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Dan Davidson

 Dan Davidson  retired after three decades teaching classrooms in Beaver Creek, Faro and Dawson, Dan Davidson.  For the last number of years, he has written two columns for What's Up Yukon. 

A Klondike Korner, where he keeps an eye on happenings in Dawson City and The Book Shelf where he shares some of his favourites and Yukon created books with us.

You can contact him via dawson@whatsupyukon.com.


This portrait of Annie Henry, left, Ione Christensen and Myrna Butterworth

PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Twenty years ago the late Madeleine Gould’s lengthy quest (1987-1996) to join the Yukon Order of Pioneers ended with a Supreme Court of Canada decision. Over the years a number of women in Dawson had supported this quest, notably with the humorous Read more

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Issue: 2019-11-06, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

It’s Coffee House/Open Mic time at the KIAC Ballroom once again. This is a monthly event that usually takes place on the first Saturday of every month from September through to May. Read more

Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2019-10-23, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The next 40 years of the Dawson Invitational Volleyball Tournament (DIVT) kicks off on Oct. 25 in Dawson City. Read more

Making A Difference!

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Issue: 2019-10-16, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

There’s a significant date that is fast approaching. No, I’m not talking about the election on Oct. 21, though that is an important date. A week or so later though, on Nov. 3, we’ll face the annual chore of adjusting to Standard Time. Read more

Humour

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Issue: 2019-09-04, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Sometime before the beginning of winter, the old CIBC building on Front Street will turn grey and I’m quite certain that some people will be upset. Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2019-08-21, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Dawson City would not be nearly as well-known as it is without the writings of three men who lived here for parts of their lives. Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2019-06-26, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The Friends of the Palace Grand (FotPG) has existed for a number of years. Originally under the umbrella of the Dawson City Arts Society (DCAS), its aim was to restore live performance to the Palace Grand Theatre Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2019-06-19, Dan Davidson

The Klondike Visitors Association (KVA) and the Writers’ Trust of Canada have announced the theme for the annual Authors on Eighth Writing Contest. Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2019-05-01, Photo: Dan Davidson

The melting season is upon us with a vengeance, spoiling all the plans I had for a series of columns about street clearances in Dawson. On March 7, I had a lovely photo of the large piles of snow along Front Street, showing the work done by the... Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2019-04-17, Photo: Dan Davidson

Members of the Yukon Order of Pioneers (YOOP) have placed the Ice Pool Tripod on the ice of the Yukon River and the tickets for the IODE Ice Guessing Contest, generally just called the Ice Pool, will be on sale at various places between Whitehorse... Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2019-04-10, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Dan Sokolowski is about three weeks away from launching the 20th edition of the Dawson City International Short Film Festival (DCISFF) when we sit down in his corner of the building that’s home to the Klondike Institute of Art of Culture (KIAC.)... Read more

Photography - Film

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Issue: 2019-03-27, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Home Routes sends performers out to do about a dozen house concerts, six times a year, in 11 different touring zones from the Maritimes to the Yukon. We are part of the Aurora Trail, which includes a bit of northern British Columbia and the... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2018-12-19, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

A traditional Christmas Eve in Dawson City begins with an ecumenical carol and pageant service at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, located there simply because it is the largest of the available church buildings and can hold the most people. By that... Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-12-12, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

One of the most annoying things about the fall and spring seasons is the need to scrape the frost off your vehicle’s windows before you can drive anywhere. In the summer, you only have to worry about a little bit of fog; and in the winter, there’s... Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-11-21, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The pre-Christmas season will soon be underway here in the Klondike, actually beginning a few days before this piece can see print. It’s a season of bazaars and open houses that lead up to the actual holidays... Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-10-24, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The 2018–19 season of Home Routes Concerts kicked off in September with a tour by country singer Tim Hus, accompanied by his sideman of 15 years, Spider Bishop. Hus, on vocals and guitar, is reminiscent of a younger incarnation of Stompin’ Tom... Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-08-29, PHOTO: courtesy of Sherron Jones

On April 21, 2018, Sherron Jones sent the following notice to her followers on the Moccasin Telegraph email list: “Now that the Moccasin Telegraph has run its course after 15 years of providing an opportunity for folks to share history and... Read more

Dawson City

Guests in costume at the Commissioner Angélique Bernard’s Ball in June

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When "Arizona" Charlie Meadows built his Palace Grand Theatre, in 1899, it probably never occurred to him that some version of the place would still exist in 2018. Read more

Dawson City

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Dan Davidson

Of the five writers who have attracted folks to come and visit buildings and gravesites in the Klondike, that are attached to their names, Jack London was the first, having been one of the tens of thousands of men (mostly) and women (fewer) who scale Read more

Literature

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Issue: 2018-06-27, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The biggest change in the Canada Day Parade, this year, is where it will end. With traffic being directed along Fifth Avenue as a main thoroughfare (as a result of sewer and water re-installation blocking the use of Front Street), the City of... Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2018-06-13, PHOTO: Clare Devenish

Dream fish at Robert Service School A team of facilitators from the Stream of Dreams program was in Dawson this week to promote environmental stewardship and facilitate a community art project. The program ran at Robert Service School (RSS) from... Read more

Dawson City