Issue: 2005-03-25

Issue: 2005-03-25

March 25th, 2005

Caroline Drury takes that voice in a new direction

Caroline Drury sings “Love Potion #9.” That’s all anyone needs to know before deciding to buy her newest CD, Loving You, Loving Me. “Love Potion #9” was popular two decades before the 24-year-old former Yukoner was born. It is a fun song … but it can be something entirely different once Drury’s crystal, clear voice …

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Ridin’ Through the Many Genres of Country Music: Breakin’ Wild Horses shows many sides of Gene Brown

Question: What do you get when a pedal steel guitar player of many years puts his considerable musical abilities toward creating a CD? Answer: A sizzling, yet subtle group of 10 songs that has echoes of the many types of country music that have permeated the airwaves since the inception of the genre. Right off …

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Tips and hints and other good things: Get ready to enjoy the Yukon night skies

If this is your first night outside, looking at the stars, there are a few things you can do make the experience much more enjoyable. First, make sure you put your telescope outside for a while to acclimatize. Telescopes have metal bodies, glass and mirrors. These items hold onto heat very well. At about –10°C …

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A loppet runs through it

INUVIK Contrary to what some wise guys in Whitehorse believe, there are trees in Inuvik, N.W.T. and its annual Top Of The World Ski Loppet will run through it April 9. “We are just at the edge of the treeline so we have little trees,” says Rita Kors-Olthof, president of the Inuvik Ski Club. “It’s …

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L’Ark Brings Communal Experience (and fish) to Young Audiences

The creative spark for a new theatre company, L’Ark, took place at Yukon Educational Theatre’s (YET) presentation of Dean Eyre’s Diabetes, A Love Story nearly two years ago. Producer Arlin McFarlane arrived mid-show to a school gymnasium filled with young people. Immediately, she was struck by how completely engaged they were, listening intently to the …

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Yukoners Show Off Fashions to Visitors

There was a group showing of fashions close to home on Feb. 22. One Alaskan and several Yukon designers showcased their talents at the evening round-up of the Business Without Borders conference held at the Westmark Whitehorse. Local models promenaded in a tea-room style fashion show in the banquet room of the hotel. The audience …

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French, Ukrainian and hillbilly tunes heat up Yukon night

In my last column I lamented the public’s lack of interest in getting up on the open stages of Whitehorse and performing. This past week I attended a talent night hosted by the Association Franco-Yukonnaise that proved this whining premature. The event brought together the French community in Whitehorse for an evening of family fun …

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Muskrat love … Inuvik-style

Residents of Inuvik love their muskrats so much, they named a jamboree after them. Muskrat Jamboree is a celebration of spring and one of its highlights is … muskrat skinning. “They trim them from the hind legs and open them up,” says Gerry Kisoun, vice chair of the organizing committee. “Our ladies can skin them …

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Fiddle night at the 98 Hotel: The fiddle of Joe Loutchan rules

There is something about that lone fiddle playing in a room: The ambience, the mood, the emotions, all ride on its notes. There is something about that lone couple dancing in front of the band: Swept up in the music, comfortable in each other and oblivious to the chatter of the room. It is a …

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Gay Themes From Hollywood: Lesbians and mobsters and flicks, oh my!

Since the Oscars are less than a month old, I decided this week’s column should be about movies and, in particular, about movies that are well known in the gay as well as the straight world. One of the most famous is called Desert Hearts. It is derived from the 1964 novel by Jane Rule …

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Lost in Translation: Making Movies with “The Duddy Kravitz of Tokyo”

It all started with a voice mail message left by a then-unknown cell phone caller on my phone at home. It sounded something like this: “Hurro…Rod…this is Haru. (Long pause…) Please call me at 333-…” After that, my ability to decipher went downhill faster than the ratings of a CBC television comedy. It turns out …

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More than one way to count down to Canada Games: Figure skaters take it one step at a time

Kevin Caron measures the time to the Canada Games by the number of spins he can do in the air. The pre-novice figure skater figures he will have a triple jump nailed by the ti me the Canada Games comes to Whitehorse in 2007. The quad, the highest the men have been able to achieve, …

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Tropical paradise north of the Arctic Circle: Inuvik Family Centre to open April 2

INUVIK The newest vacation hot spot in the North could very well become Inuvik. On April 2, the Inuvik Family Centre will officially open its doors to the 7,000 area residents who are looking for a chance to frolic in the leisure/lifestyle pool with a swirl pool and lazy river. It looks a lot like …

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Selling ‘cool’ … one bottle at a time

Let’s talk about beer. OK, not specifically about beer. Rather about the significant contribution a brewery like the Yukon Brewing Company can make to promote the destination it was born in. Mark Beese, the brewery’s enthusiastic sales manager who could talk beer any day any time (and does), put it this way, “Beer is what …

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Care and Feeding of Your Skateboarder: It’s that time of year again

And the thaw continues. Its only mid-March, but the snow in Whitehorse is almost gone and the theme from the Twilight Zone goes through my head every morning as I splash through puddles on my way to work. But let us not bemoan the impending planetary catastrophe known as global warming, let us rejoice instead …

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The Cars are the Stars of Gran Tourismo 4: “The most fun you can have with your clothes on.”

Polyphony Digital had produced another winner with Gran Tourismo 4 on the PlayStation 2. Improving on its predecessors, GT4 offers an astounding 700-plus vehicles, 50-plus tracks and more races than any sane person would want to drive. With a racing simulator this involved, it’s a good thing sanity is left out of the loop and …

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Fondue in the forest is a social event: Wolf’s Den Restaurant does it the European way

The fondue is one of the most social of meals. It requires the diner to wait between bites and, thus, has lots of opportunity to chat with others at the table. So it is no surprise that Wolf’s Den Restaurant is owned and operated by a Swiss couple, Harry and Yvonne Ochsner. You see, in …

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Tis the season to raise tally: Tourists give Yukoners a bad name

Now that the days are longer than the nights again (although sometime in January at –54 we thought that this might never happen this year) our thoughts at the brewery turn to Beer Season. We don’t think of the seasons here like “winter” and “summer”, as much as we think of “Beer Season” and “Not …

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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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Music Yukon wears many hats

He’s a promoter and an agent and a business consultant and an office manager and an investment broker. “Bag Man,” Mark Smith corrects that last one. “Really, I am just a Bag Man.” Smith’s business card actually labels him as the executive director of MusicYukon, an organization that helps recording artists with the business end …

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Doing what it takes: Haines Junction’s very own Gretzky and Kurri

Passion, skill and dedication are the main qualities Coach Joe Martin looks for on his Whitehorse Mustangs Midget Rep hockey team. No players may personify these more than 17-year-old forwards Wyatt Drift and Spencer Tomlin. There is no doubting their love of the sport. Between them they have almost 30 years of hockey experience, having …

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