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Issue: 2019-03-27, PHOTO: courtesy of Velvet Antlers /GBP Photography

Some ladies show up in high heels and lipstick; others roll into the dance studio right after having rolled off the couch. There’s no right way to come to class, said Kate Fitzgerald over the phone in late February. Her voice was low and sultry... Read more

Yukon Local Business

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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: 2018-11-21, 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: 2018-02-07, PHOTO: Matt Jacques Photography

The Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Quest for the Crown competition features opportunities for us to dress in gold rush era finery and spend a civilized afternoon visiting with the women hoping to be Queen: the Queen’s Tea and Social and the Queen’s... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2018-01-17, PHOTO: Sara McPhee-Knowles

Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous season begins in February, but for some people it is a year round commitment. The women of the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Cancan Line are arguably the most in-demand group during Rendezvous, and their appearance bookings... Read more

Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-06-14, ILLUSTRATION: Shauna Jones

The cancan that began as an 1830s dance craze in Paris was a direct revolt against the rules imposed by men, society, press, clergy and narrow-minded citizens. From the beginning the cancan was a statement, and it became a symbolic statement... Read more

Yukon History

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Illustration: Shauna Jones

On November 28, 1891, the New York Sun dedicated a full page to the cancan. Titled "Eccentric Paris Dance," the article highlights Paris cancan stars of the day who describe intricate cancan dance moves. After the two decades of being attacked in... Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-04-05, Illustration: Shauna Jones

During the 1890s, the United States was a melting pot of entertainment - and vaudeville became the perfect vehicle to showcase this wealth of diversity. From New York to Victoria, B.C., vaudeville reigned supreme as the most popular entertainment in Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-03-01, Illustration: Shauna Jones

Appearing nightly in vaudeville, burlesque, ballets and operas, on tiny rustic stages of the Wild West mining camps and in the frontier theatres of the Pacific Coast, by the 1870s the cancan was in North America to stay. Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The Trekkers are coming again, and this year’s Trek Over the Top from Tok Alaska to Dawson City, will have a substantial increase in numbers over the last two years. Paul Robitaille, marketing and events manager with the Klondike Visitors... Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

Winter cold and dark got you down? Yukoners can lift their spirits and take a mid-winter break at this year's Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous. Preliminary events are already solidly underway, such as the Can Can Kick Off, which took place Feb. 9 and... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Laura Scott

“Alright ladies, we are going on as soon as this song is over. Tallies, you’re up first. Shorties, get ready to go on right after them. I know we are all tired and looking forward to getting out of these shoes, but just keep smiling, we’re almost... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2016-11-30, Illustration: Shauna Jones

On June 20, 1819 the composer who was destined to pen the cancan theme song was born. His name was Jacques Offenbach. Born in Cologne, Germany, he grew to be a virtuoso cellist. At 14 he was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire and travelled... Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2016-10-26, Illustration: by Shauna Jones

It’s difficult to think of the cancan as being a dance-craze, like the Fox Trot, the Charleston and other dances fashioned after animal antics, but that’s exactly what it was. Working-class Paris dancehalls like the Chaumiere began to admit... Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2016-09-29, ILLUSTRATION: Shauna Jones

Although women of Paris played an integral role in the French Revolution, once the dust settled they were given a stern message by the new men in power: Stay home, tend to the children and leave the important business of governing to us. By 1825,... Read more

Yukon History

Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous volunteers, this page is dedicated to you. Read more

Making A Difference!

Wrangling a bevy of beautiful can-can dancers and introducing them to the world is a tough job, but Canuck Chuck, aka Charles Frisbee Tiberius Mackenzie, handles his duties with style and grace. The Rendezvous can-can MC originally hails the small c Read more

Yukon History

For anyone under the impression that Rendezvous week makes cancan dancers magically appear as if from thin air like so many green fairies to light up the stages of venues across the city - I'm here to tell you you're mistaken. Being a cancan... Read more

Yukon Active

Lyall Murdoch sits on a chair next to the mirror and make-up table wearing a Frantic Follies T-shirt. The bare bulbs in front of the mirror light him up from the back ... He and his brother began the Frantic Follies 39 years ago.... Read more

Yukon Arts