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this electric season is the Solstice Saint-Jean. Thanks to the Association Franco-Yukonnaise, the francophone summer festival is back this year with various music concerts for the young and not so young folks. No hitchhiking needed here, just a bike. The Solstice St-Jean is the main francophone cultural event of the summer. It blends a celebration of the longest day of the year, with La St-Jean-Baptiste, a day of celebration for FrenchCanadians. The result is a truly northern summer festivity with a strong taste of francophone culture. A night of music will take place

on Friday, June 24 at the Robert Service Campground in Whitehorse and at the Westminster Hotel in Dawson City. Local talent as well as visiting francophone musicians will be performing during the night. In Whitehorse, the festivities will start at 5 p.m. with a kids’ concert and dinner sponsored by Les EssentiElles, the Francophone women’s group. The night will then open with jazz notes from Les Oignons Rouges at 7:30 p.m. Consisting of four local musicians – Olivier de Colombel, Brigitte Desjardins, Grant Simpson and Ryan McNally – they will entertain the audience with warm Dixieland music. Nadine Landry and Sammy Lind will also make their way to the stage at 8:30 p.m. performing Cajun and country songs followed at 9:30 p.m. by Allo Gang, an indie folk band. By then, if you had not yet feel the urge to move your body in a dance-like fashion be prepared for an energy boost with Les Hotesses d’Hilaire, the last event of the night. From Moncton, New Brunswick, bandmates Serge Brideau, Mico Roy, Michel Vienneau, Léandre Bourgeois and Maxence Cormier will perform their colourful, zany rock songs until midnight. Alcohol beverages will be available to purchase on site. Be sure to bring your own lawn chair if you wish to sit down and relax. Also on June 24, Quebec musician Gabriel Guimond will perform a kids’ concert in partnership with local daycares in Dawson City. The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Front street gazebo. Later that evening, Guimond will hit the stage at The Pit in the the Westminster Hotel starting at 10 p.m., performing well-known songs from Quebec and FrenchCanadian repertoires. For more information about the Solstice St-Jean please go to www.afy.yk.ca

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y shakedown cruise for our trailer has come to be my annual pilgrimage to the town of Skagway to attend the North Words Writers’ Symposium, held this year from May 25-28 in the windy town. This was the seventh annual event, of which I have attended all but one since the first in 2010. The symposium was founded by Daniel Henry and by Buckwheat Donahue, who came up with the idea during the latter’s celebrated fund raising walk from Florida to Nome and then from Whitehorse to Skagway, that he began back in October 2005. The town of Skagway bought into financing the venture, and so did Skagway News publisher Jeff Brady, as well as the White Pass and Yukon Route and several other sponsors. A shot train excursion to the Laughton Glacier Station is part of the event. There were two full-time attendees at this year’s event, and a few day timers. While most came from the Southeast Alaska region, as did most members of the faculty, there are a few exceptions. There’s me, for instance, quite often the only Canadian at the event, and there were two ladies from Ithaca, New York who learned about the event and timed their planned visit to Alaska to coincide with it. Then there was this year’s keynote speaker, the very intense and very funny Brian Doyle. He edits Portland Magazine at the

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mediately offered to do a concert for free. He performed at Porter Creek Secondary School. He’s a down-to-earth guy who has elevated to star status. Two weeks before the Teslin show, Pritchett will be opening for Garth Brooks in Saskatchewan. Roger Gabriel is the opening act. Gabriel started playing music at a young age. He has performed on stage with country music greats like Alan Jackson, Joe Nichols, Jason Blain, Doc Watson, Canadian legend Ian Tyson, and of course, Aaron Pritchett. He is carving out his own path to Canadian country greatness, with his debut album Wide Open. Also performing at the Teslin Rocks Country concert is Cory Marquardt, from North Bay, Ontario. Also a lifelong hockey player, Marquardt lends his name and talent to this impressive lineup that is sure to change the entertainment industry of this small town with a big country heart. The show takes place Saturday, June 25 in the Teslin Arena at 9 p.m. For more information go to www.TeslinRocksCountry.com.

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Pritchett Rocks Country

B.C. singer and pub owner Aaron Pritchett headlines the Teslin Rocks Country concert Saturday

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aving a ringside seat at an Aaron Pritchett concert might just get you one of his trademark cowboy hats simply for being there. “When I get excited about having a great show, I tend to throw them out into the crowd to give them a little memento,” the country crooner says. “I’ve been through hundreds now.” But don’t expect him to share another fashion accessory he’s known for, one of the earrings he has been wearing consistently for more than 20 years. “I just got them because I like them. There’s no other reason. I used to tell people I was a pirate, but that didn’t work for too long.” Pritchett almost abandoned the jewelry when he was playing a club in Vancouver, but the woman tending bar noticed right away and convinced him to put them back in. “That was in 1995, and I’ve never taken them out since.” Growing up in the northern B.C. town of Kitimat, Pritchett realized early on what he wanted to do for a living. Sort of. “I just knew I wanted to entertain people and make them smile and laugh and feel good,” he says. “I knew that from when I was a little child. I didn’t know I was going to be a singer. I thought I was going to be an actor.” Not that he regrets his career ambition taking a turn toward music. “What better way for me to connect with an audience than to sing them songs and tell stories in

between? I want them to feel like they’re on the stage with me, and I’m in the crowd with them, and we’re just having a really great time.” Pritchett says he inherited his vocal style from his father, who worked as a longeshoreman and sang with a garage band on the side. “He was a good singer, but he never got the opportunity to make anything of himself as a singer in a band. Although he did go into these karaoke competitions in his 60s, winning 50 bucks and the meat package.” As a teenager, Pritchett’s musical tastes were influenced by legendary ‘80s rockers such as Van Halen, Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe. At the age of 19, he was singing with some friends in a rock band. “But I really wasn’t digging it. I loved listening to the music, but I didn’t like singing it that much.” He opted for country instead. “I loved the storytelling aspect of it and the fact that you didn’t have to blow your voice every night to entertain crowds. Although I still tend to do that sometimes, just because it’s fun,” he admits. “I listened to a lot of Merle Haggard and a lot of Willie Nelson back then. That helped me find the happy medium for my voice and add a little rock influence with the country.” Another of Pritchett’s musical icons from years ago recently crossed his path in a major way. “I didn’t know I was going to be

a singer when I became a Garth Brooks fan. I was just singing in my shower, and that’s it. But all along, I was a huge Garth Brooks fan, buying all his records and learning all of his songs verbatim.” In late April, Brooks phoned to invite Pritchett to open for him and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, in their concerts in Saskatoon earlier this month. “It was surreal. I literally was in shock. How could a little guy like me from Vancouver and Kitimat get this opportunity?” That invitation marked a new high for Pritchett, coming a few years after he started thinking his career was “sort of winding down” and moved to Gabriola Island to take on a second career as owner of a pub. “It seemed like a good place to semi-retire. I could still do shows here and there, and fly out of Gabriola no problem. Who knew it would all blow up again?” The recent resurgence in his career means he hasn’t been around much to tend bar and look after day-to-day operations. “I’ve been there four days in

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Fresh from a dream gig opening for Garth Brooks, country singer Aaron Pritchett will be in Teslin for a concert this weekend the last two months. It’s kind of sad that I haven’t been back, but I’m really loving the fact that I’ve got this new life in my career and can’t necessarily be at the Silva Bay Pub all the time.” This week, the singer/publican behind “Hold My Beer” and numerous other rock-flavoured country hits returns to the Yukon to headline the Teslin Rocks Country concert, with opening acts Cory

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Whitehorse EVENTS ARTS SHOWS Thu, Jun, 23, Yukon Art Tasters with Nicole Bauberger 1:00 PM Yukon Artists at Work Gallery Create Your Own Art Piece as you work with local artists. This week paint using metallic and interference oils.. Mon, Jun, 27 - Jul 1 Arts In Park Visual Artist: Nicole Bauberger LePage Park Tue, Jun, 28, Yukon Art Tasters with James Kirby 1:00 PM Yukon Artists at Work Gallery Create Your Own Art Piece as you work with local artists. This week awareness workshop on rocks and gems. Thu, Jun, 30, Yukon Art Tasters with Linda Leon 1:00 PM Yukon Artists at Work Gallery Create Your Own Art Piece as you work with local artists. This week try linoleum block printmaking. Until Jun 25 Fire and Flood: Disaster and Perseverance in Yukon History MacBride Museum Photography show. These images illustrate the destructive forces of nature and celebrate the resiliency of Yukoners to pick up the pieces and rebuild after major disasters. Until Jun 25 Art Show: Leaps and Bounds by Ferryin Nowatzki Arts Underground In the Edge Gallery: Rather than starting from an idea or philosophy, Nowatzki creates her art starting with inspiration from one shape, pattern, or form and works intuitively to extend the image from that point onwards, often using sweeping lines or a central point of focus to draw the eye Until Jun 25 Art Show: The Things You Know Arts Underground In The Focus Gallery: Heather Von Steinhagen presents a series of paintings which encourage the viewer to become involved in the image decoding process. This series is based around the ideas that surround structuralism and post-structuralism, wherein the paintings can be understood as metaphors. Until Aug 27 Art Show: Bremner, Cote and Hurcomb Yukon Arts Centre Three photobased exhibitions exploring the North including circumpolar video installations, striking portraiture discussing mental health in our community and a retrospective of a Northwest Territories photographer.

LIVE MUSIC

Thu, Jun, 23, Arts in the Park - Songwriter Panel 11:30 AM LePage Park Free lunch hour concert at the park Thu, Jun, 23, Roxx Hunter Live 6:00 PM Tony’s Pizza Roxx Hunter and Izaak Lazeo-Fairman playing acoustic guitar music covering almost every style and genre. Thu, Jun, 23, Fiddler On The Loose Joe Loutchan live 7:00 PM 98 Hotel Longest running house band in the Yukon - Traditional fiddle music and more - jigging is encouraged and limericks are the norm. Thu, Jun, 23, Yukon Jack Live! 10:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Thu, Jun, 23, Yukon Live Music - Ginger Jam 10:00 PM Yukon Inn Yukon Inn Boiler room fully electric jam session with PA system, drum kit and guitars provided to musicians. Featuring guest co-hosts and performers. Fri, Jun, 24, Arts in the Park - Oignons Rouges 11:30 AM LePage Park Free lunch hour concert at the park Fri, Jun, 24, Yukon Musician: Anne Turner 6:00 PM Westmark Whitehorse Jazz and Easy Listening Fri, Jun, 24, Open Mic with Patrick Jacobson 8:30 PM Town & Mountain Hotel Fri, Jun, 24, Annie Avery 9:00 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn jazzy piano Fri, Jun, 24, Karaoke 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sat, Jun, 25, Jarvis Street Saloon Saturday Sociable Jam 3:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Bring your own gear and we’ll plug you in or just play on ours! (867) 668-4567 Ext: 300 Sat, Jun, 25, Indie/Folk with Erica Mah 6:00 PM Antoinette’s Restaurant Erica writes about the north, the city, and everything in between. Sat, Jun, 25, Annie Avery 9:00 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn jazzy piano Sat, Jun, 25, Karaoke 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sat, Jun, 25, Yukon Jack Live! 10:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Sun, Jun, 26, Open Mic Night 3:00 PM 98 Hotel Sun, Jun, 26, Oliver Jones Trio 7:30 PM Yukon Arts Centre This legendary pianist is is one of our nation’s most beloved and admired musicians and distinguished cultural ambassadors. Sun, Jun, 26, Cribia with Soda Pony 8:00 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn Mon, Jun, 27, Arts in the Park - Nick Mah & Olivier de Colombel 11:30 AM LePage Park Free lunch hour concert at the park

