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Yukon Arts In the Park returns for 2020 season and will broadcast live on CJUC 92.5 FM radio station. Check out the line up!

Going the Distance

Physical distancing has thrown a wrench in the plans of musicians all over the world—here’s how the Yukon’s own are dealing with these times

There’s a New Drummer in Town

Meet Lee Campese, Yukon’s most recent import and the latest addition to the groovy rhythmic assemblage, Major Funk and the Employment.

Drop In, Turn On and Jam Out

On some days, the wind blows from the north. A Whitehorse legend that drifts down the road is this: music and art are taught with passion and respected for their true value. Are there really open mic nights happening all over town? Was it true that graffiti doesn’t get covered up after two days? After …

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No rest for the Wickets

Don your best Victorian era dress for the Yukon Historical & Museums Association’s (YHMA) third annual Charity Croquet Tournament.

Major Funk

Big, Loud and Funky

Major Funk and the Employment is a big band with a big sound. It has some big changes since bassist Etienne Girard put the group together.

A Downtown Fixture Returns

Arts in the Park kicked off its 18th year with over 100 people gathered downtown in LePage Park.  The Whitehorse summer fixture is now the longest running free summer festival anywhere in Canada, a fact of which the local organizers are understandably proud. “We are continuously trying to grow and expand and to find different …

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Triple Threat

With three noticeable talents, namely photography, singing, and fashion design, Emma Blair is exceptional – and not afraid to be loud and proud about her interests. Her father ignited her passion for photography when Blair was four years old. It was 2005, Christmas time in the Yukon. The family had just moved to the Yukon …

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Packing the Park

Does Lepage Park have a maximum seating capacity? Arts In The Park Production Assistant Kasey Rae Anderson doesn’t think so. “We broke 500 today,” she boasts after the July 24 demonstration by Leaping Feats dancers and performers from the Yukon Circus Camp. That sure seems like a lot of people to cram onto three small …

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The thinking-man’s folksinger

There’s a new folksinger passing through the Yukon … and he’s prepared. He may never have been North before, but Cort Delano’s “got my tin pan and gunny sack.” This Albertan roots musician, like many who make their first journey north, has a friend he grew up with, Darren Van Langen, a friend who has …

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Special Sessions

The phrases “a picture is worth a thousand words” and “those who forget history are doomed to repeat it” are taking on new meanings this summer at Arts in the Park. The annual lunch-time music series in Lepage Park is trying something new this season. Each month it hosts a special panel session of local …

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Mr. Music

This is day one of Year 15,” announced Steve Slade, as he opened the Yukon Arts Society’s first Arts in the Park lunchtime show of the summer last Tuesday. Despite the patchy sunlight, the show was well-attended by everyone from prepared regulars with lunch bags, chairs and blankets to passers-by wandering through, attracted by the …

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Tots Telling Tales

The First Nations tradition of passing stories down from generation to generation is alive and well at Grey Mountain Primary School. This week, the school will host its sixth annual Thai’ May Dhäl (Southern Tuchone for “Grey Mountain”) Storytelling Festival. The 70 students from kindergarten to Grade 3 will repeat the performance for the general …

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That Textile Touch

On a windy, end-of-June day, Kate Williams sits at a small table under a spreading lilac tree in LePage Park. Nearby, Dennis Victor Allen is singing Murray McLauchlan’s “Farmer’s Song” to the noon-hour audience at Arts in the Park. Williams seems almost oblivious to the music as her right hand bobs rapidly up and down, …

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Play Makers: Arts in the Park Returns for Year 12

BY GEORGE MARATOS Unplugging microphones, rolling cord and hauling away speakers … Steve Slade has the routine down to a tee and with good reason. The long-time Yukon musician has been involved with Arts in the Park since its inaugural season and the daily setup and takedown of equipment is just one of the many …

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