things very different,” says …

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No Lights Allowed or Needed at the 24-Hours of Light Bike Relay

Intrepid mountain bikers, novice and experienced alike, are donning their helmets and dousing the lights in preparation for the tenth annual mountain bike festival, 24 Hours of Light Bike Relay. More of a festival than a competitive race, the relay allows cyclists to experience the beauty of the Yukon’s Midnight Sun with the technical challenge …

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WhiskeyDicks’ Last Hurrah?

Whitehorse WhiskeyDicks are preparing to touch down in Whitehorse for a series of shows, perhaps even tinged with a melancholy air, as singer/guitar player and core member Ryan Enns prepares a jet set move to Australia with his wife, the accordion-playing Greta Enns. Now, this doesn’t spell the end for the fun-loving band, but it …

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Ken Anderson’s Mixed-Media Mastery

Established traditions meld with new medias to create a generational twist on heritage art with Ken Anderson‘s newest show. “They didn’t have lasers to etch glass art when this style was standard,” says Anderson of his eclectic mix of traditional style drawn, etched and shaped using new medias. “And now I’m taking the standard and …

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Tourists ‘Knit’ Together

Long-time friends and skilled knitting aficionados, Spence Hill of Tom’s Touring Service and Marney Mitchell of Knit Now & Folknits, joined together to create a “different” sort of tour. The tour was designed to bring knitters of all abilities together to enjoy the richness of the Yukon and sharpen their skills with the highly prized …

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MAD Strips Jesus Christ Superstar Down to the Bones

The hallways and rooms of MAD are cluttered with creative projects, students, fabric, and ideas. The name “Jesus Christ” echoes in each classroom as students debate the classical definitions of Biblical stories or struggle to make meaning out of Biblical interpretations. It’s Jesus Christ Superstar time, and the students are ready to show Whitehorse their …

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Simple, Powerful Costume Designs Help Superstar Shine

What makes a big production, planned a year in advance, run smoothly? A dedicated team of students, a pair of teachers/directors who really click with the class/cast and a key goal in mind: focus on the quality of performance, not the glitz, of the production. It’s not just about the leading cast, but about the …

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