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ots of writers can point to a specific event or person that sent them in the direction of a career in writing; Tyrell Johnson isn’t one of those people. “I don’t think it was one specific thing,” he said. “I’ve always loved being creative. I love stories, both reading and writing them. It’s sort of cliché, but I suppose being a writer is just part of who I am; I couldn’t not be a writer – even if I wasn’t getting paid for it.” That doesn’t mean that he’s entirely comfortable with the label. In interviews, he comments that he’s still adjusting to the relative success of his first published novel, The Wolves of Winter, which appeared in January of this year.
To the question “When did you know for sure that you were a writer?” he responded: “I still don’t know for sure! I’m still waiting for someone to read a terrible first draft and say, ‘Wait a minute, this guy has no idea what he’s doing!’ “I suppose I knew I wanted to pursue writing as a career in college. I was trying to decide what I would major in when it clicked. English, Creative Writing. Of course.” Johnson, who now lives in Kelowna, grew up in Bellingham, Washington, and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California Riverside, where he focussed on fiction and poetry. His thesis was title was “Speculative Fiction: The use of magic in
modern day literature.” The move to Canada came about as a result of marrying a Canadian, with whom he has two children. In addition to writing, he is a freelance editor. The Wolves of Winter is set in the Yukon; it is here that the family has fled in order to escape the collapse of civilization caused by a nuclear war and a disease pandemic. While the plot is obviously compelling and has been compared in reviews to a cross between The Hunger Games and Station Eleven, Johnson says that’s not the main thing about the book – or about writing, as far as he’s concerned. “It’s the characters. Don’t get me wrong; I love a good story. But no one will care about your good story if it isn’t filled with and drawn from believable, interesting characters.” Johnson says he doesn’t have any regular writing rituals, but somehow doing most of his work in the office of his mother-in-law’s horse barn (a nice office, he hastens to add – he’s not writing on bales of hay) seems like a routine. There’s a donkey named Jim who lives not too far from the office. cont’d on page 3 ...
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Tyrell Johnson ... cont’d He does outline things sometimes, “just so I can see where I think I’m going, and then promptly ignore it.” In a Globe and Mail Q&A interview he said that a lot of his best ideas come to him while he’s out on a hike with his dog, a Siberian Husky. “It’s partly because being outdoors is relaxing for me, and partly because I think there’s something that happens when you focus on a simple activity like putting one foot in front of the other. It frees up the back of your brain to spin and work and come up with new ideas.” He advises people interested in writing to, “Write the story you would want to read, write the scenes that excite you, and write the characters that interest you. Your passion will come across on the page.” He’s looking forward to being a mentor at the Young Authors’ Conference during the first week of May. “I hope to talk to some fellow, and aspiring, writers, and enjoy being around people who are passionate about the same thing I am. I also hope I’ll be able to, at some point, get out and go for a hike so that I can enjoy the Yukon outdoors!”
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munity barbecue at LePage Park from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome. There will be music and entertainment provided by local artists and most notably by the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre’s Women of Wisdom drummers. From there the campaign will swing into full gear with three discussion panels airing on CBC North’s radio show Airplay, Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The first group of panelists on Tuesday, May 8, will explore the complexities of modern day dating. Discussing issues like expected gendered behaviour scripts, consent, and efforts of accountability and responsibility in relationships. On Tuesday, May 15 a second group of panelists will explore addressing sexualized assault in our communities from the male perspective. They will be discussing the accountability that is needed and that fears that exist when striving for those changes and challenging one another. On Tuesday, May 22 the third and final group of panelists will discuss the troubling gendered dynamics of the summer festival season in the Yukon – and just in time for the Great Alaska Craft Beer and Home Brew Festival in Haines, Alaska, which takes place May 25 and 26. Woven into these panels will be perspectives on gender, partying, accountability and responsibility, consent and the realities of living
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wen Laukkanen is unabashedly a writer of commercial fiction, also known as “genre” fiction, having produced a novel every year since The Professionals came out (and was nominated for four major genre awards) in 2012. The Professionals was Book 1 of the successful “Stevens and Windermere” series, and has been followed by five others. In addition to that series, he has written young adult fiction under the pen name Owen Matthews – books that he describes as “wildly inappropriate novels for young adults.” His most recent novel, a maritime adventure thriller called Gale Force, will be released in April. Born in Vancouver, B.C. and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Laukkanen recalls being a voracious reader as a child. “My family’s house was filled with all kinds of books, and trips to the library and school book fairs were among the happiest times for my brothers and me.” He cites a Grade 11 English assignment to read Steinbeck’s Cannery Row as having a big influence on his thoughts about the craft. “I remember wanting very much to be able to evoke those
kinds of memories and emotions in my own writing.” While he always had the notion that he would like to be a writer, he didn’t start out studying English at university, and only switched after a year of focussing on biology. “I switched to English and creative writing and knew it was the right decision. Later, I was accepted into the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia and I imagined that it was that moment that meant I was destined to be a writer.” His degree in creative writing from UBC hadn’t been getting him anywhere in the world, when he lucked into a job writing about poker, a game about which he knew almost nothing when he started. He did that for three years, travelling all over the world to cover tournaments. “I guess in the strictest sense I knew I was a writer when I signed a publishing contract that would enable me to focus solely on my writing. But it’s a tenuous way to make a living, and I’m still, in a lot of ways, trying to make it as
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day. Initially he aimed at 5,000, but he’s cut back in recent years. “I write the first draft flat-out, and then I set it aside for a month before I print the whole thing out and tear it to shreds with a red pen. Then I make an outline for the second draft and retype it all. I rinse and repeat as necessary, and then I send it to my agent and my editor and they chime in with edits as well.” Laukkanen has some experience with mentoring young people, volunteering with the Vancouver School Board as well as visiting classrooms. He has some basic advice for young writPHOTO: courtesy of Owen Laukkanen ers, or any writers for that matter: Vancouver author Owen Laukkanen “It sounds pat, but keep will be visiting a number of writing. What separates succommunities as part of the cessful writers from those who don’t make it is a willingness to Yukon Writers’ Festival keep going even when logic (and everyone you know) is telling you a real writer, despite this hav- you’re better off doing something ing been my job for nearly seven else with your time. years.” “If you want to write a novel, And it is a job. He writes Mon- write a novel. Figure out how to day through Friday, with a plan to edit your own work ruthlessly, achieve a certain word count each then show it to people and set it aside and write another novel. Just keep writing. “And finish your projects! If you start a writing project there will come a time when you fall out of love with it and want to write something else. And if you set it
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For those who are looking to gain their belts, EMMA offers a graduated ranking system. There are also competition opportunities available. “Mixed martial arts is not regulated in the Yukon. So we usually go to Vancouver or Edmonton or Calgary to compete,” Casselman said. On May 12, some fighters from EMMA alongside Casselman, Hombert and Woodman will be going to Alberta to compete in the provincial open championship for the Canadian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. For more information about Elite Martial Arts Academy go to www.EliteYukon.com, or check out their page on Facebook.
