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July 15th, 2005 Issue #13

All Northern. All Fun. 



What’s Inside What’s Happening

Caribouisms................2 The Editor’s Page..........3 Dining Fine.................4 Recipe.......................5 Sarah Stringer..............5 Beer Buzz...................6 Attention Span.............7 What’s Happening.........8 Wild Gamer.................9 Department of Youth... 10


 vant Gardener.......... 17 A Let’s Get Growing....... 18 Life on the Farm......... 18

Alison Conant performs with the Saba Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble during Longest Days Street Fair. They will perform again July 21, at 7 p.m. in front of the Elijah Smith Building. They also perform at the Fireweed Community Markets at Shipyards Park July 28 and every other Thursday afterward until September.

Arts and Culture

Stage in Motion............... 19 Death and Art................. 19 Next Stage..................... 20 Arts Listings................... 21 Brassens Tribute............. 21 Reel Yukon.................... 22 Audio Borealis................. 23


Sports and Rec

Fit ‘n’ Healthy........... 24 Mis-Adventures.......... 24 Play Makers............... 25 Sport Listings............ 25 Walkabout................ 26 Yukon Lies................ 27 Faro Golf Tourney....... 27



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Words Can Describe Dawson City Music Festival with Johnny Caribou

Joel Plaskett Emergency is the dance-till-you-drop headliner of the Dawson City Music Festival July 22 to 24. DAWSON CITY n the 27th incarnation of the Dawson City Music Festival, festival producer Dylan Griffith has championed a myriad of memorable taglines to describe this year’s line-up. “Awe-inspiring-psychedelicspaghetti-western-country-surfrock,” reads the legend on the band, The Sadies. Icelander Eivør Pálsdóttir’s bio says she’s an “angel-voiced Faroese chanteuse,” while Joel Plaskett’s reads, “melodic pop, country-tinged ballads and bombastic 70s-influenced


arena rock from a trio of cheeky Halagonians.” No matter how you say it, Canada’s tiny, perfect festival has come up with a dictionary of adjectives to describe the acts playing over the July 22–24 weekend. “I’m excited about everything, I’m excited about Tofu,” said Griffith last week outside the festival office while snacking on a handful of French-fries. Tofu — Tons of Fun University, says Griffith — are two grand slam poetry champions with a beat box who are two of the most sought-

after spoken word performers in North America. Griffith is also excited about having, for the first time in festival history, performers from all three territories represented. “It just happens that all three acts — Leela Gilday (NWT), Jerry Alfred (Pelly Crossing) and Tanya Tagaq Gillis (Nunavut) — are all aboriginal.” Griffiths is also cooing about an additional venue for DCMF musicians. “We have the Palace Grand for the evening this year,” says Griffith. “Even though the festival is sold out, we have extra seating because the Palace Grand is big. So we have about 100 extra tickets each night on sale for the general public.” Dawson City’s premier songstress, Marieke Hiensch, is set to make her second coming at the DCMF this year while the city’s prodigal sons, Shotgun & Jaybird, are set to dazzle as well.

Pálsdóttir, who sounds like Jewel meeting Patsy Cline on a mystical mountain top, is set to play with festival favourite Bill Bourne. Children’s entertainer Rick Scott, from British Columbia and a founding member of the legendary folk trio Pied Pumpkin String Ensemble, is set to perform as well. But one of the more unusual acts is Gillis who has developed her unique style of aboriginal

throat singing. Traditionally a vocal game between two women, Gillis yearned for her home while attending school in Nova Scotia and began emulating tapes her mother had sent her. Her performing has since landed her on festival stages, opera houses, even mausoleums the world over, and included collaborating stints with Bjork and Kronos Quartet. But to ensure festival goers limp away with sore feet, Griffith has arena rock man Joel Plaskett Emergency as one of the dancetill-you-drop headliners. “He plays the big fat 70s rock riffs. He’s been touring with the Tragically Hip and has a solo record out that’s top of the charts.”

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July 15, 2005

I’m Just Saying...

All Northern. All Fun.

An editorial by Darrell Hookey


hen What’s Up Yukon was launched this past winter, we planned on publishing 26 issues in the first year. This issue is #13 and represents the halfway point. Halfway points don’t warrant candles and cake, but it is a good time to shake out the mission statement and make sure we are still on track. We are. More and more, we are becoming a part of the routine of Yukoners and other Northerners. People are learning they can pick up our one magazine and find out what is happening for the next two weeks. But, even as you read this — and hopefully enjoying it — you may still have some questions about who the heck we are. So, here are some of the more popular questions I have been asked: Do you own this magazine? No, absolutely not. This was Tammy Beese’s dream and I am but a grateful employee. Considering she has taken a huge financial risk, works dozens of hours more each month than I do and knows 10 times more about the publication business than I do, I have no problem calling her, Boss. You are a newspaper, right? What’s Up Yukon is among the new generation of publications that just reports on entertainment, arts, culture, sports and entertainment. We are not considered a newspaper by the newspaper associations and the Canadian magazine association won’t allow us to be a member because of the free distribution. So we asked the folks at Georgia Straight, “What are we?” They said we are an “alternative newspaper” or an “entertainment magazine”. So, entertainment magazine was our decision as it fits well with our mandate. Are you supported by the government? No. Not even a little. Never asked, never offered. In fact, the Yukon News and Whitehorse Star earns 50 times more advertising dollars from the government than we do. I guess that means the bureaucrats like them more than us, but I try not to dwell on it. Why don’t you print scores of games? There are five other media outlets in town that do that job very well already. Our niche is to report on things that are going to happen and to help enhance that experience. That’s our job ... our only job. Why don’t you run syndicated columns? Personally, I like Dear Abby. But Dear Abby is not a Yukoner. We are 100 percent Northern. All of our columnists are Northerners and they write about things for Northerners. Why are there so many ads? It’s a free magazine. Have you checked out Georgia Strait lately? It’s ad content is at 80 percent and we are at only 60 percent. Is there any bad blood between you and the Yukon News? How could there be? What’s Up Yukon is no threat to the Yukon News. As for me, I will always be grateful to Peter Lesniak, Richard Mostyn and Erling Friis-Bastaad for giving me the opportunity to grow as a writer. A writer considers an editor to be a necessary evil ... and I needed that kind word here and that unkind word there and, sometimes, I needed them to close their eyes and say, “Yeah, go ahead and write it and see what happens.” OK, are we all straight on this now. Next time we do this, there will be candles and cake.


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Thank You ... Everybody

don’t think it would be an understatement to say, “Yukoners were taken by surprise with the new What’s Up Yukon entertainment magazine.” From out of no where, just six months ago, a bi-weekly magazine that focuses on the living culture within the Yukon and its Northern neighbours appeared in stores and gas stations and gyms and coffee shops. It came as a shock because there was little notice we would burst onto the scene. You see, I was still working at the Yukon News and Steve Robertson only asked that I not sell my idea for a new magazine in the five months before I left his employment. I was prepared to be let go back then, in August of 2004, but Steve didn’t see the two publications conflicting and he continues to be a huge support. There are others to thank, too. There is Greg, owner of Alaska Yukon magazine and a good friend. He inspired me with his confidence ... in me. He even designed two magazines for us, I value Greg’s opinion and appreciate his support. And there are Skip and Mariken Beese, my inlaws who became my biggest investors and among my biggest supporters. They believed in what I wanted to do and they wanted to make a difference in the North with me. Indeed, Skip will be helping distribute the magazines soon and they have always been there, at a moment’s notice, to care for their four and five-year-old grandchildren. I would also like to extend a thank you to Cousins, a local company that brings our magazines from Edmonton to you and asked for nothing in return. This company sees the value of the service we are offering Northerners and we will recognize

them each week in our masthead as a supporter of What’s Up Yukon. Dan Sokolowski, our design and layout person, has brought so much experience and expertise to this publication that he makes every facet of production easier. He may not share an office with us, but he is a critical member of the team. And thank you to my editor, Darrell Hookey. He has poured his heart into this magazine. His love for the Yukon shows with each page. Now I know why he needed the desk with the best view of his town. I knew he would be perfect for this job because of his heart and his ability to challenge each and every one of us to think a little differently. And to all of the Darrell’s columnists, thank you for bringing your passion and your connections to our pages. It is only because of you that we can make the claim that we report on the fun side, from the inside. Many other businesses deserve our thanks, too. From our advertisers to those who hand out our magazine for free, we value your trust that we can serve Northerners by informing them of the many wonderful events happening here. I am amazed at how many people share my vision ... one that took me five years to act on. It’s a vision of community... a vision of fun. Tammy Beese, Publisher, What’s Up Yukon Letters to the editor are welcome in this space. We reserve the right to edit for length, libel issues, grammar and spelling. We do not accept letters that do not concern the mandate of this magazine — arts, culture, entertainment, sports and recreation — and we will not accept a letter in lieu of a scrutinized press release. Please send your letters to editor@whatsupyukon.com or mail them to the address in our Masthead.

