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Ken Bolton

Ken Bolton

Ken Bolton is the former Co-Editor for What's Up Yukon.  Ken is a passionate, hardworking, and dedicated freelance writer before and after his editor position.  Currently Ken telecommutes from New Brunswick.  Columns Include: A Little Off The Top, Behind The Curtain and Wasting Away in Geezerville


Our goal at What's Up Yukon has always been to be a true reflection of Yukon's living culture. Before we started this little magazine, our family knew there was way more happening here than we could keep track of. Read more

What's Up Yukon Columns

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Issue: 2019-02-13, PHOTO: Sabine Schulte

Tomáš Kubínek was just three years old on the August night in 1968 when 250,000 Warsaw Pact troops invaded his Czechoslovakian homeland to crush Alexander Dubček’s liberalization movement, known as the Prague Spring... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

Beyond the windows of my study/greenhouse, the temperature is still in deficit mode and falling. Another skiff of snow arrived overnight—the dry, fat, fluffy kind I have no trouble ignoring. It will either blow away, or it will not. It doesn’t... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2019-01-30, PHOTO: courtesy of Lonnie Powell

Lonnie Powell’s passion for percussion dates back to a childhood night in B.C.’s Kootenay region, when he attended a wedding reception with his mother and watched a “really animated” drummer strut his stuff... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2019-01-23, PHOTO: courtesy of Jodi Proznick

By her own admission, Jodi Proznick, an award-winning bassist and member of Triology, has enjoyed an “incredible performing career, and had opportunities really beyond anything I could have imagined for myself at the beginning of this journey.” Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2019-01-16, PHOTO: Jason Westover

Laura McLean was a teenager when she first encountered Christopher Durang, using one of the American playwright’s monologues as an audition piece for acting roles. “I remember first reading his work and absolutely falling in love with his... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2018-12-19, PHOTO: James Moore

If you’re a budding comedian who’s burning to go on the road with Lars Callieou, pay attention to your appearance. Oh, and don’t forget to show up for the sound check. These are some of the signs of professionalism the Edmonton comic looks for in... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-12-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

The time-honoured English tradition of the Christmas pantomime (known affectionately as just “panto”) was not part of my childhood. My British father did grow up attending pantos, before going on to become an usher in post-Victorian music halls... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-12-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

Every now and then, a fella happens to hit the sweet spot, even if it is more by good luck than good management. I rest my case on a recent example. Early in the week, I casually mentioned to “Herself” that it was time to consider remounting the... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-11-28, PHOTO: Alison Hasbach

After more than two decades as a jazz guitarist, Sheryl Bailey still invokes the name of a player who first inspired her love of the genre, but who died when she was just two years old. “I got into jazz when I was about 15. I heard Wes Montgomery... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2018-11-21, PHOTO: byzantiumbooks on Foter.com

Genevieve Fleming is counting on Whitehorse audiences to take in the upcoming Guild Theatre production, even if just to indulge in some cold-weather Schadenfreude. In one sense, the Vancouver-based director suggested in an interview, staging... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2018-11-07, PHOTO: Pixabay

It’s official. Apart from a few hardy species that relish cold weather for some absurd reason, backyard garden 2018 has now been decommissioned. Several less-hardy species—tomatoes, peppers, et alia—clung valiantly to life in their wheeled, rodent... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-10-31, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

It’s confession time in Geezerville. I recently spent my allotted 450 words in this space musing about some of the beguiling delights to be found in the “be” section of the dictionary. Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-10-31, COVER ART: J.D. Sipe

It’s been a fairly typical autumn for bluesman Brandon Isaak. Typically busy, that is. The former Whitehorse musician spent most of September on tour in Germany and Holland, including an appearance at the prestigious Guitar Summit in Mannheim... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2018-10-24, PHOTO: courtesy of Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

Fate has a habit of steering flute and saxophone player Jane Bunnett in unexpected directions. If tendinitis hadn’t forced a break from her intense piano practice regime, for instance, she might not have gone to San Francisco and met Charles... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2018-10-17, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

To be, or not to be. For advocates of plain writing, Shakespeare’s most famous monologue is a touchstone. Its opening sentence consists of nine one-syllable words in a row, followed by one containing just two (depending on whether one reads... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-10-10, PHOTO: courtesy of Gwaandak Theatre

Wren Brian was just 10 years old when the first X-Men movie came out in 2000. The film’s opening scene, set in the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, triggered a fascination with the Nazi Holocaust that remains with her today... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2018-10-03, PHOTO: courtesy of Emilia Symington Fedy

It’s a comedy about the darkness of parenthood. That’s how Emelia Symington Fedy describes Motherload, the collectively-created play she and three castmates are bringing to the Yukon Arts Centre’s mainstage on October 13. Fedy traces the... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2018-10-03, PHOTO: Pixabay

I’ve already mentioned how easy it was to provoke calls on my radio open-line show in Charlottetown in the 1970s, by inviting listeners to share either recipes or gardening tips. One desperate morning, I stumbled across a topic that lit up the... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2018-09-26, PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton

The Guild Theatre will launch its 2018–19 season this week with Lawrence and Holloman, a darkly hilarious two-hander by award-winning Canadian playwright Morris Panych. First produced at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre in 1998, it later inspired a film... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2018-09-19, PHOTO: courtesy of Cory Weeds

Cory Weeds credits the influential jazz label, Criss Cross Jazz, for his initial introduction to long-time friend and musical collaborator, David Hazeltine. In the mid-’90s, the Vancouver sax player, impresario and Juno-winning producer had... Read more

Yukon Music