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Mon, Jun, 27, Annie Lou and the Foggy Hogtown Trio 7:30 PM The Old Fire Hall Tickets online or at Arts Underground 667-7568 Mon, Jun, 27, Ladies Night with DJ Carlo 10:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Tue, Jun, 28, Arts in the Park - Benett Sun 11:30 AM LePage Park Free lunch hour concert at the park Tue, Jun, 28, Arts in the Park - Swing Sets 11:30 AM LePage Park Free lunch hour concert at the park Tue, Jun, 28, Top 40 Dance Tunz with Jon Steel 7:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Tue, Jun, 28, Yukon Live Music - Ginger Jam 10:00 PM Yukon Inn Yukon Inn Boiler room fully electric jam session with PA system, drum kit and guitars provided to musicians. Featuring guest co-hosts and performers. Wed, Jun, 29, Arts in the Park - Jerry Alfred ShunDun 11:30 AM LePage Park Free lunch hour concert at the park Wed, Jun, 29, Arts in the Park - Gwaandak Theatre Play Readings 7:00 PM LePage Park Free evening concert at the park Wed, Jun, 29, Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 PM Epic Pizza goes till we are done! Wed, Jun, 29, Jamaoke With Jackie 10:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon

Sun, Jun, 26, Golden Crowned Sparrow with Emily Hudson 3:00 PM Whitehorse Public Library Emily is giving a talk on the Golden Crowned Sparrow. This is a free event. Everyone welcome. 633-2312 Sun, Jun, 26, Oliver Jones Trio 7:30 PM Yukon Arts Centre This legendary pianist is is one of our nation’s most beloved and admired musicians and distinguished cultural ambassadors. Mon, Jun, 27-30 Photography & Art with Barb Hinton 8:30 AM Heart Of Riverdale Mon, Jun, 27, Free drop-in computer labs 10:00 AM Yukon Learn Free Drop-In Computer Lab for Self Directed Studies A tutor/Instructor will be available on site to assist you. 867-6686280 or toll free: 888-668-6280 Fax: 867-6334576 Mon, Jun, 27, GO The Surrounding Game 6:00 PM Starbucks Chilkoot Centre Simple Game Deep Strategy. Beginners & Visitors Welcome. For more information email: tjbowlby@gmail.com Mon, Jun, 27, Euchre Night 6:00 PM Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 667-2802 Tue, Jun, 28, Summer Barbecues 11:30 AM Christ Church Cathedral Proceeds to local Food Bank and International Refugee Relief. 867668-5530 Tue, Jun, 28, Law at the Library - Child Support: Know Your Rights 5:30 PM Whitehorse Public Library Free and everyone welcome. snacks provided. Located in Thu, Jun, 23, Sundogs Toastmasters 12:05 downstairs meeting room. 667-3066 PM Sport Yukon Fear of Public Speaking? Try Tue, Jun, 28, FREE Knitting Club 7:00 PM Sundogs Toastmasters! Supportive members Heart Of Riverdale club that will mentor and help you improve your Tue, Jun, 28, Top 40 Dance Tunz with Jon public speaking, listening and leadership skills. Steel 7:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Guests welcome. 2048807245 Wed, Jun, 29, Spanish Conversation Group Thu, Jun, 23, Fireweed Community Market 12:00 PM Yukon Government Administration Outdoor Mark 3:00 PM Shipyards Park Local Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 633produce, baked goods, live plants, local meats, 6081 Terry or Michèle Yukon art, crafted treasures and more Wed, Jun, 29, Hump Day Trivia 9:00 PM Yukon Thu, Jun, 23, Home Dedication Ceremony 3:00 Inn in the Boiler Room PM Eldorado Drive Habitat-for-Humanity Yukon’s Home Dedication Ceremony. Celebrate helping families have more affordable homeownership. Tue, Jun, 21-24 ACT NOW! Theatre Camp Everyone is welcome. 456-4349 Thu, Jun, 23, BioBlitz Primer 7:30 PM Beringia w/ Susie Anne Bartsch 8:30 AM Heart Of Riverdale Centre Join the Biological Survey of Canada Thu, Jun, 23, Family Free Play Drop-in 12:30 for an evening of short presentations about the PM Family Literacy Centre 668-8698 /668-6535 natural history of Yukon and the latest news on This drop-in includes reading time, free play and the event. Fri, Jun, 24, Dusk’a Friday Language Lunches interactive activities. All Ages Welcome Thu, Jun, 23, Free Summer programs for 12:00 PM Duska Head Start and Family kids Ages 8-12 2:00 PM Whitehorse Public Learning Center Bring a bag lunch and come Library 667-8900 REGISTRATION required. learn Southern Tutchone with our special guest Space limited. For more info or to register email speakers. Call Erin Pauls for more information yplevents@gov.yk.ca or call 667-8900. 633-7816. All Kwanlin citizens and staff are Thu, Jun, 23, Dungeons and Dragons Teen welcome! Drop-in (Thursdays) 4:30 PM Whitehorse Fri, Jun, 24, Escape the Ordinary 2:00 PM Public Library 667-5239 Dungeons & Dragons: Whitehorse Public Library Summer Program for Role-play and craft a fantasy adventure every Teens. Each week try out something new! To register for this free program drop by the library, Thursday! Free, drop in program for teens (13 call 667-8900 or 667-5239, or email yplevents@ and up). No experience necessary, drinks, snacks, and all supplies provided. Whitehorse gov.yk.ca Public Library meeting room. Fri, Jun, 24, Swan Lake Yukon 7:00 PM Yukon Thu, Jun, 23, BioBlitz Primer 7:30 PM Beringia Arts Centre Northern Lights School of Dance Centre Join the Biological Survey of Canada is turning 25 years old! We want to invite all of for an evening of short presentations about the Yukon’s talented dancers to come and dance natural history of Yukon and the latest news on Swan Lake with us. the event. Sat, Jun, 25, Yukon Amateur Radio Association: Coffee Discussion Group 9:30 Fri, Jun, 24, Young Explorer’s Preschool AM Emergency Measures Organization YARA’s Program 10:00 AM MacBride Museum 867breakfast at the A&W. Casual event. Hams from 667-2709, ext.3 parents and children explore outside the Yukon often join. the animal gallery together. Play games, create Sat, Jun, 25, Imagination Station 10:00 AM crafts, read stories and sing songs. Family Literacy Centre Drop-in for some snacks Fri, Jun, 24, Family Free Play Drop-in 12:30 and activities inspired by the Yukon Imagination PM Family Literacy Centre 668-8698 /668-6535 Library books! All Ages Welcome 668-8698 This drop-in includes reading time, free play and /668-6535 interactive activities. All Ages Welcome Sat, Jun, 25, Fireweed Community Market Fri, Jun, 24, Free Summer programs for Outdoor Mark 11:00 AM Whitehorse waterfront teens Ages 13-17 2:00 PM Whitehorse Public wharf Local produce, baked goods, live plants, Library 667-8900 REGISTRATION required. local meats, Yukon art, crafted treasures and Space limited. For more info or to register email more yplevents@gov.yk.ca or call 667-8900. Sat, Jun, 25, Yukon Pride Parade 2016 12:30 Fri, Jun, 24, Escape the Ordinary 2:00 PM PM Whitehorse United Church Muster for the Whitehorse Public Library Summer Program parade at the Whitehorse United Church - all for Teens. Each week try out something new! To individuals, families, organizations are welcome! register for this free program drop by the library, Walk, wheel, pedal, skate, float, dance your way call 667-8900 or 667-5239, or email yplevents@ along! gov.yk.ca Sat, Jun, 25, Swan Lake Yukon 1:00 PM and Sat, Jun, 25, Imagination Station 10:00 AM 7:00 PM Yukon Arts Centre Northern Lights Family Literacy Centre 668-8698 /668-6535 School of Dance is turning 25 years old! We Drop-in for some snacks and activities inspired want to invite all of Yukon’s talented dancers to by the Yukon Imagination Library books! All come and dance Swan Lake with us. Ages Welcome Sat, Jun, 25, Yukon Pride 2016: 24+ Hours of Sat, Jun, 25, Family Free Play Drop-in 12:00 Funky Gaylight 8:00 PM Kwanlin Dun Cultural PM Family Literacy Centre 668-8698 /668-6535 Centre Main Street Parade and PSAC Picnic, we’ll have Vancouver’s high-energy dance band, This drop-in includes story time, free play and interactive activities. All Ages Welcome Queer as Funk Sat, Jun, 25, Yukon Pride Parade 2016 12:30 Sun, Jun, 26, 2nd Annual Yukon Trail Ride PM Whitehorse United Church Muster for the Day 10:00 AM Sky High Wilderness Ranch parade at the Whitehorse United Church - all Join us for the 2nd Annual Yukon Trail Ride individuals, families, organizations are welcome! day, all proceeds are supporting the St. Paul’s Walk, wheel, pedal, skate, float, dance your way Foundation - Donor Program in Vancouver BC. along! 667-4321

