Alyssa Friesen

Alyssa Friesen

Dawson City Based Pardon My Latitude columnist and freelance writer Alyssa Friesen  is a previous co-editor for What's Up Yukon.

Co-Editor: October 2011 to September 2012


Issue: 2016-02-04, PHOTO: Rick Massie

Twenty-five mushers from around the world are attempting the 32nd Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile Sled Dog Race, the toughest sled dog race on the planet. The race starts on Feb. 6, from Fairbanks, Alaska, following the Yukon River into Whitehorse, Yukon. more

Yukon Winter

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The fastest snow machine race on earth, the 47th Alcan 200 International Snow Machine Road Rally, will roar to a start on Jan. 16 near Haines, Alaska. Drivers sign up the night before, Jan. 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Fogcutter Bar in Haines. more

Yukon Winter

It was novelist Lawrence Hill who told me while we sipped tea in the Downtown Hotel dining room in Dawson in March that his early career as a journalist taught him to embrace the adventure of his stories. The beauty of living in the North is the adv more

Yukon Business

Over the course of the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival, August 18 and 19, CFYT 106.9 in Dawson City broadcast its first remote live radio programming. There was a series of three remote shows: a drawing game on Saturday afternoon from the tents on Fro more

Yukon Arts

August has snuck up on us and now here we are, gazing at September, watching the coming winter roll up like a wave to crash ashore cold and hard. It reminds me that a year ago I arrived in the Yukon. more

Yukon Lifestyle

On July 30 and 31, Dawson City will be visited by two judges, scrutinizing the town in the Communities in Bloom (CiB) program, and ranking it against other Canadian communities. This is the fourth year Dawson is running in the program. more

Farm - Garden

Yesterday was Jimmy D. Lane's 47th birthday. At home in White Rock, British Columbia, the blues musician comments that aging is an opportunity to "observe" and "let things soak in" more

Yukon Music



I made my first real gardening faux pas this week. I cut down the rhubarb. All of it. Sawing through the base of the stalks with a kitchen knife, the adrenaline rush was intense more

Farm - Garden

"Opening is always a great flurry," says Sharron Chatterton, manager of the George Johnston Museum in Teslin, with an exhalation of all the tasks yet to be completed, "all those last minute details of turning a seasonally closed business into a more

Dawson City

The Northern Lights School of Dance (NLSD) is bringing the story of The Wizard of Oz to Yukon Arts Centre stage in full colour this month. "We've adapted it based on the 1939 film version of the story," says Dale Cooper, artistic consultant for the more

Yukon Lifestyle

Many Yukoners live here because they enjoy the active lifestyle, interaction with wilderness, and distance from ties and pencil skirts. A visiting author from the Toronto area pointed out to me the other day that he found it interesting how manyYuko more

Dawson City

Zavallennahh Huscroft (formorly known as Zav RT), from Victoria, has been teaching fiddle for 20 years, working in rural northern communities in the north for nine, and for the past five she has been visiting living rooms and classrooms virtually. more

Yukon Music

This year, Yukon Women in Trades & Technology (YWITT) has provided an after school program called Cool Tools for students in Grade 8 and 12, which correlates with an annual Young Women Exploring Trades Career Fair, held every November at Yukon Colleg more

Yukon Careers

In an effort to improve the Yukon Artists @ Work (YA@W) community gallery, creative hands from across the territory have been invited by the co-op to create birdhouses for a silent auction fundraiser taking place at the gallery on April 21. more

Yukon Arts & Entertainment

On the day before the 13th Annual Dawson City International Short Film Festival (DCISFF) schedule was released, I joined festival producer, Dan Sokolowski, in his office in the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture (KIAC). more

Dawson City

Alongside working on final drafts of his eighth novel, Illegal, due out early next year, over the past few weeks the Berton House writer in residence has been embracing the Yukon and doing preliminary research for a new novel. more


The goal, say OUT North producers Debbie Thomas and Fiona Griffin, is not only to bring together the Whitehorse queer community, it is to enhance the larger community as well. more

Photography - Film

The Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) in Dawson City is going on the road. Students and faculty will arrive in Whitehorse next week to bring a collaborative installation exhibit to Arts Underground. more

Dawson City

A small gang of eager, young skaters hangs off the side of the players' bench. Outfitted in snowsuits, oversized mittens and colourful toques tucked under black hockey helmets, they thump their boot-bound feet on the inside of the boards and gaze ou more

Yukon Active