Issue: 2014-05-01

What’s Up Yukon May 1 Issue

A Celebration of Spring

Spring… there is nothing quite like it. Living here in the North, we generally have a long winter followed by a long spring. It seems to take forever to finish melting the snow and warming up the ground. To help keep us going, the pussy willows are out, as well as the crocuses. But to …

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Birds, Bats & Bees

For more than a decade, the Yukon Fish and Game Association has helped youngsters build houses for our winged friends. That tradition will continue on May 10 with a workshop to build bat and bird houses at the Canada Games Centre from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop is a free drop-in event aimed …

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Living With Wildlife: Matt Felon

Disclosure: I’m not a Yukoner, just passing through, but saw the note in the March 20th issue (I’m staying at the Beez Kneez Bakpakers hostel that was mentioned in the issue about retired Quest dogs, one of whom, Bertha, is lying on the floor next to me as I type this!) and thought of a photo I …

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Taxicab Theatre

Gab in a cab, do time in the hole, or ponder what lies behind schoolyard shootings. These are just some of the options available to audience members as Nakai Theatre presents version six of its Homegrown Theatre Festival next week at the Guild Hall. The lineup of 12 local shows runs the gamut from a …

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Statu Quo resists stereotypes of adolescent angst

A Vancouver play that earned four nominations for prestigious Jessie Richardson awards (Jessies), and won the category of best script by an emerging playwright, will take to the Old Fire Hall stage next week. Statu Quo, a French-language youth play by Gilles Poulin-Denis, travelled extensively in Canada before heading to Whitehorse. It is a work …

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It’s a Mad, Mad World

It might have been on John Lennon’s mind when he wrote “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” (so speculates Beatles biographer Bob Spitz). It was directed by a cast member of Beyond the Fringe, a popular satirical revue from the early 1960s, and sitar guru Ravi Shankar composed the score. With that kind of 1960s pedigree, …

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Tuneful Fun

Beginning next week, Dawson City residents will have something to sing about – literally. The Good Times Community Choir will start up on May 6 for people of all levels who have always wanted to learn how to sing, read music, harmonize and, well, have a good time. Noosa, a Dawson City resident since 2012, …

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Blue Hibou collaboration spans the country

With Kim Barlow’s recent departure from the Yukon, the local music scene appeared to have lost its most well-known singer-songwriter. However, Blue Hibou, Barlow’s collaboration with Hélène Beaulieu and Micah Smith, suggests that we may not know her as well as we thought. Blue Hibou began in 2010 after Beaulieu, a classically-trained guitarist, started taking …

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Bolton’s Babblings: The Marvelous Month of May

“How about a Maypole dance?” My Skype connection to Whitehorse was adequate at best, so Peter Jickling’s response seemed reasonable. “What?” “You know, cute kids in their fresh white shirts and smocked dresses, garlands of daisies in the girls’ hair as they dance around the Maypole. Who can resist a cute-kid pic, right?” “What?” Damn, …

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Big Ride for a Big Cause

One might think that winning six Olympic medals in two sports speaks for itself. Not for Clara Hughes, who believes there’s still so much more to talk about. The only Olympian to win multiple medals at both summer and winter Olympics, Hughes is now traversing the country to talk not about her accomplishments, but about …

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Protest and Psychedelia

The Sixties are making a comeback in Whitehorse this week, complete with musicians ranging from Pete Seeger to Led Zepplin. On May 2 and 3, the Whitehorse Community Choir will offer its take on hits songs of the 1960s in its Songs of Peace and Protest concert at the Yukon Arts Centre. Choir director Barbara Chamberlin is …

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