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hat could be better than burning away the winter blues with a good, oldfashioned rock show? How about a rock show that features Pink Floyd covers and raises funds for the Whitehorse Food Bank? Introducing Floyd For Food, a one-night-only event that will take place on January 24 at Club 867, featuring Whitehorse’s very own Pink Floyd cover band, Pigs on the Wing, as they reunite after a two-year hiatus. Drummer Mike Miller and guitarist Dominic Gibson came up with the idea when they initially started talking about a reunion show for the popular local group, deciding in the end that their reunion would be made all the more special if it were thrown for a good cause. “I’ve always liked the food bank, they’re always needing the help, it’s definitely local,” says Miller, explaining that January is the food bank’s busiest month, and a time when they’re often low on supplies. Killing two birds with one stone, the show will also help to fill a gap in the live music scene that has been empty for the last two years. “I’ve found that there’s always a need for Pink Floyd, because ever since we went on hiatus,

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Pigs on the Wing reunited to raise money for the food bank we’ve been asked when the Floyd band is playing again,” Miller laughs. Pigs on the Wing made waves when they hit the stage back in 2012, covering some of the longer and more challenging Floyd favourites, like “Dogs” and “Echoes” -- songs that some cover bands might shy away from. Featuring members from various other groups in town, notably the Black Sabbath crowd-pleaser, A Bunch of BS, they played shows on and off for two years before the members went their separate ways to pursue education and various other projects. Now, with a psychedelic reunion show in sight, Pigs on the Wing is back in the (metaphorical) saddle. “It’s quite the thing to get back into playing 17-minute songs,” says Miller ruefully, though he’s no less excited and gratified by the group’s return to the stage. “We put so much work into it initially and only played a relative handful of shows last year,” he says. Event attendees can expect, in Miller’s words, “...a full evening

of rock, and all the best of Floyd for your listening pleasure.” And of course, arrangements are being made for lasers, smoke machines, and more. There will be a brand-new opening band and lots other surprises in store; those interested can stay up-to-date on the proceedings via the Pigs on the Wing Facebook group. “It’s a good show for a good cause,” concludes guitarist Mike Smith. “We hope for a full house, with a bunch of money and food raised, and hopefully we’ll remember all the parts for ‘Echoes’!” he laughs. Ticket information and other details will be available soon through social media of Pigs on the Wing, Club 867 and the Whitehorse Food Bank, so stay tuned. www.facebook.com/FoodBankSocietyOfWhitehorse www.facebook.com/CLUB867 Willow Gamberg is a Whitehorse-based writer. Contact her via editor@whatsupyukon.com.

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Stay Safe in the Mountains

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ichelle Christensen follows a routine before she heads to the backcountry for a day of skiing. It’s a safety routine, and it starts in her living room. She checks the weather and road forecasts, and logs into the Avalanche Canada website for trip reports -- where skiers post conditions to a forum, like the Yukon hiking website. When the Yukon’s avalanche forecast is up and running in February, she’ll check that, too. She says, “Like, if the roads are closed, the wind is blowing 60 kilometres an hour, and it just dumped 50 centimetres, I won’t be going.” But if conditions are more favourable, she proceeds with her routine by checking the batteries in her transceiver -- a device worn by skiers so they can be tracked in case they are buried in an avalanche. She checks her probe and shovel -- tools every skier should carry in case they have to dig someone out of an avalanche. Christensen then gets friends together, and tells someone who’s staying home where they’re going. As she’s driving to the pass, she watches for slides and other signs of recent sketchy conditions. Upon arrival she decides where to ski based on conditions, like the direction of the wind. “If conditions are bad you can always go for a tour” -- which means keeping to flat, protected areas, and not going down any slopes.

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PHOTO: Courtesy of Michelle Christensen Christensen can always find a way to get into the mountains once she’s there, but she maintains that safety is a central aspect to backcountry skiing. Christensen grew up skiing in resorts, and it was only when she moved to the Yukon 12 years ago that she really started touring, because in the Yukon, “the only place to ski is the backcountry.” The first thing she did when she became interested in touring was to take an avalanche course, and she recommends any one thinking of getting into the lifestyle do the same. Skiing is what makes Christensen tick, “I just feel really alive when I’m out there, having to make decisions. It’s just you and the mountains. It fills me up.” “That and hockey.” She laughs. “And my kids and family.” “There’s nothing like skiing down the side of a mountain in powder.” She wants other people to experience the same feeling, but she wants them to do it right. Christensen was hired on to the Yukon Avalanche Association,

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Events as its outreach coordinator, and she’s organizing an Avalanche Awareness day. It’s on January 17 at Mount Sima. There will be people from the avalanche association, Parks Canada and the Canadian Ski Patrol on hand to answer questions. There will be a transceiver search, and a demonstration by the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association. There will be cheap food, music, and talks from avalanche forecasters. Christensen says the idea is to be visible and accessible to “people who don’t yet backcountry ski. If they see us they might remember what they need to be safe.” “I think there are people out there who go out without a probe, beacon or shovel. They put themselves at risk, and other people.” Christensen thinks they probably know people who go out and have always been okay; they don’t think it can happen to them. But she says that avalanches are

part of her experience as a skier -- “I’ve never had to dig anyone out, thank God ” -- she knocks on wood, “but if you’ve got mountains and snow you’ve got avalanches, at some point, with the right weather and conditions.” Ski touring is a whole new world, and it is intimidating. There’s lots of gear, and lots of knowledge required. And it’s important to have a crew to ski with. Christensen hopes the casual, fun nature of the Avalanche Awareness day will make people comfortable to approach the experts who will be on site. They can ask questions, find out how to sign up for courses, and which websites to check for conditions and maps. Ultimately, Christensen says, “if you’re out there, you need to know where you are and what you’re doing.” Meagan Deuling is the assistant editor of What’s Up Yukon. Contact her at meagan@whatsupyukon.com.

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A Drinky Thingy Jazz singer and CBC Radio host Tim Tamashiro will be On the Wing at Yukon Arts Centre this Sunday by Ken Bolton

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ccording to Tim Tamashiro, there’s “thinky” jazz and then there’s “drinky” jazz. “I’ve always had a bit of a problem with the serious nature of jazz, so I wanted to come up with some sort of a name to put it into a bit of a context for the greater population,” he explains. Oh, there’s also “slinky jazz”, which Tamashiro admits having performed on occasion. But the specialty of the house for

the smooth-toned Calgary singer is a cocktail of stylings from the drinky side of the menu. “I do drinky jazz because it’s fun. It’s meant to have people come out and bring the fun as friends, have a couple of drinks and relax, talk if they want, and not really make it all that serious.” Tamashiro’s online bio describes him growing up in Blackfalds, Alberta as “a skinny

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CBC Radio host Tim Tamashiro and Friends offer shows at the St. Elias Convention Centre and the Yukon Arts Centre this weekend Japanese kid” who learned early on that being different was something special. It was what he calls his “differents” (for instance, he boasts of being “probably the world’s most acclaimed noseflute player”) that led him to try his hand as a performer three decades ago. “I’m 49 years old, but I’ve been singing since I was 19. It’s crazy. I can’t even believe those numbers add up,” he admits. “It was literally one of those moments when I sat up in bed one morning after I had graduated high school and said, ‘I guess I want to be in the music business.’ And I haven’t looked back ever since.” For years, Tamashiro was also on the business side of music, as a representative for MCA Records. “I had a lot of big acts in the ‘90s when CDs were still hot: Guns N’ Roses, country stars like Trisha Yearwood and Reba McEntire, and God knows what else. We covered the gamut, that’s for sure.” While he has also earned a reputation as an emcee and public speaker, he says that line of endeavour is not really what he calls his centre of joy. “But the work I do on CBC Radio is really joyful, and it keeps me out of those rubber chicken dinners a little bit, because they

don’t always want a CBC personality there.” After a lengthy stint as weekend host of the Radio 2 program Tonic, Tamashiro succeeded Katie

Tamashiro’s online bio describes him growing up in Blackfalds, Alberta as “a skinny Japanese kid” who learned early on that being different was something special . Malloch as full-time host two years ago. “It’s awesome to be a supporter of Canadian jazz and a supporter of jazz here in Canada,” he says. “Beyond that, what I’m really

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thrilled about is to be a supporter of the CBC audience. Tonic is not a jazz show. It’s a show for all of Canada that has jazz music. I’m always very careful about letting people know that.” This Saturday, he will perform in Haines Junction, backed by Vancouver’s Tim Webb Trio, followed by a Jazz on the Wing performance at the Yukon Arts Centre on Sunday. The trio consists of Webb on piano, his wife Jodi Proznick on bass and Jesse Cahill on drums. The four have played together previously, and will be cutting an album of “all up-tempo” jazz tunes in April. Tamashiro is non-commital about the bill of fare for this weekend’s “drinky” sets in Yukon. “I never know what I’m going to do until I do it. I keep the band on their toes, let’s put it that way,” he chuckles. “If the theme to “Love Boat” pops into my head and it feels like a good time to do it, I might ask them to start playing it.” Information, including times and ticket prices, can be found at www.jazzyukon.ca. Freelance writer Ken Bolton telecommutes to work from his home southeast of Whitehorse.

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Turn Your Conversations Into Art by Joslyn Kilborn vestigative journalism,” says Bernbaum, who is also trained as a journalist. “I came to verbatim theatre to find a residence between my two passions. I’ve always thought theatre was journalism –- it’s looking at the world around us” Verbatim theatre is also in the business of creating space for conversation, giving audience to voices we might not otherwise hear. “Traditional media, because of the time constraints on traditionPhoto by: David Bukach al journalists, very rarely get to go into situaKayvon Kelly, Yoshié Bancroft, Kelt Eccleston, Tracey Moore, tions where they can ask and Kevin Loring from Home is a Beautiful Word open-ended questions. nyone – no matter just for theatre artists. It’s about Whereas verbatim theatre’s goal what their back- seeking the content of your art is to ask open-ended questions. ground is – can take a form in people’s words –- you can We are seeking information we don’t have yet, as opposed to tape recorder and go out and ask play with the container.” Doyon has been working with looking for a certain answer.” some questions,” says Saskatoon“It goes towards creating diabased artist Joel Bernbaum, who Bernbaum on her own upcoming will be in the Yukon this weekend verbatim theatre piece, which logue,” says Bernbaum. “As a verholding verbatim theatre work- has so far involved interviewing batim theatre artist you are going out and harvesting a diversity of shops with Whitehorse’s Open Pit Yukoners across the territory. “I ask people what they think opinions and arguments.” Theatre. How exactly does one trans“Verbatim is a fancy term but of home and land and the Yukon. it actually just means making a Nowhere in the play is there my form interviews into a play? play out of interviews or tran- interpretation of what they say. That’s what Bernbaum will help scripts. Some people also call it It’s not putting your vision on workshop-goers find out. Over the weekend of January 17 and 18, documentary theatre,” Bernbaum someone else’s words.” Bernbaum, who has a masters Open Pit is hosting three worksays. “It’s an exciting and appealing art form because anybody can degree in verbatim theatre, re- shops, and heartily encourages cently premiered his verbatim interested participants to sign up do it.” Which is exactly what drew play, Home is a Beautiful Word, for all three. The first, Intro to Verbatim, Open Pit to invite Bernbaum to at Victoria’s Belfry Theatre. He the Yukon to teach a series of interviewed over 500 people on promises to have participants homelessness for this piece, ask- working on their feet exploring three workshops on the genre. “It’s useful for any form of art ing them all the same question: the tools and secrets of verbatim –- filmmaking, poetry, songwrit- Can you finish these thoughts: creation. In the second workshop, Making,” says Geneviève Doyon, Open homeless is…home is… “It’s a worthwhile form of in- ing Verbatim, participants will acPit’s co-artistic producer. “It isn’t

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I Think About Didoo When I’m hungry I think about Didoo. When I’m alone I think about Didoo. When I’m broke I think about Didoo. When I’m sick I think about Didoo. When I’m hurt I think about Didoo. When I feel lost

I think about Didoo. When I’m worried I think about Didoo. When I’m tired I think about Didoo. When I’m poor I think about Didoo. When I’m weak I think about Didoo. When I need help I think about Didoo.

Allan Benjamin , verbatim piece. The final workshop, Acting Verbatim, will focus on how to interpret, explore, and perform verbatim theatre text. Each workshop is $30 with incentives for taking more than one - $50 for two, $70 for all three. Participants are asked to bring their own portable recording device (most cellphones have one built-in) but there will be devices available for those who can’t.

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perience required. “Just a desire to try something new,” says Bernbaum. “Everyone has something to say,” says Doyon. “It’s in the way they say it exactly.” Visit Open Pit’s website (openp.it) to register or for more information. Joslyn Kilborn is a Whitehorsebased writer. Contact her via editor@whatsupyukon.com.