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Spirit Lake Wilderness Resort is a Dutch Treat with Darrell Hookey

CARCROSS t is a meal that begins with a glorious drive through scenes of majestic mountains, hummocky landscapes and forests of Jack Pine and Spruce teeming with wildlife. And only 45 minutes from downtown Whitehorse, Spirit Lake Wilderness Resort is, in its own right, an experience of quiet. It was the weekend and my Lovely Dinner Companion and I were itching to get out of the city. Three flags welcomed us as we pulled in from the South Klondike Highway (Carcross Road to you Sourdoughs) just five minutes on this side of Carcross. The national and territorial flags were joined by the Dutch flag. Jitske and Roel Van den Hoorn, our hosts, are Dutch ... very Dutch. They speak with a Dutch accent and embody the Dutch love of the mountainscape and forests in which they have made their home since May, 1996, when they bought this business. But, more importantly, there is Dutch cooking inside. Names like


Fricandel Speciaal and Broodje Kroket and Broodje Zoute Haring jump from the menu. Many of the items list Gouda cheese as an ingredient and I learned from Jitske it is pronounced, “Hooda”. And my LDC pointed out that “stroop” actually means “syrup” (the things you learn over dinner). Of course, I was fixated on the Dutch Apple Pie that was featured prominently in the full-colour menu. The family-run restaurant — son Jan Aalt operates the website and is a horseback guide at the resort — has a homey feel with some stonework on this wall and old-fashioned wallpaper on that. A huge wardrobe that was brought over the sea by Roel’s great-grandparents sits along

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the far wall with enough wear and tear to promise fascinating stories. But then there is another section with more subdued lighting that wasn’t being used this night. And another section was beyond that one which is brought to life when Spirit Lake Wilderness Resort is feeding the almost daily bus tours. Jitske says it can get busy in the restaurant (and she would know as she does all the cooking) but the bus tours are always gone by dinnertime. It closes at 8:00 p.m., but latecomers can often get a helping of her home-made soup — “It’s just like my grandma’s,” some exclaim — or the daily special may still be available. After our meal and slice of Dutch Apple Pie (with ice cream, of course) we felt it was prudent to go for a walk along the trails

behind the resort and explore Spirit Lake that has always been hidden from our view from the highway. If we had time, we could have rented a canoe or rode their horses. We could even stay the night in one of the quaint cottages facing the lake.

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story is amazingly animated by Forsyth’s historical acumen. After delivering her first two babies without a doctor or midwife, Sadie went on to teach ice-bound whalers Pitman’s Shorthand on Herschel Island. She later joined the Anglican Church Women’s Auxiliary after the Stringers were posted to Whitehorse. Sadie frequently accompanied her husband on his travels to the Outside. Recounting her Arctic tales, she captivated listeners eager to learn of the hardships of the Northern frontier from a woman’s point of view. Sadie Stringer was renowned for her strong sense of public duty. At a time when Europeans were initiating contact with the Arctic natives, traditional Arctic lifestyle and wisdom was being undermined by federal powers in favor of European teachings. Sadie warmly welcomed native children and adults, embracing their traditional intellect and incorporating it into her teachings. “I have met many elder people who knew the Stringer’s and remember them fondly,” says Forsyth acknowledging the impor-

tance of re-enacting the bishop’s wife. “So many people of the North were so profoundly affected by them.” Forsyth is a seasoned veteran of heritage interpretation, this being her sixth season with Parks Canada. Her performing career has seen her come full circle: “I was working at a mine outside of Dawson City and I was in at the church one day. The priest announced that he was looking for a new Sadie Stringer performer and I thought that would be fun.” Forsyth remembers the performances fondly: “She was the first person I reenacted ... and my favourite.” Though these performances are not related to Parks Canada, Forsyth’s work with the federal government has seen her perform as Martha Black, Arizona Charlie Meadows’ wife, Belinda Mulroney, and Ruby the Madame in Dawson City. Performances run Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Old Log Church Museum. For more information call 668-2555. This article is provided by the Yukon Historical & Museums Association.

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Warm Beer is Not Just for the British


n the last Buzz, we talked a bit about the right temperature for serving beer. Cold is not the answer, unless you really hate beer and should, by all rights, be drinking something else. Cold numbs the taste buds so that you turn beer into a simple alcohol delivery system. So if not cold ... how about warm? After all, beer (especially British beer) is meant to be served at room temperature, or warm, correct? Nope. Not unless you live in a large, drafty castle in Scotland, where room temperature is just enough that you can no longer see your breath. The proper term is not room temperature, but “cellar temperature”, which would be about 12° C.

So, in the interest of public service, we offer you the definitive guide to serving beer, at least as far as temperature goes. Serve your beer “very cold” if (a) it is a beer that you don’t actually like, or you don’t really like beer at all, (b) if you intend to guzzle several beers side-by-each with a fully loaded pizza, and flavour is the last thing you want to have to deal with, (c) it’s what you have done since you were a young sprite and you can’t get your head around any-

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The High Cost of Consumer Satisfaction

n the summertime, I eat cherries. Fresh cherries, firm and juicy, are a delicacy for which I will pay any price when they are in season. Right now the going rate for cherries in Whitehorse is about the same price per pound as crack cocaine, but I still devour them without restraint. Spending too much money for things to put in my body is what makes living in the North so much

fun. Before Starbucks came to town, I thought a latte cost $3. I had no idea you could spend sixbucks on the exact same thing, so now I go nowhere else. Spending more must mean better quality. That’s also why I drink nothing except bottled water. Just like driving a Hummer, bottled water is consumption at its finest and consumption is fun — that’s what my TV tells me.

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with Chris McNutt In most places, bottled water costs more than both gasoline and milk. Gasoline is derived from crude oil pumped from deep inside the earth and converted to a combustible liquid through a complicated chemical process. Milk is actually produced in the utter of a cow. So if bottled water is made from just water, why the

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WHITEHORSE July 14, 15 and 21 Pottery Camp 1 to 4:30 pm at the Guild Hall. Ages 8 to 12. Registration: 667-8574. July 15 Showcase of four bands, four DJs and four hip hop acts from 2 to 10 pm at LePage Park. Free. July 17 Pride Picnic from 1 to 5 pm at the Robert Service Campground. Please bring food to add to the burgers and hotdogs. July 19 Ed-Ventures: Home Sweet Habitat for children aged 4 to 6 and accompanied by adult. Meet at the Yukon Conservation Society at 10 a.m. for this two-hour event. July 20 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 6:30 pm at the Visitor Reception Centre. July 21 Ed-Ventures: Home Sweet Habitat for children aged 7 to 10. Meet at the Yukon Conservation Society at 10 a.m. for this two-hour event. July 25 Artist Talk and Try with Lilian Loponen: Watercolour at Yukon Arts Centre. Info: 667-8574. July 26 to 29 Youth Art Intensive: Capturing Emotion from 1 to 4:30 pm at Arts Underground at the Hougen Centre. Ages 11 to 15. Registration: 667-8574. July 26 Ed-Ventures: Nature In Your Own Backyard for children aged 4 to 6 and accompanied by adult. Meet at the Yukon Conservation Society at 10 a.m. for this two-hour event. July 27 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 6:30 pm at the Visitor Reception Centre. July 28 Ed-Ventures: Nature In Your Own Backyard for children aged 7 to 10. Meet at the Yukon Conservation Society at 10 a.m. for this two-hour event. August 2 Ed-Ventures: Survival In The Yukon for children aged 4 to 6 and accompanied by adult. Meet at the Yukon Conservation Society at 10 a.m. for this two-hour event. Aug. 3 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 6:30 pm at the Visitor Reception Centre. August 4 Ed-Ventures: Survival In The Yukon for children aged 7 to 10. Meet at the Yukon Conservation Society at 10 a.m. for this two-hour event. August 9 Ed-Ventures: Nature Art Holiday for children aged 4 to 6 and accompanied by adult. Meet at the Sculpture Garden at the Yukon Arts Centre at 10 a.m. for this two-hour event. Aug. 10 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 6:30 pm at the Visitor Reception Centre. August 11 Ed-Ventures: Chinook Adventure for children aged 7 to 10 at 10 a.m. Call 668-5678 for location.

