Issue: 2015-05-21

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Issue: 2015-05-21

"Two Wheels, One Uke, and No Inhibitions"

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Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: Rick Massie

Amelia Merher, also known as the ukulele-slinging songwriter Big Mama Lele, has ambitious plans for her 30th birthday. “I’m putting a new spin on fatbiking,” she says. On May 26, her birthday, Merher kicks off a 16-gig bicycle tour of the Yukon... Read more

Yukon Music


Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: Marc Paradis

According to Marc Paradis, it’s starting to resemble a mini-music festival. He should know. The Whitehorse drummer has performed at pretty much every major music function since he arrived in the Yukon 35 years ago. Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: Miche Genest

On a sunny Saturday a few weeks ago I joined 70 other curious souls at a bourbon tasting and barbecue cohosted by the Yukon Chamber of Commerce and the Yukon Liquor Corporation. Seventeen different fine and rare bourbons were set up at three... Read more


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Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: courtesy Joslyn Kilborn

On a Monday evening I ring the doorbell to the Arts Underground studio. No one answers. As I wait I begin to feel nervous and awkward. Have I come to the wrong place? I double-check the instructions. A moment later a truck pulls up and a woman... Read more

Yukon Arts


Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: Telek Rogan

Hello readers, Do you have a tattoo that is important to you? Is it inspired by something or someone in the Yukon? Please submit a highres image of your ink along with a brief explanation of its significance to Read more

Tattoo You

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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. Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: Allan Benjamin


Old Crow

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Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: Dan Davidson

We’re two days past the break-up of the Yukon River as I sit down to write this column. As usual, there’s a chilly breeze coming off the newly exposed river that will last for a few days until the temperatures adjust. Read more

Dawson City


Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: Tony Gonda

Fawn Fritzen joined the Big Band in 2008 and took over as its vocalist from Rebekah Bell in 2013, when the latter left the territory. Yet despite seven years in the outfit, Fritzen is keenly aware that she is a newcomer in the grand scheme of things. Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: courtesy of Jacob Scheier

Jacob Scheier wrote his first collection of poems about the loss of his mother; he was 20. She had gotten sick when he was in high school. It was part of his shift from writing as a hobby to writing because it felt very necessary. Read more



Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: Joan Norberg

Recently we went down south for a family visit. At the time it was still very much winter here in the Yukon. Down there the snow was melting, there were puddles everywhere and it felt like spring. Read more

Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

“ABC Quick Check.” It is a phrase that easily rolls off the tongue of Peter Czerny. “ABC Quick Check.” Before starting a season of riding his bicycle, and even before starting a trip to work in the morning, this phrase reminds him to check the air... Read more

Yukon Education


Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: Angela Szymczuk

Peep this — the word cigar comes from the Latin word cicala, which means “large insect”. When the Spanish started discovering cigars in the 1700s, they turned cicala into cigarra, since cigars resembled the shape of a cicala. Read more



Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: Amelia Merhar

Welcome to the first of four articles on beginner bike touring around the Yukon. I’ll share a rundown of trips and some tips, as well as the official judgment from my quads, on which hills are the absolute worst. I’m a musician, not an athlete. Read more

Haines Junction

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Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTO: courtesy Carolyn Vincent

About 11:00 p.m. I finally got a glimpse of McClure when our trail passed near the deep ravine the river made. I had been vainly looking for it for the last few hours, but it was hidden in the canyon. Read more


Imagine that you had a dream and were guaranteed that you could achieve it. Would you do it? Would you sit on the fence and think about it? Would you think, “What’s the catch?” This spring, 9 playwrights in Whitehorse said yes to fulfilling the... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2015-05-21 PHOTOS: courtesy of The Family Fun Circus

The circus arts are some of the oldest performing arts: acrobats, contortionists, the bearded lady, bears pedaling bikes, clowns, and juggling. The big top, pennant flags waving in the wind. The smell of wood chips and animals. Read more

Theatre - Dance