Finding Our Faces and History through Photographs and Stories is a project developed for people who attended the Whitehorse Indian Baptist Mission School, and their families. If you were affiliated with the Whitehorse Indian Baptist Mission School please drop by the Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Circle Office located at Yukon Inn Plaza in the Old Chon FM building, Suite 6 – 4230 4th Avenue, to look at a binder full of photographs gathered over the past few months. We are looking for people to come visit, identify the photos and share their stories in a safe setting with Resolution Health Support Workers. This project is from a time when not many have photographs of their childhood, or want to recognize their childhood through a story from the past. Some want to see where they have come in life, it starts with a journey and ends with healing. Our doors are open for your visit between 11 am and 4 pm on the following dates:

Tuesdays: January 6, 13, 20, 27 • Wednesdays: January 7, 14, 21, 28 If you are located in the communities outside of Whitehorse and attended the Whitehorse Indian Baptist Mission School please let us know and we will arrange to have a Health Support Worker listen to your story and see photographs gathered. For further information on the project or to become involved, please contact: Melissa Carlick, Project Coordinator at 867-335-1854, findingourfaces04@gmail.com Sharon Moore, Resolution Health Support Program Counsellor at 867-334-5090, smfmoore@gmail.com


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Whitehorse Events Art Shows

until Sat, Jan 31 Laboratoire d’hiver: Association franco-yukonnaise 10:00 AM Arts Underground 867-6674080 in the Edge Gallery until Sat, Jan 31 Artful Evolution: Misha Donohoe 5:00 PM Arts Underground 867-667-4080 in the Focus Gallery until Sun, Feb 1 A Yukon Snapshot: photos and home movies 1946-1978 by Rolf Hougen Arts Underground 867-667-4080 ext 22 A historical art show until Sat, Feb 21 MAJISKI + MORVITZ Yukon Arts Centre “North of Myth” by Joyce Majiski “Alchemy of Collaboration” by Zea Morvitz

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Wed, Jan 14 Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 PM Epic Pizza goes till we are done! Wed, Jan 14 Rixx & Roxx 8:00 PM Casa Loma a very wide variety and style of music from originals to covers Wed, Jan 14 Johnny Rogers & the New Music Jam 8:30 PM Paddy’s Place 333-9315 Wed, Jan 14 BRU Night 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Wed, Jan 14 Jamaoke With Jackie 10:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Thu, Jan 15 Roxx Hunter Live 6:00 PM Tony’s Pizza Thu, Jan 15 Joe Loutchen & Friends 7:00 PM 98 Hotel Longest running house band in the Yukon - Traditional fiddle music and more - jigging is encouraged and limericks are the norm. Thu, Jan 15 Open mic with Scott Maynard 7:30 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn 867-668-4500 Thu, Jan 15 Old School 8:30 PM Paddy’s Place 333-9315 Every Thursday, classic rock at its finest Thu, Jan 15 Fishead Stew 9:00 PM Dirty Northern Pub A rousing mix of country blues, swinging gypsy jazz, bluegrass, western swing, fiddle tunes, reggae and more...Always a foot stompin’ good time! Thu, Jan 15 Ginger Jam 9:00 PM Yukon Inn fully electric jam with a PA system, drum kit and guitars provided, and encourages the wearing of silly hats Thu, Jan 15 Yukon Jack Live! 10:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Fri, Jan 16 Yukon Musician: Anne Turner 6:00 PM Westmark Whitehorse Jazz and Easy Listening Fri, Jan 16 Hot Swing 7:30 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn Fri, Jan 16 Karaoke 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Fri, Jan 16 DJKJ 9:00 PM Club 867 DjKj will be rocking CLUB 867 every second Friday Sat, Jan 17 Avalanche Awareness Days 10:00 AM Mount Sima Come out to Mt. Sima for a day of avalanche awareness and community fun Sat, Jan 17 Sternwheeler Saturday Afternoons 4:00 PM Sternwheeler Lounge Jam with Peggy Hanifan Sat, Jan 17 Blues Night: Annie Avery - Grant Simpson - Keitha Clark - Paul Bergman 7:30 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn swing, blues, & boogies Sat, Jan 17 Hot Swing 7:30 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn Sat, Jan 17 Ashu Duo 8:00 PM Whitehorse Concerts the concert saxophone can reach beyond stylistic categorization and to a large diversity of people. Sat, Jan 17 Whitehorse Concerts: Ashu Duo 8:00 PM Yukon Arts Centre

867-668-6694 comprising saxophone and piano Sat, Jan 17 Karaoke 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sat, Jan 17 Yukon Jack Live! 10:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Sun, Jan 18 Tim Tamashiro & Friends 7:30 PM Yukon Arts Centre 867-3342789 Cabaret seating, first come first served. Sun, Jan 18 Amelia Rose and Mike Stockstill 7:30 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn Mon, Jan 19 Ladies Night with DJ Carlo 10:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Tue, Jan 20 Ginger Jam 9:00 PM Yukon Inn fully electric jam with a PA system, drum kit and guitars provided, and encourages the wearing of silly hats Wed, Jan 21 Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 PM Epic Pizza goes till we are done! Wed, Jan 21 Rixx & Roxx 8:00 PM Casa Loma a very wide variety and style of music from originals to covers Wed, Jan 21 Johnny Rogers & the New Music Jam 8:30 PM Paddy’s Place 333-9315 Wed, Jan 21 BRU Night 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Wed, Jan 21 Jamaoke With Jackie 10:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Thu, Jan 22 Roxx Hunter Live 6:00 PM Tony’s Pizza Thu, Jan 22 Joe Loutchen & Friends 7:00 PM 98 Hotel Longest running house band in the Yukon - Traditional fiddle music and more - jigging is encouraged and limericks are the norm. Thu, Jan 22 Open mic with Scott Maynard 7:30 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn 867-668-4500 Thu, Jan 22 Old School 8:30 PM Paddy’s Place 333-9315 Every Thursday, classic rock at its finest Thu, Jan 22 Fishead Stew 9:00 PM Dirty Northern Pub A rousing mix of country blues, swinging gypsy jazz, bluegrass, western swing, fiddle tunes, reggae and more...Always a foot stompin’ good time! Thu, Jan 22 Ginger Jam 9:00 PM Yukon Inn fully electric jam with a PA system, drum kit and guitars provided, and encourages the wearing of silly hats Thu, Jan 22 Yukon Jack Live! 10:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Fri, Jan 23 Yukon Musician: Anne Turner 6:00 PM Westmark Whitehorse Jazz and Easy Listening Fri, Jan 23 Karaoke 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sat, Jan 24 Sternwheeler Saturday Afternoons 4:00 PM Sternwheeler Lounge Jam with Peggy Hanifan Sat, Jan 24 Parker Thomas Jazz Conspiracy 7:30 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn Sat, Jan 24 Karaoke 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sat, Jan 24 Yukon Jack Live! 10:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Sun, Jan 25 Kitten Puppy 7:30 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn

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Thu, Jan 15 Go Nuts 7:00 PM Yukon Arts Centre an amazing evening of dance performed by talented Yukon youth Fri, Jan 16 Go Nuts 7:00 PM Yukon Arts Centre an amazing evening of dance performed by talented Yukon youth Sat, Jan 17 Dog Wash Fundraiser 10:00 AM The Feed Store Pet Junction All profit goes to Mae Bachur Animal Shelter Sat, Jan 17 – Sat, Jan 24 Pivot Theatre Festival Bringing light to the dark of January showcasing developing local theatre alongside high profile national and international performance Sat, Jan 17 Dog Wash Fundraiser 10:00 AM The Feed Store Pet Junction All profit goes to Mae Bachur Animal Shelter Whitehorse Mon, Jan 19 GO The Surrounding Game 6:00 PM Starbucks Chilkoot Centre Simple Game Deep Strategy. Beginners & Visitors Welcome. For more information email: tjbowlby@ gmail.com Whitehorse Wed, Jan 21 Spanish Conversation Group 12:00 PM Yukon Government Administration Building 633-6081 Terry or Michèle Join us inside the Bridges Café Whitehorse

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Monday - Friday Math Tutoring! 11:45 AM F.H. Collins Secondary Free peer tutoring will be available at lunchtime. It will be Monday to Thursday from 11:4512:15 . Please encourage your student to take advantage of this to help him/ her to be successful this year. Wed, Jan 14 Family Drop-In 10:00 AM Heart Of Riverdale Wed, Jan 14 Boys and Girls Club Youth Drop In 3:00 PM Boys and Girls Club (867) 393-2824 Dinner provided by the Boys and Girls Club. Wed, Jan 14 After School Ball Pit 3:15 PM Heart Of Riverdale Thu, Jan 15 Open Ball Pit 10:00 AM Heart Of Riverdale Thu, Jan 15 Boys and Girls Club Youth Drop In 3:00 PM Boys and Girls Club (867) 393-2824 Dinner provided by the Boys and Girls Club. Thu, Jan 15 After School Theatre 3:15 PM Heart Of Riverdale Fri, Jan 16 Open Ball Pit 10:00 AM Heart Of Riverdale Fri, Jan 16 Young Explorer’s Preschool Program 10:00 AM MacBride Museum 867-667-2709, ext.3 parents and children explore the animal gallery together. Play games, create crafts, read stories and sing songs. Fri, Jan 16 Exam Week 12:00 AM F.H. Collins Secondary Fri, Jan 16 Boys and Girls Club Youth Drop In 3:00 PM Boys and Girls Club (867) 393-2824 Dinner provided by the Boys and Girls Club. Fri, Jan 16 After School Building & Sculpting 3:15 PM Heart Of Riverdale Fri, Jan 16 F,H,Collins Final Exams 9:00 AM F.H. Collins Secondary Sat, Jan 17 Open Ball Pit 10:00 AM Heart Of Riverdale Sat, Jan 17 Family Drop In 10:00 AM Heart Of Riverdale Sat, Jan 17 Boys and Girls Club Youth Drop In 3:00 PM Boys and Girls Club (867) 393-2824 Dinner provided by the Boys and Girls Club. Sun, Jan 18 Family Games Drop-In 3:00 PM Heart Of Riverdale Mon, Jan 19 Afterschool Art Exploration 3:15 PM Heart Of Riverdale Mon, Jan 19 GO The Surrounding Game 6:00 PM Starbucks Chilkoot Centre Simple Game Deep Strategy. Beginners & Visitors Welcome. For

more information email: tjbowlby@ gmail.com Mon, Jan 19 Learn to Sing Together Teen/ Adult 7:15 PM Heart Of Riverdale Tue, Jan 20 Parent Child Mother Goose 10:30 AM Heart Of Riverdale Tue, Jan 20 Math Tutoring! 11:45 AM F.H. Collins Secondary Free peer tutoring will be available at lunchtime. It will be Monday to Thursday from 11:4512:15 . Please encourage your student to take advantage of this to help him/ her to be successful this year. Tue, Jan 20 After School Sing Together 3:15 PM Heart Of Riverdale Tue, Jan 20 Kids Learn to Knit 6:30 PM Heart Of Riverdale Tue, Jan 20 Knitting Circle (Adult) 7:30 PM Heart Of Riverdale Wed, Jan 21 Family Drop-In 10:00 AM Heart Of Riverdale Wed, Jan 21 Boys and Girls Club Youth Drop In 3:00 PM Boys and Girls Club (867) 393-2824 Dinner provided by the Boys and Girls Club. Wed, Jan 21 After School Ball Pit 3:15 PM Heart Of Riverdale Wed, Jan 21 Needle Felting for Seniors 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Introduction to Needle Felting for seniors with Kate Williams, At 52 Sunset Drive South (Hillcrest), Free Workshop put on by Yukon Artists @ Work Thu, Jan 22 Needle Felting for Seniors 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Introduction to Needle Felting for seniors with Kate Williams, At 52 Sunset Drive South (Hillcrest), Free Workshop put on by Yukon Artists @ Work Thu, Jan 22 Open Ball Pit 10:00 AM Heart Of Riverdale Thu, Jan 22 Boys and Girls Club Youth Drop In 3:00 PM Boys and Girls Club (867) 393-2824 Dinner provided by the Boys and Girls Club. Thu, Jan 22 After School Theatre 3:15 PM Heart Of Riverdale Fri, Jan 23 Open Ball Pit 10:00 AM Heart Of Riverdale Fri, Jan 23 Young Explorer’s Preschool Program 10:00 AM MacBride Museum 867-667-2709, ext.3 parents and children explore the animal gallery together. Play games, create crafts, read stories and sing songs. Fri, Jan 23 Boys and Girls Club Youth Drop In 3:00 PM Boys and Girls Club (867) 393-2824 Dinner provided by the Boys and Girls Club. Fri, Jan 23 After School Building & Sculpting 3:15 PM Heart Of Riverdale Fri, Jan 23 Teen Drop In 7:00 PM Heart Of Riverdale Sat, Jan 24 Open Ball Pit 10:00 AM Heart Of Riverdale Sat, Jan 24 Family Drop In 10:00 AM Heart Of Riverdale Sat, Jan 24 Boys and Girls Club Youth Drop In 3:00 PM Boys and Girls Club (867) 393-2824 Dinner provided by the Boys and Girls Club.

