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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 Business

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Issue: 2018-04-18, PHOTO: courtesy of Michael Winter

Michael Winter, one of the four mentor writers at this year’s edition of the Young Authors’ Conference, said he was first inspired to become a writer by watching his sister Kathleen (who just happens to have been one of last year’s mentor writers... more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-04-18, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

In 1990, a number of organizations joined together to meld the Young Authors’ Conference and the National Book Festival into a farther reaching Yukon Writers’ Festival to highlight the Canadian literary arts in the Yukon. The current sponsors of... more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-04-18, PHOTO: courtesy of Jamella Hagen

The local writer selected to be a mentor at this year’s Young Authors Conference is Jamella Hagen, who teaches creative writing at Yukon College. She describes her course as “a multi-genre class for second-year college students in which students... more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-04-11, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The ice pool tripod is in the river, anchored by a cable to the boxed clock on the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, ready for when the ice moves during breakup some time in late April or early May. A statistical prediction created by local engineer... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-03-28, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Screenings for the Dawson City International Short Film Festival began in October, with five or six people meeting twice a week to view what would eventually add up to between 400 and 500 submissions for the Easter weekend festival... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-03-21, PHOTO: courtesy of Dan Davidson

When we look back on Canada’s sesquicentennial year (and yes, I did look it up to make sure I spelled it correctly), what will we think of it? There were some who felt that the events, which began somewhat sluggishly under one government... more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-03-21, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

“The Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail Race began back in 1977 as a way to honour the legendary Percy DeWolfe, who courageously carried mail by dog team, horse and boat between Dawson City, YT and Eagle, AK, from 1910 and 1949.” So reads the late John... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-03-14, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The annual Youth Art Enrichment program, now entering its 17th year, is an annual four-day intensive art program for Yukon youth, hosted by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-03-07, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Thaw-di-Gras, Dawson’s spring-or-late-winter carnival, is adding a day this year, with events beginning on Friday, March 16 and running through Sunday, March 18. Paul Robitaille, marketing manager for the Klondike Visitors Association (KVA), said... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-02-28, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

I Am Canada – A Celebration (North Winds Press, $19.99) has come up with a novel way of assembling an overview of special things about our country. In an author’s note in the back of the book, Heather Patterson explains the vision behind her... more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-02-21, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The 25th annual Trek Over the Top snowmobile race will arrive in Dawson City on March 8 and return to its starting point in Tok, Alaska, on March 11. The event has been organized on the Dawson end by the Klondike Visitors Association (KVA) for the... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-02-14, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

February 19 to 22 will see the latest edition of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Heritage Department’s bi-annual Myth and Medium week. In the past, these cultural weeks have focussed on stories and drama, but Traditional Knowledge Specialist Jody Beaumont... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-02-07, PHOTO: Amazon

In keeping with this column’s focus on Yukon related material, I’m returning this week to a successful thriller that is set in a version of Dawson City. It’s not quite my town in both geography and details, but Elle Wild didn’t try to pretend it... more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-01-17, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The Dawson City Music Festival (DCMF) will be holding its annual general meeting on Thursday, January 18, at Yukon College. The meeting was to have been before Christmas, but analysis of the topics raised at a well-attended membership meeting in... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-12-20, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

It’s been just 10 years since Amazon sold its first Kindle reader devices and the market for ebooks exploded. Not that there weren’t ebooks before that. The Palm series of personal digital assistants (PDAs) made ebooks possible as early as 2002... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-12-13, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

After all the bazaars and seasonal open houses are done, and folks are just about ready to settle down at home waiting for Christmas Morning to arrive, there is one more thing that happens for quite a few folks in Dawson... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-12-06, , PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The Canadian Pacific steamer Princess Sophia ran aground on Vanderbilt Reef on the Inland Passage after leaving Skagway on October 23, 1918. It was the last run of the season to Vancouver and Victoria and the ship contained 353 passengers from the... more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-11-15, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The approaching Advent Season means that it will soon be what I sometimes refer to as Bazaar Season in Dawson City. I almost hate to use the word “Christmas” this close to Hallowe’en and before Remembrance Day, but this column won’t appear until... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-11-15, PHOTO: amazon.ca

In the summer of 1972 Pierre Berton decided to recreate a trip he had taken with his mother, father and sister back in the 1930s and take his family rafting from Bennett Lake to Dawson City. Some of them had earlier hiked the Chilkoot Pass, so... more

Literature

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Issue: 2017-11-08, PHOTO: courtesy of the Gates Collection

This is a slightly different edition of The Bookshelf. As with the earlier columns, this one features a book that reflects on Canadian and Yukon history. The difference is that this column is going to direct you to a website... 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