Timber Timbre is in the Yukon! For those cult-followers of band, just skip to the bottom for show times and ticket prices. For those who are still trying to figure out what’s going on: Timber Timbre is a three-person crew with a harrowing sound. From sorrowful blues to campy horror-folk, the young band has a distinctive sound, to say the least. Yukoners have two chances to hear it this weekend. The group will be in Dawson City tonight (Friday June 3) at the Palace Grand. Tickets for that show are available at Maximilian’s. The band returns to Whitehorse for a show at the Yukon Arts Centre on Sunday June 5. Tickets for that show are available at the box office, Arts Underground, by calling 667-8574 or at www.yukonartscentre.com. Both shows start at 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30.
Arts Underground has paired up with Yukon Archives to present an exhibit on a century of musical highlights and traditions from the territory. Many Voices, Music in the Yukon 1886-1996 will be displayed at the Hougen Heritage Gallery at Arts Underground. This weekend, live music will help to animate the display of photographs and facts from Yukon Archives. Today, Friday, June 3, Nicholas Mah will be performing. And on Saturday, June 4, Brigs will be up from 3 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Ladies, in art
Fifty Yukon women have been immortalized. The collection of oil-on-canvas portraits will be displayed at the Yukon Arts Centre gallery while audio interviews with them will play over the speakers. Local artist Valerie Hodgson and writer Claire Festel joined forces to create the gallery’s newest, multimedia exhibit, Yukon women, 50 over 50 and a corresponding book, Remarkable Yukon Women, which includes the portraits and profiles on each woman. The book launch was a part of the gallery opening Thursday night, but the exhibit is on display until August 27. The author and artist will also be at Mac’s Fireweed Books on Saturday, June 4, at 1 p.m. for a book signing.
Treasure on display
Yukon women, 50 over 50 will be sharing the Yukon Arts Centre gallery with Illuminated, a collection from the Yukon Permanent Art Collection. The reserve has grown and changed in the more than 30 years it has been kept, offering an arts-eye view into the evolutions of this place and its peoples. All rooted in northern themes, the exhibit will showcase some rarely seen works and some brand-new pieces, along with celebrated and well-known favourites that have come to iconize the Yukon.
Art by numbers
Tonight, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., the opening reception of Arts Underground’s summer exhibition will take place at its Main Street location. Entitled Got Your Number, the collection showcases work from several Yukon Art Society members’ works that were inspired by numbers: phone numbers, serial numbers, etc. It’s a smaller exhibition, located in the studio gallery and will run until July 12. Admission is free.
This is the last week to catch Don Weir’s most recent work at the Copper Moon Gallery. The collection of ambiguous colourscapes is up on the walls until June 7. As well, the gallery offers great views from its balcony deck and has new jewelry in, among other things. Faro artist, Jay Hambleton, will take over the show space with an opening reception on June 10.
A Jim Robb experience
The widely anticipated Colourful Five Per Cent exhibit officially launches at the MacBride Museum this coming Wednesday, June 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. The collection from Jim Robb, the well-known Yukon artist and Order of Canada recipient, is one few have seen before. While many Canadians can identify Robb’s paintings, this exhibit showcases painting, photographs, drawings and objects that Robb has created and collected over the past 50 years. The subjects include people and characters of Yukon’s history. The downtown Whitehorse museum recognizes that many things would have been lost forever if Robb hadn’t devoted his life to collecting and recording these memorable aspects of the territory’s story.
The International Polar Year is celebrating this year’s Environment Week (June 6 to 10) with a film festival. Each day next week, a different film from a variety of IPY projects will be screened in the Parks Canada boardroom on the second floor of the Elijah Smith Building. On Monday June 6, seabirds unlock the secrets of a changing Arctic marine ecosystem in Arctic Cliffhangers. Tuesday, 10 hip hop dancers take on 100 Inuit teens in the remote Hamlet of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut in Arctic Hiphop. Wednesday, the story of climate change is told in the documentary Battle for the Pole with dramatic footage, hard science and striking computer graphics from some of the world’s most desolate and stunning locations. Thursday, two Inuit teens from Canada’s northernmost Arctic community, Grise Fiord, journey to Antarctica: the opposite end of the world, in the documentary Path of the Arctic Tern. On Friday, Melting Lands explores the effects of climate change through the struggles to adapt and maintain traditions in the small Inuit community of Kangiqsujuaq in Canada’s North. All viewings are from 12:15 – 1 p.m. It’s all free, so bring your lunch and enjoy!
The last laugh
The season’s final comedy night at the Guild is this Saturday, June 4.
Jenny Hamilton will host the evening of Whitehorse’s usual, stand-up suspects, alongside a few fresh faces. Also, the winner of the Guild raffle will be drawn. A new Chironex scooter, a specialized bicycle from Cadence Cycle, a cash prize and Guild season’s tickets are all up for grabs. Only 4,000 tickets were printed, and they are flying fast, but you may still be able to snag a few before the comedy commences. The show starts at 8 p.m. It’s $5 at the door.
This year’s Yukon Status of Women Council’s AGM is highlighting there is still some work to be done since the bra-burning days of the 1960s. On Wednesday, June 8, the general meeting will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 503 Hanson Street. The guest speaker is Yukon College’s own librarian Laurie Prange-Martin who had to fight for her right to pay equity. Refreshments and snacks will be provided as Yukon women and men alike can discuss equal pay, for equal work.
Relay for life
The annual Cancer Society fundraiser is back this year, with a few changes. Most notably, walkers will get to do their thing during the day … mostly. This Saturday, June 4, at Shipyards Park, the relay runs from noon to midnight.
That’s not all that’s going on, however.
The afternoon begins with a survivors’ reception at 10:45 a.m., Zumba workouts will be offered in the main tent from 1 to 2 p.m., relay races, tug-o-wars, two-leg and potato-sack races will follow.
A silent auction, a game of capture the flag/scavenger hunt and a hip hop performance/class will take the event into evening entertainment.
The remember ceremony and fight back ceremony will start at 10 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. respectively. Kutters Hairstyling will also have five chairs set up for cutting hair.
The cost is $40 per person on a first-come-first-serve basis with all proceeds going to the Whitehorse Relay. The Fireweed Lions Club and Grey Mountain Lions Club will be fundraising for the Whitehorse Relay with barbecues.
Teams, volunteers and survivors can still sign up to participate by calling 867-668-6440 or 334-6175. Each year more than 400 communities nationwide come together to fight back by supporting the largest cancer fundraiser in Canada. In British Columbia and Yukon more than 50 communities participate. Last year in BC and Yukon, the event raised more than $5 million for the Canadian Cancer Society.
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