Workshops

Thu, Jan 15 Intro to Creating 3D Computer Models 6:00 PM YuKonstruct Makerspace Sun, Jan 18 Ceramics Open Studio 2:30 PM Arts Underground Noninstructed open studio. Participants are welcome to use the studio’s tools and equipment; clay and some tools are available for purchase. Every Sunday except long weekends. $5/hour. Tue, Jan 20 Brave New Writing 7:00 PM Rah Rah Gallry Writers bring pen and paper. Write to prompts and follow themes; share your newly crafted words aloud. Espresso, tea, wine and beer available to purchase. Tue, Jan 20 YuKonstruct Weekly Open House 7:00 PM YuKonstruct

Makerspace Tour YuKonstruct, see some projects in action, and meet some fellow makers Wed, Jan 21 Painting Open Studio with Neil Graham 7:00 PM Arts Underground Thu, Jan 22 Repair Cafe | Drop-in 6:00 PM YuKonstruct Makerspace Fri, Jan 23 Artist Entrepreneur Boot Camp 12:00 AM Music Yukon 4568742 This training will offer members an opportunity to drill deeper into the best business practices to not only survive but to thrive in a rapidly changing music industry. Fri, Jan 23 Life Drawing Open Studio 7:00 PM Arts Underground Sun, Jan 25 Ceramics Open Studio 2:30 PM Arts Underground Noninstructed open studio. Participants are welcome to use the studio’s tools and equipment; clay and some tools are available for purchase. Every Sunday except long weekends.

Alcoholics Anonymous Wednesday

The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Porter Creek Step meeting (CM) 8:00 PM Our Lady of Victory No Puffin (CM, NS) 8:00 PM Big Book Study Maryhouse 504 Cook St.

Thursday

The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Happy Destiny Young Peoples Group 6:00 PM B.Y.T.E. Polar Group (OM) 7:30 PM Seventh Day Adventists Church (PC)

Friday

The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Yukon Unity Group Meeting 1:30 PM #4 Hospital Road Whitehorse Group (CM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St.

Saturday

Detox Meeting (OM, NS) 1:00 PM DETOX Bldg 6118-6th Women’s Meeting (CM, NS) 2:30 PM Whitehorse General Hospital (across from emergency) Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (OM, NS) 7:00 PM Hospital boardroom

Sunday

Sunshine Group (OM, NS) 1:00 PM DETOX Bldg 6118-6th Marble Group (OM, NS) 7:00 PM Hospital boardroom

Monday

The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. New Beginnings Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St.

Tuesday

The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Ugly Duckling Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Juste Pour Aujourd’hui (OM, NS) 7:00 PM 4141B 4th Ave.

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Tuesdays & Thursdays Ginger Jam

BRU Wednesdays

Brandon Bothwell & Ryan Dorward Unplugged

Fridays & Saturdays Boiler Room Karaoke

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Thoughts and feelings of a young woman hitchhiking 10,000 km across Canada and the USA by Lysann Gründlich

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have been called many things. Crazy. Stupid. Brave. Adventurous. Trusting. But I‘d just like to be called human. Every human is special, and among us are some I’d consider curious. For example, the ones who don’t turn down the volume, but scream at me. Or even better, the ones who ask if I like music, and turn it up so I wouldn’t be able to talk at all. I accepted people who weren’t comfortable with me in the car, and dropped me in the rain in the middle of the night in a strange city, making sure I should think about traveling, and that I should work, instead, because I have to contribute to society. The following day I’ve got the biggest smile on my face waiting for a ride as I just received a free almond milk latte and a bag full of the juiciest cherries. I chose hitchhiking as my way of traveling because I am interested in people. I met florists, professors, yoga teachers, body shop owners, cops, people selling cheese, and I even get a ride with a speed skating Olympian. People didn’t always understand what I was talking about because not everybody speaks English. I would get my map and point where I’d like to be that night. And do you want to talk about cars? It was challenging to find a place in between all these boxes, empty bottles and Tim Hortons cups. I don’t care about the mess, I don’t care about dirty trucker cabins with all the dust, I do care a little when any kind of dog is

Photo: courtesy of Lysann Gründlich

Waiting for the next ride, and the next story across me, dribbling on my lap. I gasp for fresh air in a car filled with cigarette smoke. I worried about drivers creating chaos by stopping on the on-ramp in rush hour in Montréal, but I’d be quick, and jump in. I am thankful for every coffee or water and fruit. I am grateful if they stopped for me to use the washroom and are still there, waiting for me when I’m done. I feel special when drivers want to take a picture of me because I am the first hitchhiker they’ve ever picked up. I am dying a hundred deaths if the driver is speeding, changing lanes in Chicago. Staying alive can be exhausting. I’m nervous if somebody takes me on a detour, although I just made sure he’d stay on the highway. But my tummy tells me it’s going to be alright and it was -- I ended up with

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three CDs with the greatest Polish Polka you could imagine. I get irritated when my driver doesn’t stop flashing his headlights to the car in front, and then both cars are

stopped – what is going on? Am I going to be sold? Being on the road with the craziness happening is tough, and I try to have a short nap. Almost falling asleep with three old guys, I am suddenly awake more than ever because the driver wants to change with the passenger who only had his first driving lesson last weekend. He asks, “Guys, where is blinker?” I just wanted to sleep. I sometimes hate myself if locals talk me into taking a shortcut and leaving me in the middle of nowhere with no cars passing. Hopeless, I listen to my favorite song from my phone, and dance on the street. Thirty seconds later I’m in a car with a priest and his wife. They make fun of me, and ask if my mum knows what I’m doing. I am used to the talks on hitch-

hiking people. Private car drivers try to convince me to not get into trucks, whereas truckers tell me to not get into private cars. “Are you crazy? Who the heck is hitchhiking? We don’t see girls like you hitchhiking, you better be careful.” People don’t see hitchhikers often any more. They tell me that it was popular in the past. Why not make the past present again? Get back on the road. Place your trust in humankind and you will experience adventures and unimaginable stories. View more stories at: http:// tailwindstories.wordpress.com, and http://facebook.com/tailwindstories.by.LG. Lysann Gründlich hitchhiked far and wide and lived to tell the tale. Contact her via editor@whatsupyukon.com.

Northern Institute of Social Justice TRAINING PROGRAMS ADMINISTRATIVE JUSTICE COURSES

Yukon content included in all administrative justice courses. Instructor: Bruce Willis Understanding Legislation

This 1-day workshop introduces non-lawyers to the theory and practice of interpreting legislation and regulations. No previous coursework in law is required to take this course. If you are new to working with legislation and regulations, or if you want to expand your understanding of the purpose, development and application of these tools, this training may meet your needs. In the workshop you will work through the following areas: the sources of law; researching the law in relation to reading and understanding statutes; and how to interpret actual statues and prepare draft rules or policies.

Feb 9, 2015 9:00am to 5:00pm CRN: 20480 $175 + gst Location: Yukon College Room C1440 (The Glass Class)

Practice and Procedures for Decision Makers

This introductory course is for members of boards, tribunals, and committees with a quasi-judicial function. The course was developed by the B.C. Council of Administrative Tribunals, and is designed to provide participants with a better understanding of their role and responsibilities as tribunal members. ** This course is a prerequisite to take Advanced Decision Writing **

Feb 10-11, 2015 9:00am to 5:00pm Feb 12, 2015 9:00am to 12:00pm CRN: 20481 $600 + gst Location: Yukon College Room C1440 (The Glass Class)

Advanced Decision Writing

This 2-day workshop builds on the decision-writing module in Practice and Procedures. Its focus is to assist board and tribunal members to acquire and retain writing skills directly relevant to them. Participants will practice particular skills and techniques through focused writing exercises, and by revising one of their own decisions. They will receive individual feedback on their decision from an instructor. The workshop will include large and small group discussion and exercises.

Feb 13-14, 2015 9:00am to 5:00pm CRN: 20482 $450 + gst Location: Yukon College Room C1440 (The Glass Class)

Trauma Training

This 3-day course is for those who provide support services to individuals exposed to trauma material or who work with trauma survivors. The focus is Yukon-specific with an overview of historical traumas within the First Nation communities. For safety reasons, this course is not recommended as a healing workshop as the information can be overwhelming and it is not intended to re-victimize survivors of trauma. Instructors: Jackie MacLaren & First Nations Initiatives staff, Yukon College

March 4-6, 2015 8:30am to 4:30pm CRN: 20484 $200 + gst Location: Yukon College Room C1440 (The Glass Class)

YFN 101: History of Yukon First Nations and Self-Government

This 1-day course is intended for anyone interested in learning more about Yukon First Nations and Self-Government. Develop a broader understanding and appreciation for the key events in Yukon First Nations distant and recent past, in a day that includes interactive activities, discussions and presentations by staff from the Yukon First Nations Initiative department at Yukon College. The instructors incorporate historical timelines, facts, personal stories, and activities for an engaging look at history and recent developments. For more information on this course call: First Nations Initiatives @ 867.456.8582

March 13, 2015 8:30am to 4:30pm CRN: 20485 $200 + gst Location: Yukon College Room C1440 (The Glass Class)

Mental Health First Aid for Northern People

This 3-day course is guided by a number of important principles including respect, cooperation, community, harmony, generosity, and resourcefulness. This course covers topics such as substance disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, deliberate self-Injury, and psychotic disorders.

March 17-19, 2015 8:30am to 4:30pm CRN: 20486 $200 + gst Location: Yukon College Room C1440 (The Glass Class)

RegistRation: Please call Admissions at 867.668.8710 and quote the Course Registration Number (CRN) WithdRaWal Policy: Please notify the Admissions Office, in person or by telephone, five business days prior to the course start date listed above to allow for a refund. If you withdraw fewer than five business days before the start of a course, you will forfeit the course fee. For more information on the NORtheRN INstItute OF sOCIAl JustICe and courses offered: Visit our website: yukoncollege.yk.ca/programs/info/nisj • Call: 867.456.8589 • Email: nisj@yukoncollege.yk.ca

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Highlights YUKON MADE

Laboratoire d’hiver 9 au 31 janvier January 9 to 31

STORE

Boys and Girls Club of Whitehorse

Free Drop-In Youth Centre for kids ages 11 to 18

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Wednesday to Saturday, 3 to 9 pm. Supper served daily at 6:00

January 15, 2015

Klondike Institute of Art and Culture

January 15 Intro to Creating 3D Computer Model 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm $30

STORE & OFFICE HOURS:

TUES & WED, 11 A.M. - 5 P.M. THURS & FRI, 11 A.M. - 6 P.M. SAT, 11 A.M. - 4 P.M.

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January 20 Weekly Open House Come check it out! 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

January 22 Repair Cafe Drop in Fix your broken stuff! 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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www.yukonstruct.com info@yukonstruct.com 135 Industrial Rd. Open : Tues-Sun 11am - 9pm

BURNING DAYLIGHT LIVE IN CONCERT

January 18th at the Oddfellows’ Hall Doors open at 7:30 pm Admission $20 (Youth 13-18 $10*) Tickets will be available at KIAC January 7th *This is a licensed all-ages show, under 19 must be accompanied by a responsible guardian

STUDENT EXHIBITION YOUTH ART ENRICHMENT

January 9 – 30, 2015 At Robert Service School

CAMERA OBSCURA FESTIVAL If you wish to be informed about the upcoming Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival, being held in Dawson June 17 to 22, 2015, the website is now on line. http://www.midnightsuncameraobscura.com/

Tel: (867) 993-5005 Fax: (867) 993-5838 Website: www.kiac.ca

HeaRt of

Exhibi� ons CURRENT Exhibitions:

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

Focus Gallery Artful Evolution >> in the Hougen Heritage Gallery: Exhibi�on closes December 1st, 2012

Misha Donohoe Archival Gold: Favourites from the Vault Runs: January 9-31 Exhibi�on closes January 26, 2013 YUKON ARCHIVES

Open Studio Sessions Edge Gallery

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

Association franco-yukonnaise Runs: January 9-31

>> Acrylic Pain�ng Open Studio << with Neil Graham every first and third Wednesday of each month 7 to 9pm $10 per 2 hour session

Hougen Heritage Gallery A Yukon Snapshot: photos and home movies 1946-1978 by Rolf Hougen To register call: 867-667-4080 Email: recep�on@artsunderground.ca

Runs: November – February

OPEN STUDIO SESSIONS (14+) Ceramic Open Studio

Every Sunday except long weekends From 2:30-6 pm $5/hr paid to Studio Tech

Painting Open Studio With Neil Graham 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month; From 7-9 pm $10 per session

Life Drawing Open Studio

with Neil Graham 4th Friday of every month starting January From 7-9 pm $10 per session Programs Arts Underground / Yukon Art Society 867-667-4080 ext 22

Riverdale Evenings

(by donation for supplies and coffee) Tues 7:30- 9:00 Knitting Circle

Volunteering. You might be surprised where it can take you.