August 16 Ed-Ventures: Season of Change for children aged 4 to 6 and accompanied by adult. Meet at the Yukon Conservation Society at 10 a.m. for this two-hour event. Aug. 17 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 6:30 pm at the Visitor Reception Centre. August 18 Ed-Ventures: Season of Change for children aged 7 to 10. Meet at the Yukon Conservation Society at 10 a.m. for this two-hour event. Aug. 24 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 6:30 pm at the Visitor Reception Centre.

ONGOING EVENTS Canyon City Hikes seven days a week at 10 am and 2 pm at the Miles Canyon Bridge. Yukon Brewing Company offers free virtual brewery tour daily at 11:30 am and 4:30 pm. Free samples. “See why our beer wins so many awards.” Info: 668-4183. Bingo Mondays at Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre. Cards on sale at 5 pm and games begin at 6 pm. Info: 667-2500. Hidden Lakes Hike Mondays from 1 to 3 pm starting from the Yukon Conservation Society office. Life and Times of Sarah “Sadie” Stringer performed by Barb Forsyth Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 pm at the Old Log Church. Pinetree Quilters meet first and third Monday evenings at 6:30 pm at United Church basement. Lakes Trail Tuesdays from 1 to 4 pm. Bridge Tuesdays at 7 pm at Golden Age Centre, Sport Yukon Complex. Northern Fibres Guild meets second Tuesday of each month between September and June at 7:30 pm at TC Richards Building. Fish Lake Hike Wednesdays from 10 am to 4 pm starting at the Yukon Conservation Society. Bring a lunch. Weed Walk Wednesdays from noon to 1 pm at Aroma Borealis. Join herbalist Bev Gray. Info: 667-4372. Scottish Country Dancing Wednesdays from 7 to 9:30 pm at Elijah Smith School gymnasium. No experience or partner necessary. Info: Michele at 633-6081. Fireweed Community Markets Thursdays from 3 to 9 pm at Shipyards Park. Cliff Walk to Long Lake Thursdays from 1 to 5 pm starting at the Yukon Conservation Society. Café Rencontres Fridays at Association Franco-Yukonnaise at

5 pm. Info: 668-2663. Grey Mountain Hike Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm starting at the Yukon Conservation Society. Bring a lunch. Bingo Saturdays starting at 9 am at the Elk’s Hall. The Art of Change until Aug. 28 at the Yukon Art Centre Gallery. Works from the permanent collection will be on display. Spirit Lake Wilderness Resort A convenient spot for lunch or dinner. Canoe rentals, horseback rides and lakeside cabins great for weekend get aways! Our campground offers a quiet alternative to the crowded Wolf Creek campground for locals. We look forward to seeing you!

MEETINGS La Leche League Canada meets every second Saturday of the month at 11 am at Yukon Family Services to offer breastfeeding information and support. Info: Suzanne at 668-5949 or Angela at 668-2262. Healing Circle Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm at Sport Yukon. Info: 393-2750.

FARO Tuesdays Youth Weight Room Sessions from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at Rec Centre. Staff will assist with stretching and scheduling. Thursdays Art Demonstration at Interpretive Centre. Info: 994-2288. Fridays Fire Side Chat at 7 pm at the Interpretive Centre. Info: 994-2288. Saturdays Arts on the Deck. Info: 994-2288. Sundays Interpretive Plant Walk at noon starting at the Interpretive Centre until Aug. 28. Info: 994-2288. July 15 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7:30 pm at Faro Recreation Centre. Info: 994-2375. July 15 Wild Game BBQ and Potluck at 6 pm at the Interpretive Centre. Info: 994-2288. July 22 luckyburden: songs and film at the Faro Recreation Centre. July 29 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7:30 pm at Faro Recreation Centre. Info: 994-2375. Aug. 5 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7:30 pm at Faro Recreation Centre. Info: 994-2375. Aug. 6 Games and Dessert on the Deck from 7 to 9 pm at the Interpretive Centre. Info: 994-2288. Aug. 12 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7:30 pm at Faro Recreation Centre. Info: 994-2375.

Aug. 19 and 20 Fireweed Festival. Info: 994-2375. Aug. 19 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7:30 pm at Faro Recreation Centre. Info: 994-2375. Aug. 26 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7:30 pm at Faro Recreation Centre. Info: 994-2375. Aug. 27 Flea Market on the Deck from 11 am to 2 pm at the Interpretive Centre. To rent a table, phone 994-2288.

TAGISH Wednesdays and Fridays Tagish Treasures from 2 to 4:30 pm. Thursdays Seniors Stay Fit Classes from 11 am to noon. Thursdays Stay Fit at 7 pm. Wednesdays Coffee and Chat from 2 to 4 pm.

WATSON LAKE July 20 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 6:30 pm at the Visitor Reception Centre. Info: 536-7469. July 27 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 6:30 pm at the Visitor Reception Centre. Info: 536-7469. July 29 to 31 $100,000 Bingo at the recreation centre. Tickets on sale at the Hougen Ticket Office. Aug. 3 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 6:30 pm at the Visitor Reception Centre. Info: 536-7469. Aug. 10 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 6:30 pm at the Visitor Reception Centre. Info: 536-7469. Aug. 17 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 6:30 pm at the Visitor Reception Centre. Info: 536-7469. Aug. 24 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 6:30 pm at the Visitor Reception Centre. Info: 536-7469.

HAINES JUNCTION July 18 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7 pm at the St. Elias Convention Centre. Info: 634-2726. July 18 luckyburden: songs and film at the St. Elias Community Centre.

July 25 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7 pm at the St. Elias Convention Centre. Info: 634-2726. July 31 Lauren Pelon Musique Company at 7:30 pm at the St. Elias Convention Centre. Info: 634-2726. Aug. 1 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7 pm at the St. Elias Convention Centre. Info: 634-2726. Aug. 8 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7 pm at the St. Elias Convention Centre. Info: 634-2726. Aug. 15 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7 pm at the St. Elias Convention Centre. Info: 634-2726. Aug. 22 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7 pm at the St. Elias Convention Centre. Info: 634-2726.

DAWSON CITY July 19 luckyburden: songs and film at the Odd Fellows Hall. July 22 to 24 Dawson City Music Festival. Info: Dylan at 993 5584 or info@dcmf.com. July 26 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7 pm at the Dawson City Museum. July 29 Miner’s BBQ at the arena hosted by KPMA. Info: Julia at 993-5888. Aug. 2 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7 pm at the Dawson City Museum. Aug. 9 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7 pm at the Dawson City Museum. Aug. 16 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7 pm at the Dawson City Museum. Aug. 23 Picturing the Yukon Film Series at 7 pm at the Dawson City Museum.

MAYO July 21 luckyburden: songs and film at the Mayo Community Hall.

KENO CITY July 20 luckyburden: songs and film at the snack bar.

INUVIK July 15 to 24 Great Northern Arts Festival.

ATLIN Aug. 4 Burger & Beer Night at 6 pm at the rec centre.

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Strong Family Makes Beautiful Music of that time tended to have their messages swamped in the excess chords. For the time being, Rogan is keeping busy with her students and forming a small jazz combo with her friends over the summer. But she has big plans brewing: Aspiring to attend McGill University in Montreal, Rogan hopes to become a professional jazz pianist. Faced with the mountain of work ahead of her in the wild and very competitive life of jazz,

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Mr. Bunk • Visitor Reception Centre • noon Mr. Bunk • Elijah Smith Plaza • 4:30, 8 p.m. Aytahn • Elijah Smith Plaza • 1, 5:30, 9 p.m.

HeART OF DOWNTOWN Visual artists Harold Harry, Carver • Murdoch’s Gem Shop • noon to 3 p.m. Valerie Hodgson, Painter • Bank of Montreal • 1 to 4 p.m. Mary Armstrong, Spinner • Hougen Centre • 1 to 4 p.m. Performing artists Wilbert Kendi & Boyd Benjamin, Stories, songs • Teegatha Oh’ Zheh Park • 7 p.m.

