Meg Walker

Life and art: Two distinct artists explore melting points in Dawson City

Two exhibitions by artists who see life and art as intertwined are currently on display in Dawson City. Eyes, Water, Fire presents Tomoyo Ihaya’s work at the ODD Gallery, while Tamika Knutson’s Boreal Reverie: Coming Home is up at the Yukon School of Visual Art (SOVA).

A new stretch for Dawson yogis

Meg Walker Special to the News Fitness options in Dawson City have long included yoga classes, but as of this month, the town has its first yoga-dedicated space. 

Message from a forest

On a walk on her parents' farmland in rural Ontario, Guelph artist Annie Dunning came across a log that had been thoroughly pecked by a yellow-bellied sapsucker.

Finding the loners before they break

Toronto writer Emily Pohl-Weary is this summer's Pierre Berton writer-in-residence, and in that role she joined a panel discussion about the future of books, held at the Dawson City Print and Publishing Symposium in August.

  • Sep 2, 2015

Navigating the idea of northernness

Whitehorse artist Joyce Majiski spent 14 years as a wilderness guide, so she's skilled at helping people know where they are and where they are headed.

Painting wasted dreams

Strange fascinations can lead to evocative art works. Andrea Kastner’s painting exhibition The Waste Land, currently showing at the ODD Gallery in Dawson City, is a strong example of how powerful work can emerge.

Video artist melts Klondike horizons

The video installation the space between here and there (the yukon river) is the work of an artist hungry for the outdoors after 10 productive years of making short film and video work in Toronto.

Dawson’s art students put imaginations on display

Each spring, the graduation show by the Yukon School of Visual Arts students offers an intriguing sampling of how imaginations have been stirred up at the corner of Queen and Third in Dawson City for the past eight months.

  • May 16, 2014

Shaping icons for private selves

Stones made of paper, baby clothes sewn from vintage curtains, and roses cast in porcelain are some of the surprising moments in the three solo shows at the Yukon Arts Centre.

Taking the ‘Highway of Tears’ to the stage

Hearing Ojibwe spoken, loving aboriginal dance culture and knowing what a friendship centre is - these are some advantages Keith Barker counts as benefits to growing up in a small Northern Ontario town.

T.J. Dawe brings mind bending Medicine

"I always thought that hallucinogens would either reveal powerful things about me, or that I would lose my mind completely," says T.J. Dawe in a conversation about Medicine, his upcoming theatre show.

Two Piano Tornado sets toes tapping

There'll be no sitting still when Annie Avery and Grant Simpson bring their two pianos into three venues this week to launch their long-awaited CD Two Piano Tornado.

Artists away from the noise

Artists, like everyone else, work better when they're well-fed. So say Jane Isakson and Jennifer Walden, two painters with solo exhibitions at the Yukon Arts Centre.

  • Dec 6, 2013

Bridges and oranges: the stories of gold rush children come to life

When asked if she became attached to any of the stories she unearthed while writing Children of the Klondike, Frances Backhouse admits she has definite favourites.

Edging North with images and ideas

Anyone walking through a back lot near Dawson City might come across a dog lying on the roof of its kennel.

Poet for humans and hounds

The goat skin mysteriously appeared one day on the back porch of the Berton House. Jeramy Dodds and his partner Brecken Hancock don't know where the fluffy white thing came from.

Theatre in the Thaw

'It's the cereal shot from guns!" While it may make a dubious pitch for a tasty breakfast, the phrase is Megan Graham's favorite line from the 1948 radio play she and six others have recorded for the second annual Break Up Theatre Festival in Dawson City.

Dawson sculptures bend digital distance

Travellers of all kinds come to the Yukon to experience the spacious landscape, but for the next few weeks, visitors to Dawson City will encounter two artworks that invoke even larger distances than usual.

Soft plywood and torn daydreams

When Sean Alward talks about wood, his enthusiasm is infectious. "What I like about plywood, particularly, is that its nature that's been turned into a picture in a very simple, crude way," says the Vancouver artist and construction worker.

The strange stress of too much light: summer SAD

After the long, dark Yukon winter, how could anyone mind the extreme summer light? The extra sunshine gives us a boost of energy for late-night parties, hassle-free camping (no headlamps required) and gardening after midnight...