Group may contract knitting teachers for projects - costs tbd 13 sessions (starts Sep 16) Fri 7pm - 10pm -

• feel a sense of personal satisfaction • learn new skills • meet new people • contribute to the community • create networking opportunities

Teen Drop-in

Movies, Board Games, music and more. Kaylee LIshner. (Starts Sep 19) Weekday Afternoons 1:30 - 3 pm

Teens and Adults all welcome By donation for supplies, coffee. No experience required. (starts week of Sept 15)

Do you have A Love Story To Share?

Volunteering makes a difference to those around you, helps you learn new skills and offers the opportunity to connect with new people. The Yukon has over 600 active non-profit organizations. All of these organizations require volunteers to operate. In the Yukon, every year more than 18,000 volunteers donate their time. Thank you!

Mon: Music Circle

Singing and Drumming Tues and Thurs: Cards/Games Drop in...bring a friend or two, enjoy a game of cards tues: Knitting Circle

Community Kitchen Volunteer Email us at: romance@whatsupyukon.com

Group may contract knitting teachers for projects - costs tbd 13 sessions (starts Sep 16) Fri: Quilt/Needlework Circle Weekends All Ages Activities

By donation for supplies, coffee Click here for more detail Saturdays 10 am - 4pm Family Drop-in

art supplies, books, games, coffee available. (starts Sept 6) 2nd Sundays: 2 - 5 pm

Singing, story-telling

all ages. (starts Sept 14) 4th Sundays: 2 - 5 pm

Family Games

all ages (kids under 12 - bring a parent). (starts Sept 28)

Heart of Riverdale 38 A Lewes Blvd

www.theheartofriverdale.com

Riverdale Whitehorse Community * Plan Community Garage Sales & BBQ’s * RWC Association & School - Events & Meetings * Share your good news with your neighbours * MLA’s Jan Stick and Scott Kent will share information

Task Description: Working with the Community Kitchen Coordinator, volunteers will help with the preparation of a weekly meal provided for free or by donation to an average of 35 women per week, ranging from 40 -60 women plus kids. The Volunteer will help with food prep, set up, and clean up. Responsibilities include: • assisting with food preparation of weekly nutritious meal • assisting with set-up of chairs, tables, and creation of a welcoming atmosphere • assisting with clean-up, dishes, compost, and garbage removal • collect donations • creating a welcoming, friendly atmosphere Requirements: • ability to respect confidentiality • willingness to work with women of all ages and from all • willingness to work independently and take initiative • ability to work in fast-paced environment Time Commitment: minimum of 4 hours per week, Tuesday evening and/or Wednesday daytime Incentive for the Volunteer: • helping out women in need • reference letter from VFWC • delicious meal For more information, contact: Hillary Aitken or Diane Petrin, Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre, 503 Hanson Street, E mail: vfwc@northwestel.net, Phone: (867) 667-2693


January 15, 2015

Techno-Challenged Confessions by Doug Sack

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f it’s true there are seven wonders in the natural world, then surely this is the eighth. The world’s most incompetent technochallenged is boldly composing this on a brand new, state-of-the-art iPod. It’s his first, and is called by its given name: Apple Air Pad 2 -a way-ward present Santa Claus must have left under the wrong tree on Christmas morning. After I stared at it dumbly for 20 minutes, my three-year-old granddaughter interrupted her own packaging and assembly problems to show me how to turn it on. Now, a week later, a surge of confidence convinced me I’m ready to compose a confession, then possibly email it to a publication, which I assume will know what to do with it if we get to that point. And that’s a big ‘if’. Those of you born and raised in the techno-generation will need some perspective to comprehend what a stupendous accomplishment this is, and why it’s worthy of publication. Like most members of my generation, which some misfit-nitwit writer labeled “Baby Boomers”, because so many of us were conceived during or after drunken victory parties celebrating the end of World War II, I first learned to write using a Crayola on paper. Come to think of it, it’s a technique still in use today, if my grandchildren are normal examples of the cradleto-grave Super Technology Generation. They can make a rat jump over a garbage can on their computers but their handwriting is like Montessori hieroglyphics. It’s nice to know some things never change, but that is where the similarities end between their generation and mine. I next learned an ancient discipline called “penmanship”, which most of my young classmates

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hated, but not I, because I knew from a very young age that words were my friends and I wanted to treat them well -- or at least well enough to be readable in case anyone other than myself wanted to comprehend them. I started typing as soon as my hands became big enough to reach the keys. This was in grade six, or maybe seven. It was scientifically proven that you could write faster with a typewriter, so why would anyone want to lollygag with a fountain pen? At one time, fancy typewriters were considered a marvel of the modern world, and when they went electric in about 1960, old timers just shook their heads in awe at the wonder of technology; a good typist could crank out words like a Gatling gun, and the world was about to be flooded with more good literature than at any time in history since the invention of the printing press. Now we fast forward 25 years to the winter of 1987-88 when your fast-typing foolscap is the 40-yearold sports editor of the Whistler Question. He made the best deal of his life, resulting in all-expenses-paid winters in Europe writing about World Cup ski racing for 17 community papers in BC and Alberta (all connected in some way to the skiing business), and four major dailies across the country including the two biggest and best in Canada, the Toronto Star and Montreal Gazette. It is the opportunity of a lifetime and, although it sounds complicated 28 years later, it was actually a very simple deal: In exchange for driving their fiveton Mitsubishi equipment van full of skis and luggage over the Alps all winter, the Canadian national alpine ski team agreed to pay for my flights, meals, hotel rooms and

non-liquid incidentals. And since it was the season culminating in the 1988 Calgary Olympics, selling it to Canadian newspapers was like selling Timbits to kids. They all agreed to buy everything I wrote so they could sell ads to sponsors promoting their products at Calgary. The ski team wanted ink to maximize their exposure to the home-game Olympics. I dutifully headed across the briny Atlantic to seek my fame and fortune. I made my first mistake before I even left Canada. When I got to the airport in Vancouver, I had way too much luggage and had to send about half of it back to Whistler, including my trusty portable typewriter. This didn’t concern me at the time because every press centre I’d ever been in had a bank of community typewriters, and I’d been assured such was the case in Europe as well. I learned upon arrival in Munich that European typewriters bear no resemblance to North American ones. None of the letters are where they’re supposed to be, and they have extra letters we’ve never seen. I would literally have to seek out every letter in order to form a word after 25 years of not even thinking about it. Suddenly I felt like someone who went on a bear hunt armed with a pea-shooter or a slingshot. How was I supposed to write and transmit stories to the expectant multitudes back in Canada waiting to hear about their ski team? Where was technology when I REALLY needed it? It was in Hintertux, Austria. That was where I met Randy Starkman, of the Toronto Star, for the first time. He was sitting in a restaurant with a keyboard in front of him filing a story in between bites of wiener schnitzel and sips of wine. When I asked him what it was, he said, “My word processor.” It was the first time I ever heard the term and I watched in stunned astonishment as he tapped a key and zapped the story to his boss in Toronto. It remains one of the sick-

est feelings of my life looking at exactly the technological machine I needed to do my job and make tons of money but not able to get my hands on one. I spent that entire ski season hand-printing long stories from Europe on lined legal notepads then fighting Europe’s antiquated WW II telephone systems to fax them back to Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Whistler before deadline. I had 22 deadlines on weekends and was often faxing until midnight. It made me hate technology, and I still do today. Oh, I kept writing and editing for another decade-and-a-half, and won some awards for my layouts utilizing Quark Express, but I never really understood how or why it all worked. I totally bought into the Y2K theory, refusing to purchase my first PC until I was convinced the Internet wasn’t going to implode with the new millennium. When your brain was raised by typewriters, techno-keyboards, including this one currently beneath my finger (I only use one nowadays) seem like something from outer space. I finally gave up on the whole situation in 2003 and deserted penurious journalism for the big bucks of the oil patch where it was necessary for me to carry a cell phone, because everyone else has them. Lo and behold, my phone had a computer inside of it, and gradually, over ten years, I figured out how to use it for things other than keeping in touch with the office. But I was still, technically, a techno-virgin until this Christmas. Now, I’m a techno-train wreck again because I have 32 stories on my iPhone, two on this Air-Bag and no idea if I’m going to successfully

morph into a techno-freelancer or a dumpster-diver behind McDonalds. I’ve tried five times to start a blog with this result: BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH! For my money, as a former spokesman for the Baby Boomers, I could have lived a long, satisfying and happy life with 1955 technology. And the cars were cooler too. Now, let’s see if this technocontraption can actually send an email to confirm the eighth wonder of the world. If you’re reading this, it worked. If you’re not, you’ll never know what a bad day I’m having. Doug Sack is very good at cursive writing. Contact him via editor@whatsupyukon.com.

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Check the facts. Get the shot. yukonimmunization.ca/flu Flu shots remain available during regular drop-in hours at Whitehorse Health Centre, Mondays through Fridays, from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. and from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays. Appointments are also available throughout the week by calling 667-8864. In the communities, call your local health centre for hours of availability.

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January 29, 2015 Yukon Convention Centre 4051-4th Avenue 7:00 PM Doors open at 6:00 PM

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Edible Yukon with Kim Melton

Keeping Hold Of That Festive Spirit

Join us for JAM night Wednesdays & saturdays

Turns out, there is always something to celebrate

Bring the whole crew, we’ve got a large dining room.

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to strangers if she sees them interested in nature; for example, if she sees someone bending over a flower. If she tells someone about the flower they’re smelling, they always seem to appreciate it. Mary knows a lot. Of course, about birds, but also about other animals, wildflowers, geology, geography, culture, weather, and on and on. When Mary goes out on the land, she keeps to the least technical activities: hiking, fishing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing. Less can go wrong, she says, and so there is less danger. She likes companions but also loves her solo treks, which may be up to four or five days. Unlike me, she says she is never afraid. Always being in the moment is her answer to that. Of course, she says, you need a wide knowledge base to be comfortable out there. She calls this ‘situational awareness’. It includes such skills as map reading, navigation, knowledge of weather and terrain. Skills that focus on how to take care of yourself are also essential, she says. For example, it is important to know what to pack, in case of emergency. She also tries not to take unnecessary risks. “Once I stepped on a floating peat bog.” She said. “I got off in a hurry!” “Anybody can learn this, and do it if they are called to be out on the land,” Mary added. I myself always get asked about bears; I didn’t ask Mary because I forgot. But I know, as we once had a bear encounter while hiking together, that she stayed calm, and did exactly what one is supposed to do in a bear encounter. And, as I lived to tell the tale, I might just tell it tale next time.

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Ignoring the Naysayers Whitehorse Concerts performer Ashu brings classical complexity from an instrument more typically associated with jazz

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hen your first public performance is a solo recital in New York City’s legendary Carnegie Hall, it can be pretty heady stuff. That’s exactly what the Chicago-based classical saxophone player who goes by the single name of Ashu learned when he was 16 years old. “People work their whole lives to be able to play at Carnegie Hall, and there I was for my very first concert,” Ashu says. “Looking back, it’s surreal. When you play in a hall like that, you can’t help but get swept up in the aura of it. It was my first taste of performing for a live audience, and it’s what really got me hooked on it.” At the time, Ashu was a high school stu-

dent in The Woodlands, an ultra-planned community near Houston, Texas. He had spent his early years in California, in a home with no musical instruments, or even a music player. When he was just 10, strolling in downtown San Francisco with his parents, he heard a strange sound coming from a darkened corner. “There was this man playing this golden, curved instrument, and it was just the most amazing thing I had ever heard in my life,” he recalls. “It completely blew me away. Just the sound of this instrument was so captivating.” Succumbing to his pleadings, his non-

musical parents agreed to rent a saxophone for him. “I remember the moment I first took it out of that case -- the look and the feel of that instrument, just the joy of getting to play it. It was the most glorious thing in the world.” Three years later, after hearing recorded music for the first time -- the magnificent tenor of Luiciano Pavarotti -- Ashu was determined to have a career in classical music, despite vigorous warnings that he couldn’t do it playing solo saxophone. “Sometimes you just have to follow your heart and ignore the naysayers,” he says. “I started listening to all the greats: people like Jascha Heifetz and Vladimir

Horowitz. And I was just hooked by the possibilities of classical music and how I felt it fit the saxophone beautifully.” The voice-like saxophone, he maintains, is capable of both subtlety and emotional intensity. “It can play the softest pianissimo, or it can project effortlessly in the largest of halls. It has a very captivating quality as a classical instrument, and I think people are always surprised to hear that.” Ashu’s big break came when he entered, and won, a high school competition that had a recital at Carnegie Hall as first prize. “I had listened to countless recordings being played in that hall. Then you go there, and it’s just incredible. Just to play in New York City, even now, it’s such a thrill.” Since earning both B.A. and M.A. degrees at Northwestern University in Illinois, Ashu has performed throughout North America and Europe, and in such disparate places as South Africa, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and Kyrgystan. This week, he will play at the Yukon Arts Centre, along with Chicago pianist Nolan Pearson as part of the Whitehorse Concerts Classically Yours series. The program will include works by Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla, Italian film composer Ennio Marricone and Russian great Sergei Rachmaninoff. It will also feature two saxophone standards, Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da camera and Paul Creston’s Sonata 19 for alto sax. Billed as the Ashu Duo, the concert takes place Saturday, January 17 at 8:00 p.m., with a pre-concert talk at 7:00. Tickets are $37 adult, $32 seniors and $12 youth. Ken Bolton is a freelance writer and a former co-editor of What’s Up Yukon.

