There have been some changes to the “traditional” Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous (YSR) schedule for the 2020 iteration. One of these was to make the Quest for the Crown Coronation more family-friendly by shifting it from a ticketed evening event to a free event that takes place Saturday afternoon at the main performance stage. By doing this, YSR freed up a space in the schedule for a new signature evening event—the Masquerade Ball. 

“We wanted to keep the ‘ball’ aspect of the event on the Saturday night,” said Heather Grant, YSR board member and the organizer for the ball. “We believe that the masked ball will appeal to all generations (19+) and will be a great night to dress up, dance and have a great time.

“We wanted an event that everyone could participate in. The only requirement is a mask. Being a ball, we also suggest formal attire.”

The masquerade doesn’t have a theme beyond simple elegance and mystery—it’s an opportunity to get dressed up and it asks that attendees wear a mask. 

“There is something alluring and intriguing about a mask,” said Grant. “I am looking forward to seeing the variety of masks that everyone wears.”

The Masquerade Ball serves as YSR’s big Saturday event. Major Funk and the Employment will provide entertainment for the evening, and there will be dancing and a prize for the best dressed. It takes place Feb. 22 at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at, or at the YSR office, located at 4230 4 Ave., in Whitehorse’s Yukon Inn Plaza. Early bird tickets are $25. After Feb. 7, the price rises to $30.

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