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Everyone Centre Elements from science ﬁction, comic book, welcome to sit in on this game of strategy. and gaming cultures to consider how these forms Thu. Apr. 26 International Fly Fishing Film Festival alternately reinforce and transcend racial boundaries 7:00 pm Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre Tickets in youth culture. available at Hougens Sport Lodge and Headwaters 2 Until Sat. June 30 Unfurled - The Yukon in Fur Arts Ocean Troutﬁtter. Phone 334 3661 or Email otfsyk@ Underground Exhibit held in the Hougen Heritage gmail.com for more information. Door prizes and Gallery. The rich history and current culture of goody bags for all. trapping in the Yukon. Thu. Apr. 26 Christ Church Cathedral Choir Practice 7:30 pm Christ Church Cathedral Fri. Apr. 27 Dusk’a Friday Language Lunches 12:00 pm Duska Head Start and Family Learning Center Wed. Apr. 25 Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 pm Epic Bring a bag lunch and come learn Southern Tutchone Pizza goes till we are done! with our special guest speakers. Call Erin Pauls for Thu. Apr. 26 Jam Night with Ben Mahony 7:30 pm more information 633-7816. All Kwanlin citizens and Best Western Gold Rush Inn staff are welcome! Thu. Apr. 26 Ginger Jam 8:00 pm Epic Pizza Fully Fri. Apr. 27 Repair Cafe at YuKonstruct 6:00 pm electric jam session with PA system, drum kit and YuKonstruct Makerspace guitars provided to musicians. Featuring guest coFri. Apr. 27 The Comic Strippers 8:00 pm Yukon hosts and performers. Arts Centre A ﬁctitious male stripper troupe, played Thu. Apr. 26 to Fri. Apr. 27 Mackenzie Brown 8:30 by a cast of some of Canada’s best improvisational pm Whisky Jacks Pub & Grill comedians, performs a sexylarious improv comedy Fri. Apr. 27 Steve Slade 5:30 pm The Cut Off show. No extreme nudity, just extreme hilarity. Restaurant Sat. Apr. 28 Indigenize Wikipedia 10:00 am Fri. Apr. 27 Yukon Musician: Anne Turner 6:00 pm Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre Drop-in and help ﬁll Westmark Whitehorse Jazz and Easy Listening Wikipedia with pages that highlight the signiﬁcant Fri. Apr. 27 Paris Pick & The Pricks 7:30 pm Best accomplishments of Yukon First Nations. Western Gold Rush Inn Sat. Apr. 28 Bike Garage Sale 11:00 am Icycle Fri. Apr. 27 Friday Night Jams 8:00 pm Town & Mountain Hotel Bring your instrument and your voice Sports Buy or sell your used bike! Call 668-7559 or email email@example.com to inquire. and get in the lineup of instant community-driven Sat. Apr. 28 Day of Mourning 12:30 pm Shipyards music and good times! Park Remembering Yukon workers injured or killed Fri. Apr. 27 Open Mic with Patrick Jacobson 8:30 on the job, come and honour effected workers and pm Town & Mountain Hotel Fri. Apr. 27 to Sat. Apr. 28 Stockstill & Rose Bango their families. Sat. Apr. 28 Crib Tournament 6:15 pm Royal Fiddle Duo 9:00 pm Whisky Jacks Pub & Grill Fri. Apr. 27 Karaoke 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Canadian Legion - Branch 254 Crib tournaments every Saturday - Member and non-members Room welcome. Sat. Apr. 28 Cutting Lose with Peggy and Jack Sat. Apr. 28 An Evening with Mary Walsh 8:00 pm 5:00 pm The Cut Off Restaurant Yukon Arts Centre A throwback to some of Mary’s Sat. Apr. 28 54-40 Concert 8:00 pm Yukon most iconic characters, to showcasing the highlights Convention Centre Tickets online. of her career, and commentary on the modern state Sat. Apr. 28 DJKJ & Shannon Mallory 8:00 pm of America. Tickets online. Miner’s Daughter Restaurant Sun. Apr. 29 Wedding Expo 11:00 am Coast High Sat. Apr. 28 to Sun. Apr. 29 Jackstraw 9:00 pm Country Inn Local vendors showcasing the products Whisky Jacks Pub & Grill Sat. Apr. 28 Karaoke 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler and services to help make your big day into the wedding of your dreams! Brides to be and kids under Room 12 are free. Sat. Apr. 28 Ring of Fuego 10:00 pm Antoinette’s Sun. Apr. 29 Whitehorse Scrabble Club 1:00 pm Restaurant Electro, Salsa, Cumbia. Bachata, Best Western Gold Rush Inn Are you a wordy person, Reaggaeton, Trap, Banda put your words to the test and join the Scrabble Club. Sun. Apr. 29 Jam Session 4:00 pm 98 Hotel Must be 19+ Sun. Apr. 29 Jam Night w Junkyard Bob & Ben Sun. Apr. 29 Silver Ring Making 1:00 pm Arts Mahony 6:30 pm Whiskey Jacks Pub & Grill Bring your instruments and jam with some locals, with drink Underground No previous experience required! To register, drop by Arts Underground or call 667-4080. and food specials. Sun. Apr. 29 Ceramics Open Studio 2:30 pm Arts Sun. Apr. 29 Open Mic Jam Night 6:30 pm Whisky Underground Non-instructed open studio. Participants Jacks Pub & Grill Sun. Apr. 29 Sunday Jam and Open Mic 7:00 pm are welcome to use the studio’s tools and equipment; Whiskey Jacks Pub & Grill Hosted by local musicians, clay and some tools are available for purchase. Every until late, drink specials. Sunday except long weekends. $5/hour. Sun. Apr. 29 Ben Mahony 7:30 pm Best Western Sun. Apr. 29 Japanese Conversation Classes 3:00 Gold Rush Inn pm Multicultural Centre of the Yukon Call 393-2588 or Mon. Apr. 30 Anne Turner And Friends Jazz Night email Fumi Torigai the instructor at jcayukon@gmail. 6:30 pm Whisky Jacks Pub & Grill com for more info. Mon. Apr. 30 Monday Night Jam 8:00 pm The Sun. Apr. 29 Trivia with Jona and Adrian 7:30 pm Social House Bring your own instrument or play one Best Western Gold Rush Inn supplied. Sing some tunes for your friends or sit in Mon. Apr. 30 Free drop-in computer labs 10:00 am and play along. Yukon Learn Free Drop-In Computer Lab for Self Wed. May. 2 Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 pm Epic Directed Studies A tutor/Instructor will be available on Pizza goes till we are done! site to assist you. 867-668-6280 or toll free: 888-6686280 Fax: 867-633-4576 Mon. Apr. 30 GO The Surrounding Game 6:00 pm Starbucks Chilkoot Centre Simple Game Deep Wed. 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Sat. Apr. 28 Baby - Kids Clothing Swap 9:00 am Whitehorse United Church Bring clean clothes ages 0-8 and swap, call Dianne at 667-2989 for more information. Sat. Apr. 28 Family Free Play Drop In 10:00 am Family Literacy Centre Read, make crafts and participate in imaginative play. Mon - Fri 10 - 3 pm Call 668-8698 for more info. Sat. Apr. 28 Annual Bird and Bat Box Building Day 10:30 am Canada Games Centre Pre-cut materials are provided free of charge; just bring your favorite hammer. Sat. Apr. 28 Young Explorer’s Preschool Program 10:30 am MacBride Museum Play games, create crafts, read stories and sing songs. This is a family event. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Sat. Apr. 28 Youth Magic League 11:00 am Titan Gaming Cafe 668-5750 Cards from all Magic sets are legal. 60 card format. Ages 18 and under. Sat. Apr. 28 International Tabletop Day 1:00 pm Whitehorse Public Library Choose from over 60 games in the YCCS board game library, or bring a game of your own. Groups and individuals of all ages are welcome. Free event Sat. Apr. 28 Skookum Jim Friendship Centre Family Day 1:00 pm Skookum Jim Friendship Centre Traditional Games, Storytelling, Elders Present. Meals provided with refreshments. All ages welcome. Location changes call 633-7688 for details. Sat. Apr. 28 Family Drop In 3:00 pm Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 9 and under, must be accompanied by a parent. Call 668-4794 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Sun. Apr. 29 Rock n Bowl for Kids Sake 10:00 am Takhini Arena 668-7911 Lace up for the most important fundraising event of our year and you could start something big! Every dollar you raise helps match kids with mentors through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yukon. Sun. Apr. 29 Kids Yoga 11:15 am Rooted Tree Massage & Yoga 45 minutes of mindfulness, growth, and movement. We play games and tell stories - for ages 5-7. Call 334-8599 for more info. Sun. Apr. 29 Dominaria Draft Party 12:00 pm Titan Gaming Cafe Some great new legendary creatures, planes walkers, and lots of promos! Sun. Apr. 29 Rocket League 3 vs. 3 Tournament 1:00 pm Titan Gaming Cafe 668-5750 Fast paced, totally kid friendly gaming with prizes! Sun. Apr. 29 Wee Moves 2:00 pm Yukon Transportation Museum AGES 3-5, an interactive afternoon of play and science exploration Leave the kids in our capable hands and run your Sunday Daily, Mondays to Fridays - Learning Together errands or stay with us and get your hands dirty. Save Program 9:00 am at both Hidden Valley School and your spot by registering at email@example.com Selkirk Elementary School. Free drop-in program: Mon. Apr. 30 Parent and Tot Drop In 10:00 am playtime, group snack, circle time, craft time. Caregiv- Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 0-4 yrs. Call ers learn how to support children’s learning at home. 668-4794 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Limit of 25 participants, arrive early. Wed. Apr. 25 Toddler Story Time 10:30 am Mon. Apr. 30 Eurythmics 10:30 am Family Literacy Whitehorse Public Library Appropriate for 2 - 4 yrs. of Centre Ages 0-5. Enjoy a mix of music, movement age & caregiver, Free drop-in. Contact 667-5239 for and fun. Call 668-8698 for more details. more information. Mon. Apr. 30 Baby Story Time 10:30 am Whitehorse Wed. Apr. 25 Fantastic Fibres 10:30 am Family Public Library Appropriate for ages 6 - 24 months Literacy Centre All ages. Listen to a story, sing songs & caregiver, Free drop-in. Call 667-5239 for more and create masterpieces with fabrics and ﬁbres of all information. sorts. Call 668-8698 for more details. Tue. May 1 to Fri. May. 4 Heart Showcase Heart Of Wed. Apr. 25 Baby Talk Session: Crying & Sleep Riverdale Tue. May. 1 Parent-Child Mother Goose 10:30 am 1:15 pm Whitehorse Health Centre Bring your baby, Whitehorse Public Library Free, but registration is let us inform and discuss topics related to the health required. Register online or call 322-5990 if you need and concerns you may have as your baby reaches assistance. Age: Birth to 18 months. milestones. Tue. May. 1 Back To Nature 10:30 am Family Thu. Apr. 26 Dusk’a Head-Start - Monthly Literacy Centre All ages. Stories, activities and crafts Luncheon 11:30 am Duska Head Start and Family to connect your child to their natural surroundings. Learning Center Please join us to celebrate our Call 668-8698 for more details. children’s success each month! The food is GREAT, Tue. May. 1 Youth Drop In 5:30 pm Polarette’s our salmon have hatched and the children will be Gymnastic Club Ages 10 - 17 yrs. Call 668-4794 or signing a traditional Southern Tutchone song. All email email@example.com for more information. 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April 25, 2018
Going green never looked so good
by Kylie Campbell
Whitehorse salon Fahrenheit Hair has joined the Green Circle community to divert more waste from the landfill
n 2008, then 21 year old Chantelle Tarapaski, moved up to the Yukon from Vancouver, B.C. and decided to open her own hair studio. “I felt I needed a place that reflected my work and style, with more creature comforts,” said Tarapaski. “We work too many hours of our life to not be happy so I created a space that I wanted to be in and also my clients wanted to be in.” Stepping into the studio, its simple aesthetics and friendly faces welcome you warmly. “Fahrenheit Hair is an upscale, boutique salon that was designed to feel like an artist loft,” Tarapaski said. “Its design is minimalist industrial with a classic and cozy twist. The décor consists of raw materials such as brick, stone, wood, for a simple and modern feel.” Fahrenheit Hair originally offered only hair services, but have recently expanded into further beauty services that include body sugaring, massage, threading, organic skincare and lash extensions. “The concept behind my salon has been an experience, a culture that is passionate about education and the beauty industry,” Tarapaski said. “Providing products and services that minimize our carbon footprint, while still top of the line and performance. To respect not only our health, but the also the planet’s.” Fahrenheit Hair works within the Green Circle community, which is a business that collects waste to recycle and repurpose materials, including ones that most waste facilities will not accept. Green Circle collects waste often contaminated with bleach,
hair color, and other chemicals. By joining the network of Green Circle Salons in 2017, Fahrenheit Hair can divert around 70 to 90 per cent of what is usually sent to the landfill in a sustainable way. “To be honest, I wavered about becoming Green Circle for a month before I jumped aboard. I knew it meant a lot of extra time I would have to spend, and also that clients would have to bear the Green Fee we charge for services,”said Tarapaski. “I actually flew down to Vancouver to check out the facility, to make sure everything was legit.” Tarapaski and her clients have noticed the difference in going green. She was surprised and disgusted by how much waste accumulates, which would have normally been discarded to landfill instead of being recycled. “The first month we became Green Circle, I saved everything that was being recycled and diverted so I could physically see what it looked like,” she said. “Given that a few of us had been on holidays that month, I was disgusted to see how much waste we had accumulated. Now that we have grown since then, we have even more.” But she feels the extra effort and surcharge are worth it. “I encourage every salon to join,” Tarapaski said. “I believe there are over 25 salons in Whitehorse, I have seen the difference mine has made and we are just a small team. How cool would it be to have every salon in town with Green Circle? We could ship together, more frequently, and drastically reduce our landfill contribution.” However, Tarapaski admitted not everything can be 100 per cent green when trying to meet clients’ needs. “We still use electricity, (we) are rinsing colour down the drain; we are working on this, and still using chemicals to some degree,” Tarapaski explained. “We have made the changes where we can. It requires extra time and effort, and regardless of the fee
PHOTOS: courtesy of Chantelle Tarapaski
Minimalist industrial chic at the upscale salon Chantelle Tarapaski encourages all salons to go green we collect it still costs us money. But, considering how much of a reduction in waste we’ve made, it’s worth it.” Fahrenheit Hair has won an EcoHead tap from EcoHead North America, a company that produces eco-friendly salon showerheads, for their green initiative and they recognized the struggles in place for a business in a Northern community. “Normally, Green Circle will pick up all of our recycling and deal with it, but living up here that wouldn’t be very logical or green since there is no Green Circle base,” Tarapaski explained. “We have to sort, and drop it off, which requires multiple trips a week, as well as house all the materials that need to be send down once every month or two.” It’s hard work, but Tarapaski strongly believes in going green not only for the environment, but for the community. “We have bins all throughout the salon for sorting the different
materials,” said Tarapaski. “To be as careful as we can about the shipping process, we wait until we have a full skid of materials to send down which means I get to hang out in my office with our waste until the shipment leaves (once a month or 2) and the local recycling goes out a couple times a week. “It builds up fast. We are also located upstairs, so it’s a pretty good workout. This sets us apart because by choosing us, you are reducing your own carbon footprint. We do the work for you.” She is also a proponent of the “buy local” movement, which is demonstrated by offering Midnight Sun coffee to clients. “I also believe in giving back to the community and to each other,” Tarapaski said. “Be it that we are training with one another, sharing skills, traveling to events together, or volunteering with student in Skills Canada Hair Club, and judging hair events. I am inspired by others who pursue their
passion, and I want that around me, hair-related or not. It is infectious and essential to thrive in your career.” Tarapaski strives to create a welcoming atmosphere at Fahrenheit Hair, where the stylists can provide quality service while being gentle on the environment. “To sum it up, I wanted to create a space that allows us an uncrowded, personal experience with our customers, colleagues that inspire me to be better than I was yesterday, while making people feel good and with minimal environmental impact.” Fahrenheit Hair is located at 2099 - 2nd Avenue. For more information call 668-2882 or find them on Facebook.
Kylie Campbell is an Australian writer and photographer exploring the Yukon.