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wo distinctly different takes on the theme of family are among the highlights of this year’s Nakai Pivot Festival, which kicks off on Saturday, January 17. Ralph + Lina is a two-handed “acrobatic comedy” performed by the husband and wife team of Dan Watson and Christina Serra, who first conceived the project while they were drama students at Toronto’s Humber College several years ago. They eventually cowrote the piece with director Michele Smith, basing it on the story of Serra’s Italian-immigrant grandparents during and after World War II. “It’s been one of the folk tales you have in families, and we’ve always wanted to do it,” Watson says. The play includes melodramatic elements, like Ralph disappearing after going to war, and Lina being expected to marry someone else, before Ralph shows up alive. “It’s kind of a situational comedy, but it’s just the two of us, so we play different parts and it moves very fast,” Watson says. Ralph + Lina runs Wednesday, January 21 to Friday, January 23 at the Yukon Arts Centre, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25. The two-part production, My Pregnant Brother/My Playwright Sister offers a different perspective on family matters. Written and performed by Johanna Nutter, My Pregnant Brother took best show honours in the 2009 Montreal Fringe Festival before touring extensively in Canada and Europe, including last summer’s fringe festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2006, Nutter’s transgender brother, who was born anatomic-

and there were all these people saying I was exploiting my brother for fame and fortune, and that kind of thing.” Nutter and her brother, James Diamond, got together and decided to make a kind of “response play” that would allow James to address the issues he had with her version of things, and also “tell his side of the story.” The result is a two-hour production in two parts, starting with Nutter’s original play, with James looking on at the insistence of director Jesse Stong. During the intermission, people make up their minds about what they have just seen, then “come back into the theatre as my brother gives his side of the story.” Through performing the play, Nutter discovered that her “crazy story from another planet” had a universality that touched anyone who ever had the role of family caretaker. Collaborating with James also widened Nutter’s own lens. “I thought I already had a very wide perspective on transgender issues, but I can now see how some of the things I said in the first PHOTO: Lacey Creighton part would be received by members of the transgender community,” she says. Dan Watson and Christina Serra The back-to-back pieces play in a scene from Ralph + Lina January 22-24 at the Old Fire Hall, with a 7:30 p.m. curtain. Nutter in my family, taking care of every- will also perform a French version body, including my own mother. of the first part, Mon Frère est EnThis resulted in a lot of family ceinte at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21, in the same venue. drama,” Nutter explains. The full Pivot Festival schedBy the time of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, she says, her broth- ule and ticket information can be er “was really getting tired of me found at www.pivotfestival.com. telling his story, and he posted something on Facebook saying as Ken Bolton is a freelance writer and a former co-editor of much. What’s Up Yukon. “I started receiving hate mail, ally female, had a baby daughter. “He went through the pregnancy and birth identifying as a male, and I was there with him at the delivery of my niece,” Nutter says. When her brother asked her to take on the role of mother and help raise the girl as a family, Nutter declined. “This was at a time when I had resolved to stop being the parent

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Jeremy Beemish forging metal us. He then fires up the induction forge, cooled by an old vehicle radiator. Within two seconds, he has turned the end of a steel rod a glowing red. Turning to an oldschool anvil, he hammers it into a new shape. “Things are evolving here every week,” says Clusiau. “I come in here and, ‘Whoa!’” So, from the front door to the back loft -- from the computer lab to the metal shop -- ideas are born and shared and brainstormed and tried and tinkered with. Does Prentice have a milliondollar idea he is working on? He laughs at the question, but says, “If I make a million dollars, I’ll give half of it to Yukonstruct. “They are wonderful group of guys who are genuinely interested in helping people.” I ask again. One of his ideas, he finally allows, is a dice tower for the game of Dungeons and Dragons. Celebrating its first anniversary (these folks celebrate one year after the “idea”, not after the ribbon cutting in September), Yukonstruct has up to eight such ideas incubating. “We don’t know when or if that million dollar idea will come up,” says Glynn-Morris, before being interrupted by Sherk. “Oh, it will come up.” “Okay, but when it does happen,” Glynn-Morris continues, “what a great success. “People who want to make things happen now have the tools and the knowledge they wouldn’t have had before. “And that inspires people who were creative, but never thought they could do these things.” It should be pointed out, here, that contemplating million-dollar businesses is more of an intellectual exercise than a goal; it is very much like how the goal of the Canada Games Centre is not to develop each member into an Olympian. “People who come here want to be a part of a community,” says Clusiau.

She says it is easy to get started: just drop in on a Tuesday for the free open house between 7 and 9 p.m. All of the tools and advice are there to be used. Two to five people are joining in each week. Computer geeks can be found helping out the shop geeks and vice versa. “I’m amazed at how many young kids just love it,” adds Glynn-Morris. “A place like this is great when it is dark and cold.” “I came in here on a Friday night to grab a pair of pliers or something,” says Sherk. “And there were, like, nine people in here and a pizza on the table, half eaten, and some guys out in the shop, building something, and that is when I felt that we had reached success.” But what about the mousetrap? “You come in with an idea for the world’s best mousetrap and your family looks at you like you are crazy,” says Sherk. “You come in here, and we say, ‘That is awesome!’” “Or, ‘Did you think of this?’ or, ‘This material might rust’,” adds Clusiau. “And I can provide resources,” says Sherk. “And there are other members you can talk to. “While we don’t offer official advice, there are a lot of people here you can talk to and most of the time they are more than willing to help you. “Otherwise, we can point you in the right direction: where you can get funding and where you can extend your research. “We can point you to merchandising your mousetrap. We don’t help you directly, but we have a lot of resources for you to help yourself.” Meanwhile, everything is there to make the prototype along with your new friends. More information can be found at www.yukonstruct.com. Darrell Hookey is a freelance writer and editor in Whitehorse.


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hey did impossible things because they were too young to know they couldn’t, and in the late 18th century nothing seemed more unlikely than convincing the powerbrokers of England to abandon the slave trade. Amazing Grace, a BritishAmerican production released in 2007 and available on DVD at the Whitehorse Public Library, is a dramatic account of the campaign to abolish the slave trade in England, conducted without bloodshed, largely by winning the support of the people. It’s directed by Michael Apted, the filmmaker behind the 7-up documentary series, with a screenplay by Steven Knight. William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd) and William Pitt (Benedict Cumberbatch), are young Members of Parliament in their 20s, who resolve to shake up the institution together. Pitt soon becomes Prime Minister. But the charismatic Wilberforce becomes an evangelical Christian and considers leaving politics for a more spiritual life. Pitt urges Wilberforce to use his voice to change the world, not

just praise the Lord, and points him towards the emerging abolitionist movement. Slavery wasn’t legal in England in 1782, but it

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Ioan Gruffold as William Wilberforce, available on DVD at Whitehorse Public Library flourished elsewhere under the flag of the British Empire. Once Wilberforce meets leaders in the movement, including Thomas Clarkson (Rufus Sewell) and Equiano (Youssou N’Dour), a former slave, his intellectual search for a cause becomes a passionate devotion to a lifelong quest. Many fellow politicians are equally resolute in favour of the slave trade and pose arguments that will sound both familiar and

discomfiting to modern ears. Wilberforce and company appeal to the people of England, using tactics that have since become staples in grassroots campaigns, with a petition signed by hundreds of thousands of people as the centerpiece, which Wilberforce rolls out on the floor of the House of Commons. But after years of painfully slow progress, Britain enters a war with French revolutionaries, and

talk of abolition is conveniently labelled as treasonous, effectively silencing the most ardent supporters. Wilberforce retreats from the fray and the rest scatter — but only temporarily. A few years later, the abolitionists finally win a significant victory with a clever legal maneuver. In typical offbeat fashion, the film reflects their success in the reaction of Lord Tarleton (Ciaran Hinds), who grasps the consequences of a seemingly innocuous bill (perhaps slightly more quickly than the viewer) minutes before the vote and sets off on a madcap dash through the halls of power, desperately searching for missing members of his cabal. Amazing Grace is a historical drama served with a spoonful of free trade sugar, with attractive actors playing remarkable characters and a narrative lightened with a sweet romance and witty dialogue. While Wilberforce is at the center of the drama, his companions have stories that would also command attention. One of these is Wilberforce’s spiritual mentor, Thomas Newton (Albert Finney) who has exiled himself to a monastery in penance for his years as a captain of slave ships. Newton wrote the lyrics for “Amazing Grace”, a hymn of enduring popularity. Marianne Darragh is a regular visitor to the DVD shelf in the Whitehorse Public Library. Please send comments about her articles to editor@whatsupyukon.com.

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espite claims of memoirists galore, who say they walked the Chilkoot Pass with Robert Service, the man now known as the bard of the Yukon arrived in Whitehorse via the White Pass and Yukon Route train in 1904. The shine was well off the Gold Rush at this time. Born in Preston, Lancashire, England, Service would later play up his Scottish heritage. He believed he was related to Robert “Rabbie” Burns, who lived a century-and-a-half earlier. Service’s verses –- at least the ones for which he is most famous -- don’t seem to owe much to the influence of the bard of Scotland. He was trained as a banker, but he found the job boring. Service immigrated to North America with dreams of becoming a cowboy. In Under the Spell of the Yukon, Burns writes that he lived a hobo’s life: “Starving in Mexico, residing in a California bordello, farming on Vancouver Island and pursuing unrequited love in Vancouver.” Down on his luck and a bit desperate, he got a job with the Canadian Bank of Commerce in Victoria, and thereafter a series of transfers took him to Kamloops

(where he played polo), Whitehorse, and eventually to Dawson. He started writing verses (he called his poetry that) while in Victoria, and continued in the Yukon. Stroller White at the Whitehorse Star pushed him in the direction of using Yukon and Gold Rush themes. Popular party pieces like Ernest Thayer’s “Casey at the Bat”, Rudyard Kipling’s “Gunga Din” and John Henry Titus’ “The Face on the Bar Room Floor” gave him the rhyme and plot patterns he tended to follow. Kipling’s poetry was especially influential, as a quick comparison of “The Law of the Jungle” and “The Spell of the Yukon” will demonstrate. Service’s two best known poems, “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” and “The Cremation of Sam McGee” were actually written in Whitehorse, but his fame came after he moved to Dawson, discovered he was earning more in book royalties than he was at the bank. When he was threatened with a promotion to the Whitehorse branch, he quit to spent more time on his writing, both poetry and prose. He made Dawson his base of operations

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from 1908 until 1912. Once he left he never returned, though some members of his family have visited. Robbie Burns nights have a long history in the Yukon, but Dawson naturally leans towards Service. Since Service and Burns both were born in January, the Dawson Community Library decided more than two decades ago to combine the celebrations. This year, as it has been for some years now, the dinner (complete with haggis) will be held in the Legion Hall on January 17. It’s not a large affair, topping off at about 20 people. It features good food, some poetry games and readings of works by both men. You can bring along your own favourites. If you’ve a mind to, you can even recite something you penned yourself.

