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Jason Westover

Jason Westover

Freelance Writer Jason Westover is a father and comedian who currently lives in Old Crow, Yukon.


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Issue: 2015-04-09 PHOTO: courtesy of the Guild Society

Whitehorse has an awesome art scene. This month, The Guild will try to make it more awesome when its production of Cannibal! The Musical hits the stage. The play, which is based on the film of the same name, has been circulating North America for... more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2015-03-19 PHOTO: Jason Westover

Am I excited. In April I’ll be acting in the Guild Society’s newest play, Cannibal the Musical written by Trey Parker of South Park fame. The show is based on the true story of American prospector, Alferd Packer and his ill-fated expedition into... more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2015-03-05 PHOTO: Jason Westover

My three-year-old daughter Emily has a new BFF in our home. Her and I used to have tea parties, play dates with dolls, and trains moving down a track to a farm that was ruled by the Potato Head People. more

Yukon Families

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Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: Jason Westover

Recently my wife and I went to Mexico. Rather than bring our three-year-old daughter, Emily, we decided to fly my mother from Quebec to take care of her. Emily doesn’t get to see her grandmother too often more

Yukon Families

Two sets of well-to-do parents meet in a well-appointed living room to discuss a small problem in a civilized manner. One of their sons has hit the other with a stick, damaging two of the latter's teeth. Yasmina Reza's script starts with the matter more

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Elgstrand and Brad Dryborough, the play's director and Elgstrand's "longtime production partner," agree that it's a simple play. With a lot going on. more

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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: 2018-03-21, PHOTO: Michael McCall

On March 24th the Winterlong Brewing Co. will be slinging more than beer when they play host to two popular Los Angeles based podcasts. They’ll be slinging jokes as well, when the podcast shows Goods from The Woods and This is Rad are recorded at... more

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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

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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

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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

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Issue: 2017-12-20, PHOTO: courtesy of Ride for Dad Yukon

The 2018 edition of Ride for Dad Comedy Night returns to the Yukon Convention Centre on January 19 and 20. Celebrating it’s fifth year, the comedy gala has grown into its own as one of Ride for Dad Yukon’s premier fundraising events... 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: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: Nathalie Vogel

“Life, believe it or not is improvised,” said Dave Morris. Morris, an improv teacher and artistic director of The Paper Street Theatre company in Victoria, B.C. was giving a talk at a TedX event in 2012 about “The way of Improv,” much to the... more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-10-18, PHOTO: Carolyn Westberg

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys creepy strolls through dark spaces with ghouls and goblins festering around every corner, perhaps it’s time to head to The Guild Hall in Porter Creek, as the Guild Society is preparing to scare the wits out... more

Yukon Halloween

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Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: Jason Westover

What a happy day it was when my four-year-old daughter Emily opened a gift from my wife and I revealing a classic game from our youth. Hungry Hungry Hippos was one of our “go to” games in the mid-80s. I remember battling it out with friends and... more

Yukon Families

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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: 2016-01-28, PHOTO: Cathie Archbould

As winter carries on, theatre lovers will have the opportunity to warm their cold bodies with laughter in a brand new black box theatre when long time Yukon Arts mainstay Katherine McCallum unveils her new production company Larrikin Entertainment... more

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Issue: 2015-12-24, PHOTO: Jason Westover

If you’re searching for a little inspiration this holiday season, then perhaps this story is for you. Many of us give to charity and volunteer our time here and there, but for Sarah Ott, it’s a way of life. At only 17 years of age, Sarah has... more

Making A Difference!

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Issue: 2015-11-26 PHOTO: Eric Epstein

Attention all lovers, poets and dreamers: this holiday season The Bard is returning to the Whitehorse stage. The Guild Hall will launch its second show of the season on Nov. 26 with Shakespeare’s classic comedy Twelfth Night, Or What You Will. more

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Issue: 2015-10-29 PHOTO: courtesy of Deanna Fleysher

This Halloween season The Yukon Arts Centre (YAC) will present Butt Kapinksi at The Old Fire Hall, an interactive comedic murder mystery set in the style of a classic film noir movie. The show’s creator and star, Deanna Fleysher, slips into the... more

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Issue: 2015-10-29 PHOTO: Jason Westover

I looked out our window on Halloween Day, 2014. It was only -10ºC outside, but the trees were shaking as the wind howled making it much colder. The weather network put out a warning for Old Crow the night before announcing winds up to 40 kilometres.. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2015-09-24 PHOTO: Jason Westover

On October 1st The Guild Hall Society will kick off its 2015/16 season with Bert V. Royal’s dark comedy Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. The play is considered an unauthorized parody of the iconic Peanuts characters created by... more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2015-09-17 PHOTO: Jason Westover

I’m not saying my daughter Emily is soft when it comes to roughing it. She just happened to have spent her first three and a half years living in the total comfort of a warm bed, running water, and the ability to flush her business down a toilet... more

Yukon Summer

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Issue: 2015-07-16 PHOTO: Jason Westover

On July 4 my family headed to Skagway for the Independence Day celebration. Since I was about to write a piece for the WUY Hot Dog Issue, I thought, “What a great way to sample the Americana hot dog culture and stuff myself with delicious mystery... more

Yukon Food & Drink

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PHOTO: Jason Westover

My daughter Emily just completed Puddle Jumpers. It's the first of a six level swimming course called the Little People Program. The lessons are offered at the Canada Games Centre (CGC) for children, ages three to six. more

Yukon Active

  • Sarah Ott is passionate about helping others.jpg

    Issue: 2015-12-24, PHOTO: Jason Westover

    Sarah Ott is passionate about helping others

  • The ever so finicky three year old eater.jpg

    Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: Jason Westover

    The ever-finicky eater

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    Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: Jason Westover

    Emily’s breakfast of champions

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    Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: Jason Westover

    Boiled eggs are a no fail food