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Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

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"The only legal cure for Cabin Fever blues!"

"For people who really know winter, head north to Whitehorse, where residents have been celebrating winter since 1945, when Yukon Carnival Week was born. Nowadays the festival includes a selection of wacky entertainment in addition to the standard concerts and snow carving: you can enter contests for lip syncing, hair freezing, cross-dressing and, of course, beard growing." - Canada's 10 coolest winter festivals, Reader's Digest

RENDEZVOUS IS FOR KIDS... 

From the Slide and Glide on the toboggan hill, to face painting and traditional fare such as egg toss and potato sack races, kids have three days of action packed activities to keep them busy both inside and out.  All events are 100% free of charge for kids to participate in.

www.yukonrendezvous.com


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Issue: 2019-02-20, PHOTO: courtesy of YSR/Erik Pinkerton Photography

Vikki Quocksister was still booking mainstage performers for Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous the week before the festival’s kick-off, but, after six years of being in charge of the stage, she was pretty calm about the last-minute confirmations... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2019-02-20, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

The Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous has been around since 1945 and a defining part of the winter festival has always been the Military. The term “Sourdough” comes from a sour-tasting bread starter that’s made by fermenting dough through a natural... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2019-02-20, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

In the midst of Sourdough Sams, tattoo competitions, and beard and leg hair-growing contests, Yukon kids need a place to call their own during Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous. Kidsfest, organized by the Boys and Girls Club of Yukon (BGCY), is the hub... Read more

Yukon Families

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Issue: 2019-02-20, PHOTO: courtesy of YSR/Manu Kegenhoff

When it comes to the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous lip sync competition, you might have to bring more of an A-game than you’d have to bring to a contest where you actually sing. Somehow, lip sync competitions have come to attract a level of... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2019-02-20, PHOTO: courtesy of YSR/Manu Kegenhoff

If you love to sing, but you’ve never stepped onstage in front of a crowd of people to do it, maybe you’ve just never had the proper motivation. How does $1,500 sound? That’s the top prize for the winner of the Superstar competition, taking place... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2019-02-13, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

Hairy legs, bushy beards, interesting and colourful tattoos—that’s just some of what you can expect to see at this year’s Strength and Style Competition during the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2019-02-13, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

Rendezvous made Marj Eschak move to the Yukon. It was 1977. She’d only come up for the weekend, but was so impressed, she decided to stay. “So I’ve been in every one since then,” she said over the phone, a couple weeks before the 2019 Yukon... Read more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2019-02-13, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

When Mary Fitton placed second in the Mad Trapper competition at the 1978 Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous (YSR), some of the men complained. At the time, Mad(am) Trapper didn’t exist as a contest (in fact, it was the first year for Mad Trapper), but... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2019-02-13, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvousv

It’s been years since the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous (YSR) was held on Main Street and still, once a month, someone asks – why isn’t Rendezvous held on Main Street anymore? Is it moving back there from Shipyards Park? When? Why not? Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous/Manu Kegenhoff

The countdown is almost over, with only days left until the official Rendezvous Kick Off, presented by the Hougen Group of Companies. This year’s Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous (YSR) event is bigger and better than ever. A giant celebration will... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2018-12-19, PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton Photography

After eight years, the traditional Bachelor Auction is getting a makeover! The title sponsor, Beauty Bar Hair & Esthetics Lounge is proud to introduce the first Sourdough Sam Date-off & Auction. This fresh take on the traditional winter singles... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2018-11-28, PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton Photography

It is no secret that without volunteers, there would be no Rendezvous. Each year hundreds of Yukon residents step up to continue a tradition that started over 55 years ago. It is these volunteers who contribute to the success of the Yukon... Read more

Making A Difference!

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Issue: 2018-11-21, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

What is one to expect when one decides to go to a Rendezvous event in November? It would not be strange for this thought to cross your mind as you went to check out the preliminaries for the Ultimate Lip Sync Battle. Everything seems kind of... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2018-05-30, PHOTO: Manu Keggenhoff

On June 7, the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous (YSR) will host their first spring auction, a must-add for everyone’s calendar. The event will take place at Lumel Studios at 6 p.m. and will feature special guests that you won’t want to miss. It will... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2018-02-21, PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton

Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous has partnered with Air North, the City of Whitehorse, Days Inn, Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre and Shaw Direct to keep a favourite Rendezvous event. Fourteen years ago Whitehorse artist Don Watts, an... Read more

Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2018-02-21, PHOTO: Shawna Shipman

The Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous and the unique relationship between a Yukoner and their beloved canine companion are two of the most enduring images of life in the North. So, it should come as no surprise that man and woman’s best friend features... Read more

Yukon Active

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Issue: 2018-02-21, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

With the advertised Burlesque Workshops and the Pub Crawl, at first glance the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous may seem like an event geared towards adults. But there are a lot of activities for kids too. Just like Yukon’s expanding birth-rate... Read more

Yukon Families

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Issue: 2018-02-21, PHOTO: Manu Kegenhoff

The multi-event Mad(am) Trapper competition, slated for Feb. 23 through 25, usually attracts dozens of women and men vying for the title of Mad Trapper or Madam Trapper. Historically, contestants have competed in five sourdough “skills”: the Log... Read more

Yukon Active

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Issue: 2018-02-21, PHOTO: Manu Kegenhoff

The preparation for the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Colour Wars can get pretty messy, but the end result has turned into one of the most anticipated events of the Rendezvous weekend. It is the final event scheduled for Shipyards Park on Sunday and... Read more

Yukon Active

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Issue: 2018-02-14, PHOTO: Bruce Sahlstrom

Since the winter carnival began in 1945, the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous has been a popular tradition and none more so than the Strength and Style competition. “Strength and Style has always been one of the core events from the start,” said Bruce... Read more

Yukon Culture