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he first week of September, the mice fled the fields and snuck indoors, as mice are wont to do. It happened in the quiet hours of one night. The day before, the kitchen drawers and cupboards were spotless. The next, they were festooned with rodential calling cards: the kind a not-so-observant eye might mistake for a dusting of flax or caraway seed. I say mice, but it was almost certainly a single mouse. A mother-to-be at that: a poor, lone soul finding herself in the family way without benefit of clergy. You ask how I know this. Well, you don’t, but I’ll tell you anyway. Within the span of a few hours, she had scratched and nibbled her way through a brand-new tea towel. Not just an ordinary tea towel, but the expensive wafflewoven kind you pay a ransom for at one of those fancy kitchen boutiques. The Sherlock Holmes in me immediately deduced: if you are a mouse, you do not scavenge feverously for bright red cotton
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She came, she saw, we conquered
Grandma’s name is Clara Frost She came, she saw, we conquered. We’re proud to be her rangers. We’re proud to be her fiddlers. We’re proud to be her snowshoers. We’re proud to be her test skiers. We’re proud to be her dog mushers. We’re proud to be her hockey players. We’re proud to be her carpenders. Boyd is proud to be her pilot. Pauline is proud to be her MLA. Peter, johnny & Jack are proud to be her policemen. Alisa is proud to be her doctor. Natasha is proud to be her nurse. Bradley is proud to be her mechanic. Coleen & Greta are proud to be her teachers. Barb is proud to be her lawyer. Sharon is proud to be her conservation office. Derrick is proud to be her martial arts expert. Tommy is proud to be her soldier. Peter, Alice & Marvin are proud to be her chiefs. Im proud to be her poet. I am proud to be her cartoonist Grandma came, grandma saw, grandma conquered.
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An’ he believed in our god above. His manners were precise And he was always nice. Charlie lived a long life And Jessie is his wife. He learned from a bible verse So you’ll never hear him curse. He’ll answer you with a smile ‘Cause that’s Charlie’s style. Charlie doesn’t read or write But he sure knows what’s right. He always had nice clothes to wear And he always treated us fair. Charlie will dance to a fiddle song Because his ways were strong. He’ll always shake your hand ‘Cause he was a real gentleman. Charlie lived by the golden rule That’s why he’s so cool. We can learn from lots of guys But Charlie Thomas was really wise. God listens when Charlie is praying “God Bless You!” is his favorite saying. by
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Nicole Edwards and Friends Lift Up Their Voices for Local Charity
Fundraiser concert for Yukon Cares takes place at the United Church on Oct. 21 by Elaine Schiman Whitehorse singersongwriter Nicole Edwards, second from left, is hosting a concert at the United Church on Oct. 21 to raise funds to bring Syrian refugees to Whitehorse. Here Edwards poses with Ed White, left, Annie Avery, Dave Haddock and Bob Hamilton at her CD release concert for the album Sage & Wild Roses.
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he first time I heard Nicole Edwards’ voice, it drew me down a Yukon College hallway during the 1998 Frostbite Music Festival and into one of the festival’s classroom venues. There I found Nicole Edwards, new to the Yukon at that point, singing and playing guitar as part of the band The Gathering. Her rich vocal tones and warm stage presence turned me into an instant fan and created a memory I still carry with me today. Now, Edwards is one of the territory’s best-known musicians. Her latest project is about to give Yukon audiences another opportunity to create a new and beautiful memory of what Edwards can do with music. On October 21st, she will celebrate her two decades in the territory with a fundraiser for Yukon Cares, a volunteer-driven organization that works to resettle and sponsor refugees in the territory. “I have been saddened and distressed to see so many examples of racism and discrimination in the world today,” said Edwards. “As an artist, sharing my songs is one way I can contribute by spreading a positive message.” A positive vibe is something Edwards has no shortage of. Despite the fact that she suffers from a chronic health condition called scleroderma – which causes pain and fatigue, and has robbed her of the ability to play guitar – she has found new ways to share her passion for music and live a happy life. “One of my most effective strategies for a high quality of
life is to produce joyful, stimulating creative experiences while collaborating with other artists,” said Edwards. “That’s what this concert will be for me and I hope it will also empower and uplift everyone who participates in the concert as a performer, volunteer or audience member.” Although the concert will focus on Edwards’ original repertoire, she will share the spotlight with others. Edwards has brought together singers from a variety of choirs and duos to form a small choir. The group will present a brand new choral arrangement of one of her original songs, Love, Serve and Uplift, which is on Edwards’ most recent album Genre Bender. The choral arrangement was written by another Whitehorse musician, Olivier de Colombel, as part of a mentorship Edwards did with him, funded by an Advanced Artist Award from the Yukon government. “This is my gift to myself,” Edwards said. “It’s long been a dream of mine to hear a choir sing some of my music.” The concert will also include special performances from several talented, but rarely-heard Whitehorse singers whom Edwards admires: vocalist Rebecca Law and duo Lexi Joinson and Jasmine Sudlow. “I’m such a fan of these wonderful singers and this concert is a great opportunity to hear them.” The concert could also be a pivotal moment for Yukon Cares. The organization has already brought one family of Syrian refugees to Whitehorse and has com-
pleted fundraising and submitted applications for another family of five, and an individual. “We are continuing to work to bring refugees to a safer place,” said Raquel de Queiroz, Yukon Cares President. “We are almost there to have the 75 per cent of the money needed to put the application in place for another family of five. I am really hoping this concert will get us there.” That won’t be the end of the fundraising work, though. The first Syrian family came under a federal program, which provided half the money. However, Yukon Cares is acting as a private sponsor this time and needs to raise 100 per cent of the budget. “We are thrilled that Nicole has offered the generous gift of her amazing talent to the refugee cause,” said de Queiroz. “Nicole is such a talented and beautiful artist, with a message of love and service, which could not be more relevant today.” The concert takes place Saturday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the United Church in Whitehorse. There will be a social gathering held in the church basement from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with refreshments. Tickets include a complimentary dessert and hot beverage. For more information contact Yukon Cares at yukoncares@gmail. com, or on their Facebook page. Elaine Schiman is a Whitehorse-based writer and will perform in the concert as part of the choir presenting Edwards’ songs.