GENERAL EVENTS

KIDS & FAMILIES

Sun, Jun, 26, 2nd Annual Yukon Trail Ride Day 10:00 AM Sky High Wilderness Ranch 6674321 Join us for the 2nd Annual Yukon Trail Ride day, all proceeds are supporting the St. Paul’s Foundation - Donor Program in Vancouver BC. Mon, Jun, 27, Twoonie Bike Race 12:00 AM Mount MacIntyre Recreation Centre These grassroots races are a casual opportunity to challenge your skills and speed on a singletrack cross-country mountain bike course. Mon, Jun, 27, Photography & Art with Barb Hinton 8:30 AM Heart Of Riverdale Mon, Jun, 27, Family Free Play Drop-in 12:30 PM Family Literacy Centre 668-8698 /668-6535 This drop-in includes reading time, free play and interactive activities. All Ages Welcome Mon, Jun, 27, Free Summer programs for kids Ages 4-5 2:00 PM Whitehorse Public Library 667-8900 REGISTRATION required. Space limited. For more info or to register email yplevents@gov.yk.ca or call 667-8900. Mon, Jun, 27, GO The Surrounding Game 6:00 PM Starbucks Chilkoot Centre Simple Game Deep Strategy. Beginners & Visitors Welcome. For more information email: tjbowlby@gmail.com Tue, Jun, 28, Family Free Play Drop-in 12:30 PM Family Literacy Centre 668-8698 /668-6535 This drop-in includes reading time, free play and interactive activities. All Ages Welcome Tue, Jun, 28, Free Summer programs for kids Ages 5-7 2:00 PM Whitehorse Public Library 667-8900 REGISTRATION required. Space limited. For more info or to register email yplevents@gov.yk.ca or call 667-8900. Tue, Jun, 28, FREE Knitting Club 7:00 PM Heart Of Riverdale Wed, Jun, 29, Family Free Play Drop-in 12:30 PM Family Literacy Centre 668-8698 /668-6535 This drop-in includes reading time, free play and interactive activities. All Ages Welcome Wed, Jun, 29, Free Summer programs for kids Ages 6-8 2:00 PM Whitehorse Public Library 667-8900 REGISTRATION required. Space limited. For more info or to register email yplevents@gov.yk.ca or call 667-8900. MEETING & WORKSHOPS Sat, Jun, 18-24 Century Flight Club Gathering Yukon Convention Bureau Whitehorse Welcomes 100 Delegates! Thu, Jun, 23, The Woodshop: Yukon Acoustic Music Workshop Sundog Retreat 867.334.9781 Thu, Jun, 23, Sundogs Toastmasters 12:05 PM Sport Yukon Fear of Public Speaking? Try Sundogs Toastmasters! Supportive members club that will mentor and help you improve your public speaking, listening and leadership skills. Guests welcome. 2048807245 Thu, Jun, 23, Startup Drinks and Gathering 5:00 PM Coast High Country Inn Are you looking to meet other entrepreneurs? Got a business idea but don’t know where to start? Come to the first Startup Drinks at the Coast High Country Inn where we’ll be hanging out on the patio. Thu, Jun, 23, Bike Repair & Maintenance Workshop 5:30 PM Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre Join local female handy bike mechanics for the run down of the basics you need to know to keep your machine running in tip top shape! All folks who identify as a woman are welcome! Free or by donation. Thu, Jun, 23, Legion General Meetings 6:00 PM Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 6672802 Fri, Jun, 24, The Woodshop: Yukon Acoustic Music Workshop Sundog Retreat 867.334.9781 Sat, Jun, 25, Kluane First Nation Annual General Assembly Jacquot Hall KCDC and Dana Trust community meetings from 5:00pm7:00pm on June 24, with fundraiser BBQ at 5:00pm KFN Citizens are encouraged to attend All meals and snacks are provided Child care will also be available Sat, Jun, 25, The Woodshop: Yukon Acoustic Music Workshop Sundog Retreat 867.334.9781 Sat, Jun, 25, Introduction to Acroyoga 9:00 AM Breath of Life Collective No experience necessary; bring your breath and a willingness to explore your edges. 336-3569 Sat, Jun, 25, Yukon Amateur Radio Association: Coffee Discussion Group 9:30 AM Emergency Measures Organization YARA’s breakfast at the A&W. Casual event. Hams from outside the Yukon often join. Sun, Jun, 26, The Woodshop: Yukon Acoustic Music Workshop Sundog Retreat 867.334.9781 Sun, Jun, 26, Ceramics Open Studio 2:30 PM Arts Underground Non-instructed open studio. Participants are welcome to use the studio’s tools and equipment; clay and some tools are available for purchase. Every Sunday except long weekends. $5/hour.

Mon, Jun, 27, The Woodshop: Yukon Acoustic Music Workshop Sundog Retreat 867.334.9781 Tue, Jun, 28, Law at the Library - Child Support: Know Your Rights 5:30 PM Whitehorse Public Library Free and everyone welcome. snacks provided. Located in downstairs meeting room. 667-3066 Tue, Jun, 28, Amnesty International Writing Circle 7:00 PM Whitehorse United Church Writing letters to support and protect human rights worldwide. 667-2389 Tue, Jun, 28, Steiner Study Meetings 7:00 PM Whitehorse, Yukon Explore: health and illness, reincarnation, esoteric development, biodynamic gardening, nutrition, and lots more. Discover one of the most dependable reality-based arenas to be encountered today 335-2300. Wed, Jun, 29, Toastmasters 7:00 AM Sport Yukon Fear of public speaking? Supportive members club who will facilitate your development: Public Speaking, Leadership, Communication. For info: Glenn herbeeking@ hotmail.com 204 880 7245 cell or just show up! 204 880 7245 Wed, Jun, 29, Toastmasters 5:00 PM Yukon College Fear of public speaking? Try Toastmasters. Supportive members club who will facilitate your development: Public Speaking, Leadership, Communication. For info: Glenn herbeeking@hotmail.com 204 880 7245 cell or just show up! 204 880 7245 Wed, Jun, 29, Toastmasters 12:00 PM Sport Yukon Fear of public speaking? Try Toastmasters. Supportive members club who will facilitate your development: Public Speaking, Leadership, Communication. For info: Glenn herbeeking@hotmail.com 204 880 7245 cell or just show up! 204 880 7245 Wed, Jun, 29, Yukon Film Society AGM 5:30 PM Yukon Film Society Office Are you interested in becoming a board member of YFS? Please contact Chris Ross in advance via: yfs@ yukonfilmsociety.com Or call the offices: 3933456 393-3456 Wed, Jun, 29, Ramshackle Theatre’s AGM 7:00 PM Ramshackle Theatre Studio For details, contact: taralynn5@gmail.com Wed, Jun, 29, Riverdale Community Association AGM 7:00 PM Heart Of Riverdale All Riverdale residents are welcome to attend. Come and see what your community representatives have been busy with. Mon, Jun, 27, CYFN Annual General Assembly Event hosted at Airport Lake (Malena Man) All Members Welcome

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Wednesday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Porter Creek Step meeting (CM) 8:00 PM Our Lady of Victory No Puffin (CM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St., Big Book Study Thursday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Polar Group (OM) 7:30 PM Seventh Day Adventists Church (PC) Friday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Yukon Unity Group Meeting 1:30 PM #4 Hospital Road Whitehorse Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Saturday Detox Meeting (OM, NS) 1:00 PM DETOX Bldg 6118-6th Women’s Meeting (CM, NS) 2:30 PM Whitehorse General Hospital (across from emergency) Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (OM, NS) 7:00 PM Hospital boardroom Sunday Sunshine Group (OM, NS) 1:00 PM DETOX Bldg 6118-6th Marble Group (OM, NS) 7:00 PM Hospital boardroom Monday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. New Beginnings Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Tuesday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Ugly Duckling Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Juste Pour Aujourd’hui (OM, NS) 7:00 PM 4141B 4th Ave.

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June 23, 2016

Highlights

Klondike Institute of Art and Culture EXTRUDER 3D PRINTER 101 JUNE 23

JUSTIN APPERLEY DUST TO OAXACA June 16 – July 9 Regular Gallery hours:  Fridays & Saturdays, 3 - 7 pm

ANNIE LOU & THE FOGGY HOGTOWN TRIO Wednesday June 29 In the KIAC Ballroom, Doors at 7:30 pm $17/$15 Members

JOI ARCAND – THROUGH THAT WHICH IS SCENE June 30 – July 28 Artist Talk & Reception: Thursday June 30, 7:30 pm Tel: (867) 993-5005 Fax: (867) 993-5838 Website: www.kiac.ca

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Ages 11 to 18 Free snack and meal

REPAIR CAFE DECONSTRUCTION NIGHT! JUNE 24

When: Wednesdays to Saturdays 3 PM to 9 PM

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YUKON PRIDE PARADE JUNE 25 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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WEEKLY OPEN HOUSE JUNE 28 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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LastExhibi� chanceonsto see these exhibitions! Don’t Miss Out!

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>> in the Yukon Art Society Gallery: THE SEVEN TEXTILE ARTISTS “How Does it Felt”

July 4-8 • Ages 8-15 • $265

Exhibi�on closes December 1st, 2012

20 Years Strong

>> in the Hougen Heritage Gallery: YUKON ARCHIVES

FREE Concerts & Visual Demonstrations Monday - Friday

>> Ceramic Open Studio Sessions << Sundays from 2:30 to 6pm $5 per hour

12-1pm Lunch Hour Wednesday Evenings Lepage Park

VISUAL ARTISTS June 20 - 24

Lillian Loponen June 27 - July 1

Nicole Bauberger -------------

JUNE 22-30 EVENTS Wednesday June 22

Nicole Edwards and the Puppet Affair Wednesday June 22 (7pm)

Anger Management Thursday June 23

Songwriter Panel Friday June 24

Oignons Rouges Monday June 27

Nick Mah & Olivier de Colombel

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Open Studio Sessions FOCUS GALLERY

THE THINGS YOU KNOW HEATHER VON >> AcrylicSTEINHAGEN Pain�ng Open Studio << with Neil Graham June 3-25

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EDGE GALLERY LEAPS AND BOUNDS FERRYN NOWATZKI June 3-25

HOUGEN HERITAGE GALLERY FIRE & FLOOD: DISASTER AND PERSEVERANCE IN YUKON HISTORY MACBRIDE MUSEUM OF YUKON HISTORY

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Film Screenings at Adäka Cultural Festival

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Monday, July 4

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June 23, 2016

A Birthday Celebration Worth Driving To

Small-town quirkiness, artists and charm make for an unforgettable Canada Day

PHOTOS: Mayo Arts Festival

by Selene Vakharia

Dance to local musicians playing original and cover songs

Take in stunning traditional regalia during the annual fashion show

T

he 14th annual Mayo Arts Festival offers a unique way to celebrate Canada’s birthday. Ring in Canada Day on Friday, July 1 with artists, workshops and musicians from the Stewart River Valley alongside colourful celebrations. This free, homegrown festival showcases talent from Keno City, Elsa, Mayo and Stewart Crossing – some of the best-kept secrets in the Yukon. Much anticipated artists include Mary Beattie and Marcia Telep, both from the Yukon. Telep will bring colour to the festival with her vibrant painted depictions of Yukon’s landscape and First Nation themes. If you’ve always wanted to learn to paint with bold colours, hang out in the workshop tent as she teaches her technique of layering colours. Beattie will offer an all-day workshop in which participants will create needle felted wool beads for their own one-of-a-kind jewellery. Don’t worry about missing out while in the workshop

– the live performers are in full view from the tent. Get your groove on to more than 17 Yukon musicians that will play on the main stage throughout the day and evening. The newly formed band Blacksheep will perform with Barbara Barchen, Shona Sicotte, Mitchel Andre, Brett Pilon and Franklin Patterson. Solo

guitarist Mike Friesen will bring his Blue Rodeo-style soulful sound to the stage after Margaret Freeland has everyone dancing to oldtime country tunes. The festival will feature a Northern Tutchone Regalia Fashion Show in conjunction with Na Cho Nyak Dun First Nation. Dressed in traditional beaded outfits, models

will walk the catwalk to traditional drumming. The morning of the festival, get ready to take part in smalltown Canada Day fun. Beginning shortly before noon, festivities will kick off with a local parade full of decorated bicycles and floats. The parade will end at the school soccer field where there

Canada Day in Mayo Weekend Schedule Friday, July 1st:

11 a.m. – Canada Day Parade (YG Admin Building at 5th Ave. and Centre St.) 12 p.m. – Kids Games 12-5 p.m. – Mayo Arts Festival: art vendors and workshops 12-7 p.m. – Musicians on the main stage 7 p.m. – Slo-pitch Ball Tournament (Mayo Ball Diamond at 3rd Ave. and Laurier St.)