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Wednesdays Board Games 7:00 PM Atlin Rec Centre Wednesdays Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 PM Atlin Rec Centre

Beaver Creek

Wed, Jan 14 Open Gym 3:30 PM Beaver Creek Community Club Beaver Creek Thu, Jan 15 Craft night 7:00 PM Beaver Creek Community Club Beaver Creek Sun, Jan 18 Yoga 3:00 PM Beaver Creek Community Club Beaver Creek Mon, Jan 19 Community Lunch 12:00 PM Beaver Creek Community Club Beaver Creek Mon, Jan 19 Tot Time 9:30 AM Nelnah Bessie John School Beaver Creek Tue, Jan 20 Exercise Group 10:00 AM Beaver Creek Community Club Beaver Creek Wed, Jan 21 Open Gym 3:30 PM Beaver Creek Community Club Beaver Creek Thu, Jan 22 Craft night 7:00 PM Beaver Creek Community Club Beaver Creek Sun, Jan 25 Yoga 3:00 PM Beaver Creek Community Club Beaver Creek

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Wed, Jan 14 Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 PM The Old Daycare 821-4251 For more info:kathleen.cranfield@ ctfn.ca Wed, Jan 14 Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wed, Jan 14 Sewing Group 6:00 PM CTFN Capacity Building Thu, Jan 15 Sewing Group 6:00 PM CTFN Capacity Building Thu, Jan 15 Prenatal Classes for Mothers and Fathers to be 7:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School With Kathleen Cranfield, Registered Midwife and CPNP coordinator Sun, Jan 18 St. Saviours Church Service 11:00 AM St. Saviours Church 867-668-3129 Mon, Jan 19 C/TFN Carving Shed open 5:30 PM Carcross Carving Shed Keith Wolf Smarch will be in attendance to provide guidance/help with all manner of traditional artwork Tue, Jan 20 Elder’s Breakfast 10:00 AM The Old Daycare Tue, Jan 20 Sports Night 6:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School Tue, Jan 20 Women’s Group 7:00 PM Carcross Community Campus 821-4251 Wed, Jan 21 Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 PM The Old Daycare 821-4251 For more info:kathleen.cranfield@ ctfn.ca Wed, Jan 21 Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wed, Jan 21 Sewing Group 6:00 PM CTFN Capacity Building Thu, Jan 22 Sewing Group 6:00 PM CTFN Capacity Building Thu, Jan 22 Prenatal Classes for Mothers and Fathers to be 7:00 PM Ghùch Tlâ Community School With Kathleen Cranfield, Registered Midwife and CPNP coordinator

Dawson City

Wed, Jan 14 Zumba with Katie Pearse 5:30 PM Robert Service School 867-993-5370 Join the Zumba craze with this Latin-inspired workout! Wed, Jan 14 Dark Room Club 6:00 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture *paper available for purchase. For more information or to participate:please contact Rebekah at bekmiller1234@gmail.com Wed, Jan 14 Dawson City Film Fest Selections 7:00 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture 993-5005 screen the short film submissions for the 2015 Dawson City International Short Film Festival. We want your opinion! Watch Them! Rate Them! Wed, Jan 14 CFYT Trivia 8:00 PM The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio. Thu, Jan 15 Guitar Lessons 4:00 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Thu, Jan 15 Hatha Yoga with Joanne VanNostrand 5:45 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture 867-993-5185 To confirm a scheduled class, email yogawithjoanne@me.com, 24 hours in advance. Cancellations will be emailed to registered students in advance. Fri, Jan 16 Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 AM Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Jan 16 Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 PM Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Jan 16 Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre

3:00 PM Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Fri, Jan 16 Zumba with Katie Pearse 5:30 PM Robert Service School 867-993-5370 Join the Zumba craze with this Latin-inspired workout! Fri, Jan 16 Commercial Curling Bonspiel Dawson City Curling Club 993-5398 Hosted by the Top Of The World Dawson City Curling Club Sat, Jan 17 KIAC Drop-in Painting 1:00 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Inspire and be inspired by other artists. Bring your own ideas and painting surfaces. Brushes & easels are supplied, no instruction offered. Fee $5 Sat, Jan 17 Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 PM Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Sat, Jan 17 “Double Bob” Potluck 6:00 PM Dawson City Community Library 867-9935571 in celebration of the birthdays of Robert Burns and Robert Service. You are welcome to recite a favourite poem! Sat, Jan 17 Hatha Yoga with Joanne VanNostrand 9:00 AM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture 867-993-5185 To confirm a scheduled class, email yogawithjoanne@me.com, 24 hours in advance. Cancellations will be emailed to registered students in advance. Sun, Jan 18 St. Paul’s Church Service 10:30 AM St Paul’s Church 867-993-5381 Sun, Jan 18 Burning Daylight Live In Concert 7:30 PM Oddfellows Hall Sun, Jan 18 Burning Daylight 7:30 PM Oddfellows Hall Burning Daylight is Christine Fellows’ sixth full-length studio album and first poetry collection. Mon, Jan 19 Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 AM Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon, Jan 19 Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 PM Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon, Jan 19 Piano Lessons 3:30 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Mon, Jan 19 Zumba with Katie Pearse 5:30 PM Robert Service School 867-993-5370 Join the Zumba craze with this Latin-inspired workout! Mon, Jan 19 Hatha Yoga with Joanne VanNostrand 6:45 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture 867-993-5185 To confirm a scheduled class, email yogawithjoanne@me.com, 24 hours in advance. Cancellations will be emailed to registered students in advance. Mon, Jan 19 Dawson City Film Fest Selections 7:00 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture 993-5005 screen the short film submissions for the 2015 Dawson City International Short Film Festival. We want your opinion! Watch Them! Rate Them! Tue, Jan 20 Step n Strong 7:00 PM Robert Service School 867-993-2520 For more information email: getrealfit(at)me.com Wed, Jan 21 Zumba with Katie Pearse 5:30 PM Robert Service School 867-993-5370 Join the Zumba craze with this Latin-inspired workout! Wed, Jan 21 Dark Room Club 6:00 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture *paper available for purchase. For more information or to participate:please contact Rebekah at bekmiller1234@gmail.com Wed, Jan 21 Dawson City Film Fest Selections 7:00 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture 993-5005 screen the short film submissions for the 2015 Dawson City International Short Film Festival. We want your opinion! Watch Them! Rate Them! Wed, Jan 21 CFYT Trivia 8:00 PM The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio. Thu, Jan 22 Guitar Lessons 4:00 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Thu, Jan 22 Hatha Yoga with Joanne VanNostrand 5:45 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture 867-993-5185 To confirm a scheduled class, email yogawithjoanne@me.com, 24 hours in advance. Cancellations will be emailed to registered students in advance. Fri, Jan 23 Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 AM Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Jan 23 Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 PM Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Jan 23 Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 PM Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Fri, Jan 23 Zumba with Katie Pearse 5:30 PM Robert Service School 867-993-5370 Join the Zumba craze with this Latin-inspired workout! Fri, Jan 23 Dawson City Hockey Association Adult Rec. Tournament Art & Margaret Fry Recreation Centre 993-5575 the hockey tournament that puts the rest to shame

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Sat, Jan 24 KIAC Drop-in Painting 1:00 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Inspire and be inspired by other artists. Bring your own ideas and painting surfaces. Brushes & easels are supplied, no instruction offered. Fee $5 Sat, Jan 24 Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 PM Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Sat, Jan 24 Hatha Yoga with Joanne VanNostrand 9:00 AM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture 867-993-5185 To confirm a scheduled class, email yogawithjoanne@me.com, 24 hours in advance. Cancellations will be emailed to registered students in advance. Sun, Jan 25 St. Paul’s Church Service 10:30 AM St Paul’s Church 867-993-5381 Faro Wed, Jan 14 Faro Glee Club 1:00 PM Del Van Gorder School Wed, Jan 14 Parent & Tot Story Time 11:00 AM Faro Community Library For Babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Wed, Jan 14 Play Group 2:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre 994-2375 farorecreation@ faroyukon.ca Wed, Jan 14 Kids in Action Store 3:00 PM Del Van Gorder School Wed, Jan 14 Badminton 4:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre For more information: gh_bad@live.ca Wed, Jan 14 Adult Floor Hockey 7:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre equipment provided if needed Thu, Jan 15 Seniors Carpet Bowling 1:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Thu, Jan 15 Zumba 7:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Fri, Jan 16 Play Group 2:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre 994-2375 farorecreation@ faroyukon.ca Fri, Jan 16 Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Program 4:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre 994-2375 farorecreation@faroyukon.ca Fri, Jan 16 Archery 4:30 PM Faro Recreation Centre 994-2375 farorecreation@faroyukon.ca Fri, Jan 16 Seniors Fitness class 7:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Sun, Jan 18 Faro Church of Apostles Mass 10:00 AM Church of Apostles Sun, Jan 18 Faro Bible Chapel Sunday Service 10:30 AM Faro Bible Chapel with Pastor Ted Baker 994-2442 Mon, Jan 19 Faro Glee Club 1:00 PM Del Van Gorder School Tue, Jan 20 Seniors Carpet Bowling 1:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Tue, Jan 20 Faro Glee Club 1:00 PM Del Van Gorder School Tue, Jan 20 Faro Kettle Cafe 4:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Hosted by the Faro Youth Group. Tue, Jan 20 Archery 4:30 PM Faro Recreation Centre 994-2375 farorecreation@ faroyukon.ca Tue, Jan 20 Tai Chi Faro 6:30 PM Faro Recreation Centre With Lucy Moreira, Free Drop In Meet at the Youth Lounge Wed, Jan 21 Faro Glee Club 1:00 PM Del Van Gorder School Wed, Jan 21 Parent & Tot Story Time 11:00 AM Faro Community Library For Babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Wed, Jan 21 Play Group 2:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre 994-2375 farorecreation@ faroyukon.ca Wed, Jan 21 Kids in Action Store 3:00 PM Del Van Gorder School Wed, Jan 21 Badminton 4:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre For more information: gh_bad@live.ca Wed, Jan 21 Adult Floor Hockey 7:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre equipment provided if needed Thu, Jan 22 Seniors Carpet Bowling 1:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Thu, Jan 22 Zumba 7:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Fri, Jan 23 Play Group 2:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre 994-2375 farorecreation@ faroyukon.ca Fri, Jan 23 Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Program 4:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre 994-2375 farorecreation@faroyukon.ca Fri, Jan 23 Archery 4:30 PM Faro Recreation Centre 994-2375 farorecreation@faroyukon. ca Fri, Jan 23 Seniors Fitness class 7:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Sun, Jan 25 Faro Church of Apostles Mass 10:00 AM Church of Apostles Sun, Jan 25 Faro Bible Chapel Sunday Service 10:30 AM Faro Bible Chapel with Pastor Ted Baker 994-2442

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Wed, Jan 14 Kindermusik 10:30 AM St Elias Convention Centre geared towards children ages 2-3 accompanied by an adult. Any preschool child is welcome to attend (0-5) Thu, Jan 15 Elders’ Tea & Fitness Lunch 11:00 AM Mun Ku Thu, Jan 15 Adult Soccer 7:30 PM St. Elias Community School Sat, Jan 17 Tim Tamashiro & Friends 7:30 PM St Elias Convention Centre 867-334-2789 Cabaret seating, first come first served. Sun, Jan 18 St Christopher’s Church Service 10:30 AM St Christopher’s Church 867-634-2360 Licensed Lay Leader: Lynn De Brabandere Mon, Jan 19 Fitness Classes - Pilates & Yoga 5:15 PM Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue, Jan 20 Southern Tutchone Classes 12:00 PM Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue, Jan 20 Takhini Family Game Night 7:00 PM Takhini Hall Wed, Jan 21 Kindermusik 10:30 AM St Elias Convention Centre geared towards children ages 2-3 accompanied by an adult. Any preschool child is welcome to attend (0-5) Thu, Jan 22 Elders’ Tea & Fitness Lunch 11:00 AM Mun Ku Thu, Jan 22 Adult Soccer 7:30 PM St. Elias Community School Sun, Jan 25 St Christopher’s Church Service 10:30 AM St Christopher’s Church 867-634-2360 Licensed Lay Leader: Lynn De Brabandere

Hamlet of Mt. Lorne

Wed, Jan 14 Kids Craft time 3:00 PM Lorne Mountain Community Centre Thu, Jan 15 Playgroup for parents 3:00 PM Lorne Mountain Community Centre Agnes 667-7083 Fri, Jan 16 Learning Lions Homeschoolers Get Together 3:00 PM Lorne Mountain Community Centre Agnes 667-7083 Sun, Jan 18 Carbon Hill Race Day 12:00 AM Lorne Mountain Community Centre Registration for both the 30 and 10-mile events will be from 9 -9:45am with a mandatory mushers meeting at 10am Tue, Jan 20 Foodie Club - East India style bread 7:00 PM Lorne Mountain Community Centre 667-7083 we will cook: Soft puff roti, Buss up shut roti, Caribbean Trinidad roti, Alu Parathas- with potato spice stuffing Wed, Jan 21 Kids Craft time 3:00 PM Lorne Mountain Community Centre Thu, Jan 22 Playgroup for parents 3:00 PM Lorne Mountain Community Centre Agnes 667-7083 Fri, Jan 23 Learning Lions Homeschoolers Get Together 3:00 PM Lorne Mountain Community Centre Agnes 667-7083

Marsh Lake

Wed, Jan 14 Adult Basic Fitness 6:30 PM Marsh Lake Community Association Wed, Jan 14 Beginner Bellydance lessons Marsh Lake Community Association 335-9625 followed by hot apple cider and refreshments. Fri, Jan 16 Dinner at the Jackalope 6:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Association Reservations welcome. Steak/Rib Nights last Friday of each month Fri, Jan 16 Drop-in Basketball 7:30 PM Marsh Lake Community Association Sat, Jan 17 Tot Program 10:00 AM Marsh Lake Community Association Sun, Jan 18 Badminton Drop-in 11:30 AM Marsh Lake Community Association 660-4999 All welcome Tue, Jan 20 South of 6 2:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Association Tue, Jan 20 North of 60 Cafe 2:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Association Tue, Jan 20 South of 6 2:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Association Wed, Jan 21 Adult Basic Fitness 6:30 PM Marsh Lake Community Association Wed, Jan 21 Beginner Bellydance lessons Marsh Lake Community Association 335-9625 followed by hot apple cider and refreshments. Fri, Jan 23 Dinner at the Jackalope 6:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Association Reservations welcome. Steak/Rib Nights last Friday of each month Fri, Jan 23 Drop-in Basketball 7:30 PM Marsh Lake Community Association