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The Whole Fish Tale
Yukon artist Josée Carbonneau was one of 50 finalists selected from across Canada to participate in the Salt Spring National Art Prize Finalists’ Exhibition on Salt Spring Island. The exhibition runs from September 23 until October 22, 2017 by Aislinn Cornett
any people wouldn’t be surprised to hear that long-time Yukoner Josée Carbonneau is a passionate fisher. Like many northerners, Carbonneau has an affinity for fishing. It’s what she does with the fish that leaves people awestruck. Long after her fly fishing flies have been tied, and after her hip waders have dried, Carbonneau takes the fish and tans the thin skin, turning the once scaly exterior into beautiful, pliable leather that she incorporates into artwork. “Fishing is a resource and this goes with it,” Carbonneau said of her unique process. “It’s a whole circle where my fishing becomes part of the art.” Originally from the East Coast, Carbonneau says her dad was a fisherman. From the time she started walking, she was also fishing. Now, she takes her passion for fishing one step further. “The idea is that I catch my fish so that I can eat fish, and use all parts of it to make art, and when I’m done a piece, there’s a whole story with that artwork.” This summer, after applying to her first national art competition, Carbonneau was selected as a finalist in the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP). Out of the 1,200 artists who applied with over 2,100 art submissions, Carbonneau’s piece, titled “Drying Time in the North” was one of 50 finalists chosen. She is the only Yukon artist featured in the national ex-
hibition. Her artwork features a twodimensional scene of a northern clothesline, with jackets, pants and mittens hung on a line. The intricately created winter clothing on Carbonneau’s clothesline features a wide variety of tanned fish skin: burbot, pink salmon, lake trout, grayling and whitefish. Carbonneau says that once the scales are taken out during the drying and tanning process, the leathery skin turn to different degrees of mostly grey shades. “What I like is all fish have a different skin, with different thickness and textures. Some fish skin that is thinner, like whitefish, is easier to work with.” Carbonneau also uses fish skin and recycled materials to create three-dimensional dolls. These sustainable dolls are rich with details, such as sewn booties, felted textures and silk scarves – another art form that Carbonneau has spent a lot of time exploring. “What I like about creating dolls is I can give them characters and movement.” Her dolls will be on display from November 3 to 25 at the Yukon Arts Centre’s community gallery. Her show, co-created with local painter, Marie-Hélène Comeau, is called Something’s Fishy. Her artwork is now displayed in the month-long exhibition on Salt Spring Island and on October 21, she will be traveling south to participate in the gala and awards
ceremony where prizes amounting to $30,000 will be awarded. “I know what I did is original because not many people work with fish skin, and my goal was to be a part of that,” Carbonneau said of her decision to apply for the competition. Even though Carbonneau has been incorporating fish skin into artwork for more than 10 years, her selection as a finalist was still unexpected. “I didn’t think I was going to be chosen,” she said with a laugh. “I was doing the Arts Underground festival when I got the email and I didn’t believe it.” For Carbonneau, who also works full-time as an educational assistant at Whitehorse Elementary School, this year seems to be all about putting herself out there. While many locals may recognize her work, they might not know the artist behind the fish skin, and Carbonneau has yet to do a solo exhibition of her artwork. “I want to do a show by myself at some point, but I don’t like to be in the spotlight and don’t like the attention. I need to work on that.” In the meantime, attending the Salt Spring National Art Prize Gala Awards night is a big first step. “Going down to the awards night is a big deal. I want to go see the show and be part of it, but I’m scared of winning something,” Carbonneau said. Carbonneau’s art can be viewed
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Josée Carbonneau holds up a prized lake trout recently caught at Windy Arm online on her Facebook page (Josée Carbonneau) and on display at the Yukon Arts Centre in November. When asked of her weekend plans, the avid fisher’s response shouldn’t come as a surprise. “I need to go fishing,” Carbon-
neau said with a big smile. “I’m going tomorrow or Sunday, depending on the weather.” Aislinn Cornett is a Yukon born and raised freelance writer, artist and art therapist.