Saturday, July 2nd:

Canada Day Dance at the Mayo Community Hall with music by Retrospect

will be three-legged races, potato sack races and other games. Then check out the annual peanut drop when a helicopter will fly overhead and unload a rainstorm of peanuts onto the field. It’s a race to run out and grab a couple of handfuls to snack on before they’re all scooped up. If you’re staying for the night or the full Canada Day long weekend in Mayo, there are a few options to choose from. Camp for free in Gordon Park and be a quick walk from the festival grounds. Five Mile Lake Campground is 8 km from town, but offers beautiful views and the rare warm Yukon lake for daytime swims and midnight sun dips. Gold and Galena Bed and Breakfast is in a quiet rural residential area just outside of town. The Bedrock Motel and RV Park has beds and spots for those on an RV weekend road trip.

Sunday, July 3rd:

Selene Vakharia is a Whitehorse-based writer.

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A hard-edged pyramid contrasts with a spattered background in Heather Von Steinhagen’s painting “They know.”

Bright Colours, Divergent Stories

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wo brightly coloured shows of paintings adorn the walls of Arts Underground. While they share intense palettes, their worldviews contrast profoundly. The Things You Know by Whitehorse artist Heather Von Steinhagen offers a surreal, disturbing outlook, while Leaps

and Bounds by Marsh Lake artist Ferryn Nowatzki depicts a more light-hearted vision. Dystopia reigns Von Steinhagen’s exhibition of oils an acrylics. For example, in “What do you think,” a busty female figure, pink fleshed, with tendril arms, her head an eyeball on a

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Ferryn Nowatzki’s red edging of her panels inside the floater frames add to the sense of her artworks as carefully crafted pieces. dish background. Most of the paint application also evokes a sense of chaos. In two paintings, hard-edged geometric pyramids provide contrast. One such appears at the top of “They know”. The fiery manes of two green-toothed, anguished looking unicorns entwine in a form suggestive of the Norse world-tree, which cradles a green landscape in a glass globe. A grinning purple snake at the bottom of the tree reinforces the presence of Norse mythology in this painting; snakes gnaw at the world-tree’s roots.

Von Steinhagen’s painting “What do you think” aims to disturb, with its woman with an eyeball head on a stalk and two worms with sunglasses.

A fox and rabbit prance, serenely oblivious to each other, in Nowatzki’s “Space Between Worlds.”

Von Steinhagen’s work reminds me of Salvador Dali without his meticulous realism. An intent to disturb, to bring suppressed trauma to the surface seems to motivate both artists. The artwork in the Edge gallery in the back room contrasts Von Steinhagen’s work, for all its similarly bright colours. In Nowatzki’s work birds and animals dance in a heraldic, almost medieval style. With one exception, the paintings do not employ the illusion of depth. Yukon artist Nathalie Parenteau could be seen as an influence.

Red and magenta feature strongly in the birds and animals depicted in Nowatzki’s acrylic paintings. They even appear quite visibly as the underpainting for the ravens – you can see it peeking through the purple and blue that give them their darkness. She also edges all of her panels with this colour, so it seems to shine out of all of the works. These painted edges hide around the corner inside the fine floater frames in which cradle her works. This design choice adds to the sense that her works are carefully made. Plants also play a strong role

in her paintings. In “Moon blossom,” a reddish orange rabbit leaps in a tranquil way in front of a full moon held in the embrace of a blossoming plant. Its leafy branches reach up and around the moon and rabbit. Nowatzki has drawn the plant carefully with whitish paint using a detail brush over a dry soft-edged, green and blue ground, full of the colours preserved by gentle brushstrokes. This linear style is found in many of Nowatzki’s plant forms. “Space among worlds” is the only painting that evokes a sense of spatial depth. A fox pran-

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’ve put a lot of miles under me this spring between Victoria, B.C. and the Klondike Valley, and had thought I would be riding the green wave north. It is true that there were more leaves out on the Gulf Islands than there were when I arrived at home in Mount Lorne, but in between I was reminded of the importance of all the other factors besides latitude that influence the timing of the cycles we study as phenology (cyclical patterns in plant and animal activities). At home I see this on a small scale as my neighbours and I all compare our nightly lows during the last hard frost, but of course it is just as relevant across the distance from the 49th to the 61st parallels. Proximity to water, rainfall, elevation, slope, aspect, soil type… all of these things influence microclimates, and in turn the plant communities that live in a place. As a dedicated forager I try to make note of these sorts of variables, especially when I discover a particularly choice patch of wild edibles. Understanding the lay of the land and the companions that are growing nearby can help me to identify other likely spots, and it is much easier to keep an eye out from the canoe, for instance, for an open, south-facing hillside than it is for a single tiny plant that might like to grow on that slope. In theory anyways. I also spend a lot of my winter evenings poring over plant guides and ecology texts, but come sum-

is another matter… When I roam about in the bush I am always foraging in a kind of non-focused way. I unconsciously look for landforms, trees and water bodies that remind me of places where I’ve had a successful harvest. These days I’m on lungwort – the leaves taste like cucumbers – and spruce tips. When I hit the jackpot I file away a mental image of the place and it adds itself to a sort of averaged picture that becomes the search pattern next time I’m on the hunt for a particular treat. Sometimes this pattern contains what seems like a paradox. As a youngster I would pick cranberries at the base of rocky outcrops rising from thick wet moss that barely supported leaning spruce trees – the kind of drunken forest you can see around Dawson and Yellowknife, where I learned my berries. PHOTO: Kim Melton Now I live on a landscape with Cranberries growing high nothing but sand beneath – and lo and behold the first thing that up on Mount Lorne creeps out from the bare, desertlike patches in the pine needle communities of plants that I’ve carpet are cranberries. seen establish themselves on beaIs there a lesson in there? ver dams and lodges, likely taking What I take away is to keep payadvantage of the accumulation of ing attention, keep wandering and nutrients. keep finding delight in the beauty I’ve noticed a similar effect and bounty that we are so privilnot in species so much but in size eged to be surrounded by. Forage and health of especially robust on, friends! plants along the edges of wellused trails and around outhouses Kim Melton is an enthusiastic – our bodies and our canine comforager and gardener, inspired panions produce a lot of fertilizer! by all things that make up Whether you want to ingest them good, local food. mer and the season of outside I am more often than not surprised at what I find out there. As an example of observations useful and perhaps less so, I’ve written before about the unique

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to help youngsters, or in the schools, like motivation and so forth that I’ve done over the last 15 or 20 years.” Jones still lives in Montréal, where he grew up living about 15 blocks from his lifelong friend and musical inspiration, the great Oscar Peterson. “Our parents were all from the West Indies. We went to the same school, both elementary and high school, and I later followed him at the same church,” Jones recalls. “There were several pianists living in the area, and all of us played the same style. The only thing is that Oscar was able to play it twice as fast as everyone else, and he went on to be such a great pianist.” It was Peterson’s older sister, Daisy Peterson Sweeney, who gave both young men their first major grounding in classical piano music. Although she was still in her early 20s when she started teaching him, Jones admired her analytical mind and discipline. “She was only 13 or 14 years older than me, but she was very mature at a very young age. I learned more than music with her; she was a tremendous lady and I truly always admired her.” Jones says he feels honoured when people associate his name with that of Peterson, who died in 2007. “I don’t believe I would have been a professional pianist if it wasn’t for Oscar. Back then, there wasn’t a great deal of opportunity for young black players.” Peterson’s example gave him confidence that there was an opportunity to do well in music, “and it didn’t matter if you came from a low-income family,” he says. Like Peterson, Jones came from a railroad family. After 19 years as a miner in Nova Scotia, his father moved to Montréal to become a mechanic working on steam engines for the Canadian Pacific Railway. He was also an amateur musi-

Montréal jazz great Oliver Jones returns to the Yukon Arts Centre stage this Sunday as part of his final concert tour

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hen Oliver Jones was a mere 65 years old, he and his wife both felt it was time for him to retire after years of playing piano on concert stages throughout the world. So he did. Briefly. Now, 16 years later, the legendary jazz pianist is about to retire again, insisting his current tour of Canada will be his last. “I had kind of a wake-up call last year with a heart attack, and had a triple bypass,” he explains. “And now it’s time.” No doubt, the rigorous schedule he maintained for years was a contributing factor. “I used to travel about 300,000 miles a year for about 15 years in a row. And I did enjoy it. It was a wonderful way to see the world and meet other musicians – and a wonderful education. I’ve been to all the different continents, so I consider myself very, very fortunate.” But even at the age of 81, Jones doesn’t intend to sit back and take it easy. “After doing as much as I’ve done and being constantly on the move, I think it would be wasted if I didn’t share my experience in some other way,” he says. “I’ve told people I’m retiring from the stage, but you probably will hear Oliver Jones play for a telethon or something, in order

cian who studied composition and music theory. “He loved Bach. I remember being 13 or 14 and having to listen to Bach fugues and so forth, which he swore by,” Jones says. “Later on, I realized that it helped me an awful lot, because one of the things that Bach was playing was what we play today in what we call jazz. I think Bach would have been one of the greatest jazz composers if he had lived in our era.” Jones himself has composed more than 200 jazz pieces, with three or four originals on each of his last 15 or 20 recordings. But he has also maintained his interest in classical music. “Recently, I finally played one of my favourite pieces, George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with an orchestra. And I had the wonderful experience of playing it with a wonderful fellow Canadian pianist by the name of Daniel Clark Bouchard.” Jones first met Clark Bouchard when he was just seven years old. “He’s 16 years old now, but he’d already played Carnegie Hall when he was 12. He’s a tremendous, tremendous talent, and I believe he will be the next great young pianist in Canada. I’ve very, very proud of him.” That’s high praise, coming from someone who proudly wears the Order of Canada pin he received in 1993 for his own musical contributions. It is also typical of a man who wants to dedicate the next chapter of his life to encouraging and promoting young Canadian musicians who don’t get the recognition he thinks they deserve. As part of his final tour, Jones will perform at the Yukon Arts Centre on Sunday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. He will be joined by his trio partners for the past 11 years, drummer Jim Doxas and bassist Éric Lagacé. For more information, go to www.YukonArtsCentre.com.

