French Toast

A Different Type of Rendezvous

You can keep your fishnets and feathers stored for this Rendez-vous. But you don’t have to. If you can’t help but whip them out for an encore, who is to judge? Les Rendez-Vous de la Francophonie is a two-week celebration of the French language in Canada. “Everyone is encouraged to take part, Francophones and Anglophones,” …

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Face Us

There are currently two mammoths at the Yukon Arts Centre. But they don’t interact; they are on different schedules. The one hanging out in the Public Art Gallery belongs to the Ice Age Mammals exhibit. The other mammoth — the one of current interest — is symbolic. He lives in the Community Gallery as part …

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Ask For It!

You know who they are when you see them; they walk around festival grounds with dozens of colourful buttons pinned to them, smiles on their faces, pen and paper in hands, ready to turn your beer-tent-small-talk into a debate about sexualized assault. For the fourth year in a row, the francophone women’s group Les EssentiElles …

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Ten Words Turned Into Twenty Boxes

“I am obsessed by creating community connections through art, it’s kind of a disease,” confesses Yukon visual artist Marie-Hélène Comeau. So when she heard of the international art project called La Caravane des Dix Mots (Ten Word Caravan), she decided to take the lead on the first Yukon edition. La Caravane des Dix Mots involves …

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Ten Years of Tuesday Night Jams

On March 11, at the Old Fire Hall, the local francophone band Soir de Semaine will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their very first gig. “We played at Steve’s music store,” Marie-Maude Allard says. “The place was packed and all we had was two original songs and a few covers.” Actually, Soir de Semaine …

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French Toast: Puppets on the Big Screen

I’ve met some beautiful and special fabric puppets. They live here in Whitehorse and they come from the imaginary world of Fabienne Tessier. Tessier sews and knits little animals and imaginary characters with different, kind of funky, old fabrics and wools. Those characters catch our attention by their strong personality and the expressions on their …

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Chef Karina Lapointe: Treat Your Buds

If your taste buds long for something new and your eyes are looking for something as pretty as it is tasty, you need to find Karina Lapointe. This local chef graduated from two different professional culinary schools in Québec but her training started long before then. “I’ve always been crazy about cooking,” says Lapointe. “I …

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Variety Is The Spice Of Francophone Film Festival

Le secteur culturel de l’Association franco-yukonnaise is bringing north some of the greatest cinematographic creations of the year in the world of francophone film, Canadian and foreign. From Oct. 16 to 19, the Francophone Film Festival is coming to Whitehorse. Once a year, this event provides the rare opportunity to view new, independent French films …

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French Toast: Crazy November

Here comes November, a month full of events for the Francophone community. The big news is the recent accessibility of the Coup de Coeur program in the Yukon. Coup de Coeur Francophone is a network that allows more emergent and famous Francophone artists to tour around the country. The program was born in Montréal 20 …

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French Toast: A Raft From the Past

Recently, with the massive interest in television reality shows, came a remake of old-style living and old-style adventure. The Rivard producers from Manitoba are currently shooting La Ruée vers l’or: The New Adventure television show featuring various people to experience the great journey of the Klondike. The series is hosted by a historian from Québec, …

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French Toast: Guitar Man

He is an important member of Whitehorse’s artistic community, but he is especially well known as an experienced guitar player. Nicholas Mah’s classical sound is different from this mostly rock-folk music scene. His path began when he studied classical guitar at the University of Ottawa. He stayed a short time in the capital city, but …

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French Toast: Traditional Music Containing OMG

As everybody knows, the Dawson City Music Festival 2010 is coming this weekend, July 16 to 18. This year, the Francophone voice of the festival is Bette and Wallet. The duo from Nova Scotia (Antigonish) and Québec promises to present an original and bilingual music performance. Its traditional sing-along tunes are livened up with modern …

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