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Mayo

Wed, Jan 14 Soccer K to Grade 3 12:00 PM J.V. Clark School 996-2317 School Gym Wed, Jan 14 Drop in Basketball 7:00 PM J.V. Clark School 996-2317 Mayo School Gym Wed, Jan 14 Drop in Volleyball 8:00 PM J.V. Clark School 996-2317 Drop in volleyball Thu, Jan 15 Youth Ice Hockey 5:30 PM Mayo Hockey Arena 996-2317 youth hockey Thu, Jan 15 Draw curling night 7:00 PM Mayo Hockey Arena 996-2317 Draw curling Thu, Jan 15 Ice Hockey 8:00 PM Mayo Hockey Arena 996-2317 hockey Fri, Jan 16 Elementary drop in gym night 5:00 PM J.V. Clark School 996-2317 drop in gym night Fri, Jan 16 Dinner and a movie night 5:00 PM Mayo Community Centre 996-2317 dinner and a movie night Fri, Jan 16 High School drop in gym night 8:30 PM J.V. Clark School 996-2317 drop in gym night for high school kids Sun, Jan 18 St. Mary’s Church Service 11:00 AM St Mary’s Church (867)667-7746 Mon, Jan 19 Yoga in Mayo 7:00 PM Mayo Community Centre Yoga in the Mayo community hall, every Monday in the summer. Tue, Jan 20 Boys’ basketball practice 12:00 PM J.V. Clark School 996-2317 Come play basketball over lunch! Tue, Jan 20 Youth Ice Hockey 5:30 PM Mayo Hockey Arena 996-2317 youth hockey Tue, Jan 20 Under 12 Kung Fu 6:30 PM J.V. Clark School 996-2317 junior martial arts Tue, Jan 20 Drop in badminton 7:00 PM Mayo Community Centre 996-2317 drop in badminton Tue, Jan 20 Ice Hockey 8:00 PM Mayo Hockey Arena 996-2317 hockey Tue, Jan 20 Kung Fu for teens and adults 8:30 PM J.V. Clark School 996-2317 martial arts for teens and adults Wed, Jan 21 Soccer K to Grade 3 12:00 PM J.V. Clark School 996-2317 School Gym Wed, Jan 21 Drop in Basketball 7:00 PM J.V. Clark School 996-2317 Mayo School Gym Wed, Jan 21 Drop in Volleyball 8:00 PM J.V. Clark School 996-2317 Drop in volleyball Thu, Jan 22 Youth Ice Hockey 5:30 PM Mayo Hockey Arena 996-2317 youth hockey Thu, Jan 22 Draw curling night 7:00 PM Mayo Hockey Arena 996-2317 Draw curling Thu, Jan 22 Ice Hockey 8:00 PM Mayo Hockey Arena 996-2317 hockey Fri, Jan 23 Elementary drop in gym night 5:00 PM J.V. Clark School 996-2317 drop in gym night Fri, Jan 23 Dinner and a movie night 5:00 PM Mayo Community Centre 996-2317 dinner and a movie night Fri, Jan 23 High School drop in gym night 8:30 PM J.V. Clark School 996-2317 drop in gym night for high school kids Sun, Jan 25 St. Mary’s Church Service 11:00 AM St Mary’s Church (867)667-7746

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Thu, Jan 15 Adult Night at the Youth Centre 7:00 PM Old Crow Community Center Sun, Jan 18 St. Luke’s Church Service 11:00 AM St. Lukes Church 867-993-5381 Mon, Jan 19 Volleyball & Floor Hockey Night 7:00 PM Old Crow Community Center Saniz 966-3238 Thu, Jan 22 Adult Night at the Youth Centre 7:00 PM Old Crow Community Center Sun, Jan 25 St. Luke’s Church Service 11:00 AM St. Lukes Church 867-993-5381

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Community EVENTS continued... Sun, Jan 18 Pancake Breakfast! 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Once per month everyone welcome Tue, Jan 20 Stay Get Fit 5:00 PM Tagish Community Centre 399-3407 Wed, Jan 21 Library and Treasures Thrift Shop 12:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Wed, Jan 21 Tagish Library 12:00 PM Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed, Jan 21 Cruizers Concession Coffee & Chat 2:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Wed, Jan 21 Tagish Community Association meeting 7:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Agenda posted at tagish.ca Thu, Jan 22 Carpet Bowling 11:15 AM Tagish Community Centre 399-3407 Sat, Jan 24 Tagish Library 12:00 PM Tagish Community Centre 399-3418

Teslin

Wed, Jan 14 Card Games for Seniors 1:00 PM Teslin Seniors Complex Wed, Jan 14 Archery 3:30 PM Teslin School Thu, Jan 15 Youth Badminton 3:30 PM Teslin School Sun, Jan 18 Seniors Carpet Bowling 1:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Mon, Jan 19 Archery 3:30 PM Teslin School Tue, Jan 20 Youth Badminton 3:30 PM Teslin School Wed, Jan 21 Card Games for Seniors 1:00 PM Teslin Seniors Complex Wed, Jan 21 Archery 3:30 PM Teslin School Thu, Jan 22 Youth Badminton 3:30 PM Teslin School Sun, Jan 25 Seniors Carpet Bowling 1:00 PM Teslin Rec Center

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Thu, Jan 15 Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Thu, Jan 15 Watson Lake: Hot Yoga 6:30 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Thu, Jan 15 Girls Night Youth group 7:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Thu, Jan 15 Watson Lake: Zumba 8:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Sat, Jan 17 Watson Lake: Hot Yoga 6:30 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Sat, Jan 17 Saturday Night Social 7:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Sun, Jan 18 St. John’s Church Service 10:00 AM St. John’s Church Service (867) 536-2932 Mon, Jan 19 Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Thu, Jan 22 Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Thu, Jan 22 Watson Lake: Hot Yoga 6:30 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Thu, Jan 22 Girls Night Youth group 7:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Thu, Jan 22 Watson Lake: Zumba 8:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Sat, Jan 24 Watson Lake: Hot Yoga 6:30 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Sat, Jan 24 Saturday Night Social 7:00 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Sat, Jan 24 Ladies Time Out Breakfast 8:30 AM Dragon’s Den Hotel Cynthia Armstrong 536-7239 Sun, Jan 25 St. John’s Church Service 10:00 AM St. John’s Church Service (867) 536-2932

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Wed, Jan 14 Back/Hip Yoga & Myofascial release 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Jan 14 TRX w/Abby 4:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Jan 14 Spinning w/Cindy 5:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Jan 14 Spinning with Katherine 8:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Jan 15 Breathing with Rain 10:15 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Jan 15 SR weights with Rain 10:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Jan 15 Spinning with Emily 5:45 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Jan 15 Zumba with Tabitha 6:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Jan 15 Mat & Stick Pilates With Katherine 8:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Intermediate Mat series using a variety of props to create long, lean muscles Fri, Jan 16 Gentle Yoga w/Jasmine 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Fri, Jan 16 SPIN/Yoga w/Courtney 4:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Fri, Jan 16 Spinning with Katherine 8:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Sat, Jan 17 Spinning w/Cindy 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Sun, Jan 18 Piano Sundays 1:00 PM Skagway Public Library Come to the library to listen or play...its the one time you won’t be shushed for making noise! Sun, Jan 18 TRX w/Abby 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Jan 19 Restorative Yoga with Katherine 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Intermediate Mat series using a variety of props to create long, lean muscles Mon, Jan 19 Spinning w/Cindy 4:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Jan 19 Vinyasa Yoga with Courtney 5:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Intermediate Mat series using a variety of props to create long, lean muscles Mon, Jan 19 Spinning with Emily 5:45 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, Jan 19 Spinning with Katherine 8:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Jan 20 Breathing with Rain 10:15 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Jan 20 SR weights with Rain 10:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Jan 20 Spinning with Tom 5:45 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Jan 20 Dance Fusion with Charity 5:45 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, Jan 20 Chair & Mat Pilates With Katherine 8:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Intermediate Mat series using a variety of props to create long, lean muscles Wed, Jan 21 Back/Hip Yoga & Myofascial release 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Jan 21 TRX w/Abby 4:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Jan 21 Stretch & Breate with Jeanne 5:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Jan 21 Spinning w/Cindy 5:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, Jan 21 Spinning with Katherine 8:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Jan 22 Breathing with Rain 10:15 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Jan 22 SR weights with Rain 10:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Jan 22 Spinning with Emily 5:45 PM Skagway Recreation Centre

Thu, Jan 22 Zumba with Tabitha 6:00 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, Jan 22 Mat & Stick Pilates With Katherine 8:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Intermediate Mat series using a variety of props to create long, lean muscles Fri, Jan 23 Gentle Yoga w/Jasmine 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Fri, Jan 23 SPIN/Yoga w/Courtney 4:30 PM Skagway Recreation Centre Fri, Jan 23 Spinning with Katherine 8:30 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Sat, Jan 24 Spinning w/Cindy 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre Sun, Jan 25 Piano Sundays 1:00 PM Skagway Public Library Come to the library to listen or play...its the one time you won’t be shushed for making noise! Sun, Jan 25 TRX w/Abby 10:00 AM Skagway Recreation Centre

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Active Interest Listings Wed, Jan 14 Lunchtime Yoga 12:10 PM Shanti Yoga 867-456-7123 Learn to breathe, stretch and relax! Use back entrance of Hawkins House No experience required all are welcome Wed, Jan 14 Adult Biathlon 5:30 PM Biathlon Range Wed, Jan 14 Hand to Hand - Level 2&3 with Gael 6:00 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo Wed, Jan 14 Drop In Badminton 7:00 PM Takhini Elementary School Newcomers are welcome For more information: birdiebash@gmail.com Wed, Jan 14 Staff/Jo with Gael 7:00 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo Wed, Jan 14 Youth Gymnastics Drop In 7:30 PM Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Wed, Jan 14 Badminton 7:30 PM Golden Horn Elementary For more information: gh_bad@live.ca Thu, Jan 15 Velocity range practice 4:00 PM Biathlon Range Thu, Jan 15 Snowshoe Series 6:00 PM Mount MacIntyre Recreation Centre 6335671 Thu, Jan 15 Savaté (French Kick Boxing) 6:00 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo 3354500 Thu, Jan 15 Paddlers Abreast Open House & AGM 6:00 PM Whitehorse Public Library Fri, Jan 16 Hand to Hand - Level 1 (lunch class) with Gael 11:30 AM Aikido Yukon Dojo Fri, Jan 16 Golden Horn Judo 3:30 PM Golden Horn Elementary Fri, Jan 16 Drop In Badminton 7:00 PM Takhini Elementary School Newcomers are welcome For more information: birdiebash@gmail.com Sat, Jan 17 Avalanche Awareness Days 10:00 AM Mount Sima Come out to Mt. Sima for a day of avalanche awareness and community fun

Sun, Jan 18 Velocity Range Practice 1:00 PM Biathlon Range Sun, Jan 18 Grizzly Bears condensed 1:30 PM Biathlon Range Sun, Jan 18 Black Bears 1:30 PM Biathlon Range Sun, Jan 18 Ultimate Frisbee 5:30 PM Canada Games Centre 668-6517 Come out and play some frisbee. All levels are welcome. Sun, Jan 18 Drop In Badminton 7:00 PM Takhini Elementary School Newcomers are welcome For more information: birdiebash@gmail.com Sun, Jan 18 Badminton 7:30 PM Golden Horn Elementary For more information: gh_bad@live.ca Mon, Jan 19 High Velocity Range Practice 4:00 PM Biathlon Range Mon, Jan 19 Hand to Hand - Level 1&2 with Gael 6:00 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo Mon, Jan 19 Sword/Bokken with Gael 7:00 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo Mon, Jan 19 Yukon Roller Girls Team Practice 7:00 PM Elija Smith Elementary School 30 minutes off skate work followed by Skills and Drills Tue, Jan 20 Velocity ski practice: Mt Mac 4:30 PM Biathlon Range Tue, Jan 20 Golden Horn Yoga 6:00 PM Golden Horn Elementary Terice 668-6631 Tue, Jan 20 Men’s Golf 7:00 PM Wed, Jan 21 Lunchtime Yoga 12:10 PM Shanti Yoga 867-456-7123 Learn to breathe, stretch and relax! Use back entrance of Hawkins House No experience required all are welcome Wed, Jan 21 Adult Biathlon 5:30 PM Biathlon Range Wed, Jan 21 Hand to Hand - Level 2&3 with Gael 6:00 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo

Wed, Jan 21 Drop In Badminton 7:00 PM Takhini Elementary School Newcomers are welcome For more information: birdiebash@gmail.com Wed, Jan 21 Staff/Jo with Gael 7:00 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo Wed, Jan 21 Youth Gymnastics Drop In 7:30 PM Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Wed, Jan 21 Badminton 7:30 PM Golden Horn Elementary For more information: gh_bad@live.ca Thu, Jan 22 Savaté (French Kick Boxing) 6:00 PM Aikido Yukon Dojo 3354500 Fri, Jan 23 Hand to Hand - Level 1 (lunch class) with Gael 11:30 AM Aikido Yukon Dojo Fri, Jan 23 Golden Horn Judo 3:30 PM Golden Horn Elementary Fri, Jan 23 Drop In Badminton 7:00 PM Takhini Elementary School Newcomers are welcome For more information: birdiebash@gmail.com Fri, Jan 23 Velocity - Whistler race Biathlon Range Sun, Jan 25 Velocity Range Practice 1:00 PM Biathlon Range Sun, Jan 25 Grizzly Bears condensed 1:30 PM Biathlon Range Sun, Jan 25 Black Bears 1:30 PM Biathlon Range Sun, Jan 25 Ultimate Frisbee 5:30 PM Canada Games Centre 668-6517 Come out and play some frisbee. All levels are welcome. Sun, Jan 25 Drop In Badminton 7:00 PM Takhini Elementary School Newcomers are welcome For more information: birdiebash@gmail.com Sun, Jan 25 Badminton 7:30 PM Golden Horn Elementary For more information: gh_bad@live.ca

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Wellness Listings Fri, Jan 9 Exploring Yoga 10:30 AM White Swan Sanctuary Wed, Jan 14 Women & Children Lunch Date 11:30 AM Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre Delicious Free Lunch for Women & Children Wed, Jan 14 Lunchtime Yoga 12:10 PM Shanti Yoga 867-456-7123 Learn to breathe, stretch and relax! Use back entrance of Hawkins House No experience required all are welcome Wed, Jan 14 Whitehorse Weight Watchers 4:30 PM Whitehorse United Church Please arrive 30-minutes prior to the listed meeting time for weigh-in and registration. Wed, Jan 14 The Alzheimer/Dementia Family Caregiver Support Group 7:00 PM Copper Ridge Place A group for family or friends caring for someone with Dementia. Info and register call Cathy 3341548 or Joanne 668-7713. Fri, Jan 16 Sally & Sisters Lunch 12:00 PM Whitehorse Food Bank 334-9317 Free Hot Lunch for Women & Children Sat, Jan 17 PFLAG Meeting 7:00 PM Yukon College Support for those struggling with sexual orientation and gender identity in themselves or someone they know. Everyone welcome

Sat, Jan 17 Whitehorse Weight Watchers 8:30 AM Whitehorse United Church Please arrive 30-minutes prior to the listed meeting time for weigh-in and registration. Mon, Jan 19 Sally & Sisters Lunch 12:00 PM Whitehorse Food Bank 334-9317 Free Hot Lunch for Women & Children Tue, Jan 20 Golden Horn Yoga 6:00 PM Golden Horn Elementary Terice 668-6631 Wed, Jan 21 Women & Children Lunch Date 11:30 AM Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre Delicious Free Lunch for Women & Children Wed, Jan 21 Lunchtime Yoga 12:10 PM Shanti Yoga 867-456-7123 Learn to breathe, stretch and relax! Use back entrance of Hawkins House No experience required all are welcome Wed, Jan 21 Whitehorse Weight Watchers 4:30 PM Whitehorse United Church Please arrive 30-minutes prior to the listed meeting time for weigh-in and registration. Fri, Jan 23 Sally & Sisters Lunch 12:00 PM Whitehorse Food Bank 334-9317 Free Hot Lunch for Women & Children Sat, Jan 24 Whitehorse Weight Watchers 8:30 AM Whitehorse United Church Please arrive 30-minutes prior to the listed meeting time for weigh-in and registration.

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Bruce and Deb Bergman at the 2010 Kluane Mountain Bluegrass festival can go anywhere in North America and meet up with friends that I’ve made through the Bluegrass Festival and feel right at home. There’s a real community there.” This year, the tight-knit Bluegrass Festival community will be housed under the roof of the St. Elias Community Centre, a venue with less than 400 seating capacity and a perfect view of the Kluane Mountains. The festival will take place from June 12 to 14, 2015. Tickets are available from Dean’s Strings and Music Supplies in Whitehorse, Kluane Machine in Haines Junction, or online at https://kmbf. eveyevents.com/ Applications from local artists will be accepted up until January 15 — those interested may apply via the festival website. Willow Gamberg completed a Music Business Management diploma in B.C. and writes about music and the arts. Please send comments about her articles to editor@whatsupyukon.com

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he summer of 2015 will see the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival, which went on temporary hiatus last year, returning to its old stomping grounds in Haines Junction. “We’re really excited to go back there, and the Junction is excited to have us back as well,” says Robbyn Chiles, president of the Yukon Bluegrass Music Society, and festival manager for this year’s event. “We... considered different communities to move the festival to for its forever-home, and Haines Junction came out as the clear winner. There was always quite a bit of magic that happened there.” A yearly fixture in the Yukon since its inception in 2003, the intimate, traditional bluegrass festival ran into a spot of financial difficulty in 2013, after which the board decided to take a year-long break to re-evaluate and regroup. “We’ve rebuilt our society bigger and stronger, and we’ve completed our five-year business plan, so we have a really clear path for the future, which is great,” says Chiles. This path begins with the announcement of a very exciting line up. A host of Yukon artists, as well as returning performers include Mark Ladoucer, Nadine Landry, and Sammy Lind. They will join

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World Famous in the Yukon with Fibi Zonnet

Behind the Man Who’s Behind the Camera On Vince Fedoroff

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t’s Christmas Eve and Vince Fedoroff and I are drinking happy hour beers at the Gold Rush. The place is packed. We chat for a bit before we begin the interview. “Crystal Ball” by Styx plays on the satellite radio and I admit to Vince that Styx is one of my favourite bands. He cites The Beatles, Peter Gabriel, and Genesis as a few of his own faves. We get down to business so that I can learn about Vince’s rock’n’roll history, and my first question stumps him -- he can’t remember the name of his first band! We get a good laugh out of that before moving on. His second band was called Union Jacks. He remembers his father teaching him to play the piano, his first instrument. When Vince decided that he didn’t want to continue with piano, his father bought a drum kit. Using reverse psychology, his father told Vince he bought the kit for himself so, of course, Vince wanted to play it all the time. He tells me how he learned to play: He had a vinyl record by the drummer of The Partridge Family on how to be a drummer. This audio lesson was quite rudimentary, and didn’t even teach one how to hold the sticks. Vince still considers himself a “struggling drum student”. He has been the drummer of Yukon

Jack since 1990. I get goose bumps when Vince talks about the honour he feels playing with the “road warriors” of that band. It’s his favourite musical endeavor to date. Vince Fedoroff and I were both born at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C. He lived in Hope, B.C., where his family owned and operated the Mount Hope Hotel. When he was in elementary school, his father traded their hotel for the Penguin Hotel in Dawson City! The Penguin used to be where the Midnight Son Hotel now stands. Vince and his family spent a summer in Dawson, and then wintered in Swift River. After that they moved to Whitehorse. Vince went to Whitehorse Elementary and F.H. Collins and, with the exception of a three-year Vancouver hiatus in the late ‘80s, has lived here since. As the music playing in the bar got better, the crowd dispersed and Vince reminded me of how me met. Back in 2005, I told Matthew Grant that I had never been inside the log skyscrapers. He informed me that one of his co-workers at the Whitehorse Star lived in one, and we went a’visitin’ Vince. I remember seeing a collection of Vince’s raven photos that day. I ask Vince what keeps him in the Yukon. His reply? “Who would leave?”

PHOTO: Fibi Zonnet and Vince Fedoroff

Vince poses outside the log skyscraper Almost immediately after he says this, Howard Chymy comes over to wish us a happy holiday. It’s perfectly timed in a way that happens in the Yukon often, reminding us of how lucky we are to live here. Vince Fedoroff was the win-

ner of the 2013 Yukon Rendezvous Society’s coveted golden razor for best moustache. His favorite colour is purple. This may have something to do with his mother’s name, Violet, or maybe it’s just because purple brings out the colour of his eyes. Either way, he

looks real good in purple. Fiona Solon aka Fibi Zonnet is a bean counter, singer, and producer. She is not a writer. Contact her via editor@whatsupyukon.com.


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The CreaTor : For all The giFTs ThaT have been given To us. PerForMers : MC’s: Laine Shorty, Eric Morris Opening Prayer: Emma Shorty Foyer performer : Nicholas Mah The Midnight Sons: Alex Johnson, Patrick Docherty, Ian MacIntyre, Daniel Stark Jasmine Netsena: Andrea Bettgar Klukshu Flats: Bob Charlie, Daniel Tlen, Delmar Washington, Tom Barnaby Sarah MacDougall: Micah Smith, Jordy Walker, Patrick Dougherty, Jenny Duncombe, Jaylene Ellard Buffy Sainte Marie: Jesse Ed Greene, Michel Bruyere, Anthony King Emma B : Emma Blair, Selena Heyligers-Hare, Clint Watson, Daniel Dunphy, Colby Blair, Chris Moyer Tim Naylor & Loose Enz: Chris Moyer Soul Migration: Roxx Hunter, Pam Phillips, Ken Searcy, Alex Machidon, David Sutton Derek Miller: Michel Bruyere, Ritchie Franzen Killer Dwarfs: Russ Graham, Darrell Millar, Gerry Finn, John Fenton Rock Berry Jam: Susanne Hingley / Organizer, Soul Migration / Host

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Producer - Gary Bailie Production Assistants – Cara Holmes, Nash Holmes Artwork - Lancelot Burton Website Design - Mark Rutledge Promotion – Pam Boyde, Susanne Hingley FOH Audio - Carl Schmidt Monitors - Jeff Hamm, Michael Hamm Foyer Audio - Bob Peacey Lighting Design - Gary Bailie Lighting Assistants - Jenelle Cousins, Nancy Rohaly, Jim Welsh, Catherine McCarthy Set techs - Tony Clennet, John Kilmer, Hal Jordan Video Documentation - Steve Philp / Eclectic Productions Digital Photography - Joseph Bradley / JFB Photography, Harry Kern, Michelle Sheppard Stage Managers - Michael Hamm, John MacDougall Stage Crew - Bob Peacey, Thea Carey, Solon MacDougall, Lenita Alatini, Leah McLeod Volunteer Co-ordinator – Marion Fayant Silent Auction - Millie Gage, Billie Joe Alexis, Charlotte Roberts Merchandising - Heather Kennedy, Rhoda Merkel Hospitality / Decorating – Christina Zahar, Michelle Kay Johnson, Cleo Gothme, Kluane Clarke, Kyla Trociuk, Geraldine Villemont Food Services - Viola Papequash, Jolene Papequash, Dezi Graham, Johnny Brass, Tina Bailie, Meghan Bailie, Crystal Papequash, Susanne Hingley Kitchen crew - Ekko Trociuk, Darci Trociuk, Lateisha Smith, Raven Lennie, Calvin Lindstrom, Stacy McKee Transportation – Joseph Graham, Cara Holmes, Hal Jordan / Jordan Transfer

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Yukon Arts Operating Fund, Lotteries Yukon, Kwanlin Dun First Nation, Whitehorse Star, Skookum Asphalt, Yukon Inn, Castle Rock Enterprises, Whitehorse Motors, Complete Concrete, City of Whitehorse, Station 141, Unitech Sound & Lighting, Omni Productions, Best Western Gold Rush Inn, Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters, Icycle Sport, Territorial Auto, Yukon Honda, Aroma Borealis, Canyon City Construction, Rendezvous Rotary Club, Baked Cafe, The Claim, Subway, Kilrich Industries, Northerm, Duncan’s Ltd., Salon Centre Yukon, Driving Force, Bearpaw Music & Gifts, Energy North Construction, Wayne Crow, Capital Helicopters, Sky High Wilderness Ranch, Kelly Construction, Cliffside Country Store, Yukon News, Eclectic Video Productions, Moonshadow Productions, Coast Mountain Sports, Uniglobe Travel, Mac’s Fireweed Books, Indian Craft Shop, Christie Lites Vancouver, JFB Photography, Harry Kern Photography, Sandor’s, Summit Roofing, Yukon Apparel, Indian Craft Shop, Jordan Transfer, Home Hardware, The Frame Shop, What’s Up Yukon, Yukon Springs, Air North, CKRW - The Rush, Mary Lumbers, Northern Front StudioWe would like to thank the following, for helping to make the Blue Feather Music festival, a successful event !

We would like to thank our audience and the Whitehorse Community for their support….. We do it for You !! We welcome everyone to our festival, to celebrate the creative gift of music. To those who could not attend, we will be back next year with another fabulous show.

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