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April 25, 2018
Aussie Girl in the Yukon
Part 2 0f 2
with Kylie Campbell
In search of the perfect poutine The results come in... PHOTOS: Kylie Campbell
Enjoying the best poutine in Whitehorse at Titan Gaming
The First Poutine
had to start somewhere, but my first poutine should be the best, right? So, I queried the public to ask – where is the perfect poutine in Whitehorse? With the most votes on my public poll, I got my first taste of fries, cheese curds and gravy at Big Bear Donair. With a whopping 189 out of 339 votes (55 per cent), it was clear where over of half of Whitehorse’s poutine lovers thought the best poutine was. And with a big empty belly I ventured out to find the best poutine in town. Arriving at the busy and cozy Big Bear Donair restaurant for my first ever poutine, I had made sure not to have any afternoon snacks and was positively hungry. I ordered the regular poutine with my Canadian friends, one of whom ordered the chicken shawarma spe-
This is my very first plate of poutine, and I’m having it at Big Bear Donair (Ed. note: You’re welcome Karais and McCarthy)
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cial. I requested their help as we chatted about the criteria card. Since they are Canadian they have had their fair share of poutines all over the country and could help guide me on my journey of what I should be looking for. My poutine was ready and it was huge. I immediately regretted my decision to get the large instead of the regular. The French fries were covered in gravy with cheese curds sprinkled throughout. I had to take a bite before I started taking pictures because it looked too delectable. The first bite was followed swiftly by the next and before I knew it, I was shovelling it in my mouth destroying good picture opportunities. I halted, pleased by the meal, but as I caught my breath, I noted it also wasn’t quite what I expected. From all the hype and discussion I had about poutine I
thought perhaps the gravy had some kind of Canadianesque flavouring, like beaver or moose. I know, pretty stereotypical. But I really thought it was going to be a little more Canadian. Still, delicious. My friends Nicole, Marissa and I discussed the poutine. It’s all about the gravy-to-fries ratio and the cheese curds. Squeaky, yet with melted bits. And it held close to perfection, as my Canadian comrades compared to other poutines and as good as those Nicole had eaten in Quebec. With half my plate finished, stomach pains ensued. Apparently this is normal when eating poutine and it should come with a warning. Nevertheless, I finished this addictive meal, with stomach pains and all. cont’d on page 11...
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In search of the perfect poutine... cont’d Whitehorse’s Perfect Poutine After trying various poutines in Whitehorse from mainstream, commercialised McDonald’s, to international adaptations like Korean poutine, I have to say I may have had my fill of poutine for the rest of my life. The winner of the best poutine in Whitehorse, I think, goes to Titan Gaming and Collectibles!
1. Titan Gaming and Collectibles
I have to admit after Big Bear Donair I had thought that they had set the bar, but Titan just beat them after tallying the scores. The gravy was so tasty and the added flavoured salt just seemed to enhance this poutine.
2. Big Bear Donair Pretty close to perfection, if anyone says you can’t get a good poutine in Whitehorse, they haven’t been here. Meets all the requirements for the perfect poutine. I also tried the shawarma poutine, which comes with a garlic sauce. I have to say I wasn’t a fan, but seems to be a popular favourite for Yukoners. 3. McDonald’s I think memories played a big role in McDonald’s getting such a high mark. Those McDonald’s chips bring back memories to when I was a kid and I got a treat for being good or working hard by having McDonald’s with my parents. Sentimental I know, but this was super tasty and was gone instantaneously as I sat down.
4. Trails North Definitely on the top side for the gravy, this roadside diner’s poutine is quite filling.
5. Mount Sima A tasty and quick snack to eat while skiing on the hill.
6. The Hue Oasis An extremely tasty Korean adaptation of poutine. The flavours were surprising, but worked very well together.
7. Whisky Jacks Pub and Grill Even the regular portion is huge, so come with an appetite.
8. Burnt Toast The pulled pork poutine is certainly an immense feed that must be tried.
9. Make it Yourself – No Name Poutine sauce comes in a tin can, who knew? It was certainly an edible meal with No Name brand fries and poutine sauce.
Reminiscing with McDonald’s poutine
Truck stop diner classic poutine at Trails North
Québécois or Canadian? Poutine. This simple, but tasty dish, was officially put in the dictionary in 2014 and the CBC listed in the top 10 greatest Canadian invention of all time. Yes it was ninth, beating the electron microscope, snowmobiling and even superman. Meanwhile the Canada Project asked 1500 Canadians to determine their favourite iconic Canadian food and the winner at 22 per cent was poutine, followed by maple syrup at 14 per cent. It seems from all the votes that this dish represents an entire nation. However, when I asked various Québécois about the dish’s national identity, they claim it’s not Canadian but Québécois. When I ask non-Québécois Canadians, they believe it’s Canadian. “Twenty years ago you couldn’t get poutine outside of Quebec,” said my Québécois source. “Now you can get it everywhere – but it’s not real poutine.” In 2016, academic Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet argued that classifying the Quebec creation as “Canadian” actually risks the province’s culture and customs being absorbed and assimilated by the English-Canadian majority. But is that the worry? Or is it just that poutine has to be made a certain way to be any good?
Poutine at Mount Sima
Korean poutine with kimchi at The Hue Oasis Restaurant
When I did a public Facebook poll asking for the best poutine in Whitehorse, a debate started among the Québécois community about whether it was even possible to find a “real” poutine outside of Quebec. But shouldn’t you be able to when there are a large number of Yukon residents who originate from the province? Having travelled all over the world and tried the “best,” or original, places for foods, I can see the argument. The best pizza in the world isn’t Italian, it’s from Naples (which is true in my opinion, having eaten pizzas all over Italy and the world). My experiences with the British was that their favourite national food has even changed from the traditional fish and chips to chicken curry, showing its national evolution in diversity and immigration. And so the battles continue around the world as cross-culturally we merge together. Don’t even get me started on the desert pavlova – no one can confirm whether New Zealand or Australia created the dish and it is a constant, nationalistic debate usually escalated during the Rugby World Cup. Food and drink are often a source of hot debate, as many are proud to be where they are from
Whisky Jacks Pub and Grill’s poutine
and food can be a way of representing that pride. And no more do you have this feeling of nationalistic pride than when you are away from your home. National Poutine Day is April 11 and now that I have eaten this fine delicacy, I will ensure I mark it on my permanent residency application for Canada. From commercial overload with many Canadian fast food chains serving it for the masses, to foreign food restaurants adding their own unique design to the dish, poutine has changed from a Quebecois identity into a national identity, whether that is good or bad. My personal opinion is it is super tasty, but nothing beats thick french fries and chicken salt with gravy from Australia – just saying. However, now I have my future 3 a.m. post-drunk snack, my PMSstay-at-home-Bridget-Jones comfort meal ready to go! Just how good Whitehorse poutine is, compared to poutine in Quebec, I probably will never know. But it’s definitely tasty and I guess I’m slowly becoming more Canadian, eh!
Kylie Campbell is an Australian writer and photographer exploring the Yukon.
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The best and most authentic currywurst caribou tater tot poutine
et’s just get this cleared up right away. Poutine is a national treasure. Sausages and tater tots
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INGREDIENTS 800 gram package tater tots 4 caribou sausages 1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp green curry paste
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour 1 ½ cups chicken stock 1 cup shredded nacho cheese Sliced green onions, to garnish
Crumbled sausage with curry paste and flour cont’d on page 13 ...
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Currywurst caribou tater tot poutine ... cont’d METHOD
In a large cast iron pan over medium high heat add the crumbles caribou sausage and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Add curry paste and stir until sausage is coated with curry, then add flour and stir to fully coat the sausage as well. Pour chicken stock in pan and stir constantly until liquid is simmering and thickened, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and keep warm.
Cook tater tots according to package directions, and while still hot place them on a large plate, top with cheese, followed by currywurst gravy then top with scallions. Serve hot with lots of beer.
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What’s Your Story?: A Canada 2017 Yearbook was published in November. It is a compilation by CBC/Radio-Canada to commemorate the Canada 150 sesquicentennial celebrations
BC/Radio-Canada got involved in the Canada 150 sesquicentennial celebrations in a big way, starting about a year earlier with an open call for submissions to be put in a 2017 yearbook.