PERFORMANCE ART SPACES Solstice Music Society dance, Youth dance • LePage Park • 2 to 10 p.m. Friday Follies for July, Music and food • Centre de la francophonie • 5 to 7 p.m. ($)

SUMMER ARTS CAMP (ages 7 to 14)

Inks Incredible, with Meshell Melvin • Arts Underground • 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ($)


Lara Melnik, Polymer clay artist • LePage Park • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wilbert Kendi & Boyd Benjamin, Stories, songs • LePage Park • noon to 1 p.m.

DANCE, by LINK Dance Foundation Contact dance instruction • Rotary Peace Park • 5:15 p.m. Tribal Style Belly Dancers, Dinner theatre • Zola’s Café Doré • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. THEATRE

Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue • Westmark Whitehorse • 7, 9:15 p.m. ($) Matt & Ben, Sour Brides Theatre • Arts Underground • 8 p.m. ($) PIPE Theatre • Zola’s Café Doré • box office opens 8:30; tour begins 9:15 p.m. ($)

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Aytahn • Elijah Smith Plaza • noon, 4:30, 8 p.m. Mr. Bunk • Elijah Smith Plaza • 1, 5:30, 9 p.m.

HeART OF DOWNTOWN Visual artists Lara Melnik, Polymer clay artist • Murdoch’s Gem Shop • noon to 3 p.m. Jean Carey, Weaver • Coast Mountain Sports • 1 to 4 p.m. Jackie Dowell-Irvine, Painter • Hougen Centre • 2 to 5 p.m. Performing artists Barn dance, with Bob Kuiper & the band “Barndance” • LePage Park • 2 to 4 p.m.


Hacky sack demonstration, Yukon Footbag Association • LePage Park • noon to 1:30 p.m. Workshop with Janet Moore • Arts Underground • 10 to 11:30 a.m.


Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue • Westmark Whitehorse • 7, 9:15 p.m. ($) Matt & Ben, Sour Brides Theatre • Arts Underground • 8 p.m. ($)


Historical walking tours • LePage Park (YHMA office) • 9, 11 a.m., 1, 3 p.m. ($) Grey Mountain • Yukon Conservation Society • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. River walk, Explosions on the Yukon River • MacBride • 2 p.m. ($) River walk, Murder under the Midnight Sun • MacBride • 7 to 7:30 p.m. ($)

Fireweed Market provides local products at Shipyards Park, every Thursday from 3 to 9 p.m. There are booths selling food and crafts, with something to delight the eye for everyone. See next page for a map. ($) indicates a charge at the door. Longest Days Street Fair, (867) 668-5595, longestdays@yukonbooks.com. For performers biographies and last minute changes, go to www.longestdays.com.

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Monday, July 18th Pancake breakfast, Sourdough Rendezvous • Longest Days Marketplace • 7 to 9 a.m. ($)



Tracy Alderidge, Spoken word • Murdoch’s Gem Shop • 1 to 2 p.m.


Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue • Westmark Whitehorse • 7, 9:15 p.m. ($) Ben Sour Brides Theatre • Arts Underground • Matt & Ben, 8 pm ($)

Mary Hudgin, Bookbinder • LePage Park • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Daniel Tlen, Storyteller and musician • LePage Park • noon to 1 p.m.


Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue • Westmark Whitehorse • 7, 9:15 p.m. ($) PIPE Theatre • Zola’s Café Doré • box office opens 8:30; tour begins 9:15 p.m. ($)


Historical walking tours • LePage Park (YHMA office) • 9, 11 a.m., 1, 3 p.m. ($) Hidden Lakes • Yukon Conservation Society • 1 to 3 p.m. River walk, Explosions on the Yukon River • MacBride • 2 p.m. ($) River walk, Murder under the Midnight Sun • MacBride • 7 to 7:30 p.m. ($)

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Performing artists Gospel singalong with the Peters Family • Stringer Park • 1 p.m.



Visual artists Elizabeth Piccolo, Textile artist • Coast Mountain Sports • noon to 3 p.m. Tanya Van Valkenberg, Beader • Hougen Centre • 2 to 5 p.m. Jackie Dowell-Irvine, Painter • Murdoch’s Gem Shop • 2 to 5 p.m.

Performing artists Chris McNutt, Funny man • Longest Days Marketplace • 11 a.m., 1:15, 4:15 p.m. Break dancing, Break Dance Yukon Society with Abstrakt Breakin Systems from Toronto • Longest Days Marketplace • 3, 5 p.m.




Mr. Bunk • Elijah Smith Plaza • noon, 2, 4:30 p.m. Aytahn • Elijah Smith Plaza • 1, 3, 5:30 p.m.

Visual artists Samantha Dickie, Clayworker • Coast Mountain Sports • noon to 3 p.m. Carolyn Campbell, Spinner • Murdoch’s Gem Shop • noon to 3 p.m. Janet Moore, Painter • Hougen Centre • 1 to 4 p.m.





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Pancake breakfast, Sourdough Rendezvous • Longest Days Marketplace • 7 to 9 a.m. ($)


Spike McGuire • Visitor Reception Centre • noon Paul Isaak • Elijah Smith Plaza • 1, 3, 6 p.m. Spike McGuire • Elijah Smith Plaza • 2, 4 p.m.

HeART OF DOWNTOWN Visual artists Lynne Sofiak, Potter • Hougen Centre • noon to 3 p.m. Patrice Manchur, Painter • Coast Mountain Sports • noon to 3 p.m. Alicia and Candace Vance, Beaders • Murdoch’s Gem Shop • 4 to 7 p.m.

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Pancake breakfast, Sourdough Rendezvous • Longest Days Marketplace • 7 to 9 a.m. ($)

Performing artists Barbara Chamberlin & friends, Pop, rock, folk • Longest Days Marketplace • 3, 5 p.m. Diane Homan & Marie Carr, Stiltwalkers • Roving minstrels on Main Street • noon





Visual artists Lynne Sofiak, Potter • Hougen Centre • noon to 3 p.m. Anne Mackenzie, Felter • Coast Mountain Sports • noon to 3 p.m. Meshell Melvin, Textile artist • Hougen Centre • 4 to 7 p.m.

Salsa dance, LINK Dance Foundation • Sportees (deck) • 1 to 2 p.m. Mary Hudgin, Bookbinder • LePage Park • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Manfred Janssen, Musician • LePage Park • noon to 1 p.m.

Paul Isaak • Visitor Reception Centre • noon Spike McGuire • Elijah Smith Plaza • 1, 3, 6 p.m. Paul Isaak • Elijah Smith Plaza • 2, 4 p.m.


Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue • Westmark Whitehorse • 7, 9:15 p.m. ($) PIPE Theatre • Zola’s Café Doré • box office opens 8:30; tour begins 9:15 p.m. ($)

Performing artists Reverend Mary Battaja, First Nations elder from Mayo • Longest Days Marketplace • 11 a.m., 1:15, 4:15 p.m. Diane Homan & Marie Carr, Stiltwalkers • Roving minstrels on Main Street • noon LINK Dance Foundation, Contemporary dance and comedy • Longest Days Marketplace • 3, 5 p.m.




Lea-Ann Dorval • Zola’s Café Doré • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Historical walking tours • LePage Park (YHMA office) • 9, 11 a.m., 1, 3 p.m. ($) Ed-Venture for kids (ages 4 to 6) • Yukon Conservation Society • 10 a.m. to noon River walk, Explosions on the Yukon River • MacBride • 2 p.m. ($) River walk, Murder under the Midnight Sun • MacBride • 7 to 7:30 p.m. ($)

Contemporary dance, LINK Dance Foundation• Rose Music (window) • 1 to 2 p.m.


Mary Hudgin, Bookbinder • LePage Park • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free movement workshop for kids and adults, LINK Dance Foundation • LePage Park • 11:30 a.m. to noon Contemporary dance and comedy, LINK Dance Foundation • LePage Park • noon to 1 p.m.


Contemporary dance, LINK Dance Foundation • Zola’s Café Doré • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.


