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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... Read 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 Read more

Yukon Local Business

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Issue: 2019-04-24, PHOTO: courtesy of David Geary

David Geary is no stranger to the Yukon. He was here to work with Gwaandak Theatre a year ago last February. Now he’s looking forward to seeing what Whitehorse is like when it’s warmer... Read more

Literature

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Issue: 2019-04-24, PHOTO: courtesy of Sigmund Brouwer/Rebecca Wellman

With over 100 titles and four million books in print, Sigmund Brouwer is a bestselling author of books for children, young adults and adults. He will be one of the mentor authors at this year’s Young Authors’ Conference on May 2 and 3, which is... Read more

Literature

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Issue: 2019-04-17, Photo: Dan Davidson

In 1990, a number of organizations joined together to merge the Young Authors’ Conference (YAC) and the National Book Festival into the more far-reaching Yukon Writers’ Festival. The goal was to highlight Canadian literary arts in the Yukon... Read more

Literature

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Issue: 2019-04-17, Photo: courtesy of Jan Redford

Jan Redford describes herself as a compulsive journal writer who always knew that she would like to be an author. “I remember filling pages with squiggly lines when I was about four or five, pretending I was a writer... Read more

Literature

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Issue: 2019-04-17, Photo: Dan Davidson

Members of the Yukon Order of Pioneers (YOOP) have placed the Ice Pool Tripod on the ice of the Yukon River and the tickets for the IODE Ice Guessing Contest, generally just called the Ice Pool, will be on sale at various places between Whitehorse... Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2019-04-10, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Dan Sokolowski is about three weeks away from launching the 20th edition of the Dawson City International Short Film Festival (DCISFF) when we sit down in his corner of the building that’s home to the Klondike Institute of Art of Culture (KIAC.)... Read more

Photography - Film

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Issue: 2019-04-03, Graphics: Yukon Fallen/Michael Gates

This slender volume contains brief biographies and photographs of the men from the Yukon who fought and died for Canada between 1914 and 1918. Seven of the enlisted died in 1919, but are recorded as still being in active service... Read more

Literature

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Issue: 2019-03-27, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Home Routes sends performers out to do about a dozen house concerts, six times a year, in 11 different touring zones from the Maritimes to the Yukon. We are part of the Aurora Trail, which includes a bit of northern British Columbia and the... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2019-03-13, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

It’s perhaps still a bit wintery by March 15, but that is the annual date when Dawson City celebrates what is nearly the end of that season with its Thaw di Gras “Spring” carnival. The event runs over a weekend, from March 15 to 17... Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2019-02-13, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Somewhere in the Boreal Forest, there is a small community called Rockton.It’s sometimes called the City of the Lost because it’s inhabited by people who, for one reason or another, really wanted to get away from it all... Read more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-12-19, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

A traditional Christmas Eve in Dawson City begins with an ecumenical carol and pageant service at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, located there simply because it is the largest of the available church buildings and can hold the most people. By that... Read more

Dawson City

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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... Read 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... Read more

Literature

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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... Read more

Dawson City

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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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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”... Read 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... Read 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. Read more

Dawson City

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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