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Wed. Apr. 25 Mindful Self-Compassion 9:00 am Yukon College Using guided meditation and experiential exercises, enjoy a slow-paced day to relax and gently reconnect with yourself, and to connect with others. Using guided meditation and experiential exercises, enjoy a slow-paced day to relax and gently reconnect with yourself, and to connect with others. To register call 668.8710 Wed. Apr. 25 The Counselling Drop-In Clinic 10:00 am Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services Free Drop-In counselling is offered every Wednesday from 10am - 4pm. Wed. Apr. 25 Women & Children Lunch Date 11:30 am Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre Delicious Free Lunch for Women & Children Wed. Apr. 25 Talking Circles 1:00 pm Yukon College Are you a student-parent? Want to connect with other student-parents on Ayamdigut campus? Contact Student Services for more details. Wed. Apr. 25 Yoga for Paddlers (Part 2) 5:15 pm Whitehorse Elementary Lead by yoga instructor Michelle Eshpeter every Wednesday, email info@ﬂatwateryukon.ca for more information Wed. Apr. 25 Get Ready to Rock your Birth Experience! 5:30 pm The Studio All material will be provided & snacks will be offered. Please wear comfortable clothes to move. Email info@ physioborealis.com for more information. Thu. Apr. 26 Kundalini Yoga 12:00 pm Grace Space Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Thu. Apr. 26 Handle With Care 12:30 pm Whitehorse Public Library Lunch and childcare provided, free, an interactive program for parents and children from birth to the age of 6. Call 332-3128 for more information. Thu. Apr. 26 7 Days of Yoga Detox (PM) 5:00 pm Alpine Bakery Email wallymaltz@mac. com or call 335-9385 to register or for more information. Thu. Apr. 26 Restorative Yoga 6:00 pm 7th Ray Healing A form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. To register book online. Fri. Apr. 27 Sally & Sisters Lunch 12:00 pm Whitehorse Food Bank Free Hot Lunch for Women & Children 334-9317 Fri. Apr. 27 Authentic Movement Healing Dance 6:15 pm Grace Space Respectful attentiveness to our inner wisdom and yearnings, made visible through our spontaneous movements. Call 335-6216 or email email@example.com Fri. Apr. 27 Zen Yoga 6:30 pm 7th Ray Healing A one hour Yoga practice that focuses on centering and ﬂexibility. To register book online. 334-9605 firstname.lastname@example.org Fri. Apr. 27 Energy Savasana Meditation 6:30 pm Breath of Life Collective Gentle yet profound, you will leave feeling refreshed and back in touch with your true self. Call 332-3569 or email breathoﬂifeyukon@gmail.com to register. Sat. Apr. 28 Yin Yoga & Foam Rolling 12:00 pm Rooted Tree Massage & Yoga Yin yoga is a gentle, quiet practice suitable for all levels. Foam rollers and/or balls will be used for self-massage & myofascial release. Email email@example.com for more information. Sat. Apr. 28 Red Tara Practice 12:30 pm VajraNorth Everyone welcome. For more info contact 667-6951 (Cheryl Buchan) 633-3715 Sat. Apr. 28 Kids Create - Healing a Loss through Creativity 1:30 pm Hospice Yukon An afternoon for kids (aged 7-12) and their parent or caregiver to remember a beloved person or pet who has died. Email administrator@ hospiceyukon.net or call 667-7429 to register. Sun. Apr. 29 Community Yoga 10:00 am
ENTER YOUR EVENTS ON-LINE It’s Free. It’s Fast. It’s Easy. Sat. Apr. 28 zFit with Jennifer 10:00 am Better Bodies Crosstraining Centre Call 6335245 for more info. Sun. Apr. 29 Carcross Kickboxing 12:30 pm N60 Combative Arts Sun. Apr. 29 Carcross Kids Kickboxing 11:30 am N60 Combative Arts Sun. Apr. 29 COBRA FS 8:00 pm N60 Combative Arts Sun. Apr. 29 Ladies Grappling 6:00 pm N60 Combative Arts Sun. Apr. 29 Pre School Martial Arts 3:30 pm N60 Combative Arts Tue. May. 1 Adult Biathlon 6:30 pm Biathlon Range Tue. May. 1 Fitilates 5:15 pm 7th Ray Healing Combining elements of both exercise science, ﬁtness and classical Pilates. To register book online. Tue. May. 1 Grappling 6:00 pm N60 Combative Arts Tue. May. 1 Insanity Live Mornings 6:00 am Peak Fitness Extreme cardio conditioning program that will transform your body. Drop in or sign up call 335-4281 or email brittyﬁt@ gmail.com for more information.
Breath of Life Collective This donation class is open to all levels of yogis. Call or email to register. 336-3569 thebreathoﬂifestudio@gmail. com Sun. Apr. 29 Restorative Yoga 10:30 am Alpine Bakery To register call or email 393-4440 firstname.lastname@example.org Sun. Apr. 29 Gentle Yoga 12:30 pm Rooted Tree Massage & Yoga For the all ages, the stiff and the recovering bodies of life. Everyone welcome - Beginners encouraged! Call or email to register. 334-8599 rootedtreemassage@ gmail.com Sun. Apr. 29 Loss and Creative Expression 1:30 pm Hospice Yukon In this workshop simple projects are demonstrated at the beginning and all creative materials are provided for you to work with. Email administrator@hospiceyukon. net or call 667-7429 to register. Mon. Apr. 30 Sally & Sisters Lunch 12:00 pm Whitehorse Food Bank Free Hot Lunch for Women & Children 334-9317 Mon. Apr. 30 Shamata Meditation 5:15 pm White Swan Sanctuary Group meditation all levels welcome Mon. Apr. 30 Buddhist Meditation Society 5:15 pm White Swan Sanctuary All are welcome! Tue. May. 1 Weight Watchers 5:00 pm Yukon College Please arrive 30-minutes prior to the listed meeting time for weigh-in and registration, room A2202. 403-473-0645 blong@ weightwatchers.ca Tue. May. 1 Golden Horn Yoga 6:00 pm Golden Horn Elementary Terice 668-6631 Wed. May. 2 7 Days of Yoga Detox (AM) 6:45 am Alpine Bakery Email wallymaltz@mac. com or call 335-9385 to register or for more information. Wed. May. 2 The Counselling Drop-In Clinic 10:00 am Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services Free Drop-In counselling is offered every Wednesday from 10am - 4pm. Wed. May. 2 Women & Children Lunch Date 11:30 am Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre Delicious Free Lunch for Women & Children Wed. May. 2 Yoga for Paddlers (Part 2) 5:15 pm Whitehorse Elementary Lead by yoga instructor Michelle Eshpeter every Wednesday, email info@ﬂatwateryukon.ca for more information
Tue. May. 1 Ladies Kickboxing 5:00 pm N60 Combative Arts Tue. May. 1 Ladies Kickboxing Class 6:00 pm Elite Martial Arts Academy Call 334-2309 to register or for more info. Tue. May. 1 Muay Thai 7:00 pm N60 Combative Arts Tue. May. 1 Pilates for Men 6:15 pm Long Lean Mean Fitness Pilates an excellent technique for whole-body ﬁtness, as well as a foundation for cross training with other kinds of sports and exercise. Register online or call 334-3479 for more information. Wed. May. 2 Velocity/Pursuit Spring Break Biathlon Range Wed. May. 2 Danceﬁt 12:00 pm Better Bodies Crosstraining Centre Workout dance rooted in jazz, hip hop and Latin styles will take you away from your stresses. Wednesdays with an extra class on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m Call 633-5245 for more info. Wed. May. 2 Zumba High Cardio 6:30 pm 7th Ray Healing To register book online. 334-9605 email@example.com
Wednesdays The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon 305 Wood Street -Back Entrance Porter Creek Step meeting (CM) 8:00 PM Our Lady of Victory No Pufﬁn (CM, NS) 8:00 PM 6210 - 6th Ave Thursdays The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon 305 Wood Street -Back Entrance. Polar Group (OM) 7:30 PM 6210 - 6th ave. Fridays The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon 305 Wood Street -Back Entrance Yukon Unity Group Meeting 1:30 PM #4 Hospital Road Whitehorse Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM 305 Wood Street - Back Entrance. Saturdays Detox Meeting (OM, NS) 1:00 PM, Sara Steel building 609 Steele St., Main Entrance Women’s Meeting (CM, NS) 2:30 PM Whitehorse General Hospital (across from emergency) Hospital Meeting Whitehorse General Hospital (OM NS) 7:00 pm - Hospital Board Meeting. Sundays Detox Meeting (OM NS) 1:00 PM 1:00 PM, Sara Steel building 609 Steele St., Main Entrance Hospital Meeting (OM NS) 7:00 PM Whitehorse General Hospital Mondays The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon 305 Wood Street -Back Entrance New Beginnings Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM 6210 - 6th Ave Tuesdays The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon 305 Wood Street -Back Entrance Ugly Duckling Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM 6210 - 6th Ave. Juste Pour Aujourd’hui (OM, NS) 7:00 PM 4141B 4th Ave. Phone: AA 1-888-453-0142 (24 hours a day)
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The Yukon Chocolate Company is producing the first bean to bar chocolate in the territory by Danny Macdonald
that makes chocolate in a traditional Mexican stone ground method, using molinos. That experience provided her with the skills to launch her own company here in the Yukon and navigate the challenges facing her – like sourcing high-quality cocoa beans. “I’m really pumped about my beans,” Oland said. “They’re from Alberta, from a Venezuelan guy, all from one farm in Venezuela. “We’ve finished the first bag. Whitehorse has consumed a whole bag of cocoa beans.” That appetite for Oland’s Yukonmade chocolate has developed through her marketing and sales work. The Yukon Chocolate Company has set up Instagram and Facebook accounts to share images of their creations and engage fans. To reach the marketplace, Oland identified a couple of preferred vendors, but has focused on pop-ups at selected events and shops. “I’m really enjoying the popups,” Oland said. “I find a business (or event) who is open to it and show up.” Yukoners may have seen the Yukon Chocolate pop ups around at events like Simapalooza and Thawdi-gras or at local businesses like Midnight Sun Coffee. The next one
Peanut butter infused milk chocolate dinosaurs were sold at the Yukon Chocolate Company Easter pop up will take place prior to Mother’s Day, so gift seekers can get Mom some Yukon-made chocolate. The location has not yet been determined, but will be announced on their social media accounts. “The pop ups allow me to be face-to-face with customers and talk about bean to bar,” Oland said. “I have a cocoa pod and beans. It’s cool to see people taste a cocoa bean for the first time. There is a real difference in the flavour of fresh chocolate, compared to chocolate that has sat on the shelf.” It hasn’t been all smooth getting the business running. Oland has been leasing the commercial kitchen at Farmer Robert’s and their recent closure had the potential to upset operations. However, the lease will stay in place and she will continue to produce chocolate at that location. However, the store had been the sole regular storefront carrying her chocolate, so Oland spent this month exploring potential preferred vendors. That work has borne fruit and her chocolate will be on the shelves of Riverside Grocery and Culture Cheese. Oland has had help launching the business and she’s been leveraging her connections. Her branding, a ram’s head logo, was designed by Leanne McNally, and Kirsty Wells and Dan Bushnell of Molotov and Bricks Tattoo are helping out with shirts. The ram’s head logo captures the Yukon identity she wants to embrace for her chocolate. “I would love to work with local chefs and see what some of the great culinary talent can do with my chocolate,” Oland said. “What I’m hoping for this company is people being super pumped about chocolate and super pumped about the Yukon.”