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This course is intended for anyone interested in learning more about Yukon First Nations and SelfGovernment. Develop a broader understanding and appreciation for the key moments in Yukon First Nations distant and recent past, in a day that includes interactive activities, discussions and presentations by staff in the Yukon First Nations Initiative department at Yukon College. CRN 10446 Dec 6, 8:30am-4:30pm Location: Yukon College
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Yukon First Nations 101 was designed to educate students and employees about the culture and history of the First Nations Peoples of the Yukon, the cultural values shared among Yukon First Nations today, and how to communicate respectfully with First Nations individuals and communities. This self-paced course was developed in partnership with Yukon College and the Council of Yukon First Nations, and has been vetted by the 14 Yukon First Nations. *Registration starting Sept 1/17 and ending Dec 31/17.
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Whitehorse EVENTS ART SHOWS Sat. Oct, 14 – Thu. Oct. 19 Saman SulemanSolo Exhibition Yukon Arts Centre In the Youth Gallery Sat. Oct, 14 – Thu. Oct. 19 La Caravane boréale des 10 mots presented by Marie-Hélène Comeau and l’AFY Yukon Arts Centre In the Youth Gallery Until Thurs. Oct. 19 Saman Suleman-Solo Exhibition Yukon Arts Centre In the Youth Gallery Until Thurs. Oct. 19 La Caravane boréale des 10 mots presented by Marie-Hélène Comeau and l’AFY Yukon Arts Centre In the Youth Gallery Until Sun. Oct, 22, Circumpolar Duet Yukon Artists at Work Gallery 10 Literary Artists participating in Circumpolar Duet who are members of Yukon Writers’ Collective Ink. Until Sat. Oct.28 Sandra G. Storey & Margriet Aasman - I Never Really Played with Dolls Arts Underground In the Focus Gallery Until Sat. Oct.28 Rebecca Manias, The Modern Mystic Arts Underground In the Edge Gallery Until Oct. 30 Far From North Yukon Arts Centre From the North brings together musicians, visual artists, media artists, storytellers, dancers and Dene and Inuit athletes from the three territories on a tour that will commence in Whitehorse and continue on to Yellowknife, Iqaluit, Ottawa, Montréal and Vancouver. Until Sat, Nov, 25, Trapped by Willow Rector Yukon Arts Centre Explores cultural narratives of the Canadian landscapes through intricate embroidery on trap-line hides Until Sat, Nov, 25, Human / Nature by Suzanne Paleczny Yukon Arts Centre Asks the viewer about their impact on the natural world. More specifically, how that impact is not always positive
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From the North to the South
The travelling art and culture show From the North starts in Whitehorse on Sunday with art & athletics at the CGC during the day, music and dance at the YAC at 7:30 p.m. by Amy Kenny As well, a touring visual art exhibit, called Northern Light, showcases work from six artists whose pieces focus on their experience of light in the north. It will be displayed at the Yukon Arts Centre community gallery during the month of October. The show then travels to Yellowknife, Iqaluit, Ottawa, Montreal, and Vancouver. “So often the north is seen as this unique cultural area by people outside of the north,” Winnicky said. “Often when southerners present northern acts, they present their view of what the north is. “It’s not wrong, but you can’t understand it unless you live here.” Even then, she says, it can be tough. Between the three territories there are major differences in the way northerners experience the north. Topography is different and populations are diverse. That’s why Music Yukon put the show together in partnership with the Prince of Wales Heritage Centre and the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre in Northwest Territories, and the Alianait Arts Festival in Nunavut. “We wanted to make it so Whitehorse wasn’t curating our vision of the north, either,” Winnicky said. She said it’s been amazing to see the way the teams in each
territory have bridged distances to curate a show that captures the essence of all three places – something that can be difficult to understand without actually going there. Winnicky believes that art is one the few avenues that can help you grasp and there’s something about art that allows for a greater understanding of place. That artists have the ability to translate place into expression. Into feelings. And that’s especially true of northern art. “The big word that I’ve heard a lot in the music scene is authentic,” she said. “Up here, people don’t take the easy path. We have room and space to create and find our own voice. That’s authentic… artists have a way to (find) that feeling that I get when I go walk in the mountains or when I go paddling. There are artists who can capture that feeling and reflect it back to me and back to others.” Ultimately, she hopes that’s what From the North does – for both southerners and northerners alike. For a full schedule and to buy tickets, visit www.North150Nord.ca.