On-going exhibitions Arts Underground Hougen Heritage Gallery: E.J. Hamacher photographs Yukon Art Society Gallery: Retrospective of contemporary Yukon artists Bank of Montreal Yukon painters and textile artists with music by Yukon musicians Centre de la francophonie (AFY) Displays by local francophone and francophile artists. Children’s Museum of the North Society Weekly display of different puppets illustrating a story or poem; in the window at the Hougen Centre

Gallery tour Guided visits of Yukon Arts Centre gallery and Yukon Artists at Work studio. Van leaves White Pass building at 11 a.m. sharp; returns between 12:45 and 1 p.m. Daily ($) MacBride Museum Photograph display, “Centre of the City: Front and Main.” Exhibits, historic movies, slide shows, Sam McGee: fact or fiction, gallery and yard tours, gold panning, music, heritage talks, daily river walks. Old Log Church Museum Photographs and artifacts Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery Talk + Try (demos and hands-on lessons) with Yukon artists. July 18: Ava Christyl (oils), July 25: Lillian Loponen (watercolour). Shuttle leaves Longest Days Marketplace 5:45 p.m.; returns 7:45 p.m. ($) Yukon Art Society Gallery, Captain Martin House Eve Chapple, “Found in the Yukon”

Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue • Westmark Whitehorse • 7, 9:15 p.m. ($) Matt & Ben, Sour Brides Theatre • Arts Underground • 8 p.m. ($) PIPE Theatre • Zola’s Café Doré • box office opens 8:30; tour begins 9:15 p.m. ($)


Historical walking tours • LePage Park (YHMA office) • 9, 11 a.m., 1, 3 p.m. ($) Fish Lake • Yukon Conservation Society • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. River walk, Explosions on the Yukon River • MacBride • 2 p.m. ($) River walk, Murder under the Midnight Sun • MacBride • 7 to 7:30 p.m. ($)


Yukon shorts #4 • Visitor Reception Centre • 6:30 p.m. Natural history lecture • MacBride • 7 p.m.

Longest Days Marketplace Daily, under the tents at Third Avenue and Main Street, this marketplace offers Yukon-made products, along with merchandise from importers and entrepreneurs. Open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Pancake breakfast, Sourdough Rendezvous • Longest Days Marketplace • 7 to 9 a.m. ($)

Pancake breakfast, Sourdough Rendezvous • Longest Days Marketplace • 7 to 9 a.m. ($)





Spike McGuire • Visitor Reception Centre • noon Paul Isaak • Elijah Smith Plaza • 1, 5:30, 9 p.m. Spike McGuire • Elijah Smith Plaza • 4:30, 8 p.m.

Paul Isaak • Visitor Reception Centre • noon Spike McGuire • Elijah Smith Plaza • 1, 5:30, 9 p.m. Paul Isaak • Elijah Smith Plaza • 4:30, 8 p.m.

Visual artists Meshell Melvin, Textile artist • Hougen Centre • noon to 3 p.m. Chris Scherbarth, Glassworker • Murdoch’s Gem Shop • noon to 3 p.m. Mary Beattie, Textile artist • Bank of Montreal • 1 to 4 p.m.

Visual artists Chris Scherbarth, Glassworker • Coast Mountain Sports • noon to 3 p.m. Lise Merchant, Textile artist • Hougen Centre • 1 to 4 p.m. Mary Beattie, Textile artist • Murdoch’s Gem Shop • 1 to 4 p.m.

Performing artists Natasha Nettelton, Young talent to watch • Arts Underground • noon, 2 p.m. Diane Homan & Marie Carr, Stiltwalkers • Roving minstrels on Main Street • noon Boink the Clown • Roving minstrels on Main Street • noon, 2, 4 p.m.

Performing artists Daniel Tlen, First Nation storyteller from Burwash • Longest Days Marketplace • 11:15 a.m., 1:15, 4:15 p.m. Daniel Tlen, Stories, songs in Tutchone and English • Teegatha Oh’ Zheh Park • 7, 8 p.m.


Contemporary dance, LINK Dance Foundation • Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters • noon to 1 p.m. Contemporary dance, LINK Dance Foundation • Fireweed Market • 4:30 to 5 p.m.


Mary Hudgin, Bookbinder • LePage Park • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ryan Enns, Musician • LePage Park • noon to 1 p.m.


Jim Vautour • Zola’s Café Doré • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue • Westmark Whitehorse • 7, 9:15 p.m. ($) PIPE Theatre • Zola’s Café Doré • box office opens 8:30; tour begins 9:15 p.m. ($)


Historical walking tours • LePage Park (YHMA office) • 9, 11 a.m., 1, 3 p.m. ($) Ed-Venture for Kids (ages 4-6) • Yukon Conservation Society • 10 a.m. to noon River walk, Explosions on the Yukon River • MacBride • 2 p.m. ($) River walk, Murder under the Midnight Sun • MacBride • 7 to 7:30 p.m. ($)


Kwanlin Dün First Nation, Canteen with stick gambling • Longest Days Marketplace • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday Follies for July, Music and food • Centre de la francophonie • 5 to 7 p.m. ($)


Mary Hudgin, Bookbinder • LePage Park • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Frank Hoorn, Singer, songwriter • LePage Park • noon to 1 p.m.


Contact dance instruction • Rotary Peace Park • 5:15 p.m


Tribal Style Belly Dancers, by LINK Dance Foundation • Zola’s Café Doré • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue • Westmark Whitehorse • 7, 9:15 p.m. ($) Matt & Ben, Sour Brides Theatre • Arts Underground • 8 p.m. ($) PIPE Theatre • Zola’s Café Doré • box office opens 8:30; tour begins 9:15 p.m. ($)


Historical walking tours • LePage Park (YHMA office) • 9, 11 a.m., 1, 3 p.m. ($) Grey Mountain • Yukon Conservation Society • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. River walk, Explosions on the Yukon River • MacBride • 2 p.m. ($) River walk, Murder under the Midnight Sun • MacBride • 7 to 7:30 p.m. ($)

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s it not a beautiful summer? Warm with some rain now and then ... it cannot be better. Did you apply your second fertilizer application already? If not, you better do it soon otherwise those lawns will be turning yellow again. Remember, a weak lawn is prone to all kinds of diseases and weeds. Did you know that the most common problem in the summer is mushrooms? And did you also know that they are very easy to prevent? All you have to do is check your soil for sticks and woody parts while you are spreading your soil before you plant a lawn. Also check the sod for sticks and pull them out if you see any before you lay a sod lawn. If you don’t, it will give you problems next year. Wood buried in the soil will rot and when you fertilize your soil, and water it afterward, it will speed up the decaying and

you will grow a beautiful crop of mushrooms which are difficult to get rid of later. Do not eat the mushrooms appearing in your lawn without first having them identified by a competent authority. Another common disease in the summer is a white powdery substance that can be seen on the blades of grass growing in heavy shade. This is powdery mildew; it is not a very serious disease but it does give the lawn an unsightly appearance. It can be prevented by watering less often in the shade of the house or other obstacles because the grass does not dry out as fast in those places as the rest of the lawn. The most devastating diseases on turf are snow moulds. Fungi that are particularly active during the winter months cause them. The disease develops at low temperatures and produces web-like

patches on the lawn immediately after the snow melts. The disease is evident in early spring with the appearance of dead patches in the lawn. Snow mould can be controlled by applying a fungicide to the grass in early fall in one or more applications in addition to making sure that you remove all dead or decaying matter from the lawn before the snow falls.

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and visit, go for nice long walks, visit the hot springs, attend music festivals and even visit the Wildlife Preserve. This is our third year in the WWOOFing program and for five other farms in the area as well. Currently, we have two very nice women from Japan working at our farm: Tomoko and Masayo. I did a little interview with them and learned that one of them first heard about WWOOFing from a travel agency. The other one read about it in a book. They both agreed that WWOOFing was a less expensive way to travel. They also said that you get to have some really cool experiences, like white water rafting (it was only after they booked to go that we learned they couldn’t swim). Masayo said the work was not as hard as she first thought it would be ... six hours some days and none at all on others. One of the things that I thought was cool though, was the fact that neither of them had been to such a small city before. The other thing they said was that you can get the most amazing mountain view here, especially around Haines Junction. They’ll spend almost three months on our farm before they travel to Vancouver to work on some other farms. Until the next time.