Sydney Oland has launched a Yukon chocolate-making business
Pirate themed white chocolate Captain Crunch and dark chocolate with coconut and candied blood oranges were sold at this year’s Simapalooza pop up Freshly roasted whole cocoa beans are used to create chocolate u
PHOTOS: courtesy of Sydney Oland
Move over Willy Wonka, the Yukon’s got our own chocolate factory
hat’s Up Yukon’s weekly recipe developer, Sydney Oland, has a passion for food and creating new recipes. In addition to her weekly column, she is a PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom and her thesis has a working title of “Foodways of Yukon Territory and the edible intangible cultural heritage of Northern Canada.” Oland found that busy schedule wasn’t enough for her, so she’s undertaken a new venture, the Yukon Chocolate Company. The new business leverages her eight years of experience in the chocolatemaking industry to bring an all-new product to the Yukon: chocolate made fresh from cocoa beans. When she first moved to the Yukon, Oland realized that there were chocolatiers, but no chocolate-makers. For those who don’t know, these are two professions, with two separate skill sets. “Chocolatiers take chocolate and develop beautiful products,” Oland explained. ‘Chocolate makers take the beans and make chocolate. To my knowledge, I’m the only chocolate maker.” Oland got her start making chocolate in Massachusetts while working for Taza Chocolate, a company
For more information about the Yukon Chocolate Company’s products, or where you can find some, contact them by email at getyourfix@YukonChocolate.ca or visit their website www.YukonChocolate.ca. They can also be found on Facebook and Instagram as Yukon Chocolate Company.
Danny Macdonald is the editor of What’s Up Yukon. He is a lifelong Yukoner, who is active in sports, community organizations and Yukon’s events scene.
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Wed. Apr. 25 Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre Sun. Apr. 29 St. Martins Anglican Church Service 10:00 am St. Martins Anglican Church Sun. Apr. 29 Atlin Christian Centre 10:30 am Atlin Christian Centre Sun. Apr. 29 Making Choices Now Advanced Health Care Planning 1:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre Workshop for end of life planning. Everyone Welcome – No fee Call Dorothy Odian 250 651-7639 for more info. Tue. May. 1 Atlin District Board of Trade 7:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre Wed. May. 2 Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre
Fri. Apr. 27 Tot Time 9:30 am Nelnah Bessie John School Sat. Apr. 28 Volleyball 8:00 pm Beaver Creek Community Club Mon. Apr. 30 Tot Time 9:30 am Nelnah Bessie John School Tue. May. 1 Volleyball 8:00 pm Beaver Creek Community Club
Wednesdays Healthy Choices & Nutrition Activities 9:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Wednesdays Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School For more info:kathleen. cranﬁeld@ctfn.ca 821-4251 Wednesdays Tlingit Language Game Nights 5:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Wednesdays Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wednesdays AA Carcross 6:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu. Apr. 26 CPNP Lunch 12:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu. Apr. 26 Pottery with Claudia MacPhee 3:30 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Every Tuesday and Thursday, please enter by side door. Everyone welcome! no fee for community members 8673993321 Thu. Apr. 26 Sewing Nights 6:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu. Apr. 26 Prenatal Classes for Mothers and Fathers to be 7:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School With Kathleen Cranﬁeld, Registered Midwife and CPNP coordinator Fri. Apr. 27 AA Meeting Carcross 1:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Sat. Apr. 28 Traditional Handgames 1:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Sun. Apr. 29 Sewing Sessions 12:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Mon. Apr. 30 Art at the Carving Shed 5:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Mon. Apr. 30 AA - Tagish 7:30 pm Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Tue. May. 1 Elders Breakfast 10:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue. May. 1 C/TFN Communication Team Mtng 1:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue. May. 1 Pottery with Claudia MacPhee 3:30 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Every Tuesday and Thursday, please enter by side door. Everyone welcome! no fee for community members 8673993321 Tue. May. 1 Tlingit Language classes 5:00 pm CTFN Capacity Building Tue. May. 1 Excellence Group 5:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue. May. 1 Sports Night 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Tue. May. 1 Women’s Group 7:00 pm Carcross Community Campus 821-4251 Wed. May. 2 School Council 7:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, Sewing Group 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm Tage Cho Hudan Interpretive Centre. Sewing supplies available for personal projects or feel free to bring your own supplies and projects.
Wed. Apr. 25 CFYT Trivia 8:00 pm The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio. Thu. Apr. 26 Handgames Club 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Email for more information. email@example.com Thu. Apr. 26 Art Night 7:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Email for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org Thu. Apr. 26 Open Mic In The Lounge 9:00 pm Westminster Hotel Hosted by Jonathan Howe Fri. Apr. 27 Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri. Apr. 27 Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri. Apr. 27 Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Fri. Apr. 27 Art with Ange 3:30 pm Robert Service School For grades 1-3 Call 993-7400 ext 299 or email recreation@cityofdawson. com Fri. Apr. 27 Gym Night 7:30 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Call or Email for more information. 993-7100 ext 149 email@example.com Fri. Apr. 27 The Executives 11:00 pm Westminster Hotel Sat. Apr. 28 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. Apr. 28 Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre
Sat. Apr. 28 Cocktail Night 5:00 pm Eldorado Hotel In the Sluice Box Lounge, from classics over hot/desert drinks, to a featured special. Sat. Apr. 28 Songs of Dawson II - A Local Showcase 8:00 pm KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Local musicians to perform original works in front of a supportive audience. Sun. Apr. 29 St. Paul’s Church Service 10:30 am St Paul’s Church 867-993-5381 Sun. Apr. 29 Soul Sunday with The Sweet Nuggets 11:00 pm Westminster Hotel Mon. Apr. 30 Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon. Apr. 30 Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon. Apr. 30 Teen Movie Night 6:00 pm Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre Call 9937100 ext 149 or email youthoutreach@ trondek.ca for more information. Tue. May. 1 Free camping for Yukoners in May! Registration required. Tombstone Territorial Park Tue. May. 1 Mad Scientists 3:30 pm Robert Service School For grades 1-3 Call 993-7400 ext 299 or email recreation@cityofdawson. com Tue. May. 1 Cooking Club 6:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Email for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org Tue. May. 1 Step n Strong 7:00 pm Robert Service School For more information email: getrealﬁt(at)me.com 867-993-2520 Wed. May. 2 CFYT Trivia 8:00 pm The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio.