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Interview with a Local Transman by Fiona McTaggart

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dentifying as a transgender person in any community presents risks and challenges, which is partly why the transgender man interviewed for this article chose to remain anonymous. He lives and works as a man, and is only open about being transgender with a few people because, he says, prejudice against transgender people is real. “I feel male,” he says. “Being treated differently by those who know (that I am trans) diminishes the experience of being who I am.” In the past he was open about being transgender, but when working in the Canadian public service down south he was surprised to find that while most of his clients were accepting of his gender identity, his colleagues were not. One person who was an inspiration to him throughout that experience and who continues to inspire him is Romeo Dallaire, a Canadian peacekeeper who was stationed in Rwanda when the civil war escalated into genocide. “He wasn’t afraid to expose Canada’s lack of action in the face of injustice,” he says. He also really admires two transgender Yukoners – Shaun LaDue and Chase Blodgett – who are actively standing up for transgender rights. He says he respects how they are “not afraid to be in the limelight.” Publicly advocating for transgender rights is something he says takes courage, partly because of the risks it poses. In addition to exposing themselves to potential prejudice, people run the risk of unintentionally becoming a voice for the transgender community. This a problem because it’s a community as diverse as any other. One person choosing to be open about their identity cannot, and probably doesn’t want to, speak for all trans people everywhere. He experienced this firsthand. At a previous job outside of the territory, the day after he came out as transgender at work he was

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The trans person interviewed says washrooms may seem like a little thing, but having a gender neutral place is, in fact, a big deal for him asked to be a union representative. He was outed to the whole group at the next large union meeting. This was a breach of privacy, and it made him feel exposed to risks. In Canada and the United States transgender people experience a high rate of violence and discrimination for their gender identity – this extends to workplace discrimination, physical violence and verbal harassment, among other problems. Avoiding these kinds of assaults and discriminations is a big part of why he chooses to not to publicly disclose he is trans. Threats to safety are also why it’s so important for people to publicly demand rights for trans people. “It takes brave people to be icebreakers – to clear the passage for future generations [so they

can] be who they are without reservation,” he says. Though he has experienced many barriers to living his life safely and without prejudice, many of the policies responsible for this across Canada have been changing rapidly. An example is the surgery he says he felt “coerced” into having. Previously, in order to change a gender on identification like birth certificates or passports, a person needed to have their gender physically altered. He was living in Ontario at the time. One week after his hysterectomy, that province changed the laws so that the surgery was no longer required for gender identification. Now trans people living in Ontario, B.C., Alberta, Manitoba and Nova Scotia require a letter from a physician or psychologist verify-

ing the change in gender, in order to change official documents. Surgery is required in the Yukon to change the gender on a birth certificate, but trans people are able to change the gender on their driver’s licence by providing a form signed by a health practitioner. He considers the required hysterectomy to have been “essentially forced sterilization.” He says he always wanted to have children. He says sex reassignment surgery is an individual preference. As it is for more Yukoners, a major challenge for trans people living here is isolation. He hasn’t found a doctor here who has trans-specific medical training. In addition, he would like to see the Yukon adopt the World Professional Association for Transgender

Health’s Standard of Care – a guideline for health professionals that advocates for well-rounded and accessible physical and mental healthcare for transgender people. “That doesn’t mean we can’t address getting those services outside of the Yukon and have them covered by health care,” he says. Despite these limitations, there is also movement to help the Yukon catch up. He is impressed by the “All Genders” sign on the public bathroom in the Yukon Human Rights Commission, and the two “Gender Neutral” bathrooms lined with cubicles at the Yukon College. Bathrooms may seem like a small part of life, but it’s a big issue for transgender people. “Not feeling safe in basic activities – swimming, sports – shouldn’t be a barrier for people on the spectrum of gender, or at any point during transition,” he says. Support for transgender people in Whitehorse can be found at AllGenders Yukon, a group for people exploring their gender identity. The location, dates, and times of meetings are released only to participants. The group can be reached at AllGendersYukon@hotmail.com. Yukon College also has a variety of resources for the Whitehorse transgender community, including the Yukon College LGBTQ club, which is a support and social group open to both students and non-students, with monthly meetings, theme nights, and roundtable discussions. It can be reached by contacting Gloria Johnston by email at gjohnston@ yukoncollege.yk.ca. The Yukon College also has a counsellor on staff, Angela Neufeld, who is available to students and has experience in transgender therapy. She can be reached at 867-668-8854. Fiona McTaggart is a Whitehorse-based writer.


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Celebration and sorrow at Yukon Pride 2016 event June 25, 26

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ust when you think Yukon Pride is all about the party, the world reminds you that it’s not. Though the cheery posters and advertisements for 24+ Hours of Funky Gaylight promise a party not to be missed, they were created months before the shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando reiterated there are still many miles in the march towards solidarity and understanding. For organizer Stephanie Hammond, knowing that there are people still suffering is what keeps the event alive. “Every year, I ask myself, ‘Do we really need Pride this year?’” Hammond says. But every year, she is reminded that people still live with hatred. “Integral to Pride celebrations is solidarity with those who experience violence for loving who they love, who have lost their lives, who live in fear, who live in darkness, who choose not to live. On a global scale and locally.” While the Yukon is willing to party in the name of LGBT culture, Hammond says that we have far to go before LGBT rights — in particular trans rights — are fully recognized in culture and in law. It’s the personal stories of people who are on their journey of self-identity for whom Pride becomes a watershed event that strikes at Hammond’s heart. “Last year, there was a student at the dance who had just started to identify as a woman and was wearing makeup for the first time, being surrounded and supported by friends. It’s those moments that give me a kick for the next year.” While Yukon Pride 2016 will be perhaps a more sombre and urgent affair than ever, it will still be a celebration of strength and perseverance. The event kicks off on Saturday with a parade, followed by a picnic, a dance and the next day a pride paddle down the Yukon River. The dance will feature Queer as Funk, a high energy dance

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people told her they’ve not attended Pride events in the past because they feared intruding on the LGBT community. There is no time like to the present to show unity and support for the LGBT community. “Please come,” she urges. “We will dance and march and sing, absolutely. But we will dance and sing and march toward the world we want to create.” The parade will launch from

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June 23, 2016

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June 23, 2016

Celebrating Fathers and

GAY PRIDE

garded as being the catalyst for the gay liberation movement in the United States. Twelve years later, in February 1981, a similar police raid took place on four bathhouses in Toronto, Ontario. In a still tersely homophobic country, these bathhouses were havens for gay men to congregate. Over $50,000 worth of damage was caused by the police, and nearly

300 men were arrested, all for suspicion of conduct. The following day, more than 3,000 people marched in protest of the police’s actions, signifying Canada’s own movement towards gay rights and freedoms. During these revolutionary years, a Peterborough, Ontario man began acknowledging and coming to terms with his own homosexuality. A professor, husband and devoted father of three, Joseph Wearing found coming out both exhilarating in its honesty, and terrifying in the implications it would hold for himself and his family. Despite homosexuality’s decriminalization in Canada in 1969, it was still permissible to discriminate against

someone for being gay. Page 103 of a pamphlet circulated by the League Against Homosexuals in 1980 reads, “Any sane, rational, healthy society does not need queers for anything.” In the face of all this intolerance, though, Joseph Wearing was determined to be true to himself and also continue being the best father he be for his children. Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad is the memoir written by his daughter, Alison Wearing. She notes in the prelude that although some may take offence to her use of the term “fairy,” she has “never felt or used it in anything but the most endearing terms, so have only affectionate associations, as does my father. My apologies to those who equate the word with anything but playful acceptance.” Informative, personal, and entertaining, this memoir is an easy but powerful read that hits all the marks. Capturing funny

and endearing family moments while navigating the personal and national landscape of the gay experience, and all the injustices and triumphs along the way. In Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad she writes: “The thing about having a gay parent is that so long as the rest of society can get over it, the ‘gay’ part isn’t nearly as important as the ‘parent’ part; in fact, it’s incidental. Constancy of love, truthfulness of heart, and joyfulness of life count infinitely more than who is doing what with which gender in the bedroom. Being in the presence of love is being in the presence of love; ultimately, it is the only thing that truly matters.” Alison Wearing’s book is available at Whitehorse Public Library. Katherine Bunce is a library technician, avid reader, and ally in Whitehorse.

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June 23, 2016

CANADA DAY

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PROGRAMME DE LA FÊTE DU CANADA 2016

9 AM

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast at Shipyards Park until 11 AM

10 AM

Parade Forms up on Main St between 6th & 4th Ave

11 AM

Parade Starts: From 4th Ave & Main St to Shipyards Park via 2nd Ave & Ogilvie St With the Whitehorse Legion Colour Party and music of the Midnight Sun Pipe Band

NOON

O Canada and Raising of the Canadian Flag

9h

Déjeuner des Chevaliers de Colomb au parc Shipyards, jusqu’à 11 h

10 h

Formation du Défilé sur la rue Main entre les 4ème et 6ème Avenues

11 h

Défilé: part de la rue Main, suit la 2ème Avenue et la rue Ogilvie en direction du parc Shipyards Avec la garde d’honneur de la Légion et la musique de Midnight Sun Pipe Band

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Official Opening Ceremony by the Honourable Doug Philips Commissioner of Yukon Cutting of the Official Canada Day Cake by the Commissioner (Provided by L’AFY)

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12:30 PM Main Stage Entertainment until 7:00 PM Produced by Claire Ness

Spectacle musical avec des artistes du Yukon, jusqu’à 19 h

12 h 30 Service de Bar tenu par la Légion de Whitehorse, jusqu’à 19 h

12:30 PM Beer Garden until 7:00 PM Operated by the Whitehorse Legion 3 PM

Coupe du gâteau de la Fête du Canada par le commissaire, servi par l’AFY

Rotary Club Great Canadian Yukon River Duck Race

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Food Court and various Activities from Noon until 7 PM at Shipyards Park Displays by various Local Community Volunteer organizations Firemen Skill Competition for kids presented by the Whitehorse Fire Department Children and Youth Activities throughout the day

Grande course canadienne de canards sur le fleuve Yukon par le Club Rotary du Yukon Kiosques de nourriture et autres activités pour les familles, de midi à 19 h Compétition pour les jeunes, par les pompiers de Whitehorse Compétition de BYTE au parc Second Heaven, débute à 11 h 30

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June 23, 2016

Community EVENTS ATLIN

Wed, Jun, 29, Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 PM Atlin Rec Centre

BEAVER CREEK

Sat, Jun, 25, Women’s Yoga 9:00 AM Nelnah Bessie John School Just yourself in comfortable clothing Sat, Jun, 25, Volleyball 8:00 PM Beaver Creek Community Club Mon, Jun, 27, Tot Time 9:30 AM Nelnah Bessie John School Tue, Jun, 28, Women’s Yoga 7:00 PM Nelnah Bessie John School Just yourself in comfortable clothing Tue, Jun, 28, Volleyball 8:00 PM Beaver Creek Community Club

CARCROSS

Mondays and Wednesdays Carcoss Public Swim 2:00 PM-5:00 PM and 6:00 PM - 8:00PM at the Carcross Pool Tuesdays and Thursdays Carcoss Public Swim 3:00 PM-5:00 PM and 6:00 PM 8:00PM at the Carcross Pool Thu, Jun, 23, CPNP Lunch 12:00 PM Carcross/Tagish First Nation administration building Thu, Jun, 23, Pottery with Claudia MacPhee 3:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School 8673993321 Every Tuesday and Thursday, please enter by side door. Everyone welcome! no fee for community members Thu, Jun, 23, Sewing Group 6:00 PM CTFN Capacity Building Thu, Jun, 23, Prenatal Classes for Mothers and Fathers to be 7:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School With Kathleen Cranfield, Registered Midwife and CPNP coordinator Mon, Jun, 27, AA - Tagish 7:30 PM Carcross/Tagish First Nation administration building Tue, Jun, 28, Management Board 9:00 AM Carcross/Tagish First Nation administration building Tue, Jun, 28, Elders Breakfast 10:00 AM Carcross/Tagish First Nation administration building Tue, Jun, 28, Pottery with Claudia MacPhee 3:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School 8673993321 Every Tuesday and Thursday, please enter by side door. Everyone welcome! no fee for community members Tue, Jun, 28, Tlingit Language classes 5:00 PM CTFN Capacity Building Tue, Jun, 28, Sports Night 6:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School Tue, Jun, 28, Women’s Group 7:00 PM Carcross Community Campus 821-4251 Wed, Jun, 29, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School 821-4251 For more info:kathleen.cranfield@ctfn.ca Wed, Jun, 29, Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wed, Jun, 29, Sewing Group 6:00 PM CTFN Capacity Building Wed, Jun, 29, AA Carcross 6:30 PM Carcross/Tagish First Nation administration building

CARMACKS

Thu, Jun, 23-25 Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation Annual General Assembly Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation Government Event hosted at Airport Lake (Malena Man) All Members Welcome Carmacks Fri, Jun, 24-26, Carmacks BioBlitz Coal Mine Campground 667-5331

DAWSON CITY Art Events

Until June 18 Sarah Pupo “What Is Called Spirit” KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture At The Odd Gallery. A gathering of new watercolour works on paper and silk alongside animations projected on canvas. The pieces featured will be intimate in scale, presenting small but evocative gestures.