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row of people standing along the side of the street collapsing in profound and disturbing unison; repelling off the side of the Yukon Art Centre; police — what gives? Strange and exciting things have been happening in Whitehorse since the arrival of Bubonic Tourist, a performance company from Calgary, Alberta. It’s the Yukon PIPE Theatre Project, a multi-disciplinary collaboration between Bubonic Tourist, Culture Quest, the Yukon Arts Centre, the Longest Days Street Fair and eight Yukon artists of various disciplines between the ages of 16 and 25. PIPE stands for “Performance In Peculiar Environments”. In its performances in the Longest Days Street Fair, YPTP will utilize venues like the Pioneer Cemetery and


an empty building downtown in their guided, site-specific performance tours. Buy your ticket, show up at Zola’s Café Doré on Main Street at 8:30 p.m. from July 18 to 22 and you will be guided on a tour through the streets of Whitehorse to encounter a series of zany, hilarious, surprising and site-specific performances in the downtown core. The performances will incorporate theatre, dance, performance art, music, film, video and media. Your animated tour guide for these evenings will be Calgary artist Josh Dalledonne, a drama student at the University of Calgary. He will be “dragging” you along the tour in full character and costume.


Facilitators Eric Moschopedis, Samuel Garrigó Meza, and Kyrstin Blair and the above-mentioned Yukon artists have been turning the Yukon Art Centre on its head during their creation period these past few weeks. The YAC’s production room, dressing rooms, lobby and theatre have all been fair game for creation and performing grounds. At a rehearsal last week, there was a suitcase filled with miscellaneous and unlikely props, lots of cardboard, duck tape and strange characters walking all around the Centre muttering gibberish to themselves and each other — I couldn’t tell. It didn’t matter. They had been given 30 minutes to create a five-minute performance piece using a couple of telephone numbers and eight simple aspects of performance, such as lighting, environment and character. The aspects had been written on cards and assembled in

a random order. I have to admit here that as strange as this all sounds, the moment the first performance began — officially and before that, too — I was really drawn in. It was exciting to watch this group of young people create

For the installation, Okano is building infant caskets for strictly practical reasons: “They are small and easier to work with.” But she realizes the sight of an infant casket can be especially disturbing to some people. “The idea of an infant dying before they actually live ...,” she says without finishing. Then, “You say ‘casket’, but when you see it, it may be a nest. “It allows for room for interpretation. “It will inspire reaction,” she agrees. “This is about creating dialogue; I don’t want to force people into a passive role. “Being an artist is not just about creating beautiful things, but creating a process to open discussion.” That is why Okano creates “interactive art”. She says she has to warn curators that people will touch her work and they may add something.

She visited the Yukon once before as an artist with the Three Rivers Journey. The artwork she created from that experience was a series of words on the floor that changed appearance when viewed through biscuits of water, suspended above them, as they were disturbed. Part of her research in Dawson City included visiting the cemeteries. She was intrigued to see how a family of woodpeckers had burrowed into a large, wooden monument and made it their home: “New beginnings,” she called it. And she thought it was “lovely” that the Yukon Order of Pioneers put new markers in front of the existing markers that were difficult to read as they withstood a century of weathering. “The new and the old have a nice feeling of interplay of the new and the remembrance,” she says. The installation has two prospective homes in Vancouver and may involve a book as well.

Eight Yukon performing artists have been brought together to provide Performance in Peculiar Environments. Guided tours leave Zola’s Café Doré July 18 to 22, at 8:30 p.m., to find them. PHOTO: MARK PRINS

The Art of Grief and Remembrance

osing a loved one is an emotionally charged and draining experience. At the same time, we must deal with our own grief while offering the deceased a meaningful farewell. Haruko Okano can help. She is an artist. The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture hosted her as its artist in residence in June. She worked on a project that was inspired by the “green funeral movement”. Okano collected stories of dealing with death from Dawsonites to be included in the finished work of art. “I was interested in how people transcend death and extreme loss,” she said. “It’s a work in collaboration with people who are grieving.” Okano says there are alternatives to burial and scattering ashes to the wind. Perhaps a poem can be created or an audio message or a garden planted.

Haruko Okano likes the way Dawson City handles the sensitive issue of death. She is the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture’s artist in residence. “It will be what the grieving person wants it to represent,” she says. “I’m not a therapist, I am a facilitator, it’s not my decision.” The “monument” may not even represent the person; instead, it could represent the ideals they held dearly.

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with such openness to their own authentic creativity. They presented themselves with focus, unrestrained spontaneity and wild abandon of outside impressions. “Our way of working doesn’t start or stop at the door of the theatre, or the rehearsal hall,” said Moschopedis earlier. I learned later that the founder and co-artistic director of Bubonic Tourist not only has a degree in philosophy, but also admits he’s an “avid math user” and a master of the draw against the computer in Chess Master 5500. BT’s motto is, “Creating community through performance.” “The whole project is collaborative,” says Moschopedis, “between artists, the business community, arts organizations, friends and family. It’s about the generosity that makes performance happen.” “At every turn (during their time here), someone has been there offering us a meal or a ride and a lot of support. Zola Doré is providing us with a meeting place and one of the venues for our performance tour. “It’s really exciting for us to have that kind of relationship with the community. “We hope that the artists we’re working with will continue this work and take it forward.” Send your stories to Jude Wong

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July 15, 2005

Our Heritage in Song and Dance and Gags with Bill Polonsky

Amanda Leslie and Bernie Phillips perform Everything in the Yukon Now is Ragtime in one of two nightly performances of the Frantic Follies. PHOTO: SAM CASHIN


he Frantic Follies is a Yukon institution. For 36 years this Vaudeville revue has been delighting audiences in the Yukon from around the world. Originally created by Jim and Lyall Murdoch, the Follies ran as an amateur production from 1968 to1970 until it went professional. Since then, there has been no looking back for this popular show.

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The Frantic Follies gets its vitality from a legacy of stage traditions: The arrangement of a Vaudeville revue, the talent of the actors and the stories of the Yukon it presents in song and dance. Around the turn of the 20th century, Vaudeville and its cousin, the British music hall, was king before television, before radio and even before film grew to its prominence in popular entertainment.

It was the stage that coined the phrase “bums on seats”. In one performance you could see high opera, slapstick humour, musical acts and adaptations of plays and other popular literature written for the stage by skilled and talented writers. As the gold fever of the Klondike attracted huge new masses of people to this area, theatres were built and the entertainment of the age, Vaudeville, was imported to soothe the savage Sourdough and perhaps glean a bit of gold from his pocket. In our own Frantic Follies we have a loving tip of the hat to the tradition that one acting troupe could write, play and perform all the parts. The Revue takes you back to the dance halls of the Klondike Gold Rush and presents good old-fashioned songs, dances, musical numbers and adaptations of Robert Service poems ... some at breakneck speed. All of the cast members sang, danced and played instruments. Apart from being an accomplished pianist with a CD release, Grant Simpson, a 25-year veteran of the Frantic Follies, is the co-producer, musical director and acts on stage as the master of ceremonies among other roles. Amanda Leslie sang in her role as the chanteuse. She gets all the elaborate costume changes in the show and gets to pick out a special “Pookey” to sing to every performance. As the opera singer, Michael Eckford tries throughout the per-

formance to ply his chosen singing style only to get shut out by cast and audience equally. He also plays some powerful trumpet in the Dixieland Band. What show about the height of the Yukon Gold Rush would be complete without high-kicking dancing girls? The Frantic Follies is replete with gorgeous girls in feathers and sequins, garter belts

and high steps, all in good taste and good fun. The dancers in the performance I saw — Adrienne Pelchat, Nikki Swerhun, and Rebecca Reynolds — are all accomplished dancers in there own right. Bernie Phillips, under great globs of grease paint, was a pleasure to watch. This actor can really chew the scenery as needed. What I saw were serious actors who worked tirelessly in many roles to get the performance right for the stage, night after night in the best tradition of the theatre.

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Join us in a celebration of Yukon Visual & Performing Arts Beginning May 24 - July 29 Monday thru Friday LePage Park, 3rd Ave & Wood St.

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Atists talk and try Every Monday in July 6-8pm $5 per workshop. July 18 Oil Painting with Ava Chrystl

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July 26-29 Youth Art Intensive @ Arts Underground 1-4:30 ages 11-15 Cost $110 instructor Meshell Melvin

Performing Arts: Noon to 1:00 Jazz, folk, blues, dance, and country from local and visiting entertainers.