Wed. Apr. 25 Archery 3:30 pm & 7:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre No experience or equipment needed. Wed. Apr. 25 Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 pm Faro Fire Hall Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting. Thu. Apr. 26 Shufﬂeboard 1:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Call 994-2375 for more information. Fri. Apr. 27 Teen Drop in Gym 7:00 pm Del Van Gorder School Sat. Apr. 28 Annual Community Clean Up 2:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre A big clean up before our Crane and Sheep festival, meet at the town hall to pick up gloves and bags, an appreciation BBQ will be held after. Sun. Apr. 29 Faro Church of Apostles Mass 10:00 am Church of Apostles Sun. Apr. 29 Faro Bible Chapel Sunday Service 10:30 am Faro Bible Chapel with Pastor Ted Baker 994-2442 994-2442 Tue. May. 1 Parent & Tot Storytime 10:00 am Faro Community Library For babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Tue. May. 1 Shufﬂeboard 1:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Call 994-2375 for more information. Wed. May. 2 Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 pm Faro Fire Hall Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting.
Wed. Apr. 25 Seniors - Drop-In and Activities 1:30 pm Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Arts, craft, ﬁtness, pool tournaments, shufﬂeboard, carpet bowling, and card and board games. Refreshments. Wed. Apr. 25 Kids Craft Time with Marty Ritchie 3:15 pm Haines Junction Community Library Call 634-2215 for more information. Wed. Apr. 25 Adult Volleyball 6:30 pm St. Elias Community School Thu. Apr. 26 Elders’ Tea & Fitness Lunch 11:00 am Mun Ku Thu. Apr. 26 Seniors Tai Chi 1:30 pm Haines Junction Thu. Apr. 26 Seniors - Carpet Bowling 1:30 pm St Elias Convention Centre All Seniors and Elders welcome! Thu. Apr. 26 Chair Yoga For Seniors 3:00 pm Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Thu. Apr. 26 Hatha Yoga 3:30 pm Village Bakery and Deli Thu. Apr. 26 Circuit Training 5:00 pm Haines Junction Call Steve at 296-6097 for more information. Thu. Apr. 26 For the Sake of the Children 5:30 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Learn about family law, the effects of separation or divorce on adults and children, To register call 6673066 Thu. Apr. 26 Women’s Circle 5:30 pm Mun Ku Email email@example.com for more information. Thu. Apr. 26 Restorative Yoga 7:15 pm Village Bakery and Deli Thu. Apr. 26 Adult Soccer 7:30 pm St. Elias Community School Fri. Apr. 27 Working Together Da Ku Cultural Centre Friday Night suitable for ages 8-12 and Saturday Night suitable 13+, Call 6345242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for registration and info. Fri. Apr. 27 Story Hour 10:00 am Haines Junction Community Library Fri. Apr. 27 Mini Hand Games Tournament 7:00 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre For more info call Doronn Fox 335-4479 Ages 8 & older. Sat. Apr. 28 Working Together Da Ku Cultural Centre Friday Night suitable for ages 8-12 and Saturday Night suitable 13+, Call 634-5242 or email email@example.com for registration and info. Mon. Apr. 30 Fitness Classes - Pilates & Yoga 5:15 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue. May. 1 Kazoo - Music, Making and Movement 10:00 am Haines Junction Community Centre Kids will learn songs, make simple instruments and move to music. All kids 4 and under are welcome. Parent or caregiver participation is required. Held in the Mezzanine. Tue. May. 1 Romp and Stomp Music and Movement 10:00 am Haines Junction Community Centre In the Mezzanine Free, music and movement for kids 0-4 and parents, There will be a healthy snack
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provided. All welcome! Come get your wiggles out!! To register call 335 2583 Tue. May. 1 Southern Tutchone Classes 12:00 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue. May. 1 Hatha Yoga 3:30 pm Village Bakery and Deli Tue. May. 1 Takhini Family Game Night 7:00 pm Takhini Hall Tue. May. 1 Restorative Yoga 7:15 pm Village Bakery and Deli Wed. May. 2 Seniors - Drop-In and Activities 1:30 pm Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Arts, craft, ﬁtness, pool tournaments, shufﬂeboard, carpet bowling, and card and board games. Refreshments. Wed. May. 2 Kids Craft Time with Marty Ritchie 3:15 pm Haines Junction Community Library Call 634-2215 for more information. Wed. May. 2 Adult Volleyball 6:30 pm St. Elias Community School Wed. May. 2 Village of Haines Junction Council Meeting 7:00 pm St Elias Convention Centre
Wednesdays & Thursdays Choir Wed. 7:00 pm, Thu. 6:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Wed. Apr. 25 Marsh Lake Community Society Meeting 7:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre All Welcome to attend. Thu. Apr. 26 Swan Haven Seniors Tea 11:00 am Swan Haven Interpretive Centre Enjoy tea, coffee and homemade goodies in the serene and peaceful atmosphere. Call 660499 or email email@example.com for more information. Sat. Apr. 28 Big Day of Birding 7:00 am Swan Haven Interpretive Centre Record the birds you see at eBird.org, and then email us the link to your list. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Sat. Apr. 28 Bird Photography Workshop 10:00 am Swan Haven Interpretive Centre Snap photos of the birds while discussing some tips and tricks of this challenging hobby. Email email@example.com for more info. Sat. Apr. 28 Knitting Circle 1:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre 660-4999 firstname.lastname@example.org Tue. May. 1 North of 60 Seniors Cafe 2:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue. May. 1 Yoga 5:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Drop in Yoga info@ yogawhitehorse.ca Tue. May. 1 Darts and Games Night 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre We’ll be doing a quick orientation for those who haven’t played before and playing 301. The bar will be open for a beverage while we play. Wed. May. 2 Waste Mgnt Society Meeting 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Wed. May. 2 Marsh Lake Solid Waste Management Society AGM 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Call 660-4510 for more information.
Wed. Apr. 25 Volleyball 8:00 pm J.V. Clark School Thu. Apr. 26 Circuit Training 5:30 pm J.V. Clark School Thu. Apr. 26 Floor Hockey 8:00 pm J.V. Clark School Fri. Apr. 27 Dinner and Movie Night 5:00 pm Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre Sun. Apr. 29 St. Mary’s Church Service 11:00 am St Mary’s Church (867)667-7746 Mon. Apr. 30 Yoga 5:00 pm Mayo Curling Arena Tue. May. 1 Tabata 5:30 pm J.V. Clark School Tue. May. 1 Mayo Sewing Nights 7:00 pm Yukon College Mayo Campus Tue. May. 1 Floor Hockey 8:00 pm J.V. Clark School Wed. May. 2 Volleyball 8:00 pm J.V. Clark School
Sat. Apr. 28 Intro to Northern Beekeeping 9:00 am Lorne Mountain Community Centre Focus on basics and northern challenges with Etienne Tardif this workshop is to help you get ready for the following bee season and plan ahead. For more info or to register call 867-334-2575 or Email yukonhoneybees@ gmail.com
Thu. Apr. 26 Adult Night at the Youth Centre 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center Sun. Apr. 29 St. Luke’s Church Service 11:00 am St. Luke’s Church 867-993-5381 Tue. May. 1 Gym Night 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center
Wednesdays & Saturdays, Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed. Apr. 25 Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday. Thu. Apr. 26 Carpet Bowling 11:15 am Tagish Community Centre Everyone is invited to come and learn the technical game of Carpet Bowling. Thu. Apr. 26 Catch Kids Club 4:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Snacks, crafts, ﬁeld trips and lots of fun games. Email recreation@ tagishyukon.org for more information. Sat. Apr. 28 OsteoFit 10:00 am Tagish Community Centre Sat. Apr. 28 Youth Music School 11:00 am Tagish Community Centre Email recreation@ tagishyukon.org for more information. Sat. Apr. 28 Pickleball 11:00 am Tagish Community Centre Come try Pickleball, a new sport offered which combines table tennis and regular tennis. Tue. May. 1 Carpet Bowling 11:15 am Tagish Community Centre Everyone is invited to come and learn the technical game of Carpet Bowling.