Daily Events

Daily Gold Bottom Mine Tours Gold Bottom Tour a working mine, try your luck at gold panning. 3 hour tours two start times: 8:15 AM & 1:15 PM Daily Gold Panning 10:00 am Claim 33 Try gold panning (gold guaranteed), and museum Daily Gold Panning -- Free Claim Claim #6 Pan for gold on our free claim! Bring your own equipment and try your hand panning on a real claim, anytime. Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays Public Swim 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM Dawson City Pool Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Public Swim 3:30-5:00 And 6:00 - 8:00 Thu, Jun, 23, Ladies Golf Day Dawson City Golf Course All day is ladies day Thu, Jun, 23, Kids Swim Movie Night 6:30 PM Dawson City Pool Swim, eat popcorn and watch a movie! Thu, Jun, 23, The North remembers: Genetic tales of camels and bison past 7:30 PM Dawson City Community Library 867-667-2979 Join Peter Heintzman to explore what the treasure trove of ice age fossils with excellent ancient DNA preservation in the Yukon can tell us about Ice Age camels and bison. Fri, Jun, 24, Botany Days Tombstone Territorial Park Fri, Jun, 24, Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 AM Dawson City Fitness Centre

Fri, Jun, 24, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Community Luncheon 11:45 AM Health and Social Building Join us for lunch every Friday, from 11:45 am until 1 pm, at the Health and Social Building. Fri, Jun, 24, Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 PM Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Jun, 24, Aquafit 12:00 PM Dawson City Pool Fri, Jun, 24, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 PM Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Sat, Jun, 25, Painting 1:00 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Inspire and be inspired by other artists. Bring your own ideas and painting surfaces. Paints, brushes and easels are supplied, no instruction offered. Sat, Jun, 25, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 PM Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Sun, Jun, 26, St. Paul’s Church Service 10:30 AM St Paul’s Church 867-993-5381 Sun, Jun, 26, Sweet Nuggets 11:00 PM Westminster Hotel Lady M & her Mr. Men’s in the cocktail lounge Mon, Jun, 27, Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 AM Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon, Jun, 27, Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 PM Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon, Jun, 27, Aquafit 12:00 PM Dawson City Pool Mon, Jun, 27, Men’s Golf Night 5:00 PM Dawson City Golf Course Stop in anytime after 5pm Tue, Jun, 28, Step n Strong 7:00 PM Robert Service School 867-993-2520 For more information email: getrealfit(at) me.com Tue, Jun, 28, Dawson City Museum Society AGM 7:00 PM Dawson City Museum Members and those wishing to become members are invited to hear the Society’s annual report. Wed, Jun, 29, Yukon River Quest WaterFront Park 333-5628 Come and see the competitors leave Whitehorse as they canoe their way to Dawson City! Or register and became apart of the race! Wed, Jun, 29, Aquafit 12:00 PM Dawson City Pool Wed, Jun, 29, Annie Lou and the Foggy Hogtown Trio 7:30 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture The Foggy Hogtown Trio is a pared-down version of Toronto’s beloved bluegrass band the Foggy Hogtown Boys, doesn’t try to sound like a bluegrass band trying to make new country or pop hits. Wed, Jun, 29, CFYT Trivia 8:00 PM The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio.

FARO

Until Wed, Aug, 31, Faro Art Show Anvil Range Arts Society Open Daily 1-5 Local artists’ ware on display and for sale Tuesdays - Saturdays Faro Public Swim Hours: Tues-Fri 4-6, Sat 3-5 at the Faro Pool Thu, Jun, 23, Faro Parent & Tot Swim 7:00 AM Faro Recreation Centre Thu, Jun, 23, Faro Kids Club 1:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Thu, Jun, 23, Fireside Chat and Bocce Tournament 5:30 PM Campbell Region Interpretive Center Free BBQ, Fun Bocce Ball Tournament for people of all ages ($5) Fri, Jun, 24, Faro Teen Swim 7:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Sun, Jun, 26, Faro Church of Apostles Mass 10:00 AM Church of Apostles Sun, Jun, 26, Faro Bible Chapel Sunday Service 10:30 AM Faro Bible Chapel 9942442 with Pastor Ted Baker 994-2442 Tue, Jun, 28, Faro Parent & Tot Swim 7:00 AM Faro Recreation Centre Tue, Jun, 28, Faro Kids Club 1:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Wed, Jun, 29, Parent & Tot Storytime 11:00 AM Faro Community Library For Babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Wed, Jun, 29, Faro Kids Club 1:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Wed, Jun, 29, Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting.

HAINES JUNCTION

Daily Shakwak Pool - Family Swim 10:00 am Haines Junction Community Centre Daily Shakwak Pool - Lane Swim 7:00 am Haines Junction Community Centre Daily Shakwak Pool - Public Swim 6:00 pm Haines Junction Community Centre Also Open for the public Daily 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Thu, Jun, 23, Shakwak Pool - Moms and Tots 9:00 AM Haines Junction Community Centre Tuesdays,Thursdays and Fridays Thu, Jun, 23, Elders’ Tea & Fitness Lunch 11:00 AM Mun Ku Thu, Jun, 23, Tone & Stretch 12:00 PM Yukon College Haines Junction Campus Thu, Jun, 23, Chair Yoga For Seniors 3:00 PM Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Thu, Jun, 23, YOGA 5:15 PM Yukon College Haines Junction Campus Thu, Jun, 23, Adult Soccer 7:30 PM St. Elias Community School Fri, Jun, 24, Chief and Council Regular Meeting 9:00 AM Champagne And Aishihik First Nation - Haines Jct Office Fri, Jun, 24, Shakwak Pool - Moms and Tots 9:00 AM Haines Junction Community Centre Tuesdays,Thursdays and Fridays Fri, Jun, 24, Story Hour 10:00 AM Haines Junction Community Library

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Fri, Jun, 24, Jammin’ Salmon: Diyet 6:00 PM Village Bakery and Deli 634-2867 Take in the fresh mountain air and gorgeous scenery while enjoying our summer line up of Yukon Musicians Sun, Jun, 26, St Christopher’s Church Service 10:30 AM St Christopher’s Church 867-634-2360 Licensed Lay Leader: Lynn De Brabandere Mon, Jun, 27, Pilates Mat 12:00 PM Yukon College Haines Junction Campus Mon, Jun, 27, Get Up And Go Yoga 2:00 PM Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Mon, Jun, 27, Fitness Classes - Pilates & Yoga 5:15 PM Da Ku Cultural Centre Mon, Jun, 27, YOGA 5:15 PM Yukon College Haines Junction Campus Tue, Jun, 28, Shakwak Pool - Moms and Tots 9:00 AM Haines Junction Community Centre Tuesdays,Thursdays and Fridays Tue, Jun, 28, YOGA 12:00 PM Yukon College Haines Junction Campus Tue, Jun, 28, Southern Tutchone Classes 12:00 PM Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue, Jun, 28, Tone & Stretch 5:15 PM Yukon College Haines Junction Campus Tue, Jun, 28, Takhini Family Game Night 7:00 PM Takhini Hall Wed, Jun, 29, YOGA 12:00 PM Yukon College Haines Junction Campus Wed, Jun, 29, Junction Open Mic Night 6:00 PM Village Bakery and Deli Wed, Jun, 29, Adult Volleyball 6:30 PM St. Elias Community School

MARSH LAKE

Fri, Jun, 24, Jackalope Friday Dinners 7:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Sat, Jun, 25, Tot Group 10:00 AM Marsh Lake Community Centre Sun, Jun, 26, Drop in Badminton 11:00 AM Marsh Lake Community Centre Sun, Jun, 26, Camp Sunday Service & BBQ 11:00 AM Marsh Lake Bible Camp 335-7524 Family friendly service with a BBQ and games to follow! Tue, Jun, 28, North of 60 Cafe 2:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Are you retired? Have some time? Marsh Lake seniors socialize, play cards, have coffee, tea and homemade goodies. C’mon down! Tue, Jun, 28, North of 60 Seniors Cafe 2:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Jun, 28, Tot Group 2:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre

MAYO

Sat, Jun, 25, Mayo Arts Festival 12:00 AM Mayo Community Centre A summer tradition showcasing artists and musicians from Keno City, Elsa, and Mayo. Demonstrations, performances, and art sales by local artists. Sun, Jun, 26, St. Mary’s Church Service 11:00 AM St Mary’s Church (867)667-7746 Tue, Jun, 28, Mayo Sewing Nights 7:00 PM Yukon College Mayo Campus

MOUNT LORNE

Fri, Jun, 24, Learning Lions Homeschoolers Get Together 3:00 PM Lorne Mountain Community Centre Agnes 667-7083 Sun, Jun, 26, Mt. Lorne Growers Group 1:00 PM Wheaton River Gardens 667-7083 A seasonal approach to gardening skills that will help you grow food. To register, contact Agnes 667-7083 or Email lmca@ northwestel.net

OLD CROW

Thu, Jun, 23, Adult Night at the Youth Centre 7:00 PM Old Crow Community Center Sun, Jun, 26, St. Luke’s Church Service 11:00 AM St. Lukes Church 867-993-5381

TAGISH

Tuesdays to Saturdays Tagish Treasures Thrift Store 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Thu, Jun, 23, Intermediate / Advanced Osteofit: Tagish 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Sat, Jun, 25, Beginners Yoga: Tagish 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre With instructor Lee Randell. Sat, Jun, 25, Tagish Library 12:00 PM Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Sat, Jun, 25, Outdoor Sports Activities: Tagish 1:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Soccer, baseball, field hockey etc Tue, Jun, 28, Nordic Walking: Tagish 1:30 PM Tagish Community Centre Call 3993407 for more info. Tue, Jun, 28, Stayfit: Tagish 6:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Wed, Jun, 29, Tagish Library 12:00 PM Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed, Jun, 29, Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday.