Riit, from Panniqtuq, Nunavut, is a throat singer and folk singer performing as part of From the North
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e deserve a pat on the back. That’s part of the point of From the North says Kim Winnicky, executive producer of the arts performance and show, a Canada 150 project being produced by Music Yukon. “We (in the territories) don’t often get a chance to celebrate ourselves.” Beginning this month, the show’s all-northern team of 42 performers and production crew will head out on a six-stop tour of the country to share northern music, dance, stories, visual art and athletics. The tour begins in Whitehorse on Sunday, October 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Canada Games Centre with a free festival showcasing the artists and performers from all three territories. They will practice their crafts – singing, creating new work and demonstrating carving and sculpting. Athletes, including Yukon’s Kuduat Shorty-Henyu, will teach audiences how to play northern sports such as the one-foot kick and the arm pull. At 7:30 p.m. a ticketed show at the Yukon Arts Centre features throat singing, hip-hop dancing, singing, and storytelling from performers including Quantum Tangle, Sophie Villeneuve, Borealis Soul and the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers.
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Bringing the White Pass Story to Musical Life
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ny of the millions of passengers who have ridden the White Pass and Yukon Route - “the scenic railway of the world” - in the 117 years since its completion, would immediately recognize it as a marvellous technological achievement. Indeed, the White Pass and Yukon Route is recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers as an International Civil Engineering Landmark, on a par with the Panama Canal, the Eiffel Tower or the Golden Gate Bridge. What the vast majority of those passengers will not have realized, however, is that the mastermind behind the railway’s creation was the son of poor Irish immigrants living in Ontario’s Ottawa River valley. That he ran away from the family farm at 14 to work on the Canadian Pacific Railway. That over the years he learned every job on the construction line, and at only 25, was the principal contractor on a major railway in Washington state. That he was on the pier in Seattle when the steamer Portland docked and touched off the greatest gold rush in history. That he was only 33 when he agreed to build an “impossible” iron road across the White Pass into the Yukon to serve that gold rush.
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by Conrad Boyce That despite countless obstacles – large and small – presented by man and Mother Nature, he drove the last spike at Caribou Crossing only two years, two months and two days after laying the first track on Broadway in Skagway. And that before his 46th birthday, he died as a result of a shipwreck in the Inside Passage, bringing supplies to another railway project along Alaska’s Copper River. The story of Michael J. Heney is intrinsically theatrical: a larger-than-life hero, achievements against the odds, beating the bad guys, tragic death. And so, more than a year ago, Yukon composer Matthew Lien and I determined to bring that story to life in a grand piece of musical theatre. It’s called Stonecliff, after the small village of Heney’s birth – and also after the major obstacle he faced in building the railway. It will premiere at the Yukon Arts Centre on Nov. 17 for four performances only, as well as touring to Anchorage, Skagway and Dawson City. Creating Heney’s story for the stage was a hugely complicated endeavour. He became known to his men as the “Irish Prince” – his heritage was very important to him – so the score is played on traditional Irish folk instruments, but incorporating the ragtime and “tin
pan alley” styles so intrinsic to the time and place of the White Pass and Yukon Route’s construction. Matthew Lien’s songs for the play incorporate a wide diversity of styles. There is a lively Irish folk dance to open the show, a driving railway workers’ theme, an original rag, a comic song for the Klondikers as they disembark (drunk with glory and maybe some other things) on the Seattle pier, a piercing Celtic lament for a lost foreman along the line, and a haunting ballad for Heney as he contemplates his future. Some of the lyrics are sung in Gaelic or in Tlingit (from Skagway to Carcross, the railway traverses traditional Tlingit territory), so experts in those languages were brought on board for translation and to coach the actors in pronunciation. The first act of the play traces Michael Heney’s rise as a “renaissance man of the rails” from the moment he first heard the whistle of a steam locomotive, to that fateful night of April 21, 1898, in Skagway’s St. James Hotel, when he quite by chance met the representatives of Close Brothers, a group from London, England, who had come to build a railway, but couldn’t figure out how. Heney shows them the way. The second act is all about the
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construction, and where Heney went from there. Heney’s life story includes some historic milestones. For example, the driving of the last spike on the CPR in 1885 and the shootout on Skagway’s Juneau wharf in July of 1898. This was a pivotal moment; mobster Soapy Smith was killed, thus removing a major obstacle to the WPYR project (Heney’s own head engineer, John Hislop, was soon elected Skagway’s first legitimate mayor). As playwright, I needed to include those key moments, but also select some personal ones for Heney himself, turning points that were essential to developing the inspirational leader that he became. Early in Act I, for example, Heney is on his first CPR survey crew along B.C.’s Fraser River, when he gets a chance to watch the legendary John Stevens in action, dealing with an angry employee (Stevens, an American, was the CPR’s chief surveyor, and later became chief engineer on the Panama Canal). And Heney was famous for not allowing alcohol on the construction line; how did he come to that radical decision? I had to imagine it, and I do so in a scene which is closely adapted from a play by Shakespeare... Writing a play is often about deciding which fascinating characters to include, and which to leave out. As it is, Stonecliff has more than 40 speaking roles, played by only 10 actors – who change personas as often as they do costumes.
