Burning Away Winter Blues

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Issue: 2016-03-31, PHOTO: Dylan Nelson

This past weekend, Yukoners burnt away their winter blues at the annual festival of the same name.Photographer Dylan Nelson was there to capture the action. Read more

Yukon Active


Issue: 2016-03-17, PHOTO: Arts Underground

If you are looking for a memorable and activity-packed March Break, there is no reason to leave town. In addition to normal family-friendly programming, many organizations are offering special camps for kids. If you missed your chance to get your... Read more

Yukon Families


Issue: 2016-03-17, PHOTO: Linda Leon

“I think when it’s built, it will be a three-person puppet for sure,” says Linda Leon, Production Manager for Burning Away the Winter Blues. She’s referring to this year’s effigy: a ten by eleven foot wooly mammoth. “He’s built out of cardboard,”... Read more

Yukon Arts


Issue: 2015-03-19 PHOTO: Bruce Barrett

The Yukon winter is so long that Dawson City-based filmmaker Suzanne Crocker once said winter has its own seasons. Most Yukoners I know divide their very existence between their “winter” and “summer” selves. Read more

Yukon Active

Like Whitehorse, Santa Fe takes pride in its arts scene. The capital of New Mexico, in the American Southwest, has roughly three times the population of the Yukon; it has 250 art galleries. Err... Whitehorse doesn’t have 80. Read more

Yukon Arts

We see the sun outside after work, it gets warmer — at least during the middle of the day — and we start to see the winter hermits among us emerge from hibernation. The month also marks the official start of spring, and March 22 is the date Read more

Yukon Winter

Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes and Alanna Warner, a Whitehorse artist, recently found hers in a toy snake. Read more

Yukon Arts

Two years ago, Oman decided to take part in Burning Away the Winter Blues, the annual spring equinox event sponsored by Yukon Educational Theatre. "It was the most pagan community festival I've ever experienced, and it made me really happy." Read more

As a theatre designer, Stéphanie Lambert is used to creating things that aren't meant to last. But not all of them are destined to go up in flames. That's what will happen this weekend when her four-faced effigy of winter is sacrificed ... Read more

Yukon Winter

Man, could I ever have used a Rendezvous this year. The past month was a particularly dark sinkhole of a time for yours truly, and unfortunately these flatlanders in the town they call "Toon", only seem to get together and celebrate when the... Read more


This could possibly be the most-anticipated Burning Away the Winter Blues event in its 11-year history. Because of the economy? "No," says Arlin McFarlane. "It has been a long winter this year." Read more

Yukon Winter

For nine years, Burning Away the Winter Blues was a grassroots event that allowed Yukoners to come together at the Spring Equinox as a torch-wielding mob to, well, burn away the winter blues. Read more

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