TESLIN

Sat, Jun, 25, Teslin Rocks Country 8:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Office: 867-3902530 | Cell: 867-334-4713 Featuring: Aaron Pritchett, Cory Marquardt and Roger Gabriel Sat, Jun, 25, Teslin Youth Club (Gr 7-12) 8:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Sun, Jun, 26, Canada Day Teslin Rec Center Sun, Jun, 26, Catholic Mass/Communion Service at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Mission 10:30 AM Immaculate Heart of Mary Mission Sun, Jun, 26, Public Skate 2:00 PM Teslin Rec Center

WATSON LAKE

Thu, Jun, 23, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Fri, Jun, 24, Ladies Time Out Breakfast 8:30 AM Dragon’s Den Hotel Cynthia Armstrong 536-7239 Sat, Jun, 25, 4th Annual Diabetes Awareness Half Marathon 9:00 AM Watson Lake Recreation Centre 536-2250 3K, 5K, 10K or a Half Marathon, you decide and lets raise some awareness for a great cause, curing diabetes. Get out enjoy the summer, a barbecue at Watson Lake Foods to follow. For more info call Chris Irvine at 536-2250 Sat, Jun, 25, Watson Lake Farmers Market 12:00 PM Wye Lake Park Crafts, baking, local produce, food vendors, home based businesses, and lots of fun to be had by everyone. Sun, Jun, 26, St. John’s Church Service 10:00 AM St. John’s Church Service (867) 536-2932 Sun, Jun, 26, Liard Evangelical Free Church Service 10:00 AM The Little Brown Log Church Sunday morning services, then fellowship time with coffee after the service Very friendly! Mon, Jun, 27, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together!

HAINES, ALASKA

Daily Everyone Welcome Swim Haines Community Centre 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM. No Swim Sundays Mon-Thu Haines Public Library Open 10:00 am Haines Borough Public Library Haines Borough Public Library Hours: MonThu 10-9 | Fri 10-6 | Sat/Sun 12:30-4:30 | 766-2545 Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays Totem Pole Carving 10:00 am Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre with Master Carver, Jim Heaton Thu, Jun, 23, Morning Muscles 6:00 AM Haines Community Centre Thu, Jun, 23, Vinyasa Yoga 5:30 PM Haines Community Centre Fri, Jun, 24, Earlybird Lap Swim 6:30 AM Haines Community Centre Fri, Jun, 24, Men’s Bible Study 7:00 AM Haines Presbyterian Church Fri, Jun, 24, Water Aerobics 8:00 AM Haines Community Centre Fri, Jun, 24, Women’s Bible Study 10:30 AM Haines Presbyterian Church Fri, Jun, 24, Storytime 11:00 AM Haines Borough Public Library Fri, Jun, 24, Yoga w/Mandy 12:00 PM Haines Community Centre Fri, Jun, 24, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 6:00 PM Haines Community Centre Sat, Jun, 25, Zumba Toning 10:00 AM Haines Community Centre Sat, Jun, 25, Haines Alaska Farmers Market 10:00 AM Southeast Alaska State Fair Grounds (Harriett Hall) Check out the organic produce, local art and clothing, homemade baked goods and specialty products. Sat, Jun, 25, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 6:00 PM Haines Community Centre Mon, Jun, 27, Earlybird Lap Swim 6:30 AM Haines Community Centre Mon, Jun, 27, Water Aerobics 8:00 AM Haines Community Centre Mon, Jun, 27, Mother Goose Stories and Songs 11:00 AM Haines Borough Public Library Mon, Jun, 27, Senior Exercise Class 11:15 AM Haines Community Centre Mon, Jun, 27, Cardio/strength training circuit 5:30 PM Haines Community Centre Mon, Jun, 27, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 6:00 PM Haines Community Centre Tue, Jun, 28, Morning Muscles 6:00 AM Haines Community Centre Tue, Jun, 28, Senior Swim 10:00 AM Haines Community Centre Tue, Jun, 28, Haines Women’s Fellowship 3:00 PM Haines Senior Center Tue, Jun, 28, Vinyasa Yoga 5:30 PM Haines Community Centre Wed, Jun, 29, Earlybird Lap Swim 6:30 AM Haines Community Centre Wed, Jun, 29, Water Aerobics 8:00 AM Haines Community Centre Wed, Jun, 29, Senior Exercise Class 11:15 AM Haines Community Centre Wed, Jun, 29, Tlingit Language Class 3:30 PM Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Wed, Jun, 29, Guys Yoga 5:00 PM Haines Community Centre Wed, Jun, 29, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 6:00 PM Haines Community Centre

SKAGWAY, ALASKA

Thu, Jun, 23, Senior Chair Based Weight Training 10:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Thu, Jun, 23, Dance Fusion with Kaera New Latin Hip Hop Class 5:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Jun, 23, Easy Does it YogaRestorative Yoga w/Jeanne- ALL Level 6:15 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Jun, 23, Basketball For Adults 7:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Fri, Jun, 24, Spinning w/ Dena 7:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Fri, Jun, 24, Aerial Tissue w/Renee 8:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Special Fee & Sign-up

Fri, Jun, 24, Dance Dance Dance Night at the Red Onion Saloon 9:00 PM Red Onion Saloon Dance dance dance, shake it, boogie until you can’t, dance at the Red Onion Saloon Sat, Jun, 25, Senior Chair Based Weight Training 10:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Sat, Jun, 25, Dance Fusion with Kaera New Latin Hip Hop Class 5:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Sat, Jun, 25, Volleyball For Adults 6:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Sun, Jun, 26, Viniyoga 5:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Sun, Jun, 26, Ecstatic Dance 1:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Sun, Jun, 26, Aerial Tissue w/Renee 6:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Special Fee & Sign-up Mon, Jun, 27, SpinFlex w/Katherine 7:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Jun, 27, Spinning w/ Dena 7:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Jun, 27, Easy Does it YogaRestorative Yoga w/Jeanne- ALL Level 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Jun, 27, TRX Suspension Training 5:15 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Sign up required Mon, Jun, 27, Mindful Vinyasa Flow 6:15 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Jun, 27, Kristin & Rayna 7:00 PM Red Onion Saloon Expect award winning songwriting, sisterly harmonics and the infectious rhythm of fiddle tunes and percussive dance. Mon, Jun, 27, Roller Hockey For Adults 7:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Jun, 27, Windy Valley Boys 7:00 PM Red Onion Saloon Tue, Jun, 28, Senior Chair Based Weight Training 10:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Tue, Jun, 28, Dance Fusion with Kaera New Latin Hip Hop Class 5:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Jun, 28, Climbing Instruction For Belay Certification Class - Signup Required 6:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre (6-7:30pm-Instruction/7:30-8pm Certification Checks) Tue, Jun, 28, Basketball For Adults 7:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Jun, 29, SpinFlex w/Katherine 7:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Jun, 29, Spinning w/ Dena 7:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Jun, 29, Humpday 4:00 PM Red Onion Saloon Great BIG Pizza Wednesday nights. Wed, Jun, 29, TRX Suspension Training 5:15 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Sign up required Wed, Jun, 29, Aerial Tissue w/Renee 7:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Special Fee & Sign-up

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings Beaver Creek Tuesday & Thursday 11:30 AM - St. Anne Church Fridays 1:30 PM Health Centre Carcross Wednesdays 7:30 PM. Library Fridays 1:30 PM Health Centre Carmacks Fridays 1:30 PM Health Centre Dawson City Thursday 8:00 PM New Beginnings Group Richard Martin Chapel Church St. Fridays 1:30 PM Health Centre Saturdays 7:00 PM Community Support Centre 993-5095 Destruction Bay Fridays 1:30 PM Health Centre Faro Fridays 1:30 PM Health Centre Haines Junction Wednesdays 8:00 PM Public Library Fridays 1:30 PM Health Centre Mayo Wednesday 7:30 PM RRC Building 9962825 Fridays 1:30 PM Health Centre Old Crow Fridays 1:30 PM Health Centre Pelly Crossing Wednesday 7:00 PM Pelly Band Office 537-3461 Fridays 1:30 PM Health Centre Ross River Fridays 1:30 PM Health Centre Tagish Mondays 7:30 PM Bishop’s Cabin, end of road along California Beach Telegraph Creek Tuesdays 8:00 PM Sewing Centre, Soaring Eagles Group 235-3350 Teslin Wednesdays 7:00 PM G Building, 4 McLeary Street Fridays 1:30 PM Health Centre Watson Lake Thursdays 12:30 PM St. Anne Church Fridays 1:30 PM Health Centre, downstairs Tuesdays 12:30 PM St. Anne Church


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Active Interest LISTINGS Tuesday to Saturday YCS Free Guided Hike, 10am and 2pm Meet at Miles Canyon Bridge, 3.5 km of easy walking. Dress for the weather and bring your water and snacks. Thu, Jun, 23 Public Night 7:00 PM Whitehorse Rifle Pistol Club Thu, Jun, 23 Youth Drop-in (New age limit 9 -13years old*) Polarettes Gymnastics Club 7:30 PM Vanier Catholic Secondary Thu, Jun, 23 Tennis Drop-In Mens Night 5:30 PM Mount Mac Tennis Courts Thu, Jun, 23 BioBlitz Primer 7:30 PM Beringia Centre Join the Biological Survey of Canada for an evening of short presentations about the natural history of Yukon and the latest news on the event. Fri, Jun, 24 Parent and Tot Drop-In Polarettes Gymnastics Club 10:00 AM Vanier Catholic Secondary Fri, Jun, 24 Hand to Hand - Level 1 (lunch class) with Gael 11:30 AM Aikido Yukon Dojo Fri, Jun, 24 Golden Horn Judo 3:30 PM Golden Horn Elementary Fri, Jun, 24-Sun, Jun, 26 Community Coaching Clinic Intro to Track and Field Community Coaching Clinic Contact Don White 633-5671

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Tue, Jun, 28 Trap Match 7:00 PM Whitehorse Rifle Pistol Club Tue, Jun, 28 Contagious Mountain Bike Club: Dirt Girls 7:00 PM Multiple Locations Dirt Girls rides are group rides for any cyclist who is born as, or who identifies as, a woman. All riders must be club members!, bring your membership number to sign-in before each ride. Tue, Jun, 28 Company of the White Wolf - Practice 7:00 PM Rotary Peace Park If sword-fighting and medieval combat interest you, beginners and new members are always welcome to come down and join in on practice, or to just observe and ask questions. Wed, Jun, 29 Adults summer training 6 8PM Biathlon Range Wed, Jun, 29 Yukon Orienteering B Meet 6:00 PMSki Trail Parking lot Map: Chadburn Lake Contact JustineScheck@gmail.com Wed, Jun, 29 Roller skiing 6:00 PM Biathlon Range Wed, Jun, 29 Hand to Hand - Level 2&3 with Gael 6:00 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo Wed, Jun, 29 Staff/Jo with Gael 7:00 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo

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Alcoholics Anonymous The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Porter Creek Step meeting (CM) 8:00 PM Our Lady of Victory No Puffin (CM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St., Big Book Study Thursday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Polar Group (OM) 7:30 PM Seventh Day Adventists Church (PC) Friday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Yukon Unity Group Meeting 1:30 PM #4 Hospital Road Whitehorse Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Saturday Detox Meeting (OM, NS) 1:00 PM DETOX Bldg 6118-6th Women’s Meeting (CM, NS) 2:30 PM Whitehorse General Hospital (across from emergency) Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (OM, NS) 7:00 PM Hospital boardroom Sunday Sunshine Group (OM, NS) 1:00 PM DETOX Bldg 6118-6th Marble Group (OM, NS) 7:00 PM Hospital boardroom Monday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. New Beginnings Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Tuesday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Ugly Duckling Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Juste Pour Aujourd’hui (OM, NS) 7:00 PM 4141B 4th Ave.

