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Calling All Arty Teens

From November 2 to 5, youth from all over the Yukon will be converging on Dawson City to hone their art skills in the 16th annual Youth Art Enrichment Program.   Hosted by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC), the four-day program is for Yukon students in Grades 9 to 12 who are …

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Easy Riders

Next Thursday up to 300 motorcyclists will descend on Dawson City for the 29th gathering of Dust 2 Dawson Motorcycle Ride. Dick Van Nostrand, a long time Dawsonite, helps organize the gathering. He’s been involved since almost the beginning. “We had just bought the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City in 1995, when I met some …

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Blowin’ strong

After playing harmonica for more than 40 years, George McConkey finally feels he is getting to the venerated status of “old blues guy”. Nicknamed Harmonica George, he started playing when he was young. Through sheer stubbornness, he has never let up on music since. Growing up in Toronto, McConkey spent every summer at the family …

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The Sourtoe Cocktail: A Popular Gag

The Sourtoe Cocktail gets a mixed reception in the world abroad. Thousands of people have touched their lips to Captain Dick Stevenson’s inventive libation and have swallowed the notion that it is part of Dawson’s quaint charm. A few have gone further and swallowed the toe itself, and that’s exactly what happened recently. The news …

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