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April 25, 2018
25 Years and going S(tr)ong
The Whitehorse Community Choir’s 25th Anniversary Concert takes place May 4 and 5 at the Yukon Arts Centre by Jan Horton
t keeps me young at heart,” said Barbara Chamberlin, musical director of the Whitehorse Community Choir. Barb’s enthusiasm, knowledge, musicality and great sense of humour carry the choir through the hours of rehearsal needed to polish each phrase of each song for their spring concert. “Yo ho, yo ho.” Barb and Barry Kitchen, stellar accompanist, work together in harmony (of course) in rehearsal. The choir sections work the line from “Hoist the Colours,” over and over again. Who knew that one simple line would need so much work? A rehearsal break is called, and a babble of happy chatter erupts. Many of the choristers echo Barb’s joy in music. Why do they sing? “It feeds my soul!” “We create magic.” “It releases tension and lifts the spirit.” “I like to be in the music.” The Whitehorse Community Choir is preparing for their 25th Anniversary Concert, to be held May 4 and 5 at the Yukon Arts Centre. The choir is doing it up in grand style with a festive pre-concert reception starting at 7:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m. The reception will feature visual
displays, recordings and the chance to chat with choir members new and old. The choir is inviting guests to wear silver to the concerts, to celebrate the anniversary in solidarity with them. “It’s going to be a fun evening!” said Judy Pelchat, board member and reception organizer. The concert program will include some - not all, Barb hastens to add - of the choir favourites over the years. The songs range from the African song “Rain, Rain” to Mozart’s “Dies Irae”. A powerful Canadian piece honouring French, English, and Inuit culture, called “Music of the Land”, will be adapted to incorporate Yukon First Nation music. In honour of the anniversary, past musical directors have been invited to lead one or two of the songs they conducted during their tenure. Long-time choir fans will recognize the names of guest conductors Rachel Grantham, Henry Klassen and Maurice Wearmouth. The program will also include tributes to the late Andrew (Jim) Wilhelm-Boyles, the founding conductor for the Whitehorse Community Choir. Choral music has been part of the Whitehorse music community since at least 1954, when the Whitehorse
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Rachel Grantham (guest conductor, left), Barbara Chamberlin (conductor), Barry Kitchen (choir accompanist) and Henry Klassen (guest conductor) are part of the Whitehorse Community Choir’s 25th Anniversary Concert Choral Society was started, led by Maurice Dean. Henry Klassen is still amazed that Maurice talked the City Council of the day into buying three grand pianos for Whitehorse! Henry Klassen took the helm of the Choral Society in 1967 and was followed by Maurice Wearmouth in 1982. Henry exudes a calm demeanour, but choral music is clearly in his bones – as he demonstrates when bringing choir to full voice rehearsing “Dem Bones.” After 50 plus years of song, Henry is pleased to know that there is continuity in the Whitehorse choral community; that people keep coming along to keep it going. Rachel Grantham took over
leadership of the Community Choir in 1994, stepping in when Andrew (Jim) Wilhelm-Boyles moved away. With a break to get more choral education, Rachel led the choir until 2005. During her education leave, Henry Klassen stepped in again to fill the leadership role. Maurice Wearmouth will be flying in from Outside to take part in the concert, taking the baton for “Goin’ Home”, a lovely lyrical piece. Rachel will be conducting “The Marvelous Work” from Haydn’s Creation, with Sonja Anderson as soloist. Rachel recalls that the choir first sang the piece during the 1998 Gold Rush Centennial celebrations.
She chose it then for its classical familiarity and because it was 100 years old in 1898. Anniversaries are clearly a theme. It’s going to be an entertaining evening. You won’t want to miss it! The Whitehorse Community Choir’s 25th Anniversary Concert takes place May 4 and 5 at the Yukon Arts Centre, reception is at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Concert tickets are available at the Yukon Arts Centre and www. YukonTickets.com. Jan Horton is a member of the Whitehorse Community Choir.
Y U K O N Writers’ Festival
April 25, 2018
Zsuzsi Gartner: Aspiring to the darkly tragi-comic Vancouver-based writer Zsuzsi Gartner will be a mentor at the 2018 Yukon Young Authors’ Conference at F.H. Collins Secondary School May 3, 4
by Dan Davidson
as it often does, to journalism. “But all the while,” she said, “I was plunking away at fiction, trying to find my voice, my own stories.” And this desire led her to the Masters in Fine Arts program at the University of British Columbia after she moved to Vancouver. She accepts that she has what some reviewers have called an “offkilter” approach to storytelling. “Although I enjoy reading some realist fiction, I’m just not interested in writing it. The times I’ve tried, it felt inauthentic – as if I was wearing terribly ill-fitting clothing that chafed in all the worst places,” she said. “I also write, primarily, social satire, and satire depends on a certain degree of amplification of reality. “I’m convinced that satire, dark humour, is the primary way to write seriously these days about
the whacked-out world we live in, without sounding melodramatic or like a preacher. I’m inspired by writers who take a version of our fraught, contemporary world, make us laugh at its grotesqueries, and then break our hearts. This is what I aspire to. The darkly tragic-comic.” Her 1999 collection, All the Anxious Girls On Earth, was described by one reviewer in these terms: “Gartner modulates consciousness; she stops short of slapstick but keeps the slap.” In 2010 she edited a collection of dystopian speculative fiction by Canadian writers, with the descriptive title Darwin’s Bastards. Her most recent collection, out in 2011 and shortlisted for that year’s Giller Prize, was titled Better Living Through Plastic Explosives. Its contents prompted
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hile Zsuzsi Gartner built her early career as a writer in journalism, working as a newspaper reporter, then a TV current affairs producer and then a magazine writer and editor, she has been interested in creative writing from an early age. “I wrote derivative fiction as a kid and through my teens and early twenties,” she said. “I’m highly susceptible to influence. First C.S Lewis – I wrote my own version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in grade five – then Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Robbins and Dostoevsky and Kafka, which made for some weirdly hybrid early prose.” This combined with an interest in the world to lead her to a degree in political science, and also to involvement with the student newspaper at the University of Calgary, which led,
Zsuzsi Gartner believes the way something is written is as important as the content another reviewer to call her the “anti-Munro”, which was not a criticism, just a way of contrasting her themes with the more realistic work by Alice Munro. Gartner composes at her keyboard, but does all her revisions on the printouts with a back uni-ball pen. First drafts are just the beginning, “to get the engine revving”. “When I’ve been away writing somewhere (with) no access to a printer I feel at a loss and a little antsy, as that combination of handrevising and composing by keyboard feels essential to my process (when really, it’s not, it’s just that writers like to convince themselves that they can’t write unless the stars align in a certain fashion).” She also likes index cards, and uses them to rearrange scenes, dialogue, and for storing research notes. “My background in journalism has also made me a stickler for ‘the facts’ (even as a fiction writer). If you’re using/referencing something in the ‘real world’ – you better be 100 per cent or… anyone who notices a factual error will be less likely to trust or believe in the verisimilitude of your narrative.” Gartner will be reading to the general public at Live Words on May 2, which takes place during the Yukon
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Writers’ Festival, and working with young people – something she likes to do – at the Young Authors’ Conference during the next two days. She advises young people to live large and develop other interests apart from the craft, but when it comes to writing itself, she is firm: “My advice is always variations on a theme: Read, read more, think about why you want to write the things you write; read, read, write sentences, loads of sentences; read some more; think about how you want to write the things you write; read, read and read more. Take writing and the world seriously, don’t take yourself too seriously, don’t be precious, and read some more.”
Dan Davidson has been involved with the Yukon Writers Festival since his days as an English teacher, has interviewed nearly all the participating writers since the early 1980s and has continued to support the event since retiring from the classroom.
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