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Dawson City Museum: Tues., July 19th, 7pm Film: luckyburden: songs & film. Campbell Region Interpretive Centre: Fri., July 15th, 6pm Wild Game BBQ Potluck. Beringia Interpretive Centre: July 21st Part of the Land. Part of the Water Camp for ages 7-9. Old Log Church Museum: Month of July Sadie Stringer performances, Mon., Wed., Fri. @ 2pm. For more information please call 667-4704 or email yhma@northwestel.net

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Musician Shares His Hero Has a tree yet become the lumber That will box my final slumber? Didier Delahaye went home last month. ot to France — where he lived until he was 18, because, really, he is Canadian now — but rather to the home of Georges Brassens, his hero in music ... who just happened to have lived in France. Brassens was bigger than the Beatles in France; he had more respect than Bob Dylan; and he used the French language to more effect than Leonard Cohen ever had on English. As a singer and songwriter, Brassens’ revered dominance of French music never wavered ... even right up to his death 24 years ago. And it lasts to today, too, as Delahaye travelled to pay homage at the Festival Georges Brassens in Provence’s Vaison-la-Romaine. Delahaye had been translating the songs of Brassens into English and now has a catalogue of 64. Here, in France, he sang the songs in English just as others before him sang Brassens songs in Creole, Swedish and Russian. At Festival Generations Brassens, later that month, Delahaye said he was, “Blown away by the number of people who would sit back and listen and understand. “And there were those who didn’t understand English and they said they could just appreciate the music.” Delahaye found Brassens when he was a kid: “His style was very simple, pared down with a simple melody and extremely rich lyrics. “He wrote about sex, politics, death. “He called himself strictly a song writer, but everybody considered him a great literary poet.” Delahaye saw in Brassens a rebel and anarchist who had a strong sense of friendship. Here in the Yukon, Delahaye is sharing his music via guitar, voice and the words translated into English. At the Storytelling Festival in 2003, “People would come in during the sound checks and ask, ‘What is this?’” This excited Delahaye: “It was written 50 years ago ... it has a timeless quality.” The music of Brassens will be brought to the Boiler Room in the fall.


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Songs and Film Combine to Tell the Story of Keno City


ome people look at a place like Keno City and see a ghost town while others see the images of the past and present. It’s the stories of those lives that inspired Kim Barlow and Andy Connors to create luckyburden: songs and film. It’s a live show that combines Barlow’s songs and Connors’ filmmaking to tell the stories of the people of the once-bustling mining town of Keno City. “Kim and I are reinterpreting social history through Kim’s story songs and, in my case, documentary film,” said Connors. Connors says he doesn’t know of any other combination of film and music that’s performed live in the context of documentary film. “The fact that Kim is playing makes it a performance, not just an exhibition, he said.

Kim Barlow performed last month with luckyburden: songs and film in Edmonton at nextfest 2005. The show comes to the communities July 18 to 22. See the What’s Happening Listings on Page 8 for details. PHOTO: NATHANAEL SAPARA nextfest Meanwhile, Connors shot present day footage of the village, interviewed Keno City residents such as Mike Mancini and edited it together with archival footage of the community and the area’s

with Rod Jacob Kim Barlow has lived in the Yukon for a little over a decade. She got her first guitar from her grandparents when she was 10 years old. Now she also plays banjo and cello, doing most of her songwriting on the guitar. Including luckyburden (her latest), she’s produced four albums for the Caribou Records label. Her second, Gingerbread, was nominated for a Juno Award in 2003 in the roots/traditional category. Of the 12 songs on luckyburden, Barlow wrote the song Madonna Mia first. It tells the story of a woman born in Italy who ends up calling Keno City home: I raise a family high on a mountain He works hundreds of feet below I work hard to make a garden grow Good-bye Italy now I am home “One of the things that caught my interest,” says Barlow, who first went to Keno for four days while she was weaning her son, “was the stories of the lives of these women — they had to come to this mining town and try to make some semblance of a life like they had back home.”

now-closed mines to create a film that crosses the boundaries between “documentary” and “experimental” forms. “The most interesting thing to me in Keno was the contemporary

Connors and Barlow took the luckyburden show on the road through Ontario and the Prairies last fall in a slightly longer edit than its current 45 minutes. They also performed the show at Nextfest, Edmonton’s multidisciplinary performing & visual arts showcase in early June. They’ll be taking their show to Yukon audiences between July 18 and 22. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see Barlow play her new Rayco acoustic steel-string guitar, which was made by Smithers-based musician and luthier Mark Thibault.

Barlow is obviously very fond of her new “axe” — she openly admits that she “cried at the Toronto airport when they made me put it into baggage.” Connors has no new guitars, at least none that he admitted crying over. He is, though, currently in pre-production for a new short dramatic film. He’s calling it Artifacts. The CD for luckyburden includes a five-minute video track that shows excerpts from a live concert recording done at the Keno City Snack Bar in May of 2004.

life,” Connors said. “But I wasn’t interested in doing a ‘History Channel’ type of documentary ... it sort of evolved into an experimental film.” luckyburden is not a film accompanied by music in the style of the old silent films that were screened with a piano player doing accompaniment. Rather, it is a montage of images composed to match the songs. “I orchestrated the movement of the footage to accompany Kim’s songs, Connors said. A key question Connors asked himself when editing was, “What visual do I use to match the song that’s not simply a literal interpretation of the lyrics?”


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Running Five Kilometres One Step at a Time


irst off, please let me welcome you to our first edition of our regular fitness column, Fit ’n’ Healthy Living. Our goal is to bring you motivational, educational and worthwhile information on how to live a fit and healthy life. We will begin our first edition with a scenario that comes up a lot during the Yukon spring/summer: A beginning fitness enthusiast whose goal is to be able to run their first five kilometres. Whether the goal of my client is personal fitness, friend support system or a pure sense of accomplishment, finishing a five-kilometre run is a realistic pursuit even for novice runners ... as long as

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no serious previous injuries are apparent. Here are some accepted guidelines from The American Council on Exercise (ACE) to help you train for your first five-kilometre run. 1. Goal Setting Setting realistic and attainable goals are important aspects of any training program. A fivekilometre run (let it be a race or

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or runners who can’t make it to Dawson City for the Dome Race, there is something a little closer to home. The Mount Lorne Mis-Adventure Cross Country Run was scheduled for July 24 for just that reason. It is a 21-kilometre run “along a zig zaggy trail to Bear Creek, across the highway and part way up Mount Lorne,” says Sue MacKinnon-Dunn, an organizer of the annual event. It begins at the Lorne Mountain Community Centre on the Annie Lake Road at 10:00 a.m., with registration at 9:30.

MacKinnon-Dunn says the race will end with a chilli dinner with five kinds of chilli offered: moose, caribou, bison, beef and vegetarian. It will be a dog-friendly race and a good training opportunity for the Yukon River Trail Marathon Aug. 7. The registration fee is $20 and the profits will go to the Mount Lorne Fire Hall for equipment. Last year, there were 36 runners. To ensure things run smoothly, MacKinnon-Dunn says this year’s race will be limited to 50. Information is available at 668-7814 or wmwdunn@internorth. com.

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simply a run) is an attainable goal for a novice runner. Beginners should start out with a simple program such as the one outlined below. The runner’s goal should be to have a good time, to limit injury and to build confidence. Give yourself a realistic time line to reach your goal depending on your beginning fitness level. Usually a training program of 8 to 10 weeks is enough time to prepare a new runner to finish a 30-minute run. 2. The Program Before beginning any new training program you must first see your doctor, explain to him/her your goals and be cleared to start the physical activity. It may also be a good idea to see a certified personal trainer for a fitness assessment to find out where you are starting from, your current cardiovascular, strength and flexibility levels as well as your body composition. Knowing where you are starting from can help a lot in designing

your running program so you are working at your maximum potential without causing any injuries or overtraining. If you have not previously been involved in a running program, your program may look something like this: • Walk for 20 mins for first four days • Walk for 30 mins for next four days • Run for two mins, walk for four mins (totaling 30 mins for a week) • Run for three mins, walk for three mins (two weeks) •  Run for four mins, walk for two mins (two weeks) • Run for five mins, walk for one min (two weeks) Continue this way until you can run comfortably for a full 30 minutes. Then start increasing your speed. 3. Safety Overtraining or going out too hard are common mistakes made by beginners and advanced athletes alike. Gradual training as outlined above with days of rest are important for long-term success. Be sure to wear proper footwear and ask your trainer or other professional what type of shoes are best for your feet. Don’t borrow shoes because they can cause more

harm than good to your feet. Try to find a soft running surface. We are lucky in Whitehorse in that we have tons of trails to choose from which are soft in surface, close to town and flat or hilly depending on what you’re looking for. If you are sticking to the roads, try to run along the soft shoulders and wear reflective clothing. When running on trails not close to town try to have a running partner and make lots of noise (talking). 4. Motivation Running is definitely an individual sport, but finding a friend of similar fitness level can help to motivate you through the hard days. Make it a group activity, join a running club or get a group of friends together. Working with a personal trainer can also be very motivating, but make sure you find one who is properly educated, certified through a reputable organization and has the right qualifications to help you meet your goals. As well, remember to expect setbacks. When you expect illness, family, friends and work to get in the way of your goals it will have less of an impact on you getting back on your program as soon as you are able. This column is provided by Peak Fitness. Mrs. Lee Randell is an ACE certified personal trainer.

