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Dan Davidson

Dan Davidson

 Dan Davidson  retired after three decades teaching classrooms in Beaver Creek, Faro and Dawson, Dan Davidson.  For the last number of years, he has written two columns for What's Up Yukon. 

A Klondike Korner, where he keeps an eye on happenings in Dawson City and The Book Shelf where he shares some of his favourites and Yukon created books with us.

You can contact him via dawson@whatsupyukon.com.


Practically unheard of - the top 10 books reviewed last year were evenly split between male and female authors. And never before: the number of men and women reviewing books in Canada is nearly equal. That’s what the Canadian Women in the Literary... more

Literature

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 Local Business

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Issue: 2018-12-12, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

One of the most annoying things about the fall and spring seasons is the need to scrape the frost off your vehicle’s windows before you can drive anywhere. In the summer, you only have to worry about a little bit of fog; and in the winter, there’s... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-12-05, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

We’re past the halfway mark in October as I write this. The sun rose today at 9:16 and will set at 18:49 (6:49 for most of us civilians), so we’re down to less than half a day of actual sunlight. That’s in spite of the fact we can count on... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-12-05, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

With over 225 novels to her credit, Nora Roberts is a bestseller by any definition. Wikipedia says the books are all romance novels, so I’m not sure if that number includes the 47 mysteries in the In Death series... more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-11-21, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The pre-Christmas season will soon be underway here in the Klondike, actually beginning a few days before this piece can see print. It’s a season of bazaars and open houses that lead up to the actual holidays... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-11-07, PHOTO: John Henderson

When he arrived in Yellowknife, back in 2004, with his wife, Serena, and baby daughter, Janessa, it didn’t occur to John Henderson that he might still be there 14 years later, have a thriving career as chief operating officer at the Det'on Cho... more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-10-24, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The 2018–19 season of Home Routes Concerts kicked off in September with a tour by country singer Tim Hus, accompanied by his sideman of 15 years, Spider Bishop. Hus, on vocals and guitar, is reminiscent of a younger incarnation of Stompin’ Tom... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-10-10, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

“I’m a fifty-pager,” says Whitehorse writer Pat Ellis, commenting on her preference for producing short history booklets. Her latest, Financial Sourdough Starter Stories—“The Trump Family, from Whitehorse to White House,” the “Klondike Gold Rush”... more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-08-29, PHOTO: courtesy of Sherron Jones

On April 21, 2018, Sherron Jones sent the following notice to her followers on the Moccasin Telegraph email list: “Now that the Moccasin Telegraph has run its course after 15 years of providing an opportunity for folks to share history and... more

Dawson City

Guests in costume at the Commissioner Angélique Bernard’s Ball in June

Dan Davidson

When "Arizona" Charlie Meadows built his Palace Grand Theatre, in 1899, it probably never occurred to him that some version of the place would still exist in 2018. more

Dawson City

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Of the five writers who have attracted folks to come and visit buildings and gravesites in the Klondike, that are attached to their names, Jack London was the first, having been one of the tens of thousands of men (mostly) and women (fewer) who scale more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-08-01, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

“The trap was empty and the snow was bloody, which meant one of three things … One: The animal had gotten itself loose, making a mess in the process. Unlikely. Too much blood. more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-07-11, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Each summer the Klondike Visitors Association (KVA), working with the Dawson Community Library and the Writers’ Trust of Canada, honours the memory of four writers who have meant a great deal to the public profile and history of Dawson City and... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-06-27, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The biggest change in the Canada Day Parade, this year, is where it will end. With traffic being directed along Fifth Avenue as a main thoroughfare (as a result of sewer and water re-installation blocking the use of Front Street), the City of... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-06-13, PHOTO: Clare Devenish

Dream fish at Robert Service School A team of facilitators from the Stream of Dreams program was in Dawson this week to promote environmental stewardship and facilitate a community art project. The program ran at Robert Service School (RSS) from... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-06-06, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Tamika Knutson had not thought of carving out a career in art when she was in high school. The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizen grew up in Dawson and graduated from Robert Service School. After what she describes as a less-than-successful stint at an... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-05-16, PHOTO: Lara Melnik

The Northern Review #46, published by Yukon College This edition was edited by Maureen Long, Eric Heyne, Andrew Richardson and Jamella Hagan. On its website, the Northern Review, which is published by the School of Liberal Arts at the Yukon... more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-04-25, PHOTO: courtesy of Owen Laukkanen

Owen Laukkanen is unabashedly a writer of commercial fiction, also known as “genre” fiction, having produced a novel every year since The Professionals came out (and was nominated for four major genre awards) in 2012. The Professionals was Book 1... more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-04-25, PHOTO: courtesy of Tyrell Johnson

Lots of writers can point to a specific event or person that sent them in the direction of a career in writing; Tyrell Johnson isn’t one of those people. “I don’t think it was one specific thing,” he said. “I’ve always loved being creative. I love... more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-04-25, PHOTO: courtesy of What’s Your Story?

CBC/Radio-Canada got involved in the Canada 150 sesquicentennial celebrations in a big way, starting about a year earlier with an open call for submissions to be put in a 2017 yearbook. According to the forward written by president and CEO Hubert... more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-04-25, PHOTO: Lori McNulty

While Zsuzsi Gartner built her early career as a writer in journalism, working as a newspaper reporter, then a TV current affairs producer and then a magazine writer and editor, she has been interested in creative writing from an early age.“ more

Literature

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    Issue: 2015-12-24, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

    The sign outside Jesse Cooke’s Husky Bus office advertises the full range of services he offers

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    Issue: 2015-12-24, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

    The sign outside Jesse Cooke’s Husky Bus office advertises the full range of services he offers

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    Issue: 2015-12-17, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

    Santa and his reindeer is just one of the 14 light displays between this spot and the Front Street Gazebo

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    Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: Dan Davidson

    The west bank of the Yukon River ablaze with returning daylight