Writing a historical play also requires hours of research, making sure, for example, that the details of railway construction in the dialogue and lyrics are true to the period, and to that particular project, and finding a balance between enough railway lingo to make the show interesting and authentic, but not so much as to lose the audience. Theatrical success also lies in finding the right collaborators to make the costumes and props, to create the dances which will keep the stage alive, and to design the projections that will create convincing environments for the actors to work in. Musical theatre is the art form with the broadest variety of artists combining their creative visions, making it both extremely challenging, and very satisfying when it comes together. In a couple of weeks in these pages, we’ll look at some of the people who’ve come together to create Stonecliff. The Yukon Arts Centre presents Stonecliff on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.; on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Journalist and theatrical manof-many-hats Conrad Boyce was a vital part of Whitehorse’s theatre scene from 1980-1995. He currently lives in Ontario’s Ottawa Valley, which is where he stumbled on Michael J. Heney’s story.
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Symposium to discuss activating history in the communities The Activating Our Communities symposium takes place Oct. 26 in Dawson City
very two years the Yukon Historical & Museums Association holds a meeting for the entire Yukon heritage community. It moves around the territory, but executive director Lianne Maitland says that one of the places they like to come back to is Dawson City. The 2017 Heritage Symposium, called Activating Our Communities, will take place on Thursday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City. It was last here in 2014. Promotional material for this symposium stresses that “Heritage is one of the cornerstones of community - and community is a cornerstone of the heritage sector.” YHMA sponsors this as a free event – one that is open to more than just members of the heritage community. Maitland says the aim of the gathering is discuss how to activate communities “to maximize our impact and relevance, spark creativity, share skills and resources to improve sustainability, learn from each other, consider and give voice to multiple perspectives and empower our communities to tell their own narratives.” After a brief welcome session, Angela Danville of the Atlin Arts & Music Festival will be the keynote speaker for the day, presenting a talk called Partners in Storytelling: Inter-sectoral Collaborations in Heritage.
with a series of short “Ignite” style reports in which various organizations, including some of the cultural centres from around the territory, will present five minute PowerPoint reports of 20 slides each, with a 15 second interval between slides. The Ignite presentation format is defined as the “presentation equivalent of a haiku or sonnet” (www.SpeakingAboutPresenting. com) and is also described as a shorter form of the popular Pecha Kucha format. The day will wrap up at 4 p.m. There is no symposium related evening event planned, but the Dawson City Museum will have launched its SS Princess Sophia travelling exhibit about the human impact of the deadliest disaster in Yukon history on October 25. This is the 100th anniversary of the sinking, which took place along the Inside Passage just before the end of World War I. Delegates are invited to take it in.
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The Heritage Symposium was last held in Dawson City in 2014, using the same venue as this time After the morning break there will be shorter presentations until noon. Jackie Olson, executive director of the Klondike Visitors Association, will speak on Grassroots Partnerships. Chris Clarke and Bo Yeung will present their project, Weaving Voices: A Walk for Reconciliation, which they prepared last spring and summer in partnership with the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, the Dawson City Museum and Klondike National Historic Sites. Sylvie Binette, from Binette Cultural Solutions, will present Hacking the Old Log Church Museum. The second annual “hack”
took place at the Old Log Church in late September. After lunch the YHMA will present an update on its activities. Presentations will continue with Joella Hogan from the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun asking, Whose Cultural Centre? Balancing the Needs of the Community. Alex Somerville, executive director of the Dawson City Museum will reveal some of the plans the museum board and staff have for changing the look and display focus of the facility. The theme is Opening Up & Reaching Out, and it is intended to reorganize the use of space in the Old Territorial Administration Building so that will
be able to be more readily opened on a year round basis. Completion of the plan is a couple of years away. Angharad Wenz, the museum’s project curator, will present something called Museum Yoga. The last longer presentation of the afternoon will be from Janna Swales, the executive director of the Yukon Transportation Museum. She calls it No Harm, No Foul. The afternoon will conclude
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Geek Nation with Danny Macdonald
Editor’s Note: Heck no! We won’t go! Heck no! We won’t go back to our basements, comics, and computer screens. Yukon geeks are a strong, diverse community and What’s Up Yukon does a great job profiling the signature event, Yukomicon. However, every week different groups are organizing events, socializing and gaming. This large subculture happens right under the noses of most Yukoners, without them even knowing the size or scope of the community. And quite frankly, for the most part that’s how geeks like it. Geeks like the prestige of being part of a secret club that’s much bigger than mainstream pop culture knows. But it is happening here in the Yukon. Geek Nation will be a recurring column open to contributors who want to share what these groups are getting up to in our community. And if you get a little excited by the Kobayashi Maru, my precious, WAAAAAGH, Kessel runs, that timey-wimey stuff, a Black Lotus, Guenhwyvar, jafa kreeing, sorting hats, taking the top lane, Deadpool vs. the fourth wall, or simply 42; then lords and ladies, I dedicate this column to you. Or maybe I just have a magic kingdom for sale.
