Issue: 2014-10-16

Whitehorse party animals are gearing up for another winter of house parties. New-to-Whitehorse writer Joslyn Kilborn gets her feet wet, and tells you all about it.

Bargain Hunting: The Sport

The Whitehorse Cross-Country Ski Club (WCCS) will open its doors for the annual Winter Sports Swap and Fair this October 18 at 9:00 a.m. This swap is really a winter gear sale, and a wide range of secondhand winter equipment will be available. The yearly tradition is affectionately referred to as the ski swap, and …

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Yukon Party Culture

I walk into a “September Scramble” party at 1:00 a.m. on a Saturday, late and completely sober. It’s been a while since I was at a party like this; one you can hear from a block away, where you enter through an open front door wreathed with smokers, picking your way through a mountain range …

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Ferments

If our external environment is a reflection of what is happening within, I must be going through a deep transformation. My little cabin is filled with aromas emanating from myriad sources — jars and jugs of various ferments, baskets and bundles of herbs hanging from every available hook and corner, and an ever-present pot of …

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Being Caribou

Being Caribou kicks off Yukon Film Society’s (YFS) Kitchen Party on October 24 at the Yukon Arts Centre. The Kitchen Party is a month-long celebration of Canadian cinema and media art for YFS’s 30th anniversary. The film exemplifies the struggle environmentalists face against the interests of oil companies. Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison, wildlife biologist …

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Better Than Busking

 Milena Parajo-van de Stadt was little more than a toddler when she noticed some buskers playing violin in a park in Oxford, England. She promptly switched her focus from the piano, which her father was teaching her, to the violin. At the age of 15 she changed directions again, to play the viola in a …

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Coincidental Bassist

Richard Whiteman’s career as an upright bass player began virtually by coincidence. About 10 years ago, as leader of a highly regarded piano trio, he was doing a photo shoot with Juno-winning vocalist, composer, and bassist Brandi Disterheft. “I was holding Brandi’s bass while she was adjusting her hair or something, and I thought, ‘This …

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October is National Occupational Therapy Month

We are pure potential. The exigencies of life kicks in and a tragedy, an accident or an unexpected occurrence side-swipes us; But we are still pure potential. Those whose lives have been physically or mentally damaged can still live meaningfully thanks to over two-dozen occupational therapists who find solutions to the occupation of being alive. …

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Where Have All The Colours Gone?

On the day I am writing this, Whitehorse and Haines Junction are inches deep in their first winter snow and Dawson, while chilly and damp, is not. Mind you, we’re getting ready for it. The big living room window got its winter plastic coating this evening, and several of the online weather widgets are predicting …

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Human Interaction at the Library

It’s not a dating service, or a counselling session. It’s a conversation. It might lead to other things, who knows? It’s the second time the Friends of the Whitehorse Library have hosted a Human Library at the Whitehorse Public Library. The first time was in March; there wasn’t a theme but it was very popular. …

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