Linda Thompson takes part in one of the many bicycling events organized by VeloNorth Cycling Club. Some help with training for competitions, but most are just for fun and fitness. A schedule appears in each copy of What’s Up Yukon in the What’s Up in Sports & Fitness. In this issue, it is on Page 25.

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July 16 and 17 Extreme Downhill Event at 10 am for expert riders only.

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July 17 Road Event at 10 am at the top of Robert Service Way. Route to follow Tour de Whitehorse.

July 30 2005 Coca-Cola Championship Golf Tournament at Mountain View Golf Course. Info: 633-6020 or mvgc@yknet.yk.ca.

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Aug. 5 9th Annual Bell Charity Golf Classic for Kids at Meadow Lakes Golf Course at 12:30 pm to support Big Brothers and Sisters of Yukon. Info: 668-7911.

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Aug. 7 Yukon River Trail Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay. Start at Rotary Peace Park. Info 668-4091.

July 30 Road Event at 10 am Starts on Alaska Highway at Junction of Carcross Road. Tour de Whitehorse ITT.

Aug. 21 Long Lake Trail Triathlon at 10:30 am. Info at 668-2858.

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Dome Run Lives Again S DAWSON CITY omeone has stepped forward to save the annual Dome Run in Dawson City, after lack of volunteers initially forced its cancellation. Earlier this year, it was announced that after 27 straight years, the seven-kilometre race, traditionally held during the Dawson City Music Festival, was going to be cancelled. Thanks to a determined effort, including a solo trip to the home of the Klondike, the race has new life and will be back for a 28th running July 23. Nicole Holstein has been a timekeeper for the race for the past three years and says when she first heard that the annual run

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from the Palace Grand up to the Dome was being cancelled, she knew something had to be done. “It’s one of the larger running races in the territory and it would’ve been a shame to lose it,” said Holstein. “It’s a challenging run and a lot of people from Whitehorse and Mayo go up for it. It’s a great run.” After meeting with fellow members of Athletics Yukon it was decided someone should make the six-hour trip from Whitehorse to Dawson to meet with Evelyn MacDonald, a race volunteer in Dawson. The goal? Save the run. Holstein was that person. “She doesn’t have an answering machine and I don’t know that many people in Dawson City,” joked Holstein, when asked why she drove to Dawson City instead of phoning. “Besides, Dawson is always a fun time and the drive was nice.” Upon arriving in Dawson, Holstein reiterated the importance of the race and convinced MacDonald that the run did not need to be a big event like past years. The two ladies then came to the conclusion that it wasn’t nec-

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essary to have a post-run meal and a “Dome Run” T-shirt. “How many T-shirts does one need anyway,” said Holstein. As a result of no T-shirt or meal, registration this year is only $5, but more importantly less people are required to make the run a go. “If you don’t need to pay for a T-shirt and you don’t need to provide meals for all the runners the cost is going to come down,” said Holstein. Holstein even foot the race insurance costs, saying it wasn’t that much money anyway. So, come the Saturday of the Dawson music fest, as some wander back to their tents after a night of dancing to bongo drums and eclectic beats and others get set for a paddle down the Yukon River, a glance down King Street in the heart of Dawson City will see a hundred or so runners stretching in anticipation of the 28th Dome Run. Back and as good as ever. Do you know someone who toils behind the sports scene and deserves some recognition? Let George Maratos know at geo17@hotmail.com.


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July 15, 2005

Millenium Trail is a Classy Loop with Chris Wheeler


any years ago, on one of my pilgrimages home to the mother country, I was introduced to the concept of paved pathways installed exclusively for the use of walkers and cyclists. Needless to say I was impressed. Walking from a suburb to High Street without the worry of motor cars seemed an excellent idea, and something that in 1981 wasn’t really available in Whitehorse. Well, we’ve come a long way in 24 years. The city’s construction of a second path down the Two-Mile Hill is just the latest in a series of projects that have already resulted in much safer routes for cyclists, walkers and joggers. One of my favourite parts of this new transportation network is the Millennium Trail that runs from the Whitehorse Hydro Dam to Robert Service Campground. It’s central, it’s quiet and, running alongside the Yukon River, it’s beautiful. Parking our vehicle near the fish ladder, an evening stroll will take us as far as the Skateboard Park and back. Earlier in the day, we might do the return route to Robert Service Campground. Moving at a casual pace, it’s about an hour each way. During the summer months, an ice cream or cold beverage can be purchased at the park canteen before you turn around for the walk back. The kids certainly enjoy the treat. It gives them, and us, added incentive on those hot summer days when you begin to think a nap in the shade is a better idea. For those of you who don’t like backtracking, by the time you

read this, the new footbridge will hopefully be open, turning the route into a loop and making it a very classy path for joggers, speed walkers or anyone else who just wants to do a circuit. Although we walked the trail twice this past week, partly in order to see how work on the new bridge was progressing, right now my mind harkens back a couple of summers to a day just after the trail first opened. On that occasion, we’d walked all the way to Robert Service Campground and were enjoying the shade of the trees when we encountered a man in a wheelchair. He was being





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A Wood? An Iron? No, it’s a Hybrid! head which gives much better results on mis-hits. Even some of the top touring professionals are now carrying hybrids in their bags. So, for better results from longer distances, I will say it one more time, “Welcome to the wonderful world of hybrids!”

with Greg Wagstaff


ey guys and gals. Now that we are well into our golf season, I thought I would devote the next couple of columns to equipment. There is a long standing debate about whether long irons or lofted woods are better. There actually is a case for both. Into the wind, a long iron will give you a more penetrating ball flight. The down side to a long iron is that it is very difficult to hit properly and it’s hard to make the ball stop. On the other hand, lofted fairway woods fly higher, stop quicker and are easier to hit, especially out of long grass and poor lies. In today’s world, there is a surprisingly good alternative to both.

Welcome to the wonderful world of hybrids! First off, what is a hybrid? Sometimes called an iron-wood, these clubs look like a very small fairway wood, but are numbered and carry lofts the same as long irons. Imagine the club face of an iron with a big bulge on the back of it. The shafts in these clubs are slightly longer than the iron it replaces which tends to make them play about half a club longer. The advantages of hybrids are many: You can more easily control the trajectory of the golf ball, they are great out of bad lies and much easier to hit than long irons. Another advantage is the weight distribution in the club

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here is a nice neighbourhood in Faro on the Upper Bench ... that’s the first tee-off for the 8th Annual Faro Open Golf Tournament. Those who are not familiar with this quirky town will find it surprising to learn that the golf course runs right through the town — around the Faro Library,

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behind the Faro Bible Chapel and alongside the Faro Arena — instead of safely tucked away in the outskirts. Julia Falo, a volunteer with the Faro Golf Club, says up to 15 teams took part last year. If it gets much busier, then the local players will start a few days before the July 22 and 23 event to make room for the out-of-towners. The cost is $20 per player, whether they are part of a four or five-person team or if they show up by themselves to be teamed up with others. And everyone gets to enjoy the barbecue ($15 for non-players), a dance and each goes home with a prize. One prize will be for the Shoot the Moose Contest. For the ladies, there is a bear and sheep closer in. Information and registration is available from Gary Jones at 994-2640 or faro_golf_club@msn. com. The registration deadline is July 20.

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Next time, I’ll talk a little about custom fitting. Until then, enjoy your golf and, remember, keep it on the short stuff.

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