Any Given Saturday... E very Saturday evening, in a humble garage in Riverdale, the Northmen Gaming Club gathers to roll dice, game and share some laughs. The casual observer can be forgiven for fearing that a prohibition-era gambling house, full of craps and blackjack tables, is operating in a quiet Whitehorse subdivision. However, at this club, a different sort of gaming is played. The Northmen Gaming Club is a registered society dedicated to wargaming, which is the competition of enacting battles across tabletops with miniature models of the troops they represent. On this particular Saturday night in mid-September, the room held seven members gathered around the two long tables that filled the room. A wood stove sat in the corner, waiting patiently until it’s needed to heat the garage during the cold nights to come. It was a slower night at the club, because they weren’t quite into the winter season yet, according to the society vice president, Chris Blaker. “In the summer we have less people show up, but in the winter we have 12 to 15 each Saturday night,” Blaker said. “We also just finished a campaign and are in between organized sessions.”
One of the games underway was a battle between society president, Ian Duncan, and one of the members, Ben. On the table, a game recently added to the roster played at the club, Infinity, was in progress and it added different dynamics compared to other tabletop games. “This game is D20 (20-sided die) based game, where most use a D6 (six-sided die),” Duncan said. “It is also more interactive because of the actions. Where most games alternate turns, Infinity has game mechanics that allow both players to act during the other player’s turn.” Infinity seems to be gaining popularity at the club. “We’re just getting into it, but people like how interactive it is. There isn’t a lot of waiting.” Duncan added. “It is also very complex. There are less models on the battlefield, but they have more detailed stats.” The battle was between two futuristic forces, a Caledonian Highlander Army, played by Duncan, and the Shock Army of Acontecimento, played by Ben. At the direction of the players, the small models navigated the terrain laid out to create a town. Measuring tapes determined the distance each model could travel. Dice rolled to resolve confrontations on the battlefield. The play-
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Any Given Saturday ... cont’d ers referred to army sheets detailing the different statistics specific to each model that dictated their skills. Duncan’s forces were overwhelming Ben’s that evening and he went looking for the win. Late in the game, Duncan’s Highlander charged into combat with a Knight of Montesa and Ben was forced to roll to keep his model alive. Ben grabbed the 20-sided dice like a seasoned craps player, and rolled three times for the multiple times he was hit. Sixteen. It was a fail. Two more. Pass. Pass. His knight stayed alive and Duncan’s Highlander failed his rolls, falling unconscious. Ben was still in the battle. “That was about time I made a roll,” Ben said. Across the room at the other
table, three members were gathered around a new board game, Cthulhu Wars. The game was Risklike across the world map, but the troops were monstrous models, Cthulhu, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Call of the Cthulhu. “It was just brought in tonight and they’re learning the rules and how to play,” Blaker said. “Most board games that are at the club are brought in by members who want to play them and they set up their opponents. Having a bunch of different people to play against is one of the main perks of the club.” Most of the organization for the club takes place on their Facebook page. “Guys will go on the page and ask if others are interested in playing a particular game. They organize the players through that,
or arrange what armies to bring that night,” Blaker added. “As well, if guys organize a game for a night other than Saturday, it’s usually done there, so that everyone knows they’ll be at the club.” The club is an active society and takes advantage of various government programs, like community garbage pickups to raise funds and free wood through FireSmart. They help pay the costs of things like the gaming tables that occupy most of the room. Each table measures about 16 feet long by four feet wide and were constructed by club members who are carpenters. “We all chip in where we have skills that are needed,” Blaker said. “We used to have rickety tables that felt like they’d fall if you leaned on them. These are so much better because a good table and terrain are key to a great game.” The club has shelves of terrain and models to add to the battlefields and create diverse areas. “This hobby really takes up a lot of space, so it’s amazing to have this dedicated room to store all of this instead of at home,” Blaker said. “To have access to all this material, let’s us play all kinds of games. I’m really into Warhammer 40k and liking the new Infinity.” That storage space comes in handy as the club plays a number of different games including Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, Warmachine and more. They have different leagues and up to eight tournaments each year. “One of the members, usually Ian, will arrange a league or a tournament and we’ll play that specific game for a while. It links the different battles into a narrative that adds some extra fun to the battles,” Blaker said. The club has 94 members on their Facebook page and is always looking for more. Members ages range from 16 years old to guys in their 30s and 40s. Teens attending often have their parents stop by
to check on their kids hanging out with grown men. “Parents usually stop by at first and just hang out at the door without saying anything to anyone. I think they aren’t sure how to interact,” Blaker laughed. “But the teens usually end up back at the garage and playing. I think the parents are happy that
and friends to gather, laugh, and share tales and battles together. They start at 8 p.m. on Saturday nights and go until the games are finished. “Every once in awhile, a game will go to 6 a.m.,” Blaker laughed. “That usually gets the wives and girlfriends calling.” The club can
Cthulhu forces gather for the board game their kids have somewhere that they fit in.” Being a geek and wanting to play wargames on a Saturday night is misunderstood by many people. But just like the weekend warriors out playing soccer, hockey, or other sports, the members of the Northmen Gaming Club gather for like-minded comrades, laughs, and some friendly competition. Instead of heading out to a bar, house party, book club, knittingcircle, performance, or sporting event like many Yukoners, they prefer the culture of the gaming club. As one member asked, “You’re not going to put us in the pictures in your magazine, are you? Because most of us are introverts. It’s kind of a prerequisite.” The Northmen Gaming Club is a great place for introverts, geeks
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be contacted on their Facebook page under the same name. Winter is coming and the members of the club will start returning in larger numbers. Like any traditional sport, it’s the friendly competition that draws them back. Because any given Saturday, at a garage tucked away in Riverdale, you’re going to win, or you’re going to lose. But it’s how your Knight of Montesa withstood the harrowing charge of a Caledonian Highlander that will be remembered. Danny has some of that secret geek knowledge from hours of misspent youth and a love for the timey-wimey stuff, doing or not doing, philosophers in caves, and lions, witches, and wardrobes.
