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 and Behind The Curtain

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Issue: 2018-02-28, PHOTO: courtesy of Peripheral Vision

When a band calls itself Peripheral Vision, you might be excused for thinking it’s a rock group, or possibly a folk/roots, or even bluegrass ensemble. But you’d be wrong. What the Toronto-based quartet serves up is a musical bouillabaisse with... more

Feb. 28, 2018 midnight Yukon Music


Issue: 2018-02-28, PHOTO: Robert Couse-Baker on

I need a little help here, folks. Valentine’s Day has already come and gone, but it’s left me in a bit of a quandary. This isn’t an event Herself and I normally celebrate with a lot of folderol and fiddle-dee-dee. A nice card, a special hug, a... more

Feb. 28, 2018 midnight Humour


Issue: 2018-02-21, PHOTO: Don Schmid

If he hadn’t been so exhausted from a 23-hour train ride, Kevin Kane might have joined forces with fellow singer/guitarist Bryan Potvin 30 years sooner than he did. Back in 1984 (or possibly ’85), The Grapes of Wrath, a pop-rock group Kane fronted... more

Feb. 21, 2018 midnight Yukon Music

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Issue: 2018-02-07, PHOTO: Pixaby

We all know nostalgia ain’t what it used to be. My concern is that the noble art of the insult is also on the skids these days. When I was a kid, one of the worst taunts you could throw at someone was, “Ah, your mother wears army boots.” Stupid... more

Feb. 07, 2018 midnight Humour


Issue: 2018-01-17, PHOTO: Pixabay

In the hyper-sensitive world of childhood, an ill-chosen word can sometimes have a devastating impact, even if no harm is intended. I’m not talking about the kind of taunting, bullying talk that was unfortunately common on the playgrounds of my... more

Jan. 17, 2018 midnight Humour

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Issue: 2018-01-17, PHOTO: Wink Richardson

Jen Hodge had just spent five hectic days in Asheville, North Carolina, rehearsing every day and performing late into every night as part of the massive celebration of swing music known as Lindy Focus XVI. more

Jan. 17, 2018 midnight Yukon Music


Issue: 2018-01-17, PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton Photography

Lust, grief, denial and repression (not to mention demonic possession) in the bible-belt town of Cypress, Texas. Oh, yes. Don’t forget the puppets. These are all elements of the Guild Theatre’s upcoming production of Hand to God, a dark comedy by... more

Jan. 17, 2018 midnight Theatre - Dance


Issue: 2017-12-06, PHOTO: Rina Pitucci/Flickr

I could be wrong, but I’ve never bought into the notion of predestination – that the cosmic fix is in, and our ultimate fate is set by forces beyond our control. By the same token, I don’t subscribe to the idea of karma – the Hindu-Buddhist belief... more

Dec. 06, 2017 midnight Humour

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Issue: 2017-11-29, PHOTO: Rick Massie

Is it character, circumstance, or the choices we make that determines our lot in life? This is the conundrum that lies at the heart of Good People, the 2011 play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. Director Clinton Walker... more

Nov. 29, 2017 midnight Theatre - Dance


Issue: 2017-11-22, PHOTO: Ken Bolton

Anyone who has attended a Kim Beggs concert, or listened to one of her CDs, knows that the subject of death often shows up in her lyrics. It certainly did on October 12, during the sixth of 41 stops on her current two-month marathon tour... more

Nov. 22, 2017 midnight Yukon Music


Issue: 2017-11-22, PHOTO: courtesy of Jeremy Pelt

The email said Jeremy Pelt was between engagements in Europe and China, with just a “sliver of time” of time for a phone interview from his New York City home. For the first few minutes, the answers were terse, non-committal, perhaps a bit... more

Nov. 22, 2017 midnight Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: Pixabay

Just for the heck of it, let’s take a look at three English words that, on the surface of things, appear to have a lot in common. Before we start, I want to mention once again my amazement that anyone can actually understand the English language... more

Nov. 01, 2017 midnight Humour


Issue: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: Brian Craig

Cathy Stubington doesn’t mind being in the shadows when she does a show. In fact, she prefers it. “My main interest has always come more from the making side, and the conceptual side, but I’m a puppeteer, as well. As a performer, I prefer to be... more

Nov. 01, 2017 midnight Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2017-10-25, PHOTO: courtesy Yukon Archives

With the exception of sports figures, Max Fraser contends, Canadian heroes seldom get the respect they deserve. The Whitehorse filmmaker and military history buff wants to help change that, especially when it comes to a larger-than-life former... more

Oct. 25, 2017 midnight Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-10-25, PHOTO: courtesy of Karin Plato

Have you heard the one about the farmer’s daughter, the music teacher, the composer and the jazz singer? It’s not a joke. They’re all the same person: Karin Plato. Although she has called Vancouver home since 1985, Plato grew up on a grain farm... more

Oct. 25, 2017 midnight Yukon Music


Issue: 2017-10-18, PHOTO:

The first week of September, the mice fled the fields and snuck indoors, as mice are wont to do. It happened in the quiet hours of one night. The day before, the kitchen drawers and cupboards were spotless. The next, they were festooned with... more

Oct. 18, 2017 midnight Humour


Issue: 2017-10-11, PHOTO: courtesy of This Is That

They met as teenagers at an improv comedy club called Lucifer’s in Calgary, Alberta. Now, more than two decades later, they’ve just launched their seventh season performing together weekly for a coast-to-coast-to-coast audience. more

Oct. 11, 2017 midnight Yukon Arts & Entertainment

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Issue: 2017-10-04, PHOTO: William Warby - Flickr

It’s the age-old debate about the chicken and the egg. Sometimes, we simply don’t know what is cause and what is effect. This is especially true when it comes to matters that touch on personal feeling. As a for-instance, do you love cream of... more

Oct. 04, 2017 midnight Humour


Issue: 2017-10-04, PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton Photography

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s award-winning comedy Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) has been around for almost 30 years, but Brian Fidler and Clare Preuss are convinced it will still play well to contemporary Whitehorse audiences. “I think it... more

Oct. 04, 2017 midnight Theatre - Dance


Issue: 2017-10-04, PHOTO: Courtesy of Alkan Air

To hear Hugh Kitchen tell it, operating a Northern aviation business seems a lot like trying to romance a porcupine. Besides needing opportunity, courage and excellent timing, “you have to be flexible and fast on your feet.” Kitchen ought to know... more

Oct. 04, 2017 midnight Yukon Local Business