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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


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Issue: 2020-01-22, PHOTO: Vincent Lim

What’s in a name? Is it possible that a kid from Philly named Sam Taylor was predestined to become a tenor sax player and make a name for himself in New York City’s thriving jazz scene? Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2020-01-22, PHOTO: Pixabay

There’s something about the turning of one year into the next, not to mention when a decade slips quietly into another. But how could such an event compare to the morphing of both a century and a millennium from old to new? Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2019-12-23, PHOTO: David Stanley / via Wikimedia Commons

So far in the pre-winter of 2019, Geezerville has already had lashings of snow. Then a dump of snow. Then a gentle frosting to make both lashings and dump look sweet and innocuous. Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2019-12-18, PHOTO: Pixabay

Let’s face it, some folks get really ramped up about the season of festive excess that descends upon us every December. For many of them (even you, if I may be so bold), holiday prep starts months in advance. In extreme cases, as early as Boxing Day Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2019-11-27, PHOTO: Bruce Barrett

Sir Tom Stoppard is one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights and screenwriters, known for rapid-fire dialogue that also carries deep philosophical truths. Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2019-11-20, PHOTO: Pixabay

Never, in any previous column, have I considered the need to provide a trigger warning. Regular visitors to Geezerville are generally mature, clear-minded and emotionally stable enough to put up with whatever nonsense I spill into this 450-word frame Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2019-11-20, PHOTO: Tonehenge

In one sense, Jennifer Scott’s newest CD, due to be released sometime in the next few months, is a fitting tribute to the Vancouver singer/pianist’s own musical upbringing. Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2019-11-13, PHOTO: Pixabay

This morning, Kyle showed up with his bulging leather tool belt, his cordless shop vacuum, and a clutch of 16x25x1 furnace filters. It’s one of those annual rituals I’ve come to both welcome and dread. Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2019-11-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

How do you solve a problem like “flibbertigibbet?” Unless you had a grandmother like mine, that’s a word you’d probably never heard before Oscar Hammerstein II used it to describe a postulant manquée named Maria... Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2019-10-30, PHOTO: David Beecroft

Without question, Phil Dwyer was the only first-year law student at the University of New Brunswick in 2014 sporting an Order of Canada pin in his lapel. Read more

Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2019-10-16, PHOTO: Pixabay

I love my cellphone. Let me rephrase that. I am addicted to my cellphone. I’m enslaved by it. In its absence, I feel abandoned, disoriented, slightly less than a whole person. Read more

Humour

Whatever your language or culture, your gift to the future is to provide wonder for kids to chew on in their strollers. Read more

Literature

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Issue: 2019-10-02, PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton

After an absence of two decades, eight low-rent vaudevillians trying to evade the secret police in their homeland have returned to Whitehorse. The Guild Theatre opens its 2019/20 season this week with a remount of the wacky comedy, El Crocodor... Read more

Theatre - Dance

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Issue: 2019-09-25, PHOTO: Pixabay

Six hours after I email this column to Danny Macdonald, and long before you read it in What’s Up Yukon, these words by Cole Porter from the 1948 Broadway smash, Kiss Me, Kate, will be part of my remembered experience: Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2019-09-25, PHOTO: Marzena Manganaro

One person’s trash is another’s treasure. When Larry Fuller’s older brother brought home an upright piano a cousin was discarding, the “little kid” from Toledo discovered a passion that would take him to the forefront of North America’s jazz... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2019-08-21, PHOTO: Pixabay

I recently wrote about my new vocation as a DIY coffin maker. OK, strictly speaking it’s not a coffin. It’s a casket. On a draped bier. Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2019-08-14, PHOTO: Pixabay

Things sometimes turn on a dime. Recently, with only three days’ notice, my summer job as a kiddie-train engineer suddenly vanished in a puff of steam-engine smoke. I won’t dwell on the details, except to say I was disappointed. Read more

Humour

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Issue-2019-07-10, PHOTO: Pixabay

They say the fastest land mammal of all is the cheetah, capable of running as fast as 120 km/h without breaking a sweat. But “they” are wrong. Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2019-07-03, PHOTO: Pixabay

Opinions are like belly buttons. Everybody has one. Except Adam and Eve, reportedly. Even a casual glance at Facebook, Twitter, or similar social media platforms confirms a disturbing fact: opinions are actually far more numerous than belly buttons. Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2019-06-26, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

The last entry in this space provided a platform for a more-or-less true tale of undeserved punishment recalled (and still resented) from the mists of time. Read more

Humour

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

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