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Tue, Oct, 24, Positive Choices, Positive Voices Jacquot Hall A three-day dynamic, exciting, workshop newly designed and delivered by Andy Nieman Contact Monique Martin: Ph. 841-4274 ext. 235. Cell: 335-5086 for more information. Wednesdays Culture/Craft Night 6:30 pm Jacquot Hall Wednesday evenings, join the fun starting new projects. Held in the Youth/ Elders room Thursdays Learn Southern Tutchone 8:30 am Jacquot Hall Tuesdays 4 pm until 5 pm and Thursdays from 9 am until 10 am, held in the Youth and Elders room.
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The Guild Hall is hosting its annual haunted house Oct. 26 to 28 in Porter Creek by Jason Westover
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f you’re the kind of person who enjoys creepy strolls through dark spaces with ghouls and goblins festering around every corner, perhaps it’s time to head to The Guild Hall in Porter Creek, as the Guild Society is preparing to scare the wits out of you at its annual haunted house of horror. The event is one of the Guild’s biggest fundraisers, which helps pay for performance rights, directors, production teams and needed equipment. It began as a 5-day event in 2010 with roughly 100 participants walking through their doors and has grown into a robust 600 to 700 people in the last few years. The haunted house is the brainchild of former Guild Society president and artistic director Anthony Trombetta. He got the idea from going to a Halloween Horror Night at Universal Studios in Florida, as well as the Playland Fright Night at the PNE Vancouver. “We always had the idea to create something that was truly scary. Something more for the Halloween spirited adults” said Trombetta. “With our first go it really was testing what we could do in the space and we just kept improving or adding from there.” The Guild uses almost all of it’s available space as it leads groups of four from the “Other Room” starting point, into the highly
decorated lobby, across the multi room backstage area and winding corridors that weave throughout the darkly lit theatre as a cast of creepy characters use a plethora of scare tactics to disorient your senses. Also adding to the creep factor is the Guild Hall itself, a former army barrack turned theatre that has its own tales of ghostly encounters. Two years ago, the decision was made to crank up the fear factor and change the haunted house to an adult theme and to no longer permit anyone under the age of 14. Due to the dark, confined spaces and amount of people involved with the haunted house, the Guild Society has restricted alcohol use during the event for safety reasons. Anyone that is suspected of being under the influence will not be permitted inside. Volunteers for the event play a huge part in it’s success. It takes eight to 12 people to run the show and 10 to 15 people to build it over three nights. Volunteers help to design the creepy set and dress up and create their own creepy “scare zone” inside the bowels of the haunted house. Dave Paquette has volunteered his time for the last four years. “I have this amazing ‘evil clown’ mask. I stood at the end of a long, pitch black hallway. As the vic-
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A glimpse into the world of Tinder dating in Whitehorse ing countries, it’s the best way to meet like-minded people keen to go out and explore the place you live – and maybe even more. For those who haven’t used the app, you log in and are presented with photos of other users within your range. You swipe left to decline meeting, or you swipe right to indicate you’re interested. If both users swipe right for a mutual at-
traction, the app gives you a notification of the match and allows you to chat back and forth. Other times it can be a nonstop issue of super creepy guys only interested in taking your knickers off even before you’ve met them. But each to their own. I guess there are some people out there who are into sending
Small town Tinder nude selfies to complete strangers. I know I have certainly never requested a dick selfie, yet, it seems a male imperative to send me one. Is it just me or is a picture of a penis not that appealing? Give me a good old-fashioned, moderately chiselled torso any day. So how does Tinder compare in Canada, and in Whitehorse? When I first moved to Canada, I was pleasantly surprised. Literally every single profile was a guy with a dog/truck/sled/snowboard/ beard and all the pictures were set outdoors. Did I come to Tinder heaven? Not only were these guys single and available, but also ageappropriate. The tough part of being in your early thirties but still acting like you’re in your early twenties is the change in demographics for what is “appropriate” for you. Here’s my generalised age review (from experience): • Early twenties – single, usually party way too much, would rather go out drinking than outdoor exploring, not ready for commitment, no baggage (often live at home and feels somewhat creepy that you were born in different decades). • Late twenties/early thirties – most likely been in a serious relationship maybe even marriage, has a dog, a house, 50/50 has kids. • Late thirties/early forties – mostly looking to be serious, set in their ways, if they don’t already have kids, then they want kids. So being in my early thirties with no baggage and no desire to have children, where do I fit in? When I’m on Tinder, I do the swiping dance. I note that every time I swipe right I get a match. A sign of which gender has the
