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George Maratos

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What's Up Yukon Writers


George Maratos is a Whitehorse-based writer and comedian. George is one of What's Up Yukon's original 12 writers! 


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Issue: 2018-06-13, PHOTO: courtesy of Baked Laughs

The Whitehorse comedy scene is on a roll as of late. There have been pro comic events at the Guild Hall, the Ride for Dad Comedy Night, the creation of the Yukon Comedy Collective and the Yukon Comedy Festival. Seasoned Yukon comics have also been... more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-03-14, PHOTO: courtesy of Kyle Clark

The Yukon stand-up comedy scene can be fickle. Some years comics will perform to packed houses that turn people away at the door. Other years, not so much. Whether it’s a lack of comics, audience, or both, northern life can bring a number of... more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-03-07, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz

On March 9, Yukon comic Stephen McGovern will be gearing up to take the stage at the Just for Laughs Northwest comedy festival in Vancouver. The 10-day event beginning March 1 offers a wide variety of shows that highlight Canadian and... more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-01-24, PHOTO: Jessica Eden

The Yukon is about to get a whole lot funnier if Richard Eden has his way. Relatively new to the territory, Eden is the president and creator of The Yukon Comedy Collective – a new non-profit organisation that’s dedicated to providing top quality... more

Humour

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Issue: 2017-11-15, PHOTO: George Maratos

On June 20, 2016, Jenny Hamilton sat in quiet awe trying to take it all in. Her stand up career was about to take a significant leap in front of a packed house at the Yukon Arts Centre. When it was her time to go, Hamilton focused and told herself... more

Humour

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Issue: 2016-10-19

Geneviève Doyon and Jessica Hickman have, once again, combed through silent films, searching for excerpts to play on a screen to an audience. This is the third year they’ve done it. Doyon and Hickman are the co-artistic directors of Open Pit... more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: wikimediacommons.com

The ski swap happens every year. I’ve never been. I don’t know why, maybe because I always wake up too late on the Saturday of the swap, and I’ve heard that it’s not worth going unless you get there early. more

Yukon Active

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Issue: 2016-10-06, PHOTO: courtesy of the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture

From November 2 to 5, youth from all over the Yukon will be converging on Dawson City to hone their art skills in the 16th annual Youth Art Enrichment Program. Hosted by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC), the four-day program is... more

Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: by Bruce Barrett

Expect the unexpected. This is good advice for both performers and audience at a typical improv event. Mind you, “typical” is a misnomer for a genre defined by having a unique performance every time. If you’ve ever had a yen to create... more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-08-04, PHOTO: Bruce Barrett

They're on the road again. Bruce Barrett and Judy Forrest, the Whitehorse couple whose van was torched by an arsonist in British Columbia last month, are rebounding from the major setback in their retirement travel plan. Barrett retired last... more

Travel Outside

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Issue: 2016-07-14, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Wildland Fire Management

On July 2, 1998, as Canada Day weekend celebrations carried out across the Yukon, a wildfire ignited. It was one of the largest and most expensive wildfires in the history of the territory. It was preventable and began after a campfire was not... more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2016-06-23, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Wildland Fire Management

Mike Sparks has been managing wildfire for more than 35 years. Beginning as a teenager in Alberta and then moving north, he is now the Manager of Wildfire Operations for the Yukon Wildland Fire Management(WFM) program. “We are a small organization... more

Yukon Outside

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Issue: 2016-01-28, PHOTO: courtesy of Lars Callieou

Unlike some comedians, Lars Callieou didn't get his start as the class clown, for a simple reason: he wasn't in class. From the age of six until he was 14, Callieou was home-schooled in hotel rooms while his parents plied their musical trade 50... more

Yukon Arts & Entertainment

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Issue: 2015-09-17 PHOTO: George Maratos

George Maratos was just three years old when Terry Fox was becoming a household name across Canada and elsewhere. Still, he claims to have a "kind of" memory of the young B.C. runner's heroic 1980 odyssey known as the Marathon of Hope. more

Making A Difference!

“It’s like the Yukon scenery — I never get tired of reading about Terry Fox.” George Maratos has never had cancer, and nobody in his immediate family has suffered from the disease. Terry Fox is still his hero. He can’t stop talking about the man. more

Yukon Lifestyle

It's difficult to resist making puns about the title of the award-winning play Syphilis: A Love Story by Whitehorse playwright, and What's Up Yukon assistant editor, Peter Jickling. Jokes like, more

Theatre - Dance

We all pay just a little more attention to coverage of events we attended just in case we are On TV. But On TV usually happens somewhere else, somewhere we can't reach. But there is something waiting to bridge that gap. Always there, often forgotten, more

Humour

Dear Yukoners, Warm greetings from Adelaide, Australia! Bloody hot greetings more like it. Your very own Yukon Gold Comics (Jenny Hamilton, George Maratos, Stephen McGovern, and I) are going through a creative comedy makeover by shaking their pasty more

Yukon Outside

It sounds nasty. A small group of northerners is scheming to infect a major southern city with Syphilis next month. But there's no need to alert public health officials. Ramshackle Theatre is ... more

Theatre - Dance

We meet our Canadian protagonist, Richard Hannay, played by George Maratos, in his West End London flat. It's the mid-Thirties and he's bored. So he decides to go to the theatre. This cures his boredom. It will cure yours. more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: George Maratos

This is the second year that Northern Vision Development has challenged Whitehorse restaurants to make the best burger. This year six restaurants took the bait -- The Gold Pan Saloon, the High Country Inn, The Cut Off, Earls, the Steele Street... more

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Issue: 2016-04-21, PHOTO: Rick Massie

Longtime Yukon teacher Mary Sloan and rapper Eminem have something in common. They both got their careers started in Detroit’s notorious 8-Mile district. However, Sloan’s teaching environment from the beginning to the end could not have been more... more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2016-03-17, PHOTO: courtesy of Daniel Adamson

In January 2013 Daniel Adamson first travelled to the Philippines. It was the wish of his sick mother whom Adamson had been looking after for several years. After years of caring for her she wanted him to take a holiday. A Yukon wildland... more

Making A Difference!

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Issue: 2015-12-10 PHOTO: Rick Massie

Pat Ellis first arrived in Whitehorse in the early 1950s. She was a 19 year-old art student from Winnipeg and Whitehorse was a much different city then. Ramshackle cabins and tiny derelict homes made up the downtown waterfront replacing today’s... more

Literature

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Issue: 2015-11-05 PHOTO: Courtesy of Gary Bailie

Gary Bailie has taken a personal tragedy and turned it into the fuel that powers him to produce the popular Blue Feather Music Festival. Now in its 15th year the annual music event was never meant to be the large-scale music festival it has become. more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-10-01 PHOTO: Rick Massie

In the popular bowling movie Kingpin the term “munsoned” is coined by the film’s writers Peter and Bobby Farrelly to describe being up a creek without a paddle, essentially being left for dead. For the Mad Trapper Alleys in Riverdale that seemed... more

Yukon Active

Chicago, originally written in 1926 during the Prohibition-era, revolves around criminal Roxy Hart and the murder of her boyfriend. Written by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins, it is based on actual crimes and criminals she covered in 1924 while worki more

Theatre - Dance

A staple of the Frostbite Music Festival will kick off this year's event and showcase the multitude of young talent in the territory. The annual Battle of the Bands competition will take place Friday, February 15 in the Yukon College's woodshed and w more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2010-11-04

Sure, he teased us all with an above average fall, but once again Old Man Winter has settled in. Every year there is a hope he might just bypass us all together and maybe visit Osoyoos, but he never does, and therefore we all must learn to adapt. more

Yukon Winter