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June 12 Issue


“One meaning of “Gwaandak” in the

Gwich’in language is “storyteller”.

Gwaandak Theatre, the Yukon’s only Indigenous-centered theatre company, was founded in Whitehorse in 1999 by theatre artists Leonard Linklater and Patti Flather.

Gwaandak Theatre’s vision is to illuminate Indigenous and Northern stories around the world.


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Issue: 2018-05-02, PHOTO: Rick Massie

In an instant, everything changes. Electricity fizzles out, networks crumble and the collected knowledge of humanity – stored in digital archives like Wikipedia – vanishes. The world is left in the middle of a cold, dark winter... more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2018-04-11, PHOTO: courtesy of the Playwrights Guild of Canada

On a dream and a successful grant, Monique Renaud will visit Whitehorse for the first time to co-host the first Yukon Playwright’s Conference this Saturday at the Old Fire Hall. Renaud is the Public Relations Manager at the Playwrights Guild of... more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-09-06, PHOTO: courtesy of K. Maguire

Five years ago Hidden Memories started as a one-act play Lillian Nakamura Maguire drafted to improve her dialogue skills for a creative writing class. Now the full-length version will be featured in the Vancouver Fringe Festival’s Advance Theatre... more

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Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Leonard Linklater

When Yukon playwright Patti Flather launched the book of her highly acclaimed play, Paradise, on a warm June evening at Baked Café in Whitehorse, Mac’s Fireweed Books sold out all their copies. “The thing about a play, is after it’s produced it’s... more

Literature

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Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: courtesy of Teslin Tlingit Council

The biannual Haa Ḵusteeyí Celebration and community gathering in Teslin this month presents a unique opportunity for Yukoners of all backgrounds to connect with the Tlingit community. “Everyone is welcome. We want everybody here. more

Teslin

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Issue: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: Liz Beddall

Falen Johnson doesn’t hold back when it comes to Gwaandak Theatre. “I love Gwaandak,” the Six Nations writer says straight out. “It’s a place where you know you’re immediately welcomed as an Indigenous playwright.” Johnson’s play Two Indians is... more

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Marten Berkman

The first days in the creation of the play Map of the Land, Map of the Stars took place in the summer of 2015 along the banks of the Yukon River. A group of artists gathered with stories, images, objects, and songs – items that they were drawn to... more

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Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: courtesy of Andra Hunter

“What would I say my style is? It depends on what project I'm working on… I liked to say 'contemporary aboriginal dancer' for a long time, but that's pretty broad – there are so many kinds of aboriginal dance and it's all different… If you were... more

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Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz Photography

It was the promise of bannock that first lured Melaina Sheldon into the orbit of Gwaandak Theatre in 2010. The Teslin-born actor, writer and arts administrator had just returned to the Yukon after studying and working in British Columbia. That's... more

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Issue: 2016-06-09, PHOTO: Chris Healey

Audience members with program “maps” in hand will be guided through the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre for a unique performance adventure from Gwaandak Theatre, showcasing the spectacular riverfront and Yukon stories about who we are and where we... more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2016-03-31, PHOTOS: Courtesy of Gwaandak Theare

Gwaandak Theatre is known for producing high quality, thought provoking and original productions. A large portion of its mandate is to help cultivate Aboriginal and Northern artists gain professional experience and exposure on stages close and far... more

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Issue: 2016-02-25, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

This week shaped up to be a culturally ambitious one in Dawson City. The centerpiece of the week has been the Myth and Medium conference organized by the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in’s Heritage Department and focusing on the performing arts. It’s not too... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2015-11-19 PHOTO: courtesy of Gwaandak Theatre

On Nov. 19 Yukoners can grab a drink and a snack at the Yukon Transportation Museum and hunker down for a favourite Yukon pastime: telling stories of backwoods adventures. The event, called Tales of the Trails, will feature Yukon storytellers... more

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Issue: 2015-07-23

Teslin is a Tlingit village that has accommodated change with beauty, culture and strength. This weekend, it’s the go-to destination for the Tlingit Hà Kus Teyea Celebration. As well as a giant family reunion, with coastal connections to Juneau... more

Teslin

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Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: Bruce Barrett

Marjolène Gauthier doesn’t accept the idea that the territory’s small population means arts organizers don’t need to improve how they serve their customers. “What I really hate to hear is, ‘Oh, we’ve been doing that forever. more

Theatre - Dance

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July 31, 2014

When Patti Flather left Vancouver for the Yukon, she had no thoughts of becoming a playwright, let alone co-founder and artistic director of a busy theatre company. more

Yukon People

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June 2014

A play reading uses character and voice to tell a story. It’s not a full production with a set, costumes, and lighting. It exposes actors and plays, and gives the community a chance to see the play come to life. more

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International Women's Day is Saturday, March 8, it's a day to pause and consider women's health, dreams, and safety — worldwide, and in Canada. It's a perfect time to see The Hours that Remain, a play by Ontario Métis artist Keith Barker. The play... more

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If you are susceptible to the perception that we are a country of people who play it safe; Colleen Murphy is the kind of person who reminds us that Canadian's can be cool. Her life is anything but normal and she's artistic to boot. She has created f more

Theatre - Dance

Adäka (pronounced Aw-daw-kah) means "coming into the light" in the Southern Tutchone language and each year this festival continues to expand, like the sun rising on a new day, spreading its light further across the land. more

Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2016-06-09, PHOTO: Chris Healey

Audience members with program “maps” in hand will be guided through the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre for a unique performance adventure from Gwaandak Theatre, showcasing the spectacular riverfront and Yukon stories about who we are and where we... more

Theatre - Dance