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June 23, 2016

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times a week. “We wanted a model to attract both tourists and locals. We figured the best thing was to have it locally written and produced with guest hosts. That would give variety for locals and fun for visitors.” The play is modeled after Garrison Keillor’s radio show, Prairie Home Companion, broadcast internationally from Minnesota, USA. A Klondike Cabin Companion will be a hybrid of radio and theatre, with local community radio station CFYT streaming live during the performances. The story itself is about the trials and tribulations of someone spending their first winter in Dawson City. “We wanted to make a lighthearted comedy about what’s it like to live here,” Hobbs says. Canadian entertainer Al Simmons is artistic director, as well as host and narrator of the play, introducing each scene for the radio audience. Whitehorse musician Carolyn Mark does double duty as musical director, as well as playing a character and being a musician in the band. Three original songs are part of the repertoire. Hobbs points out that even though lots of the locals involved have all had performance experience, putting radio and theatre

together is brand new for everyone. “The tech aspect is the hardest,” she says. “We have 11 mics to deal with.” All in all, Hobbs feels that A Klondike Cabin Companion is coming together and will be a pretty good show, despite the fact that this year staging will be at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) rather than the Palace Grand, which is closed this summer for renovations. Next year, Friends of the Palace Grand is hoping to apply for funding to hire someone year round to program, produce and market in advance of the following season. “If we can hire someone like that, then we won’t lose the idea of hopefully being in the Palace Grand when it re-opens. We’re hoping to establish something regular in the future.” Klondike Cabin Companion will be presented on June 24 and 25. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the show is at 7 p.m. at KIAC.

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June 23, 2016

A 24-Hour Mountain Bike Relay ... for Everyone by Meagan Deuling

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hour bike relays used to be en mode around North America, 15, 16 years ago. That’s when the first one was in Whitehorse, 16 years ago. The popularity of the relays waned most places. But not in Whitehorse. Here, the race is held close to the summer solstice. It has grown and evolved to attract a following outside of the territory and to include serious riders and those in costumes, a beer garden, a contingency of families who camp overnight in trailers, and a race category for toddlers. Sierra van der Meer is organizing this year’s race. She’s been a long time participant, too. She figures the race has endured in the the Yukon because of the light, this time of year. She says it’s rare to see the sun set or rise in the summer. But, she says riding the 12 kilometre relay course takes about an hour, and “you can start a lap when the sun’s starting to set, and finish

The relay’s start and finish line is at Biathlon Yukon. When they’re not on the trail, racers hangout in a big field when the sun’s peaking over the horizon.” Here’s how the relay works. Racers sign up as a solo rider, or in teams of two, four, or five to eight people. The course is the aforementioned 12 kilometre lap, somewhere on the Grey Mountain trails. It changes every year. A racer wears a timer, does a lap, and hands off the timer to the next racer. Whichever team does the most laps in 24 hours wins. There are nuances to the race. Van der meer says some people take it seriously. “People on the serious serious racing teams will do three, four laps in a row. The next person goes, and they recover.”

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She identifies serious racers by the spandex they wear. They tend to hang around the finish line, bike at the ready, waiting for teammates to finish a lap to do a quick handoff. “Serious people are wearing spandex, fun people are wearing costumes.” That’s according to van der Meer. Fun racers finish a lap and wander off to find their teammates, maybe in the beer garden, maybe konked out in a tent or camper. Van der meer says the 12 kilometre loops can be done as quickly as 35 minutes. But most people take the average hour to finish it. She says it’s funny, because

in the Whitehorse mountain biking community, everyone knows how everybody else rides -- “We don’t need a race to know who’s the fastest.” But why race, then? She’s not sure. She says she loves the loops at two in the morning, when she catches the elusive summer sunset and rise in the course of an hour. She says everything’s a little hazy – the light, her head. “It’s hard to describe.” Van der Meer said on the day of the interview, on June 15, there were 150 racers registered. She expects the number to be over 200 by the time registration for teams closes, on June 23. Over 70 of those people will be from outside of the territory. They come for the race. Some of them have never been to the Yukon before. “It’s so hard to describe, that haziness at 3 a.m., it’s really special to see people from out of town experience it,” says van der Meer. “Yukoners enjoy it when people come up and are wowed by our mountain biking paradise.” She wants to emphasis the inclusiveness of the event. Van der Meer says there are some Yukoners who don’t like the race culture but still want to participate, so they make it more fun. The race has also evolved. It used to be adult-centric, now it has a one to two kilometre course for kids, and a push-bike category for toddlers. These courses are closed from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. The start and finish line is at Biathlon Yukon, on Grey Mountain Road. Van der meer says it’s very fun. She describes a huge field, “it’s very social, there are tonnes of prizes. People are hanging out, enjoying the sun.” The 24-Hours of Light mountain bike relay runs from June 25 – 26. For more information go to www.24hoursoflight.ca.

Meagan Deuling is the interim editor of What’s Up Yukon. Contact her at meagan@whatsupyukon.com.

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Camaraderie in a Cano e

June 23, 2016

2 0 1 6 Yu k o n R i v e r Q u e s t

Beginning of the paddle, on the Yukon River

by Nellie Dale oramic vista – it couldn’t have been a better evening for a paddle. Stix Together practices three times a week: two paddles during the week and a longer ride on the weekend. Most of the team members are active year-round. However, serious training began in January, with emphasis on cardio, core and upper body. Deb Bartlette has raced the quest before. She has a tattoo with her 2011 race time. She loves being strong; 50 push ups are easy at this point in her training. Everyone on the team comes from different professions. There is a geologist, a teacher, a day care worker and a college administrator, to name a few. Four have paddled this race before; five are rookies. They range in age from 23 to 62 – and there’s a mother and daughter on the team. Everyone has a different reason for participating. It’s Cheryl Rivest’s third quest. She wants to have fun, finish in 50 hours and

enjoy the lovely scenery. Sarah Ouellette, a rookie, wants to “get to know and learn from the other amazing women on the team.” She wants to arrive in Dawson with a smile on her face. Carolyn Relf, another rookie, loves the outdoors, and has sailboat racing experience. This race attracts teams from around the world. People come from Belgium, England, the United States and different parts of Canada. As of June 9, there were 95 teams registered. The categories are solo, tandem, or voyageur canoe. There are women’s, men’s, and open (which means mixed) teams. There are a number of checkpoints along the route, with mandatory rests at Carmacks, and, closer to Dawson City, the Coffee Creek Kaminak Camp. It is a race through the wilderness. There is little road access, and few people live along the river. In the spirit of fair play and safety there is a requirement

PHOTO: Roger Jackson

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ine ladies in a voyageur canoe whose ages range from 23 to 62; 715 kilometres; paddling for Yukon Cancer Care Fund. Stix Together is a team of Whitehorse women participating in the 18th Annual Yukon River Quest. The race begins with a mass start at noon on Wednesday, June 29. Participants gather at the gazebo at Rotary Peace Park in Whitehorse and dash the 300 metres to awaiting canoes and kayaks. The final destination is Dawson City. The arrival date is July 3. “5, 4, 3, 2, 1! To the middle! To the side! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!” Monique Levesque shouts out seat switches at five-minute intervals from the front of the canoe. I was invited to ride along. A beautiful evening, we pushed off about 6 p.m. from the launch at Rotary Peace Park. One hour and 47 minutes later we passed the Takhini River Bridge along the North Klondike Highway. We pulled out at Burma Road. Eagles, a beaver, a deer along the shore, the pan-

PHOTO: Nellie Dale

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Team Stix Together practicing before the big race

for mandatory team and personal gear. Teams must be equipped to be self-sufficient for a couple of days if necessary. Food is a personal choice, but experienced paddlers suggest low fat, complex carbohydrates and moderate protein. Water with electrolyte replacement is essential. Cancer has touched each member of Stix Together, either directly or through family and friends. The cancer journey is multifaceted, scary and overwhelming for everyone. Yukon Cancer Care Fund, established in 2013, provides support for cancer patients

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and their families. Stix Together fundraises for Yukon Cancer Care. Stix Together’s community sponsors include HVACTech Systems Inc., Up North Adventures, Shoppers Drug Mart and Independent Grocers. Nine ladies in a voyageur canoe. Laughter, all-encompassing conversation, and quiet times when the only sound is paddles slipping in and out of the water. Good luck on the river, Stix Together. Nellie Dale is an artist/writer living in the Yukon forest.

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June 23, 2016

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EVERYONE LOVES HONEY! Purveyors of FINE RAW HONEY Check out our Honey Warmer & Books 907-766-2992 www.kingporcini.com 121 Second Ave N, (11⁄2 blocks up from Main St) Haines,Alaska “The Store that Helps People Enjoy Nature’s Bounty”

Wildlife cruise with whale watching, bus tour of Juneau and Mendenhall Glacier, free time for shopping, lunch and sightseeing. Continental breakfast and light dinner provided. Day cruise package from skagway or Haines $165

1-800-320-0146 • 907-766-3395 www.alaskafjordlines.com

OPEN 8am - 8pm Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm Sun 420 Main Street, 907-766-2441 www.oleruds.com

409 West Main Street Haines, Alaska 907-766-2211 haines@aspenhotelsak.net

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For all of your knitting and crochet needs

Beautiful handknit and crocheted Gifts~And we carry buttons, needles, hooks, & accessories.

Whisky, Vodka, Gin Specialty Cocktails

Visit Us at our New location Main Street, opposite the Brewery Mon–Sat: 10 am-5 pm | daltoncityyarn.com

Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm Sat 1-4pm

The SMOKED SALMON, HALIBUT, AND BLACK COD Locally Made Gifts • FRESH FISH TOO! OPEN DAILY / dejondelights.com / 907-766-2505 Just up from the cruise ship dock in Ft. Seward

34 Blacksmith St in Fort Seward Tasting Hours: Mon-Sat 2-8 pm

portchilkootdistillery.com

objects of our history

this summer at The

on Main Street above the boat harbor

Sheldon Museum


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YOUR DREAM BACKYARD building centre

Sale Ends March 12, 2016 LOTS OF SUMMER LEFT TO ENJOY IT!

WOOD SHIELD BEST BY BEAUTI-TONE

Starting at $4699

ARBORCOAT

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Starting at $5899

SHARKSKIN

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MAKE YOUR DECK FEEL LIKE NEW. PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT FOR YEARS TO COME.

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50,000 btu, Stainless Steel Propane Barbecue $129999

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40,000 btu, Natural Gas Barbecue

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