power to meet on Tinder? Or simply guys just swipe right to everyone; certainly the more likely reason. When I moved to Whitehorse I found there is certainly a mixed bag, that summer has a more transient population than long-term possibilities. The thing I find with Tinder up here is no one really wants to be your mate (Ed note: Aussie for friend.). Which is unfortunate because the best relationships stem from friendship. I’ve noted that the pool is vast and diverse, but you always have to remember that Whitehorse is a relatively small town. Being a female we often need to be more cautious with our promiscuity and sexuality than men as the association for us isn’t as “cool” or accepted as it is for them. So I endeavour on, but I’ve mostly moved away from Tinder because I find up here reality is the only way to gauge whether you can be attracted to someone. So what other avenues are there? Facebook events and groups are useful ways to meet people. Or good old fashioned meeting someone through mutual friends. The introduction of Tinder certainly changed the game, though. I remember when you used to have to walk up to someone in a bar and start talking with them to see if they were single and interested. Now I have a never-ending stream of people I can view at my leisure and judge based on one to six photos they provide. Whether you’re looking for marriage, relationship, a sex buddy or anything in between, it’s always a constant dance. Kylie Campbell is an Australian writer and photographer exploring the Yukon.
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erpetually single and constantly moving all over the world, settling into a new place can be tough. How do you meet people? How do you get into a good clique? How do you meet a decent or even “normal” person who you don’t want to throw out a window after a couple of dates? I’ve used Tinder all over the world. I find in non-English speak-
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This Party is Cosmic A The Yukon Astronomical Society hosts a star party Oct. 20 to 27 by Angela Szymczuk Yukon Aurora Borealis
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t the end of October, the Takhini Hot Springs, a short 30-minute drive north of downtown Whitehorse, will be turned into a hub for astronomy lovers. The Yukon Astronomical Society (YAS) will be hosting its first annual star party from October 20 until October 26. The week long event will feature multiple presentations, stargazing, and special guest speakers. Anthony Gucciardo is the President and one of the three founding members of the YAS. “Star parties are typically designed as social events, for anyone in the community to come out and learn,” said Anthony Gucciardo. On Friday, October 20, the star party will kickoff with a wine and cheese event from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The following six days will have many different activities that will bring out your inner astronomer. The majority of events will be taking place at Takhini Hot Springs. A viewing tent, the Pegasus Tent, will be set up with special telescopes to view the Sun from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. “One of the most fascinating sights I’ve seen is the surface of the Sun,” Gucciardo said. “It’s almost like looking at an ocean of plasma.” From 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. telescopes will be set up to view the stars. During the evening, star party goers can enjoy French and English tours of the sky. A full detailed schedule will be provided upon entry. Beginning on October 21, the star party will also feature the Young Astronomers’ Program, a series of events for children aged
5 and up. This event will continue October 23 to 26 and will include themes such as Rocket Juice, Mini Planitarium, Making a Sundial, and more. In the afternoon, the society will be entertained by the Company of the White Wolves, who will be demonstrating medieval combat. The White Wolves are sponsored by Takhini Hot Springs and often provide demonstrations for major events held on location. The star party includes a free event in town at the Old Fire Hall on Thursday, October 22. The Yukon Astronomical Society has invited three guest speakers to discuss their passion: American astronomer Phil Plait, who has worked for NASA and is the author of two books; Christa Van Laerhoven, a professor from the University of British Columbia with a degree in planetary sciences; and Pierre Paquette with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. This presentation takes place
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from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and includes an opportunity to check out the telescopes that will be set up outside for people to use. There will also be a grand prize up for grabs on Oct. 26: two plane tickets from Air North to fly anywhere Air North goes. The Yukon Astronomical Society is selling day and week passes for the star party – and passes include entry into the hot spring pools. For more information go to www.YukonAstronomicalSociety. com or their Facebook page. For those not able to make it to this year’s event- all is not lost. “The star party is going to be an annual event. We already have guest speakers lined up for next year,” said Gucciardo. Angela Szymczuk is a Whitehorse-based writer. Please send comments about her articles to email@example.com.
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