Nijen Holland

A Good Vibe, With Music, Coffee, and Kids

On the first Saturday of every month, Dawson City residents have the opportunity to come together and enjoy an evening of family-friendly fun. Coffee houses are events organized by various members of the Dawson City community, which take place at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) from September to April, with the last …

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The Community That Sings Together

The community that sings together … My personal songbook is getting bigger every month. That’s thanks to the energy of a departed Dawsonite educator, named Nijen Holland (or just, Nijen, as everybody called him), who thought up the idea of having monthly coffee houses at various locations around town and encouraging local musicians to contribute …

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Making Music in the Ballroom

The last of the monthly winter coffee house and open mic nights at the Odd Fellows Hall ballroom occurred on May 5. They are a tradition that goes back five or six years now, having been started by an educational assistant at the Robert Service School who wanted a place for the student band he …

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